The Barriers to Capital Access – Report Discussion
Join Dr. Julia Chears-Young, Principal Researcher for the Capital Access Report, as she discusses the findings of this comprehensive survey of Arkansas-based people of color and women-owned businesses documenting the factors and barriers to capital access.
This event is part of the Rock It! Lab series of entrepreneurial programming.
About Julia Chears-Young, Ph.D.
Dr. Chears-Young is the owner and Principal Researcher of Precise Data Consulting, LLC.
She has over 15 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection, including developing and administering surveys, questionnaires, and assessments; facilitating focus groups; interviewing; conducting observations; analyzing data; and writing reports, primarily serving in the social science and education arenas. She has worked on projects, such as conducting a SMART City needs assessment study for the City of Seat Pleasant, Maryland’s initiative to empower small municipalities in becoming SMART Cities; conducting a needs assessment on behalf of Little Rock’s Metropolitan Housing Alliance Redevelopment in the Rock project and is currently serving as the principal investigator for the Small Business Access to Capital Study sponsored by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Winrock International.
Dr. Chears-Young has almost two decades of experience conducting field researcher for large assessment publishing companies like Pearson and Psychological Assessment Resources, where she participates in the data collection by administering tests to candidates to ensure the published assessments are demographically diverse and accurately represents the U.S. population.
She is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a certificate in Human Resources Development from the University of Cincinnati.
As well, she is knowledgeable in and has experience in the financial industry, including life insurance and banking, where she worked for many years prior to a career change. She has served in various positions and roles on education boards and non-profit committees in Minnesota, Ohio, and Arkansas. Dr. Chears-Young is a devout believer and is committed to giving back through charitable contributions and volunteering her time to the ministry.
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