The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is looking for 40 Latino/Latina business owners to participate in a study that will provide primary research into the barriers and opportunities Hispanic entrepreneurs have experienced in launching their businesses.
The project, titled “Start-Up Experiences of Latino/Latina Business Owners in Michigan” is being conducted by the Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) and the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Broad College of Business, both at Michigan State University.
These distinguished academic institutions are interested in learning about Hispanics’ motivations to start their business; the obstacles and opportunities present in starting a business, including the source of initial resources and funding; the role of family members, and how they utilized opportunities and overcame obstacles to succeed in their business.
MHCC strongly encourages Latino/Latina business owner participation in this study for the following reason: Despite the centuries-long Latino presence in the U.S., Hispanic entrepreneurship and business formation have not been subjects of American academic research. As our population continues to grow, the incorporation of Hispanic business into the mainstream of American economic life is becoming of considerable interest and importance. Without our participation in studies of this type, the business knowledge and success of Latino/Latina entrepreneurs will remain largely unknown.
MI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce