CEDARBURG —An increasing workforce, rising sales and a
positive growth outlook were among the findings reported
in a recent survey among town of Cedarburg business
survey had a 49 percent return rate, with 39 out of 79
possible businesses responding.
retail and professional services sectors comprised more
than half of the respondents, with each representing 26
percent. That was followed by personal services, with 13
percent, manufacturing 8 percent and health care,
construction, media and communications, transportation
and logistics and hospitality and entertainment
comprising 5 percent each. Wholesale trade firms had 3
respondents also represented some of the newest and
oldest businesses in town, with 15 percent there for
more than 20 years and 14 percent fewer than five years.
Nearly a third said they expected to see an increase in
employees, while 56 percent thought it would stay the
same. The overwhelming majority of respondents reported
having 10 or fewer employees.
Respondents also showed reported news on the business
growth front, with 64 percent saying they had increased
sales and revenue over the past five years and 82
percent expecting increased sales in the next five
years. Another 18 percent expected sales to stay the
same, and 0 percent said they would see a decrease.
asked what factors positively contribute to their
business, 29 percent said quality of life in the area.
Other results included:
Skilled, available workforce
Proximity to suppliers
Access to financing
Respondents were also asked if the “absence of municipal
water” positively contributed to their business, but 0
respondents said it did.
terms of overall satisfaction, 87 percent said they were
satisfied, with 31 percent very satisfied. Thirteen
percent reported being dissatisfied.
Chairman Dave Valentine said he is not surprised by the
results or the overall approval of business owners in
the town, though he is pleased.
go nine years in a row without an increase in taxes,
people tend to like that,” Valentine said.
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