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The National Business Survey

The Nation's Premiere Business Survey

Accommodating the needs of the business community is crucial to establishing or preserving a thriving local economy.

The National Business Survey (The NBS) helps you understand the local business climate for more effective budgeting, policy-making and planning for the future.

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Managers and Economic Development Directors use The NBS to:

Improve government and business relations

Develop programs for the labor market

Attract new businesses

Enact business-friendly policies

Retain existing businesses

Create strategic economic development plans

Downtown Businesses

Tried and Trusted

The National Business Survey™ (The NBS™) is the fastest and easiest way for you to stay on top of the demands of your local business owners. The NBS provides the reconnaissance local governments need to make informed choices and strengthen business development, retention and the community’s economy.

The NBS assesses the perspectives of local business owners and managers to reveal the economic health of a community or district. This online tool, developed by survey research experts, tracks business expectations for the coming year, identifies characteristics of the business environment needed to enhance local economic vitality, monitors the kind of services and policy support that would allow local businesses to succeed, describes local companies and shows business owners’ perceptions of the quality of current services and community life.

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The NBS Services

Best of Both Worlds

Mailed recruitment with online data collection

Detailed Comparisons

Comparisons to The National Community Survey (if available)

Advanced Reporting

Detailed report and dashboard of results on Polco

Benchmark Comparisons

Benchmark comparisons with hundreds of communities nationwide

Plans & Pricing

The NBS is available with the Polco Performance Plan subscription.

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Need Something Custom?

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Learn more about our Custom Surveys.

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