On the Road : June 2012

Behind the Story: Disproportionate lending by race discovered with data


Joanne Lawton/Washington Business Journal

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Joanne Lawton/Washington Business Journal

It’s one thing to say African American entrepreneurs are recovering from the economic downturn slower than white entrepreneurs, it’s another to explain why. 

That’s what Washington Business Journal reporter Bryant Switzky did using a database from the Small Business Administration and other datasets related to the Community Reinvestment Act.

“The thing that struck me was that no one in the community or SBA had a good explanation as to why this happened,” Switzky said. “So I did a FOIA for a full database of all publically available SBA data going ...

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