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*In 2013, U.S. banks and financial institutions made $382.5 million in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to black-owned businesses.

This may initially seem like a good deal of money, until you compare it to the aggregate amount of loans made. According to the Wall Street Journal, the amount of loans that black borrowers received was only 1.7 percent of the total $23.09 billion loaned to all small businesses that year.

Only 1.7% of SBA loans went to Black entrepreneurs

The concern is that the number of loans to black business owners is decreasing. In 2008, black businesses received 8.2 percent of total SBA loan dollars, so the 1.7 percent is a huge decrease. You can look at the numbers from a percentage of loans extended, but the story is the same; the numbers are decreasing. For example, in 2008, black business owners received 11 percent of SBA loans, but in 2013 that percentage dropped to just 2.3 percent. No matter how you look at it, it’s not good.

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