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Entrepreneurship and the Cuban American Enclave in Miami

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Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Virtual Event

FIU Cuban Research Institute, Center for International Business Education and Research, and Steven J. Green School of International Public Affairs presents: "Entrepreneurship and the Cuban American Enclave in Miami"

In 1969, exiled Cubans had established 1,764 business firms in Miami-Dade County. By 2007, the number of Cuban-owned firms in the county had risen to 117,798. In 2012, the latest available annual survey, Cubans owned 160,723 firms in Miami-Dade County, helping to make it one of the largest concentrations of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States, together with New York City and Los Angeles.

What factors contributed to the rapid expansion of Cuban entrepreneurship in Miami? How did Cuban exiles build one of the most successful economic enclaves in the history of the United States? How did they promote the emergence of Miami as one of the main gateway cities in relation to Latin America and the Caribbean? What "lessons" can be gleaned from the Cuban American entrepreneurial experience?

In this webinar, two renowned experts will discuss the spectacular growth of Cuban-owned businesses in Miami since the 1960s.



Alejandro Portes, Professor of Law and Distinguished Scholar of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami; Howard Harrison and Gabrielle S. Beck Professor of Sociology (Emeritus), Princeton University

Sergio Díaz-Briquets, Independent Researcher


Part of the "Cuba and the Professions" series, made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant.

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