AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is encouraging businesses to respond to the 2012 Maine Business Survey, which is available online and poses about 40 questions.

Responses received over the next several weeks will help drive future economic policy decisions by the administration.

Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais said the survey gives businesses a unique opportunity to influence Maine’s future business climate and their own profitability.

The survey asks businesses to rate everyday challenges from attracting and retaining employees to overall infrastructure needs. It also digs deeper into specific policy areas such as work force development, regulation, access to capital and incentives, workers compensation and marketing.

To participate in the survey visit