Global Detroit’s Second Annual Event: Celebrating Immigrant Innovation

A diverse crowd of nearly 100 joined Global Detroit at our Second Annual Event to celebrate immigration innovation and award leaders who demonstrate the truly broad, inclusive nature of Global Detroit’s work and impact. Located at the beautiful home of Harold and Mary Ellen Gurewitz in Detroit’s Palmer Woods neighborhood, the evening included incredible food, wine, and live music.

Salvador Enriquez and his daughter Adriana Hernandez, owners of Carniceria Guadalajara, received the Global Detroit Immigrant Entrepreneur Award.

While most of the evening was a chance for Global Detroit supporters and partners to meet and connect, a short presentation centered on giving awards to the Global Detroit Champion, Corporate Leadership, and Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. This year’s three winners—Mike Zimmer of Governor Snyder’s Office, Don Hicks of Llamasoft, and Salvador Enriquez and Adriana Hernandez of Carneceria Guadalajara—represent the range of Global Detroit’s work.

From working with one of the nation’s fastest growing software technology firms in a fierce competition for high-skilled talent to assisting a local butcher helping to revitalize a Detroit neighborhood with a vibrant immigrant community, Global Detroit is an innovator and expert in connecting international talent with regional businesses’ unmet talent needs, as well as in catalyzing the growth and development of immigrant entrepreneurs. Our partnership with Governor Snyder’s efforts to facilitate the economic integration of immigrants, as well as our work with other units of government, the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and private companies reflect our efforts to building a globally-competitive and inclusive region.

Global Detroit’s Executive Director Steve Tobocman highlighted some of the findings of recent three-year evaluation of Global Detroit’s work. Global Detroit has been busy connecting international students to local employers, helping immigrant build professional networks, assisting immigrant businesses in accessing capital, facilitating the purchase and rehab of vacant housing in Detroit, and helping residents access basic services.

With a hard-working staff and board of directors, Global Detroit is blessed to have a strong network of business and individual supporters who made the annual event a delightful and rewarding evening. Thank you.

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