Celebrate an Immigrant Story
IES is culturally sensitive and community-connected business platform with a mission to bring businesses of diverse backgrounds together to share, learn, and celebrate the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and contribution to the overall community. In 2008, IES started as a practical effort to give immigrants in the Des Moines, IA the tools they need to succeed in business. We were seeing immigrant-owned businesses having difficulty with understanding regulations, with devastating impact on their business. The group that became the leadership of IES were immigrant business-owners who wanted to ensure that others in their community could succeed, and that entrepreneurship could be a pathway for many to gain greater independence and better future for themselves and their families.
Over twelve years, IES contributed to the formation of 1,415 new companies, creating 7,415 new jobs. This data are from business owners who have formed companies as a result of IES. We are now growing into a year-round platform, replicating the success of the National IES into other cities.