Aspiring Business Owner

Initial Interest Form

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RedTire Aspiring Business Owner Candidate Initial Screener

People consider running their own business for many different reasons, ranging from the allure of not having a boss, to the excitement of being an entrepreneur. If you have never run a small business before, you are probably wondering if you have what it takes to be a successful small business person. The following questionnaire gives you the opportunity to think about your skills and capabilities as they relate to running a business. For each item listed below, place a checkmark in the box that most appropriately indicates the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement. Try to be honest and realistic with yourself when you respond to these items - you are making a big decision and you want to be sure it is the right one.


Taking a role as a leader of a team or other group.

Question Agree (1) Sometimes Agree (2) No Opinion (3) Sometimes Disagree (4) Disagree (5)
I have good leadership, motivation, and communication skills.
I find it difficult to follow others' direction and would prefer to lead.
I’m a better manager than leader.
I’m comfortable experiencing the downside of my decisions, if I can share at least equally in the upside.
I have had sufficient leadership experiences so that I’m confident in my ability to lead.

Decision Making Skills

Question Agree (1) Sometimes Agree (2) No Opinion (3) Sometimes Disagree (4) Disagree (5)
I feel comfortable making decisions with less than optimal levels of information.
I believe in consensus decision making.
I can confront hard choices and make difficult decisions.
I’ve had to make very difficult decisions in the past and in review I believe that I was right every time
I can share decision making.


Comfortable in a role which fluctuates between tactical and strategic business activity.

Question Agree (1) Sometimes Agree (2) No Opinion (3) Sometimes Disagree (4) Disagree (5)
I thrive on challenges.
I adapt easily to changing routines and environments.
I am comfortable operating in a relatively high risk environment.
I am discouraged by rejection and setbacks.
I require constant positive encouragement.

Entrepreneurial Initiative

Identifies and aggressively pursues opportunities for improvement and business development. Take independent action or proactively creates opportunities to resolve or prevent problems in keeping with role.

Question Agree (1) Sometimes Agree (2) No Opinion (3) Sometimes Disagree (4) Disagree (5)
I enjoy making, and being responsible for, my own decisions.
I am willing to work hard and make the sacrifices that running a small business requires.
I am able to work independently, with minimal supervision and feedback.
I can accomplish work successfully without frequent feedback or approval.
I am able to make decisions independently and without prompting.
I seek out professional opportunities that allow me to take on various roles.
I am self-motivated and self-disciplined.
I can complete work projects without constant supervision.
I can be fully productive when no-one is checking on me or watching my work.

Planning And Organization

Organizes/develops team members’ work schedules and applies knowledge and sound judgment to plan and organize tasks to achieve desired outcomes.

Question Agree (1) Sometimes Agree (2) No Opinion (3) Sometimes Disagree (4) Disagree (5)
I have strong organizational and time management skills.
I am results-oriented.
I manage my time and workload well.
I am comfortable setting priorities and deadlines.

Problem Solving And Analysis

Consistently contributes effort, leadership, and creative thinking to solving complex and significant problems in a collaborative fashion. Demonstrates an ability to work concurrently on multiple complex and sometimes ambiguous problems. Demonstrates the ability to communicate complex concepts, problems and solutions clearly and effectively.

Question Agree (1) Sometimes Agree (2) No Opinion (3) Sometimes Disagree (4) Disagree (5)
I solve many of my own problems without direction from others.
I find satisfaction in completing tasks on my own.
I feel comfortable conducting quantitative analyses.
I look for creative solutions to any problem.
I am rarely wrong in my analyses.

Authorization & Release

I, the undersigned, hereby voluntarily consent to the RedTire program (that is affiliated with the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. and the University of Kansas School of Business, Entrepreneurship Program) to obtaining, reviewing and distributing personal information about me to potential sellers, lenders and others involved with the RedTire program for a period of Agree year from the date of this signed document. This shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • My academic records and transcripts
  • Reports from references
  • The results of my personality quantitative assessment test
  • Results of background checks

I understand that my academic records and transcripts are confidential and protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which is also known as the Buckley Amendment and found at 20 U.S.C. 1232(g) and 34 CFR Part 99. Accordingly, these documents will be kept and maintained in safe and secure environment to ensure confidentiality. This form is my written authorization to allow the appropriate persons and offices to release information about me to the RedTire program for its use and for distribution to potential sellers, lenders or others involved with the RedTire program. I understand that this information will be used to evaluate my qualifications to buy a business from a seller utilizing the RedTire program and may also be reviewed by the seller’s or lender’s attorneys, accountants and employees. The use of this information by the RedTire program is limited solely for these stated and intended purposes.

I authorize and request every person, firm, company, corporation, governmental agency, law enforcement agency, court, association or institution having control of any documents, records or other information pertaining to me, to furnish to the RedTire program any such documents, records or other information and to permit the RedTire program or any of its agents or representatives to inspect and make copies of such documents, records or other information. I hereby release, discharge and, exonerate any person so furnishing documents, records or other information from any and all liability of every nature and kind arising out of the furnishing, inspection or copying of such documents, records, and other information or the investigation made by the RedTire program.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).