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New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Award Winners Announced

Awardees Work Locations Include Jersey City, Newark, Hamilton, Trenton and Bridgeton

Business leaders throughout the state of New Jersey were honored by The NJ Business Immigration Coalition as winners of the 9th Annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneurs awards, which highlight the social and economic contributions of New Jersey's immigrants to communities throughout the state and celebrate the important role of immigrants in today's economy. 

The winners were Shibber Khan, Principal and Co-Founder of the Criterion Group LLC, Jersey City, 2022 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year (not pictured), Elisa Neira, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Dept. of Human Services, Trenton, David Sarnoff Award for Advocacy and Community Engagement (left), Sheetal Bahirat, Founder & CEO, Hidden Gems Beverage Co., Bridgeton, Ida Rosenthal Young Entrepreneur Award (center), Mayra T. LaMantia, Founder & CEO, Immigration Community Outreach, Newark, Josephine Ho Award for Non-Profit Entrepreneurship (right), and Amir Ulislam, President & CEO, Jersey Precast, Hamilton, Caspar Wistar Award for Growth (not pictured).

The awards program featured keynote speakers James Barrood, former CEO of the NJ Tech Council and author of Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and Lessons from the Great Recession, and Leah Boustan, Professor of Economics and Director of Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University and co-author of Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success.


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