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Survey of Business Owners: Who establishes the ethnicity and race categories listed on the form?

The ethnicity and race categories listed on the SBO questionnaire are consistent with those mandated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  These standards were developed by both the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Federal Government.

The Hispanic or Latino origin category is:

  • A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

The race categories are:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

  • Asian. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa, including those who consider themselves to be "Haitian."

  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

  • White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East.

  • Some other race. This category includes all other responses not included in the "American Indian or Alaska Native," "Asian," "Black or African American," "Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander," and "White" race categories described above.


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