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Volusia Business Resources Monthly Survey Series

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We’re asking business owners to take one minute to answer one quick question.

Each month Volusia Business Resources (VBR) deploys a new one or two question survey to gauge the current pulse of the business community. Be heard! Your feedback helps to develop or enhance existing programs for the business community.

Scroll down to see the latest question along with results of previous questions.

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March 2024 Pulse Question

Please take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Pulse0324

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Results of the Feb. 2024 Pulse Question

A. What is your economic outlook for your business in 2024?

Survey Chart results for this question: What is your economic outlook for your business in 2024? Increased profitability 52%, about the same as 2023 43%, decreased profitability 4%

B. What determining factor will most impact that outcome?

Survey Chart results for this question: What determining factor will most impact that outcome? Sales & Marketing Strategy 48%, Other 13%, Overall inflation 13%, Property insurance costs 9%, Employee salary/wages 9%, logistics/supply costs 4%, Commercial rent 4%

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Results of the June VBR Pulse Question

“As a business owner/leader, which of the following workforce-related issues is your greatest concern today?” (select 1)

As a business owner/leader, which of the following workforce-related issues is your greatest concern today. Chart showing the results as follows: 25% meeting wage/benefit expectations of applicants, 25% finding applicants who possess skills needed, 20% attracting any applicants for open positions, 16% retaining employees after onboarding/training, and 14% other.

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Results of the May VBR Pulse Question

“Which of the following resources will play the greatest role in achieving your business plans in the next 2 years?” (choose 1)

May VBR Pulse Survey Results "Which of the following resources will play the greatest role in achieving your business plans in the next two years?" Digital marketing services 38%. None of the above 27%. Business consultant (systems, strategy & structure) 13%. Financial service provider (accounting/tax/finance) 13%. HR Service/Employee leasing 9%

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Results of the April VBR Pulse Question

What is the top concern in your industry specific sector?”

April Survey Question: "What is the top concern in your industry specific sector?" Workforce 38%, Economy 12%, Client relations 9%, Infrastructure 9%, housing 6%, culture 6%, funding 6%, supply chain 3%, customer relations 3%, regulatory 3%, NA 3%, Casualty loss 3%

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Results of the March VBR Pulse Question

Question 1: Have you been unable to fill positions in your business because applicants didn’t possess the skills needed?

  • 61% said “Yes”
  • 39% said “No”

Question 2:  “What were the skills needed that applicants lacked?”

  • Supervision 5%
  • Digital Design (CAD) 5%
  • Warehousing 5%
  • Child Care 5%
  • Audio/Visual Media 5%
  • Office Administration 9%
  • Computer Applications 9%
  • Tech & Trades 9%
  • Soft Skills 18%
  • No Answer 32%
March Survey Question Part 1: "Have you been unable to fill positions in your business because applicants didn%u2019t possess the skills needed?" Yes - 61%, No - 39%March Survey Question Part 2: "What were the skills needed that applicants lacked?" Supervision: 5%, Digital Design (CAD): 5%, Warehousing: 5%, Child Care: 5%, Audio/Visual Media: 5%, Office Administration: 9%, Computer Applications: 9%, Tech & Trades: 9%, Soft Skills: 18%, No Answer: 32%

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Results of the February VBR Pulse Question 

The question was “What is your primary business concern for 2023”? Here are the results:

  • Workforce (availability/wages) – 47%
  • Supply Chain (availability/costs) – 15%
  • *Other (Please specify) – see results from the “Other” responses – 17%
  • Finance/Budgeting – 17%
  • Disaster Recovery – 4%

*Concerns within the Other Responses category – Inflation 56%, Sales & Marketing 22%, and Property/Space 22%.

Pie Chart showing results of the survey for the question What is Your Primary Business Concern for 2023? Workforce 47%, Supply Chain 15%, Finance/Budgeting 17%, Disaster Recovery 4%

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