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REPEAT-BMO Poll: One-Third of Women Interested in Becoming Business Owners Within the Next Decade

- Access to capital largest concern among potential women entrepreneurs, despite drop from last year - Food and hospitality sector remain most popular among women looking to start their own business, followed by the arts and entertainment sector - To support International Women's Day on March 8th, BMO will donate $2 dollars to the Canadian Women's Foundation for each tweet and retweet of the #BMOIWD hashtag, up to a maximum of $10,000

Friday, March 08, 2013

REPEAT-BMO Poll: One-Third of Women Interested in Becoming Business Owners Within the Next Decade06:00 EST Friday, March 08, 2013TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 8, 2013) - In recognition of International Women's Day, BMO Bank of Montreal conducted a survey that revealed one-third (36 per cent) of women are interested in starting their own business within the next 10 years.Furthermore, the majority (57 per cent) of Canadian women who would consider starting their own business say one of the primary reasons for doing so would be the opportunity to do something they love. "Finding something you are passionate about and love doing every day is important when considering whether you should start your own business. It's almost as important as translating ideas into practice and finding customers," said Joanne Gassman, Senior Vice President, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Owning and operating your own business can be time consuming. Yet, being your own boss can give you greater flexibility in your life and also provide an opportunity to build something truly unique."Fortunately, when starting out on your own business venture, you don't need to be alone. There are a variety of resources available including online blogs, websites, and organizations such as the Women Presidents' Organization where you can share information with other women business owners, seek out mentors and take inspiration from role models," Ms. Gassman added. Other key findings from the survey include:One-in-five (19 per cent) women under 35 are very likely to start their own business in the next five years 42 per cent of potential women entrepreneurs believe access to capital would be the largest challenge if they were to start their own business, down from 52 per cent in 2012 Regional Breakdown TOTALATLQCONMB/SKABBCPercentage of women who are likely to start their own business in the next 10 years36252142353649Percentage of women who say they would consider starting their own business if given the opportunity to do so as an opportunity to do something they love57595258596259Percentage of women who say they would consider starting their own business if given the opportunity who see access to capital as the biggest challenge to owning a business42263350444740For Canadian women who would see themselves as potential small business owners, traditional gender preferences still apply. The survey revealed:19 per cent would start a business in the food and hospitality sector, and 15 per cent in the arts/entertainment/recreation sector Only five per cent would want to become an entrepreneur in information technology and four per cent in a skilled trade Regional Sector BreakdownTOTALATLQCONMB/SKABBCPercentage of women who would start a business in the food and hospitality sector19252117241911Percentage of women who would start a business in the arts and entertainment sector156171471121Percentage of women who would start a business in the health/social assistance sector11615111287These preferences align with government statistics that show food and accommodation industries have the highest share of businesses where women are the majority-owners.BMO and International Women's DayEvents are being held in local communities across the country to celebrate the achievements of women in business and support International Women's Day. Visit bmo.com/smallbusiness for more information on locations in your area.BMO Bank of Montreal has a long history of championing the advancement of women in Canadian business. BMO is a partner with national organizations including: Catalyst, WEConnect Canada, Women Presidents' Organization and Canadian Women's Foundation. BMO is also the founding and leading partner in development for GroYouzBiz. To support International Women's Day, happening on March 8th, BMO will be donating $2 dollars to the Canadian Women's Foundation for each tweet and retweet of the #BMOIWD hashtag, up to a maximum of $10,000.At BMO, entrepreneurs can find information on all aspects of business ownership at the BMO SmartSteps® for Business Community. The Pollara online survey was completed between February 14 and February 19, 2013, with a sample of 1,040 Canadians 18 years of age and over. A probability sample of this size would yield results accurate to ± 3.0 per cent, 19 times out of 20.About BMO Financial Group Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $542 billion as at January 31, 2013, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Media Contacts:Russell Baker, Toronto(416) 867-3996russell.baker@bmo.comValerie Doucet, Montreal(514) 877-8224valerie.doucet@bmo.comLaurie Grant, Vancouver(604) 665-7596laurie.grant@bmo.comInternet: www.bmo.comTwitter: @BMOmedia