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The United States government has a long-standing policy of using federal funds to keep small business viable. The Small Business Act of 1953 authorized the Small Business Administration (SBA) to enter into contracts with government agencies having procurement powers and to arrange for fulfillment of these contracts by awarding subcontracts to small businesses. In the mid 1960's, during the war on poverty years, Congress hoped to encourage minority entrepreneurs by directing such funding to minority businesses. At first this funding was directed toward minority entrepreneurs with very low incomes. A 1967 amendment to the Economic Opportunity Act directed the SBA to pay special attention to minority-owned businesses located in urban or rural areas characterized by high proportions of unemployed or low-income individuals. Since then, the answer given to the fundamental question of who the recipients should be-the most economically disadvantaged or those with the best prospects for business success-has changed, and the social goals of the programs have shifted, resulting in policy changes.

The first shift occured during the early 1970's. While the goal of assisting the economically disadvantaged entrepreneur remained, a new goal emerged: to remedy the effects of past discrimination. In fact, in 1970 the SBA explicitly stated that their main goal was to increase the number of minority-owned buinesses. At the time, minorities constituted seventeen percent of the nation's population, but only four percent of the nation's self-employed. This ownership gap was held to be the result of past discrimination. Increasing the number of minority-owned firms was seen as a way to remedy this problem. In that context, providing funding to minority entrepreneurs in middle- and high-income brackets seemed justified.

In the late 1970's, the goals of minority-business funding programs shifted again. At the minority business Development Agency, for example, the goal of increasing numbers of minority-owned firms was supplanted by the goal of creating and assisting more minority-owned substantive firms with future growth potential. Assisting manufacturers or wholesalers became far more important than assisting small service businesses. Minority-business funding programs were now justified as instruments for economic development, particularly for creating jobs in minority communities of high unemployment.
It can be inferred that the "ownership gap" (see underlined text) would be narrowed if which of the following were to occur?

A: Minority entrepreneurs received a percentage of government contracts equal to that received by nonminority entrepreneurs.
B: Middle- and high-income minority entrepreneurs gave more assistance to their low-income counterparts in the business community.
C: Minority entrepreneurs hired a percentage of minority emlpoyees equal to the percentage of minority residents in their own communities.
D: The percentage of self-employed minority persons rose to more than ten percent of all self-employed persons.
E: Seventeen percent of all persons employed in small businesses were self-employed.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D


Which of the following best describes the function of the second paragraph in the passage as a whole?

A: It narrows the scope of the topic introduced in the first paragraph.
B: It presents an example of the type of change discuseed in the first paragraph.
C: It cites the most striking instance of historical change in a particular government policy.
D: It explains the rationale for the creation of the government agency whose operations are discussed in the first paragraph.
E: It presents the results of policies adpoted by the federal government.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B


According to the passage, in 1970 funding to minority entrepreneurs focused primarily on which of the following?

A: Alleviating chronic unemployment in urban areas
B: Narrowing the ownership gap
C: Assisting minority-owned businesses with growth potential
D: Awarding subcontracts to businesses that encouraged community development
E: Targeting the most economically disadvantaged minority-owned businesses
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B


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It can be inferred that the "ownership gap" (see underlined text) would be narrowed if which of the following were to occur?

"At the time, minorities constituted seventeen percent of the nation's population, but only four percent of the nation's self-employed. This ownership gap was held to be the result of past discrimination."
Minorities = 17% population.
Minorities = 4% self employed. <== this is the "gap"
"Increasing the number of minority-owned firms was seen as a way to remedy this problem". In "inference" questions the answer is already in the passage.
This is how the text says that the gap can be narrowed. Which answer can be seen as a rewording of this?

A: Minority entrepreneurs received a percentage of government contracts equal to that received by nonminority entrepreneurs.
B: Middle- and high-income minority entrepreneurs gave more assistance to their low-income counterparts in the business community.
C: Minority entrepreneurs hired a percentage of minority emlpoyees equal to the percentage of minority residents in their own communities.
D: The percentage of self-employed minority persons rose to more than ten percent of all self-employed persons.<==CORRECT
E: Seventeen percent of all persons employed in small businesses were self-employed.

Which of the following best describes the function of the second paragraph in the passage as a whole?


....
Since then, the answer given to the fundamental question of who the recipients should be-the most economically disadvantaged or those with the best prospects for business success-has changed, and the social goals of the programs have shifted, resulting in policy changes.

The first shift occured during the early 1970's.
...

The second paragraph is connected to the first one because it discusses something that the first one presented.

A: It narrows the scope of the topic introduced in the first paragraph.
B: It presents an example of the type of change discuseed in the first paragraph.<==CORRECT
C: It cites the most striking instance of historical change in a particular government policy.
D: It explains the rationale for the creation of the government agency whose operations are discussed in the first paragraph.
E: It presents the results of policies adpoted by the federal government.


According to the passage, in 1970 funding to minority entrepreneurs focused primarily on which of the following?

While the goal of assisting the economically disadvantaged entrepreneur remained, a new goal emerged: to remedy the effects of past discrimination. (...) This ownership gap was held to be the result of past discrimination.Increasing the number of minority-owned firms was seen as a way to remedy this problem.
Increasing the number of minority-owned firms ==> reduce the GAP (the new goal or priority/focus in 1970).

A: Alleviating chronic unemployment in urban areas
B: Narrowing the ownership gap<== CORRECT
C: Assisting minority-owned businesses with growth potential
D: Awarding subcontracts to businesses that encouraged community development
E: Targeting the most economically disadvantaged minority-owned businesses

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Re: The United States government has a long-standing policy of [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2013, 07:16
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It can be inferred that the "ownership gap" (see underlined text) would be narrowed if which of the following were to occur?

"At the time, minorities constituted seventeen percent of the nation's population, but only four percent of the nation's self-employed. This ownership gap was held to be the result of past discrimination."
Minorities = 17% population.
Minorities = 4% self employed. <== this is the "gap"
"Increasing the number of minority-owned firms was seen as a way to remedy this problem". In "inference" questions the answer is already in the passage.
This is how the text says that the gap can be narrowed. Which answer can be seen as a rewording of this?

A: Minority entrepreneurs received a percentage of government contracts equal to that received by nonminority entrepreneurs.
B: Middle- and high-income minority entrepreneurs gave more assistance to their low-income counterparts in the business community.
C: Minority entrepreneurs hired a percentage of minority emlpoyees equal to the percentage of minority residents in their own communities.
D: The percentage of self-employed minority persons rose to more than ten percent of all self-employed persons.<==CORRECT
E: Seventeen percent of all persons employed in small businesses were self-employed.

Which of the following best describes the function of the second paragraph in the passage as a whole?


....
Since then, the answer given to the fundamental question of who the recipients should be-the most economically disadvantaged or those with the best prospects for business success-has changed, and the social goals of the programs have shifted, resulting in policy changes.

The first shift occured during the early 1970's.
...

The second paragraph is connected to the first one because it discusses something that the first one presented.

A: It narrows the scope of the topic introduced in the first paragraph.
B: It presents an example of the type of change discuseed in the first paragraph.<==CORRECT
C: It cites the most striking instance of historical change in a particular government policy.
D: It explains the rationale for the creation of the government agency whose operations are discussed in the first paragraph.
E: It presents the results of policies adpoted by the federal government.


According to the passage, in 1970 funding to minority entrepreneurs focused primarily on which of the following?

While the goal of assisting the economically disadvantaged entrepreneur remained, a new goal emerged: to remedy the effects of past discrimination. (...) This ownership gap was held to be the result of past discrimination.Increasing the number of minority-owned firms was seen as a way to remedy this problem.
Increasing the number of minority-owned firms ==> reduce the GAP (the new goal or priority/focus in 1970).

A: Alleviating chronic unemployment in urban areas
B: Narrowing the ownership gap<== CORRECT
C: Assisting minority-owned businesses with growth potential
D: Awarding subcontracts to businesses that encouraged community development
E: Targeting the most economically disadvantaged minority-owned businesses


but where i can read the inference about "ten percent of all self-employed persons" ?' i've understood the general meaning of option D but it contains a very specific statement that i can't understand, and this is why in 4 minutes i could not answer the question :| :(
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but where i can read the inference about "ten percent of all self-employed persons" ?' i've understood the general meaning of option D but it contains a very specific statement that i can't understand, and this is why in 4 minutes i could not answer the question :| :(


The point of B is not the number 10%.

It can be inferred that the "ownership gap" (see underlined text) would be narrowed if which of the following were to occur?

This is the definition of the gap:"At the time, minorities constituted seventeen percent of the nation's population, but only four percent of the nation's self-employed. "

The gap would be narrowed if the "percentage of self-employed minority persons rose" to an higher level, period.
I can be 10%,11% or 10.5%: it does not matter; the question says "would be narrowed if which of the following were to occur", so if the answer choice say "the percentage is higher (does not matter the numerical value itself) the answer is correct.

D: The percentage of self-employed minority persons rose to more than ten percent of all self-employed persons.<==CORRECT

Hope I've explained myself well.
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Re: The United States government has a long-standing policy of [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2013, 22:27
For the last question I was confused between B and D as it mentions primary goal in 1970s

early 1970s - ownership gap
late 1970s - assisting minority-owned firms with future growth potential

At the start of the 2nd para it says
The first shift occured during the early 1970's. While the goal of assisting the economically disadvantaged entrepreneur remained, (Indicates answer is D)

But then again I think I missed this sentence
for example, the goal of increasing numbers of minority-owned firms was supplanted by the goal of creating and assisting more minority-owned substantive firms with future growth potential (indicates answer is B)

Is that the point I missed?
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Re: The United States government has a long-standing policy of [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2014, 20:19
This was a tough one. Got all 3 wrong in 7 mins. I went with A, E, E.
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Re: The United States government has a long-standing policy of [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2014, 08:38
Since I got this wrong, I have a query.

According to the passage, in 1970 funding to minority entrepreneurs focused primarily on which of the following?

A: Alleviating chronic unemployment in urban areas
B: Narrowing the ownership gap
C: Assisting minority-owned businesses with growth potential
D: Awarding subcontracts to businesses that encouraged community development
E: Targeting the most economically disadvantaged minority-owned businesses

Para 2 concentrates on early 1970 and para 3 concentrates on late 1970's.

Para 2 talks about ownership GAP created by the past discrimination. However, para 3 talks about the focus shift of policy to assisting minority based business having growth potential not solely awarding minority business which was economically disadvantaged.

Please suggest

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Re: The United States government has a long-standing policy of [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2014, 02:49
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Since I got this wrong, I have a query.

According to the passage, in 1970 funding to minority entrepreneurs focused primarily on which of the following?

A: Alleviating chronic unemployment in urban areas
B: Narrowing the ownership gap
C: Assisting minority-owned businesses with growth potential
D: Awarding subcontracts to businesses that encouraged community development
E: Targeting the most economically disadvantaged minority-owned businesses

Para 2 concentrates on early 1970 and para 3 concentrates on late 1970's.

Para 2 talks about ownership GAP created by the past discrimination. However, para 3 talks about the focus shift of policy to assisting minority based business having growth potential not solely awarding minority business which was economically disadvantaged.

Please suggest

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I have exactly the same questions! Could someone provide a better explanation for this particular answer choice? It seemed to me the answer could go either way. This is a tough one.
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