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Louisiana ranks # 7 on a good list. has released its annual study on small business friendliness, and we scored a B+ overall.

The rankings are based on a survey of more than 7,700 real small business owners nationwide -- like photographers, plumbers and graphic designers. Our state also earned high marks for business-friendly labor laws and tax code. Here are the key findings of the survey:

  • An A grade for Louisiana's small business training and networking programs.
  • Small businesses rated our state's labor and employment laws an A-. Our tax code earned a B+.
  • Top-ranking states overall were Utah, Alabama, New Hampshire, Idaho and Texas. The lowest-rated were Illinois, California, Hawaii, Maine and, in last place, Rhode Island.
  • Louisiana's online resources for small businesses were rated among the nation's ten best.
  • One area of concern for small businesses in Louisiana was obtaining and keeping health insurance, with 47% describing it as "Very Difficult."

Take a look at the full survey results, including complete sets of rankings.

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