“Small business enterprises and Latino entrepreneurship: An enclave or mainstream activity in South Texas?”

Michael J. Pisani, Joseph M. Guzman, Chad Richardson, Carlos Sepulveda, Lyonel Laulié

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Abstract

We surveyed 298 Latino small businesses in South Texas, a minority-majority region, in the summer of 2010. The survey focused on Latino entrepreneurship, and in this paper, we report findings associated with business start-up, immigration status of the entrepreneur, the sphere of business operations within formal or informal markets, the role of language in business operations, and the impact of the US-Mexico border in business success. We explore Latino entrepreneurship in the region as an enclave or mainstream activity developing a typology of business income chances associated with immigration documentation and business start-up rationale. Lastly, using multivariate analysis, we find gender, financial access, residence, and business language significant determinants in business orientation between necessity-driven and opportunity-driven Latino enterprises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-323
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of International Entrepreneurship
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Latino entrepreneurship
  • Opportunity-driven versus necessity-driven enterprises
  • South Texas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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