"Your Business, Your Future! A Basic Guide to Launching a Business for Immigrant Entrepreneurs" was created to assist community-based organizations providing business services for immigrant communities. It offers a breakdown of the various options available for forming and operating a business in New York State, and compares their requirements and associated fees and taxes, to help entrepreneurs decide which type of business structure best fits their situation.
While immigrants are more than twice as likely as U.S.-born citizens to start a business, there are few resources specifically dedicated to assisting immigrant business owners. The lack of clear and accessible information about starting a business is an issue for all entrepreneurs but especially for immigrants given the language and cultural obstacles they face. This guide was created by the New York Immigration Coalition and Pratt Center for Community Development, as part of an effort to increase access to clear information and resources for immigrant entrepreneurs in New York.
The publication of this guide was generously funded by Capital One, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, the New York City Council and the Speaker’s Office, through the New York Immigration Coalition’s Key to the City Initiative.