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Report ranks cities for ease of doing business for SMBs

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A new report ranks 115 North American cities for the ease of setting up, operating and shutting down small and mid-sized businesses.

The Doing Business North America report from the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University measures business regulations across the cities in 92 states, provinces and districts in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“The Doing Business North America report offers local jurisdictions objective data on how policies, regulations and licensing requirements affect businesses in their community,” said Steve Slivinski, senior research fellow and project director of the Doing Business North America report at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, in a statement announcing the release of the report. “We expect that many jurisdictions will be interested in how they rank compared to their neighbors or peers,” said Slivinski.

Among the findings:

• Oklahoma City had the highest Ease of Doing Business Score.

• Winnipeg, Halifax, and Moncton, all in Canada, lead the “Starting a Business” category, which measures the number of legal procedures required to start a business and the costs associated with those procedures.

•In the “Employing Workers” category, which includes mandates like minimum wages and required paid leave, Arlington, Virginia is first.

Read the report online at http://dbna.asu.edu/.

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