Capital Crisis: Minority Businesses and Access to Credit

Entrepreneurship is a crucial to closing the racial wealth gap. Yet, Experian Data’s recent study on minority businesses shows that although the number of minority businesses is growing, they tend to fail. Why? Minority entrepreneurs are facing a capital crisis. Twenty-one percent of all small business owners are minorities, and industry professionals are beginning to […]

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Black and Brown Techpreneurs Forced to Take Different Path to Success

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Catch Melissa Bradley at the 2017 Future of Wealth Summit, April 26-28, 2017 . On April 13, 2017, I had the pleasure to co-host an investor-entrepreneur breakfast in Washington, D.C., with 30 attendees. The purpose of the event was to understand the challenges and opportunities related to investing in Black and Brown entrepreneurs. While many investors […]

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Hidden Challenges for Black Women Entrepreneurs

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Although Black women’s firms appear to be doing very well when looked at from afar, upon closer examination, problems become apparent. In 2015, American Express OPEN reported that firms owned by African American women had the strongest rate of growth in number and revenue among women-owned firms. Looking more carefully at the American Express OPEN […]

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Black Men Entrepreneurs Were Walloped by the Great Recession

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In comparison to firms owned by other race and gender groups of business owners, Black men’s firms were hit hardest by the Great Recession. Of the 10 such groups analyzed in the report, “The Color of Entrepreneurship,” only African American men had a decline in their number of businesses from 2007 through 2012. Black men’s […]

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Webinar: Entrepreneurship in Communities of Color

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  Privately held businesses owned by businesses of color added 1.3 million jobs (over 70 percent) between 2007 and 2012. Yet, entrepreneurs of color are underrepresented when compared to their share of the population. If they owned businesses at the same rate as whites, the economy would have 1.1 million more businesses and 9 million […]

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