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The Megaphone Of Main Street: Unsung Entrepreneurs, Infographic #1 - Immigrant Entrepreneurs
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July 29, 2021
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Immigrant Entrepreneurs

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 business.

More immigrants have been starting businesses 

  • In 1996 only 13.3% of businesses were owned by immigrants compared to 25.4% in 2019.

While immigrant entrepreneurs are more likely to seek financial support they are less likely to receive it

  • They are rejected 72-83.5% more often when seeking expanded lines of credit, crowdfunding, new investors, support from online lenders and veteran loans. This includes all forms of government support. 
  • Half to three-quarters of immigrant business owners surveyed feel no support from their federal, state or local government.

Instead they seek alternative sources of funding

  • Many immigrants tap into personal savings, credit cards or seek loans from friends and family.

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