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Bank of America Releases Report on Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Bank of America Releases Report on Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Hispanic Entrepreneurs Bullish on 2020 Business Outlook, With Revenue Projections Rising to Four-Year High

Nine in 10 Plan to Grow their Business in the Decade Ahead

U.S. Hispanic small business owners anticipate a decade of robust expansion and growth, expressing a brighter business outlook than their non-Hispanic peers in the year ahead, according to the fourth annual Bank of America Business Advantage 2020 Hispanic Business Owner Spotlight.

The annual study based on a survey of more than 1,000 entrepreneurs across the country reveals:

Outlook remains strong for Hispanic entrepreneurs, exceeding that of their non-Hispanic peers.

  • 89% of Hispanic entrepreneurs plan to expand over the next 12 months (vs. 68% of non-Hispanic entrepreneurs, and up slightly from 87% in 2019).
  • 79% expect their revenue to increase in the year ahead, a four-year high (vs. 57% of non-Hispanic entrepreneurs, and up from 74% in 2019).
  • 45% plan to hire in 2020 (vs. 24% of non-Hispanic entrepreneurs, and down from 51% in 2019).
  • 78% plan to obtain financing over the next 12 months (vs. 49% of non-Hispanic entrepreneurs). The top three ways Hispanic entrepreneurs intend to obtain financing include tapping into personal savings (38%), applying for a bank loan (31%) and using personal credit cards (23%).

“Hispanic entrepreneurs are entering the new decade on a high note, with many pursuing growth strategies — investing in both the year ahead and their long-term future,” said Elizabeth Romero, Small Business Centralized Client Management and Specialty Support executive, Bank of America. “Despite these strong forecasts, most Hispanic entrepreneurs continue to report obstacles to business growth. Bank of America is committed to partnering with Hispanic business owners to address these challenges and help fuel growth for their businesses.”

Hispanic entrepreneurs see the 2020s as a decade of opportunity.
A strong majority of Hispanic business owners (92%) believe the small business environment will strengthen for their community over the next five years, and 90% have set ambitious goals to advance or grow their business in the new decade. Specifically, their top five goals over the next 10 years include: significantly increasing revenue (57%), prioritizing the digital presence of their business (45%), expanding into new markets (34%), significantly increasing staff (30%), and automating business operations (29%).

Hispanic entrepreneurs still bullish, yet confidence in the economy is down slightly year over year.

  • 62% of Hispanic entrepreneurs are confident their local economy will improve in the year ahead (vs. 52% of non-Hispanic entrepreneurs, and down from 68% in 2019).
  • 53% are confident the national economy will improve over the next 12 months (vs. 49% of non-Hispanic entrepreneurs, and down from 59% in 2019).

Economic concerns decline, yet remain elevated over their non-Hispanic counterparts.

  • Health care costs remain the most worrisome economic issue for Hispanic entrepreneurs (63%), though concern fell to the lowest level since the survey began in 2017.
  • Other top concerns of Hispanic business owners in 2020 include the political environment (59%), strength of the U.S. dollar (59%), commodities prices (56%), consumer spending (56%) and interest rates (55%).
  • Compared to their non-Hispanic peers, Hispanic entrepreneurs expressed notably greater concern around commodities prices (56% of Hispanic entrepreneurs vs. 43% of non-Hispanic), credit availability (50% of Hispanic vs. 36% of non-Hispanic) and climate change (45% vs. 34%).

Hispanic business owners cite lack of resources, lack of expertise and access to capital as top barriers.
A sizeable majority of Hispanic entrepreneurs (72%) report that efforts to grow their business face distinct challenges, citing lack of resources (21%), lack of expertise in back office management (21%) and challenges accessing capital (20%) as the top three barriers.

For an in-depth look at the insights of the nation’s Hispanic small business owners, read the full Bank of America Business Advantage 2020 Hispanic Business Owner Spotlight.

Providing a business advantage to small business owners
Bank of America provides advice, solutions, access to capital and dedicated support to meet the unique needs of our 12 million small business owner clients. We originated $9.2 billion in new loans to small business clients in 2019, up 7% from 2018. According to the FDIC, Bank of America also maintained its position as the nation’s top small business lender at the end of the third quarter of 2019, with $37.6 billion in total outstanding small business loans (defined as business loans in original amounts of $1 million and under), up 8% year over year. In 2019, Bank of America booked more than 339,000 low- and moderate-income (LMI) loans totaling $6.3 billion, which was more than half of the company’s total small business lending. The company is a top lender in the SBA’s 504 and 7(a) programs, and a leading investor in community development financial institutions (CDFIs) – with a portfolio of nearly $1.6 billion invested across the U.S., of which, nearly $400 million is invested in CDFIs focused on U.S. small businesses.

Serving the Hispanic-Latino community
Bank of America is proud of its long-standing commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for our employees and supporting diverse customers, communities and businesses around the world. We currently serve 9.5 million Hispanic-Latino clients, and more than 1 million Hispanic-Latino business owners. By the end of 2019, Bank of America had more than 2 million users on its Spanish language mobile app, growing by more than 20% year over year. Additionally, nearly two-thirds of Bank of America financial centers are staffed by employees with bilingual capabilities, and more than 4,000 multilingual teammates staff our financial centers located in LMI areas.

Bank of America Business Advantage 2020 Hispanic Business Owner Spotlight
Ipsos conducted the Bank of America Hispanic Business Owner Spotlight survey online between July 19 and September 6, 2019, using a pre-recruited online sample of Hispanic and non-Hispanic small business owners. Ipsos contacted a national sample of 1,323 small business owners in the United States with annual revenue between $100,000 and $4,999,999 and employing between two and 99 employees, and conducted 428 interviews among Hispanic small business owners. The final results were weighted to national benchmark standards for size, revenue, and region, and, for the Hispanic segment, whether the respondents were primarily English-speaking or Spanish-speaking.

Submitted by Don Vecchiarello, Bank of America

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