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Florida ranks No. 4 in small-business economic outlook, survey finds

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Small-business owners say Florida is the fourth best state in the nation when it comes to the economy, according to a survey put out Tuesday by a consumer service website. The study, conducted by Thumbtack.com, tracks business owner sentiment by gauging issues such as how easy they think it is to hire a new employee or get a business loan in their state. Florida scored a little more than 65 points on a 100-point scale, which is good enough for…

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Florida gets “B-” for business friendliness, new survey says

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According to a survey of small business owners put out by consumer service website Thumbtack.com, Florida’s overall “business friendliness” gets a B- for 2015, putting it in 21st place among the 36 states rated in the survey. Released Tuesday, the Small Business Friendliness Survey compiled survey responses from small business owners who use Thumbtack services in 95 cities across the country, giving an in-depth look at how the owners see state and local business environments. Florida data is based on…

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Florida small business confidence slows in June, new report says

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For the third month in a row, Florida small business owners are taking a fairly cautious view of the U.S. economy, according to a new report from consumer service provider Thumbtack. However, reported sentiment over both current and future economic conditions remains higher than one year ago. On Tuesday, Thumbtack.com released the third installment of its Small Business Sentiment Survey, a monthly assessment of more than 10,000 U.S. independent businesses. The report includes more than 1,000 responses from Florida. Launched in 2009, Thumbtack is a consumer service…

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