Florida Small Business Index Survey



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Many in Florida’s small business community are experiencing both challenges and successes as our economy grows. As we work to secure Florida’s future, it is crucial that the Florida Chamber of Commerce understands what issues are most important to small businesses. The Small Business Index Survey tracks trends and issues affecting small businesses in Florida. Small business owners are surveyed in order to monitor small business trends and identify emerging issues that may be addressed by the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council.

Florida Small Business Owners Concerned About Workforce Quality

Survey Results: 2018 – Quarter 1

Ask a Florida small business owner what keeps them up at night and they’ll likely point to the latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index Survey, which shows workforce quality and government regulations as the top concerns of Florida’s job creators for the second straight quarter.

The Florida Chamber’s quarterly Small Business Index statewide survey shows small businesses are most concerned about:

  • Workforce quality (27 percent),
  • Government regulations (13 percent),
  • Healthcare costs (11 percent),
  • Lawsuit abuse (9 percent),
  • Access to capital (8 percent).

Of Florida small businesses, 52 percent of respondents expect to hire in the next six months– up slightly from 48 percent in our Q4 2017 survey.

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically December 13, 2017 through January 12, 2018. Thirty percent of respondents employ less than five employees, while 41 percent employ five to 49 employees. Click here to view the full report.



Florida Small Business Index Survey: Past Results