Illinois is often referred to as a "purple state" – with a Republican governor and a Democrat-controlled General Assembly, but being "purple" towards small businesses isn't good.
Thumbtack's small business friendly survey emphasized what small business owners say is important:
- Small businesses deserve a bigger spotlight. Small business owners increasingly feel that government is prioritizing corporations and large businesses over the small businesses that drive the American economy. Nearly 70 percent of small business owners think their local government cares more about attracting and supporting new corporations, while only 30 percent believe that supporting local small businesses is the priority.
- Health care is still a big financial deal. For small business owners and entrepreneurs, access to affordable health care is one of the biggest policy issues impacting their ability to stay in business. As political rhetoric and posturing affect the costs of monthly health insurance premiums, small business owners want less talk and more relief.
- Mobility remains a challenge. This year, small business owners reported that issues like rising housing prices and increasing transportation costs are making it more difficult to work where they live and travel to customers. Training for the future is key. As new technologies appear and traditional jobs change, training will matter more than ever.
How did Illinois score with small business owners? One of the most purple, or one of the worst.
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