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“Small business enterprises and Latino entrepreneurship: An enclave or mainstream activity in South Texas?”

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  • Michael J. Pisani

    () (Central Michigan University)

  • Joseph M. Guzman

    (Michigan State University)

  • Chad Richardson

    (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

  • Carlos Sepulveda

    (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

  • Lyonel Laulié

    (Wayne State University)

Abstract

We surveyed 298 Latino small businesses in South Texas, a minority-majority region, in the summer of 2010. The survey focused on Latino entrepreneurship, and in this paper, we report findings associated with business start-up, immigration status of the entrepreneur, the sphere of business operations within formal or informal markets, the role of language in business operations, and the impact of the US-Mexico border in business success. We explore Latino entrepreneurship in the region as an enclave or mainstream activity developing a typology of business income chances associated with immigration documentation and business start-up rationale. Lastly, using multivariate analysis, we find gender, financial access, residence, and business language significant determinants in business orientation between necessity-driven and opportunity-driven Latino enterprises.

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  • Michael J. Pisani & Joseph M. Guzman & Chad Richardson & Carlos Sepulveda & Lyonel Laulié, 2017. "“Small business enterprises and Latino entrepreneurship: An enclave or mainstream activity in South Texas?”," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 295-323, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jinten:v:15:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s10843-017-0203-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s10843-017-0203-6
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    1. Pedro Orraca & Martin Ramirez-Urquidy & Natanael Ramirez, 2017. "Beyond The Local Market: Mexican Cross-Border Entrepreneurs In The United States," Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 22(04), pages 1-23, December.

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