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Dallas ranks among best cities in America to start a small business

Dallas ranks among best cities in America to start a small business

Dallas skyline at night
Dallas is one of the 10 best cities in the nation to start a small business. Photo by Matt Pasant

If you've been kicking around the idea of starting your own indie coffee shop, restaurant or boutique, there's no time like the present. You know why? Because Dallas is one of the best cities in the nation for businesses. Even Forbes says so.

Based on data from the U.S. Small Business Friendliness Survey conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Dallas was graded an A in business-starting terms.

The survey applauded Dallas as "an excellent place to start a business," while noting that quality training and networking could be improved. Dallas earned an A+ in "ease of starting a business" and "employment, labor and hiring." In fact, Dallas earned at least an A in 9 out of 11 categories ranging from overall friendliness to zoning issues. 

Austin, Houston and San Antonio all earned an A+ rating, but we're just not that nerdy in Big D. Nevertheless, we're proud that the Lone Star State scored four of the top 10 spots in the ranking. 

California landed on other end of things, with Sacramento and San Diego each earning an F. "The state’s famously micro-managing regulatory approach didn’t win it fans among the entrepreneurs," Forbes noted. 

North Carolina was named the most improved state in the survey, rising from a C+ to a B+.