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Dreaming America: Immigrant Business Owners Tell Their Stories

For many immigrants, the pinacle of “making it” in the U.S. is owning your own business.

A 2011 study showed that immigrant business owners in New York City outnumbered native-born business owners in all five boroughs, many owning small, family businesses.

As part of of the Fi2W magazine “Redefining the American Dream” our reporters collected stories for a new collection on the Cowbird multimedia platform. Read, listen, and see images from just a few of the thousands of immigrant business owners in New York City.

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Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation and the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation. The Fi2W Magazine was made possible in part by The Media Consortium and the Voqal Fund.

AboutFeet in Two Worlds
Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants. Feet in Two Worlds reporters appear on nationally-distributed public radio programs including PRI’s The World, Studio 360, and The Takeaway, American Public Media’s Marketplace and NPR’s Latino USA, as well as on public radio stations WNYC, New York Public Radio, and WDET in Detroit.