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Questionnaire - Business Owners

1. (Please circle response) Are you:


Male Female

2. (Please circle response) Age:


Under 18 18-20 21 - 25 26 - 30 31-35 35+

3. Why did you want to start your own business?


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4. What motivated you to take action and make your business dreams a reality?
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5. What made you decide to start your business in Northern Ontario? Did you
consider setting up the business elsewhere?
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6. When starting your business, did you make use of any assistance programs? (Such
as grants from FedNor or the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.) If yes, how did
you hear of these programs?
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7. Did you have any prior business experience before you started this business? (Ex:
business diploma, high school business classes, etc.) Please specify:
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8. Have you previously opened a business? If yes, where and in what industry?
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9. How would you describe the experience of opening your own business?

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10. What have you learned from starting your own business?
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11. What do you find most satisfying about operating your own business?
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12. What advice would you give to people who want to start their own business?
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13. Have you heard of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation? If yes, where did
you find information about the CYBF? (If not, surveyor should explain back-
ground info; mentors, etc.)
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14. For what age group do believe the CYBF provides assistance? What does “youth”
mean to you?
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15. In hindsight, do you feel that CYBF and its mentorship program would have been
helpful to you in setting up your business? Please explain:
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For respondents who have used CYBF:

16. Was the promise of a mentor a factor in choosing CYBF?

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17. In what way was a mentor helpful to you?


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18. How important do you think a mentor was in terms of your current success?
Would you be where you are today without the help of a mentor?
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19. Though the mentor is meant to provide assistance with a specific area of weak-
ness, did you find your mentor was helpful in other areas as well? Please explain:
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20. How would you describe your experience with CYBF?


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