The Southeast Alaska Business Climate Survey takes the “pulse” of our local business community and the economy. It is completed every five years to help us better understand the obstacles and advantages of owning and operating a business in Southeast Alaska. The survey tracks change in economic outlook over time by industry and community, along with tracking which institutions are most valuable to local businesses. Finally, it tracks private investment in the region. The survey focused on Southeast Alaska business owners and top managers, though non-business leaders could take a much shorter version of the survey as well. The 2015 online survey was designed and administered by Rain Coast Data. The survey was conducted in Summer 2015. The survey was taken by 416 Southeast Alaska business owners and top managers. Business owners and operators from 29 communities in Southeast Alaska responded to the survey. This includes 165 company presidents, owners, or CEOs, and 84 senior executives, senior officials, directors, vice presidents, or managers. An additional 167 who took the survey identified themselves as self-employed.