Washington Business Journal, By: Kent Hoover

Companies owned by women and minorities have received less than 5 percent of total venture capital investments over the past 40 years, said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. They also continue to have a harder time getting bank loans than do similarly situated white male business owners, according to several studies.

Kerry, who chairs the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, held a Sept. 11 hearing on the problems women and minorities face in getting capital for their businesses.

"We're here today to continue to make the case that programs to help women and minorities, and those in depressed rural and urban areas, are still necessary, particularly through the SBA," Kerry said.

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