It is not a coincidence that just as Maryland’s exports of products to world markets have grown, so has the corresponding population of the foreign born in the State of Maryland and in Prince George’s County in particular. During the 1990s, the largest numerical gain of 250,000 immigrants occurred in the inner suburban counties of Montgomery, Fairfax and Prince George’s. The 2000 U.S. Census Summary indicates that of 801,525 persons, 110,481 persons in Prince George’s County are foreign born - making the county extremely rich in ethnic diversity. This population in most cases maintains contact with their homeland and utilizes those contacts, whether for sourcing or market leads, to enhance the success of their businesses. Immigrants appear to be a driving force behind start-up companies and contribute significantly to job creation, exports and investment. Local goes global.