Understand the local business climate for more effective budgeting, policy-making and planning for the future.


The National Business SurveyTM (The NBSTM) is the fastest and easiest way for you to stay on top of the demands of your local business owners. The NBS provides the reconnaissance local governments need to make informed choices and strengthen business development, retention and the community’s economy.

The NBS assesses the perspectives of local business owners and managers to reveal the economic health of a community or district. This online tool, developed by survey research experts, 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.

Open Business NBS

Tried and Trusted

Managers, planners and economic development directors use The NBS to:

  • Improve government and business relations
  • Attract new businesses
  • Retain existing businesses
  • Develop programs for the labor market
  • Enact business-friendly policies
  • Create strategic economic development plans

The NBS provides insights like these into the local business climate, and more.

NBS Pricing

Getting a price quote for The National Business Survey is easy as 1, 2, 3.Contact us today to find out if your jurisdiction qualifies for a discount.

Step One: Choose Your Basic Service Collection Method

Step Two: Choose Your Add-On Options

Step Three: Enroll

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Step One: Choose Your Basic Service Collection Method

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Step Two: Choose Your Add-On Options

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Step Three: Enroll

NBS Basic Service Cost: $15,600

$14,040 DISCOUNTED PRICE*

The NBS Basic Service Includes

Customization of a comprehensive survey of businesses in your community

Mailed recruitment with online data collection

Detailed report of results

Comparisons to The NCS (if available)

*Exclusive access to the NRC Playbook of Strategies

*Exclusive access to the NRC Resource Group

*Contact your Project Manager for access to the NRC Playbook of Strategies and NRC Resource Group.

Cancellation Policy

We will withhold an administrative fee of $700 from any refund for a cancellation before hours/costs are expended; once the project work has begun and money has been spent (hours or hard costs), we’re unable to make a refund.

Add-On Options

Full Price:

$550

Discounted Price:

$495

Compare results by area (e.g., district, ward, quadrant)

Full Price:

$550

Discounted Price:

$495

Compare results by demographic questions (e.g., industry, revenue, size)

Full Price:

$3,650

Discounted Price:

$3,285

NRC staff will present the survey results to staff Council, Boards or other appropriate groups

Full Price:

$8,150

Discounted Price:

$7,335

Businesses are mailed a hard copy of the survey to complete and return via USPS

*Please note all prices are subject to change.


*Discount Eligibility*
You are eligible for a 10% discount on The NCS, The NES, The NBS or CASOA if you:
Have conducted any of these surveys in the past Are an ICMA member
Are an NLC member Are an Association of Government Accountants member

Not sure if you’re eligible?

Contact Us Today!

*Discount Eligibility*
You are eligible for a 10% discount on The NCS, The NES, The NBS or CASOA if you:
Have conducted any of these surveys in the past Are an ICMA member
Are an NLC member Are an Association of Government Accountants member

Not sure if you’re eligible?

Contact Us Today!

The perspectives of business managers and owners are compared to those of the entire residential base when you also conduct The National Citizen SurveyTM (The NCSTM).

Get Started with The NBS Today!

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