What do you consider a small business? 

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* 1. What do you consider a small business?

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* 2. Would you say that things in California are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel that things are off on the wrong track?

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* 3. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest), please rate the following items about California.

  1 2 3 4 5
The Economy
The business climate in California
The business climate for small businesses

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* 4. How have your gross revenues changed over the last 12 months?

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* 5. Have you seen an improvement in the economy in the last six months?

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* 6. Over the past 12 months, has the number of people employed by your business increased, decreased, or stayed the same?

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* 7. If you plan on hiring new employees in the next six months, at what wage level?

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* 8. Do you plan on hiring more independent contractors in the next 6 months?

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* 9. Over the next few years, do you think the business climate for small businesses in California will get much better, somewhat better, somewhat worse, much worse or stay about the same?

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* 10. Do you see yourself in business, in California, in 3 years?

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* 11. Here are some issues affecting California small businesses that people have said should be addressed by your elected officials in Sacramento. For each one, please tell us whether you think it should be the top priority for your elected officials, a high priority, a medium priority, a low priority, or not a priority at all for your elected officials in Sacramento.

  Top priority High priority Medium priority Low priority Not a priority at all
The worker's compensation system
The availability and rising cost of health care
Too much regulation of small businesses
Access to capital/credit
The cost of energy/fuel
Reducing state taxes
The quality of public education
Awarding state contracts to small businesses
Encouraging international trade
Repairing and enhancing the State's infrastructure
Finding qualified workers
Immigration
The economy
Affordable housing

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* 12. Do you provide health insurance benefits to your employees?

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* 13. Do you support publicly funded health insurance, often called single-payer, that provides access to medical care including prescription drugs, dental and vision, relieving businesses of health insurance responsibilities, so everyone has equal access to healthcare?

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* 14. If you are in favor of a single-payer approach to healthcare, where businesses are not directly paying for, or administering, employee health insurance, please rate each of these sources of revenue on a scale of 1-10 as your preferred methods for generating the revenue necessary to fund this system. If you are not in favor, please select N/A.

  1 (Least preferred) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Most preferred) N/A
Business Gross receipts tax
Payroll tax - employer side
Payroll tax - employee side
Income tax - employer income tax
Income tax - employee side
Sales tax

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* 15. Did you use the Small Business (Shop) Covered California for your group health insurance coverage?

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* 16. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides management and technical assistance to small businesses in California. Are you aware of the assistance?

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* 17. In thinking about education, which higher education institution provides better job training skills for the needs of your company?

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* 18. What effect, if any, does the underground economy - including businesses that pay employees "under the table" and those that misclassify employees as consultants or contractors in order to avoid payroll taxes, workers' comp, and other benefits - have on your business?

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* 19. When you needed to hire employees over the past 24 months, what local resources did you access?

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* 20. California is dominated by Democrats in elected offices, is this:

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* 21. Have you ever contacted your state Senator, Assemblymember, or Governor on a small business issue that impacts you? If yes, do you think it had any impact?

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* 22. Do you need credit for your business for any of the following:

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* 23. Have you recently obtained credit for:

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* 24. Are you interested in any source of equity financing?

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* 25. If yes to any of the above, have you ever tried to get equity investors?

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* 26. SB Cal is supporting improved sources of equity funding in CA. Is this of interest to you?

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* 27. How much equity financing are you interested in?

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* 28. Are you aware of the State Loan Guarantee Program's Financial Development Corporations?

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* 29. Are you aware of any state lending programs?

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* 30. Are you aware of the Workforce Investment Board?

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* 31. Have you interacted with the Workforce Investment Board?

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* 32. How many full-time employees does your company have?

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* 33. What is your official title within the company?

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* 34. Which political party better represents the interests of small businesses: Democrats, Republicans, both equally, or neither?

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* 35. With which racial or ethnic group do you identify yourself?

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* 36. What is your gender?

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* 37. Which county is your business located in? If you have multiple locations, please check all that apply.

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* 38. Does your City/County have a 'buy local' or 'go local' campaign supporting small businesses?

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* 39. How is your business organized?

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* 40. What association best represents your interests in California?

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* 41. What is your main source of legislation and regulation updates/news?

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* 42. If you would like more information about Small Business California and the work we do, please give us your contact information.

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* 43. Membership dues help us provide this Survey for free. Please consider joining Small Business California so we can continue to serve Small Businesses and provide services like these. Join SB-Cal here


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