Tennessee Business Barometer Survey

Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry have partnered to launch the Tennessee Business Barometer, a new quarterly index capturing the mood and outlook of business leaders statewide through online surveys.

The Tennessee Chamber, one of Tennessee’s oldest and largest statewide business trade associations, is helping MTSU researchers generate responses among the chamber’s substantial member base in coordination with all local chambers statewide. The Chamber in turn will have access to useful information to help fulfill its mission of advocating for legislative policies creating a business-friendly environment in Tennessee.

The survey will also provide an opportunity for researchers for the Tennessee Chamber and MTSU’s Jones College to add customized questions about topics including:

  • hiring plans for the Christmas and holiday seasons
  • effects of proposed legislation on business decisions
  • effects of recent events — such as energy prices, cybercrime, interest rates, etc. — on the business outlook

MTSU and the Tennessee Chamber will track the index over time to identify patterns in the assessments of Tennessee business leaders about the business climate, similar to national consumer confidence surveys.

For more information about the Tennessee Business Barometer, contact Dr. Michael Peasley at 615.494.8992 or Michael.Peasley@mtsu.edu. The full report will be posted on this site.

 For more information about the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, visit www.tnchamber.org or call 615.256.5141.

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Michael Peasley, Ph.D.
Director, MTSU Office of Consumer Research