Thursday, November 13, 2008

Impact of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Yesterday, Kevin Johnson posted a link to a study entitled "Estimating the Contribution of Immigrant Business Owners to the U.S. Economy" by Robert W. Fairlie, Ph.D. (Nov. 2008). Here is announcement from Jonathan Bowles on an upcoming conference related to the same topic:

Hi. I thought you might be interested in a national conference the Center for an Urban Future will be having in New York City this coming Tuesday about the growing impact that immigrant entrepreneurs are having in American cities. 

The conference will focus on the role that immigrant-owned businesses are having cities, discuss the obstacles that immigrants face as they try to start and growing businesses and explore what, if anything, local economic development officials could do to support the growth of immigrant-run businesses. It will examine questions such as: Could immigrant entrepreneurs play a key role in helping cities restart their economic engines after the current economic meltdown? Will immigrant-run firms fare better or worse than other businesses in this economic downturn? What can mayors and local economic development officials do to ensure that more immigrant-run firms grow beyond the mom-and-pop stage? What could the new administration in Washington do to support the growth of immigrant enterprises? In today’s tight credit market, how can cities expand upon existing micro-enterprise programs that provide microloans and technical assistance to immigrant entrepreneurs? 

We have an all-star group of speakers from Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia and New York. They include Maria De Lourdes Sobrino, founder of Los Angeles-based Lulu's Desserts and author of Thriving Latina Entrepreneurs in America; Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution; Maria De Lourdes Sobrino, founder of Los Angeles-based Lulu's Desserts and author of Thriving Latina Entrepreneurs in America; Paul Quintero, Chief Operating Officer, ACCION New York and New Jersey; Fatimah Muhammad, Manager, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians; Joyce Moy, Executive Director, Asian American/Asian Research Institute, City University of New York; Yanki Tshering, director of the Business Center for New Americans; Manny Miranda, a Colombian immigrant who is president of Delicias Andinas, an arepas manufacturing company based in Queens; Victor Vora, an Indian immigrant who owns 8 retail businesses in Brooklyn; and Sewell Chan, a reporter at the New York Times.

The conference is a follow-up to the Center’s highly publicized 2007 report documenting the powerful impact that immigrant entrepreneurs are having in cities from New York to Los Angeles, titled A World of Opportunity.

We’re expecting a packed house, so please RSVP if you would like to attend.

Best,

Jonathan Bowles
Director
Center for an Urban Future
120 Wall Street, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10005
212-479-3347
www.nycfuture.org

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