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Old 12-11-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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Stats here :
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (http://www.sbecouncil.org/survivalindex2010/ - broken link)

Report here:
http://www.sbecouncil.org/uploads/SBSIIndexFinal.pdf

Here for the explanations :
Is Your State Hostile to Small Business? - By Raymond J. Keating - The Corner - National Review Online

The worst of the lot? In order: 42) Minnesota, 43) Massachusetts, 44) Hawaii, 45) Rhode Island, 46) Maine, 47) Vermont, 48) California, 49) New York, 50) New Jersey, and 51) the District of Columbia. Few surprises here — these are all states that love to spend, tax, and regulate.
The Top Ten states are: 1) South Dakota, 2) Nevada, 3) Texas, 4) Wyoming, 5) Washington, 6) Florida, 7) Alabama, 8) South Carolina, 9) Ohio, and 10) Colorado.

What do you think about it ?
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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Some facts are surprising :

-North Carolina 38th
-Nebraska 37th
-Delaware 32th
I imagined better about them
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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And congrats South Dakota, Nevada and South Dakota, you're great
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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It's good to see low-tax Colorado coming in at #10 on the list. My guess that it's on the list precisely because it's low-tax. Which is also why I'm surprised to see Ohio ahead of Colorado. If there is small-business development in that Ohio, someone ought to let the state's massive unemployed population know about it...
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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It's good to see low-tax Colorado coming in at #10 on the list. My guess that it's on the list precisely because it's low-tax. Which is also why I'm surprised to see Ohio ahead of Colorado. If there is small-business development in that Ohio, someone ought to let the state's massive unemployed population know about it...
Pretty strange yeah.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:37 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Washington State is a small business haven. In addition to having no personal income tax (one such initiative which would only tax those making over $250k individual, $500k family got struck down overwhelmingly), there's a lot of high income earners, which drive small business growth and people here just like smaller businesses, they're quirkier, just like the people.

On the bad side, though, is also listed on the website. High minimum wage and highly regulated state health care laws mean that everything costs more. In all I think it is a pretty good state to do business in.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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If there is small-business development in that Ohio, someone ought to let the state's massive unemployed population know about it...
Small Business development is not just a knowledge-based matter.

It is a "Doing" thing. When one is unemployed AND would like to own / operate a Small Business -- one actually has to DO that.

Not just talk about it. Not just study it.

Although discussion and study are good things, in the end it comes down to --

Actually DO it.

If folks anywhere actually choose and act upon Doing something, things can change quickly.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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PhilipT..I think too many people are content working for someone else and just getting that paycheck.
Working for yourself requires business knowledge, marketing knowledge and way more than 40 hours per week and putting the business ahead of yourself for the first few years.

Not everyone can or should own their own business.
I never had the hankering to own my own business and was quite content to work in the corporate world and get that paycheck for several decades.
But now, with some money saved and a decision to take early retirement I'm planning to strike it out on my own and actually excited about the prospect.
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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I was surprised my home state of Iowa was #40 on that list. It's funny because Iowa always makes those Forbes lists...
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Texas/Louisiana
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I think in general, it's tough for small business. Too many restrictive rules and regulations, taxes, getting sued, always expecting to fill out paperwork from our state and federal government when we open our mailbox, new fees being created, worrying about accounts receivables, et cetera.


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http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101116/UPDATES01/101116012/NY+boys++bake+sale+shut+down+by+councilman+goes+vi ral (http://www.silobreaker.com/ny-boys-bake-sale-shut-down-by-councilman-goes-viral-5_2263869028269293764 - broken link)

Just examples, kids just trying to have some fun and make a few bucks.
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