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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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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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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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Immigrant Business Owners Continue to Contribute to Communities Across America

Immigrant Business Owners Continue to Contribute to Communities Across America

During the August recess, Members of Congress have been meeting with constituents in their home states and districts. During this time, many have likely dined at an immigrant-owned restaurant or used the services of an immigrant-owned business within their home state. The fact is, immigrant businesses are important in many communities across America. Immigrant entrepreneurs [...]

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Our Immigration System Must Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Invest in the U.S.

Our Immigration System Must Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Invest in the U.S.

Immigrants started 33 percent of U.S. venture-backed companies between 2006 and 2012 that went public, according to a new report from the National Venture Capital Association. The report, however, also noted that there is no reliable immigration program for foreign entrepreneurs, who must surmount enormous legal difficulties in order to come here to create businesses [...]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Grow Industries and Create Jobs

Written by on June 6, 2013 in Business, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship with 3 Comments
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Grow Industries and Create Jobs

As you might suspect, immigrant entrepreneurs are key drivers in the transportation, food and building services industries. And a recent report from the Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) shines a spotlight on immigrant entrepreneurship in these industries, with a particular geographic focus on Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. Concerning the three industry areas, the ILC study [...]

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America: Start-Up Nation of Immigrants

America: Start-Up Nation of Immigrants

AOL co-founder Steve Case brought an important message to the National Strategy Session on Immigration in Washington, D.C. this week:  America is a start-up nation.  Over the last 200 years, America has built the most dynamic economy in the world through the hard work and innovation of its entrepreneurs. 

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Immigrants May Hold the Key to Urban Renewal in Baltimore

Immigrants May Hold the Key to Urban Renewal in Baltimore

In an attempt to reverse decades of population decline, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has launched a high-profile effort to attract “new Americans” to the city. The theory is that these new Americans—that is, immigrants—will bring the skills, entrepreneurship, and tax base needed to revitalize blighted neighborhoods that are now full of boarded-up buildings rather than [...]

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USCIS Convenes Summit to Consider Streamlined Path for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Written by on February 27, 2012 in Administration, Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 1 Comment
USCIS Convenes Summit to Consider Streamlined Path for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

By KIRSTEN SCHLENGER, MANAGING PARTNER AT WEAVER SCHLENGER MAZEL LLP The business community has long heralded the vital role immigrant-owned startups play in creating American jobs. This month, it seems like someone at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was listening. USCIS recently hosted its first in a series of summits dedicated to gathering expertise [...]

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