Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship
Accelerate El Paso is an initiative developed through a partnership between the City of El Paso and local business organizations focusing on developing the region’s minority business community through a $100,000 grant from Living Cities comprised of funds from the Citi Foundation and other large foundations nationwide. The initiative includes the creation of a program that could enhance the utilization of local resources and local business partners. The City of El Paso partnered with such local business organizations including the Small Business Development Center (El Paso Community College), Workforce Solutions Borderplex, El Paso Chamber, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hub of Human Innovation, El Paso Country Economic Development Office, and Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship (The University of Texas at El Paso). The partners were asked to collaborate as they all share similar goals to expand minority businesses by removing common barriers to markets, barriers to contracts, barriers to capital, barriers to education, and barriers to helping businesses individually through one-to-one consulting.
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This study is focused on identifying characteristics of firms that joined, maintained, or left the membership of a Chamber of Commerce.
The Center supports the business community of professionals, students, and scholars by providing insightful information on the characteristics and needs of Hispanic-owned businesses.
In this research, we want to identify factors contributing to the success of Hispanic Entrepreneurs, gain insights from Hispanic entrepreneurs, and conduct a qualitative study for insight to develop a survey.