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Fourth Quarter 2017 Chamber Research Foundation Survey

Thank you for taking this brief survey, facilitated by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation and Clout Research LLC, of Dublin, Ohio.  We have quick but important questions about business conditions here in Ohio and the success of your company. Without asking you to reveal any proprietary information, of course, please answer the following few questions. This survey will take only about five minutes of your valuable time, and rest assured all responses are entirely confidential and anonymous.  Your responses will be compiled into an analysis of the health and strength of Ohio’s economy.  Results will be made available to all survey participants.

2. Thinking now about the overall economic climate here in Ohio, would you say the economic climate is excellent, good, only fair, or poor?
 
3.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 at the lowest end of the scale and 10 at the highest, how were your company’s profits in the fourth quarter (October, November, December) of 2017?  If your company’s profits in the last three months were extremely high, please choose a number at the high end of the scale. If your company’s profits were low, please mark at the appropriate level at the lower end of the scale, or choose someplace in-between to reflect how your company’s profits were in the last three months.

1 - very low
5 - stable
10 - very high
4.

On a scale of 1 to 10, did the number of workers at your company increase, decrease, or stay about the same in the fourth quarter (October, November, December) of 2017?

1 - large decrease
5 - no change
10 - large increase
5.

On a scale of 1 to 10, please describe the level of capital expenditures (equipment, buildings, etc.)  made by your firm in the fourth quarter (October, November, and December) of 2017?  Did your company have a large reduction in capital expenditures, a large increase, or did those expenditures remain about the same as the business quarter immediately preceding it (July, August, and September, 2017)?

1 - large reduction
5 - stayed same
10 - large increase
6.

On a scale of 1 to 10, please indicate whether your company's overall business expenses (materials, labor, taxes, leases, utilities, insurance, etc.) decreased, increased, or stayed about the same in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to the previous quarter:

1 - large decrease
5 - stayed same
10 - large increase
7.

For the next several questions, please think about the NEXT THREE MONTHS, considering what you anticipate will happen for your company in this current business quarter (January, February, and March, 2018):
 
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being at the lowest end of the scale and 10 being at the highest, do you anticipate that your company's profits will be much lower, much higher, or remain about the same in the next three months?

1 - expect much lower
5 - expect same
10 - expect much higher
8.

On a scale of 1 to 10, do you anticipate that the number of workers at your company will reduce, will increase, or will stay the same in the next three months (January, February, and March, 2018)?

1 - expect large reduction
5- expect same
10 - expect large increase
9.

On a scale of 1 to 10, do you anticipate that your company’s capital expenditures (equipment, buildings, etc.)  will decrease, increase, or stay about the same in the first quarter of 2018?

1 - expect large reduction
5 - expect same
10 - expect large increase
10.

On a scale of 1 to 10, do you anticipate that overall business expenses (materials, labor, taxes, leases, utilities, insurance etc.) for your company will decrease, increase, or stay about the same in the first quarter of 2018?

1 - expect large reduction
5 - expect same
10 - expect large increase
11.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being at the lowest end of the scale and 10 being at the highest, overall, how optimistic or pessimistic would you say you are about the immediate future of your business over the course of the next three months? 

1 - very pessimistic
10 - very optimistic
12.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being not a concern at all and 10 being a very high concern – please rate each of the following issues as it currently impacts your company while doing business in Ohio.

1
5
10
Regulatory or other interference by Federal Government
Regulatory or other interference by Ohio State Government
Economic Uncertainty
Attracting/Hiring/Retaining Qualified Employees
Cost of Energy
Competition
Cost of Healthcare
Cost of All Employee Benefits
Employee Productivity
Data Security
Global Trade and Markets
Rising Salaries & Wages
Political Environment in Ohio
Technology Changes
State/Local Taxes
14. We now have very quick questions about your business. These questions are for statistical purposes only to be used in processing this poll to guarantee its accuracy.

What is your title?

 
15. In what Industry Classification does your company identify (NAICS 2017)?
 
16. Which of the following categories reflects your company's annual gross revenues?
17. How many employees does your company have in Ohio?
 
18. What is your company’s annual accounting period?
 
19. Are any of your employees represented by a labor bargaining unit?