Columbus comes in at top of the class in some areas but when it comes to showing support for its small businesses, it hardly even passes.
Thumbtack, a business app and website, released a report that gave a grade to cities based on how its entrepreneurs rated the city’s friendliness towards small businesses.
Columbus’ small business owners aren’t really feeling the love as their testimonials landed Columbus a C-. That puts us 66 out of 80 cities this year compared to 25 out of 50 last year.
“The small business owners we heard from in Columbus were 5% less positive about their city’s support for small businesses than the national average, leading to their C- grade overall,” said Thumbtack Economist Lucas Puente, PhD. “And compared to nearby cities, such as Cincinnati (B+) and Cleveland (B+), Columbus scored lower.”
The study looked at other criteria including employment, labor & hiring, ease of starting a business, tax codes, and training & networking programs. In all those areas, Columbus received a B+ or higher but it was in other areas like zoning, governmental websites, and ease of hiring that brought our overall grade down.Full report