Immigrant-Owned Small Businesses & Local Food Economy Report

All for All
Date of Publication: 
January, 2019
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In the past decade, immigrant owned food businesses have revitalized Pittsburgh's main streets, increased access to culturally diverse foods, and created jobs in communities across the Pittsburgh area. Throughout the spring and summer of 2018, All for All interviewed the owners of 40 immigrant-owned businesses ‒ restaurants, markets, food trucks, and catering and popup businesses ‒ to get a sense of the challenges and successes in becoming an entrepreneur as an immigrant in Pittsburgh.

Immigrant-Owned Small Businesses & Local Food Economy Report captures the stories of the 40 participants interviewed for this study, and renders visible specific areas of recommended focus for regional organizations and institutions to make their policies, resources, and community engagement more equitable. The recommendations presented in this report will make entrepreneurship more attainable for aspiring and established immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners, so that they can continue to make valuable contributions to our main streets and create jobs in our neighborhoods without jumping over hurdles that are sometimes disproportionately high.

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