Empirical Study of Barriers to Women Entrepreneurship in Florida
- Ravi Chinta, Ph.D. – H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
- Bahaudin Mujtaba, DBA – H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
- Belay Seyoum, Ph.D. – H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
- James Simpson, Ph.D. – H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
- Don Rosenblum, Ph.D. – Farquhar Honors College
The title of the proposed research study is "Empirical Study of Barriers to Women Entrepreneurship in Florida." Existing literature documents many barriers to women entrepreneurship such as lack of knowledge about the entrepreneurial process, government bureaucracy, lack of business ﬁnancing, lack of qualiﬁed personnel, lack of government support, lack of role models, lack of networking resources, and low self- conﬁdence (Minniti & Arenius, 2003; Brindley, 2005). However, there are many variations on the impact and signiﬁcance of these barriers depending on the context (Akehurst, Simaro & Mas-Tur, 2012). Exiting research in entrepreneurship calls for empirical research in geographically narrower contexts because broad-scoped research ﬁndings (e.g., global entrepreneurship studies such as GEM – Global Entrepreneurship Monitor - have samples from 25 developed, developing and underdeveloped nations) lend to weak recommendations for policy reforms due primarily to context diﬀerences. Each context requires an empirical determination of speciﬁc barriers to women entrepreneurship, and in the state of Florida such a focused empirical study in current time periods is lacking (Bates, 2007; Movahedi & Yaghoubi-Farani, 2012). Intention to start business is the primal force that leads to the act of entrepreneurship. This research study examines "intention to start a business" as a function of the prevailing barriers in the current context of the state of Florida. Data from 300 potential (not those who have started a business already) women entrepreneurs (broadly diversiﬁed across age, education levels, income levels, family status) in the state of Florida will form the empirical base for this study. The survey will be pretested and executed by Qualtrics, a professional survey-based data collection ﬁrm. Statistically signiﬁcant barriers that reduce the intention to start new businesses from this study will be compared with those identiﬁed in other research studies to draw insights on whether the state of Florida would require diﬀerent strategies to promote women entrepreneurship. The study will conclude with limitations of the current research and implications of its ﬁndings for policymaking and future research. The PI (principal investigator) of this research study already completed a similar study in the state of Alabama with the largest survey at state level ever done in the US on women entrepreneurship (n=1200); and has two publications and one conference paper from that research database (Chinta, Periatt & Banning, 2016; Chinta, Andall & Best, 2017; Chinta, 2017). As such, this proposed study is a replication of the Alabama study in the state of Florida. The proposed target sample for this study (n=300) will be the largest survey in Florida on women entrepreneurship.