Hispanic Heritage Month: Identifying successes and barriers to Hispanic-owned businesses

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15-October 15 in the U.S. to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the U.S. Among many areas, Hispanic Americans have and continue to shape the U.S. economy and culture through small business and entrepreneurship.

There are about 5 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that contribute over $800 billion to the U.S. economy annually, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Moreover, about 25% of new businesses in the U.S. today are Latin-owned, and they are major drivers of job creation.

In saying this, funding can often be an obstacle for minority-owned businesses, particularly Hispanic-owned businesses. According to JPMorgan Chase, when Latinx entrepreneurs start a business, 70% of their funding comes from personal savings and 6% comes from commercial loans.

Hispanic-owned enterprises are less likely than non-Hispanic owned companies to be approved for large loans, particularly from larger banks. Rising Tide exists to bridge that gap and increase Hispanic-owned access to funding.

Here is a list of resources and funding opportunities for Hispanic-owned businesses: