Business Leaders Study

Business Leaders Study

Since 2007 Siena Research Institute (SRI) has been conducting an annual survey of Upstate New York Business Leaders.  The Business Leaders Study measures the perceptions that business leaders have of the current and future business conditions for Upstate New York including: business leaders' confidence, expectations for revenues, profits, labor force and challenges for the year ahead.

View and download the Upstate New York Business Leader 10 year report here.

2018 Study Release

Siena College: 11th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Survey

Sponsored by The Business Council of New York State

  • Overall CEO Confidence Slips as Future Expectations Fall
  • Revenue & Profits Predicted to Drop Slightly; Hiring Holds at 37%; Fixed Asset Acquisitions Targeted to Increase 
  • Business Leaders Say Health Care Costs, Regulation Hurt Bottom Line; Growing Number Now Confident Federal Govt. Will Improve Business Climate; Pluralities Say Health of National Economy, Business Taxes on Right Track
  • Half of CEO’s Aware of Disruptive Technologies; 73% See as Opportunity but Aside from Internet and Cloud, Adoption Slow

Press Release and Crosstabs

2018 Regional Presentations

Rochester 2018 Presentation

Albany 2018 Presentation



Description of the Study

The Upstate Business Leader study focuses on four areas: CEO confidence, CEO plans for the coming year, CEO assessment of the local market and CEO obstacles, challenges and their relationship with the federal and state government.

The study reveals business leaders' expectations for revenue, profit, fixed asset investment, and workforce size and provides the unique "Business Leader Index Score."

2017 Study

10th Annual Upstate New York Business Leaders Study

2016 Study

9th Annual Upstate New York Business Leaders Study

2016 Upstate New York Press Release: Press Release

2016 Upstate New York Crosstabs: Crosstabs

2015 Study

8th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Study

2015 Upstate New York Press Release: Press Release

2015 Upstate New York Crosstabs: Crosstabs

2014 Study

7th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Study

2014 Upstate New York Press Release: Press Release

2014 Upstate New York Crosstabs: Crosstabs

2013 Study

6th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Study

2013 Upstate New York Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2013 Upstate New York Full Report:  Report

2013 Upstate New York Crosstabs:  Crosstabs

4th Annual Pennsylvania Leaders Study

2013 Pennsylvania Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2013 Pennsylvania Full Report:  Report

2013 Pennsylvania Crosstabs:  Crosstabs

2nd Annual Connecticut/Massachusetts Business Leader Study

2013 CT/MA Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2013 CT/MA Full Report:  Report

2013 CT/MA Crosstabs:  Crosstabs

2012 Study

5th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Study

2012 Upstate New York Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2012 Upstate New York Full Report:  Report

2012 Upstate New York Crosstabs:  Crosstabs

3rd Annual Pennsylvania Leaders Study

2012 Pennsylvania Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2012 Pennsylvania Full Report:  Report

2012 Pennsylvania Crosstabs:  Crosstabs

1st Annual Connecticut/Massachusetts Business Leader Study

2012 CT/MA Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2012 CT/MA Full Report:  Report

2012 CT/MA Crosstabs:  Crosstabs

2011 Study

4th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Study

2011 Upstate New York Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2011 Upstate New York Full Report:  Report

2011 Upstate New York Crosstabs:  Crosstabs

2nd Annual Pennsylvania Leaders Study

2011 Pennsylvania Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2011 Pennsylvania Full Report:  Report

2011 Pennsylvania Crosstabs:  Crosstabs

2010 Study

3rd Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Study

2010 Upstate New York Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2010 Upstate New York Full Report:  Report

1st Annual Pennsylvania Leaders Study

2010 Pennsylvania Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2010 Pennsylvania Full Report:  Report

2009 Study

2nd Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Study

2009 Upstate New York Executive Summary:  Executive Summary

2009 Upstate New York Full Report:  Report

2008 Study

1st Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Study

2008 Upstate New York Full Report:  Report