Business Development Questionnaire

At the Municipality of Colchester, we want to understand your business trends and business needs, so that we can assist in meeting those needs where possible. This questionnaire is your opportunity to give us feedback. We value your input. It will help us develop policies and programs to grow the County’s economy. The questionnaire will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Any questions you choose not to answer may be left blank. We will be pleased to meet with businesses on an individual basis if they so indicate on the Questionnaire’s final question. Thank you for your participation!

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Company Profile

Company Name
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Contact Name
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Position
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Phone Number
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Email
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Address
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Postal Code
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What 3 factors are most important for the success of your business?

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Success Factor Comments
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What are the 3 biggest reasons for the success of your business?
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What are the 3 biggest challenges facing your business?
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Municipal Services

Does the company use municipal services?
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If yes, how does the company rate those services?
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If there are issues, what could be done to resolve them?
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How many employees in your business work Full Time?
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How many employees in your business work Part Time?
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How many employees in your business work Seasonal Full Time?
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How many employees in your business work Seasonal Part Time?
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Are there difficulties filling certain positions?
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If yes, which types of positions and why?
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Are there any non-seasonal layoffs anticipated in the next year?
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Is there a need to hire immigrant workers, currently or in the next 2 years?
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Innovation and Technology

Are there any factors hindering the company from introducing new innovations/technologies e.g. financing, workforce, skills, exchange rates?
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If yes, please provide details
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Sales and Marketing

What are the approximate annual sales (for categorization only)?
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Why are sales trending in this way?
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Is the company planning expansion to new markets in the next 2 years?
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If yes, where?
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Supplies & Waste

Are there any products, supplies or services you wish to find suppliers for locally / regionally but have not been able to do so?
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What are they?
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Sometimes one company’s waste or by-product may find use of another company’s raw material; the Municipality wishes to help facilitate possible linkages. What types of waste does your company produce?
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Relocation

Is the company planning to relocate or expand to a new location in the next 2 years?
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Closing Questions

Which issue, if resolved, will have the greatest impact on the growth of your business?
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What can the Municipality (or other level of government) reasonably do to assist your company achieve its goals?
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What else could the Municipality further do to drive business growth in general in the County?
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What factors or initiatives do you think are currently working well for businesses in the Municipality?
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Would you be willing to be contacted by the Municipality so that we can further understand your company’s suggestions, issues or concerns?
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