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Nevada business gives state ‘A’ for networking
by Tribune Staff
Jun 14, 2012 | 965 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SAN FRANCISCO —, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, has released this week new data showing that Nevada small businesses are among the top three unhealthiest nationwide.

The survey shows the state’s businesses are healthier only than those of Maine and Connecticut.  

There are a lot of “business climate rankings”, but there aren’t any that draw upon considerable data from small business owners themselves.

The Small Business Survey is the only survey to draw data from an extensive, nationwide universe of job creators and entrepreneurs themselves in order to investigate the best places in the country to do business.

“After a two-month survey of more than 6,000 small business owners nationwide, it’s clear that Nevada’s small businesses are struggling in the down economy,” said Sander Daniels, co-founder of “Nevada’s entrepreneurs want to get back on their feet, and it appears that they believe Nevada is a setting where they can do just that.”

Some of the key findings for Nevada include:

Nevada soared above its rivals in one category where it excelled — the state achieved an A+ grade for having the No. 3 friendliest business tax code nationwide. However, the state also had the No. 3 least healthy small businesses nationwide.

Surprisingly, male-owned small businesses in Nevada felt significantly more supported by the state than their female counterparts. Male entrepreneurs were 13 percent more likely than female entrepreneurs to rate Nevada as “supportive” or “very supportive” of small business.

Although Nevada ranked reasonably well overall, it struggled in two very important categories. Of all small businesses in the West, Nevada’s small businesses were the No. 1 least healthy and the No. 2 slowest-growing.

Conservative small business owners felt significantly more supported by the Nevada state government than did liberal small business owners. Conservative entrepreneurs were 71 percent more likely than liberal small business owners to rate their state as “supportive” or “very supportive” of small business.

Small businesses run by liberals seem to be doing significantly better than small businesses run by conservatives. Liberal entrepreneurs in Nevada were 75 percent more likely than the state’s conservative entrepreneurs to rate their business’s financial situation as “good” or “very good”.

To see the full results, visit These results show a full sets of rankings, dozens of easily searchable quotes from Nevada small businesses, regional comparisons within states, and Census data comparing Nevada’s key demographics against those of other states.
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