Op-ed | Where do our small businesses go from here?

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Each year for 30 days, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity to recognize the many contributions this diverse population has made to this nation.

This exponentially increasing and very young demographic group are seizing their opportunity to start businesses that meet the needs of their communities, create jobs, and provide much needed economic development in the nation.

Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. They own and operate more than 350,000 businesses nationwide and employ over 3 million people. In my Region alone, Hispanics own more than 13% of businesses statewide.

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