Entrepreneurship

How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

As a gateway to the United States, New York City has long been defined by the generations of immigrants who have made it their home. In a city of 8.3 million people, more than 3.1 million—38 percent of New York City’s population—are foreign-born, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. And in the case of [...]

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Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 1 Comment
Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

The contributions of immigrants are visible in communities and industries across the nation, and as a recent article highlights, immigrants’ economic and innovative additions can be seen in the form of patent grants. More than half of all 302,948 patent grants in 2013 were to foreign individuals, including both immigrants and foreign investors. Studies about [...]

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High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Recently, a growing number of cities and states have begun pursuing strategies that attract and welcome immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs in order to grow their economies. Encouraging immigrant high-tech entrepreneurship, and addressing the factors that cultivate an environment in which entrepreneurs may be more successful, is yet another avenue for growth cities may wish to [...]

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Mayors Agree, Immigrants Make Their Cities More Economically Competitive

Mayors Agree, Immigrants Make Their Cities More Economically Competitive

“Mayors are looking for a fix,” said Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa Arizona, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “The status quo is not acceptable. It’s as simple as that.” In a January 31 letter to Members of Congress, the United States Conference of Mayors urged expeditious action on immigration reform in 2014. As [...]

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Report: Three-Quarters of Republican Business Leaders Back Immigration Reform

Written by on February 5, 2014 in Business, Entrepreneurship, Reform with 0 Comments
Report: Three-Quarters of Republican Business Leaders Back Immigration Reform

Whether as high-tech contributors within a large company or as the founders of their own businesses, immigrants play a critical role in entrepreneurship and innovation. Take the selection of Satya Nadella, an immigrant from India, as Microsoft’s new CEO. He originally came to the U.S. as an international student pursuing a master’s in computer science [...]

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Senator Erroneously Blames Immigrants for U.S. Income Inequality

Senator Erroneously Blames Immigrants for U.S. Income Inequality

Despite the formal end of the recession in 2009, unemployment in the United States remains high, wages are still stagnant, and economic indices of all kinds are looking grim. A crisis of this magnitude requires bold action by U.S. lawmakers to realign U.S. economic policies in ways that promote the growth of both jobs and [...]

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Michigan to Immigrants: You’re Welcome Here

Michigan to Immigrants: You’re Welcome Here

It is clear that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder understands that immigration can be a potent boost to his state’s economy. It’s also an important component of economic revitalization for a city such as Detroit. Improving the nation’s broken immigration system could have enormous economic benefits for Michigan and states across the country, so Snyder joined [...]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Driving Growth in America’s Heartland

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Driving Growth in America’s Heartland

When Jordi Carbonell, originally from Spain, and his wife Melissa Fernandez opened their Cafe Con Leche coffee shop several years ago in southwest Detroit, the couple founded their business on the idea that the neighborhood needed a central gathering place to create a strong community. Today, the bustling cafe is integral to life of the [...]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Investors in their Communities

Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Investors in their Communities

Cedric Francois, a medical researcher from Belgium, came to Louisville, Kentucky, after hearing that researchers there were beginning work on the first hand transplant. Later, he co-founded two pharmaceutical companies. Suhas Kulkarni, an immigrant entrepreneur himself who founded Louisville-based IT firm Omnisys, understands the need for integrating and helping immigrant entrepreneurs get their start and [...]

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Licensing Barriers Leave Immigrant Doctors Driving Cabs Instead of Practicing Medicine

Licensing Barriers Leave Immigrant Doctors Driving Cabs Instead of Practicing Medicine

Instead of putting foreign medical and other advanced degrees to use in the United States, it is common among immigrant doctors and other professionals to work less skilled jobs, such as a taxi driver or waiter, because the complicated licensing process keeps them from  applying their training in the U.S. market. According to a recent [...]

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