Banks have not adequately pursued minority women entrepreneurs as customers, says Sharon G. Hadary, executive director of the Silver Spring, Md.-based National Foundation for Women Business Owners.

Some large regional banks, such as Banc One Corp., Columbus, Ohio, Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco, and Charlotte, N.C.-based First Union Corp., have hired specialists to market loans and other business products to women and to members of minority groups. But most financial institutions have not taken minority women who own businesses seriously, Ms. Hadary said.

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