Friday, April 27, 2018

Economic Census Response

Obtained From: US Economic Census

Response for the Economic Census begins on   May 1, 2018 and is available for the following month, up until June 12, 2018. The data businesses provide is compiled into official statistics that are available for companies to use for planning and decision making.

The Economic Census asks for the following information by location:
     1. Employer Identification Number
     2. Physical Location
     3. Primary Business Activity
     4. Sales, receipts, or revenue
     5. Employment and payroll
     6. Industry-specific questions

Here is some information to help businesses navigate the Census:


How do I get started? 
To begin, link yourself to your survey. You link your account to your survey by an authentication code sent to you from the Census Bureau. Once you have this code, click on the “Add Authentication Code” button under “My Surveys.” Enter and submit your unique 12-digit code.

After submitting your authentication code, a survey “card” will appear under “My Surveys.” This “card” will contain the following:
     •Name of the survey
     •Due date (or extended date if a time extension was granted)
     •Company name
     •Company ID “Report Now” (used to start reporting or access a printable PDF worksheet)
     •“Options” (used to request time extensions, if available; check filing status; access survey FAQs; find contact information)
     •“i” (used to learn more about the survey)

Each unique authentication code can only be used one time. If others in your company need access to your survey, please refer to the “How Do I Share Survey Access?” section.

The Census Bureau will mail separate, unique authentication codes for different surveys. Each code can be entered and a separate survey “card” will appear under “My Surveys.”


How do I add an authentication code?
Under “My Surveys” click on the “Add Authentication Code” button. Enter and submit your unique 12-digit code.

 Each unique authentication code can only be used one time. If others in your company need access to your survey, please refer to the “How Do I Share Survey Access?” section.


How do I start reporting? 
If you have not done so already, link yourself to your survey. You link your account to your survey by an authentication code sent to you from the Census Bureau. Once you have this code, click on the “Add Authentication Code” button under “My Surveys.”

 When you have linked your account using an authentication code the survey “card” will appear under “My Surveys.” You can click on “Report Now” to access your electronic reporting instrument where you can begin entering data, or print the questions/instructions (PDF document) found on the main menu that can be used as a guide prior to reporting.


How do I learn more about my survey?
     •Click “Options” on your survey card.
     •Select “Survey FAQs” to view commonly requested information.
OR
     •Click the “i" symbol on your survey card.
     •View a short description of the survey.
     •Click the “MORE INFORMATION” link at the bottom of the text.
     •View survey information found on the main census.gov website.


How do I update my email address, name, and/or phone number associated with this account? You cannot update your email address, but you can update your name and/or phone number by following these steps:
     •Select “Manage Account”
     •Select “Update Account Info”
     •Enter the email address associated with the account & submit
     •Enter your account password & submit
     •Make changes to first name, last name, and/or phone number
     •Click “Submit”
     •Click “Return to Respondent Portal”


How do I contact the Census Bureau?
     •Click “Options” on your survey card.
     •Select “Send Message” to email the Census Bureau.
OR
     •Click “Options” on your survey card.
     •Call the Census Bureau at the telephone number listed.
OR
     •Refer to your letter for the appropriate telephone number to call.

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