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* 1. Please enter the demographic information below.

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* 2. What year did you become the owner of this business?

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* 3. Did you:

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* 4. Is this business owned solely by you?

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* 5. What is the structure of this business?

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* 6. How many partners excluding yourself?

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* 7. How many partners are men?

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* 8. How many partners are women?

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* 9. What percentage of the business do you own?

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* 10. When you started this business, did you have difficulties obtaining financial capital?

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* 11. When you started this business where did you get your funds?
-Personal Savings-

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* 12. When you started this business where did you get your funds?
-Gift from Family and Friends-

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* 13. When you started this business where did you get your funds?
-Loan from Family and Friends-

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* 14. When you started this business where did you get your funds?
-Loan from previous owner-

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* 15. When you started this business where did you get your funds?
-Credit card/personal loan-

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* 16. When you started this business where did you get your funds?
-Bank Loan-

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* 17. When you started this business where did you get your funds?
-Partners-

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* 18. When you started this business where did you get your funds?
-Some other source-

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* 19. How difficult was it to get a bank loan?

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* 20. Approximately, how much money did you start your business with?

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* 21. How many employees do you have (excluding yourself)?

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* 22. How many of these employees are men?

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* 23. How many of these employees are women?

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* 24. What are the top three problems you face in your business (from the list below)

  Too much competition State and federal regulations Not enough business knowledge Too many factors out of my control Finding good employees Rising costs of business Too much paperwork Not enough time for business/personal life Cash flow problems Having others take you seriously Keeping customers happy
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* 25. Were you ever or are you self-employed in any business(es) besides this one?

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* 26. How important were each of the following reasons for becoming a business owner?

  To be my own boss Always wanted to start my own business Family responsibilities Good way to find employment Dead-end in my job Inherited the business I wanted to deliver an important service To make more money The opportunity presented itself Needed a job, wanted a job Had hit glass ceiling Dissatisfied with my work Someone else got me into this Thought I could do better job than others
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* 27. How much of each of the following kinds of experiences did you have before you became a business owner?

  A lot Some None at all
Job in the same field as the business
School education directly related to business
Seminars, programs relevant to business
Hobby, personal experience in same field
Supervisory/management experience
Accounting experience
Sales/marketing experience

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* 28. What is the highest grade of school that you have completed?

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* 29. What year were you born?

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* 30. Which group best describes you?

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* 31. What is your marital status?

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* 32. Do you have any children?

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* 33. Did you see going into business as your only alternative (in order to obtain an income)?

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* 34. When you started this business did you obtain any assistance from (check all that apply)

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* 35. Does your family assist you with the operation of the business?

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* 36. Do your friends assist you with the operation of the business?

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* 37. Does assistance for the operation of your business come from any other sources?

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* 38. Do you have any family members who are business owners?

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* 39. Do you have any friends who are business owners?

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* 40. Do you have any family members that work in the business on a paid/non-paid basis?

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* 41. Do you have any friends that work in the business on a paid/non-paid basis?

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* 42. Do you belong to any organizations that assist you in the operation of your business?

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* 43. What is the approximate total sales/revenue from your business for the past year?

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* 44. What is the approximate net profit or net revenue from your business for the past year?

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* 45. What was your approximate personal income from your business for the past year?

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* 46. Is your business based in your home (as opposed to a separate office location)?

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* 47. What type of business do you operate?

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