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Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Dinner
Honoring immigrant entrepreneurs in Massachusetts

Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

 

The 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Dinner will honor outstanding Massachusetts immigrant entrepreneurs in four categories: business growth, neighborhood business, high-tech and life science. The evening will commence with a networking reception, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony with Master of Ceremonies, MA Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash and pre-recorded remarks from United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, head of America’s Innovation Agency and a champion for immigrant issues.

 

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Master of Ceremonies Jay Ash

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Schedule of Events

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

 
ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Sponsors

Nominations

The nominees for The 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year are:

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Business Growth

  • Herby Duverne, Taino Consulting Group, LLC, Boston
  • Wendy Estrella, Estrella Law Firm, Lawrence
  • Eduardo & German Fernandez, Brothers Market, Inc., Dorchester
  • Francisco Fernandez, Happy Supermarket, Dorchester
  • Marc-Andre Lebel, FRX Polymers, Inc., Chelmsford
  • Larry O’Toole, Gentle Giant Moving Company, Somerville
  • Hitendra Patel, IXL Center, Cambridge
  • Jose de la Rosa, Guardian Healthcare, Jamaica Plain
  • Tony Salem, Sea-Dar Construction, Boston

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Neighborhood Business

  • Angelica & Diana Cardona, Chocolafee, Revere
  • Eva and Nick Chau, Tai Tung Pharmacy, Boston
  • Joe de Souza, Modelos Market and Cafe, Somerville
  • Mai Du, Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy, Malden
  • Julia Frenkle, Opus Design LLC, Brighton
  • Suraj Gurung, Asian Star Markets LLC, West Springfield
  • Dheyaa Habeed, Baghdad Bakery and Market, West Springfield
  • Sandra Katz-Deleon, Center For Bilingual Services, Lawrence
  • Fatima Langa, Muqueca Restaurant, Cambridge
  • Gerardo Loza and Hilda Torres, My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center, Malden
  • Danaris Mazara, Sweet Grace Heavenly Cakes, Lawrence
  • Moe Mobasherat, Omnidentix & Associates, Medford
  • Elizabeth Nolberto, Ellie’s CPR and First Aid Training, Lawrence
  • Jignesh Patel, Jay Square, Beverly
  • Colette Phillips, Colette Phillips Communications, Boston
  • Antonio Rodrigues, TNT Cleaning Services Inc., Assonet
  • Magbe Savane, Makomas LLC, Revere
  • Douglas Tran, All Seasons Table Restaurant, Malden
  • Angela Westen, Angela Westen Insurance Agency, Lowell

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High-Tech Business

  • Edison Almeida, eCurv Inc., Cambridge
  • Rajini Anachi, mZeal Communications, Littleton
  • Vladimir Bulovic, QD Vision, Lexington
  • Mihael Mikek, Celtra Inc., Boston
  • Markus Rex, ownCloud, Lexington
  • Omri Shor, Medisafe, Boston

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Life Science Business

  • Sudhir Agrawal, Idera Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge
  • PJ Anand, Alcyone Lifesciences, Lowell
  • Garo H. Armen, Agenus Inc., Lexington
  • Magdalena Leszczyniecka, STC Biologics, Cambridge
  • Bernat Olle, Vedanta Biosciences, Inc., Cambridge
  • Elisabet de los Pinos, Aura Biosciences, Cambridge
  • Oliver Yu, Conagen, Bedford

 

Judging

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards selection committee will review nominations and select one winner in each category. The selection committee members are:

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Business Growth

  • Debi Kleiman,  Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
  • David Parker, Entrepreneurship for All
  • Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

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Neighborhood Business

  • Leandro Freire, Accion East
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
  • Theresa Park, City of Lawrence
  • Saritin Rizzuto, Metro Credit Union

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High-Tech Business

  • Doug Banks, Boston Business Journal
  • Abi Barrow, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
  • Kathleen Hagan, Hagan and Company
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
  • Julianne Zimmerman, Reinventure Capital

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Life Science Business

  • Lauren Celano, Propel Careers
  • Alison Farquhar, GTL Coaching & Consulting, LLC
  • Bonnie Fendrock, Cyta Therapeutics, Inc. LLC
  • Frank Hoy, Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

 

Questions?

For more details, view our Frequently Asked Questions, our press release, the Awards Dinner brochure or Contact info@ilctr.org.

 

Previous Nominees and Winners

Growth Nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

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  • Fitzroy Alexander, Traditional Breads Inc., Lynn (2014 WINNER)
  • Jose De La Rosa, Guardian Healthcare, Jamaica Plain (2014)
  • Rafael Guzman, RM Technologies, Inc., Lawrence (2013 WINNER)
  • Venkat Kolluri, Chitika Inc./Cidewalk, Westborough (2015)
  • Christine Lin, The Cambridge Institute of International Education, Waltham (2014)
  • Ravi Meruva, IconSoft, Burlington (2015)
  • Helene and Thomas Stohr, swissbakers, Allston and Reading (2015 WINNER)
  • Charbel Najem, Capstone General Contracting, Worcester (2014)
  • Lisandra Mones, Glitterati Style, Salem (2013)
  • Dmitriy Peregudov, GiftBasketsOverseas.com, Arlington (2014)
  • Ashish Sangani, GIRI Hotels, Quincy (2012)
  • Julia Silverio, Silverio Insurance, Lawrence (2012, WINNER)
  • Sushil Tuli, Leader Bank, N.A, Arlington (2012)
  • Paolo Volpati-Kedra, Sauces ‘n Love, Inc., Lynn (2013 and 2015)

 

Neighborhood nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year AwardNeighborhood Business

  • Rosemary Agbede, Unique You Salon, Lowell (2013)
  • Elias Audy, Cypress Automart, Brookline (2015)
  • Denise and Sambath Ban, Simply Khmer Restaurant, Lowell  (2014)
  • Victor Barros, Systemize Networks, Stoughton  (2014)
  • Arturo Barroso, Boston Shoe Service, Boston  (2014)
  • Edan Barshan, Universal Dental Plan, Boston  (2014)
  • Umesh Bhuju, Zumi’s Espresso and Ice Cream, Ipswich (2012, 2013)
  • Martin Carrera, La Veracruzana, Amherst and Northampton (2015)
  • Alberto Calvo, Stop & Compare Supermarkets, Chelsea (2014 and 2015)
  • Henry Chung, Pho Saigon, Lee (2012)
  • Tom Dang, Pho Da Lat Restaurant, Lowell (2013)
  • Javier Diaz, Rincon Caribeno Restaurant, Hyde Park (2014 and 2015)
  • Larry Dossantos, 912 Auto, Dorchester (2012 WINNER)
  • Calvin Duong, New Century Auto Collision and Service Center, Lowell (2013)
  • Ahmed Egal, Car Service Boston, Boston (2015)
  • Ruth Francis, P&R Ice Cream and Restaurant, Mattapan (2014)

Neighborhood Business nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Jose Antonio Guerrero, Cafe Azteca, Lawrence (2104)
  • Andres Gutierrez, JP’s Massage Therapy Center, Jamaica Plain (2015)
  • Eli Hsu, Tepthida Khmer, Lowell (2012)
  • Janet Hung and Delia Vildoso, Tiny World Child Care Inc., Brookline (2014)
  • Juan Ingles, Imigrante Latino America Services, Chelsea (2013)
  • Muhmud Jafri, Dover Rug & Home, Natick (2013 WINNER)
  • Marie Claire Jean-Guillaume, La Ronde de Marie Claire Early Learning Center, Hyde Park (2013)
  • Nai Nan Ko, Ko Automotive Group, Wellesley (2014)
  • Hong Liu, A Friendly Inn at Harvard, Cambridge (2015)
  • Francisco Lora, Tropicana Market, Salem (2103)
  • Roger Magalhaes, Shades in Place, Franklin (2012)
  • George V. Markos, Brother’s Deli, Lynn (2015)
  • Ricardo Miranda, Miranda Auto Body, Springfield (2014)
  • Tarun & Simi Narula, Spice Root Indian Restaurant, Williamstown (2012)
  • Anthony O. N. Ngethe, Nursecare Transportation, Methuen (2015)

Neighborhood Business nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Ky Nguyen, Kingston Station, Boston (2015)
  • Phong Nguyen, Yoki Restaurant, Medford (2014)
  • Mayur Patel, Little Market, Acton (2014)
  • Damaris Pimentel, ULTRA Beauty Salon, Jamaica Plain (2015 WINNER)
  • Roger Samkhon Pin and Soben Pin, KhmerPost USA, Lowell  (2014)
  • Gladys Ruiz and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Little Children Schoolhouse, Brookline (2015)
  • Maria Rosa, Yeska Cakes, Lawrence (2013)
  • Nabil and Joseph Sater, The Middle East & ZuZu, Cambridge (2014)
  • Manuel Silva, Silva’s Mini-Market, Lowell (2013)
  • Marc Silva, Somerville Sustainable Cleaning, Cambridge (2014)
  • Neily Soto, Soto Real Estate Services, Lawrence (2012)
  • Helene and Thomas Stohr, swissbakers, Reading (2013)
  • Abrar Ali Syed, Pine Banks Animal Hospital, Malden (2012)
  • Sabrina Tan and Chin Lee, Flavours of Malaysia, Pittsfield (2014)
  • Rosa and Nisaury Tejeda and Victoria Amador, Tremendous Maid LLC, Jamaica Plain (2014 WINNER)

The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Neighborhood Nominees

  • Malee Thai, Pailin Market, Lowell (2012)
  • Tran Family, My Xuyen Corporation (2012)
  • Douglas Tran, All Seasons Table, LLC, Malden (2013)
  • Long Tran, Viet Thai Restaurant, Lowell (2012)
  • Angel Valdivia, Angel’s Painting, Inc., Framingham (2013)
  • Carlos Vargas, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Dorchester and Stoughton (2015)
  • Tania Vega and Jose Roberto Vega, River Grille, Hyde Park (2015)
  • Patria Veras Valenzuela, Sonia’s Bridal, Jamaica Plain (2013)
  • Yolanda Villamil, Alpha Travel Agency, Worcester (2015)
  • Weidong Wang, Baba Sushi and Chuan Sushi Restaurants, Worcester (2014)
  • Angela Westen, Angela Westen Insurance Agency, Lowell (2013)

 

Science and Technology

  • Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage, Cambridge (2014 High-Tech)
  • Ash Ashutosh, Actifio, Inc., Waltham (2013)
  • Bela Asztalos, PhD, Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation, Framingham (2014 and 2015 Life Science)
  • Mahmud Awan, Tech Man International LLC, Charlton City (2015 High-Tech)
  • Himanshu Bhatnagar, HB Software Solutions, Lowell (2013)

Science and High-Tech nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards

  • Dries Buytaert, Acquia, Burlington (2015 High-Tech WINNER)
  • Kris Canekeratne, Virtusa Coroporation, Westborough (2012)
  • Pravin Chaturvedi, PhD, IndUS Pharmaceuticals, Woburn (2014 Life Science)
  • Vincent W. Coljee, Excelimmune, Inc., Woburn (2012)
  • Laxman Desai, Toxikon Corporation, Bedford (2015 Life Science WINNER)
  • Semyon Dukach, SMTP, Inc., Cambridge (2015 High-Tech)
  • Joshua Feast, Cogito Corporation, Boston (2015 High-Tech)
  • Ashifi Gogo, Sproxil, Inc., Cambridge (2013, 2014 High-Tech)
  • Bettina Hein, Pixability, Boston (2014 High-Tech)
  • Fauzia Khan, and Mansoor Khan, Alere Analytics, Lowell (2014 High-Tech WINNER)
  • Chiang J. Li, Boston Biomedical, Inc., Cambridge (2013 WINNER)
  • Vincent Linder, Claros Diagnostics, Woburn (2012)
  • Davide Marini, Firefly BioWorks, Inc., Cambridge (2014 Life Science)
  • Krishna Menon, Cellceutix Corporation, Beverly (2015 Life Science)
  • Gaugarin Oliver, RedEgg Solutions, Waltham (2012)
  • Vasu Ram, Content Raven, Marlborough (2015 High-Tech)
  • Rama Ramakrishnan, CQuotient, Cambridge (2015 High-Tech)
  • Josef von Rickenbach, PAREXEL International Corp., Waltham (2014 Life Science WINNER)

Science and High-Tech nominees for The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Derrick J. Rossi, Moderna Therapeutics, Cambridge (2015 Life Science)
  • Pedro Santos, OsComp Systems, Somerville (2014 High Tech)
  • Amarpreet Singh Sawhney, Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., Bedford (2012 WINNER)
  • Swapnil Shah, FirstFuel Software, Lexington (2014 High Tech)
  • Marin Solja?i?, WiTricity Corporation, Watertown (2013)
  • Dinesh Wadhwani, ThinkLite LLC, Natick (2015 High-Tech)
  • Anita Worden, Solectria – A Yaskawa Company, Lawrence (2015 High-Tech)
  • Xavier Xicay, Tuatara Corp., Boston (2014 High Tech)
  • Andrey Zarur, Greenlight Biosciences, Medford (2014 Life Science)
  • Yang Zhao, Memsic, Inc., Andover (2012, 2013)

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