Chamber Survey Results                      
                     
Current Top Business Challenges                      
                     
                     
Apr 22, 2010 3:38:17 PM                      
                     
1.  Rate each challenge below anywhere from 0 to 10, with 10 being an enormous challenge to your business and 1 being little challenge and 0 being no challenge at all for your business or not applicable. 
Top number is the count of respondents selecting the option. Bottom % is percent of the total respondents selecting the option. No Challenge or Not Applicable 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Enormous Challenge
The economy - The condition of the local, state and national economy 0 0 0 3 0 2 3 5 6 4 15
0% 0% 0% 8% 0% 5% 8% 13% 16% 11% 39%
Taxation - The amount you pay in taxes, at all levels 3 0 0 0 0 4 4 6 7 5 9
8% 0% 0% 0% 0% 11% 11% 16% 18% 13% 24%
Competition - Staying ahead of your private sector competitors 1 1 1 3 3 7 3 6 4 5 4
3% 3% 3% 8% 8% 18% 8% 16% 11% 13% 11%
Cost of health insurance - The amount you pay for health insurance 6 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 5 3 15
16% 0% 0% 0% 0% 3% 8% 13% 13% 8% 39%
Personnel costs - Your labor rates 6 1 0 2 2 5 5 7 3 4 3
16% 3% 0% 5% 5% 13% 13% 18% 8% 11% 8%
Available employees - getting enough applicants for your open position 12 4 4 2 2 3 4 1 1 2 3
32% 11% 11% 5% 5% 8% 11% 3% 3% 5% 8%
Skilled employees - Finding the talent and specific skills you need 10 2 1 5 1 3 4 2 3 4 3
26% 5% 3% 13% 3% 8% 11% 5% 8% 11% 8%
Marketing - Promoting your firm and its brand, products and services 3 1 2 4 2 3 2 10 3 4 4
8% 3% 5% 11% 5% 8% 5% 26% 8% 11% 11%
Making sales - finding and closing sales with new customers 2 2 2 2 0 6 0 8 6 3 6
5% 5% 5% 5% 0% 16% 0% 22% 16% 8% 16%
Retention - retaining current customers 1 7 8 5 0 3 5 2 4 1 2
3% 18% 21% 13% 0% 8% 13% 5% 11% 3% 5%
                     
                     
2.  CONTINUED FROM QUESTION #1...Rate each challenge below anywhere from 0 to 10, with 10 being an enormous challenge to your business and 1 being little challenge and 0 being no challenge at all for your business or not applicable. 
Top number is the count of respondents selecting the option. Bottom % is percent of the total respondents selecting the option. No Challenge or Not Applicable 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Enormous Challenge
Energy costs - electricity and gas 4 1 3 2 3 6 7 4 3 2 3
11% 3% 8% 5% 8% 16% 18% 11% 8% 5% 8%
Utilities costs - Water, sewer and the like. 6 1 2 4 2 8 6 4 2 0 2
16% 3% 5% 11% 5% 22% 16% 11% 5% 0% 5%
Workers Compensation - The cost and procedures for your workers comp 11 0 2 2 1 5 3 1 5 2 6
29% 0% 5% 5% 3% 13% 8% 3% 13% 5% 16%
Communications - Broadband access and voice and data services 8 3 1 3 4 8 5 2 3 0 1
21% 8% 3% 8% 11% 21% 13% 5% 8% 0% 3%
Information - finding helpful how-to information for your business 7 9 1 6 3 5 3 2 2 0 0
18% 24% 3% 16% 8% 13% 8% 5% 5% 0% 0%
Professional development - improving your own business skills 2 8 2 4 2 10 5 1 1 1 2
5% 21% 5% 11% 5% 26% 13% 3% 3% 3% 5%
Legislation - New proposed laws at the state or federal level 3 2 0 2 2 4 2 5 3 5 9
8% 5% 0% 5% 5% 11% 5% 14% 8% 14% 24%
Current regulations - Staying compliant with human resources 9 2 1 4 2 3 1 5 1 1 8
24% 5% 3% 11% 5% 8% 3% 14% 3% 3% 22%
Access to financing - Bank loans and or capital to operate or expand 8 7 0 3 1 4 1 5 3 1 5
21% 18% 0% 8% 3% 11% 3% 13% 8% 3% 13%
Adequate cash flow - managing your cash requirements 6 2 1 4 1 5 0 6 3 3 7
16% 5% 3% 11% 3% 13% 0% 16% 8% 8% 18%
                     
                     
3.  CONTINUED FROM QUESTION #1...Rate each challenge below anywhere from 0 to 10, with 10 being an enormous challenge to your business and 1 being little challenge and 0 being no challenge at all for your business or not applicable. 
Top number is the count of respondents selecting the option. Bottom % is percent of the total respondents selecting the option. No Challenge or Not Applicable 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Enormous Challenge
Technology - understanding and fully using technology in my business 1 5 1 5 0 7 1 12 3 1 2
3% 13% 3% 13% 0% 18% 3% 32% 8% 3% 5%
Transportation costs - the cost of shipping materials 8 6 3 6 1 2 2 5 3 2 0
21% 16% 8% 16% 3% 5% 5% 13% 8% 5% 0%
Training - Finding education and training for me and my employees 12 7 2 3 1 5 2 4 1 1 0
32% 18% 5% 8% 3% 13% 5% 11% 3% 3% 0%
                     
                     
4.  Please choose your current SINGLE biggest challenge.                 
    Number of Response(s) Response Ratio                
The economy - The condition of the local, state and national economy 15 39.4%                
Taxation - The amount you pay in taxes, at all levels 3 7.8%                
Competition - Staying ahead of your private sector competitors 1 2.6%                
Cost of health insurance - The amount you pay for health insurance 3 7.8%                
Personnel costs - Your labor rates 0 0.0%                
Available employees - getting enough applicants for your open positions 0 0.0%                
Skilled employees - Finding the talent and specific skills you need 1 2.6%                
Marketing - Promoting your firm and its brand, its products and its services 3 7.8%                
Making sales - finding and closing sales with new customers 5 13.1%                
Retention - retaining current customers 1 2.6%                
Energy costs - electricity and gas 0 0.0%                
Transportation costs - the cost of shipping raw materials or finished products 0 0.0%                
Workers Compensation - The cost and procedures related to your workers comp 2 5.2%                
Communications - Broadband access and voice and data services 0 0.0%                
Information - finding helpful how-to information for your business 0 0.0%                
Professional development - improving your own business and personal skills 0 0.0%                
Legislation - New proposed laws at the state or federal level 1 2.6%                
Current regulations - Staying compliant with regulations for human resources 0 0.0%                
Access to financing - Bank loans and or other capital to operate or expand 2 5.2%                
Adequate cash flow - managing your cash requirements 0 0.0%                
Other 1 2.6%                
No Responses 0 0.0%                
Total 38 100%                
                     
                     
5.  Please choose your type of business or industry.                 
    Number of Response(s) Response Ratio                
Agriculture 1 2.6%                
Real Estate 0 0.0%                
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 0 0.0%                
Professional and Technical Services 9 23.6%                
Utilities 0 0.0%                
Construction 0 0.0%                
Manufacturing 6 15.7%                
Educational Services 0 0.0%                
Wholesale Trade 1 2.6%                
Retail Trade 5 13.1%                
Health Care 3 7.8%                
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 1 2.6%                
Transportation and Warehousing 1 2.6%                
Accommodations 1 2.6%                
Information 1 2.6%                
Finance and Insurance 3 7.8%                
Public Administration 0 0.0%                
Other 5 13.1%                
No Responses 1 2.6%                
Total 38 100%