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South Carolina: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives

In South Carolina, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation economy, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to South Carolina’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 11,869 new immigrant business owners in South Carolina, and in 2010, 6.7 percent of all business owners in South Carolina were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had total net business income of $521.9 million, which is 5.3 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Immigrant entrepreneurs have contributed to South Carolina’s economy throughout the state’s history, founding such companies as Dominion Tar and Chemical Company (DOMTAR), which employs 8,700 people and brings in over $5.6 billion in annual revenues to South Carolina.

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Published On: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 | Download File

Ohio: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives

In Ohio, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation economy, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Ohio’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, immigrants founded 20,768 businesses in Ohio, and in 2010, 6.7 percent of all business owners in Ohio were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had total net business income of $1.3 billion, which is 5.7 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Immigrant entrepreneurs have contributed to Ohio’s economy throughout the state’s history, founding such companies as Proctor & Gamble and Eaton Corporation. Other Ohio-based Fortune 500 companies had at least one immigrant or child of an immigrant co-founder, including Kroger, Limited Brands, Big Lots, and Owens-Illinois.

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Published On: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 | Download File

Iowa: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives

In Iowa, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation economy, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Iowa’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 4,823 new immigrant business owners in Iowa, and in 2010, 3.1 percent of all business owners in the state were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $215.8 million, which is 2.8 percent of all net business income in the state.

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Published On: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 | Download File

Alabama: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives

In Alabama, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation economy, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Alabama’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 7,968 new immigrant business owners in Alabama, and in 2010, 4.6 percent of all business owners in the state were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had total net business income of $337.3 million, which is 3.4 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • According to the Fiscal Policy Institute: “It is interesting to note that Alabama ranks toward the bottom of the list of immigrant share of population (3 percent) and labor force (4 percent), but is in the top half of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia (at 20th) in the ratio of foreign-born share of business owners to U.S.-born share. In Alabama, immigrant workers are 10 percent more likely than U.S.-born counterparts to be small business owners.”

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Published On: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 | Download File

Michigan: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives

In Michigan, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation economy, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Michigan’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, immigrants founded 30,223 businesses in Michigan, and in 2010, 10.4 percent of all business owners in Michigan were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $1.8 billion, which is 9.2 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Michigan’s foreign-born were more than three times as likely as the native-born population to start a new business between 1996 and 2007.
  • In particular, 32.8 percent of high-tech startups in Michigan between 1990 and 2005 had an immigrant founder, which places Michigan third out of all fifty states and means that Michigan’s immigrants are six times more likely to start a high-tech firm than U.S.-born residents.

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Arkansas: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives

In Arkansas, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation economy, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Arkansas’ economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 6,171 new immigrant business owners in Arkansas, and in 2010, 5 percent of all business owners in the state were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had total net business income of $286.7 million, which is 4.7 percent of all business income in the state.
  • Arkansas had a 160 percent increase in Hispanic-owned businesses, growing from 2,094 businesses in 2002 to 5,457 in 2007, according to Census Bureau data.

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Montana: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Treasure State

In Montana, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to Montana’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 1,061 new immigrant business owners in Montana, and in 2010, 1.5 percent of all business owners in Montana were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $44 million, which is 1.4 percent of all net business income in the state.

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Published On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 | Download File

Delaware: Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the First State

In Delaware, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to Delaware’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 3,320 new immigrant business owners in Delaware and in 2010, 10.5 percent of all business owners in Delaware were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $261 million, which is 12.6 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Delaware is home to many successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant, including well-known companies such as the chemical giant DuPont, which brought in $39.5 billion in revenue in 2012 and employs 70,000 people worldwide.

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Published On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 | Download File

Hawaii: Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Aloha State

In Hawaii, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

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Published On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 | Download File

Maine: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Pine Tree State

In Maine, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Maine’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 2,711 new immigrant business owners in Maine, and in 2010, 3.2 percent of all business owners in Maine were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of almost $120 million, which is 3.3 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Maine is home to many successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant, including well-known companies such as Fairchild Semiconductor International, which employ nearly s 8,000 people and produces more than $1.5 billion in revenue.

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Published On: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 | Download File