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Although the streets of America have never actually been paved with gold, the pervasive dream of “making it big” here persists among newcomers. Thousands of successful American entrepreneurs weren’t born in the U.S., and there shouldn’t be a wall between immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs and business financing.
According to Fundera, 28 percent of all “main street” businesses are owned by immigrants. These businesses are the kinds of providers most people visit all the time – grocery stores, nail salons, restaurants, clothing and liquor stores and more. Nearly half of all business growth from 2000 to 2013 was due to immigrant business owners.
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who doesn’t have a long financial history in this country, here are the funding sources you should know about.