White House Task Force Releases Recommendations on Immigration

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A White House task force on immigration released an “initial strategic plan” last week to help strengthen existing pathways to naturalization and promote entrepreneurial growth. The plan, Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration, contains several recommendations to encourage entrepreneurial growth among immigrants:

  • Develop training courses and outreach materials including the SBA’s new “101” classes in targeted cities with concentrations of immigrants and refugees, in collaboration with local partners. SBA will also create a new Small Business Smart toolkit to help underserved immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs understand business and financial fundamentals to assist them in becoming lender-ready.
  • Launch “Made It in America” campaign to highlight notable new American entrepreneurs who have used SBA as a small business resource.
  • Promote immigrant entrepreneurship through the President’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).
  • Launch Business Sunday events, a collaboration between Commerce and SBA, that focus on promoting local economic growth and job creation by connecting congregations and communities with business development resources offered by the federal government.

The recommendations are government driven and seem more targeted at lifting up nascent immigrant entrepreneurs and begin to address some of the challenges they face, outlined in a Growthology post last week from Emily Fetsch. However, more needs to be done to tackle the questions surrounding high-growth, high-impact immigrant entrepreneurship. 


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Mark Marich

Mark Marich is the executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Since 1998, Marich has provided communications leadership on several national initiatives and more than 100 public forums covering a wide range of policy issues, including: entrepreneurial growth & economic development; health care; renewable energy; telecommunications; regulatory reform; and, workforce development.