Charles County Issues Business Survey to Better Serve the Community

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, June 19, 2015

The Charles County Department of Economic Development (EDD) is working to improve the lines of communication with our business community, through the launch of our first “2015 Charles County Business Survey.” We envision the survey acting as a sounding board for businesses in our community to voice their valuable opinions to the economic development team. The responses will allow us to tailor our resources to better address business needs and forge stronger relationships within the County.

An open and transparent dialogue and ongoing communication between an economic development team and its business community are key to helping existing businesses succeed. Both Richmond, VA and Cleveland, OH are examples of locations that have successfully conducted similar business visitation initiatives and/or surveys and uncovered a number of significant findings about their local business economies, including the importance of talent attraction and retention, sales and growth opportunities and business trends.

Cleveland’s efforts have resulted in 2,010 jobs created, 3,492 jobs retained, 406,600 square feet of real estate developed and $208 million of capital invested. In Richmond, information collected during the survey process was used to direct resources and assistance to those companies in need.

Even more important than uncovering findings, these visitation surveys and initiatives benefit the entire community. Such initiatives allow the economic development department to identify concerns or areas of interest, better articulate and quantify the overall needs of the business community and more effectively focus on issues that matter most to local businesses.   Not only have these surveys established an open dialogue with local businesses, they have also created a better understanding of business needs in the community and shown what can be done to improve the business climate. Business retention surveys have also facilitated significant job creation and retention and helped stimulate capital investment and commercial real estate development.

We are excited about the launch of the 2015 Business Survey and look forward to the insights it will reveal. If you are a local business owner we want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey.

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“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice
President

Just Tech

 

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck

Owner

Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn

President

The Welburn Organization