2018 National Business Trends Survey
Deadline: September 29, 2017
Results Published: November 2017

This is our seventh annual survey to identify organization business plans for the coming year. While the economy shows signs of improvement in some sectors, what lies ahead is still in question for many. That is why we track responses to a key group of questions on an annual basis. Complete this survey to get answers to:

1. What are other organizations thinking about what lays ahead for your industry in 2018?

2. What business strategies are organizations planning to apply in 2018?

3. What wage/salary and staffing strategies are organizations planning to use in 2018?

IMPORTANT:

It generally takes about 20 minutes to complete this survey. Once you begin, you must finish the survey completely to be considered a participant.

When finished, select the "Submit Survey" button, and wait for the "Thank You" message to appear before closing the window. This ensures that the system has saved your responses.

Note:

If you have employees in multiple states (e.g., Oregon, Idaho, Illinois, and New York), and your responses to the following questions are essentially the same for each state, you may bundle your responses into one survey. For states where your responses are significantly different, please complete separate surveys.

Thank you for your participation!

* = Denotes Required Question/Response


*  1. I feel the overall U.S. economy in the last 12 months has:
Improved
Stayed the same
Declined


*  2. I feel the overall U.S. economy in the next 12 months will:
Improve
Stay the same
Decline


*  3. What phrase best describes your organization's expected business results for 2017 compared to 2016?
Significant increase in sales/revenue or budget
Slight increase in sales/revenue or budget
Flat sales/revenue or budget
Slight decrease in sales/revenue or budget
Significant decrease in sales/revenue or budget
Do not know


*  4. What phrase best describes your organization's projected business outlook for 2018 compared to 2017?
Significant increase in sales/revenue or budget
Slight increase in sales/revenue or budget
Flat sales/revenue or budget
Slight decrease in sales/revenue or budget
Significant decrease in sales/revenue or budget
Do not know


*  5. In your industry, what are your top 3 greatest challenges to achieve business growth in 2018?
Identify your top 3 challenges from the list below and order them from 1 to 3, with 1 being your greatest challenge.
    
  Government regulations
  Corporate taxation
  Consumer demand
  Economic considerations
  Skilled labor shortage
  Rising production costs/raw materials
  Technology issues
  New competitors
  Other


6. In your opinion, how serious are the following challenges to your business?
Please select none, mild, or serious from the list of challenges.
 Short-term: Long-term:
International competition
Competition in general
Product obsolescence
Changing customer preferences
Customer’s ability to afford
Unskilled labor shortage
Skilled labor shortage
Professional/Technical staff shortage
Professional/Non-technical staff shortage
Ability to pay for benefits costs
Ability to pay competitive wages/salaries
Ability to maintain quality
Cost of materials
Cost of equipment
Taxes
Cost of regulatory compliance
Unknown challenges


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