1. June 2013 Viewpoints Survey - Mid-Year Economic Forecast

Please take a few minutes and help the Business Courier with a six-question survey on the topic of mid-year economic forecast. Your answers are anonymous and will be used in the aggregate in a monthly feature titled Viewpoints and sponsored by the Cincinnati office of Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of six global audit, tax and advisory organizations.

* 1. For the first half of 2013, are your organization’s sales ahead, on target or behind your plans?

* 2. Have you added employees so far in 2013?

* 3. Do you expect to hire in the second half of 2013?

* 4. Looking toward December 2013, do you expect business conditions to be better than now, about the same or worse?

* 5. For the first half of 2013, are your organization’s expenses ahead of budget, at budget or higher than budget?

* 6. For your organization, what do you see as its biggest opportunity and why?

* 7. Please provide your name and contact information if you would like to give us additional input and possibly be featured on our Viewpoints page. Otherwise, your responses will be anonymous.