Hello! Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey.

Here is a little bit about who we are, what we are doing, and why this survey is important.

The University of Central Arkansas Minority Vendor Partnership Initiative in conjunction with the Women's Foundation of Arkansas is conducting a study on women-owned businesses. We want to learn more about why you chose to start a business in Arkansas and how you did it. We also want to know who helped you along the way. This information will help us to identify gaps in business support services and opportunities that will help strengthen opportunities for women of color in Arkansas.

This is your opportunity to tell us more about your experience as a business owner in Arkansas. It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. 

Participation in this research study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate at any time by exiting the browser.

This research project has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects at the University of Central Arkansas.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Carter, Principal Investigator, at kcarter@uca.edu or (501) 450-3139.
 

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* 1. In order to participate in this study, you must be 18 years of age or older, be a resident of Arkansas, identify as a woman from a race other than white or Caucasian, be self-employed or a 50% owner of a business in Arkansas.

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* 2. Which best describes your race/ethnicity? (Select only one)

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* 3. Please provide the county where your business is located in Arkansas.

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* 4. In what year did you start your business?

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* 5. How many businesses have you started in your lifetime?

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* 6. Which best describes your business (Check one).

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* 7. What motivated you to start your own business? Select all that apply.

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* 8. Which stage of business best describes your business as it is today? (Check One)

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* 9. Select the number of employees who currently work for you.

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* 10. Approximately how much revenue does your business generate in a year?

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* 11. Which organizations have provided outreach services to help you grow your business? (check all that apply)?

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* 12. How supportive is or was your family in starting your business?

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* 13. How supportive was (is) your community in patronizing or supporting your business?

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* 14. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the following are barriers to starting businesses in Arkansas?

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
Access to capital
Accounting or Financial Management
Appropriate childcare
Cash flow
Credit Worthiness (adequate credit score)
Business mentors
Business planning
Changes in technology
Family responsibilities
Gaining access to markets
Gender bias
Inability to hire qualified employees
Managerial skills
Professional training
Proof of business concept
Racial bias or discrimination
Support from the local business community
Zoning laws or other local, state or federal regulations

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* 15. How satisfied are you with services your business receives from existing entrepreneurial support organizations?

  Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neutral Satisfied Very Satisfied
Business Education and Training
Research and Development
Access to networks and partners
Business Strategy and Planning
Credit Repair Services
Direct Investments
Financial Management
Hiring a Workforce/Employees (Building Human Capital)
Marketing Support
Peer networking or business mentorship programs
Grant making services
Investor Matchmaking
Performance Management
Proof of concept
Value Supply Chain Development

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* 16. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

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I establish specific goals for my own performance
I work toward specific goals I have set for myself
I consciously have goals in my mind for my work efforts
I find my own favorite way to get things done
I seek out activities in my work that I enjoy doing
When I have a choice, I try to do my work in ways that I enjoy rather than just trying to get it over with
I use my imagination to picture myself performing well on important tasks
I visualize myself successfully performing a task before I do it
Sometimes I picture in my mind a successful performance before I actually do a task

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* 17. Please rate your degree of hope for the future.

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
My future will be better than the present.
I have the power to make my future better.
I am excited about at least one thing in my future.
I see many paths to my goals.
The paths to my important life goals are free of obstacles.
My present life circumstances are the only determinants of my future.
My past accomplishments are the only determinants of my future.
I make others feel excited about the future.
I spread hope through modeling or supporting others.
I spread hope through the way I live my life.

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* 18. As of today, what is the status of your business?

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* 19. Has the COVID-19 pandemic had a positive or negative impact on your overall business operations?

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* 20. What challenges has your business experienced as a result of COVID-19? Please select all that apply.

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* 21. Describe any COVID-19 related services or support your business has received to date. If none, simply type none in the box below.

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* 22. Please select your age category.

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* 23. Please select the highest level of education you have completed.

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* 24. Please select which best describes your household status?

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* 25. Please select which best describes your household income level.

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* 26. Optional: This is your opportunity to tell your story. Please use the space below to explain your journey to business ownership and why you believe your story and stories of other women of color business owners are important. Thank you!

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* 27. Optional: If you'd like to be entered into the drawing for a $25 Walmart gift card and/or would like to receive emails about business resources, please feel free to leave your contact information below. You will receive notification by email. Your name will not be used in the study.

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