“Hispanic-owned businesses account for nearly 10 percent of all businesses in New York State, and that number continues to grow,” DiNapoli said. “The Hispanic business community is a force to be reckoned with and an important source of new jobs, particularly in New York City. We have to make sure these businesses are given every opportunity to grow, thrive and create new jobs.”
DiNapoli’s report found that Hispanic businesses have a high concentration in the services industry, specifically in the professional, personal, health and social service sectors. Although the numbers of Hispanic businesses in the finance and information sectors are low, they continue to show a rapid growth trend.
DiNapoli’s report also shows that in 2002, about 73,000 Hispanic firms in New York were owned by women. This accounted for 45 percent of all Hispanic-owned businesses in the state. Although data on the number of woman-owned Hispanic businesses is not available for 2007, the number of firms owned by women in general grew by 17.7 percent between 2002 and 2007.
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