New Jersey’s immigrant entrepreneurs were responsible for the invention of the transistor, the modern brassiere, the submarine, Vitamin C, game theory, prong setting for gemstones, the chemical synthesis of penicillin and instant coffee. Iconic companies like Lipton Tea, Welch’s Grape Juice, Ballantine beer, and Colgate-Palmolive were founded by immigrant entrepreneurs who chose New Jersey for their homes and places of business. During its history, New Jersey was home to the first successful glass making business in the colonies as well as the largest marine engine building shop, the largest parachute production company , the fourth largest brewery, the sixth largest homebuilder in America – all of these companies were founded by immigrant entrepreneurs.
This award is presented to an immigrant owned and operated business that:
- Can demonstrate its positive impact on the State.
- Has distinguished itself in comparison to other businesses in its sector.
- Has shown significant business growth and/or innovation.
- Has demonstrated breakthrough leadership thinking.
- Provides a model for long-term strategic planning.
- Has demonstrated civic engagement and social responsibility.