Hawaii leads nation in minority-owned businesses

Hawaii leads nation in minority-owned businesses

HONOLULU (AP) - A new US Census Bureau report says Hawaii leads the nation when it comes to minority-owned businesses.

The bureau said Tuesday that in 2007, 56.9 percent of businesses in the islands were minority-owned, followed by the District of Columbia at 40.2 percent and California at 35.6 percent.

The report says Asian-owned businesses accounted for 47.2 percent of businesses in Hawaii, 14.9 percent in California and 10.1 percent in New York state.

The bureau also found the number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned businesses totaled 38,881 in 2007, up 34.3 percent from 2002.

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