We are pleased to once again collaborate in the New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards (NJIEA) with other New Jersey groups (regional and bi-national chambers of commerce, immigrant advocacy group, and other community organizations), to celebrate the important role of immigrants in today's economy and to honor the contributions of immigrant business leaders to their communities. This year's awards will be presented on November 2, 2016 from 5 - 7 pm at a Statewide Hispanic Chamber event held at the Bergen County Community College campus in Lyndhurst, NJ.
In New Jersey, foreign-born individuals like our 2013 winner Jay Kulkarni, CEO of Theorem, 2014 winner, Mario Casabona, CEO Of Tech Launch, and 2015 winner Iftekhar Hossain, CEO of IH Engineering, 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.
We believe that rather than send qualified foreign-born advanced-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. We can further buttress our competitive edge by expanding the H-1B visa program, which makes available to U.S. businesses some of the world's most highly-trained professionals in fields across the business sector. What's more, a significant portion of H-1B filing fees fund education and training programs to enhance the skills of U.S. workers, particularly in the technology fields.
In the past, three of our NJCACC members, Shau-wai Lam, John Lau and Barry Zhang had received the New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. Again this year, we will be seeking your help in finding qualified candidates. Their achievements should not go unrecognized. The different categories honor achievements in growth, advocacy, innovation, sustainability, and leadership, and a 2016 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year will be named too.
Are you an immigrant entrepreneur who has excelled in one of these fields? Do you know anyone, a neighbor, a friend, who you think has what it takes to be named the 2016 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year?
Nominate them at http://njieawards.org/wp/nominate/