Fayette County's Entrepreneur Friendly Survey results

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Survey results from an interview of 61 small business owners in Fayetteville, GA

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  • Fayette County's Entrepreneur Friendly Survey results

    1. 1. Welcome! Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Steering Committee Composition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fayette County Development Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Fayette County Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Small Business Development Center </li></ul><ul><li>Clayton State University </li></ul><ul><li>Fayette County Board of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Heritage Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Piedmont Fayette Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>MainStreet/City of Fayetteville </li></ul><ul><li>Local Small Business Owners </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Fayette Co-Chairs </li></ul><ul><li>HR and Business Consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia Department of Labor </li></ul>Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Fayette EFC Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>June 2007 Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Steering Committee Meetings – August 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Fayette Survey Process Training – October 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneur Surveys – November & December 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Data review and assessment – January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Review Team Visit – February 2008 </li></ul>Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Increased Community Awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Press Releases </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneur Extravaganza </li></ul><ul><li>BusinessWorks TV Show </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>August 2007 – Entrepreneur Friendly Overview & Young Entrepreneur spotlight </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>September 2007 – Business Expo & Entrepreneur Extravaganza </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>November 2007 – Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Conduit Newsletter Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Fayette </li></ul>Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Resources for Entrepreneurs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chamber & Development Authority Web Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Small Business Development Center & SBA </li></ul><ul><li>Clayton State University </li></ul><ul><li>Peachtree City- What Every Business Owner Needs to Know </li></ul><ul><li>Local Banks, accountants & attorneys </li></ul><ul><li>Chamber Small Business Luncheons </li></ul><ul><li>Griffin Technical College </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Dept of Economic Dev. </li></ul><ul><li>Retired Executives in the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Economic Development Agency; Ga. Micro Enterprise Network </li></ul>Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    6. 6. Entrepreneur Survey Results Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    7. 7. <ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State Req. a minimum of 50 reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee Developed a list of 100+ candidates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actually interviewed 61 entrepreneurs </li></ul></ul>Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    8. 8. Chamber Member vs. Non-Chamber Member Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    9. 9. Stage of Business Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    10. 10. 1. What year did your company start? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    11. 11. 2. What skills do you wish you had when you started the business? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    12. 12. 3. How did you come to own the business? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    13. 13. 4. How did you finance the startup? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    14. 14. 5. Number of Employees Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    15. 15. 6. What is your company’s PRIMARY product or service? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    16. 16. Fayette’s Actual Industry Breakdown Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    17. 17. 7. What are the three most lacking skills in the workforce? #1 – Solid Work Ethic (13), Computer Technology (12), Sales & Mkt (10) #2 – Customer Service (12), Sales & Mkt (7), Creative Thinking (5), Electrical/Mechanical (5) #3 – Creative Thinking (11), Interpersonal Skills (7), Customer Service (6) Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    18. 18. 8. What technology do you use to conduct business? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    19. 19. 9. How would you describe your company’s marketing & sales effort? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    20. 20. 10. How would you describe your company’s administrative & financial management? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    21. 21. 11. Where do most of your sales come from? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    22. 22. 12. Do you currently sell your products to the state of Georgia? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    23. 23. 13. Do you export your product or service? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    24. 24. 14. Is your business planning to… Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    25. 25. 14. Is your business planning to… Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    26. 26. 14. Is your business planning to… Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    27. 27. 14. Is your business planning to… Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    28. 28. 15. What is the single biggest obstacle to the future success of your business? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    29. 29. 16. What type of business, if located nearby, would increase your sales or make it less expensive for you to operate? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    30. 30. 17. Which service provider has been most helpful? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    31. 31. 18. What programs or services would you be willing to attend or find out more about? Workshops, Educational Workshops, Seminars on editorial writing skills, Computer based workshops, Chamber activities, financial workshops, mentoring classes, business management, technical training, community Events, HR & Technology, Financial administration, tax laws, management & HR, Labor training, educational seminars, sales and marketing, networking opportunities, mentoring classes, small business management, business owners/managers roundtable, basic accounting, marketing seminars, growth management, sales classes… Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    32. 32. 19. Rate the overall local banking environment for startups and small businesses. Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    33. 33. 20. Rate the community as a location to start and operate a business. Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    34. 34. 21. What Trends have you noticed within your community that support entrepreneurs? Increase of credit/debit cards, government support, more active business promotion activities, traffic, chamber support, more affluent residents, more banks, growth, local desire to do business within the community, college within the community, tax laws, more office space, good schools, this questionnaire… Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    35. 35. 22. What is the biggest challenge for entrepreneurs in this community? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    36. 36. 23. Please rate the “business friendliness” of your business license and permit process. Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    37. 37. 24. If someone from the community came to you interested in starting a business locally, what organization would you refer them to? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    38. 38. 25. What would be the most valuable support your community could offer a new business? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    39. 39. 26. Would you be willing to help other entrepreneurs through a community led effort to encourage and support entrepreneurship? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    40. 40. 27. What type of travel/tourism business would you like most to see locate in your community? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community
    41. 41. 28. Do you have a Convention and Visitors Bureau or Tourism Office? Fayette Entrepreneur Friendly Community

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