Local business owners are more optimistic about the future than they were six months ago, according to a survey of members of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.
The non-scientific survey of 385 Manatee Chamber of Commerce members who responded will help track and develop educational topics and emerging issues - specifically impacting members and the general business community at-large. The non-scientific survey of 385 members who responded will help track and develop educational topics and emerging issues - specifically impacting members and the general business community at-large.
"It will also allow us to compare (state and national) trends with other organizations such as the Florida and U.S. Chambers of Commerce," said Neil Spirtas, vice president, public policy & small business. "It will also allow us to compare (state and national) trends with other organizations such as the Florida and U.S. Chambers of Commerce."
Chamber members were surveyed locally about the overall health of business.
Survey results show:
n 65 percent of respondents said the local economy will fare better in 2013, up from six months ago when 60 percent said it will fare better.
n 72 percent said when looking at the local business climate Manatee County and its cities are on the right track.
n 45 percent of respondents said their business was better than it was six months ago, 10 percent said business was worse and 10 percent said it was the same.
Other highlights of results focused on hiring expectations:
n 33 percent of respondents said economic uncertainty was preventing them from hiring.
n 28 percent said government regulations, including the Affordable Health Care Bill was a barrier to hiring
n 24 percent said a lack of sales kept them from hiring
n 10 percent said access to capital was the biggest obstacle to hiring.
n 2.5 percent said their company planned to decrease its workforce over the next six months.
n 36 percent said they would increase employment over the next six months.
More information about the Chamber's 2013 Bi-Annual Survey Results, including the survey overview, methodology and other statistics can be found on the Chamber's website at www.ManateeChamber.com.
Wilde Honda earns President's Award
Wilde Honda Sarasota has earned the Honda President's Award for exceptional performance in 2012.
The annual award is presented to Honda's top-ranking dealerships that achieved excellence in all areas of operation -- customer service and sales satisfaction, sales, training, and facility. This is
the 11th year Wilde Honda has earned the President's Award.
During 2012, more than 1,000 Honda dealerships across the country competed for the President's Award title, with 112 dealerships earning the award. Honda provides each winning dealership a distinguished trophy and other showroom embellishments to herald its accomplishments.
"We are proud to be recognized as an eleven-year recipient of the Honda President's Award. We give thanks to our dedicated staff and the wonderful support of our loyal customers for this honor," said Skip Strasburger, Wilde Honda's general manager.
-- Herald staff report