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Rhode Island ranks at bottom for small business friendliness

August 7, 2014

Rhode Island has once again ranked as the worst state in the nation in terms of small business-friendliness, according to, a website devoted to connecting customers and clients with professionals in the field.
The results come from a two-month survey of over 12,000 small business owners across the nation. Thumbtack used 11 different metrics to determine small business-friendliness, including overall friendliness, ease of starting a business, ease of hiring, regulations, health and safety, employment, tax code, licensing, environmental factors, zoning, and training and networking programs. Rhode Island failed in nine of the 11 metrics and scored a D+ in environmental factors and a C- in training and networking programs.
The scores on all of the metrics are equal to or worse than the previous two years.

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