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Keeping Score: High Marks for New Hampshire

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015


Like the perfect New Hampshire summer weather, the Granite State has had a good run of good news over the past few weeks about how we fare when it comes to how we do business.

This morning, in releasing its 4th annual survey, Thumbtack declared Manchester no. 1 and New Hampshire no. 2 when it comes to business friendliness. Those responding to the survey gave our state an A+ for overall business friendliness, ease of starting a business, the tax code and licensing. The lowest grade was a C+ for ease of hiring, which may have something to do with our low unemployment rate (3.8 percent in June).

A few weeks ago, ZipRecruiter.com pegged Manchester at no. 8 on its list of Top 10 tech cities.

In its 11th annual rankings report earlier this month, Business Facilities magazine put New Hampshire up high on a couple of its lists: High wage manufacturing leader (#9); best business tax climate (#7); employment leader (#7).

MSN ranked the economies of the 50 states, based on unemployment rates, gross domestic product per capita, average weekly wages, and recent growth rates for nonfarm payroll jobs, GDP, house prices, and wages, and New Hampshire came in at no. 8.

Surveys and rankings are a nice measure of how we measure up compared to others. What’s even better is seeing businesses expand, like Titeflex in Laconia (see video above), and grow here because how we do business works.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

NH Earns an A+ for Business Friendliness

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey is out for 2013 and who is at the top of the class for its business friendliness?

That’s right.

New Hampshire.

The state scored an A+ and ranked third for its overall friendliness for small businesses. We are one of just four states in the entire country that earned the top rating and we had the highest grade in New England.

Last year, we came in with an ‘A.’

“This is a very respectable report card for New Hampshire,” said Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. “The high marks reflect the state’s commitment to maintaining an environment that encourages businesses and their employees to succeed.”

The 2013 study, the second annual one conducted by the company, draws upon data from over 7,000 small business owners nationwide. Thumbtack.com is an internet marketplace for services.

Last year, New Hampshire ranked 5th in the nation for ease in starting a business; this year, it rose to second place, behind Idaho.

The survey, conducted by the Kauffman Foundation, takes into account things like ease of starting a business (A+); ease of hiring (A+); zoning (A). The lowest score we received was a B for training and networking programs.

New Hampshire members of Thumbtack.com posted notes on doing business in New Hampshire.

It has been very easy doing business in New Hampshire. I feel like it’s up to me whether I succeed.”  Consultant, Sandown

New Hampshire has fewer regulations than Massachusetts, and that makes a big difference for us.”  Builder, Exeter

Got an idea for starting a business here in the Granite State? Start right here.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development