Small Business is our Business

Immigrants are entrepreneurial folk.  They make up 18% of all small business owners in the United States. Using U.S. Census data, the Fiscal Policy Institute , an independent research organization committed to improving economic and social conditions, has published a report focusing on businesses owned by immigants.  Key findings reveal—-

*Immigrants play a   key role among high-tech businesses.  Twenty percent(20%) of business owners in computer systems design are immigrants.

*Many immigrant businesses  are playing a prominent role in revitalizing downtown areas.  These businesses include restaurant(37%),   grocery stores (49%), and laundry or dry cleaners(54%).

*Immigrant women are more likely the U.S. born women to be business owners.

*Most of these entrepreneurs come from Mexico, followed by India, Korea, Cuba, China, and Vietnam.

*California has the highest percentage of immigrant businesses(33%), followed by New York(29%), New Jersey(28%), Florida(26%), and Hawaii(23%).

Source:Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Initiative, 2012.

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