January 24, 2014
(MIAMI, FL) – A gathering here today of 100 Hispanic business leaders examined the impact of government policy on Latino-owned business – the fastest growing business segment in the nation. And according to Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus, these businesses are an important measure of the impact of Washington policies like Obamacare.
“Even in this painfully slow economy, Hispanics start businesses at twice the rate of the average American,” said Marcus, who founded the national Job Creators Network (JCN), which hosted the meeting. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush were also slated to headline the discussion.
“With these business leaders on the leading edge of job creation, I’ve been amazed that there’s precious little information out there on how they’re surviving Washington’s job killing policies,” Marcus said. “This annual summit is a first step toward understanding and encouraging this important sector.”
“As Washington creates road block after road block to economic success in the private sector, the mission and the work of the Job Creators Network are only becoming more important,” said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. “I want to thank my friend, Bernie Marcus, and all of the leaders and members of JCN for defending our free enterprise system and fighting bad government policies. This first annual Hispanic Business Leadership Summit is a great opportunity to focus on ways to grow our economy in the coming years.”
The most recent Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity found that immigrants are nearly 90 percent more likely to start a new business than native-born Americans. United States Census information proves Latinos – immigrants or native-born – are the most entrepreneurial demographic in the nation, starting new businesses at a 33 percent greater rate than Americans as a whole. A recent Hispanic Chamber of Commerce study also proved the number of Hispanic business are growing faster in the southeast United States than almost any other region.
The Job Creators Networks’ Hispanic Business Leadership Summit kicks off a series of annual private sector meetings designed to document the Hispanic CEO’s experience with government and help drive policy changes to help these leaders create jobs.
ABOUT JOB CREATORS NETWORK
Job Creators Network (JCN) is the voice of real job creators that has been missing from the debate on jobs and our economic crisis. JCN members talk about paychecks, not politics, helping the public, policymakers and employees understand how to create jobs. For more information please visit www.JobCreatorsNetwork.com.