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Achieving Success in Business: A Comparison of Somali and American-Born Entrepreneurs in Minneapolis.

Golden, Shannon, Elizabeth Heger Boyle, and Yasin Jama.

The Twin Cities metropolitan area is currently home to the largest community of Somali immigrants in the nation. Some Somalis in Minnesota have established businesses quite successfully. This article presents findings from in-depth surveys with 90 Somali and 45 American-born entrepreneurs in Minneapolis, exploring what may facilitate or hinder the success of their businesses. The study focused on how environmental factors and group characteristics interact to influence Somali business development, practices, and financing, and how and why Somalis may differ from other entrepreneurs on these dimensions. The authors consider the impact of religion, race, and resources on Somali business enterprises, and also explore how businesses owned by Somali women differ from those owned by men.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported in part through a grant from the Faculty Interactive Research Program, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota. Additional funding provided by the Graduate Research Partnership Program.
40 (1-2): 43-51
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Reporter 40 (1-2)