"Green Card Entrepreneur Voices: How-To Business Stories from Minnesota Immigrants" is a collection of essays and digital narratives from twenty immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs living in Minnesota. Written in the tellers’ own words, these stories offer insight into immigrant entrepreneur expertise: how they did it, why they did it, and what they learned in the process.
These storytellers, who come from nineteen different countries, describe their childhoods, the reasons they left their homes, their first moments in a strange land, and the ways they’ve contributed to their new home. They've build multi-million-dollar companies, founded community arts organizations, developed products that support their home countries, and designed new organizations in the US based on their cultural traditions. They are social entrepreneurs, company founders, and everything in between.
Immigrants are among the most entrepreneurial individuals in our nation. They create new companies, provide jobs, and contribute to the American economic landscape. This book, along with its accompanying video narratives, memorializes these contributions. "Green Card Entrepreneur Voices" is an inspirational resource and how-to guide for anyone who wants to know what it takes to succeed as an (immigrant) entrepreneur in our nation.
"Green Card Entrepreneur Voices gives us a glimpse into the hearts and minds of the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurialism in our region. The stories are captivating and inspired. It’s a must read!” –Jonathan Weinhagen, President & CEO, The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
“Inspiring stories capturing the passion of the tenacious entrepreneurs who make up the soul of our immigrant-nation’s entrepreneurial spirit.” –John Stavig, Director, Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
“Green Card Entrepreneur Voices is an invitation from Minnesota immigrants into their unique, personal, and courageous journeys. Drawing on their imaginative and inspiring stories the book masterfully weaves metaphors, visions, hopes, and struggles in a colorful and creative way. With sensibility and profound honesty, their stories help us connect and expand our human capacity to love. Given the social challenges of our times, Green Card Entrepreneur Voices is a must read for those seeking to transcend the intelligence of the heart and the mind.” –Dr. Ramon A. Pastrano IV, CEO-President ImpactLives Inc.