The implications of migration from less developed to more developed contexts remain understudied at the individual level. With data collected from a pilot study in Tucson, Arizona, this article uses a Galois lattice to compare sources of business acumen from small business entrepreneurs originating from developed and developing countries. Osili and Paulson (2008) observe that immigrants are influenced by the institutional environment from which they originate. This contrasts with historical evidence that individuals of Mexican origin have largely assimilated to the local culture (Amado 1988). The findings offer promising evidence for Osili and Paulson’s theory and suggest that formal credentials and country of origin may affect entrepreneurs’ decisions to seek capital from strong ties or from formal financial institutions. These results provide adequate support to warrant further research on institutional formalization as a potential barrier to community development in rural areas.

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