Honors Program

Honors in Business

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Bill McTier

Thesis Professor Department

Management and Marketing

Thesis Reader(s)

Ashley Bentley


With over 11.6 million establishments, women owned small businesses hold a crucial part in supporting the US economy’s wellbeing. However, owning a small business comes with numerous challenges that not all can overcome. This study investigates the challenges of ten women-owned small businesses in Johnson City, Tennessee. The interview results display that women struggle with similar challenges as men; however, they have more difficulty balancing gender roles and societal expectations with owning a small business. This research concludes that men and women do not have equal opportunities when it comes to owning a small business and women are at a disadvantage in specific areas.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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