November 12, 2012. GMA, which bills itself as “the go-to site for Filipinos everywhere,” ran this profile of Filipina fashion designer Josie Natori, putting her success in context using FPI’s report on immigrant business owners.
“There is no better place in the world for an immigrant to succeed than in the US. Follow your dream and make it happen,” Natori shared her advice to immigrant entrepreneurs in the article. Referring to a June report from the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Initiative, Browne noted that more than one in six small business owners in the US is an immigrant.
FPI said immigrants are 13 percent of the population and 16 percent of the labor force. FPI also reported that immigrant women are more likely than US-born women to be business owners. “In general, women have made modest progress since 1990 toward closing the gender gap in business ownership, with immigrant women leading the way,” the report said.