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How Not to Run a Small Business

June 11, 2014

John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press

Angry office worker (file photo)
Angry office worker (file photo)

June 11--Michigan and the metro Detroit area still have a long way to go to be a truly friendly place to operate a small business, an annual survey of entrepreneurship showed this week.

The research group Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ranked Michigan 29th out of 38th states rated in their annual Small Business Friendliness survey.

The metro Detroit area ranked 52nd for overall small-business friendliness among 82 metro areas surveyed.

The annual survey examines the climate for small business across several variables including the ease of starting a small business, ease of hiring new employees, overall regulatory friendliness, health and safety regulations, the tax code, and other factors.

While Michigan got better marks for ease of hiring, it got marked down for the difficulty of starting a new business, its tax code, and zoning regulations.

Metro Detroit meanwhile got its lowest grades for training and networking opportunities.

Contact John Gallagher at 313-222-5173 or gallagher@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @jgallagherfreep.

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Original headline: BRIEF: Michigan, metro Detroit small businesses low on friendliness, study shows


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