Outstanding immigrant entrepreneurs nominated for business award

MALDEN, Mass, March 19, 2012 / Twenty one immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts were nominated for The Immigrant Learning Center’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. They represent outstanding business leaders from across the commonwealth in three business categories: neighborhood, business growth, and science or technology. The winner in each category will be announced at the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner on May 9, 2012, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. Ticket and sponsorship information is available at www.ilctr.org/events.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of many neighborhoods. They provide needed goods and services as well as specialty items. They also increase local commerce by attracting customers from surrounding communities. The nominees for Outstanding Neighborhood Business are:

Larry Dossantos    912 Auto    Dorchester
from Cape Verde

Tran Family    My Xuyen Corporation    Dorchester
from Vietnam    www.myxuyenonline.com/

Roger Magalhaes    Shades in Place    Franklin
from Brazil    www.shadesinplace.com

Umesh Bhuju    Zumi's Espresso and Ice Cream    Ipswich
from Napal    www.zumis.com

Neily Soto    Soto Real Estate Services    Lawrence
from Dominican Republic   

Henry Chung    Pho Saigon    Lee
from Vietnam   

Eli Hsu    Tepthida Khmer    Lowell
from Cambodia    http://www.tepthida.com/

Long Tran    Viet Thai Restaurant    Lowell
from Vietnam

Malee Thai    Pailin Market    Lowell
from Cambodia

Abrar Ali Syed    Pine Banks Animal Hospital    Malden
from India    http://www.pinebanksanimalhospital.com/

Tarun & Simi Narula    Spice Root Indian Restaurant    Williamstown
from India    http://www.spiceroot.com/

Nominees in Outstanding Business Growth had at least 30 percent revenue growth between 2009 and 2011, which is more than three times the 8.3 percent growth in national gross domestic product for that period. These immigrant entrepreneurs help to energize the economy in Massachusetts and the United States:

Muhmud Jafri    Dover Rug & Home    Natick
from Pakistan    www.doverrug.com

Ashish Sangani    Giri Hotel Management    Quincy
from India    www.girihotels.com

Julia Silverio    Silverio Insurance    Lawrence
from Dominican Republic   

Sushil Tuli        Leader Bank, N.A.    Arlington
from India    www.leaderbank.com

Scientific and technological breakthroughs are often made by immigrants. These nominees for Outstanding Science or Technology Business have each made remarkable contributions in fields as diverse as medical diagnostics, information technology and micro-electronics:

Kris Canekeratne    Virtusa Corporation    Westborough
from Sri Lanka    www.virtusa.com

Vincent W. Coljee    Excelimmune, Inc.    Woburn
from Canada    www.excelimmune.com

Vincent Linder    Claros Diagnostics    Woburn
from Switzerland    www.clarosdx.com

Gaugarin Oliver    RedEgg Solutions    Waltham
from India    www.mymediainfo.com

Amarpreet Singh Sawhney     Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.    Bedford
from India    www.ocutx.com

Yang Zhao    Memsic, Inc.    Andover
from China    www.memsic.com