Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner?

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner is a reception, dinner and awards ceremony to honor outstanding immigrant entrepreneurs in Massachusetts. The evening is presented by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. The awards honor outstanding Massachusetts immigrant entrepreneurs in four categories: outstanding business growth, neighborhood business, high-tech and life science.

When and where will the dinner be held?

The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
The event takes place at the Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02142.

Who can attend the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner?

Everyone is welcome to attend this special opportunity to honor Massachusetts’ outstanding immigrant entrepreneurs.

How much are tickets?

Individual tickets are $150. Online ticketing and sponsorship information is available here. Contact Mark Correia at MCorreia@ilctr.org with questions.

What sponsorship opportunities are still available?

The sponsorship levels are as follows:

  • Dinner Sponsor, $15,000. Includes full-page ad in the program book, recognition on The ILC website and in the awards slide show and two tables of eight (16 tickets) to enjoy the reception and dinner ($12,600 is tax-deductible).
  • Patron Sponsor, $10,000. Includes full-page ad in the program book, recognition on The ILC website and in the awards slide show and two tables of eight (16 tickets) to enjoy the reception and dinner ($8,800 is tax-deductible).
  • Platinum Sponsor, $7,500. Includes full-page ad in the program book, recognition on The ILC website and in the awards slide show and one table of eight to enjoy the reception and dinner ($6,300 is tax-deductible).
  • Gold Sponsor, $5,000. Includes half-page ad in the program book, recognition on The ILC website and four tickets to enjoy the reception and dinner ($4,400 is tax-deductible).
  • Silver Sponsor, $2,500. Includes half-page ad in the program book, recognition on The ILC website and two tickets to enjoy the reception and dinner ($2,200 is tax-deductible).
  • Table Sponsor, $1,500. Includes one table of eight. ($300 is tax-deductible).
  • Program book ad, $500 for full-page and $250 for half-page.
  • Friend of The ILC, any amount. Includes a mention in the program book (100% is tax-deductible).

Online ticketing and sponsorship information is available here. Contact Mark Correia at MCorreia@ilctr.org with questions.

What are the ad specifications?

PDF or JPEG ad
5″ wide x 8″ tall for full page
5″ wide x 3.875″ tall for half page
300 DPI

Who is eligible to be nominated?

For all award categories, nominees must be a foreign-born founder of a business (for-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship, not franchise or subsidiary) headquartered in Massachusetts and founded in 2014 or earlier.

For neighborhood business nominees:

  • Be actively involved in a senior management position or as a board member of said business.
  • Nominee has distinguished themselves through the impact they and their business have on the neighborhood. This can include civic leadership, job creation, employee relations, social responsibility and more.

For business growth nominees:

  • Be actively involved in a senior management position or as a board member of said business.
  • Business must be profitable and have achieved a minimum of $2 million in gross revenue in calendar year 2017.
  • Business must employ at least 10 full-time-equivalent employees in Massachusetts and show strong employment growth.

For life science or high-tech nominees:

  • Business must be in a life science or high-tech industry.
  • Business must have achieved a minimum of $2 million in gross revenue in calendar year 2017 or have received a minimum of $2 million in outside investment in the past five years.
  • Business must employ at least 10 full-time-equivalent employees in Massachusetts.

What is the nomination process?

Nominations will be accepted through March 9, 2018. Online nomination forms are available as follows:

For questions about nominating or to receive a Microsoft Word version of the nomination form, please contact Karen Glover at kglover@ilctr.org.

Can I self-nominate?

Absolutely! Self-nominations are encouraged.

Do all owners of a nominated business have to be immigrants?

No. Not all founders need to be immigrants for one or more of them to be nominated.

Is there a hashtag?

Yes! It’s #ILCTRawards and don’t forget to tag us @ilctr.

How else can I help spread the word?

Our digital press kit is full of content for sharing on social media. For other outreach ideas, please contact Karen Glover, director of communications, at kglover@ilctr.org.

Who were previous award winners?

Business Growth:
Julia Silverio, Silverio Insurance Agency, 2012
Rafael Guzman, RM Technologies, 2013
Fitzroy Alexander, Traditional Breads, Inc., 2014
Helene and Thomas Stohr, swissbakers, 2015
Herby Duverné, Taino Consulting Group, 2016
Jose de la Rosa, Guardian Healthcare, 2017

Neighborhood Business:
Larry Dossantos, 912 Auto, 2012
Mahmud Jafri, Dover Rug & Home, 2013
Rosa and Nisaury Tejeda and Victoria Amador, Tremendous Maid LLC, 2014
Damaris Pimentel, Ultra Beauty Salon, 2015
Gerardo Loza and Hilda Torres, My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center, 2016
Josefina Luna, CEROCoop, 2017

High-Tech / Life Science:
Dr. Amar Sawhney, Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., 2012
Dr. Chiang Li, Boston Biomedical, 2013
Dr. Fauzia Khan and Mansoor Khan, Alere Analytics, 2014 High-Tech
Josef von Rickenbach, PAREXEL International Corp., 2014 Life Science
Dries Buytaert, Acquia, 2015 High-Tech
Laxman Desai, Toxikon Corporation, 2015 Life Science
Mihael Mikek, Celtra, Inc., 2016 High-Tech
Garo H. Armen, Agenus, Inc., 2016 Life Science
Sandro Catanzaro DataXu, 2017 High Tech
Johannes Fruehauf BioLabs, 2017 Life Science

To see a complete list of previous nominees, click here.

What are full-time-equivalent employees?

One full-time-equivalent (or FTE) employee is equivalent to one employee working full-time. If you have part-time employees, they each represent a fraction of an FTE. For example, if you have 5 full-time employees that each work 40 hours a week and five part-time employees that each work 20 hours a week, you would have 7.5 FTEs.

What is gross revenue?

Gross revenue equals all of the money received during a given time frame, before any deductions.

Will my financial information be confidential?

Financial information will not be shared outside of the selection committee if the nominee requests confidentiality.

How are the awards judged?

Four selection committees of experts have been convened, one for each award category. The committee reviews each nomination and selects the winner among the nominees that meet the eligibility guidelines and are making the biggest impact.

The business growth award selection committee members are:

  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
  • David Parker, Merrimack Valley Sandbox
  • Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal, Boston Private Bank
  • Debi Kleiman, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College

The neighborhood business award selection committee members are:

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

The high-tech award selection committee members are:

  • 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

The life science award selection committee members are:

  • Lauren Celano, Propel Careers
  • Alison Farquhar, GTL Coaching & Consulting, LLC
  • Bonnie Fendrock, Cyta Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Denzil Mohammed, Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

More questions? Contact info@ilctr.org.