Roadmap For Growth: The Impact of Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Monday, March 27, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

As Philadelphia immigrants are 41% more likely to own a business than their U.S. born counterparts, immigrant entrepreneurs have been integral to the growth of the city’s neighborhoods and communities. Clusters of these Main Street business owners - in areas like the Italian Market on Ninth Street, El Centro de Oro on Fifth & Lehigh, and 52nd Street in West Philadelphia - have played a pivotal role in reversing or stabilizing population decline and revitalizing struggling business districts.

Business and civic leaders are invited to join the conversation as we bring together established immigrant business owners across Philadelphia to discuss their lessons learned and guide how we can support future growth and create more opportunity for immigrant entrepreneurship.

This program is part of the City of Philadelphia's Office of Immigrant Affairs first ever Immigrant Business Week (March 27 – April 1).

Joanna Otero-Cruz ,Deputy Managing Director for Community Services, City of Philadelphia
Pedro Ramos, President & CEO, The Philadelphia Foundation

Jude Arijaje, President, Minuteman Press
Mariella Giovanucci, President, Fante's
Dr. Beatriz Mirabal Garces, Owner, Garces Dental Group & Founder, The Garces Foundation
Yasmine Mustafa, CEO, ROAR
Moderated by: Steve Tang, President, University City Science Center

This Event is Closed


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Health & Safety Policy:
The Chamber will take precautions to ensure the health & safety of our guests, abiding guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local laws. If you are ill, experiencing a fever, or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID within 5 days of the program/event, you may not attend in-person programs/events.

Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary and payment is required upon registration. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made with at least 24-hour notice. For live events, walk-ins cannot be accommodated at this time. Tickets will be held at the door and reserved seating for tables of 10 only. For virtual programs, links are sent to pre-registered guests 24 hours prior to program/event via Outlook.

Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs/events are privately sponsored events with a structured format. No demonstrations or other disruptions will be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in the attendee's removal from the premises or virtual program/event without refund, in addition to possible legal remedies.

Photo Policy:
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional purposes in connection with the Chamber and its Councils.


Contact Andrew Fink at


View Attending Organizations »


Rachel Robinson, Vice President, Design of @thinkcompany, dives into the importance of companies rethinking their core values while making the process inclusive of diverse perspectives, especially from their employees. Read more: #DiversityPHL

Congratulations to our partners at @Philaworks on their successful bid for the @USA_EDA’s #GoodJobsChallenge! We look forward to our continuing partnership as we build more inclusive talent solutions for our region’s growing industries. Learn more:

"The @YoungProfessionalsCouncil provides such a unique opportunity to learn and grow as an individual as well as to help to develop the Philadelphia business community." Jessi Sheridan of @DPhiEIHQ reflects on her time as the @ypcPHL Board Chair:

Sign up

My Benefit Advisor
Go to Top