When it comes to supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the U.S., local government and ecosystem players get the nod over those at the state or national level. And while they are largely an optimistic bunch about their prospects for growth in the coming year, they worry about sustaining their success.
This information comes from a new white paper from Dell and Intel, “Understanding the State of Local Startups and Small Businesses.”
Within the past few months, Dell wrapped up a series of listening sessions to connect with entrepreneurs and small business owners to explore how they plan to grow and the resources they need to do it. The “think tank” tour kicked off in Miami and Atlanta in June 2012 and made its way through Silicon Valley, Chicago, Southern California, Austin, Philadelphia, Seattle and Boston.
Business owners in Austin were most positive about the level of support from their state government (61%) and local government (66%) while those in the Bay Area were most skeptical of government support at all levels – local (40%), state (25%) and national (23%).
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