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This edition: Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 7, 2007.

DURING THIS EDITION OF CITYWIDE, THE SERIES THEME "DOING BUSINESS IN NEW YORK CITY," TURNS TO THE SUBJECT OF IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS.   SERIES HOST KEN FISHER SPEAKS WITH JONATHAN BOWLES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NON PROFIT THINK-TANK CENTER FOR AN URBAN FUTURE, WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF A NEW STUDY OF IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS, AND JOYCE MOY, THE DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AT CUNY'S LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

BOWLES OUTLINES SOME OF THE KEY FINDINGS OF THE MAJOR STUDY, AND MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THIS ECONOMIC SECTOR IS FAR MORE SIGNIFICANT AND GROWING THAN MOST REALIZE, AND IS NO LONGER JUST MADE UP OF TINY IMMIGRANT BUSINESSES.

MOY EXPLAINED THAT IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS HAVE NEEDS THAT ARE CRUCIAL AS THEY DEVELOP THEIR BUSINESSES, AND TELLS THE STORY OF HOW ONE INCORRECTLY TRANSLATED WORD IN A LEGAL AGREEMENT CREATED MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR A BUSINESS OWNER.

Guest List

Jonathan Bowles Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future

Ken Fisher Host, CityWide

Joyce Moy Director, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

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