Nominations are now open for the 5th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award. The Award recognizes and celebrates the contributions that immigrant entrepreneurs are making across Leeds and Grenville.
Until September 13, 2019, the public will be able to nominate an immigrant entrepreneur by simply submitting the name of the business and the owner. This can be done via the Immigration Partnership’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LGimmigration ), Instagram (@LGImmigration) or via email/phone/in-person to Immigration Partnership staff ([email protected] / 613-498-2111 / 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville). All nominations will be evaluated by members of the Immigration Partnership to determine the winner.
Nominees must have been born outside of Canada, live in Leeds Grenville, and own/operate a business in Leeds Grenville.
As Melissa Francis, Program Manager of the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership states, “Starting a business for anyone is extremely challenging. Immigrants can face additional barriers such as having to learn a new language, maneuvering different ways of doing business, and overcoming cultural differences in order to develop new community connections. Those who have chosen to start a business here in Leeds and Grenville deserve special recognition for their endless energy and commitment to their business and community. We encourage everyone to nominate their favourite immigrant run business.’.
The award will be presented at the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre Bridges to Better Business Conference being held in Brockville during Small Business Week in October.
The award is a collaborative effort between members of the St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership; the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre, the Employment + Education Centre, CSE Consulting, TR Leger Immigrant Services / TR Leger Immigrant Services aux Immigrants, KEYS Job Centre and the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence – Rideau.