BBB Pacific Southwest to host International Entrepreneur Summit

Free April 7 event to celebrate diverse business start-ups

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Immigrant business owners and entrepreneurs face unique challenges when it comes to accessing resources to start and develop a business.

Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest promotes diversity, inclusion and access for business owners, and is proud to host the International Entrepreneur Summit presented by GoDaddy from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, the organization announced in a release.

The virtual event will provide refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs the mentorship needed to reach the next level in their business journey.

“Immigrants are twice as likely to start a business than native-born Americans and at BBB, we understand that the guidance needed to get started is often limited,” said Linda Karimi, BBB director of Hospitality and Business Development. “There are numerous challenges you must overcome to start your own business in the United States. One of BBB’s goals is to support immigrant populations by providing them with tools needed to create a successful and ethical business.”

The summit is geared for those interested in starting a business or early-stage entrepreneurs who want to learn how to create self-sustainability. It will be a welcoming space to explore new business ideas and to gain education about current opportunities.

Topics covered will include steps for getting your business started, how to access capital and tips for success in the digital realm. Resources will be shared for businesses in both Arizona and California.

Keynote speech will be delivered by Mahesh Thakur, vice president of product management at GoDaddy, with additional industry experts guiding the sessions including Immigrants Rising, Small Business Development Center, Kiva, Central San Diego Black Chamber and U.S Business Association of E-Commerce.

Registration is required. For more information and to sign up, visit