The financial crisis opened doors of opportunity to many smaller firms last year, and minority-owned broker-dealers were no exception. In fact, they may be the textbook example.

Last year minority- and women-owned firms ran the books on 200 deals worth $17.7 billion, a 76% increase in volume compared to the $10 billion volume in 2008, according to Thomson Reuters. Compared to 2007, the percentage gain is 92%.

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