The Nation's Premier Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit's Eastern Iowa & Illinois Virtual Conference will be held August 14, 2020


Grow your business

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit exhibits the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs. Business growth tips and keys to success when working with immigrant populations are shared in a non-competitive and supportive environment.

Join us in a full-day business conference geared towards educating immigrants, minorities, and those new to entrepreneurship on practices that will help you start, grow, or improve your business. Our awards luncheon will honor the stories of amazing Immigrant-owned businesses to inspire you to reach new possibilities. The Summit will also include networking and exhibitors to share resources. Come learn, and let's grow together!


9 AM CST - Opening Ceremony: Changing our Mindset in Times of Crisis
Keynote: Stephanie Acri, Mayor of Moline


9:30 AM Expo Booths


10 AM CST - Concurrent Breakouts
Starting a Business during a Crisis [Tom Trone, SCORE]

Accessing and leveraging Business Resources [Jayne Armstrong, SBA Iowa]

Customer Collections and Bankruptcy [Eric M. Hartmann, Lane & Waterman LLP]


11 AM CST - Networking / Expo Booths


12 PM CST - Concurrent Breakouts
Critical Business Taxes & Licensing Requirements [Bo Dong, Community CPA] 

Marketing a new service [Leng Vong Reiff, Akili Design] 

Small Business Estate Planning [Don Nguyen, Docuserv]


1 PM CST - Lunch break


2 PM CST - Concurrent Breakouts
Starting a Business with an ITIN [Monica Parra, Community CPA]

Motivating and Shifting Your Workforce [Ted Williams, The Williams Group] 

Buying and Selling a Business [Todd McGreevy, Marigold Resources]


3 PM CST - Awards Honoring the Success Stories of Immigrants in Business
Ritu Jain, Owner of Textiles - Immigrant Spirit Award

Randy Moore, President of Iowa American Water - Immigrant Champion Award

D'Lua Pancake and Burrito House, Old Mexico, and D'Lua Fusion Cuisine & Bar, owners Judith  Mariscal and Pedro Lua - Outstanding Immigrant Business Award


Thank you to our sponsors

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This Year's 2020 regional Award RECIPIENTS 


Ritu Jain

Immigrant Spirit Award

Owner, Textiles



Randy Moore

Immigrant Champion Award

President & CEO, Iowa American Water



D'Lua Pancake and Burrito House

Outstanding Immigrant Business Award

Owners Pedro Lua and Judith Mariscal


Event exhibitors and resources to visit

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2020 Events


IES National - dES mOINES, ia

November 21, 2020

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August 14, 2020


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