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Latino Small Businesses and the American DreamCommunity Social Work Practice and Economic and Social Development$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150897

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150897.001.0001

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Implications for the Social Work Profession

Implications for the Social Work Profession

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Latino Small Businesses and the American Dream

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the implications for community social work practice from two perspectives: how community social workers can assist in the creation and support of racial and ethnic small businesses; and how community social workers can benefit from developing relationships with ethnic and racial small businesses in creating conditions to facilitate community social, economic, and cultural development. Social workers must possess a keen understanding of what motivates someone to enter the world of small business development. The decision to enter this arena is influenced by motivation and experience: “Starting a business is a process requiring a great deal of self-awareness and conscious work on the self. To become self-employed means that the individual departs from the established model of the ‘normal’ work relationship of salaried work and enters a work field in which he/she is not only responsible for the creative and conscious development of new, everyday routines, but also takes on the burden of responsibility for the maintenance of the job itself.”

Keywords:   community social work practice, racial small businesses, ethnic small businesses, small business development, self-employment

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