Despite overall rankings that put California among the least friendly states for small business, small-business owners in Orange County rated themselves healthier and more optimistic than those in any other part of the state.
“After a two-month survey of over 6,000 small-business owners nationwide, it’s clear that California is failing in the eyes of its small businesses,” said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. “Orange County is doing its best to lift up the state, but it’s difficult to overcome the damage done by California’s other regions.”
On the flip side, noted San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce’s CEO, Mark Bodenhamer, California firms tend to be more profitable.
“A 2011 Public Policy Institute of California study indicated that although the cost and regulatory difficulty of doing business in California is extraordinary, California firms actually earn competitive profit relative to companies in less burdensome states,” Bodenhamer said. “This is because of the amazing resources that California businesses have access to; good infrastructure, a dynamic and well educated workforce, investment capital, etc.”
Thumbtack.com surveyed 6,022 small businesses across the United States. The survey asked questions about the friendliness of states toward small business and about small business finances, such as:
- In general,
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