Illinois Ranks as ‘Worst’ For Small Businesses

Once again Illinois and California are neck-and-neck in the calculations for the worst of the worst U.S. states, this time in a measure of how friendly the states are for the growth of small businesses.

Earlier this month released its third annual survey of the climate for small businesses exploring such ratings as the overall friendliness of the state to small businesses, the ease of starting a business, regulations, ease of hiring new employees, taxes, and other criteria.

The poll was conducted among over 12,000 small business owners across the country.

The survey, held in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation, found that the worst states for small businesses were California, Rhode Island and Illinois, all of which got a Thumbtack “F” rating. The next worst were Connecticut and New Jersey, both of which received a “D” grading.

Illinois has descended in its rating each of the three years that the survey has been conducted having earned a “D+” in 2012, a “D” in 2013, and an “F” in 2014.

“Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, but rarely does anyone ask small business owners themselves about what makes for a pro-entrepreneur environment,” said Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack. “Thousands of small business owners across the country told us that the keys to a pro-growth environment are ease of compliance with tax and regulatory systems and helpful training programs.”

The best states are unsurprisingly Utah, Idaho and Texas. Also getting high ratings in the poll were Louisiana and Virginia–the latter undoubtedly because it is now inextricably linked to the largess of the federal government.

Texas, Utah, and Idaho have appeared at the top of the list in each of the three years the survey has been conducted.

“It is critical to the economic health of every city and state to create an entrepreneur-friendly environment,” said Dane Stangler, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “Policymakers put themselves in the best position to encourage sustainable growth and long-term prosperity by listening to the voices of small business owners themselves.” is a website launched in 2009 that helps people connect with local service providers such as painters, plumbers, small contractors, and the like.

For a little more context on how bad Illinois is, here are just a few more of the “low lights” of Illinois’ standing among the states:

So, we have to hand it to the Illinois Democrats and their weak sisters in the feckless Illinois Republican Party. You folks have done a great job utterly destroying one of the greatest states in the union. Great job to the dictator Michael Madigan, the hapless and ignorant Governor Pat Quinn and the rest of the worthless set running the state into the ground.

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  • jim_m

    Illinois is always first to be in last place.

  • Jwb10001

    To go along with being worst for everything else.

  • Paul Hooson

    Taxes and bills on businesses are way excessive. I would strongly support tax cuts to spur a stronger business environment in this country as well as some sensible limits on excessive government regulations.

    • Retired military

      You just made the top of Chico’s conservative racist list.

      • Paul Hooson

        I’m a social liberal only, largely because I own a large adult entertainment business. Otherwise, I have many economic conservative views on taxes, business regulation and very promilitary.

        • jim_m

          I don’t think that socially liberal means what you think it means. Adult entertainment businesses were on obama’s Operation Choke Point list of businesses that the FDIC was going to punish financial institutions for doing business with. Your livelihood ranks right up there with Ponzi schemes as far as the left goes.

          • Paul Hooson

            I know. it’s funny but nobody loves porn except everybody…It’s the most guilty of the guilty pleasures. Those on the left and right both decry porn and adult entertainment until the next beautiful set of big bare knockers comes along, and then they’re all in!

          • Commander_Chico

            Crappy economy is good for porn – brings down the price of women.

          • Paul Hooson

            That’s probably correct Chico. I asked a really good looking woman I know if she would come down to the club and give dancing a try since she was out of work. I told her some dancers earn up to $400 an hour here. A few weeks earlier she did a really hot dance as a member in the audience coming onstage as a guest that was a real nutbuster performance! Another of our dancers works at the neighborhood drug store, but onstage is a real tiger and an incredible athlete with an amazing drop on the pole.

          • Commander_Chico

            Do you have an amateur night with a prize?

      • Commander_Chico

        It’s cramped living in your head, RM

        • Jwb10001

          There might be some truth to that because it’s clear you’re out of your mind.

        • Retired military

          You don’t live in my head Chico.
          I just call bullshit when I see it.
          Wait, there’s Chico. Yep nothing but bullshit.

  • GarandFan

    The People’s Repulik of Kalifornia and the state of Illinois – where every liberal fiscal and social policy has been enshrined.

  • Not surprised. The community organizer BHO is from Illinois, so that explains The Big Picture. Nothing comes from nothing, nothing never did.

  • jim_m

    Meanwhile… Bruce and friends have delivered their demands for securing decades of poverty for N Carolinians

    the Moral Monday agenda, if implemented, would require state lawmakers to raise taxes by $7 billion.

    The Moral Monday plan would also necessitate a nearly ten-fold increase in the state corporate income tax, taking the rate from 6 to over 50 percent. Combined with the federal corporate income tax, the highest in the world, if Rev. Barber and crew had their druthers, companies would face a combined corporate tax rate of over 80 percent on profits earned in North Carolina. The likely result of such an onerous tax would be a mass evacuation of companies from Research Triangle Park, Charlotte, and elsewhere in the state.

    Leftism: Guaranteeing that everyone will be poor in order to eliminate income inequality.

    • Brucehenry

      Thus you prove what a chickenshit you are, Jim. Won’t go to another site to comment because you’re “not the kind who goes looking for a fight,” yet you call me, personally out on a thread I haven’t commented on. And not for the first time I might add.

      BTW have you ever heard of an “opening bid” when negotiating? Sometimes you, you know, ask for more than you know you’ll get.

      Here’s the list of “demands” the Moral Monday folks want. Some of them would cost nothing at all. Some of them have long-term benefits but an initial outlay. And some of them are clearly not feasible. I believe Rev Barber would be reasonable and willing to negotiate. Unless Sen Berger is dissembling, he seems sincere in his desire to see a resolution to some of these issues.

      • jim_m

        An opening bid is supposed to start negotiations. When you start with something so outrageous that it causes the other side to tell to to go fuck yourself, it isn’t an opening bid. This demand is so insane that it is not going to start anything like a reasonable discussion. It is calculated to drive the other side away from the negotiating table.

        Oh, and I call you out simply because I know that it aggravates you.

        • Brucehenry

          But yet, thanks to a surprisingly gracious Sen Berger, a reasonable discussion HAS started. You’re a genius.

          And a chickenshit.

          • jim_m

            Incorrect. Sen Berger went to find out what they wanted. At that point we learned that their demands were irrational. It is unlikely that any serious discussion will follow.

            You confuse the discussion to identify their demands with discussion on those demands.

          • Brucehenry

            Perhaps you’re right. It would be unsurprising to find out that a Tea Party favorite like Sen Berger was insincere and only pretending to care what the Moral Monday folks really wanted.

            I haven’t seen the math that says these “demands” would add up to the outrageous sums the Forbes guy says they would add up to, but items 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 12 all taken together wouldn’t cost anywhere near that. I bet Rev Barber and his Moral Mondays cohorts would be tickled pink to accomplish those goals or even some of those goals. It’s true the others could add up pretty quickly if implemented willy-nilly.

            Again, here’s the list.


            They’re pretty short on specifics, but see if you can see what in them would add up to the amounts the Forbes guy is crying wolf about. Keep in mind they were formulated in 2007, so the “get our troops out of Iraq” part (#14) is already done, lol.