JPMorgan Chase is now a corporate sponsor of the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) to support Hispanic and Latino business owners, nationally. LBAN is a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit that partners with Stanford University to empower Latino entrepreneurship across the country. JPMorgan Chase’s sponsorship will support the three core pillars of LBAN:
- Foundational research: explores challenges and opportunities for U.S. Latino entrepreneurship nationally, aiming to inform and influence policies.
- Business Scaling Program at Stanford: transformative scaling program for Latino Business owners from across the U.S., empowering them to scale their companies to the next level.
- Ecosystem Development: cultivating networks of LBAN alumni, mentors, capital providers, and partners to improve access to capital and government and corporate contracts.
“We are grateful for the leadership that JPMorgan Chase is showing to support Hispanic and Latino business owners across the country,” says Arturo Cazares, CEO of LBAN, “JPMorgan Chase is demonstrating a strong commitment to Latinos and the American economy. JPMorgan Chase is a powerful addition to our ecosystem and will help advance entrepreneurship nationally by bringing access to resources and capital to Latino and Latina business owners.”
Latinos created almost 5 million businesses in the U.S. and are creating new companies faster than other groups. Those companies are young and growing revenues faster than the average. However, Latino entrepreneurs face extra and sometimes unfair challenges with access to opportunities and resources, including capital, expertise, and networking. Addressing these challenges is vital; LBAN’s research shows that when U.S. Latino-owned businesses reach the average size of U.S. businesses, this will add trillions of dollars to the American economy.
“Supporting Latino entrepreneurs translates into a stronger economy for all,” says Silvana Montenegro, Global Head of Advancing Hispanics & Latinos. “We are proud to join forces with the Latino Business Action Network to support the unique research and technical assistance programs that will help unlock the success and potential of Latino business owners across the country.”
Throughout this year, JPMorgan Chase will provide in-person and virtual programming to Latino entrepreneurs including workshops on how to leverage corporate supplier diversity programs and business roundtables for Latino entrepreneurs. This collaboration is part of the ongoing efforts led by JPMorgan Chase to drive inclusive economic growth and access to close the racial wealth gap for those who have been traditionally underserved, including Black and Hispanic and Latino communities.
JPMorgan Chase’s support commenced at LBAN’s 8th annual State of Latino Entrepreneurship Summit recently held at Stanford, where JPMorgan Chase’s representatives spoke on the importance of access to capital for Latino entrepreneurs and small business owners. The discussion touched also touched on the progress and impact of the firm’s $30 billion Racial Equity Commitment. LBAN and Stanford cohosted the summit, presented their foundational Latino entrepreneurship research, and convened panel discussions on access to capital and contracts.