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A World of Opportunity: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Economic Growth

At Baruch on Tuesday, Nov. 18

New York, NY, Nov. 14 -- Immigrant entrepreneurs have sparked the revitalization of decaying New York neighborhoods and become a significant engine of economic growth and job creation in cities around the country. But the current economic recession is jeopardizing their often fragile businesses and their key role as innovators and creators of new business ventures.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, in partnership with the Center for an Urban Future, is sponsoring a major conference on the impact these immigrant businessmen and women are having; the specific obstacles they face in starting and growing businesses; and the what policies local and national officials should adopt in order to support this growing under-served segment of the economy. NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn will deliver concluding remarks on this conference theme.

An important segment of this event will be the presentation of a major report on current entrepreneurial trends in the United States, with a focus on how U.S. entrepreneurs are faring in the current economic downturn. Edward Rogoff, Professor of Management at Baruch College and the former director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship, and Elaine Allen, Research Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, will jointly present the GEM 2006-2007 National Assessment for the United States of America which will include a report on U.S. minority business owners and their families as well as comparisons of U.S. and international entrepreneurial trends.

A World of Opportunity: Should New York and Other Cities Look to Immigrant Entrepreneurs as a New Engine for Economic Growth? takes place at the Baruch College Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 14-220, from 8:30 am - 2 pm.

Confirmed speakers include:

Keynote Speaker
Maria De Lourdes Sobrino, founder of Los Angeles-based Lulu's Desserts and author of Thriving Latina Entrepreneurs in America
Panel 1:The National Picture
Fatimah Muhammad, Manager, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Paul Quintero, Chief Operating Officer, ACCION New York and New Jersey
Maria De Lourdes Sobrino, founder of Los Angeles-based Lulu's Desserts
Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
Vivek Wadhwa, Fellow, Harvard Law School; Columnist, Business Week
Jonathan Bowles (moderator), Director, Center for an Urban Future


Panel 2: The New York Experience
Manny Miranda, President, Delicias Andinas
Joyce Moy, Executive Director, Asian American/Asian Research Institute, CUNY
Yanki Tshering, Director, Business Center for New Americans
Victor Vora, Brooklyn-based entrepreneur
Sewell Chan (moderator), Metro Reporter, The New York Times

Concluding Remarks : NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn


This conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Reserve by visiting or 212-479-3341. For additional information about the Center for an Urban Future visit For more about the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship visit

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