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In the development of Hispanic-owned business access to capital, what is the most commonly used funding vehicle? *
Family, friends 65.0%
Home Equity 17.5%
Credit Cards 7.5%
Equity Funding 5.0%
Federal Funding 2.5%
DND 17.5%

How can access to this funding be increased? *
Federal Programs 27.5%
Education 22.5%
Information Outreach 17.5%
Policy Changes 12.5%
Hispanic Community Involvement 12.5%
DND 22.5%

How much has the Hispanic business community contributed to the strength of your local Hispanic community as a whole?
Great contribution 25.0%
Fair contribution 35.0%
Minimum contribution 25.0%
Not sure 12.5%
DND 2.5%

How would you rate government diversity programs in helping Hispanic workers participate in the U.S. economy?
Very effective 5.0%
Effective 20.0%
Not very effective 55.0%
Not effective at all 5.0%
Not sure 7.5%
No Response 7.5%

How would you rate corporate diversity programs in helping Hispanic workers?
Very effective 2.5%
Effective 22.5%
Not Very Effective 60.0%
Not effective at all 5.0%
Not sure 2.5%
No Response 7.5%

Have you encountered discrimination?
Yes 57.5%
No 30.0%
DND 12.5%
If yes, in what areas have you encountered discrimination?*
School/education 8.7%
Promotions/hiring 39.1%
Lending/access to capital 17.4%
Supplier Relations 4.3%
Public services 8.7%
Housing 4.3%
Other 17.3%
DND 21.7%

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to growth of Hispanic-owned businesses today?
Lack of access to capital 62.5%
Lack of development assistance 17.5%
Insufficient skilled labor 7.5%
Discrimination 2.5%
Lack of Education 2.5%
Other 2.5%
No Response 5.0%


*Total add to more than 100% because multiple responses were permitted.
DND: Did Not Disclose



Source: HispanTelligence for HispanicBusiness.com


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