Photo: Technology, Location Allow Immigrant Business Owners in U.S. to Thrive Despite Limited English
There is no doubt that technological advances are constantly changing the world, many making things our lives more convenient. However, for some immigrant business owners in the U.S., technology has enabled them to run successful businesses without having to learn English.
While location plays a big part in any business’ success, it can be even more beneficial for foreign-born business owners to take up shop in cities or areas that have an established community full of people who speak the same language.
Add technology to the mix, allowing them to do many things online, and these owners have little reason to ever learn more than a few words of English.
Recently, the New York Times spoke with Felix Sanchez de la Vega Guzman, the owner of a multi-million dollar food manufacturing empire that spans the U.S. and even Mexico.
After coming from Mexico, Sanchez, 66, began his career in New York selling tortillas on the street. In the last 40 years, he has really created his own version of the American dream, and he has achieved success despite knowing very little English.
For him, he said ‘the entire market is Hispanic’ so ‘you don’t need English.’
When asked why he never learned English over the last four decades, even after becoming an American citizen in 1985, Sanchez told the Times, ‘I couldn’t concentrate.’ He adding that while time was also an issue, he did not see the point when ‘all the people around me were speaking in Spanish, too.’