Survey Ranks Kansas' Small Business Friendliness High

By: Giang Nguyen Email
By: Giang Nguyen Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A nationwide survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation ranks Kansas high when it comes to doing business - as a small business owner.

The survey questioned more than 6,000 small businessowners, including Topekan Theodore Story.

The owner of Topeka PC Services says he got his start when the economy went south.

"The economy, oh man, the economy is horrible unfortunately," Story says he had to take care of business by opening his own.

"Computer shops really don't get a lot of business lately, so they can't hire new technicians. So I just decided to start my own business to give myself a little bit of income while I'm going to school," Story is working on his Associate's degree in computer networking and earning certificates to further his expertise on sides.

Kansas almost came in the top 10, ranking eleventh among one of the nation's friendliest states for small businesses. It earned an overall A-.

Driving that positive review was an A- grade for ease of starting a business.

"There's not a whole lot of hoops you have to jump through," Story says. "To get started as a handyman or even a computer repairman, it's not really that difficult."

What brought Kansas' ranking down, were the cost of hiring a new employee, friendliness of health and safety regulations and environmental regulations.

The state ranks 37th in cost of hiring a new employee (earning a D+), 36th in friendliness of health and safety regulations (earning a D+) and ranks 41st in environmental regulations (earning a D). In friendliness of licensing regulations, Kansas ranks 23rd with a C+ grade.

"The message from small businesses is clear. While you might think that taxes are the dominant factor in determining business friendliness, the survey shows that businesses care twice as much about licensing regulations as they do about tax rates," Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com, said.

Story agrees. "Once you become a full-fledged business, you need the EIN, the employer identificatin number, taxes, paperwork, the whole lot of accounting that you have to do," he said.

"It takes time, have a lot of patience," he says.

To view the survey results, visit www.thumbtack.com/ks.


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