A comparative analysis of factors related to the performance of ethnic majorities and minority-owned small businesses in Alabama

by Atkins, Fredrika, D.B.A., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2015, 110 pages; 3682820


In comparison to ethnic majority, researchers have substantiated that there are several influences, such as the difference in the business owner's level of education and applicable resources to obtain business loans that may contribute to the successful business performance of minority small businesses. Despite the noted programs available to small businesses, Black-owned businesses with a 23.4 percent business ownership are still staggering in comparison to 47.3 percent White-owned businesses. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare characteristic differences in the level of education in ethnic majority and ethnic minority small businesses operating in Alabama. This study also compared differences in the number of times an ethnic majority and minority business owner applied for and were denied business loans and how it may affect the company's net income. A quantitative analysis of the data collecting instrument from 88 ethnic majority and ethnic minority business owners in Alabama provided a clearer picture of characteristic differences in the level of education in ethnic majority and ethnic minority small businesses, as well as the difference in net profit and income. The sample of ethnic majority and minority small business owners from Alabama that participated in this study revealed no significant differences in net profit in the last two years and their level of education, as well as a 100% success rate for the 13 out of 88 business owners who applied for business loans. Research indicates minority business owners face challenges some ethnic majority may not, however this study suggest minority business owners are establishing and maintaining successful businesses in Alabama.

AdviserGregory McLaughlin
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsAfrican American studies; Black studies; Entrepreneurship; Management; Business education
Publication Number3682820

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