A Business Retention and Expansion Survey

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development is conducting a business retention and expansion survey of the state’s maritime business and manufacturing industry. Information compiled under this survey will be used to assess sector specific needs by business type and region.

To assure we receive strong input from the marine trades sector, the Department is extending the survey through September 15, 2012. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback is important and helps prioritize work aimed at strengthening Alaska's maritime and marine business sector. This survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time. Your answers will be treated anonymously.

If you have any questions, please contact Glenn Haight, glenn.haight@alaska.gov, 907-465-6144.

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* 3. How would you classify your business? (check all that apply)

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* 4. Please estimate the composition of your annual customer base as a percent of total business activity (Should total 100%).

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* 5. Please estimate as a percentage of your annual businesses activity, the origin of your customers (Should total 100%).

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* 6. Is a lack of customers currently a problem for your business?

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* 7. Please identify your interest level in the following items.

  Very interested Somewhat interested Little or no interest Do not know
Assistance identifying local customers.
Growing your business.

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* 8. What are your expectations for the future of your business?

  Significant Growth Moderate Growth Remain the Same Moderate Downsize Significant Downsize Don't Know
Overall Business Size [Current Year]
Overall Business Size [In 5 Years]
Overall Business Size [In 10 Years]
Plant / Facility Size
Employment Quantity

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* 9. Do the following areas challenge the future of your business?

  Significant Challenge Moderate Challenge Little or No Challenge Don't Know
Workforce Availability
Workforce Quality
Fisheries Management
Financial Resources
Taxation
Government Regulation

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* 10. What is your overall expectation regarding the following scenarios?

  Very Likely Somewhat Likely Not Likely Don't Know
Operating in 1 year
Operating in 5 years
Operating in 10 years

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* 11. Please identify the number of employees working in your business including you and family members.

  1 - 3 4 - 10 11 - 20 21+
Full time
Part time / seasonal

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* 12. List your employee type, both permanent and part time / seasonal as a percent. (Should total 100%)

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* 13. Please estimate the number of independent contractors that you employ annually.

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* 14. How would you rate the quality of the local labor pool as it relates to your business?

  Very Good Good Fair Poor Don't Know
Professional/Management
Skilled
Semi-Skilled
Unskilled
Clerical

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* 15. Please indicate your workforce hiring status now and in the future.

  Hiring Stable Downsizing Don't Know
Current
Short - Term (< 2 years)
Long - Term (> 2 Years)

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* 16. How would you rate the following potential recruitment challenges in your business?

  Significant Problem Moderate Problem Little or No problem Don't Know
Labor Supply Shortage
Skills Not Adequate
Distance to Job Site
Available Housing
Affordable Housing

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* 17. Please indicate the level of threat each of these presents to the overall viability of your business.

  Severely Threatens Somewhat Threatens Little or No Threat Don't Know
Short-Term General Business Activity in your area (next 2 years)
Long-Term General Business Activity in your area (3 - 5 years)
Workforce Quantity
Workforce Quality
Workforce Cost
Competition
Utilities/Services Availability
Utilities/Services Cost
Telecommunications Availability
Telecommunications Cost
Transportation Availability
Transportation Cost
Federal/State Taxes
Local Taxes
Government Regulation
Available land to expand
Environmental Issues
Lack of Available Marketing Dollars
Product Demand
Access to Capital
Production Process

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* 18. What are the three greatest challenges to your business?

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* 19. What are the three greatest challenges to your industry?

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* 20. Please provide contact information. All answers except "City/Town" are optional.

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