2011 Business First Survey

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Results of the 2011 Hampshire First Bank Business First Survey.

The Business First survey included participation from businesses located across Southern New Hampshire who were asked a series of questions relating to industry profile, economy, employee benefits, business expansion, business management, environmental concerns, and marketing practices. These business leaders primarily represented the small business community, which embodies the New Hampshire spirit.

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2011 Business First Survey

  1. 1. 4/14/2011“Business First” Webinar April 14, 2011 Fred Kocher, Host “New Hampshire’s Business” New Hampshire s BusinessPresident, New Hampshire High Technology Council 1
  2. 2. 4/14/2011 Business ProfilesIn which industry does your business specialize?Businesses were as diverse as professional sports, funeral homes, real estate and consulting. Businesses which responded at the highest rate included:• Real Estate• Contractors/Construction• Law Firms/Legal Practitioners• Property Managers• Advertising/Marketing/PR• Consultants C lt tIn all, businesses from 27 broad classifications participated in the survey. 2
  3. 3. 4/14/2011How is your business incorporated?The top two classifications of business were:• Limited Liability Corporation – 31%• “C”Corporation – 24%• “S”Corporation – 21%How many employees do you currently employ?The SBA defines businesses in wholesale trade as “small businesses” if they have 100 or fewer employees. Based on this, 89% of the respondents were small businesses, compared to 85% in 2010. Breakdown of businesses is as follows: • 1-10 employees – 52% • 11-25 – 23% • 26-50 – 11% • 51-100 – 3% • 101-250 – 6% • 250+ – 5% 3
  4. 4. 4/14/2011What was your 2010 revenue?Nearly 50% of respondents (47%) were from businesses with 2010 revenues less than $1M, similar to 2009.After businesses with less than $1M, next most widely reported 2010 revenue was $1M-$2M (16%). Last year, the next most widely reported classification was > $10M (19%). What is your ZIP Code? Businesses completing the survey were clustered around the five banking centers. Respondents most often came from: • Manchester – 31% (18% 2010) • Keene – 15% (14% 2010) • Concord – 5% (8% 2010) • Nashua N h – 8% (6% 2010) • Bedford – 13% (6% 2010) • Portsmouth – 9% (4% 2010) 4
  5. 5. 4/14/2011 Business ExpansionBusiness Expansion in 2011 Business Expansion in 2012• 50% “somewhat” or “very” • 54% “somewhat” or “very” likely likely to increase their capital to increase their capital expenditures in remainder of expenditures in 2012 2011 • 20% “very” likely to increase their• 24% “very” likely to increase capital expenditures in 2012 their capital expenditures in the • Only 10% of businesses are “very” remainder of 2011 or “somewhat” likely to decrease capital expenditures in 2012. 32% will finance their increased capital expenditures with loans from community banks (consistent with 2010) 5
  6. 6. 4/14/2011How hard is it to secure financing?57% are finding securing financing to be a more involved process Are you finding your bank is enforcing stricter requirements in the qualification process? – 56% said “Yes” (63% in 2010)In spite of this, businesses are not having problems meeting lending covenants – 59% haven’t struggled with it (64% last year) Have you been denied access to business credit in the last two years? 73% - No (81% in 2010) Employee Benefits 6
  7. 7. 4/14/2011Employee BenefitsThere have been many legislative changes which may have an impact on businesses’ ability to grow. How do businesses feel about these changes?Over half (51%) report that changes to the health care coverage requirements will NOT negatively impact their ability to grow their businessEmployee BenefitsWhat are businesses doing to provide benefits for their employees?68% of businesses responding provide employee health insurance coverage (79% 2010)42% of businesses responding provide dental, vision or both (49% 2010) 7
  8. 8. 4/14/2011 Employee Benefits What are businesses doing to provide benefits for their employees? 90% of respondents are covered through a group health plan themselves 38% of businesses responding cover over half of their employees 23% of businesses have decreased health insurance coverage benefits in the last two years (declined from 2010 – 28%) 34% of businesses have increased the portion of the health care premium paid by employees in the last two years (declined from 2010 – 38%)Employee BenefitsWhat are businesses doing to provide retirement benefits for their employees?83% of businesses match up to 25% of retirement contributions(up from 74% - 2010)9% match retirement contributions 76-100% (down from 16% - 2010) 8
  9. 9. 4/14/2011 EconomyEconomyIn the last 12 months, I feel the national economy has:Improved – 40% (38% 2010)Stayed the same – 44% (24% 2010)Worsened – 16% (38% 2010)Overall – 84% feel it improved/stayed the same compared to 62% in 2010 9
  10. 10. 4/14/2011EconomyIn the last 12 months, I feel the regional economy has:Improved – 50% (36% 2010)Stayed the same – 33% (36% 2010)Worsened – 27% (38% 2010)Overall – 83% feel it improved/stayed the same compared to 72% in 2010EconomyIn 2011, I expect my business to have:Reduced sales – 9% (16% in 2010)Sales that remain steady – 39% (42%)Increased sales – 51% (42%)Nearly 91% expect same or increased sales in 2011 2011. 10
  11. 11. 4/14/2011EconomyIn 2011 I feel that the national economy will:Improve Slightly – 53% (51% in 2010)79% of respondents feel that the economy will remain steady or improve (75% in 2010) Business Management 11
  12. 12. 4/14/2011Business ManagementIn 2010, I found negotiating with my suppliers to be:- 16% - More Difficult (30% in 2010)- 69% - The same or easier than in the past (63% in 2010)As such, 61% of respondents have not been forced to such increase their costs to customers in 2011 (64% in 2010).Business Management44%have hired a new employee in the last three months. 12
  13. 13. 4/14/2011Business Management53% of respondents have reduced overhead in 2011.64% report labor cost as the largest expense item.Respondents were fairly evenlysplit on which line item theywould reduce, if possible:The New Hampshire Advantage78% of respondents “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” New Hampshire is a great place to do business.Of respondents:52% are not natives of New Hampshire (54% from New England; 46% from outside of NE) 13
  14. 14. 4/14/2011The New Hampshire Advantage25% of respondents do business in NH because of the tax structureWhat are the top reasons to do business in NH?Respondents feel that:• Current residency is the #1 reason• The cost of doing business is the #2 reason• Tax structure ranks #3 Environmental and Social Concerns 14
  15. 15. 4/14/2011Environmental Concerns62% of businesses “agree” or “somewhat agree” it is important for their businesses to be green (68% in 2010)64% of businesses “agree” or “somewhat agree” it is important for their businesses to use recycled materials (69% in 2010)79% of businesses make a concerted effort to conserveEnvironmental ConcernsBusinesses reported a wide range of ways they’ve gone green. Some are simple, some are complex:•Recycling •LEED Certifications•Going paperless •Changing lighting solutions and using•Using water coolers instead of bottles CFLs, timers•Using renewable resources such as wood •Encouraging telecommuting C li•Carpooling •Investing in energy efficiency I ti i ffi i•Reusing waste products in other ways programs 15
  16. 16. 4/14/2011Social Concerns75% of businesses participate in philanthropic activities and partnerships Marketing 16
  17. 17. 4/14/2011Marketing58% of businesses currently practice “traditional marketing (81% in 2010) traditional marketing”Where is the decline in “traditional marketing”?• Increased tradeshow expenses• Increased B2B outreach• Increased web presence, including online advertising• Other electronic media• Third party partnerships, including sales reps and channel partnersAs such, 46% increased their overall marketing in 2011 from 2010.Marketing60% plan on focusing more time and money on marketing their business in 201170% personally belong to a social media site (61% in 2010)54% of businesses were represented on a social media site in 2010...and 62% of these same businesses are represented in 2011.88% have websites for their businesses. 17
  18. 18. 4/14/2011 Future OutlookOverall Takeaways• The majority of businesses are increasing their capital expenditures in the remainder of 2011, and in 2012.• 84% of respondents feel the national economy has improved in the last 12 months.• 83% of respondents feel the regional economy has improved in the last 12 months.• 9 % of businesses expect steady or increased sales in 2011. 91% f b i d i d l i 20• 78% of respondents agree or strongly agree: New Hampshire is a great place to do business. 18
  19. 19. 4/14/2011Thank you for your time! 19

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