Capital Access for Women: Profile and Analysis of U.S. Best Practice Programs

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, July 2006

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Hal Salzman

Rutgers University; The Urban Institute

Signe-Mary McKernan

The Urban Institute - Center on Labor, Human Services and Population

Nancy Pindus

The Urban Institute

Rosa Marie Castaneda

The Urban Institute

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Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

Capital access programs and funds for women starting and expanding their businesses have grown dramatically over the past decade. These programs cover the spectrum from microenterprise to venture capital funds and serve highly diverse populations. Thirteen "best practice" programs and three "promising practices" (new programs that appear innovative but do not yet have a track record) are profiled in this report and are the basis for our analysis of key success factors, barriers, and constraints faced by women entrepreneurs, and our policy recommendations. We profile and analyze the programs to share best practices and lessons learned so that successful programs can be replicated. Our analysis of these best practice programs identifies six areas that can improve the strength of all capital access programs and expand their reach.

Keywords: Employment

Suggested Citation

Salzman, Hal and McKernan, Signe-Mary and Pindus, Nancy and Castaneda, Rosa Marie, Capital Access for Women: Profile and Analysis of U.S. Best Practice Programs (July 2006). Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, July 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2205842

Hal Salzman

Rutgers University ( email )

E.J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
J. J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States

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Signe-Mary McKernan (Contact Author)

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Nancy Pindus

The Urban Institute ( email )

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Rosa Marie Castaneda

The Urban Institute ( email )

2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States

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