Multi-American

How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Help us learn more about L.A.'s entrepreneurial immigrant families

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A post Friday cited a new report from the California Community Foundation that credits entrepreneurial immigrants as one of the driving forces behind the the reshaping of L.A.'s affluence in the coming decades.

According to the report, Los Angeles County has more women- and minority-owned businesses than any other city in the nation. They contribute to the economy of a region that ranks first in entrepreneurial activity among the 15 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

So who are these immigrant entrepreneurs? Those attending a live forum at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum tomorrow night will get to hear the stories of some of the better-known entrepreneurs behind Los Angeles' iconic Latino family businesses, among them Tapatio hot sauce, Porto's Bakery, Gavina Gourmet Coffee and the Guelaguetza Oaxacan restaurant chain, all well into their second generation of family ownership. Among other things, we'll be talking about the dynamics of working with business partners that also happen to be your parents, children or siblings.

But these stories come in all shapes and sizes, so we're asking readers to help us find other immigrant-founded family business gems in Los Angeles via a nifty Assignment Desk project, which allows the public to participate in the news-gathering and storytelling process. There's also a map on which people can pinpoint a business with an interesting story.

What we have so far: A three-generation Japanese American martial arts supply business in Chatsworth, a two-generation (with family portraits on the wall) Persian American ice cream store in Westwood, a Himalayan restaurant in Palms.

If you are part of a family business started by immigrants, whether it’s you, your parents or grandparents, tell us your story. And if you know of an interesting immigrant family business, please tell us about them. And please bring a camera, because photos and video are welcome. Check out the details here.

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