According to Thumbtack.com
, Colorado Springs has lots of little reasons to celebrate.
Between last year and this year, the city bumped up its "B" score in "overall friendliness" to an "A+" on the site's Small Business Friendliness Survey
, which ranks 57 cities based on factors such as licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations.
Colorado Springs outshone many of its peers, coming in at No. 4 nationwide. (Though it's government websites got a big, fat "F." Ouch.)
The survey is based on the input of 7,500 small business owners across the country, Thumbtack.com says.
Here's the city's full report card:
Employment, labor and hiring: A
Tax code: A-
Training and networking programs: A-
Ease of hiring: B
Ease of starting a business: C+
Government websites: F
The city, clearly, still has some studying to do on a couple of subjects (*cough* technology *cough*) but notes in an Aug. 14 statement that "Recognizing usability challenges, the city launched a redesigned website in the spring."
TBD whether that makes a difference next year — if so, Colorado Springs could climb even higher. This year, Fort Worth, Texas, topped the list, followed by San Antonio, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio.
The state of Colorado earned a "C+" in overall friendliness, and Denver got a "C-." We're unimpressed.