Small Business Index Survey
Your Feedback is Requested by Friday, May 30th, 2014
The State of Florida is experiencing a significant economic transition and many in the small business community are experiencing challenging times. As we work to secure Florida's future, it is critical that we know what issues are most important to you. Please take a few minutes to answer 25 questions below to give us your opinion in our Small Business Index Survey. Your personal information will not be shared.
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Type of Industry
What is the single most important issue facing your business today?
Access to Capital
Growth Management Process
International Trade Barriers
Labor Regulations(including unions)
Lawsuit Abuse & Unfair Litigation
Property Insurance Costs
Other - Not Listed
Your issue not listed? Enter it here:
How many full time employees does your company employ?
Less than 5
5 to 49
50 to 99
100 to 500
How many part time employees does your company employ?
Less than 5
5 to 49
50 to 99
100 to 500
Describe your company's sales over the last three months when compared to the same period last year:
Describe your company's sales over the last three months as compared to the prior three months (ignore seasonal influences on sales):
How do you expect the economy will change over the next year?
How do you expect the economy will change over the next three years?
How do you expect your company's sales will change over the next three months as compared to the prior three months (ignore seasonal influences on sales)?
How do you expect your company's sales will change over the next year (as compared to the last 12 months)?
Does your company do business internationally?
If yes, what countries do you do business in?
What are your company's employment plans over the next six months?
Hire many new employees
Hire few new employees
Lay off many employees
Lay off few employees
Maintain current workforce
What obstacles are preventing you from hiring new employees?
Lack of sales
Too much regulation
Requirements of the federal health care bill
Uncertainty about what state government will do next
Do you have plans to increase your investment in plant or equipment?
Yes - less than 6 months
Yes - 6-12 months
Yes - more than 1 year
No - no plans
No - does not apply to my business
Is your business better off today than it was six months ago?
Overall, how reasonable are state government regulations of small businesses today?
How worried are you about regulations, restrictions and taxes that have been put on your business in Tallahassee, negatively impacting your ability to do business?
Not very worried
Not at all worried
What do you believe is the top small business issue that the state legislature should address?
How confident are you in the direction our state government is taking to make Florida a better place to conduct business?
During the last six months, was your firm able to obtain the financing/capital necessary for your business?
I did not need additional capital or financing
Do you expect to find it easier or harder to obtain your required financing during the next six months?
On whom do you rely most for the information you need to help make important business decisions?
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida Small Business Development Center Network
How do you prefer to receive information needed to manage your business?
Live group training
Online group training
Peer group roundtable
Written material delivered online or in print format
Which social media platforms do you use, either personally or for your business? (check all that apply)
How often do you use social media to promote your business?
A few times per week
I don’t use social media to promote my business
In order to advance small business issues in Tallahassee and Washington D.C., I am willing to:
Speak with local broadcast media
Meet with editorial boards of my local newspaper
Write a letter to the editor of my local paper or state publication
Testify before state or federal lawmakers
Host a political fundraising event
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