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A. General Information

Instructions

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

Business Structure

  1. Is this a minority-owned business?
  2. Yes

    No

    Don't Know

  3. Is this a woman-owned business?
  4. Yes

    No

  5. Which of the following best describes your business?
  6. (Select all that apply.)

    Locally owned and operated

    Regional chain

    National chain

    Franchise

  7. If the business is locally owned and operated.
  8. (Select all that apply.)

    Cooperative

    Family business

    Sole proprietorship

    Partnership

    For-profit corporation

    Non-profit corporation

  9. How is your firm structured?
  10. Corporation (public)

    Corporation (closely held)

    Partnership

    Sole proprietorship

    Other (specify)_____________

  11. How is this business structured?
  12. Single unit business

    Headquarters of multi unit firm

    Branch plant of multi unit firm

  13. If this is a branch plant, where is the main office of your company?
  14. Elsewhere in this county

    In another county in Minnesota

    Outside Minnesota, in the U.S.

    Outside the U.S.

  15. How is this business structured?
  16. Single unit business

    Headquarters of multi unit firm

    Branch store, franchise or office of multi unit firm

  17. If this is a branch store, franchise, or office of a multi unit firm, where is the main office of your company?
  18. Elsewhere in this county

    In another county in Minnesota

    Outside Minnesota, in the U.S.

    Outside the U.S.

  19. Do you own or lease this location?
  20. Own

    Lease

  21. If you currently lease, when does the lease expire?
  22. In which of the following areas is this business located?
  23. Area 1

    Area 2

    Area 3

    Area 4

    Area 5

  24. In which city or town is your business located? If your business is not located with a city or town’s limits, which city or town is it near?
  25. (Provide up to three responses.)

  26. What year was this business established at this location?
  27. In the past five years, did this business change locations?
  28. Yes

    No

    Don't know

  29. In the past five years, did this business change ownership?
  30. Yes

    No

    Don't know

  31. What is your position with this business?
  32. (Select all that apply.)

    Owner

    Chief Executive Officer or President

    Manager

    Personnel Officer

    Other:

  33. If respondent is not the owner, does the owner of this business live in COMMUNITY?
  34. Yes

    No

  35. Please indicate your place of residence.
  36. Area 1

    Area 2

    Area 3

    Area 4

    Area 5

Products/Services

  1. Do you believe your products/services have unique qualities that give your business a competitive advantage?
  2. Yes

    No

    Don't Know

  3. If yes, please describe these unique qualities.
  4. Which of the following industries describe your business?
  5. (Select all that apply.)

    Agriculture

    Mining

    Construction

    Manufacturing

    Transportation and public utilities

    Wholesale trade

    Retail trade

    Finance, insurance, real estate

    Services

    Education

    Other:

  6. If you know your North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code, please provide it.

What are the major products or services offered by this establishment?

  1. First major product or service
  2. Second major product or service
  3. Third major product or service
  4. Fourth major product or service

What percentage of your sales comes from each of the major products or services identified above?

  1. Percent of sales: first major product or service
  2. 1% to 24%

    25% to 49%

    50% to 74%

    75% to 100%

  3. Percent of sales: second major product or service
  4. 1% to 24%

    25% to 49%

    50% to 74%

    75% to 100%

  5. Percent of sales: third major product or service
  6. 1% to 24%

    25% to 49%

    50% to 74%

    75% to 100%

  7. Percent of sales: fourth major product or service
  8. 1% to 24%

    25% to 49%

    50% to 74%

    75% to 100%

Major products or services -- closed ended

  1. What are the major products or services provided at this establishment?
  2. Accounting

    Antiques

    Appliances

    Auto sales/services

    Bakery

    Bait & tackle shop

    Bar/lounge

    Bed & breakfast

    Book store

    Bowling alley

    Campground

    Charter fishing

    Children's apparel

    Convenience store

    Craft shop

    Deli/Snack shop

    Department store

    Distributorship

    Drug store/Pharmacy

    Dry cleaners

    Electronic/Computer store

    Farm equipment/supplies

    Ferry excursion services

    Financial (banks, S&L)

    Fish processing/cleaning

    Floor/Wall coverings

    Florist

    Furniture

    Galleries

    General merchandise

    General clothing

    Gift shop

    Golf course or shop

    Grocery

    Hair stylist

    Hardware/Lumber

    Health food

    Historical attractions

    Hotel/motel

    Insurance

    Jewelry

    Lawn & Garden

    Legal services

    Marina

    Medical and dental services

    Men's apparel

    Music (CDs, tapes, etc.) store

    Photography

    Real estate

    Religious

    Rental housing

    Resort

    Restaurant

    Service station

    Shoe repair

    Souvenir shop

    Sporting goods

    Spa/fitness club

    Specialty shops

    Variety store

    Video rental

    Women's apparel

    Other, specify:

  3. What are the major products or services produced at this establishment?
  4. Agricultural services

    Apparel & other textile products

    Business services

    Chemicals & allied products

    Coal, oil, gas

    Communications services

    Construction

    Educational services

    Electric & electronic equipment

    Electric, gas & sanitary services

    Fabricated metal products

    Financial/real estate

    Food services

    Furniture & fixtures

    Health services

    Instruments & related products

    Iron, bauxite, ores, etc.

    Leather products

    Legal services

    Lodging services

    Lumber & wood

    Machinery, except electric

    Motor vehicles & equipment

    Other manufacturing products

    Other transportation equipment

    Paper & allied products

    Petroleum & coal products

    Primary metals

    Printing & publishing

    Processed dairy products

    Processed fats/oils

    Processed grains, fruits, etc.

    Processed meat products

    Recreation & amusement

    Retail trade

    Rubber & misc. plastics

    Soft drinks/liquor

    Stone, clay & class products

    Textile mill products

    Tobacco manufactures

    Transportation services

    Warehousing/Storage

    Wholesale trade

    Other, specify:

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