Want more respect? Then don’t quit farming

Everyone likes to think they get respect, but the Canadian Federation of Independent Business wanted to know for sure. Accordingly, the CFIB in celebration of  2011 as the federal government’s Year of the Entrepreneur, and its 40th anniversary, the CFIB in partnership with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. and Intel of Canada, Ltd. commissioned  two opinion polls to gauge respect for entrepreneurs and small business.

The good news for the CFIB is that 94 per cent of Canadians admire entrepreneurs, and 92 per cent of Canadians would approve of an immediate family member starting a business.

Asked how much respect the respondents had for various professions, small business did pretty well, scoring 8.2 on a 10-point scale, well ahead of education system/schools and the health care system (both 7). Government (5.3) and labour unions (5.1) came last.

The only bad news for the CFIB is that small business didn’t come first — that honour, at 8.7, went to farmers.

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