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Legitimacy, Attitudes, and Intended Patronage: Understanding Challenges facing Black Entrepreneurs
Vol. Volume 20, Number 1 March/2015

Michael N. Ogbolu,Robert P. Singh & Anthony Wilbon
Traditional research on the reasons for the depressed rate of black entrepreneurship has focused on differences between black and white entrepreneurs. In this paper, we move beyond the individual entrepreneur and study consumers’ perceptual differences of black and white entrepreneurs. Using a multi-disciplinary theoretical framework to study 846 participants, we found empirical evidence that there are significant relationships between perceptions of legitimacy and consumer attitudes toward entrepreneurs and intended patronage. In addition, there appears to be differences in the way consumers perceive black and white entrepreneurs, which suggest significant challenges facing black entrepreneurs. Implications and future research directions are discussed.

Keywords: Black entrepreneurship, consumer perceptions, legitimacy