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ISU professors to survey entrepreneurs in BV, Carroll counties

Thursday, November 9, 2000

New business owners in Buena Vista and Carroll Counties will be surveyed by Iowa State University researchers about why they started their businesses and what kind of support they received from their communities.

Questionnaires will be mailed in November to anyone who has started a new business venture in the two counties within the past five years. The Iowa State professors conducting the survey are Peter F. Korsching, College of Agriculture and J. David Hunger and Howard Van Auken, both of the College of Business.

"We hope to learn not only why people in predominantly rural areas start new business, but also what sort of support they have or have not received from their local communities," said Hunger, a professor of management. "I am especially interested in learning what comes first-the decision to start a new business or the idea for a new product or service. I also want to know how many ideas people seriously consider before selecting one to use as their business concept."

Also of interest to the researchers is where budding entrepreneurs find start-up money, said Van Auken, a professor of management and expert in financing new ventures.

Read the rest of this article in the 11/09 Pilot Tribune.