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Hispanic Community


Detroit's Hispanic population has more than doubled in the two decades since immigration to the region began in the 1990s. There are an estimated 400,000 Hispanics in Michigan, more than half of whom live in metro Detroit. While many work in the service industry, construction, and landscaping, a significant number have also opened food and restaurant businesses in the area. In the last several years, Detroit's hispanic community has seen some of the largest growth in entrepreneurial ventures and job creation, with a roughly 34 percent increase in Hispanic small business development.
The Latino Press is one of the largest publications serving the Hispanic community.

Hispanic Community Features

Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory

Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory: Building a Business One Chip at a Time

If you've had chips made by the Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory you know that calling them "addictive" would be an understatement. So, how did this hand-made tortilla and chip company spring up in a town as unlikely as Ann Arbor? Read on and the truth will be revealed.

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Green Grocer: Fresh food aplenty in Southwest Detroit

Everyone knows that heading to Southwest Detroit for restaurant food is a smart thing to do. But fresh produce and meats at neighborhood grocers? You bet, says Nicole Rupersburg, who profiles five of the area's best in this report. 

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Q&A: Charo Ledon of Casa Latina

Without a specific local neighborhood to point to, the Washtenaw County Latino community has been somewhat overlooked and under-served. In 2010, Charo Ledón decided to help change some of that dynamic by co-founding Casa Latina. Concentrate chats with her about the changes and challenges that face her community.

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Global Detroit: ProsperUS turns vision into neighborhood action

This new initiative will conduct training sessions in Cody Rouge, North End, and Southwest Detroit, predominantly Arab-American, African-American, and Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods. Ajooni Sethi connects the dots. 

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Detroit SOUP: Like Christmas in July

Get ready for the next Detroit SOUP dinner party and micro granting event Aug. 3 by reading about last month's steamy exercise in hyperlocal social entrepreneurship. Let Amy Kaherl be your guide.

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MI vs SF: The Art Of The Business Plan Competition

One excels at style. The other, substance. But when it comes to nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, both matter. Jon Zemke attends Silicon Valley's quarterly Founder Showcase and our own annual business plan competition, Accelerate Michigan, and finds a clash of both cultures and community.

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Model D Speaker Series: Gentrification

Join us for a frank and honest discussion about gentrification and what it means for Detroit. We plan to engage this topic head-on at our Dec. 14 speaker series event at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. 

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Law Practice helps Latino clients

Attorney Lorenzo García is a recognized and active member of the Detroit Hispanic community. As Co- Founder of Turfe & García, PLLC, García specially enjoys helping Latino clients with varying types of legal matters.

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Business Offers Electrical Service, Bi-Lingual Staff

Rogelio Aguilera, founder of Real Electric Inc., is a recognized member of the Detroit Hispanic community.  Born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, Aguilera came to Detroit in 1972 in search of opportunity.

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Environmental passion leads to successful business

Unlimited Recycling, Inc., founder Maria Marin-McInturf is a successful business owner committed to her mission.  Her company is a “One-Stop-Shop” specializing in waste management and recycling services for universal, industrial, hazardous and non-hazardous waste.  The high demand and awareness in waste reduction and universal recycling has given the company an opportunity to expand services into the solid waste industry, and now offer dumpster rental and roll-off services.


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Detroit native artistically serving Southwest community

It is no surprise that Jessica Hernandez has made a successful career in music and in business. She's a young talented member of a new generation of the Hernandez family, who are highly recognized within the Hispanic community for their different businesses and continuous involvement in the development of the Southwest Detroit community. 

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Real Mexican Fare

A unique experience in Mexican food is when you choose "Mi Pueblo" restaurant in Detroit.   Founder, Jesus Lopez, "Don Chuy" as he's well known, had the vision to bring to Metro Detroit a truly authentic Mexican restaurant. Besides the great food, Lopez made sure all the details would make his customers feel at home, the place is a colorful setting of archways and murals of Mexican scenes.

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Practice specializes in immigration law, serves the Hispanic community

C and C Law offers the services of counsel who is both a licensed Michigan attorney and a Certified Public Accountant ("CPA"). The firm specializes in immigration law, including matters pertaining to  family petitions, naturalization, protected status, and deportation. Its staff is equipped to offer services in the English and Spanish languages. 

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Agency in southwest Detroit offers more than travel

Maria International Travel in Detroit has over 10 years of experience serving the Latino Community in the metro area, offering quality service, courtesy, and respect. 

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Las Cazuelas Mexican Grill, quality service and food in southwest Detroit

Las Cazuelas Mexican Grill  started as one little outpost of Mexican fare in a gas station in Dearborn, and then added this similar one in another BP station. Despite the very modest locations, the Mexican fare is fresh, well-prepared and very affordable. Many workers pick up their lunches for later as they head to work early in the morning. The menu includes a Mexican style hamburger that is very popular, as well as the expected burritos, quesadillas and tacos.

Organization

Detroit SOUP

Detroit SOUP is a crowd funding gathering where a sizeable group of people meet once a month, put money in a pot and choose which innovative small business or project to give it to.
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Hispanic Community Founders

Andrew Ramirez

Andrew Ramirez

City: Ann Arbor

Andrew Ramirez is the CEO & founder My Repair Facts, an Internet start-up based in Ann Arbor.

Lydia Gutierrez

Lydia Gutierrez

City: Detroit

Lydia Gutierrez is the CEO of Hacienda Mexican Foods, a food company based in Detroit's Mexicantown neighborhood.

David Segura

David Segura

City: Detroit

David Segura is the founder of VisionIT, an IT firm based in Detroit's New Center neighborhood.

Rodrigo Padilla

Rodrigo Padilla

City: Detroit

Rodrigo Padilla is a visionary business owner that has reached his goal: founding one of the best authentic Mexican food restaurants in Southeast Michigan, El Nacimiento.

Rashad Saleh, DC

Rashad Saleh, DC

City: Detroit

Dr. Saleh opened his Vernor Chiropractic Clinic in Southwest Detroit in 2005 because it is where he felt at home. Born in Detroit, and raised in Panama and Colombia for, he came back to Michigan wanted to stay.

Jordi Carbonell & Mellissa Fernandez

Jordi Carbonell & Mellissa Fernandez

City: Detroit

Café con Leche was founded on the basis that strong communities need a central gathering space. Jordi Carbonell, originally from Barcelona, Spain, and wife Melissa Fernandez, a second generation resident of Southwest Detroit,had the vision that this community could benefit from a café that recognized and reflected the diversity of the neighborhood.

Silverio López

Silverio López

City: Detroit

Silverio López is owner of López Tire, a full service tire center serving the Southwest Detroit community, and recently started Tequila Cabresto.

Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez

City: Detroit

Maria Martinez is the owner of Nueva Imagen, a cozy beauty salon and spa located in the heart of Mexicantown.

Alberto Pimentel

Alberto Pimentel

City: Oxford

Alberto Pimentel is a Mexican entrepreneur, and is owner of Casa Real Mexican restaurants in Michigan. 

Lander Coronado-Garcia

Lander Coronado-Garcia

City: Detroit

Lander Coronado-Garcia is the co-founder of Rippld, an Internet start-up based in Detroit.

Eddie Saleh

Eddie Saleh

City: Detroit

A friendly atmosphere and a professional staff service are some of the reasons Buenavida Pharmacy is recognized by the Detroit community, and founder Eddie Saleh is still happy with his choice to open his business in the heart of Mexicantown.

Susi Cruz

Susi Cruz

City: Detroit

Susi Cruz, founder of Cruz Creative Studio, is an award winning graphic designer.  Cruz comes from a recognized family of entrepreneurs and business owners, and is a distinguished member of the Detroit Hispanic community.

With over 25 years of experience in marketing and design, Cruz Creative Studio is a full service freelance design studio that has been helping companies develop brand identities, increase traffic to websites, and sell products.  With a focus on creating communication materials for products and services, Cruz creates marketing plans in both Spanish and English.

Omar Hernandez

Omar Hernandez

City: Detroit

Omar Hernandez is a recognized entrepreneur, founder of Mexicantown Bakery.  The bakery is located in the restored 1894 Odd Fellows Hall, just across from Clark Park.  Omar comes from a family of successful business owners, the Hernandez family, owners of Armando's restaurant, also located in the heart of Mexicantown in Detroit.

Christine Rice

Christine Rice

City: Detroit

Christine joined VisionIT in 1998 during its start up years, serving as Vice President of the company building its staffing and vendor management business. In early 2007, Rice was named President to oversee overall operations. Christine leads the day to day operations of the company with VisionIT business unit executives reporting to her.

Rice currently services on the board of directors of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, a non-profit focused on community services to the youth and residents of Southwest Detroit.

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Rukmal "Rocky" Fernando

City: Birmingham

Rukmal "Rocky" Fernando is the president of Breeze Design Studio, a software development firm based in Birmingham.

Hispanic Community Companies

1.

ReNu Wireless USA

City: Roseville
Industry: Diversity,High Tech,Hispanic Community,Design/Technical Services,Southeast Michigan Region,High Tech,Minority Owned Business
2.

YouTrivia

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Creative Sector,Diversity,Emerging Technology,Hispanic Community,Indian/South Asian Community,Marketing / Media,Online Product/Service Provider
3.

Hacienda Mexican Foods

City: Detroit
Industry: Woman Owned,Creative Sector,Diversity,Hispanic Community,Food,neighborhood based,Minority Owned Business
4.

El Nacimiento Restaurant

City: Detroit
Industry: Diversity,Entrepreneurship,Hispanic Community
5.

Vernor Chiropractic Clinic

City: Detroit
Industry: Diversity,Entrepreneurship,Hispanic Community
6.

Café con Leche

City: Detroit
Industry: Diversity,Hispanic Community,Woman Owned
7.

Lopez Tire

City: Detroit
Industry: Diversity,Entrepreneurship,Hispanic Community
8.

Nueva Imagen Beauty Salon & Spa

City: Detroit
Industry: Diversity,Entrepreneurship,Hispanic Community,Woman Owned
9.

Casa Real Restaurants

City: Oxford
Industry: Diversity,Entrepreneurship,Hispanic Community
10.

Rippld

City: Detroit
Industry: Creative Sector,Diversity,Hispanic Community,Marketing / Media