NEW YORK, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in New York grew three times faster than all businesses, according to the Office of theNew York State Comptroller, generating $18.2 billion in sales in the ten-year period between 1997 and 2007. As New York's economic recovery continues to add jobs*, it is clear that Hispanic businesses play a key role. But many of New York's Hispanic business owners may be lacking knowledge of and access to tools to help them create a more solid financial future for themselves and their families, according to a study sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).
The study findings will be presented Thursday evening and expert panelists from local media, investment and venture capital firms will be on hand to shed light on how local Hispanic entrepreneurs are faring. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Muse Hotel, 130 West 46th Street.
The research study—Business Owner Perspectives: 2011 Insights in an Uncertain Economy—showed that Hispanic business owners value family, community and independence, which serve as motivators for Hispanics in pursuing their American Dream as business owners:
But even as the cultural values of Hispanic business owners have motivated them to start their businesses, their long-term ability to provide for their families and communities may be in danger. Hispanic business owners are worried about meeting both their business and personal financial goals:
Also troubling is the lack of future planning when it comes to the eventual sale or transition of businesses. The good news is that Hispanic business owners know to whom they want to pass on their businesses: seven in ten say to a family member (vs. just over half of general population business owners), yet
"Latinos in New York City have long understood the meaning of the 'American Dream,'" said MassMutual's Stephen Grossman, General Manager of a New York City office, Financial Marketing Partners. "As business owners, they put incredible pressure on their shoulders to succeed, not just for themselves, but for the good of their families. The good news is that many already know they want to transition their businesses to the next generation; they just need to understand the advantages of having a formal succession plan, the information and tools to help them improve their ability to reach that dream," he concluded.
"In our 40-year history, there has never been a greater economic or business need than now to build future Latino business leaders," said Manny Espinoza, ALPFA chief executive officer, with national headquarters based in New York City. ALPFA—a professional organization for Latinos in business, finance, accounting and related fields—is dedicated to enhancing career opportunities, as well as building leadership and professional skills.
For more information on MassMutual's Business Owner Perspectives study, log on to massmutual.com/bizownerperspectives or see this video. For Spanish-language information about MassMutual and its financial professionals, visit massmutual.com/multicultural/spanish. To learn more about ALPFA, log on to alpfa.org.
*New York StateDepartment of Labor, June 14, 2012.
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