Immigrant Entrepreneur Winning Stories Announced!

Collection of 11 Incredible Stories of Immigrant Entrepreneurs released today

We are so thrilled to release these 11 winning stories from our “A Day in the Life of an Immigrant Entrepreneur” contest! These stories, written by the entrepreneurs themselves, or their families and friends, tell of their journeys and lives.  The people in these stories show that immigrants are valuable contributors to our communities, neighborhoods, economies, and cities. These are stories about hardworking individuals achieving the American Dream.

Last fall, WE Global Network partnered with New America Media to launch this contest to ask for stories about immigrant entrepreneurs in an effort to spotlight the important role they play in our local economies. We then chose one winning story from each of the 11 participating metropolitan regions – Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Lansing, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.  These 11 stories are published in this book. 


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Congratulations to the $1,000 prize winner, Julio Zegarra-Ballon from St. Louis!

All 11 winners were included in a drawing for a $1,000 prize.  Of those 11, Julio Zegarra-Ballon's name was drawn, making him the $1,000 winner! Julio, originally from Peru, is the founder and owner of Zee Bee Market in St. Louis’ South Grand Neighborhood.  Julio renovated a vacant space where he now sells handcrafted and Fair Trade products from around the world, while giving the artisans behind the products a better life. Congrats, Julio!

“Immigrant entrepreneurs are making important contributions in St. Louis, from our nationally renowned start-up community to lifestyle retail businesses. We applaud Julio Zegarra-Ballon and his commitment to making St. Louis a vibrant business community,” 

- Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project
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