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Buffalo earns C- in survey of small business friendliness

Buffalo saw its grade improve from an F to a C- in Thumbtack’s latest Small Business Friendliness Survey, which measures what entrepreneurs think of the government policies and regulations in their communities.

Buffalo ranked 64th out of the 78 cities included in the 2016 survey, earning its best scores of B+ for training opportunities and tax complexity and its poorest scores of an F for ease of hiring and a D for licensing requirements.

New York state held steady at a D grade, ranking the state 32nd out of the 35 states in the survey.

Thumbtack is a website that helps people and businesses hire professionals for personal projects. The site reported that skilled professionals have since 2012 consistently said their top concerns are licensing requirements, tax regulations and labor and hiring rules, and governments that are considered friendly to the interests of small businesses usually are rated highly in those areas.

Within New York, Buffalo ranked behind New York City, at 47th, but ahead of Rochester at 70th, Albany at 72nd and Syracuse at 78th, or dead last.

More than 12,000 small-business owners and entrepreneurs – including electricians, music teachers and wedding planners – across the country took part in the online survey.