Juneau, AK (KINY) - A new survey shows that Alaska has a lot of opportunities when it comes to small businesses and their relations with local governments.
The survey was conducted by Thumbtack, a website and app that helps users find local professionals for projects. All 50 states and 80 cities were ranked based on factors including licensing requirements, tax regulations, health and safety rules, labor and hiring regulations, among others. This annual survey is, according to the press release, the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of local government policy in the US.
This year's survey is actually the first time Alaska was included, as the full representation of the data since 2012 is available on Thumbtack's website. According to this study, Alaska struggles the most with health and safety, but has stand out training and networking programs. Compared to other states, Alaska sits at the bottom overall, alongside New Mexico, West Virginia, and Illinois.
CEO and Founder of Thumbtack, Marco Zappacosta gives his advice, "The future of work is small business. If you want to control the economic destiny of your community, invest in small business. Small businesses are using technology to start businesses, find customers and to grow their businesses -- and they would like to have the same clarity and ease-of-use when interacting with the government."
Unfortunately, no major Alaskan city was included in the 80 cities that were ranked.
Find the results on Thumbtack's website, alongside additional information.