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Title: Rural Business Conference Rural Utah Business Survey Moab, Utah, Feb' 19, 2009


1
Rural Business ConferenceRural Utah Business
SurveyMoab, Utah, Feb. 19, 2009
  • Interactive audience response system provided by
    the
  • Utah Rural Development Council and
  • Southern Utah Universitys Office of Regional
    Services

2
We'll begin with an introductory slide to help
you get familiar with the"clicker" system.
  • READY?!?

3
SUUs mascot is what?
  • Rebel
  • Wolverine
  • Aggie
  • Thunderbird
  • Badger
  • Desert Sun
  • Cowboy

4
How many employees does your business have?
  • Sole proprietorship
  • 1-5
  • 6-10
  • 11-25
  • More than 25

5
What type of business are you in?
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural resource-based
  • Agriculture
  • Service
  • Professional services
  • Utilities
  • Other

6
Does your business have a connection to natural
resources?
  • Yes
  • No

7
How dependent is your business on tourism?
  • Totally dependent
  • .
  • Moderately dependent
  • .
  • Not at all dependent

8
Do you provide health/medical benefits to your
employees?
  • Yes
  • No

9
In the past 12 months, how have your net profits
changed?
  • Increased
  • Decreased
  • Stayed about the same

10
In the next 12 months, how do you expect your net
profits to change?
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Stay about the same

11
In the next 12 months, how do you expect the
number of your employees to change?
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Stay about the same

12
Financially, how do you feel about the future of
your business?
  • Confident
  • Not confident
  • Somewhere in-between

13
How does the Internet affect your business?
  • Very Positively. Its a great benefit.
  • .
  • No affect
  • .
  • Very negatively. It harms my sales.

14
Does your business have a Website?
  • Yes
  • No

15
To what extent could your business benefit from
E-commerce training?
  • Could be very helpful
  • .
  • Maybe helpful/maybe not
  • .
  • Wouldnt help at all

16
What is your most difficult management challenge?
  • Getting good employees
  • Rising costs
  • Getting financing/capital
  • Government regulations/taxes
  • Bookkeeping
  • Marketing
  • Cash flow management
  • Suppliers

17
Do you currently have some type of business
loan/debt?
  • Yes
  • No

18
In the last 12 months, has your business had
difficulty securing credit?
  • Yes
  • No

19
What is the primary type of financing your
business uses?
  • Credit cards
  • Earnings of business
  • Bank loans
  • Private loans (friend or family)
  • SBA loan
  • Other

20
Have you used a credit card to finance business
operations in the past 12 months?
  • Yes
  • No

21
If you had extra capital, where would you invest?
  • In advertising/marketing
  • Hire new employees
  • In new plant or equipment
  • Increase inventory
  • Expand operations
  • Invest in E-commerce
  • Provide more employee pay/benefits

22
Aside from the economy generally, what do you see
as the most serious threat to your business?
  • Taxes
  • Regulatory burdens
  • Environmental restrictions
  • Workforce issues
  • Financing/capital/credit issues
  • Competition (global, Internet, etc)
  • Health insurance costs
  • Other

23
What is the most important thing Government could
do to help your business?
  • Reduce taxes
  • Address health care costs
  • Reduce regulatory burdens
  • Improve workforce training/education
  • Provide technical assistance/training
  • Other

24
How likely are you to take advantage of business
training workshops if available?
  • Very likely
  • .
  • Maybe/Maybe not
  • .
  • Very unlikely

25
In the coming 12 months, you expect the economy
to
  • Grow and improve
  • Decline and get even worse
  • Stay about like it is now

26
THE ENDPlease put your clickers back on the
table!
  • Interactive Audience Response system provided by
    the
  • Utah Rural Development Council and
  • Southern Utah Universitys Office of Regional
    Services

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