Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s: An Economic Profile and Policy Implications

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s: An Economic Profile and Policy Implications

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Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s: An Economic Profile and Policy Implications by Alberto Dávila and Marie T. Mora 2013. 256 pp. ISBN: 9780804777933. $60.00 cloth. Stanford University Press, Redwood City, Calif., (650) 723-9434

The burgeoning Latino/a demographic in the United States M llV/has created huge national numbers. Hispanics have accounted for more than half the population growth in the United States over the last decade. One of the byproducts of the explosion of this ethnic group is the dramatic growth of Hispanic-owned small businesses. These enterprises were started beginning in the last decade or so by a new class of Hispanic entrepreneurs who have had to overcome all the obstacles that other entrepreneurs have to face, but are sometimes saddled with even more challenges such as securing funding, finding other Hispanic businessmen to network with and having the training necessary to create and grow their companies. Now there is a book, Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s, that chronicles this new business demographic.

Drawing on detailed and quantitative data, authors Alberto Dávila and Marie T. Mora examine the key economic issues facing Hispanic entrepreneurs and offer analysis on the varying and sometimes unpredictable effects that these factors have on subsets of the Hispanic community, such as Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Salvadorans. They also take into account the gender and immigrant status of these entrepreneurs. Beyond an exploration of their challenges, Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the2000s also examines existing policies that motivate and spur successful Hispanic entrepreneurs. …

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