NOLA East Business Owner Economic Development Survey
This survey is to be completed only by individuals who 1) previously or currently live in and/or own a business in New Orleans East; or 2) are considering operating a business in New Orleans East. Please complete the survey only once and share the survey with other individuals who meet this criteria. The more feedback we receive, the better we can gauge the needs of the area. Your personal contact information will be used ONLY if further clarification is needed. Please respond no later than August 31, 2019. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Are you currently the owner of a business in New Orleans East?
Yes, I currently own a business in New Orleans East
No, but I previously owned a business in New Orleans East
No, but I currently own a business in another part of the city
No, I do not own a business and I have never owned a business (Go to next Section)
If you own a business in New Orleans East, please indicate which of the circumstances below apply.
My business is registered with the State of Louisiana
My business is registered with the City of New Orleans
My business has a federal tax ID number
If you checked NONE of the boxes above, please indicate why none of these circumstances apply?
I don’t know how to apply for this information
I don’t feel that I need to apply for this information
I don’t want the federal, state and/or city government to know how my business operates
What industry is/was your business in?
How would you rate your experience as a business owner?
Please briefly describe your experience as a business owner, including any resources (e.g., training, financing, etc.) that were available to you, or might have been helpful to you, had they been available.
What are the biggest challenges with operating a business in the area?
Lack of skilled workforce
Lack of affordable retail space
Lack of incentives
Lack of complementary businesses
Lack of funds or financing
Lack of available retail space
Lack of training or knowledge to start or operate a business
Lack of awareness of business by residents
Poor perception of the area
Lack of patronage by residents
Length of time to obtain required licences, permits, certifications, etc.
High cost of obtaining required licenses, permits, certifications, etc.
What are the most positive aspects of operating a business in the area?
Availability of skilled workforce
Availability of affordable retail space
Availability of incentives
Availability of complementary businesses
Beauty of the area
Availability funds or financing
Availability of retail space
Availability of training or knowledge to start or operate a business
Awareness of business by residents
Favorable perception of the area
Active patronage by residents
Expedited receipt of required licenses, permits, certifications, etc.
Usefulness or value of required licenses, permits, certifications, etc.
As a business owner, what information would you gain the greatest benefit from?
How to market my business
How to grow my business
How to improve operations
How to obtain operating funds
How to obtain legal advice
How to obtain financial advice
How to obtain and manage human resources
How to obtain assets for operating my business
What sources of funding have you used to operate your business?
Cash on hand
Personal loans from family or friends
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