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The New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition is seeking nominations for its annual Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards that recognize first-generation business leaders for their contributions to business, innovation, nonprofit work and the state’s economic growth.

There is no fee to enter, and nominations close on June 1. Awards will be given in the following categories: Growth, Advocacy, Innovation, Sustainability, Leadership, Nonprofit Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneur of the Year. Go here to nominate an entrepreneur.

“The New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards were created over a decade ago to highlight the social and economic contributions of New Jersey’s immigrants to communities throughout the state and celebrate the important role of immigrants to today’s economy,” said Katherine Kish, executive director of Einstein’s Alley and one of the founders of the Coalition.

“The nominees and honorees represent small mom-and-pop businesses as well as large corporations; ranging from high-tech firms to professional service providers, from manufacturing operations to restaurants and financial institutions,” Kish said. “Combined, they employ hundreds of people and do billions in sales.”

This year’s awards will be presented at the Multicultural Business Expo of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce on June 27 at the Pines Manor in Edison.

The New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition includes various New Jersey chambers of commerce, trade associations and organizations, including NJBIA, Einstein’s Alley, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, Diversity Dynamics, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce.