Are Cities Walking the Startup Walk? Part 3: Innovation & Small Business in US Cities

Ranking of US Cities on Small Business Accessibility and Procurement Innovation

Key Take Aways

  • Boston still #1 when adjusted for size, outperforming second placed Austin by about 30%
  • Atlanta is now #1 on small business access, continuing it’s shake-up by providing the best discovery and decision-making experience for small business — good news for the recently recruited Chief procurement Officer David L Wilson II who took the city from 27th place to #1 in just 6 months.
  • New York City tops in absolute numbers of innovative procurements, followed by Austin and Boston — but ranks just 39th when adjusted for its size.
  • Only Clark County, NV did not issue any innovative RFPs out of the group of 56 major cities.
  • 40% of governments continue use platforms that try to generate revenue from business users in the form of upsells or mandatory fees to access public documentation. We strongly believe that such practices are not helping small businesses participate in procurement.

More on how & what we measured

A first step to tracking what is innovative.

About the Small Business Accessibility Score

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Passionate about social + city innovation, delightful procurement, connecting social entrepreneurs and governments. Fellow @ New America | Founder/CEO Citymart

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Sascha Haselmayer

Sascha Haselmayer

Passionate about social + city innovation, delightful procurement, connecting social entrepreneurs and governments. Fellow @ New America | Founder/CEO Citymart

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