Louisville earned an “A” grade from small business owners through Thumbtack’s 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, which is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy in the United States.

Louisville ranked No. 7 out of the 80 cities surveyed and is the only city in Kentucky to receive this top ranking. The state received a grade of A-, ranking 17 out of 50 states surveyed.

“The small business owners we heard from in Louisville were six percent more positive about their city’s support for small businesses than the national average, leading to their A grade overall,” Thumbtack Economist, Lucas Puente, Ph.D., said in a news release.

Louisville’s ranking was higher than some peer cities, including Nashville at 17, Charlotte, N.C. at 27, Indianapolis at 29, and Columbus, Ohio, at 66.

According to a news release, Thumbtack surveyed more than 13,000 small business owners in 50 states and 80 cities to evaluate how easy local governments make it to start, operate and grow a small business.

To view Louisville’s full scorecard, visit here.



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