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Small Businesses Give California “D” Grade, But Bay Area Still Ranked At Top In The State

ca ranked with a "d" by small business owners

Bay Area Small Business Owners: I have some good news for you and I have some bad news.

The bad news is that California was graded with a “D” for “small business friendliness” by small business owners.

The good news is that the Bay Area was the top rated region in California.

Check out this report on “California Small Business Friendliness” from and learn where about the Bay Area’s ranking on friendliness towards businesses…


“, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the new results from the second annual Small Business Survey. The 2013 study draws upon data from over 7,000 small business owners nationwide and shows that California earned a ‘D’ grade, up from an ‘F’ in 2012. Although the state struggled overall, it ranked above average for its online resources for small businesses.

“Some of the key findings for California include:

  • The Bay Area was the top rated region in California for the second year in a row, followed by the Central Coast. San Francisco was the state’s highest ranking city, followed by San Jose.
  • California’s highest grade was a ‘C+’ for its small business training and networking programs.”

Click here to continue reading and see what your Bay Area city’s grade is on


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