Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from the business entrepreneurship point of view. “Latinos are 1.7 times more likely to start businesses.” Perhaps helping in that growth, Latinx college attainment rates nearly doubled in the last two decades. Businesses with majority Hispanic ownership are estimated to employ 2.7 million Americans and contribute over $700 million to the economy annually. Forbes.
Today, there are 4.65 million Hispanic-owned companies – representing 14% of the 33 million total U.S. businesses. And their growth continues to vastly outpace that of other U.S. businesses. In fact, Hispanic businesses grew 40.2% from 2012 to 2018 – more than twice the 18.8% growth rate of other U.S. firms. Today, about 1 out of every 7 businesses is run by a Hispanic American entrepreneur. Nexttv.com Claritas LLC.
By gathering successful Pittsburgh Latinx entrepreneurs on this panel, they will be able to share their experience, drive, spirit and what is needed to start and sustain a business in the U.S.
Brent Rondon, MPA - Senior Consultant for International Trade, Small Business Development Center at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Innovation Institute, University of Pittsburgh.
Tony Torres - Professor, EIR, Chairman, Syntheon Inc.
Gabriela Isturiz - serial entrepreneur, experienced CEO and founder of two successful SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) technology companies. Bellefield Systems and eBillingHub email@example.com
Keyla Cook - owner, “Casa Brasil”. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedro Quiroga - VP of Operations and Technology, EAFab Inc. Pedro.Quiroga@EAFabCorp.com
Pablo Ardiles - Managing Member, PYCO School of Music and Music Store. email@example.com