Southern University College of Business E-Journal


The coronavirus pandemic has been disproportionately difficult for small businesses owned by women and minorities (MWBE’s). Exacerbating the problem is that MWBE’s face multiple obstacles to overcome in the process of attempting to raise equity capital, an important and necessary step to weather a business downturn in a period of recession. Congress initially addressed the equity capital challenge for MWBE’s in 2012 when it passed the JOBS Act. However, that program has turned out to be only moderately successful, and the U.S must do more to facilitate the access to equity capital for minority and women entrepreneurs, especially in light of the pandemic.