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Survey finds Idaho best place for starting a business; Washington 43rd

According to one business website, Idaho ranks as the No. 1 state for starting and running a small business. 

The survey came from Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. The survey determined that small  businesses ranked Idaho first in the nation for overall small business friendliness - earning the state an 'A+' overall and edging out Texas for the top spot.

Washington state scored a C-, based on survey results. 

Idaho earned the top ranking despite the survey ranking Idaho as the 6th-worst state for the cost of hiring a new employee.  

The Thumbtack survey said its findings are derived from small business owners themselves. Its press release said: “The Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey is the only survey to draw data from an extensive, nationwide universe of job creators and entrepreneurs themselves in order to investigate the best places in the country to do business.
 
“After a two-month survey of over 6,000 small business owners nationwide, Idaho comes out on top as the most friendly place for small business,” said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. “For small businesses looking for a place to hang a shingle or to plant a flag, they can't do much better than Idaho.”
 
The Washington results in the Thumbtack survey show a state ranking 43rd overal in economic vitality for small business, the survey showed. 
 
To review the findings, go to the summary page here:

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