Every two years, we survey business owners and managers about their perspectives on the community, including the business and economic climate, local services and demographics. The results are meant to offer the City Council and staff a snapshot of the business viewpoint about community quality and government services.

“Your answers help us understand how we’re doing and inform our decision-making,” says Joe Ellickson, director of communications and engagement. He strongly encourages participation. “The more surveys we receive, the better we understand how to help our Eagan businesses.”

Every addressable Eagan business will be sent a survey via U.S. mail in December. Each potential respondent will have through Jan. 4, 2024, to complete the brief survey.

Take the survey today.



We contracted with National Research Center, Inc. to participate in the National Business Survey™. This online tool tracks business expectations for the coming year identifies characteristics of the business environment needed to enhance local economic vitality, monitors the kind of services and policy support that would allow local businesses to succeed, describes local companies, and shows business owners’ perceptions of the quality of current services and community life.

Eagan gets thumbs up from business survey respondents in 2022

Our 2021 business survey results are in, and 99% said that they value Eagan as an excellent or good place to work. That’s just one finding from a City of Eagan survey sent to every addressable Eagan business via U.S. mail last October.

More than 9 in 10 business owners and managers felt that Eagan was an excellent or good place to do business and a similar proportion gave the same evaluations to the overall economic health of Eagan, ratings that were also higher than the national benchmarks. Additionally, Eagan rated higher than national benchmarks in over 73% of all categories. 

“We’re pleased once again to see that respondents value Eagan as a place to do business and like our business climate,” says Joe Ellickson, director of communications and engagement. “We also identified a couple of areas that need work, and we found that Eagan businesses are continuing to struggle to find qualified applicants.” Full results will be released soon; in the meantime, here are two more highlights:

  • 100% of respondents said Eagan offers an excellent or good quality of life.
  • 93% of respondents value Eagan as an excellent or good place to do business.

Survey presentation to City Council.
Business Climate Report
Trends over Time
Business Survey Sample

Highlights

  • 91% of respondents value Eagan as an excellent or good place to do business.
  • 96% of respondents said Eagan offers an excellent or good quality of life.

Results

Survey presentation to City Council.
Business Climate Report
Trends over Time
Business Survey Sample

Highlights

  • 91% of business owners and managers rated Eagan as an excellent or good place to do business and nearly all (96%) felt that Eagan had an excellent or good quality of life.
  • Businesses value Eagan as a place to do business but are experiencing a shortage of qualified applicants, and economic outlook is on the decline since 2017.
  • Eagan's businesses value the same community characteristics as their residents, and identify safety and economy as areas of focus.
  • 85% of businesses approve of the overall direction that Eagan is taking.
  • City services are highly rated by the business community, with 91% of respondents saying the quality of City services was excellent or good.

Results

Business Climate Report
Technical Appendices
Comparisons by Demographic Subgroups
Resident and Business Comparisons

Presentation
Council Presentation Slides