Restaurants are the Fabric of America

Posted 4.22.2018

The restaurant and foodservice industry is one of the most diverse industries in America. It is the leader when it comes to providing entrepreneurial opportunities, offering training experience, and many pathways to success for men and women of all ethnicities and backgrounds. For example, the industry boasts more minority managers than any other industry. In addition, more than 80 percent of restaurant owners started in an entry-level position within the industry. The new restaurants these entrepreneurs open add to the vibrancy of communities and the U.S.’s small business sector – firms with less than 20 workers comprise 89.4 percent of the economy. In short, they are the small businesses that give our communities culture, character, and heart.

The professional skills gained while working in the restaurant industry are applicable to all careers. This is important to highlight, since the U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority nation for the first time in 2043. The following represents key minority ownership and growth opportunity data:

80 Percent
Restaurant owners who started in an entry-level position within the industry.

40 Percent
Increase in the number of restaurants owned by women in the past five years (50 percent of restaurant owners are women).

51 Percent
Increase in the number of restaurants owned by Hispanics in the past five years.

59 Percent
Increase in the number of restaurants owned by African-Americans in the past five years.

23 Percent
Percentage of restaurant workers who are immigrants.

Immigrant Owners
Immigrants are more likely to be business owners in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

29 Percent
Percentage of immigrant-owned businesses in the combined restaurant/hotel sector, compared to just 14 percent of all U.S. firms.

Minority Managers
The restaurant industry boasts more minority managers than any other industry.

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