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Economic survey reveals better 2006 results

Madison, Wis. - What a difference a quiet hurricane season can make to the outlook of Dane County business executives. While slow, steady growth was anticipated, area businesses outperformed expectations, particularly in the area of profitability, according to the fourth annual Economic Survey of Dane County sponsored by First Business Bank and the A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research at UW-Madison, took the temperature of 485 businesses between September and October of 2006. The survey was sent to CEOs, CFOs, presidents, and owners of Dane County businesses with five or more employees.

The purpose of the study, a combination of 2......

Full article >>> eater percentage of larger firms see an upward trend in the number of employees, and there was a decrease in the number of firms that saw rising operating costs. The latter development is somewhat surprising, given fluctuations in fuel, energy, and raw materials.

The performance of large firms was helped considerably by the manufacturing sector, which continues to outperform service, reta......

Full article >>> 's higher than any of the other business areas, but the problem I have in stating that it's a great number is that this is the first year. We really don't have anything else to compare it to, other than other business types.

"It's a little bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison."


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'"/> By Joe Vanden Plas 12/06/06

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