Einstein’s Alley promoting immigrant entrepreneurship with fifth annual awards program

PLAINSBORO, NJ—(SBN)—Einstein’s Alley, a member of the NJIEA Coalition, says nominations are open for the 5th Annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. The awards will be presented on September 13, 2017 from 8:00 -11:30 AM at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce/Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce Global Opportunities Summit “Building Bridges to Business Connections” at the Doubletree Hotel in Princeton, NJ.

Katherine Kish, executive director of Einstein’s Alley, explains the organization and the awards program in this audio interview with SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin.


Katherine Kish, executive director, Einstein's Alley

Katherine Kish, executive director, Einstein’s Alley

In New Jersey, foreign-born individuals like 2014 winner Mario Casabona CEO of Tech Launch, and 2015 winner Iftekhar Hossain of IH Engineering, and 2016 winner Jose “Pepe” Garcia of Maverick Building Services have created more than one in three new businesses in recent years, ranking New Jersey behind only California, New York, and Florida. NJ companies started by immigrants generate an annual business income of $6.2 billion in New Jersey.

NJIEA is a coalition of New Jersey groups, including regional and bi-national chambers of commerce, immigrant advocacy groups, and other community organizations joining to celebrate the important role of immigrants in today’s economy and to honor the contributions of immigrant business leaders to their communities.

The NJIEA believes that rather than send qualified foreign-born advance-degree graduates of U.S. colleges and universities back home to compete against U.S. businesses, Congress should encourage these individuals to stay in the United States by offering them permanent resident status.

Nominations are open through July 14, 2017. To submit a nomination, go to https://www.princetonchamber.net/njiea.


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Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at steve@statebroadcastnews.com.