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African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship: A Resource Guide

Businesses & Industries

This guide is designed as a starting point for those looking for information on African American contributions to specific industries and does not address every industry individually. However, the sources and strategies included here should provide a framework for further research regardless of the industry.

According to the U.S. Census, African Americans owned 124,004 firms in 2017 with 32 percent of firms in the healthcare and social services industries. The Doing Industry Research guide will provide you with additional guidance on searching for industry information; the Doing Historical Company Research guide will assist with researching older or out of business companies and the Doing Company Research guide will steer you towards contemporary company information for active companies. If you need assistance with your research, please submit a question using our Ask a Librarian service.

The Business Reference Services has produced the following Research Guides that may assist you in your research if you are examining specific industries, companies, or individuals. View the full list of Business Research Guides, where you can also search by subject.