Poll: Majority of Small Business Owners Perceive Online Marketplaces Like Amazon as a Threat

New BizBuySell survey reveals small business concern over the "Amazon Effect", cybersecurity and the current tax code.

San Francisco, CA - BizBuySell.com, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, surveyed 762 small business owners to get their perspective on how various economic, political and technological threats are impacting the small business environment. The survey examined how small business owners feel about a variety of issues, including cybersecurity, tax reform, the Amazon effect and the Trump administration. In the survey, as outlined below, BizBuySell found small businesses owners continue to support the majority of the Trump administration's decisions thus far but also have many non-political concerns on their mind as they finish out the year and plan for 2018. 

Topic: Cybersecurity

How important is it for small businesses to protect themselves from cybersecurity threats?

Have you owned a business that suffered a cyber-attack?

Of those who have suffered a cyber-attack, the most common types were:

Small business owners have taken the following steps to protect their business from cybersecurity threats:

Owners are most concerned about protecting the following types of information from a cyberattacks:

Topic: Tax Reform

Do you believe Tax Reform is necessary for small business growth?

(If yes to above) Which of the following will have the most positive impact on small businesses?

Do you believe today's tax code creates an equal playing field between small and large businesses?

(If No to above) What do you think is the best strategy for equalizing the playing field between small and large businesses?

Topic: The Amazon Effect

Do you perceive online marketplaces such as Amazon as a threat to small business?

Has your business sold products using online marketplaces like Amazon, Etsy or eBay?

Do you sell your products or services on your own website?

Does your business price match online competitors?

Topic: General

Which of these national issues do you perceive as the biggest barrier to small business growth?

The Department of Labor is reviewing a possible expansion of the federal mandatory overtime rights. Current rules require employees who are paid less than $23,660 annually to be paid overtime when they work more than a 40-hours a work week. Do you support an increase in the minimum salary threshold?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President?

This marks a decline from our February survey which found 47% of owners approve of Trump, while just 30% disapproved and 23% had no opinion.

President Trump continues to push the economic goal of "buy American." Do you support adding a "Made In America” provision into potential trade deal renegotiations?

Media Contact:

Bobby Chilver
Walker Sands Communications
office: (312) 546-4712
email: robert.chilver@walkersands.com

About BizBuySell

BizBuySell is the Internet's largest business for sale marketplace. Since 1996, BizBuySell has offered tools that make it easy for business owners and brokers to sell a business, and potential buyers to find the business of their dreams. BizBuySell currently has an inventory of approximately 48,000 businesses - spanning 80 countries - for sale at any one time and receives more than 1 million monthly visits. The site also features an extensive franchise directory as well as an easy-to-use business valuation tool. Please visit www.bizbuysell.com for more information.

BizBuySell was founded in 1996 and in 2012 became a division of CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ - CSGP) - commercial real estate's leading provider of information and analytic services. CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information and offers a suite of online services enabling clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. For more information, visit www.costar.com.

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