Between 2002 and 2013, the number of Hispanic businesses in the United States almost doubled.
According to the US Census Bureau, by the end of 2013 the number of Hispanic-owned businesses will reach 3.2 million. Just recently a trailer carrying no less than 19 tons of dried peppers, mole sauce and corn leaves to make the popular Mexican tamales recently left the State of Zacatecas, Mexico, to deliver its goods at markets in Los Angeles, California.
The fact that Hispanic businesses -- in particular Mexico´s -- have grown exponentially in the last decade is already a well known fact. What is surprising is the fact that the largest growth is now occurring not along the Pacific Coast, but in South Atlantic states like Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida – and, of course, Michigan (while not exactly on the South Atlantic area, still an important hub to Hispanic immigrants statewide).
These mostly small businesses offer a variety of products and services, from a new Hispanic Business Radio, to restaurants and auto parts.
According to the US Department of State: “Cooperation between the United States and Mexico along the common border includes state and local problem-solving mechanisms; transportation planning; and institutions to address resource, environment and health issues. ..”.
“The two countries also have cooperated on telecommunications services in the border area for 50 years”, states the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Fact Sheet. Through the High Level Economic Dialogue, the US and Mexico strive to elevate and strengthen this important bilateral economic relationship directly responsible for a mutual economic growth, job creation in both countries, and increase competitiveness worldwide.
And in May 2013, both countries formed the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research to increase access to “quality post-secondary education among traditionally underserved demographic groups, especially in STEM fields”.
Michigan continues to be the third most important trading partner for Mexico among the 50 United States, and with a rising number of Hispanics in the state working for local companies and expanding or opening new businesses, the resulting intercultural interaction can only benefit Michigan´s economy.
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Holland Michigan International Relations Commission are keeping busy, as Hispanic businesses in Michigan are flourishing not only in Wayne County, but surprisingly (again!) in West Michigan, in cities like Holland, Grand Rapids and Muskegon.
On October 8th, 2013, the Society of Hispanic Business Owners and Professionals will celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month with Michigan´s current and former Hispanic elected officials at the Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing.
The automotive industry is also aiming to expand and take advantage of Hispanic talent and workforce in the State of Michigan.
During the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month, Ford Motor Company joined television station PBS to present a six hour documentary series on Latino Americans narrated by Law & Order Hispanic actor Benjamin Bratt. The series will air on three consecutive Tuesdays (Sept. 17, 24, and October 1, from 8pm to 10 pm ET). It will also broadcast nationally in Spanish on Vme beginning September 20th.
Welcome to the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month!