State of Latino Entrepreneurship

State of Latino Entrepreneurship 2016: Research Report

Stanford Graduate School of Business, Latino Business Action Network

First published February 2016

With this report, the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) shares research from its 2016 Survey of U.S. Latino Business Owners. By examining issues specifically related to Latino entrepreneurs and the state of Latino-owned businesses, this report expands upon existing studies, including the 2015 State of the Latino Entrepreneurship report. Our data comes from a new, unique survey on U.S.-based Latino entrepreneurs meant to supplement and extend data available through the Kauffman Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau. The report and data provide academic researchers, policymakers, and business leaders with insights into U.S. Latino-owned businesses and the barriers they face to economic success.

SLEI is an initiative housed within the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) and is led collaboratively by Stanford GSB and the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN). SLEI explores and expands our knowledge of the Latino entrepreneurship segment in the U.S. economy through research, knowledge dissemination, and facilitated collaboration.

The initiative aims to:

  • Grow the research database of more than 1.3 million U.S. Latino-owned businesses and survey panel of over 4,900 independent companies
  • Advance knowledge and discourse by disseminating the results of research findings
  • Provide educational opportunities for Latino entrepreneurs


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