More than 89% of the roughly 600 small local companies Sarasota County recently polled didn't have any complaints about business. But, the companies that did, had strong words for the county.
Concerns about signage issues were the most prominent complaints leveled during Sarasota County's Office of Business and Economic Development questionnaire conducted from March 1 through June 30. The department is gathering data to recommend procedural changes to improve interactions between the county and small businesses.
Some examples of responses from small businesses include:
+ "Signage is a huge issue for businesses along the (U.S.) 41 corridor, along with a speed limit that greatly exceeds the needs of people coming and going from businesses."
+ "Would like to see each municipality within Sarasota County have a common sign ordinance."
+ "Construction on Venice Avenue has greatly affected business."
+ "Very concerned with infrastructure issues and road conditions throughout Sarasota County."
+ "The cost of doing business in Sarasota County is very high; not welcoming to small businesses."
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