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The Launch of A Playbook for Scaling Latino-Owned Businesses: A Publication of the Aspen Institute Forum on Latino Business Growth


Of the 4.65 million Latino-owned businesses (LOBs) in the United States (which generate an estimated $700 billion per year), just three percent have scaled to $1 million dollars or more in revenue. If LOBs were to scale at the same rate as White-owned businesses an estimated $1.47 trillion dollars could be added to the economy.

Building upon a prior convening and report, participants of the Aspen Institute Forum on Latino-Owned Business Growth developed A Playbook For Scaling Latino-Owned Businesses, a compilation of “plays” in four key areas that stakeholders – including public officials, corporate entities, capital providers, and entrepreneur supporters – can implement to increase the contribution of LOBs to the American economy.

Join us for the launch of our new publication, A Playbook For Scaling Latino-Owned Businesses!


8:30AM Breakfast
9:00AM Welcome
               Elliot Gerson, The Aspen Institute
               Gaddi Vasquez, Latinos & Society Program
               Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Latinos & Society Program
               Maria Samaniego, Latinos & Society Program

9:20AM Panel 1: Expand Market Opportunities/Increase Access to Financial Capital

               Ted Archer, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
               Mónica Peraza-O’QuigleyThe Etho
               Ramiro Cavazos, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
               Dan Letendre, Bank of America
               Jean Horstman, StepBack Collaborative

10:35AM Panel 2: Influence Operating Environment/Fast Track High-Growth Opportunities
                Mekaelia DavisSurdna Foundation
                Regina Heyward,Wells Fargo
                Carlos GarcíaFinhabits
                Laura SimãoGoldman Sachs
                Claire Kramer Mills, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

11:45PM Closing
                Henry Childs II, Minority Business Development Agency
                Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Latinos & Society Program

Event information
Thu Feb 13, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The Aspen Institute
2300 N St NW, Suite #800
Washington, DC