and the Kauffman Foundation surveyed more than 6,000 small business owners across the country, and New York did not fare well.  We ranked among the 10 worst in the nation.

New York received an overall grade of D in small business friendliness, an F for its regulations, tax code, zoning and licensing policies. The state received a D for its lack of ease in starting a business as well as issues relating to health, safety and the environment. New York received its highest marks in hiring costs and training programs, with each receiving a B-.

This is just another reminder that despite the progress that New York State in the past 16 months towards improving its business climate, much, much more work needs to be done.