Minority entrepreneurship

Minority entrepreneurship: Examining black small business owners in the hospitality industry

  • Gilpatrick D Hornsby James Madison University
Keywords: Minority Entrepreneurshp, Black-owned Restaurants, Defining Entrepreneurship


The body of literature around minority entrepreneurship has been well established over the past few decades. Research however in the context of the hospitality industry on this topic has been lacking. Therefore a goal of this study was to examine the minority entrepreneur experience in the hospitality industry in order to fill this gap in the literature. Specifically, the purpose of the study was to examine black entrepreneurs. Participants discussed their personal definition of entrepreneurship, the challenges they faced while growing the business, and how they believe race impacted their success as a business owner. Responses were analyzed and future directions identified.