Florida Chamber Healthcare Partnership Survey


Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees is seeking your input on the CDC’s newest guidelines regarding masks and cloth coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.



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There are several loan programs to help small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Senator Marco Rubio worked extensively on the CARES Act, which primarily benefits small businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program.  As we continue conversations with Senator Rubio, the congressional delegation, our partners in the banking industry and at the SBA and SBDC, your input will help us guide future changes to these lending program to ensure small businesses are getting the support that they need.



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A Talented Workforce and the Rising Probability of a Recession Leave Florida’s Small Businesses Feeling Uncertain

Latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index Survey Shows

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 22, 2019)— While Florida’s small businesses continue boosting the state’s economy, finding qualified workers to fill available jobs tops the list of issues keeping small business owners up at night, survey results from the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Third Quarter Small Business Index Survey show. 

“Florida’s small businesses continue to be concerned about being able to hire a talented workforce,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research at the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Improving Florida’s talent pipeline for a better workforce will help ensure jobs have talented employees, and will help put workers on the path to prosperity – leading goals of Florida 2030, Florida’s next strategic plan.”

Concerns over a likely recession are also creating economic uncertainty among job creators, the survey shows. However, while Florida’s small businesses are cautious, the state’s economy is healthy and expanding. Florida is now the 18th most diversified economy in the country, and there are rising numbers of open jobs and a declining amount of people looking for jobs.

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

  1. Workforce Quality – 27%

2. Economic Uncertainty – 12%

3. Growth Management Process – 8%

4. Government Regulations – 7%

5. Healthcare Costs – 7%

Of Florida’s small businesses, 47 percent of respondents expect the economy to improve, down from 57 percent one year ago and 70 percent two years ago. They also felt that a positive indicator for businesses is that 24 percent of respondents thought it would be easier to get financing in the next six months, compared to 15 percent in last quarter’s survey.

“Florida’s economy is dependent on the small business community, and the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council remains committed to advocating on their behalf,” said Glenda Hood, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, and President, Hood Partners LLC.

About the Survey:

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically June 6 through July 5, 2019. Fifty-six of respondents employ less than five employees, while 32 percent employ five to 49 employees. Click HERE to view the full report.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

First Quarter Small Business Index Survey Shows Florida’s Small Businesses Feeling Uncertain

Potential Trade War, Expansion of Tariffs, Slowing Growth in Other Economies Leave Florida’s Small Businesses Feeling Uncertain Latest Florida Chamber Small Business Index Survey Shows

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 23, 2019)—While Florida’s economic outlook for 2019 is strong, the threat of a trade war, expansion of tariffs and slowing growth in other economies has Florida’s small business owners uncertain about the economy.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s First Quarter Small Business Index Survey shows economic uncertainty now tops the list of issues keeping small business owners up at night. This is the first time in eight quarters that economic uncertainty has risen to the number one concern – beating out workforce quality.

While Florida’s small businesses appear cautious, the truth is Florida’s future is healthy. According to data from Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish, Florida can expect to create 150,000 jobs in 2019 and there’s a low chance of recession.

“When job creators see uncertainty in financial or international markets, they are less likely to invest,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist of the Florida Chamber Foundation, speaking at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Economic Outlook & Jobs Summit. “To ensure Florida remains competitive, we must continue the momentum built since the last recession, and renew a focus on signaling to the world that Florida is open for business and ready for economic development investments.”

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

  1. Economic Uncertainty – 23%
  2. Workforce Quality – 18%
  3. Growth Management Process – 9%
  4. Government Regulations – 9%
  5. Access to Capital – 8%

 

Of Florida small businesses, 47 percent of respondents expect the economy to improve, down from 77 percent one year ago. More interesting is that 41 percent of businesses expect the economy to weaken over the next year – up from 20 percent in last quarter’s survey and 10 percent one year ago.

“After being the top concern for eight quarters in a row, workforce quality takes second place behind economic uncertainty, which is the top concern of Florida’s small businesses,” said Glenda Hood, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, and Founding Partner, triSect. “Florida’s economy is dependent on the small business community, and the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council remains committed to advocating on their behalf.”

 

About the Survey:

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically November 28, 2018 through January 3, 2019. 44 percent of respondents employ less than five employees, while 40 percent employ five to 49 employees. Click here to view the full report.

 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Workforce Quality and Government Regulations Top Concerns in Florida Chamber Small Business Survey

2018 Elections Key to Ensuring Florida Small and Local Businesses Can Continue Creating 1 Out of Every 11 New American Jobs

 

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 22, 2018) — As Florida job creators prepare to cast their vote for Florida’s next Governor, they are no doubt looking at which candidate will help strengthen Florida’s workforce and tackle government regulations – top concerns of business leaders on the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Quarter Small Business Index Survey.

For the eighth quarter in a row, employers say finding additional skilled employees to meet open job demands is their number one concern. And small and local businesses are increasingly concerned about government regulations.

 

“With Florida small and local businesses creating one out of every 11 new American jobs, the Small Business Index Survey shows that job creators will be looking for a Governor that further eliminates outdated regulations and further strengthens Florida’s workforce to ensure the available 245,300 jobs in Florida can be filled with quality employees,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President, Political Operation.

 

On the upside, 59 percent of small businesses indicated confidence in the direction that Florida is taking to make the Sunshine State a better place for businesses—up from the third quarter.

As Johnson explained, looking at the gubernatorial candidates proposed plans shows their differences, and provides a clear view of the candidates’ positions on small and local businesses.

“Preparing for the future means continuing to ensure that Florida’s economy is ready and able to create prosperity through high-paying jobs, remain globally competitive, and develop vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation.  “As we look toward 2030, we must continue to ensure businesses have access to the qualified workforce they need to continue to create jobs, and that all Floridians can pave a path toward economic prosperity.  This quarter’s Small Business Index Survey indicates that Florida’s small businesses remain increasingly concerned about workforce quality- a concern that has been consistently ranked number one for the past eight quarters. “

 

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

  • Workforce quality (26 percent),
  • Government regulations (9 percent),
  • Access to Capital (8 percent),
  • Economic uncertainty (8 percent)
  • Lawsuit abuse (6 percent),
  • Taxes (6 percent),
  • Healthcare costs (6 percent),

 

Of Florida small businesses, 48 percent of respondents expect to hire in the next six months, up from 45 percent last quarter. And 43 percent expect to make investments in plants or equipment, down from 49 percent one year ago.

 

“For the eighth quarter in a row, workforce quality continues to be the top concern of Florida’s small businesses, with government regulations ranking second,” said Glenda Hood, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, and Founding Partner, triSect. “Florida’s economy is dependent on the small business community, and the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council remains committed to advocating on their behalf.”

 

About the Survey:

 

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically September 6, 2018 through October 11, 2018. Thirty-nine percent of respondents employ less than five employees, while 43 percent employ five to 49 employees. Click here to view the full report.

 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

 

Florida Small Businesses Increasingly Concerned Most About Workforce Quality and Government Regulations Latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Survey Shows

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 24, 2017) –  Workforce quality and government regulations are the top issues keeping Florida’s small business leaders up at night, according to the latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index survey.

“In the span of two years, workforce quality has climbed from the fifth issue of greatest concern to the top issues of concern,” said DR. JERRY PARRISH, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation. “The Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent Florida Jobs 2030 report shows that the future of work is changing, and as this quarter’s Small Business Index shows, businesses – now more than ever – need access to a talented workforce.”

The Florida Chamber’s quarterly Small Business Index Statewide Survey Shows Small Businesses are Most Concerned About:

  • Workforce quality (23 percent),
  • Government regulations (16 percent),
  • Economic uncertainty (13 percent),
  • Healthcare costs (10 percent),
  • Lawsuit abuse (8 percent),
  • Access to capital (7 percent).

On the bright side, 70 percent of respondents expect their sales will increase over the next year.

“Florida’s small businesses continue to face a number of challenges, including increased concerns about workforce quality and government regulations,” said TAMI FITZPATRICK, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Entropy Technology Design, Inc. “The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council looks forward to working together to identify and support solutions that will help and grow Florida’s small business community.”

 

About the Survey:

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically June 29 through July 14, 2017. Twenty-nine percent of respondents employ less than five employees, while 42 percent employ five to 49 employees. Click here to view the full report.

 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Government Regulations and Workforce Quality Are Top Concerns Of Latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Survey

TALLAHASSEE (April 25, 2017) – The latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index survey shows Florida job creators increasingly concerned about workforce quality and government regulations.

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

  • Workforce quality (22 percent),
  • Government regulations (16 percent),
  • Healthcare costs (13 percent),
    Economic uncertainty (10 percent – tie),
  • Access to capital (10 percent – tie), and
  • Lawsuit abuse (6 percent).

But perhaps what’s most disturbing is fewer Florida job creators believe have confidence in our state’s business climate.

“Fewer small businesses have confidence that Florida’s business climate is headed in the right direction. Only 15 percent of businesses are confident – that’s down from substantially from 26 percent who indicated they were confident in the previous quarterly survey, and down from 32 percent in the second quarter survey two years ago.”

On the bright side, 70 percent of respondents expect their sales will increase over the next year – up slightly from 68 percent during our last survey.

“Florida’s small businesses continue to face a number of challenges, including increased concerns about workforce quality and healthcare costs,” said TAMI FITZPATRICK, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Entropy Technology Design, Inc. “Florida’s economy is dependent on the small business community, and the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council remains committed to advocating on their behalf.”

 

About the Survey:

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically March 29 through April 14, 2017. Thirty-seven percent of respondents employ less than five employees, while 42 percent employ five to 49 employees. Click here to view the full report.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as crucial to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FLChamber.com for more information.
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Government Regulations and Workforce Quality Small Businesses’ Top Issues

TALLAHASSEE (January 25, 2017) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today revealed the results of their quarterly Small Business Index survey, which shows “Government Regulations” and  “Workforce Quality” as the top issues small businesses are concerned about.

“Florida’s small businesses continue to face a number of challenges, including increased government regulations, as well as workforce quality,” said TAMI FITZPATRICK, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Entropy Technology Design, Inc. “The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council looks forward to working together to identify and support solutions that will help and grow Florida’s small business community.”

“Access to Capital” was the second most frequently cited challenge facing Florida’s small business community, with 13 percent of respondents citing this as their top issue, up from the nine who indicated the same during the third quarter survey. “Healthcare Costs”, followed with the next place on the list, with 10 percent of respondents citing it as their top issue. “Economic Uncertainty followed closely behind as the top issue for 9 percent of survey respondents, and “Lawsuit Abuse” was also claimed by 9 percent of respondents.

“One indicator of the future path of Florida’s economy is the percentage of respondents that expect the economy to improve over the next year – 77 percent, much higher than the 50 percent reported in last quarter’s survey,” said DR. JERRY PARRISH, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation.

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index survey shows:

Top Issues Facing Small Businesses:
  • Government regulations (18 percent – tie),
  • Workforce quality (18 percent – tie),
  • Access to capital (13 percent),
  • Healthcare costs (10 percent),
  • Economic uncertainty (9 percent – tie), and
  • Lawsuit abuse (9 percent – tie).
Sales:

68 percent of respondents expect their sales will increase over the next year.

Respondents:

24 percent of respondents employ less than five employees, 51 percent of respondents employ 5 to 49 employees,
The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically December 1 through December 23, 2016. Click here to view the full report.
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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as crucial to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FLChamber.com for more information.

Florida Small Businesses Reporting Higher Company Sales But Still Uncertain About The Economy

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Florida Small Businesses Reporting Higher Company Sales
But Still Uncertain About The Economy
More than half of Florida business plan to hire new employees this year

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2016) – A new Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index Survey shows Florida’s small businesses are reporting higher sales than in previous quarters, with 65 percent of respondents reporting increased company sales compared to the same period last year and 79 percent expecting increasing sales in the coming year. Survey results were released today in conjunction with the Florida Chamber’s Board of Governors Capitol Days.

While sales outlooks have improved significantly, Florida’s small businesses are uncertain about the future. Only half of respondents expect the economy to improve during the next 12 months and 21 percent of respondents cited economic uncertainty as their top issue. This sense of economic uncertainty is also a top concern of Florida voters, who say jobs and the economy is their top concern – according to a separate Florida Chamber Political Institute poll released earlier today. Access to capital was the second most frequently cited challenge facing Florida small business community.

“The results of the Small Business Index Survey show that Florida small businesses are optimistic about their company’s financial health and performance but have growing concerns with Florida’s long-term economic outlook,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation. “The good news is that Florida’s economy is growing at a faster rate than almost any other state in the nation.”

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey shows:

  • Top Issues Facing Small Businesses: Economic uncertainty (21 percent), access to capital (16 percent), government regulations (15 percent), workforce quality (14 percent), and growth management processes (12 percent) are the issues facing Florida small businesses.
  • Hiring Plans: 55 percent of the small businesses surveyed have plans to hire new employees during the next six months, up from 43 percent in last quarter’s survey.
  • Respondents: 47 percent of respondents employ less than five employees, with only 9 percent of respondents employing 100 employees or more.

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically December 18, 2015 through January 11, 2016. Click here to view the full report.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Small Business Owners Optimistic About the Future

45% Expect to Hire in Next Six Months; 76% Expect Increased Sales

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (June 24 , 2015) – With Florida’s economic recovery continuing to outpace the nation, small businesses continue to lead the way. According to the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey, released today at the 2015 Annual Florida SBDC Network Conference in Miami, small businesses are reporting higher company sales, improved economic outlook, and an increased willingness to hire new employees.

“Small businesses create two out of three new jobs in Florida and play a leading role in our state’s economy. The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index helps track trends and issues impacting small businesses, and I’m pleased to report that the health of Florida’s small businesses is growing stronger,” Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce said during the Florida SBDC Network Annual Meeting in Miami.

The survey, conducted in conjunction with the Florida SBDC Network, shows 55 percent of small businesses reporting higher company sales compared to last quarter.

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey shows:

  • Top Issues Facing Small Businesses:

    Economic uncertainty (24 percent), workforce quality (15 percent), government regulations (12 percent), access to capital (10 percent) and growth management processes (10 percent) are the issues facing Florida small businesses. Notably, access to capital has dropped from tying as the single biggest issue from more than a year ago, to the fourth overall issue during the latest survey.

  • Sales Increased:

    62 percent of businesses surveyed reported higher company sales compared to the same time period last year, with only 14 percent of businesses reporting lower sales.

  • Optimism Increased:

    78 percent of respondents expect the economy to improve in the next 12 months, with 18 percent expecting the economy to “improve significantly,” more than double the amount from the Florida Chamber Q2 2014 survey. Additionally, 57 percent of businesses responded that their business is better off than six months ago.

“Small business optimism is on the rise, yet Florida’s small businesses continue to face a number of challenges, including access to capital and business resources,” said Michael Myhre, CEO and State Director of the Florida SBDC Network. “The Florida SBDC is committed to providing our state’s small businesses with the tools and resources needed to grow and succeed and create wealth for Florida’s economy.”

 

The Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey was conducted electronically May 4 through May 22, 2015.

 

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.