Regional Business Survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey! Your responses are confidential. CF Sunrise will use this feedback to develop projects and services for small businesses throughout southeast Saskatchewan.

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* 1. What is your position with your business?

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* 2. In which community (in southeast Saskatchewan) is your business located (City, Town, Village, Rural Municipality)?

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* 3. How many years has your business been operating?

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* 4. How many employees does your business employ?

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* 5. Which of these best describes your business operation?

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* 6. Which of these best describes your business situation?

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* 7. Which best describes the business stage you are in right now?

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* 8. Statistics Canada categorizes business by industry in a classification system called the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). What NAICS category best describes your business?

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* 9. Are you trying to?

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* 10. Are you expecting growth in sales in the next calendar year?

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* 11. If you answered Yes to question #10, what is your projected growth, as a percentage, in annual sales?

If you answered No - Sales are expected to remain stable or No - Sales are expected to decline, please indicate Not Applicable.

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* 12. If you answered No - Sales are expected to decline to question #10, what is your projected decline, as a percentage, in annual sales?

If you answered Yes or No - Sales are expected to remain stable, please indicate Not Applicable.

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* 13. In what market do you currently do the most business (check all that apply)?

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* 14. Do you plan to expand your customer base within the next 2 years?

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* 15. If you answered Yes to question #14, which market(s) are you targeting for growth (check all that apply)?

If you answered No, please indicate Not Applicable.

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* 16. How does your business market to its customers? (check all that apply)

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* 17. How does your business sell to its customers (check all that apply)?

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* 18. Rate the following potential issues or challenges in terms of their importance to your business:

  Very Important Somewhat Important Neutral Not Very Important Not Important at All Not Applicable
Recruiting skilled workers
Training and skill development
Retaining valued employees
Government regulations and the cost of compliance
Access to financing and capital
Technology issues in general (e.g., adoption and use of technology)
Development and use of e-business (e.g., online sales, website development)
Identifying business opportunities
Understanding financial statements
Development and use of marketing strategies
Business planning
Becoming export ready

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* 19. Did your business start-up in southeast Saskatchewan?

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* 20. If you answered yes to question #19,  what were the top 1-3 reasons why you chose southeast Saskatchewan?

If you answered no, please proceed to question #22.

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* 21. If you answered yes to question #19, what were the top challenges you faced during business start-up?

If you answered no, please proceed to question #22.

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* 22. If you answered no to question #19, what were the top 1-3 reasons why you decided to relocate or expand into southeast Saskatchewan?

If you answered yes, please proceed to question #24.

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* 23. If you answered no to question #19, what were the top challenges you faced in doing so?

If you answered yes, please proceed to question #24.

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* 24. For new businesses to develop in our region, what needs to happen?

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* 25. In 2018, the federal government amended the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-fired Generation of Electricity. At the time of this survey, in southeast Saskatchewan, this will mean the closure of Boundary Dam Unit 4 (in 2021) and Boundary Dam Unit 5 (in 2024) at the Boundary Dam Power Station. If Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) technology is not integrated by 2030, Shand Power Plant and Boundary Dam Unit 6 are not expected to operate as coal-fired power plants. Do you see these changes as having an impact on your business?

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* 26. If you answered Yes to question #25, how will your business be impacted?

If No or I don't know, please proceed to question #27.

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* 27. What types of business training would you participate in if it were offered locally?

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* 28. If your desired business training was offered locally, what would prevent you from participating?

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* 29. What would be your preferred time of day for business training (check all that apply)?

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* 30. What would be your preferred day for business training (check all that apply)?

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* 31. What is your preferred method of business training?

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* 32. What additional business support services would you like to see offered to businesses in the region?

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* 33. If there was funding available to address your current business needs, what would it look like?

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* 34. If there is anything else you would like to share, please do so here.

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* 35. Would you be willing to participate in future surveys to provide feedback on business support services in southeast Saskatchewan? If yes, please provide your contact information below.

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