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Contracting Barriers and Factors Affecting Minority Business Enterprises A Review of Existing Disparity Studies
December 2016

The report, which spotlights disparities in state and local government contracting between minority-owned and nonminority-owned business enterprises, provides an in-depth review and analysis of disparity studies, summaries, and reports.

» Foreward by National Director Castillo and National Deputy Director Shen

» Executive Summary

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Minority Exporters: Characteristics and Strategies for New Business and Expansion
August 2015

This report shares the unique characteristics of minority exporters. It also offers comparisons to both non-exporting counterparts and nonminority exporters to glean both the opportunities and challenges faced when minority business enterprises conduct business globally.

» Executive Summary

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The State of Minority Business Enterprises: An Overview of the 2007 Survey of Business Owners
June 2015

This report examines minority businesses operating in 2007 and the growth of these firms since 2002. It does so by analyzing and comparing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2002 and 2007 Survey of Business Owners and identifies the economic conditions under which minority business enterprises operated as well as economic and business changes that occurred during the interval.

» Executive Summary

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U.S. Minority-Owned Manufacturers
November 2014

Learn more about the 82,000 minority-owned manufacturing firms.

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Credit Scores and Credit Market Outcomes: Evidence from the Survey of Small Business Finances and the Kauffman Firm Survey

Small businesses often struggle to find available credit. Building on previous literature, this research analyzes what factors, including business credit scores, may explain credit outcomes (approvals or denials) for small businesses. It further asks what role business credit scores might play in the credit outcomes of women- and minority-owned small businesses.

» Research Summary
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The Impact of Credit Availability on Small Business Exporters

A dramatic drop in U.S. exports during the 2008-2009 financial crisis and Great Recession stimulated interest in investigating the relationship between trade finance and small business exports. This research examines whether and how the tightening of credit affects small firm exporters.

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Trade Finance Guide

A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters is designed to help U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, learn the basic fundamentals of trade finance so that they can turn their export opportunities into actual sales and to achieve the ultimate goal of getting paid—especially on time—for those sales. Concise, two-page chapters offer the basics of numerous financing techniques, from open accounts, to forfaiting to government assisted foreign buyer financing.

» Introduction
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Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners, and their Access to Financial Capital

Immigrants make a significant contribution to business ownership and formation, according to a new study from the Office of Advocacy. Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners, and their Access to Financial Capital found that 10 percent of immigrants own a business. Nearly 20 percent of immigrant-owned businesses started with $50,000 or more in startup capital, compared to 15.9 percent for non-immigrant-owned business.

» Research Summary
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Disparities in Capital Access between Minority and Non-Minority Businesses: The Troubling Reality of Capital Limitations Faced by MBEs.

Disparities in Capital Access between Minority and Non-Minority Businesses: The Troubling Reality of Capital Limitations Faced by MBEs provides new findings on disparities in capital access between minority businesses and non-minority businesses after controlling for a number of factors including size of firm and credit worthiness among other. The report includes a review of the 2008 recession and financial crisis which affected the ability of minority businesses to secure the capital they need to establish and grow their businesses. It also provides and overview of the barriers to capital access faced by minority businesses.

» Executive Summary - Disparities in Capital Access between Minority and Non-Minority Businesses
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Franchised Business Ownership, 2007: Minority and Gender Groups

The International Franchise Association recently released new research on minority-owned, female-owned and joint female/male-owned franchise businesses. The report, Franchised Business Ownership, 2007: Minority and Gender Groups, prepared by the IFA Educational Foundation (IFAEF) and based on the U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Survey of Business Owners, shows minority and joint ownership (female/male) of franchise businesses increased from 2002 to 2007, while female ownership declined.

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» Forward by MBDA National Director David A. Hinson


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