Thumbs-up for the Mitten

Since there are no other Metblog cities in Michigan, I thought I’d take it upon myself to point out that our wonderful Great Lakes state ranked in the top 5 for entrepreneurial friendliness according to a recent national study published by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

The Small Business Survival Index, the name of the research project, measured the policy environment for entrepreneurships across the country using 26 government-imposed or government-related costs – things like workers’ comp costs and corporate income tax rates – and used the results to grade each state on entrepreneurial friendliness.

South Dakota was the friendliest state according to this year’s study, and was followed by Nevada, Wyoming and Washington, respectively. Michigan was fifth, which is up a spot from its 6th-place finish last year.

The study found that Maine (sorry, MGal), California and the District of Columbia, respectively, are the least-friendly areas in the country in terms of entrepreneurial friendliness.

5 Comments so far

  1. MGal (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 7:47 am

    Why do you think I am here? No really, I have to disagree – there are a lot of small businesses in Maine. Mostly to bleed tourists of their money but it always seemed to me that the majority of businesses were owned by entrepreneurs.

    The friendliness could just be that the job market is weak in Maine because the work is so seasonal.

  2. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 8:51 am

    As one of the many tourists “bled of their money” in Maine — I’ll happily spend $15 for a lobsta roll while sitting on the deck at Barnacle Billy’s looking at the sailboats bouncing up and down in Perkin’s Cove. Perhaps that’s why I play to retire to Maine…

  3. MGal (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 9:13 am

    Hey next time do you mind going one town over to spend your money? I bet my mom would sell you a lobster roll for $10…

  4. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 9:37 am

    I tried, unsuccessfully mind you, you re-create the Maine lobster roll in Michigan. I thought I had all of the ingredients:

    mayo, chopped up lobster tail/claw meat, celery, even some paprika to spinkle over the top.

    I mixed up a batch… even buttered a thick slice of bread for the concoction…

    the verdict… FAILURE!

  5. MGal (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 9:40 am

    You buy the ingredients.. I’ll make it for you. Silly person from away.

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