REGION: A Third of Inland Small-Business Owners are Immigrants

The Press-Enterprise
June 13, 2012

In an Indiana Avenue strip mall just off Highway 91 in Riverside, there’s an Egyptian-run dry cleaner, a Thai-owned postal-services shop, a Mexican-operated Christian bookstore, a Chinese foot-massage business, a Cambodian-owned deli and an Egyptian-run pizza cafe. Only one business in the center has a U.S.-born owner.

Such concentrations of immigrant-owned businesses are increasingly common in the Inland area.

Nearly a third of small-business owners in the region are immigrants, more than double the percentage of two decades ago, a new study finds.

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