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North Dakota: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Welcoming Initiatives in the Peace Garden State

In North Dakota, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to North Dakota’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 381 new immigrant business owners in North Dakota, and in 2010, 1 percent of all business owners in North Dakota were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $20.6 million, which is 1 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • North Dakota is home to successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant, including Hebron Brick Company. Founded by German immigrant Charles C. Weigel, the company employs over 50 people and brings in $2.5 million in revenue each year.

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Published On: Mon, Aug 19, 2013 | Download File

Kansas: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Sunflower State

In Kansas, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to Kansas’ economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 7,378 new immigrant business owners in Kansas and in 2010, 5.7 percent of all business owners in Kansas were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $351 million, which is 5 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Kansas is home to successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant. In 1989, Kansan Gary Burrell and Taiwan native Min Kao founded Garmin, with headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. Garmin develops consumer, aviation, and marine products with GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. The company currently employs over 9,200 people and generates over $2.7 billion in total revenue.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Kansas’ innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 | Download File

West Virginia: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Welcoming Initiatives in the Mountain State

In West Virginia, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to West Virginia’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 1,486 new immigrant business owners in West Virginia, and in 2010, 2.7 percent of all business owners in West Virginia were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $139 million, which is 5.1 percent of all net business income in the state.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to West Virginia’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Fri, Aug 16, 2013 | Download File

Wyoming: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Equality State

In Wyoming, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute to the state’s economy. Additionally, highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to towns and cities within the state, helping to boost local economies.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to Wyoming’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 809 new immigrant business owners in Wyoming, and in 2010, 2.6 percent of all business owners in Wyoming were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $60 million, which is 3.3 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Wyoming is home to successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant, including well-known companies such as the Nebraska-based Kiewit Corporation. The Kiewit Corporation has two large mining subsidiaries based in Wyoming, Black Butte and Buckskin Mining Companies, who employ more than 2,000 people.

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Published On: Sun, Aug 11, 2013 | Download File

Kentucky: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Bluegrass State

In Kentucky, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Kentucky’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 6,143 new immigrant business owners in Kentucky and in 2010, 3.8 percent of all business owners in Kentucky were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $451 million, which is 5.4 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Kentucky is home to many successful companies with at least one founder or co-founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant, including General Cable, Lexmark International, and Hillerich and Bradsby, the manufacturer of the “Louisville Slugger” baseball bat. Those three companies together employ over 25,000 people and bring in around $11 billion in revenue each year.

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Published On: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 | Download File

Minnesota: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the North Star State

In Minnesota, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

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Published On: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 | Download File

Utah: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Beehive State

In Utah, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Utah’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 9,229 new immigrant business owners in Utah and in 2010, 8.5 percent of all business owners in Utah were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $388 million, which is 6.1 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Utah is home to many successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant. For example, the child of German immigrants founded Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Utah’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 | Download File

Connecticut: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Welcoming Initiatives in the Constitution State

In Connecticut, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Connecticut’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 31,320 new immigrant business owners in Connecticut and in 2010, 18.5 percent of all business owners in Connecticut were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $2 billion, which is 15 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Connecticut is home to many successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant, including United Technologies Corporation, Pitney Bowes, General Electric, and Terex. Those four companies together employ over 550,600 people and bring in over $217 billion in revenue each year.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Connecticut’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 | Download File

Mississippi: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Magnolia State

In Mississippi, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to Mississippi’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 4,534 new immigrant business owners in Mississippi, and in 2010, 4.2 percent of all business owners in Mississippi were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had total net business income of $181 million, which is 3.2 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • In 1908, Russian immigrant Sam Stein founded Stein Mart in Greenville, Mississippi. Although the company is now headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, it maintains a presence in 29 states with over 260 stores.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Mississippi’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 | Download File

Oklahoma: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Sooner State

In Oklahoma, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to Oklahoma’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 11,983 new immigrant business owners in Oklahoma, and in 2010, 7 percent of all business owners in Oklahoma were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had total net business income of $477 million, which is 5.3 percent of all net business income in the state.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Oklahoma’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 | Download File