Illinois Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit set for Aug. 30

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit (IES) is hosting its annual regional summit on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the TaxSlayer Center, Moline.

The summit, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will offer business workshops, programs on navigating grants, networking events and more.

IES’s mission is to educate and support small businesses, providing a wealth of speakers to help businesses move forward. After two years of maintaining health and safety advisories around COVID-19, the event resumes in-person in order to support immigrant and minority-owned businesses.

“This is an opportunity for us to get back together after some difficult years for business,” said IES Executive Director Catherine Tran. “Though COVID was tough, the reality is that this past year post-COVID has been an even more challenging time for many businesses. We recognize that businesses still need a lot of support, and this event is meant to do just that through business workshops focusing on ERC (Employee Retention Credit) and navigating loans and business strategies.”

Catherine Tran
Catherine Tran

The fee to attend is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch. Information and tickets can be found at

Some of the workshops scheduled for the regional summit include: Recession-proofing Your Business; Growth Mindset Instead of Panic Mindset; Small Business Administration Lending Capabilities; How to Start a Business in 2022; Rethink, Reset, Reinvent Your Business Model; Unlocking Alternative Capital for your Business; and Employee Retention Credit Calculation and Application.

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit is a nonprofit organization launched in Des Moines in 2008 to support immigrant businesses that were struggling by creating a platform for learning, exchange of ideas, and the creation of a welcoming community.

Since 2014, IES has hosted small events in the Quad Cities. Its last in-person Quad Cities regional was held in July 2019. Additionally, IES has its National Summit in Ankeny, Iowa, at the FFA Enrichment Center, set for Nov. 29. 

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