Waukesha County businesses intend to grow during the next three
years through increasing their staff, moving to a larger facility,
via acquisitions or by growing their revenue, among other reasons,
according to a survey.
The survey was
conducted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County
Center for Growth, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and the
Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (WOW) Workforce Development Board.
learned was that more businesses are anticipating growth compared to
the previous survey the groups created in 2015. That year, 72
percent of surveyed businesses planned to expand.
According to the
2017 survey, 61 percent of businesses have reached 100 percent
capacity at their current physical locations, up from 55 percent in
2015, but 40 percent do not own or lease sufficient property to
allow for expansion of their current facilities. Twenty-seven
percent plan to move to a new facility, which is up from 17 percent
in 2015. Eighty-five percent plan to expand their workforce in the
next three years (up from 84 percent in 2015), but nearly 60 percent
say staff recruitment is impacting their business (up from 58
percent in 2015). Sixty-seven percent of businesses report finding a
skilled workforce to be the primary challenge they faced when
starting or growing their businesses.
“Our efforts to
make Waukesha County the epicenter of economic development in the
region are working,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow in
the release. “Sixty-five percent of local businesses say they
consider Waukesha County a very desirable place to do business, up
from 53 percent just two years ago. The Waukesha County Center for
Growth is already exceeding its goals, and we’re excited to see what
will come in the future.”
findings in the survey were: 70 percent plan to put new
technological innovations into place within the next two years and
68 percent of businesses see the value of training their employees
because it leads to higher retention of employees.
Also, nearly 60
percent say staff recruitment is impacting their business (up from
58 percent in 2015) because 40 percent say potential employees don’t
have enough job experience; 34 percent cite wage levels as the main
challenge; 42 percent say potential employees don’t have the
appropriate training or education; 58 percent can’t find employees
that fit their business culture; 82 percent can’t find enough
qualified workers; and 16 percent say potential employees don’t have
available transportation to work. One percent say Waukesha County
doesn’t have enough community quality of life amenities.
information collected during the survey process was 72 percent of
businesses in Waukesha County were founded before the year 2000 and
84 percent of companies said their sales grew in the past year.
To see the full
results of the survey, go to