New Jersey Immigrant Awards Nomination Form


  


About the Awards

The NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards honor current first-generation immigrant business leaders helping local New Jersey communities thrive.  The Awards were created to highlight the history and academic influence of New Jersey's immigrant entrepreneurs and their contributions to communities throughout the state. The intention of the New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards is to bring together business groups from across the state to join in celebrating the important role of immigrants to today's economy.  The awards honor immigrants for their achievements in growth, advocacy, innovation, sustainability, and leadership.

 

Historically, New Jersey's immigrant entrepreneurs were responsible for inventions like the transistor, the modern brassiere, the submarine, Vitamin C game theory, prong setting for gemstones, the chemical synthesis of penicillin and instant coffee. Iconic companies like Lipton Tea, Welch's Grape Juice, Ballantine beer, and Colgate-Palmolive were founded by immigrant entrepreneurs who chose New Jersey for their homes and places of business.

Nominate a 2017 NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur. Nominations are being accepted now through midnight July 25th, 2017.

Ceremony will be held at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Global Opportunities Summit on September 13, 2017.


Award Categories

Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year

New Jersey's immigrant entrepreneurs were responsible for the invention of the transistor, the modern brassiere, the submarine, Vitamin C and more. Iconic companies like Lipton Tea, Welch's Grape Juice were founded by immigrants who chose New Jersey for their places of business. During its history, New Jersey was home to the first successful glass making business in the colonies as well as the largest marine engine building shop, the largest parachute production company , the fourth largest brewery, the sixth largest homebuilder in America all of these companies were founded by immigrant entrepreneurs.

Criteria

This award is presented to an immigrant owned and operated business that:

  • Can demonstrate its positive impact on the State.
  • Has distinguished itself in comparison to other businesses in its sector.
  • Has shown significant business growth and/or innovation.
  • Has demonstrated breakthrough leadership thinking.
  • Provides a model for long-term strategic planning.
  • Has demonstrated civic engagement and social responsibility.

Albert Einstein Award for Innovation

Albert Einstein was born in Wurttemberg, Germany in 1879.  As a young adult, he worked in a Swiss patent office, which allowed in to explore his interest in electromagnetism.  In 1905, Einstein had his miracle year, in which he published 4 papers, including the paper in which he announced his discovery of the relationship between matter and energy, E = mc2.  In 1921, Einstein received the Noble Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.  Einstein left Germany in 1932 as a result of the rise to power of the Nazi party and increasing hostility toward Jews, especially Einstein.  He came to America and took a position at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.  He continued to teach and research in New Jersey, making invaluable contributions to physics and science.

Criteria

  • Exhibits exceptional, cutting-edge creative thinking in its business plan, launch, or growth phases in product development, operations, marketing or other aspects of its business.
  • Has distinguished itself in comparison to other businesses in its sector.
  • Has demonstrated breakthrough leadership thinking.

Caspar Wistar Award for Growth

Caspar Wistar came to the United States from Baden, Germany in 1717 at age 21, and in 1739, he established the first successful glass factory in the colonies in Salem County, New Jersey (near present day Alloway).  Bottles and window glass were the chief products of Wistarburg, as the glasshouse and its surrounding community were called. At its height, the factory employed 60 people annually, and it is estimated that it produced 17,000-20,000 bottles annually.  The factory also made scientific glass, supplying Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) with the glass apparatus used in his experiments on electricity.

Criteria

This award is presented to an immigrant owned and operated business that:
  • Is a foreign-born founder of a business, for-profit corporation, partnership, or proprietorship headquartered in New Jersey.
  • Was founded in 2009 or earlier.
  • Is currently be actively involved in a senior management position or as a board member.
  • Must demonstrate percentage growth in revenue, number of employees, number of branches, and/or regional coverage.

 

David Sarnoff Award for Advocacy and Community Engagement

Born in 1891 in Minsk, Russia, David Sarnoff emigrated first to New York, spending his early years as an office boy at Marconi Wireless telegraph Company and moving up the ladder as he successfully advocated for the expanded use of what we call radio. During his early years at Marconi, Sarnoff also demonstrated the first use of radio on a railroad line, the Lackawanna Railroad Company's link between Binghamton, New York, and Scranton, Pennsylvania, and promoted the demonstration of the Marconi regenerative receiver at the Marconi station at Belmar, New Jersey.  Throughout the war years, Sarnoff remained Marconi's Commercial Manager and oversaw the company's factory in Roselle Park, New Jersey.

Criteria

This award is presented to an immigrant owned and operated business that:
  • Has a demonstrated commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry.
  • Has a proven history of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the overall small business community and the local community.
  • Has success in advocating for pro-small business policies.
  • Has demonstrated civic engagement and social responsibility.


Please email any questions or comments to NJIEawards@gmail.com