Barriers to Business for Young Female Entrepreneurs
You are invited to participate in a research study “Young Female Entrepreneurs Barriers’ to Business” conducted by Tealia Carrière from the School of Business at Nipissing University. The results of this study will contribute to undergraduate student research. If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact me, Tealia Carrière, at 705-825-2833 or or my faculty supervisor Dr. Natalya Brown at 705.474.3450 ext. 4456 or

The aim of this honours thesis is to determine the barriers that affect young entrepreneurs, specifically women, when conducting entrepreneurial business. With that, it will also review the opportunities that are available to address this issue and whether they have had an effect in removing these barriers.
If you volunteer to participate in this study, we would ask you to complete the online survey below.

The survey will ask you about your attitude towards risk, your feelings about belonging, the barriers faced by entrepreneurs and your knowledge and opinions about the programs available for entrepreneurs. Your participation is voluntary and your responses will be completely anonymous. Should you become upset or worried as a result of the questions in the survey, please skip those questions or discontinue the survey. The survey will not ask you to provide any identifying information, and as such we will not be able to match you to your answers. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes.

The results of the study will be presented at academic conferences and submitted for publication in academic journals and there are no known risks associated with this study. As a benefit of your participation, you will be given the opportunity to reflect on your experience in the North Bay area entrepreneurial landscape with hopes of improvement. Once the survey data has been collected, it will be kept in a secure location, with only the researchers having access to it. The data will not be destroyed but will be kept for comparison in future studies.

Any information that is obtained from research participants in connection with this study is anonymous. Participation in this study is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at anytime. You have the right to refuse to answer any question(s) that you find objectionable or which make you feel uncomfortable. Completion of this survey signifies your informed consent. Please keep a copy of this information letter for your records.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through Nipissing University’s Research Ethics Board. If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, contact:
Ethics Coordinator, F309 Telephone: 705‐474‐3450, ext. 4055
Nipissing University E‐mail:
North Bay, ON P1B 8L7 Fax: 705‐474‐5878

Participation Approval *
I have read the above 'Participant Information Letter for Anonymous Participants' and agree to participate in the survey.
1. How do you identify? *
2. How old are you? *
3. What is your level of education? *
4. Are you self-employed (an entrepreneur)? *
5. Please select your current residence *
For each of the following scenarios indicate whether you would prefer Option A or Option B
6. Scenario # 1 *
7. Scenario #2 *
8. Scenario #3 *
How relatable are the following sentences?
On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=not relatable and 5=very relatable)
9. Belonging to a group offers an entrance to entrepreneurial networks and the wider community *
10. Gendered attitudes call into question women’s legitimacy in running a business and discount/block their progression *
11. Women conceal their femininity and/or their identity as an entrepreneur *
12. Being part of a group offers legitimisation within the business and the community *
13. Belonging to a group offers acceptance and recognition *
In regards to the following Questions 14-18
For the following questions, if you have not attended a business networking event, please answer in terms of future attendance
14. When attending a networking event, I have thought about whether I would ‘fit in’ *
15. Before a networking event, I have thought about whether people would accept me *
16. I often wonder if what I offer to the business community is valued *
17. I sometimes feel like an outsider in the business community *
18. When at networking events, I feel I may not fit in as my background and experiences are different *
On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=not at all concerned and 5=very concerned) How concerned are you about the following barriers?
In regards to your current business or starting a business in North Bay.
19. Lack of initial capital (for starting your business *
20. Lack of high level entrepreneurial competence *
21. Lack of experience in a management and accounting *
22. Lack of organizations to assist entrepreneurs *
23. Lack of knowledge *
24. Lack of formal help to start a business *
25. Lack of support from people around me (family, friends, etc.) *
26. Fear of failure *
27. Doubts about personal abilities *
28. Lack of knowledge in start-up paperwork and regulations *
29. If you have experience starting a business please check off any or all barriers you have been affected by. *
30. Have you heard of the following business organizations? Check all that apply *
31. Are you aware of the programs they provide? Check all that apply *
32. What programs have you participated in? Check all that apply *
Any additional comments you would like to provide?
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