Business Climate Survey


Description of Businesses Surveyed

The 2017 Pilot and 2018 Maryland Business Climate Survey used firm information purchased from Dun and Bradstreet. This database included business name, industry, and contact information for selected businesses. The sample of businesses that was used for the survey included firms that:

  • Were located in Maryland

  • Were private businesses

  • Had over 10 employees;

  • Were in selected “mobile” industries that include:

    • Manufacturing (NAICS 31-33)

    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 42)

    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48)

    • Information (NAICS 51)

    • Finance and insurance (NAICS 52)

    • Professional, scientific, and technical Services (NAICS 54)

    • Management of companies and enterprises (NAICS 55)

    • Telephone call centers (NAICS 5614)

Each quarter, the Schaefer Center at the University of Baltimore will conduct telephone interviews with senior executives in 250 businesses with 10 or more employees from across Maryland. This survey has a total of 1,000 completed interviews by the end of the four quarter survey period—a standard sample size for many types of surveys seeking a margin of error of 3 percent.

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