Field Hearing: Fostering the American Dream: How SBA Can Empower Immigrant Small Business Owners

Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations (Committee on Small Business)

Friday, November 8, 2019 (10:00 AM local time)

Rosemead City Hall
8838 East Valley Boulevard
Rosemead, CA 91770
The United States is currently home to over 43 million immigrants and over 3 million have started small businesses. These companies pay an estimated $126 billion in wages to six million people and generate over $65 billion in income. Recognizing their economic contributions, the hearing will focus on how the federal government can better assist immigrant entrepreneurs desiring to start a small business. Members will learn why immigrants are more likely to start new businesses but less likely to have access to traditional sources of capital, and how the Small Business Administration’s programs, such as entrepreneurial development and lending programs like the Community Advantage program can help immigrant business owners succeed.


Ms. Rachelle Arizmendi
Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer, Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Donald J. Loewel, MBA
Director, Small Businesses Development Center, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA

Ms. Tatiana Bonilla
President, Andrew Design Group, Inc., Pasadena, CA

Mr. Amir Salahi
Founder & CEO, Energy Advisor Hub, Pasadena, CA

Added 11/05/2019 at 10:52 AM

Hearing Record

  • Hearing Notice [PDF] Added 11/05/2019 at 10:52 AM
  • Hearing: Witness List [PDF] Added 11/05/2019 at 10:52 AM

First Published: November 1, 2019 at 11:17 AM
Last Updated: November 5, 2019 at 10:52 AM