Winter 2023 Business Sentiment Survey: Your Opinions Help Inform Local Policymakers

Business Leaders: Local business leaders and encouraged to share your opinions about the region’s current and future economy for this bi-annual Business Sentiment survey. Your cooperation and completion of this survey will inform policymakers about future-facing business concerns.

Business Sentiment Survey

About the Survey

For many years, Salisbury University’s Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) has had its finger on the pulse of business in the Salisbury area, on the Eastern Shore and the Mid-Atlantic.

Along with the Tri-County Councils of the Eastern Shore and local economic development leaders including Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, BEACON is maintaining that leadership in the economic community, conducting the winter biannual Eastern Shore Business Sentiment Survey.

The survey gauges opinions of local businesses on current and future economic conditions. The results of this sixth semi-annual survey will allow economic development professionals to focus attention on issues that are most important to the area.

“Most of the information available to us, particularly as a smaller region, is from national studies or, at best, national and regional studies,” said John Hickman, director of BEACON. “This ongoing project gives our economic development leaders, who inform government leaders, an idea of what’s really happening here on Delmarva.

“As economic development directors are working toward what they’re going to do to help the businesses in their communities – whether that’s incentives, relief funds, workforce trainings or other options – they need to know what the issues are that are important to the local businesses.”

Survey results are reported by BEACON and available to the public on the Delmarva Index. A copy of the latest report is available here.

Local businesses are encouraged to complete the current survey by January 1 here.

For more information, visit the BEACON webpage at Learn more about SU and opportunities to Make Tomorrow Yours at

About Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism

The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s mission is to enhance and promote a business-friendly environment for current and prospective enterprises and to advocate for policies that support and strengthen the economic vitality of Talbot County. The department’s vision for Talbot County is built on the principles of strong communities, empowered businesses, and innovative solutions.

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