Survey shows Texas ranks as one of friendliest states toward small businesses

Survey shows Texas ranks as one of friendliest states toward small businesses
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 7:02pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:37am

A survey released this year shows Texas as one of the friendliest states toward small businesses.

For the second year in a row, Texas gets an "A" in every category.

Texas is the most business friendly state in the country.

"People in our community really believe in a strong, ethical business environment," said CEO of the Better Business Bureau Mechele Mills.

No other state has added more jobs over the past 3 years than Texas, and Tyler ranked second in the nation for employment.

"We have a great thriving banking industry, we've got a really robust health care system, we have a diverse workforce and you can't beat our climate and the people are just friendly here," said Mills.

Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation did a nationwide survey collecting information from job creators and entrepreneurs in order to determine the most business friendly locations.

The co-founder of Thumbtack.com stated for the second year, Texas sets an excellent example of what small businesses want.

Linda Markin started her own business 17 years ago, teaching people about first aid.

She holds classes in other states but says most of her business is in Texas.

"Those companies that want you back, they can see what you can do and they believe in you and you believe in them .Texas is one of the  best places to teach also," said Markin.

BJ Hornbostel is the East Texas Regional Manager for United Heritage Credit Union.

Hornbostel has worked in St Louis, Austin and other parts of Texas.

But, what she finds in Tyler is the perfect example of building a relationship to build a business.

"We're large enough to be able to support small business but we're small enough that we can stand or sit across the desk and look eye to eye with somebody and get a good feeling for doing business with the individual," said Hornbostel.

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Tell that to the barber shot-down in Longview last week as he closed his shop. There are other factors not addressed in this survey.

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