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As anyone who ever started a business can tell you, it's not easy. For individuals
who have immigrated to the United States from other countries, the challenges can
be even greater. Two-thirds of immigrants to Arkansas are Latino. These immigrants
and their children represent the fastest growing demographic group in our state. The
entrepreneurial spirit of these new Arkansans is clearly visible to anyone driving
our cities and towns. Latino-owned business can be found in urban and rural communities
To better understand the business challenges faced by Latino immigrants, University
of Arkansas researchers interviewed 171 business owners representing 200 business
in 26 counties across the state. The top five barriers identified include:
The study also examined demographic characteristics of Latino entrepreneurs and characteristics
of their businesses.
To learn more, read our summary fact sheet (also available in Spanish) or the full report.
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service welcomes the opportunity
to partner with communities and organizations interested in offering customized training
for entrepreneurial development. To find out more about how we can work with you to
offer training in your community, contact your county Cooperative Extension office
or call (501) 671-2072.
We recently partnered with local organizations to offer a series of educational workshops
for Latino entrepreneurs in DeQueen and Danville, Arkansas. Based on participant interests,
training topics included:
Trainings were provided in Spanish and involved local businesses and service providers
as well as county Cooperative Extension Service personnel. In Danville, an important
training partner was the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
at Arkansas Tech University.
To learn more about how to be effective at providing training and outreach to Latino
audiences, read our fact sheet (also available in Spanish).
As part of our mission to improve the quality of life of all Arkansans, the University
of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has developed and compiled a variety of
publications to help Latino entrepreneurs overcome business-related barriers. These
resources are useful for anyone interested in starting a new business or strengthening
an existing business.
The Entrepreneurial Development Targeting Rural Hispanic Immigrants Project was funded
in 2008 through a three-year grant from the USDA National Research Initiative. It
is a collaborative research and extension project of the School of Human Environmental
Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service in Little Rock. The project has two purposes:
For more information about this project, contact Dr. Stacy McCullough (firstname.lastname@example.org).