The restaurant industry is a strong driver of entrepreneurship, offering training, experience and a path to success for men and women of virtually all ethnicities and backgrounds.

The restaurant industry is home to a diverse workforce. Four in 10 restaurant managers and supervisors are minorities, as are six in 10 chefs.

The restaurant industry boasts more minority managers than any other industry.  Between 2007 and 2012, the number of Hispanic-owned restaurant businesses increased 51 percent, African American-owned restaurant businesses increased 49 percent, and the number of Asian-owne restaurants rose 18 percent.

Restaurants also provide opportunities to women of all ages and at all stages of their careers. In fact, sixty-one percent of women have worked in a restaurant at some point in their lives, and 37% got their first jobs in a restaurant.


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