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.