North of Boston represented in immigrant entrepreneur nominees

ILC 2014 Awards BannerMALDEN – Thirty-six immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts were nominated for The Immigrant Learning Center’s Third Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, representing outstanding business leaders from across the commonwealth in four business categories: neighborhood, growth, life science and high-tech. Eleven nominees came from companies in the North of Boston region.

Fitzroy Alexander, a native of Grenada and owner of Traditional Breads Inc. of Lynn, was nominated for Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Growth. Six business owners were nominated for Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Neighborhood Business including

Denise and Sambath Ban of Simply Khmer Restaurant in Lowell, Alberto Calvo of Stop & Compare Supermarkets in Chelsea, Jose Antonio Guerrero of Cafe Azteca in Lawrence, and Roger Samkhon Pin and Soben Pin of KhmerPost USA in Lowell.

Indian native Pravin Chaturvedi, PhD of IndUS Pharmaceuticals in Woburn was nominated for Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Science.

Fausia Khan, MD and Mansoor Khan, ScD of Alere Analytics in Lowell as well as Lenny Lozinsky, a Russian native from Alliance Marketing Group, LLC in Woburn, were nominated for Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in High-Tech.

The 2014 winner in each category will be announced at the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner on May 8, 2014, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., with master of ceremonies Richard A. Davey, Jr., secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) board trustee.

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Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Growth: Nominees in Outstanding Business Growth had at least 20 percent revenue growth between 2010 and 2013. These immigrant entrepreneurs help to energize the economy in Massachusetts and the United States. The nominees for 2014 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Growth are:

  • Fitzroy Alexander, Traditional Breads Inc., Lynn from Grenada
  • Jose De La Rosa, Guardian Healthcare, Jamaica Plain from Dominican Republic
  • Christine Lin, The Cambridge Institute of International Education, Waltham from China
  • Charbel Najem, Capstone General Contracting, Worcester from Lebanon
  • Dmitriy Peregudov,, Arlington from Russia


Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Neighborhood Business: Small businesses are the lifeblood of many neighborhoods. They provide needed goods and services as well as specialty items. They also increase local commerce by attracting customers from surrounding communities. The nominees for 2014 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Neighborhood Business are:

  • Denise and Sambath Ban, Simply Khmer Restaurant, Lowell from Cambodia
  • Victor Barros, Systemize Networks, Stoughton from Cape Verde
  • Arturo Barroso, Boston Shoe Service, Boston from Mexico
  • Edan Barshan, Universal Dental Plan, Boston from Turkey
  • Alberto Calvo, Stop & Compare Supermarkets, Chelsea from Cuba
  • Javier Diaz, Rincon Caribeno Restaurant, Hyde Park from Dominican Republic
  • Jose Antonio Guerrero, Cafe Azteca, Lawrence from Mexico
  • Janet Hung and Delia Vildoso, Tiny World Child Care Inc., Brookline from Peru
  • Nai Nan Ko, Ko Automotive Group, Wellesly from Taiwan
  • Ricardo Miranda, Miranda Auto Body, Springfield from Uruguay
  • Phong Nguyen, Yoki Restaurant, Medford from Vietnam
  • Mayur Patel, Little Market, Acton from India
  • Roger Samkhon Pin and Soben Pin, KhmerPost USA, Lowell from Cambodia
  • Nabil and Joseph Sater, The Middle East & ZuZu, Cambridge from Lebanon
  • Marc Silva, Somerville Sustainable Cleaning, Cambridge from Brazil
  • Sabrina Tan and Chin Lee, Malaysian Flavours, Pittsfield from Malaysia
  • Rosa and Nisaury Tejeda and Victoria Amador, Tremendous Maids LLC, Jamaica Plain from Dominican Republic
  • Weidong Wang, Baba Sushi and Chuan Sushi Restaurants, Worcester from China


Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Science: According to Immigrant Learning Center research, 26 percent of biotechnology companies in New England have at least one foreign-born founder. These founders not only create jobs, they make significant breakthroughs that impact the health and wellbeing of us all. The nominees for 2014 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Science are:

  • Bela Asztalos, PhD, Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation, Framingham from Hungary
  • Pravin Chaturvedi, PhD, IndUS Pharmaceuticals, Woburn from India
  • Davide Marini, PhD, Firefly BioWorks, Inc., Cambridge from Italy
  • Josef von Rickenbach, PAREXEL International Corp., Waltham from Switzerland
  • Andrey Zarur, PhD, Greenlight Biosciences, Medford from Mexico


Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in High-Tech: Technological breakthroughs are often made by immigrants. The nominees in the high-tech category have each made remarkable contributions in their fields, and they contribute to Massachusetts’ reputation as a top ecosystem of innovation. The nominees for 2014 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in High-Tech are:

  • Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage, Cambridge from India
  • Ashifi Gogo, PhD, Sproxil, Inc., Cambridge from Ghana
  • Bettina Hein, Pixability, Boston from Germany
  • Fausia Khan, MD, and Mansoor Khan, ScD, Alere Analytics, Lowell from Pakistan
  • Lenny Lozinsky, Alliance Marketing Group, LLC, Woburn from Russia
  • Pedro Santos, OsComp Systems, Somerville from Dominican Republic
  • Swapnil Shah, FirstFuel Software, Lexington from India
  • Xavier Xicay, Tuatara Corp., Boston from Venezuela


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ILC Black Logo 630kbThe Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Malden, Mass, is a not-for-profit organization that helps immigrants and refugees become successful workers, parents and community members through direct service programs and public education. Our direct service program provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston. The ILC further supports immigrants through the Public Education Institute, which informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society.

For more information, visit their website and Facebook.



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