By Brice Wallace

Both Salt Lake City and Utah fared well in an annual survey of small-business friendliness, although both face intense nearby competition.

Utah was ranked seventh-best among states and Salt Lake City was ninth among 80 cities in the Small Business Friendliness Survey conducted by Thumbtack, an application and website that helps people find local professionals for projects. The largest continuous survey of its kind, it involved surveying more than 13,000 small-business owners to evaluate how easy state and local governments make it to start, operate and grow a small business. The Utah and Salt Lake City results are based on surveys of business owners in those areas.

Utah was given an A-plus for overall friendliness. Salt Lake City earned an A.

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