Issue #4 JuLY 2008

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The TOP 9 Questions for July 2008


1. LICENSING –  How many small employers are attempting to license or otherwise sell the rights to a new product, service, process or design that they introduced in the last year? (Vol 5. Iss. 6, Q# 1d)

2. VEHICLES – How many vehicles (cars, trucks, vans) does the typical small employer use (own or lease)? (Vol. 3, Iss. 7, Q# 4)

3. IT – How many small businesses have one or more employees who work at least half-time on computer and/or IT issues, including installation and maintenance of hardware and software and instruction of other employees?  (Vol. 7, Iss. 5, Q# 2).

4. BOARDS OF DIRECTORS – How often do Boards of Directors of small C-corporations serve as a true advisory body and how often do they simply fulfill legal requirements?  (Vol. 4, Iss. 7, Q# 3C)

5. READING MATERIAL –What is the favorite section of the newspaper among small employers who read one at least a few times a week? (Vol. 7, Iss 6., Q# 4g)

6. POLITICS – How interested are small employers in public affairs and politics?  (Vol. 5, Iss. 4, Q# 1).

7. TRAINING EMPLOYEES – What portion of small employers have sent one or more employees to a vocational or trade school in the last three years to upgrade the employee's job skills?  (Vol. 5, Iss. 1, Q#24a).


8. FAMILIES – How often is the spouse of a small employer also the owner of a separate and distinct business that employs people?  (Vol. 2, Iss. 6, Q# 7a).  

9. BUDGET – What is the first element (revenues, expenditures, profits) small business employers build into their budgets?  (Vol. 7, Iss. 4, Q# 4).