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Thank you for your interest in participating in this survey of independent businesses in British Columbia. The goal of this survey is to quantify the proportion of revenue that your firm recirculates in the BC economy.

If you begin the survey with basic accounting materials in front of you, it should take no more than 10-30 minutes to complete. The essential questions ask about the proportion of operating revenue that you dedicate on five categories of expenditure. So, for example, if employee wages and benefits paid to BC residents costs you $150,000 and your operating revenues are $1 million, then select 15% from the drop-down menu.

Please note the following:

Participation in this survey is limited to independent, BC-owned businesses engaged in storefront retail trade or the operation of eating and drinking establishments with all locations in British Columbia. Motor vehicle dealers and gasoline stations will not be included.

All responses will remain confidential, and answers will be aggregated. The names of participating businesses will be included in study documentation only if there are enough to maintain the privacy of your business data.

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Again, we thank you. Should you encounter difficulties in completing this survey, please contact

Civic Economics has been retained by an organization in your community to study the performance and economic impact of independently owned businesss. The survey you will undertake is designed to assist us in that endeavor.

We realize the information sought in this survey is highly sensitive and proprietary, and we appreciate your willingness to participate. Information gathered in this survey will be handled with the utmost confidentiality by Civic Economics. Your answers will be shared with no one other than the partners in the firm, and data will be reported only in aggregated form.

If you have any questions about this survey and the confidentiality of your submission, please contact Dan Houston of Civic Economics:; 512.853.9044