The Simpsonville "Entrepreneur Friendly" Community Survey
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What industry best describes your business? (check one) 

Retail
Manufacturing and/or Assembly
Engineering and/or Architecture
Business Consulting
Information Technology (consulting, web design, PC repair, etc.)
Accommodation and Food Service (restaurant, lodging, etc.)
Mechanical Work (auto repair, machine maintenance, etc.)
Landscaping
Interior Design
Hair Stylist
Healthcare
Finance and/or Accounting
Insurance
Education/Training
Non-Profit Service Provider
Other  
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How many employees work at your business?

 

1-5
6-10
11-25
26-50
50+
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In which year did your business open? 
 

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Looking back, what are the top skills or knowledge areas you wish you would have had more of when starting the business? (check up to five)

Business Planning and Start-Up Feasibility
Establishing a Vision and Mission
General Business Management
Accounting/Finance
Marketing and Advertising
Sales Expertise
Industry Knowledge
Having an Internet Presence (website, social media, etc.)
Information Technology (I.T.)
Human Resources
Benefits of Local Civic Organizations and Business Networks (chamber, rotary, etc.)
Available Business Training and Counseling Resources like SC SBDC and SCORE
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If offered, what local workshops and training opportunities would be most beneficial to you? (check up to five)

Business Planning
Establishing a Vision & Mission
General Business Management
Accounting/Finance
Marketing and Advertising
Sales Training
Establishing an Internet Presence (website, social media, etc.)
Information Technology (I.T.)
Human Resources
Benefits of Local Civic Organizations and Business Networks (chamber, rotary, etc.)
Program Overviews of Business Training/Counseling Resources like SC SBDC and SCORE
Other  
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What are the top resources you would personally recommend to someone looking to start a business in Simpsonville? (check up to five) 

SC Business One Stop website (SC BOS)
SC Small Business Development Center for Training/Counseling
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) for Training/Counseling
Local Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website
Accountant
Attorney
Insurance Agent
Bank or Credit Union
Workforce Training Organizations (SC Works, Tech College, etc.)
Other  
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How did you finance the start-up or purchase of your business? (check the top three sources)

Personal Funds (savings, inheritance, etc.)
Borrowed against home mortgage
Family
Bank or Credit Union
Bank Loan with SBA Participation (504, 7a, etc.)
Credit Cards
Equity Investors
Other  
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On what financial sources do you typically rely for the ongoing expenses of your business, such as working capital and maintenance of equipment/buildings? (check all that apply)

Cash Reserves
Bank Line of Credit
Credit Card(s)
Investors
Other  
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Please rate the following Simpsonville administrative processes between 1 and 5, where 1 equals "easy to navigate", 3 equals "what you expected", and 5 equals "difficult to navigate".

 Easy to Navigate  What You Expected  Difficult to Navigate 
Business Licensing
Sign Ordinance
Permitting (Fire Marshall, Construction, Occupancy, etc.)

Do you have any constructive comments you would like to share about these processes? (optional)

 

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In terms of quality, please rate the following Simpsonville services and infrastructure between 1 and 5.

 Poor Below Average Average Good Very Good 
Traffic Management
Streets and Roads
Sewer
Water
Schools K-12
Police Protection
Fire Protection
City Planning and Growth Management

Do you have any constructive comments you would like to share about services or infrastructure? (optional)

 

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