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Four Indian Business Owners Nominated For The 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

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On April 28, 2016, at The Immigrant Learning Center’s fifth annual Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, more than 250 business and community leaders will come together to honor 42 immigrants from 26 countries who founded businesses in 18 Massachusetts communities. These nominees represent outstanding business leaders from across the commonwealth in four business categories: growth, neighborhood, high-tech and life science.


This is a diverse group. The businesses they founded range from three to 56 years old and are as dissimilar as a neighborhood bakery, a law firm and a cutting-edge technology company; but each of these 45 nominees made the same choice to leave the country of their birth, start a new life and a new business in this country. The residents of Massachusetts benefit greatly from this choice. 


The 2016 winner in each category will be announced at the Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., with Master of Ceremonies, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. Ticket and sponsorship information is available at http://www.ilctr.org.



Business Growth


According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development, private employers added 5.8 percent more jobs from 2012 to 2015. The nine nominees in the Business Growth category increased their number of full-time-equivalent employees by 20 to 1067 percent during the same time frame. These immigrant entrepreneurs have had phenomenal success in a sluggish economy and are expanding the Massachusetts workforce. The nominees for The 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Growth are:


Herby Duverne, Taino Consulting Group, LLC, Boston

from Haiti

Wendy Estrella, Estrella Law Firm, Lawrence

from Dominican Republic


Eduardo & German Fernandez, Brothers Market, Inc., Dorchester

from Dominican Republic


Francisco Fernandez, Happy Supermarket, Dorchester

from Dominican Republic


Marc-Andre Lebel, FRX Polymers, Inc., Chelmsford

from Canada


Larry O’Toole, Gentle Giant Moving Company, Somerville

from Ireland


Hitendra Patel, IXL Center, Cambridge

from Zambia


Jose de la Rosa, Guardian Healthcare, Jamaica Plain

from Dominican Republic


Tony Salem, Sea-Dar Construction, Boston

from Lebanon



Neighborhood Business


Small businesses are the lifeblood of many neighborhoods. They provide needed goods and services, local jobs, and they give back to their communities. The nominees for The 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Neighborhood Business are:


Angelica and Diana Cardona, Chocolafee, Revere

from Columbia


Eva and Nick Chau, Tai Tung Pharmacy, Boston

from China


Joe DeSouza, Modelos Market and Cafe, Somerville

from Brazil


Mai Du, Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy, Malden

from Vietnam


Julia Frenkle, Opus Design LLC, Brighton

from Germany


Suraj Gurung, Asian Star Markets LLC, West Springfield

from Bhutan


Dheyaa Habeed, Baghdad Bakery and Market, West Springfield

from Iraq


Sandra Katz-Deleon, Center For Bilingual Services, Lawrence

from Ecuador


Fatima Langa, Muqueca Restaurant, Cambridge

from Brazil


Gerardo Loza and Hilda Torres, My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center, Malden

from Mexico



Danaris Mazara, Sweet Grace Heavenly Cakes, Lawrence

from Dominican Republic


Moe Mobasherat, Omnidentix & Associates, Medford

from Iran


Elizabeth Nolberto, Ellie’s CPR and First Aid Training, Lawrence

from Dominican Republic


Jignesh Patel, Jay Square, Beverly

from India


Colette Phillips, Colette Phillips Communications, Boston

from Antigua


Antonio Rodrigues, TNT Cleaning Services Inc., Assonet

from Cape Verde


Magbe Savane, Makomas LLC, Revere

from Côte d’Ivoire


Douglas Tran, All Seasons Table Restaurant, Malden

from Vietnam


Angela Westen, Angela Westen Insurance Agency, Lowell

from Brazil





The nominees in the high-tech category have each made remarkable contributions in their fields, and they contribute to Massachusetts’ reputation as a top ecosystem of innovation. They are at the cutting edge of technologies as diverse as cybersecurity, energy, nanotechnology, mobile apps, cloud computing and the internet of things. These immigrants are forging innovations that can have a significant impact on the future. The nominees for The 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in High-Tech are:


Edison Almeida, eCurv Inc., Cambridge

from Brazil


Rajini Anachi, mZeal Communications, Littleton

from India


Vladimir Bulovic, QD Vision, Lexington

from Yugoslavia


Mihael Mikek, Celtra Inc., Boston

from Slovenia


Markus Rex, ownCloud, Lexington

from Germany


Omri Shor, Medisafe, Boston

from Israel



Life Science


Immigrants are overrepresented among patent holders and Nobel Prize winners. In Massachusetts, immigrant entrepreneurs are a critical component leading to Massachusetts’ reputation as a life science powerhouse. These founders are making significant breakthroughs that impact the health and well-being of us all ranging from neurologic disorders, cancer, food science, human microbiome therapies and gene-based drugs. The nominees for The 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Science are:


Sudhir Agrawal, Idera Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge

from India


PJ Anand, Alcyone Lifesciences and Arthromeda, Inc., Lowell

from India


Garo H. Armen, Agenus Inc., Lexington and Children of Armenia Fund, New York, NY

from Turkey


Magdalena Leszczyniecka, STC Biologics, Cambridge

from Poland


Bernat Olle, Vedanta Biosciences, Inc., Cambridge

from Spain


Elisabet de los Pinos, Aura Biosciences Inc., Cambridge

from Spain


Oliver Yu, Conagen, Inc., Bedford

from China



About The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Malden, MA, is a not-for-profit organization that gives immigrants a voice in three ways. The English Language Program provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston to help them become successful workers, parents and community members. The Public Education Institute informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society, and the Institute for Immigration Research, a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts research on the economic contributions of immigrants.

For more information, visit the website http://www.ilctr.org. The ILC can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

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