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SF Best California City For Small Business

In Mel Brooks’ Poland-set remake of the World War II comedy To Be or not to Be, Anne Bancroft’s character brags about her stage actor husband as someone who is world famous — “world famous in Poland.” San Francisco can now brag of being the number-one city for small businesses — in California. And even then, its ratings aren’t that good.

In the 2013 Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey of small business people across the nation, San Francisco never rated more than a B+ (for training andnetworking programs); all of its other rankings were in the C-level or D-level. But that still qualifies the City to be the best in the state, according to the survey.

The report, conducted and released by Thumbtack.com and the nonprofit Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, surveyed 7,000 small business people across the country. They ranked Utah as the best state and Austin, Texas, (with an A+) as the best city for small businesses.

San Francisco’s lowest scores came in zoning (D); employment, labor and hiring (D); tax code (D+); licensing (D+); and regulations (D+). But all is not bad; in 2012, San Francisco earned mostly Ds and Fs. So it gets better.

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