The Center for Women's Business Research and Babson College are co-hosting a research forum examining obstacles to business growth faced by minority women business owners in Atlanta, organizers said.

The forum, which is set for May 30 at the Atlanta Peachtree Hotel, is part of a national research study that includes similar events in San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Each event seeks to generate individual, community, and national action plans. The plans will be rolled in to broad policy recommendations presented at a national conference next year.

As of 2006, there were 2.4 million businesses owned by women of color, according to Sheila Brooks, a national spokeswoman for the study. "They are starting businesses at a faster rate than all businesses but their firms are not achieving the same level of success when measured by revenues and employment," Brooks said in a statement.

Brooks said the businesses offer an untapped potential for economic growth.

Business Owners who meet the research criteria and want to participate in upcoming forums can contact the Center for Women's Business Research at, or call 202-638-3060 x 710.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that this event focused solely on business obstacles faced by black women entrepreneurs. 

Published on: May 21, 2007