Some states are better launch pads for startups than others -- a lot better. They make licensing a snap, keep taxes low and go out of their way to help entrepreneurs succeed with training and guidance. A survey earlier this year from Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation revealed the best -- and, ugh, most challenging -- states and cities for entrepreneurs. Below, find out which states earned an A- or better grade -- and the laggards with D+ grades or worse.
Within the average-to-mediocre states for small businesses, the survey also uncovered several entrepreneurial oases -- in other words, cities where startups can thrive.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Las Vegas
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Raleigh, N.C.