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SACRAMENTO - A recent survey from research website Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ranked the most and least friendly places in America for small businesses, and Sacramento did not fare well. As a matter of fact, California's capital was ranked by its small-business owners as the least friendly place in the country to run a company.

More than 12,000 small-business owners partook in the survey, ranking cities and states in terms of their regulations on health and safety standards, environmental considerations, zoning, licensing, tax codes, east of starting a business and ease of hiring.

On a grade scale of A through F, with A being the best, the highest grades Sacramento received were a C+ for zoning, and C for ease of hiring, and training and networking programs. Sacramento received an F in all other categories.

"After a two-month survey of thousands of small business owners nationwide, the data show that Sacramento has earned the very worst overall grade out of 82 cities in the country," Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack said. "Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and Sacramento's small businesses think the city is falling far short of this goal."

The state in which Sacramento resides did not perform any better in the survey. As was the case in last year's study, California was ranked as one of the worst states in the country in terms of overall small-business friendliness. The state was downgraded from a D in 2013 to an F in 2014.

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Texas, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Virginia were among the states named most desirable in which to operate, according to small-business owners surveyed

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