American Independent Business Alliance

Portland Buy Local: Membership Survey Example

Portland Buy Local surveyed their business members to gain information on their operation and to solicit their feelings on some timely local issues impacting businesses in Portland.  PBL used the information to compile valuable member data and gain some news coverage on the indie business perspective on these issues in Portland.

  1. How many years have you owned your business?
  2. How many years have you owned your business in Portland?
  3. How many employees do you have, including yourself?
  4. How do you pay your employees?
    • Hourly
    • Salary
    • Commission
    • Don’t have employees
    • Other
  5. Which of the following sectors best describes your business?
    • Restaurant/Hospitality/Service
    • Retail
    • Financial/Legal/Communications
    • Development/Building/Real Estate
    • Arts
    • Healthcare
    • Non-Profit
    • Other
  6. If you have hourly employees, what is their starting wage?
    • $7.50 (state minimum wage)
    • $7.51 – $9.00
    • $9.01 – $10.09
    • $10.10 – $12.00
    • $12.01 – $14.99
    • $15.00 and higher
    • Don’t have employees
    • Other
  7. Just recently, the Portland City Council voted to create a city minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The city wage would increase to $10.68 a year later, and tie future minimum wages to inflation. To what extent do you support or oppose this plan?
    • Strongly support
    • Somewhat support
    • Neutral
    • Somewhat oppose
    • Strongly oppose
  8. In November, Portland residents will vote on a proposal by a local advocacy group to increase the city minimum wage to $15 per hour. To what extent do you support or oppose this plan?
    • Strongly support
    • Somewhat support
    • Neutral
    • Somewhat oppose
    • Strongly oppose
  9. In a separate effort, a statewide advocacy group is collecting signatures for a referendum, intended for the 2016 statewide ballot. This referendum would ask voters if they support raising the state minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $9 an hour in 2017. The state minimum wage would continue to increase by one dollar per year until 2020, when it would reach $12 an hour. The state minimum wage would then be indexed to the cost of living in years after 2020. To what extent do you support or oppose this plan?
    • Strongly support
    • Somewhat support
    • Neutral
    • Somewhat oppose
    • Strongly oppose
  10. Please share any thoughts you have on minimum wage
  11. How much has your rent increased in the last 3 years?
    • Less than 2.5%
    • 2.6-5%
    • 5.1-10%
    • 11-15%
    • 16-20%
    • More than 20%
    • Rent has not increased at all
    • Rent has gone down
  12. To what extent does cost of rent pose a challenge for your business
    • Substantial challenge
    • Moderate challenge
    • Mild challenge
    • No challenge
  13. Please share any additional thoughts you have on rents
  14. Do you plan on expanding your business in Portland within the next five years?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Unsure
  15. Do you plan on keeping your business in Portland for the next five years?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Unsure
  16. If you answered NO or UNSURE to the answer above what are your reasons?
    • Rising rents
    • New minimum wage ordinance
    • Taxes
    • Lack of support from city government
    • Not enough business
    • Not enough workers
    • Increase in chain businesses moving in
    • Not enough parking
    • Changing life plans (moving, retiring, going into another career path)
    • Other
  17. How would you like the city to manage parking?
    • Replace metered parking spacing with free short-term parking
    • Reinstate the policy of amnesty for one parking infraction each calendar quarter
    • Devise a method for merchants to validate short term parking
    • Keep it as is
    • Other
  18. Please share any additional thoughts you have on locating your business in Portland
  19. What kind of impact to national chain businesses moving into Portland have on your business?
    • Substantial negative impact
    • Mild negative impact
    • No impact
    • Mild positive impact
    • Substantial positive impact
  20. Would you support an ordinance limiting the number of chains in specific neighborhoods of Portland?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Unsure
  21. Would you support an ordinance limiting the percentage of chains throughout the city of Portland (for example, limiting chains to 20% of restaurant and retail businesses)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Unsure
  22. Would you support incentives (such as tax, faster permitting, public support, etc.) for developers to target local businesses as tenants for their properties?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Unsure
  23. Would you support the creation of co-operatively owned buildings for use by local businesses (where businesses and business groups pool money to buy buildings)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Unsure
  24. Would you support leaving the city plan as is – not creating any plan to address chains moving into Portland?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Unsure
  25. Please share any other thoughts you have on national chains moving into Portland
  26. How do you believe the city of Portland should be involved in supporting local businesses?
    • City government should  purchase services and products locally when possible
    • Promote the local businesses
    • Have local business owners as advisers when crating plans that affect city economy
    • Offer incentives to local businesses or landlords who rent to local businesses
    • City of Portland should not be involved in supporting local businesses
    • Other
  27. What are the top three issues facing businesses in Portland today?
  28. What should be the top priority of our City Council and Mayor in terms of Portland businesses?

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