Latino business owners face unique challenges


Beaverton’s Latino population has increased 40% in the last decade, bringing a surge of new business owners.

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Beaverton’s Latino population has increased 40% in the last decade, bringing a surge of new business owners.

Those owners face unique challenges, say experts in business counseling. Latino business owners often don’t know how to ask for help because of language and cultural barriers, said Malcolm Boswell, one of two Spanish-speaking analysts for WorkSource Oregon, a statewide organization that connects workers and businesses with job resources. 

Recent immigrants may have limited English language skills and be unfamiliar with complex paperwork such as loans or taxes. Some distrust government and withdraw from public resources for fear that their immigration status may be threatened, Boswell said.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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