Thank you for taking time to complete this important survey. The Bucks County Commissioners and the Planning Commission desire your input to help plan for the future of the County. Additional information about the County’s comprehensive plan update and the business survey can be found here:  Bucks2040.com

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* 1. What best describes the general nature of your business? See Buckswda-LTIP.pdf (pa.gov) for more detail.

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* 2. How long have you operated your business in Bucks County?

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* 3. Do you own or lease your place of business?

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* 4. Are you a sole proprietor or do you employ staff?

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* 5. If you employ staff, what is the total size of your workforce, inclusive of all shifts (number of employees)?

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* 6. How do the majority of your employees get to your place of business?

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* 7. Where do the majority of your employees live?

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* 8. Prior to the COVID Pandemic did your business offer telework/work from home for your employees?

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* 9. If you implemented telework/work from home as a result of the COVID pandemic, will you continue to utilize telework/work from home or a hybrid as an option for your employees?

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* 10. If you lease space for your business and implemented telework/work from home will this cause you to rethink the amount of space you lease in your current location?

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* 11. What challenges do you face in recruiting and retaining employees? (Select all that apply)

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* 12. Does your business conduct online retail sales? (check all that apply)

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* 13. If you answered “Yes” to question 12, what percentage of your sales are done online?

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* 14. Please indicate how important each of the following were in your choice to locate your business in Bucks County.

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It is where I live
Proximity to market, customer base, or suppliers
Location of Bucks County in the region
Cost factors: land, building, utilities
Skilled or educated workforce
Local land use regulations – ease of permitting/approvals
Quality of life/community appeal for employees or self
Tax incentives (e.g. abatements etc.)
Financial stability of county/local government
Level of taxation
Labor Costs
Low traffic congestion/ Transportation network
Low Crime rate
Proximity/availability of public transportation
Quality of education (Grades K thru 12)
Quality, availability and affordability of housing for employees
Quality/availability of county government services
Support from a local chamber of commerce or business networking group or business association

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* 15. Please indicate how important each of the following are for supporting your business.

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Complementary or related businesses
Roads and traffic control
Sidewalks, pedestrian circulation
Arts and culture facilities/activities
Open space and parks/recreation facilities
Workforce housing – availability/affordability/diversity
Public transportation
Technology upgrades (e.g. broadband etc.)
Availability of skilled/educated workforce
Access to business resources (e.g. CareerLink, Financing, PA.GOV etc.)
Energy resilience – stable power grid
Downtown/Main Street District
Tourism
Adequate and conveniently located parking
Population density – e.g. a Town Center

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* 16. What are your business plans for the next five (5) years?

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* 17. Prior to the COVID Pandemic how would you describe the ability to start up, operate and or generate business in Bucks County?

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* 18. As the COVID Pandemic eases, how would you describe the ability to start up, operate and or generate business in Bucks County?

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* 19. Please indicate the biggest challenges Bucks County will face in the next five (5) to ten (10) years?

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Traffic (e.g. congestion, circulation etc.)
Stable taxes
Lack of skilled/educated workers
Retaining businesses
Affordable/attainable housing for employees
Attracting new and different businesses
Regional competition
Municipal regulations
COVID recovery
Cost of conducting business (e.g. energy, healthcare, wages etc.)
Public transit access for employees to get to places of employment
Retaining workers – wage competition

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* 20. Select the three (3) most important actions Bucks County Government could take that would improve your ability to operate a successful business.

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* 21. If you are a member of a Chamber of Commerce, please indicate which one: (check all that apply)

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* 22. Are you aware of any of the Bucks County Business development partners listed below? If yes, please check which ones. 

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* 23. If you answered yes, to Question 22, have you worked with any of the organizations listed below to develop your business at any time? If yes, which one(s) did you work with? 

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* 24. Are you aware of the County’s COVID-19 Economic Resources Portal? 

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* 25. If you answered “Yes” to question 24, did you utilize any of the resources or information found on the COVID-19 Economic Resources Portal to assist with operating your business?

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* 26. As a result of the COVID pandemic, did you apply for a Bucks Back to Work Small Business Grant during any of the three rounds in which it was offered?

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* 27. If you answered “Yes” to question 26, did you receive a grant?

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* 28. Have you experienced any supply chain issues over the past year with regularly ordered supplies to operate your business? If yes, please check all that apply.

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* 29. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being less likely and 10 being highly likely, how likely would you be to recommend Bucks County to a friend as a place to start or base a business?

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* 30. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being less likely and 10 being highly likely, how likely would you be to recommend Bucks County to a friend as a place to live?

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* 31. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being less likely and 10 being highly likely, how likely would you be to recommend Bucks County to a friend as a place to work?

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* 32. In which state, county and municipality do you reside?

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* 33. In which borough or township is your business located?

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* 34. Does your business qualify as any of the following?

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* 35. Is there anything else you would like to add to assist the County Commissioners and the Planning Commission with the update to the County’s Bucks2040 Comprehensive Plan?

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* 36. If you would be willing to participate in a focus group/virtual panel sponsored by Bucks County to discuss some of the issues addressed on this survey, please provide your contact information below:

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