States See Black Business Boom: Growth of African American Enterprises Outpaces National Average

By Hocker, Cliff | Black Enterprise, January 2006 | Go to article overview

States See Black Business Boom: Growth of African American Enterprises Outpaces National Average


Hocker, Cliff, Black Enterprise


Black business growth significantly outpaced the national average, according to the U. S. Census Bureau's latest Survey of Business Owners. While the number of U.S. businesses increased by 10% between 1997 and 2002, from roughly 20.8 million to 23 million, the number of black-owned businesses grew 45%, from 824,000 to 1.2 million.

In 2002, black businesses pulled in $92.7 billion, a 30% increase over five years. Receipts for the 94,862 black-owned businesses with paid employees totaled $69.8 billion; the 1.1 million black-owned businesses without paid employees had receipts of $22.9 billion, up 54% from 1997.

African Americans own a fourth of the businesses in Washington, D.C., and black-owned businesses accounted for between 12% and 15% of all firms in Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Among the states with the largest African American populations, Michigan had a turbocharged 78% growth in black-owned businesses; Florida a hot 71%. Downsizing within the automobile industry may have inspired some black residents of Michigan to become entrepreneurs, suspects David Swinton, a member of the BLACK ENTERPRISE Board of Economists.

Clues to what's driving growth, says Swinton, are contained within industry breakouts by state. …

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