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D. Industrial Linkages


Answer questions as they relate to you. For most answers, check the boxes most applicable to you or fill in the blanks.



Your business likely buys some materials, supplies, and services from suppliers outside this area (100 mile radius). Could some of these items be produced profitably in this locality?




If yes, please help us identify materials, supplies, or services that could be produced locally.

(Provide up to three responses.)


Please list the top five (5) raw materials, supplies, or service inputs that your establishment purchases from outside of the community.


What are the three most important non-labor inputs your business purchases?

(Provide up to three responses.)


Which, if any, of the products listed above does your business currently purchase from firms located in the COMMUNITY? (Check all that apply)

(Select three.)

First primary input

Second primary input

Third primary input



In general, how do you meet or become acquainted with service providers?

(Select all that apply.)

Someone you know referred/recommended the service provider

You knew the service provider before they started working for you

Referral by a trade association or professional organization

Competitor used them

Advertising or direct mail or yellow pages

Unsolicited cold call

Article in business publication or newspaper

Service provider newsletter/web page



Check the three most important factors in evaluating and selecting a service provider.

(Select three.)

Experience of service provider

Service providerís knowledge of your industry

Proximity to your location


Service providerís approach or methodology

Service providerís reputation

Recommendation from a trusted source

Personality or ďlikeabilityĒ of service provider

Credentials of service provider

Referrals from other clients



Check the areas that you have used external service providers for in the past three years.

(Select all that apply.)

Business management

Design or engineering

Manufacturing operations

Quality related issues

Environmental and safety

Information technology

Organizational development



Human resource development


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