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G. Future Plans

Instructions

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


Future Plans


1.

Has your firm ever expanded operations (employment or physical space)?

Yes

No


2.

In what year was your most recent expansion of operations?


3.

In what location (city and state) was your most recent expansion of operations?


4.

How many new employees were added in your most recent expansion?


5.

How much space was added in your most recent expansion?


6.

Will you be expanding/improving your current building or equipment?

Yes (go to follow-up question)

No (go to next question)


7.

If yes, do you face any constraints?

(Select all that apply.)

No constraints

Need financial assistance

Need planning/design assistance

Need to acquire land

Other:


8.

Are you considering another (additional) branch or store?

Yes (continue with next question)


9.

If yes, what location are you considering?

Elsewhere in this community

Elsewhere in this county

Outside the county, but in Minnesota

Outside the state of Minnesota

Undecided


10.

If yes, when will you open the new branch or store?

Within 6 months

6 months to a year

1-3 years


11.

Are you considering moving, selling, or closing this business?

No

Considering moving

Considering selling

Considering closing


12.

What conditions influence your decision regarding moving, closing, or staying put?

(Select all that apply.)

Market conditions

Overcrowded building or space

Land locked or expansion limited

Transportation problems

Crime or vandalism

Low worker productivity or unavailability of workers

Environmental concerns

Building code problems

High local taxes

High state taxes

Lease expiration


13.

If moving, selling or closing, when?

Within 6 months

In 6 to 12 months

In 1 to 3 years

In 3 or more years

Don't know


14.

If moving, where will you move?

Elsewhere in this community

Elsewhere in this county

Elsewhere in Minnesota

Outside of Minnesota

Undecided


15.

Any other plans for business changes over the next three years? (check all that apply)

(Select all that apply.)

No change

Change in mix of good or services

Add new product or service lines

Add new technology


16.

Do you own or lease your business property?

Own

Lease


17.

Do you have enough room to expand?

Yes

No


18.

Does your store/storefront need updating or "cosmetic" improvement?

Yes

No


19.

What ideas are you considering for expanding your customer base or appeal?


20.

Where do you see additional expansion or growth in your business?

(Select all that apply.)

New building or addition

Additional employees

Additional equipment or new technology

New training program for employees

Additional financing

Other:


21.

Any obstacles to the aforementioned growth ideas?


22.

What, if any, conservation or "green" actions have you taken with your business in the past few years?


23.

What, if any, conservation or "green" environmental actions do you plan to take with your business in the next few years?


24.

If you face constraints on renovation or expansion, what are they?

(Select all that apply.)

Would have an inadequate financial return on investment

Inability to get a loan

Insufficient space available for expansion

Environmental or pollution control limitations

Planning and zoning restrictions

Government regulation prohibits expansion

Shortage of adequate labor

Shortage of adequate housing for labor

Other:


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