In an effort to continuously improve the business climate in Greater Sarasota, to gather and share information useful to members, and to better understand the business goals of our dedicated membership, The Chamber is asking for your valuable input in a series of business-related questionnaires we're calling Chamber Member Intel. Results will be summarized to help you maximize your success and used to address information gaps/concerns and develop or adjust programs to better fit the needs of our diverse members.
Results are in for the Chamber Member Intel Survey on Community Development
• Respondents ranked Alternative or Affordable Housing, Homelessness and Vagrancy, Educational Attainment and Workforce Development and Transportation Infrastructure and Funding as the top issues the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce should be focusing on in the coming year.
• Education growth management, social services support and the redevelopment of U.S. 41 and election times were also suggested as alternative issues.
Chamber Member Intel Survey on Legislative Priorities for 2016
• Respondents ranked Jobs & Economic Development, Transportation & Infrastructure and Healthcare & Insurance as the top priorities that the state legislature should be focusing on in 2016.
• K12 education, economic development incentives and environmentally sensitive lands were determined to be the most important asset the state should invest in 2016.
• 60% believe Sarasota County is headed in the right direction and 40% believe the state of Florida is heading in the right direction.
Chamber Member Intel Survey on Employee Recruitment Issues and Best Practices
• Nearly 80% of respondents utilized word of mouth as their main recruitment strategy
• Over 50% said a lack of applicants was the main reason for hiring difficulties, followed by applicants lacking experience, technical and occupational skills
• 50% or more respondents took 1-3 months to hire for an open position with another 30% taking 6 months or longer
• Competitive compensation, growth opportunities, flexible schedules, training and benefits packages topped the list for recruiting incentives offered to potential employees.
Chamber Member Intel Survey on Factors Limiting Business Success
• 50% of respondents say the need for Marketing/Exposure is currently limiting their business success
• 40% say workforce issues such as employee recruitment, advancement and training is a limiting factor
• Employee benefits, regulations, access to capital and professional development were also listed as factors
Chamber Member Intel Survey on Internships
• 30% of members who utilized interns hosted 1-3 internships over the past two years.
• Barriers for those unable to provide internships were unfamiliarity with regulations, locating good candidates, funding and creating work activities.
• Nearly 75 percent of those who utilized interns were motivated by developing talent that might go on to work in their organization.