Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, a lobbying group, has ranked Colorado No. 8 in the nation among states with a friendly small business climate.
The council’s Small Business Survival Index 2009 rates states on small business and entrepreneurship policy and tax structures. Regulatory costs, government spending, property rights policy, crime rate and health care and energy costs are also considered.
The friendliest small business climates are South Dakota, Nevada, Texas, Wyoming, Washington, Florida and South Carolina, and the least friendly are Washington, D.C., New Jersey, California and New York.
Last year Colorado was listed at No. 11.
The index also ranked Colorado:
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