Working Lands Needs Assessment

The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce is conducting a Working Lands Needs Assessment.

A needs assessment is a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or "gaps" between current conditions and desired conditions or "wants". 

It involves both collecting data on what is true for you right now, and visioning where you want yourself, and your sector, to be in the future.  Please take the time to complete our survey.  Your input is valuable to help us direct our energies accessing resources to meet our collective goals.

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* 1. Within the Working Lands Sector, what does your business do? Please list all farming, forestry, foraging, or value added production activities that your business does.

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* 2. Please list all products your grow, produce, forage or market:

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* 3. In what Town(s) do you produce goods?

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* 4. Which towns and states do you sell your product in? What towns or regions do you hope to begin selling in/to?

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* 5. How do you distribute or move your goods?

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* 6. What materials that are important to your business are you able to source locally? What must you import?

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* 7. What resources do you lack, which if in place, or accessible, would improve your business?

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* 8. What resources already in place are essential to the way your business currently operates?

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* 9. Have you ever used any business planning tools, or specialists?

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* 10. Do you currently need help growing your business or reaching new markets?

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* 11. Which business, or business type most complements your own?

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* 12. Do you advertise your business? If yes, do you conduct that marketing yourself, or hire out?

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* 13. Do state and federal regulations impact your business? If yes, Please describe in the comment box

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* 14. Who do you consider your biggest competitor?

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* 15. Are you a member of any working group, guild or grange? If so, please specify

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* 16. Does your business have a current business plan?

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* 17. If you do not have a current business plan, are you interested in creating one?

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* 18. List all trainings related to your current field of operations you have taken in the past 12 months.

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* 19. What trainings would interest you in the future?

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* 20. Are you currently seeking assistance, financial or otherwise, for your business? Please check those that apply.

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