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Objective: Through education and awareness, the objective is to increase the number of certified PA DGS small, diverse businesses (SDBs). The secondary objective is to increase community awareness on business to government and business to business contracting opportunities for SDBs.
 
This questionnaire helps to lead our knowledge and inform and educate us on the conditions of the area

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* 1. Please complete the following information:

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* 2. Which of the following demographic groups/categories do you identify with?
Select ALL that apply:

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* 3. Identified Gender

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* 4. Is this organization a storefront or a pop-up business?

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* 5. How long have you been in business?

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* 6. How many employees do you have in your business?

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* 7. Which best describes your organization's industry?

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* 8. "Diverse Ownership" is classified as a business owned by 51% or more ownership by women, minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, or LGBTQ+ owners. Please indicate which of the following your company classifies as:

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* 9. What was your MAIN reason for starting/pursuing a business?

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* 10. What resources have you utilized to help start and/or grow your business? Select all that apply:

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* 11. How beneficial would a business accelerator program be in your community? (A business accelerator is a program that gives developing companies access to mentorship, technical resources, and other support that help them become stable, self-sufficient businesses. An accelerator will also connect companies to networks of peers whose experience they can learn from, and takes place in short- and long-term processes)

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* 12. What barriers have you encountered with building your business? Check all that apply:

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* 13. What areas would you like to learn more about regarding business expansion? Check all that apply:

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* 17. Below are existing resources. In your opinion, how user-friendly are these tools:

  Very friendly Somewhat friendly Not user friendly N/A (never used)
PA Business One-Stop Shop
PA Small Business Development Centers
PA DGS Small Business Self- Certification
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP)
Small Business Administration 8(a) Program-SBA 8(a)
VetCert
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