Written By: Andrea Sanchez-Mendoza
In the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every September 15 to October 15. This month is a time to celebrate and recognize the Hispanic community in the United States. You can contribute to a Latinx organization, volunteer, or support Latinx-owned small businesses this month to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. At Represented Foundation, we are proud of our history of entrepreneurship, and this month we are proud to highlight the contributions Latinos have made to our economy as business owners.
Latinx entrepreneurs are growing, but the real problem that has been revealed in this study is that these small businesses start small and remain small. While putting up a fight against systemic racism, Latinx entrepreneurs have a hard time scaling and growing their businesses. Despite limited opportunities, and resources Latinos still manage to open more small businesses than anyone else.
As a Latina I am so proud that this month has shown the world that Latinos are more than the stereotypes placed upon us. The American dream is often the goal of many Latinx entrepreneurs who cross the border. I believe that every Latinx has the spirit of an entrepreneur inside them that is embodied by watching their family work odd jobs to make ends meet as a child. Among Latinos, entrepreneurship is valued, because they are aware of the sacrifices they have made and the hard work they put in every day to provide for their families.