2012 KOSBE Survey of Women Business Owners & Professional Women

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In preparation for future programming, we are asking women throughout the Northeast Tennessee region to complete a short survey (takes approximately 3—5 minutes to complete) especially for:

  • Women Small Business Owners
  • Entrepreneurial Women Non-Business Owners
  • Professional Women

Whether they are a professional woman or own a small business now (or are considering starting a small business enterprise in the future), it is important for us to gain a clear understanding of the constraints and needs of women business owners, female entrepreneurs and professional women in Northeast Tennessee. Wide participation in this assessment is critical to documenting the need for women's services and programs in Tri-Cities Tennessee.

This survey is for market research purposes only. Individual responses are confidential and anonymous. Final aggregate results will be presented at the upcoming Professional Women’s Network lunch meeting on Tuesday, December 4th at 11:30 a.m. at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (Eastman Board Room).

1. Did you attend the Tri Cities Regional Women's Business Summit that was held on June 11, 2009, at Northeast State Community College? *This question is required.
2. Are you a woman business owner? *This question is required.
3. If you are a woman business owner, how many people do you employ (including yourself)?
4. If you are a woman business owner, how many years have you been in business?
5. If you are a woman business owner, at what age did you start your business?
6. If you are a woman business owner, which of the following is your BIGGEST challenge today? (Select no more than three.)
7. If you are a woman business owner, have you been successful in gaining access to the CAPITAL you need for growth and expansion?
8. If you are a woman business owner, was your annual SALES revenue up, down, or about the same as the previous year at the end of 2011?
9. If you are a woman business owner, do you expect your sales revenue to increase, decrease, or be about the same as 2011 at the end of 2012?
10. If you are NOT a woman business owner, do you have an INTEREST in OWNING a small business eventually?
11. Whether you are a woman business owner, currently employed by a business, or unemployed—will you be LOOKING FOR A JOB in the next year? *This question is required.
12. If you are currently employed by a business (you are not a woman business owner yourself), do you feel CONFIDENT in the FUTURE of your current employer?
13. If you are currently employed by a business (you are not a woman business owner yourself), do you feel you are FAIRLY COMPENSATED for your job compared to other people in similar roles?
14. If you are currently employed by a business (you are not a woman business owner yourself), do you feel you have an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY to advance as other people in similar roles?
15. If you are currently employed by a business (you are not a woman business owner yourself), do you FEEL STUCK in your job or career?
16. Mastering which of the following areas of PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT would help you advance your career or business the most? (Select no more than five.) *This question is required.
17. If you are currently employed by a business (you are not a woman business owner yourself), how many years have you been working for the same employer?
18. Would you be interested in connecting with a partner, alliance or investor to START a small business or EXPAND your existing small business? *This question is required.
19. If you are a woman business owner (or may become one in the future), which business option did you/would you pursue?
20. If you are a woman business owner (or may become one in the future), what is your primary MOTIVATION?
21. If you are a woman business owner (or may become one in the future), how much hands-on experience do you have in operating a small business?
22. If you are a woman business owner (or may become one in the future), are you confident that you have the personal know-how and ability to write, execute and manage a business plan including ALL of the aspects below?

• Finance & Administration
• Marketing & Sales
• Personnel & Compensation
• Communications
• Management & Operations
• Systems & Processes
• Strategic Planning
• Human & Capital Resources
23. Have you taken post-secondary business education courses before? *This question is required.
24. In which area(s) do you have skill gaps or knowledge gaps? *This question is required.
25. Do you have a personal coach or mentor for CAREER-PLANNING and personal GOAL-SETTING? *This question is required.
26. If you are a woman business owner, do you use any of the following outside advisors?
27. Currently, what are your PRIMARY sources of income/benefits? (Select no more than three.) *This question is required.
28. If you are a woman business owner (or may become one in the future), what are your PRIMARY sources of business CAPITAL? (Select no more than three.)
29. To which of the following online SOCIAL NETWORKS do you subscribe? (Select all that apply.) *This question is required.
30. Marital Status *This question is required.
31. Highest EDUCATION completed *This question is required.
32. Employment Status (Choose all that apply.) *This question is required.
33. Gender *This question is required.
34. Ethnicity *This question is required.
35. Age *This question is required.
36. Household Type *This question is required.
37. County of Residence *This question is required.
38. Student Status *This question is required.
39. If you are not currently enrolled, are you considering enrollment in the next year? *This question is required.
40. Did you complete this survey in 2007 when it was first conducted? *This question is required.
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