Why Women Are Less Likely to Land Business Loans

According to a new study, women-owned companies were between 15 percent and 20 percent less likely to be approved for small business loans during the last six months of 2012. Photograph by Getty Images

Back in January, Bloomberg News’s Danielle Ivory reported that women-owned small businesses were losing ground in the competition for contracts from the federal government. They’re also faring worse than their male counterparts in another arena: business lending.

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