Fourth Annual IES Summit Brings Local Minority and Immigrant Business Owners Together

DES MOINES, IOWA — October 13, 2011 — The fourth annual 2011 Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit (IES) will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Olmsted Center at Drake University. More than 450 minority and immigrant business owners will have the opportunity to learn from 15 hands-on business seminars.

The seminars offered this year include:

●      “ABC of eCommerce – Buy and Sell Online”

●      “Green Card through Business Investment”

●      “Step-by-Step Guide to Start a Business”

●      “Business Secret Sharing – How I made It”

●      “Forming a Non-Profit Organization Step-by-Step”

●      “State Funding for Small Business start-up or Expansion”

In addition to learning seminars, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds will be the keynote speakers offering guidance, motivation and support for new minority and immigrant business owners and their future opportunities.

The first IES in 2008 drew more than 300 participants from 35 different countries. In 2009 and 2010, more than 700 participants, combined, from 40 different countries attended. The cost to attend is $35 and includes a luncheon. To register, visit or call (515) 288-3188.

About IES

The mission of IES is to bring businesses of diverse backgrounds together to share, learn and celebrate the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and its contribution to the overall community. This year’s summit is calling for immigrant entrepreneurs to give their time and money to help non-profit organizations with good causes, but with a lack of funding. This year’s summit is also calling for immigrant entrepreneurs to step-up to the plate and help the state and our country ride over recession by working harder and creating jobs.

The summit will exhibit the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs, and business owners will share ideas for business growth and their keys to success. Participants will be able to network and learn from others in a non-competitive and supportive environment.

To stay up-to-date on IES events and activities, “like” IES on Facebook at and follow IES on Twitter (@IES_USA).


Contact: Ying Sa

Office: (515) 288-3188, Cell: (515) 720-9233