Studies of the Allston Village, East Boston and Fields Corner Neighborhoods in Boston
- Immigrants, by a significant margin, in every national Census since 1880, have been more likely to be self-employed than the native-born population. Likewise, the expansion of the immigrant population in Boston has lead to an increase in immigrant-founded businesses.
- The immigrant entrepreneurs in Fields Corner, Allston Village and East Boston contribute to the economy and quality of life by
- Reviving commerce and investment in areas that had economically declined;
- Providing needed products and services for immigrants and the native-born alike;
- Addressing the particular needs of distinct ethnic niches;
- Incubating new businesses and mentoring new entrepreneurs;
- Attracting new customers;
- Providing employment opportunities;
- Enhancing the physical quality and appearance of buildings; and,
- Enhancing public safety
- These businesses were most likely to be financed by the owners and their families and were not connected to mainstream business associations or government assistance programs.
- Entrepreneurs in Allston Village reflected the ethnic diversity of that area. Fields Corner and East Boston are less diverse and the businesses were founded by Vietnamese immigrants and Hispanics respectively.
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