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Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 0 Comments
Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Charlotte, North Carolina, like many southern metropolitan areas, has grown rapidly in recent decades. In 2013, when Charlotte declared itself a “welcoming city,” one in ten residents (10.1 percent) in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metropolitan area were foreign-born, while one-third (32.6 percent) of “Main Street” business owners were foreign-born. “Main Street” businesses are the shops and […]

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How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Written by on March 11, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Why is it important for places and organizations to connect the dots of immigrant entrepreneurship and local neighborhood economic growth? “Wherever you find immigrant growth you’ll find entrepreneurship. Some of the storefront businesses [in Iowa, for example…] would not be there without immigrant entrepreneurs,” Iowa State University researcher Sandra Burkesaid. In the Miami metropolitan area, […]

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Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute to local economies, often forming the backbone of neighborhoods. As part of his November announcement on immigration executive action, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum that creates a White House Task Force on New Americans to explore ways to strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration. The task force […]

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Executive Actions Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

Executive Actions Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

As part of the package of executive actions announced in November 2014, the secretary of Homeland Security directed the immigration agencies to implement new policies and regulations intended to support U.S. high-skilled businesses and workers. Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the first of these new regulations: effective May 26, 2015, spouses […]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Written by on January 16, 2015 in Business, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 2 Comments
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Midtown Global Market, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a place where vendors hawk fresh produce, baked goods, coffee and espressos, and arts and jewelry. And as its more than 40 different businesses represent people from five continents, the market is one example of how a city can cultivate the entrepreneurial potential of immigrants. Midtown Global Market […]

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How Immigration Executive Action Opens Doors for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Entrepreneurship, Executive Action with 1 Comment
How Immigration Executive Action Opens Doors for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Much of the attention on President Obama’s executive action on immigration has focused on his use of prosecutorial discretion to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, including certain parents of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. But as part of the November announcement, President Obama also signed a memorandum to explore ways to upgrade […]

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How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Business, Economics, Visas with 0 Comments
How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

The State Department recently announced that, for the first time ever, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has reached its cap of 10,000 visas, largely due to an increase in Chinese investors. Although the EB-5 program—employment-based, fifth preference (or category)—has been around since 1990, the growth in its popularity as an investment tool has risen during […]

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New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

Written by on September 19, 2014 in Business, Economics with 0 Comments
New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

There is no shortage of data on the ways in which immigration has added value to the Texas economy. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the state each year. And, contrary to popular stereotype, the contributions of immigrants are not confined to the labor of low-wage workers in construction […]

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Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Local officials are recognizing that immigration can play a role in their broader growth and development strategies. As Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) explains, immigration can be an economic windfall for their communities through more jobs and growth. But these benefits are not automatic nor are they evenly accrued. Policymakers at all […]

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City Leaders Discuss Welcoming Immigrants at Global Great Lakes Convening

Written by on June 17, 2014 in Business, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
City Leaders Discuss Welcoming Immigrants at Global Great Lakes Convening

Gabriel Berumen, originally from Mexico, knows the value of immigrant-owned small businesses for local communities. He started Las Palmas, a Latino grocery store chain, in the Pittsburgh area. Now, Las Palmas has expanded to suburban communities around Pittsburgh. Berumen’s chain of grocery stores is an example of how Pittsburgh, once the heart of America’s steel […]

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