Latinx Owned Business

Hossein Ghaem

“Immigrants are walking through your doors every day, using their hard-earned income to support businesses and our local economy. This spending and support help further sustain our regional economic prosperity in more than commercial ways.” 

That’s Guillermo Cisneros, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, reacting to the report, which was published by the New American Economy in conjunction with the City of Grand Rapids and other partners. It provides a snapshot of the economic impact foreign-born immigrants bring to Kent County. 

Christine Siracusa

Evangelina Abundis and her husband Oswaldo Cordova have owned El Globo Restaurant for the last 14 years. They started the business in 2004 when they both lost their factory jobs. 

“It was easier to start a business that to get a different job. But we didn’t realize that once inside you learn everything it takes to successfully run a  business, its not just about opening it up.” 

At the time, neither of them had any experience running a business—so they started small – out of a store front at the 28thSt. Mega Mall in Grand Rapids.