"DIY: Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Doing It for Themselves" is a study funded by Metcalf Foundation, and produced by North York Community House in partnership with Public Interest.
Findings of this study are based on a review of literature on immigrant needs, and models to support immigrant entrepreneurs, as well as interviews with 100 immigrants entrepreneurs and several service providers in this area. The research indicates that increasingly, immigrants are starting small businesses due to challenges they face finding traditional employment, as well as to supplement their household income.
This is a highly diverse group of motivated individuals who require support tailored to their gender, background and previous business experience. Strong mentors and networks are shown to be instrumental supports -- an important finding for service providers who offer programs designed to help immigrant entrepreneurs succeed.