Latino Entrepreneurship & the American Dream

Across the United States, Latino entrepreneurship is growing at a faster pace than small businesses owned by non-Hispanics. Yet Latino business owners face significant challenges when looking for capital and a skilled workforce.

What are leaders in government and industry doing to bridge this gap? How can barriers related to lending, training, and growth be eliminated? Hispanic millennials make up one of the youngest demographics in the nation and researchers have found that about 40 percent of Latino businesses are owned by millennials. What role can mentoring play in empowering these young entrepreneurs?

The Hill will convene policymakers, business owners and advocacy groups for a conversation about Hispanic small business ownership trends and the pursuit of the American dream.


  • Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Member, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Congresswoman Jennifer González-Colón (R-PR), Member, House Small Business Committee
  • Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Member, House Small Business Committee
  • Ana Bermudez, Founder & CEO, TAGit
  • Barbara Bird, Emerita Professor of Management, Kogod School of Business, American University
  • Carlos Castro, President & CEO, Todos Supermarket
  • Allen Gutierrez, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Tara Palacios, Director, BizLaunch, Arlington Economic Development
  • Laura Jaramillo, Senior Vice President, Community Relations Manager, Southwest Region, Wells Fargo & Company (Sponsor)
  • Mark L. Madrid, CEO of the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) (Sponsor)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
8:00 AM | Guest Arrival & Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM | Program Begins
10:00 AM | Program Concludes

The Newseum
Knight Broadcast Studio
3rd Floor
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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