Must you or your business have some type of credential or skill certification in order to operate your business as you now do? That does NOT include a basic business license or tax ID.
Where did you primarily obtain the necessary knowledge or skills in order to acquire that credential or certification? Was it from:?
Must you take continuing education-type training or courses every year or two in order to keep your credential or certification?
Do you take continuing education-type training or courses every year or two anyway?
How many business, trade or professional organizations are you or the business a member of?
Think of the ONE organization most important to you. Does it offer a business, technical or professional training or education program, one that helps you upgrade your business or professional knowledge and skills?
Is this business, technical or professional education or training program the only reason for your membership in that organization, a very important reason, a reason, not an important reason, or not a reason for your membership?
Does this organization offer a credential or certification?
In the last 12 months did you attend a convention or trade show sponsored by this organization?
In the last 12 months did you attend a convention or trade show on a business-related topic sponsored by any OTHER business organization, private group, or governmental unit?
In the last 12 months, did you attend a convention or trade show on a business-related topic?
As a general rule, do you think that attendance at conventions and trade shows is essential to keep abreast of business and industry developments, helpful, not helpful or a waste of time and money?
What is your highest level of formal education?
What was your primary area of study when earning your highest degree?
Are you actively pursuing a/another college or university degree at this time?
How many years experience do you have working in your industry as an employee and/or owner?
Excluding purchase of products or services, how often do you go to a Web site to ask a question about some aspect of your business? Would you say you do that about:?
In the last 12 months, have you taken at least one course or seminar in any setting on a subject that related to this business and lasted at least FOUR hours in total?
Think of the most recent one you took. Was it sponsored by a supplier, a business or professional association, a government organization, or a school or university?
Did you take it to:?
Was the course or seminar given face-to-face, over the Internet, or by correspondence?
Did you pay for the course or seminar or was it free?
Which BEST describes the general subject matter for the course or seminar? Was it about:?
Within the last 12 months, about how many hours did you spend attending, or on-line, in an education or training session? An estimate is fine.
About how many business or professional magazines do you currently subscribe to and read at least partially?
Volume 12, Issue 2, 2012
ISSN - 1534-8326
William J. Dennis, Jr.
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