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Monday, March 11 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
DENIED: the economic barriers faced by minority entrepreneurs

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Are we being too optimistic when we tell minority business owners that hard work will make them successful? NCRC’s small business testing project has unveiled a sad truth. Discrimination in lending is not exclusive to home mortgages. Our findings show that minorities face discrimination in obtaining small business loans across America, facing an uphill battle for wealth. This lending discrimination locks women and minority-owned small businesses out of wealth building opportunities. We will discuss how our research, academia and nonprofit organizations can drive advocacy together. We will also discuss tackling small business discrimination for future entrepreneurs.


Amber Lee Esq.

Civil Rights Testing Manager, NCRC
Amber is the civil rights testing manager for the Center for Civil Rights at NCRC. She is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law and also received her masters in public policy from the American University School of Public Affairs. She is a member of the New... Read More →


Dr. Sterling A. Bone

Associate Professor, Utah State University’s Jon M. Hunstman School of Business,
Sterling A. Bone, Ph.D., is an associate professor of marketing at Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and serves on the Arizona State University Center for Services Leadership research faculty network. He is currently the director of the Huntsman Sales Academy... Read More →

Dr. Glenn Christensen

Associate Professor, Garrett Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Marketing, Marriott School of Business, Brigham Young University
Dr. Glenn L. Christensen is Garrett Research Fellow and associate professor of Marketing at the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. He earned his Ph.D. in marketing and consumer behavior from Penn State University in 2002. Glenn's research focuses on the internal... Read More →

Dr. Jerome D. Williams

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Rutgers University-Newark North
Jerome Williams is executive vice chancellor and provost of Rutgers University-Newark. He also is a distinguished professor and the prudential chair in Business (Marketing Department), and fellow of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (Management and Global... Read More →

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad

Chief of Equity and Inclusion, NCRC
Dedrick Asante-Muhammad joined NCRC in January 2019 as the Chief of Equity and Inclusion. He oversees NCRC’s Fair Housing, Fair Lending and Small Business programs. Dedrick is known for his racial economic inequality analysis particularly as it relates to the racial wealth divide... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT