The mission of the Rural Economic Development Council (REDC) is to promote the sustainable economic growth and vitality of Loudoun County’s agricultural, horticultural, equine and other rural industries.

Data about rural economic activities and their impact on, and integration with the general economy is inadequate. Without reliable information, understanding the rural economy and benchmarking new programs is challenging at best.

REDC is creating a regular process by which rural businesses will be surveyed to gather information germane to supporting a positive business and policy climate in western Loudoun County.

The name of the business/farm?

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* 1. The name of the business/farm?

Business/farm email?

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* 2. Business/farm email?

How many years has this business/farm been in operation?

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* 3. How many years has this business/farm been in operation?

Please indicate which of the following categories best describes the business/farm:

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* 4. Please indicate which of the following categories best describes the business/farm:

Note: Information on the business/farm name and email address will remain confidential. Name and email information will not be captured or maintained in the data base. We use the name and email information only to help us avoid duplicate data.
Is this business/farm the primary source of income for the owner?

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* 5. Is this business/farm the primary source of income for the owner?

How many full-time employees?

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* 6. How many full-time employees?

How many part-time employees?

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* 7. How many part-time employees?

Do you expect to add full-time employees within the next 18 months

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* 8. Do you expect to add full-time employees within the next 18 months

Do you expect to add part-time employees within the next 18 months?

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* 9. Do you expect to add part-time employees within the next 18 months?

Is this classified as a for-profit business/farm for tax purposes?

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* 10. Is this classified as a for-profit business/farm for tax purposes?

Is the business making a profit?

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* 11. Is the business making a profit?

Do you have adequate local access to the amount and type of financing this business needs?

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* 12. Do you have adequate local access to the amount and type of financing this business needs?

If this business/farm has been in operation for 5 years or less what was the source(s) of your initial capital (please check all that apply)?

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* 13. If this business/farm has been in operation for 5 years or less what was the source(s) of your initial capital (please check all that apply)?

Does this business/farm own land used for farming

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* 14. Does this business/farm own land used for farming

Does this business/farm lease land from someone else for farming purposes?

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* 15. Does this business/farm lease land from someone else for farming purposes?

Does this business/farm lease land to someone else for farming purposes?

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* 16. Does this business/farm lease land to someone else for farming purposes?

Note: For the purposes of this survey “farming” is defined broadly to include growing anything that is sold for-profit. In addition to traditional crops this includes flowers, landscaping, ornamentation, hay, and feed. Farming for this purpose specifically includes hydroponic and other non-traditional growing methods.
Does this business lease pastureland?

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* 17. Does this business lease pastureland?

Does this business/farm own pastureland?

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* 18. Does this business/farm own pastureland?

Does this business/farm lease pastureland land to someone else?

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* 19. Does this business/farm lease pastureland land to someone else?

Note: For the purposes of this survey “pastureland” is defined broadly to include land used to provide for any types of animal including chickens, goats, cows, horses, llama, dogs, deer, buffalo, etc.  so long as the animals are for commercial purposes as opposed to family pets.
Does this business/farm anticipate changing the total amount of land it owns or leases for farming or pastureland in Loudoun County over the next ten years?

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* 20. Does this business/farm anticipate changing the total amount of land it owns or leases for farming or pastureland in Loudoun County over the next ten years?

Business/farm ownership

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* 21. Business/farm ownership

Age group of the majority owner

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* 22. Age group of the majority owner

Do you consider Loudoun County Agritourism important to the financial success of this business/farm?

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* 23. Do you consider Loudoun County Agritourism important to the financial success of this business/farm?

Do you consider increased marketing options important to the financial success of this business/farm?

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* 24. Do you consider increased marketing options important to the financial success of this business/farm?

Do you consider increased processing options important to the financial success of this business/farm?

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* 25. Do you consider increased processing options important to the financial success of this business/farm?

What is the biggest problem hindering the growth of your business in Loudoun County?

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* 26. What is the biggest problem hindering the growth of your business in Loudoun County?

What is the most important thing Loudoun County government can/should do to help your business?

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* 27. What is the most important thing Loudoun County government can/should do to help your business?

Would you like someone from Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Council to contact you?

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* 28. Would you like someone from Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Council to contact you?

If you would like to be contacted please provide us:

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* 29. If you would like to be contacted please provide us:

Note: Your contact information will remain confidential. We will not capture contact information or maintain contact information in our data base.

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