IES Award Nominations

Every year, the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit (IES) recognizes individuals and organizations who have worked to advance the field of entrepreneurship for new Americans. IES is now accepting award nominations, and will award four outstanding immigrants, community leaders and immigrant advocates in their region or in the National IES Summit.


1. Immigrant Entrepreneur Leadership Award [award reserved for National IES only]

A first generation immigrant who has demonstrated leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit in his/her professional and family life and on behalf of the immigrant and /or larger community. Nominee possesses an ability to mobilize others and is regarded as a community leader.

2. Outstanding Immigrant Business Award

An immigrant-owned (at least 50% ownership by first generation immigrant) business that serves as a model and inspiration of success in both profit and philanthropy. Nominee utilizes business strategies that carry a mission of community investment and civic engagement while providing a healthy profit margin.

3. Karen L Evans Immigrant Champion Award 

A non-immigrant who is dedicated to making a positive impact on the immigrant community. Nominee demonstrates both a personal and professional commitment to and advocacy on behalf of immigrants and their families and communities.

An organization (business, government or non profit) dedicated to making a positive impact on the immigrant community. Nominee leads efforts to facilitate the entrepreneurial efforts of immigrants and/or fosters an environment where the unique skills immigrants bring to the work place is valued and rewarded.

4. Immigrant Spirit Award

A first generation Immigrant who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to professional business excellence and altruistic pursuits. Nominee’s accomplishments and contributions have broad and substantial positive impact on the immigrant and larger community.

  • Nominee Details

  • Please enter a title or position if nominating an individual. Please skip if nominating an organization
  • Nominator Information

  • References

    Please supply two reference names, email and phone number
  • Nomination Narrative