BCNA Announces the 6th Annual BCNA Immigrant Heritage Week Awards

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The Business Center for New Americans (BCNA) will mark New York City's Immigrant Heritage Week 2017 by honoring inspiring NYC immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs. Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of the City of New York, to Join BCNA in Honoring Outstanding Immigrant Entrepreneurs at the 6th Anual BCNA Immigrant Heritage Week Awards ceremony.

“We are honored to serve and support immigrant entrepreneurs in New York City,” says Yanki Tshering, Executive Director of the Business Center.

In recognition of the important role immigrant entrepreneurs play in the economy of New York City, the Business Center for New Americans will mark Immigrant Heritage Week 2017 by honoring inspiring NYC immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs.

Special guest and Keynote Speaker will be Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of New York City.

Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), will present the awards at the event, which will be held on Friday, April 21, from 8:30 – 10:45am at SIFMA Conference Center, 120 Broadway.

A panel led by Judy Messina, founder of "Digital New York" and former senior reporter for Crain's New York Business will discuss “How Digital Access is Helping Women Entrepreneurs Build Connections.” Panelists will include Deepti Sharma Kapur, Founder and CEO of FoodtoEat; Natalia Konovalova, Founder and CEO of Le’Bulga; Nancy Reynoso, a Green Taxi owner and industry spokesperson; Annabelle Santos, Founder and CEO of SPAdét; and Alimata Zabsonre, Founder and CEO of Alima Hair Braiding and Founder of the Association of African Women.

The 2017 Bootstrap Entrepreneur Award will be presented to Astou Diaw of Astou African Hair Braiding
The 2017 New York Job Creator Award will be presented to Sunita Adhikari of Shruvashree.
The 2017 New Beginning Awards will go to Behzad Pouyanfar, Nabina Khanal, and Olawale Obayemi.
The 2017 Innovation Award will go to Juan Quelal of SmartCab.
The 2017 Trailblazer Award will go to Yevgeniy Mordkovich of EVELO.

“We are honored to serve and support immigrant entrepreneurs in New York City,” says Yanki Tshering, Executive Director of the Business Center. “We are especially proud of this year’s honorees, who are not only working hard to pursue their dreams and create a better future for their families, but also making valuable contributions to New York City’s economy, culture and community.”

Immigrant Heritage Week, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, is a collaboration of a diverse group of city, state, and community organizations featuring cultural events in all five boroughs celebrating the city’s immigrant communities.

Business Center for New Americans (BCNA) is an award-winning Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Small Business Administration Microlender. BCNA has disbursed over $16.6 million in loans and assisted over 10,000 immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs in New York City since 1998. For more information, please visit http://www.nybcna.org

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