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Immigrant Business Entrepreneur Conference – Westin Galleria Hotel – 5060 W. Alabama -

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Immigrant Business Magazine* will host its first conference “The Immigrant’s Guide to Success in The US” in Houston, Texas at the Westin Galleria Hotel. This all-day event sponsored by Nissan, will bring together seasoned entrepreneurs, corporations, lenders and government agencies, as well as emerging immigrant-owned firms, and provide information, tools and resources to help immigrant entrepreneurs grow and develop their business.

“This will be the first learning event for immigrants on how to launch and grow a successful business in the United States,” says Foulis Peacock, CEO, Immigrant Business Magazine. “Immigrant entrepreneurs are a massive engine of economic growth for Houston and the United States as a whole. They are the fastest growing, most dynamic business market in America. Immigrants are launching businesses at twice the rate of American-born entrepreneurs, and were responsible for almost 30 percent of all new businesses last year – despite making up only make up 13 percent of the population. They are creating jobs for Americans, revitalizing our lost neighborhoods and cities and increasing our tax base by billions of dollars a year”.

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Conference will address the unique needs of immigrant entrepreneurs, offering solutionsfor the key issues these business owners face. Conference attendees can look forward to a day of hands-on instruction, gaining access to specific resources and expert advice on howto make their business a success, including:

  • Detailed information on how to raise financing from crowd funders, non-traditionalfinancers, angel investors, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Houston area banks.
  • Representatives will be on hand to speak with attendees face-to-face;
  • Strategies on how to sell, and win contracts from large US corporations.
  • Information on how to bid on and win government contracts from municipal (Houston), state and federal governments;
  • Information on Supplier Diversity, including major companies in Houston who are looking for diverse small business suppliers;
  • Information on franchising for immigrant entrepreneurs, including the latest trends and what industries are growing for immigrants.

Some of the individuals and organizations participating in the Immigrant Entrepreneur Conference include Richard Gianni with LiftFund (formerly Accion), Valerie Coleman with the Small Business Administration, discussing how to get government contracts, Steve Dukes with CenterPoint Energy on doing business with large U.S. companies, and April Day with the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA), discussing Supplier Diversity.

The conference will also feature an Entrepreneur Showcase, where successful immigrant-owned businesses from Houston will be recognized for their accomplishments in sustaining their business and demonstrating success in sales, growth and involvement in their communities. These businesses will also be featured in a Houston special report in the May 2016 edition of Immigrant Business Magazine.

Limited seats are currently available at a discounted rate, and registration is required to attend. To learn more about the conference and to register online, visit

*Immigrant Business Magazine is currently an on-line publication, but is scheduled to go to print in April 2016.


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