Governor Branstad to Speak at 4th Annual IES

Des Moines, Iowa — Nov. 2, 2011 — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be the keynote speakers, offering guidance, motivation and support for minority and immigrant business owners and their future opportunities, at this year’s Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit (IES) on Nov. 12, 2011 at 9 a.m.

Job creation continues to be the governor’s top priority and his administration continues to take part in initiatives that are dedicated to drive Iowa’s economic growth; these initiatives include creating the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) and partnering with Google to assist Iowa businesses in establishing an online presence.

IES will provide 15 hands-on seminars that relate to the governor’s approach to economic growth.

“We have the hard numbers to prove that the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit does create jobs and directly contributes to community economic development,” says IES Board Member Ben Jung. In 2010, 125 companies were formed in Iowa by IES attendees alone, along with an additional 179 jobs.

More than 300 participants from 35 different countries attended the first annual IES in 2008. 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.

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