Small Business, Big Dreams

cover page of small business, big dreams reportSmall Business, Big Dreams: A Survey of Economic Development Organizations and Their Small Business Clients in Low-Income Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

National CAPACD

First published March 2019

Small Business, Big Dreams profiles nine National CAPACD members that serve AAPI small business clients in low-income communities across the country. The work of these community-based organizations is critical to maintaining and promoting the vitality of AAPI neighborhoods. This report provides a more nuanced narrative about the challenges to wealth building through entrepreneurship in low-income AAPI communities.

National CAPACD analyzed available federal data on small businesses and collected primary data from our membership to supplement this analysis. In addition, we conducted client surveys and key stakeholder interviews, allowing us to assess entrepreneurship from the provider and consumer sides within the AAPI community.

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