A Business Friendliness Ranking Questions Business Friendliness Rankings

The Utah State Capitol. Utah was given the highest marks for ease of starting a business and overall friendliness Photograph by Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

Ranking states (or cities, countries, continents, or planets) as best and worst for small businesses is a fool’s errand. Different business types—manufacturer, grocery store, biotech startup—are going to be attracted (or repelled) by different attributes of a place. Sure, a top-10 list makes for fun reading and might, in the best circumstances, spur some governments to take a closer look at what they’re doing to attract and serve entrepreneurs.

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