Female Entrepreneurs’ Motives and SME’s Growth: An International Study

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Yves Robichaud
Egbert McGraw
Jean-Charles Cachon
Dawn Bolton
José Barragan Codina
Ann D. Walsh


The growth of the proportion of female-owned businesses has been constant over the past decades. However, despite the persistence of the phenomenon, research has shown that female-owned businesses were still smaller and underperforming in terms of growth as compared to male-owned firms. This research contributed to updating the state of knowledge on this topic given the constant evolution of female entrepreneurs’ profile, as well as the characteristics of their businesses. A sample of 1,211 entrepreneurs from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, was tested in order to examine these issues

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