Minority-Owned Business Research

The Bureau of Business Research continues to generate new information about minority-owned firms. Over the years, the BBR has collaborated with the leading minority business advocacy groups in Texas to create an influential stream of research studies aimed at increasing the velocity and scalability of minority-owned firms in the Lone Star State.

From BBR surveys of Black and Hispanic-owned firms has grown a larger initiative at the IC2 Institute to train minority-owned firms in Austin (FAST Forward) and at the University of Texas Permian Basin in West Texas (Small-Biz.XLR8) through value creation exercises, mentoring, and market-fitted growth strategies.

This year, in conjunction with the McCombs School of Business, BBR staff will launch a multi-module training program for minority and women-owned businesses. The program is designed to expand access to funding from Historically Underutilized Business initiatives in Texas. And as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) grow in importance for organizations and companies, the Bureau of Business Research is experimenting with new methodological approaches to measure the positive impacts of investments in improving the DEI climate at universities.

Recent and Representative Publications

Resource Guide for Historically Underutilized Businesses in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (2020)

Survey of Texas Black-owned Businesses (2013)

Survey of Texas Hispanic-owned Businesses with Paid Employees (2011)

Contact Jim Jarrett, BBR Senior Research Scientist, for more information about this research area.