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Concerns Of Tuolumne County Businesses

Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce has released the results of its annual State of the County survey.

22 percent of all active Chamber members participated in the survey, up from 19 percent last year.

Chamber President and CEO George Segarini says the numbers reflect that the economy is still struggling, but there are some silver linings.

“A very low percentage say they will be downsizing in the next three years, so I think that is encouraging,” says Segarini.

It is also noted that 25 percent of retailers report that business was up last year, while only 19 percent said the same thing one year ago.

The results are listed:

1. Type of Business Reporting

Retail 24%
Service 66%
Mfg. 10%

2. Business this year compared to a year ago
  Up Down Same
Retail  25% 50% 25%
Service 33% 55% 12%
Mfg.   0% 86% 14%
Total  28% 57% 15%

3. I intend to expand the business in the near future
  Yes  No
Retail  44% 56%
Service 15% 67%
Mfg.  29% 71%
Total  35% 65%

4. I intend to hire more employees in the near future.
  Yes  No
Retail  31% 63%
Service 27% 73%
Mfg. 43% 57%
Total 32% 68%

5. I intend to downsize in the next 3 years
  Yes  No
Retail  6% 94%
Service 8% 89%
Mfg. 29% 71%
Total  10% 88%

6. The current employee pool has the type of experienced person I’m looking to hire
  Yes  No
Retail  50% 44%
Service 55% 24%
Mfg.  71% 14%
Total 56% 28%

7. Work ethic is very important to me as an employer
  Yes  No
Retail  100% 0%
Service  98% 0%
Mfg. 100% 0%
Total  99% 0%

8. I believe the national economy will continue to decline this year (2009)
  Yes  No
Retail 63% 37%
Service  62% 38%
Mfg.  57% 43%
Total 62% 38%

9. I believe the local economy will expand this year
  Yes  No
Retail  38% 56%
Service  31% 64%
Mfg.  29% 71%
Total  32% 63%

10. Tuolumne County is a good place to do business
  Yes  No
 Retail  56% 31%
Service 73% 20%
Mfg.  57% 43%
Total  68% 25%

11. The county needs more emphasis on tourism to draw visitors
  Yes  No
Retail  75% 25%
Service  78% 12%
Mfg.  71% 29%
Total 76% 16%

12. The Chamber needs to pursue economic development in the county
  Yes  No
Retail  88%  0%
Service  93% 2%
Mfg. 100% 0%
Total  93% 1%

13. The new Economic Development Authority has made a good start
  Yes  No
Retail  63% 19%
Service  60% 8%
Mfg.  100% 0%
Total  65% 10%

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.