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.