City needs participants in Web-based business survey |

City needs participants in Web-based business survey

Susan Wood

The city is preparing to wrap up Monday a business survey to get a grasp of the town’s climate of companies.

The South Lake Tahoe government launched the Web-based survey a month ago. It now has 78 responses – not quite the sampling city Economic Development Coordinator Camden Collins is seeking.

But there are points that stand out.

Of the responses not formally tabulated yet, she’s found 21 percent are home-based businesses.

In addition, a significant number have family members as employees.

Questions beget other questions.

“This makes me ask how much of a cottage industry is out there?” she said. “One thing this (project) has taught me is the need to start compiling e-mail and blogging space (for) people.”

Home-based businesses represent an area of industry the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce has been interested in cultivating, wooing and supporting, Executive Director Duane Wallace said.

“What the chamber wants are better paying jobs here,” he said, estimating these jobs come with salaries about 20 percent higher than the average Tahoe job.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median income in South Lake Tahoe is $34,707. Salaries have not kept pace with property values, a huge concern for advocates of affordable or even moderate-income housing.

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