Immigrant Entrepreneurs 40 Percent More Likely to Start Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2021 – Even amidst COVID-19 turbulence, immigrants are 40% more likely to start a business and are more optimistic about hiring new employees than others, according to new survey data published by SCORE, the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors.
The Megaphone of Main Street: Unsung Entrepreneurs reports that, unlike other groups, immigrant entrepreneurs cite job discrimination 53% more often as a motivating factor to start their own businesses.
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“With ‘regular’ employment, I was underpaid compared to others with four-year degrees, even though I was held to the same work performance standards,” said one immigrant entrepreneur who responded to the survey. “I could not secure promotions…No employers valued me, but I value myself, so I started a business. The harder I work in my business, the more money I make.”
Key research findings include:
- In the U.S., immigrant business owners are more likely to seek all forms of financial support and less likely to receive it, compared to native-born business owners. They are rejected 72-83.5% more often when seeking expanded lines of credit, crowdfunding, new investors, support from online lenders and veteran loans.
- Immigrant business owners are more likely than non-immigrant business owners to apply for all forms of government support, and significantly less likely to receive the full amount they request.
- Half to three-quarters of immigrant business owners surveyed feel no support from their federal, state, or local government.
With less access to credit or lenders, immigrant business owners tap into personal finances and credit cards more often and are 45.1% more likely to utilize loans from friends and family to support their businesses.
Click here to access the full Megaphone of Main Street data report: Unsung Entrepreneurs, which spotlights immigrant-owned, veteran-owned and senior-owned businesses as three groups who drive the small business economy by starting businesses at higher rates and overcoming steeper challenges to achieve their goals.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs to start, grow or troubleshoot a business. SCORE's 10,000 volunteers provide free mentoring, workshops and educational services to 1,500+ communities nationwide, creating 45,027 new businesses and 74,535 non-owner jobs in 2020 alone. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Follow @SCOREMentors on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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