Big Bend Entrepreneur Support Team  Business Owner Outreach Survey (revised 6/2018 – JMH)

The Big Bend Entrepreneur Support Team is a group focusing on how our community can better support local businesses and entrepreneurs. We are partnering with Rural Action and the national Center for Rural Entrepreneurship on this project using a business development approach has been successful in other communities.  To support local business development, we need to talk with owners to learn how we can help. We would like your input as a business owner and leader in the community to share your experiences and suggestions on how we can do a better job with business development. This survey will help us to understand your business and the specific development issues that, if addressed, could enable your business to do better.  We can also identify important community-specific development issues that can help to prioritize infrastructure needs. Thank you for your participation! 

Area 1: About the Business
Please indicate how many are full time, and how many are part time/
Area 2: About the Owner
Area 3: Future Plans
In the next 5 years do you intend to...
In the next 5 years do you intend to...
Add a new product or service
Sell to a new market
Research new markets
Expand distribution channels
Expand advertising and promotion
Invest in new equipment
Replace current equipment
Expand current facilities
Redesign current facilities
Seek additional financial capital
Computerize current operations
Upgrade computer systems
Redesign operating activities
Expand the scope of operating activities
Seek professional or technical advice
Add specialized employees
Invest in off-site training for employees
Area 4: Development Issues
Which of the following business development issues are critical to your business’ success and future growth?
Which of the following business development issues are critical to your business’ success and future growth?
Access to financing or capital
Access to new markets
Assistance with business planning
Assistance with business transfer or sale
Lowering local taxes
Lowering state and/or federal taxes
Providing benefits to workers
Finding motivated and/or skilled workers
Lack of community awareness and support
Assistance in improving production
Access to higher quality telecommunications services
Upgrade computer systems
Redesign operating activities
Expand the scope of operating activities
Seek professional or technical advice
Add specialized employees
Invest in off-site training for employees
Area 5: Business Community Engagement
To help us understand the business climate in our community, please indicate your level of agreement with each statement...
To help us understand the business climate in our community, please indicate your level of agreement with each statement...
People in this community understand that entrepreneurs are critically important to the development of our economy.
People in this community support someone who is starting a new or expanding an existing business.
People in this community continue to support an entrepreneur who fails and is trying again with a new enterprise.
There is opportunity for younger people to stay and support themselves.
I would recommend this community as a good place to live.
People in this community are generally optimistic about the future of the community.