Written by 30 MINNESOTA IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS
Expected publishing date: MAY 2018
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Green Card ENTREPRENEUR Voices: Inspiring How-To Stories from Minnesota Immigrants is a collection of personal essays, videos, and podcasts from immigrant entrepreneurs living in Minnesota. This is the fourth in a series of books featuring immigrant stories recorded by Green Card Voices (GCV). Through this project, we lift up immigrant voices and offer insight into the resources and expertise that these immigrant entrepreneurs have to offer. We have already recorded 15 of the entrepreneur stories and are ready to work on the book and podcasts!
Today’s political climate is charged and the future of immigration in the United States is in flux. What is certain however, is that those immigrants who are here are among the most entrepreneurial individuals in our nation. They create new companies, provide jobs, and contribute to their communities in countless ways. This project will not only highlight their contributions, it will be an inspirational resource for anyone who has a desire to know what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur in our nation.
Since the publication of Green Card Voices’ award-winning, first book “Green Card YOUTH Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School,” we have seen the value of having these stories accessible in a written format. Our first book is being used in classrooms, is required reading at universities, and graces the bookshelves of bookstores around Minnesota! For our impact to be as broad as it can be, it is critical that we use all the types of mediums available.
We want to expand our book + video project to include a podcast series as well. With a podcast, people can learn from these entrepreneurial experts on the go!
The book, videos, and podcasts will inspire and educate other entrepreneurs as they embark on their own journeys!
Revenue earned through the sales of the books will be used to contribute to the long-term sustainability and programming of Green Card Voices.
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“From 1996 to 2011, the business startup rate of immigrants increased by more than 50 percent, while the native-born startup rate declined by 10 percent, to a 30-year low. Immigrants today are more than twice as likely to start a business as native-born citizens…Despite accounting for only about 13 percent of the population, immigrants now start more than a quarter of new businesses in this country.” – Inc.com “The Most Entrepreneurial Group in America Wasn’t Born in America”, 2015.
In Minnesota specifically:
“Immigrants comprise 7% of the state’s population but 9% of the workforce. In six industry sectors and 17 occupations, both higher- and lower- skilled, immigrants comprise more than one quarter of the workforce” – Minnesota Chamber of Commerce “The Economic Contributions of Immigrants in Minnesota”, 2013.
What about immigrants makes them such successful entrepreneurs? Researchers cite immigrants’ risk propensity, unique knowledge, and access to transnational resources and networks. Immigrant entrepreneur Des Deshpande of India attributes immigrants’ entrepreneurial propensity to “out-of-the-box” thinking, which he says is natural from someone who is “out-of-the-box.”
We have so much to learn from their drive, and we believe the podcasts, videos, and book will go a long way towards sharing that knowledge.
This past year has seen some of the most negative immigrant rhetoric to date. In the current climate, it is more important than ever to use individual accounts to highlight the lives lived and contributions made to our nation. At Green Card Voices, we believe stories are a critical part of this movement.
We can’t make this book without your support.
By helping fund this project, you are joining us in creating a culture of empathy that will work to build a nation where all voices are heard and valued.
Green Card Voices is a small 501(c)3 nonprofit with a limited budget. Funds raised in this campaign will go towards:
Our first priorities are recording the remaining stories, the printing costs, and copy editing. These costs are non-negotiable and 100% necessary to make the book happen. If we don’t reach our goal, we will raise the funds for staff time and marketing through other avenues.