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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


College of Business & Professional Studies

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Business Administration


Business Administration


discrimination, civil rights, minorities, contractors


Public works contracts provide billions of dollars for contractors that remain predominantly out of reach to minority entrepreneurs.

Congress established agencies to implement programs to foster minority business development by encouraging non-minority firms to do business with them. The report card on these federal programs is not good and both the FDIC Chairman along with the RTC Executive Director agree that they could do a better job.

State and federal set-aside programs have received a major set-back due to the 1989 Supreme Court's decision in City of Richmond v. J. A. Croson Company. It was determined that states must possess evidence that their past contracting practices have encouraged discrimination, and they must identify the specific discrimination practice prior to implementing set-aside programs.

Unfair and unconstitutional, are the words being echoed by minority entrepreneurs who are experiencing disparate treatment with the financial capital structures and public contractors.

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