Latino business owners staying afloat during COVID-19 pandemic despite hurdles

Reyna Gonzalez, the owner of Dulceria La Fiesta, works on a piñata of Marshall, a character from the children’s TV show “Paw Patrol,” in the back of her Mexican candy shop in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A Chicago Sun-Times article on how some Latino-owned businesses in Chicago are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic includes comments from Teresa Cordova, director of the Great Cities Institute and professor of urban planning and policy at UIC.

Teresa Córdova, the director of Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said Latino-owned businesses have been growing in the past 20 years, adding it will be important to figure out how to keep this sector from crashing as the pandemic continues to destabilize the economy.

“If Latino businesses are one of the biggest growing sector of small businesses, then it’s in all of our interest that Latino businesses succeed,” she said, adding that small businesses are vital to neighborhoods.

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