Alaska MarineTrades Business Survey

A Business Retention and Expansion Survey

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development is conducting a business retention and expansion survey of the state’s maritime business and manufacturing industry. Information compiled under this survey will be used to assess sector specific needs by business type and region.

To assure we receive strong input from the marine trades sector, the Department is extending the survey through September 15, 2012. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback is important and helps prioritize work aimed at strengthening Alaska's maritime and marine business sector. This survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time. Your answers will be treated anonymously.

If you have any questions, please contact Glenn Haight,, 907-465-6144.
1. Please identify the primary port/harbor (most activity, headquartered, other) and secondary port(s) where you work or do business.
2. How long has this business been in operation?
Year in operation
3. How would you classify your business? (check all that apply)
4. Please estimate the composition of your annual customer base as a percent of total business activity (Should total 100%).
5. Please estimate as a percentage of your annual businesses activity, the origin of your customers (Should total 100%).
6. Is a lack of customers currently a problem for your business?
7. Please identify your interest level in the following items.
Very interestedSomewhat interestedLittle or no interestDo not know
Assistance identifying local customers.
Growing your business.
8. What are your expectations for the future of your business?
Significant GrowthModerate GrowthRemain the SameModerate DownsizeSignificant DownsizeDon't Know
Overall Business Size [Current Year]
Overall Business Size [In 5 Years]
Overall Business Size [In 10 Years]
Plant / Facility Size
Employment Quantity
9. Do the following areas challenge the future of your business?
Significant ChallengeModerate ChallengeLittle or No ChallengeDon't Know
Workforce Availability
Workforce Quality
Fisheries Management
Financial Resources
Government Regulation
10. What is your overall expectation regarding the following scenarios?
Very LikelySomewhat LikelyNot LikelyDon't Know
Operating in 1 year
Operating in 5 years
Operating in 10 years
11. Please identify the number of employees working in your business including you and family members.
1 - 34 - 1011 - 2021+
Full time
Part time / seasonal
12. List your employee type, both permanent and part time / seasonal as a percent. (Should total 100%)
13. Please estimate the number of independent contractors that you employ annually.
14. How would you rate the quality of the local labor pool as it relates to your business?
Very GoodGoodFairPoorDon't Know
15. Please indicate your workforce hiring status now and in the future.
HiringStableDownsizingDon't Know
Short - Term (< 2 years)
Long - Term (> 2 Years)
16. How would you rate the following potential recruitment challenges in your business?
Significant ProblemModerate ProblemLittle or No problemDon't Know
Labor Supply Shortage
Skills Not Adequate
Distance to Job Site
Available Housing
Affordable Housing
17. Please indicate the level of threat each of these presents to the overall viability of your business.
Severely ThreatensSomewhat ThreatensLittle or No ThreatDon't Know
Short-Term General Business Activity in your area (next 2 years)
Long-Term General Business Activity in your area (3 - 5 years)
Workforce Quantity
Workforce Quality
Workforce Cost
Utilities/Services Availability
Utilities/Services Cost
Telecommunications Availability
Telecommunications Cost
Transportation Availability
Transportation Cost
Federal/State Taxes
Local Taxes
Government Regulation
Available land to expand
Environmental Issues
Lack of Available Marketing Dollars
Product Demand
Access to Capital
Production Process
18. What are the three greatest challenges to your business?
19. What are the three greatest challenges to your industry?
20. Please provide contact information. All answers except "City/Town" are optional.