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Afro-Brazilian Women Entrepreneurs: Characteristics, Critical Issues And Current Comments

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Executive Summary

Research done on minority women entrepreneurs in the United States has suggested that they are more likely than their non-minority counterparts to experience difficulty in the start-up and operational stages of their businesses. However, little has been done to highlight the issues for minority women entrepreneurs in an international context. In light of this deficiency, the current study examined the status of a group of minority women entrepreneurs in Brazil. Aspects of their general, human capital, network structure and financial capital characteristics are highlighted. The results show that the Brazilian minority women entrepreneurs share some of the same qualities and experience similar difficulties to their counterparts in the United States.

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