Do Business Ecosystems See Color?

Wednesday June 13, 2018


This article describes an American community survey and a survey of business owners of which the data are merged to assess the experiences of minority- versus white-owned small businesses between 2007 and 2012. This is highlighted due to it being a period encompassing the worst economic downturn since The Great Depression. White firms declined while minority firms grew rapidly. Despite recent efforts to create inclusive entrepreneurial and business ecosystems, however, minority business owners made little progress toward achieving equity or parity with white business owners. Policy prescriptions and implications for future research are discussed.


McKoy, Jr., H. C. & Johnson, Jr., J. H. (2018). Do business ecosystems see color? International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 9(3), 80-91. doi:10.4018/IJSESD.2018070106