Iowa’s Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit will celebrate their 10th anniversary on November 18. This year the IES will be bigger than ever with over 1,000 immigrant business owners from all over the Midwest expected to attend the summit in the FFA Enrichment Center DMACC Ankeny Campus.

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit is an annual event that brings businesses of diverse backgrounds together to share, learn, and celebrate the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and their contributions to the overall community.

Every aspect of the Summit, from success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs at the award ceremony, to sharing business expertise in the areas of law, international trade, accounting, marketing, and technology in the classrooms, is all designed to inspire new immigrant and non-immigrant entrepreneurs to make their “American Dream” a reality.

Ten years ago, three immigrant business owners started the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit. This nonprofit organization was created to educate immigrant business owners the basics of starting and operating a successful business in the United States. Since its creation IES keeps on advocating for immigrant business owners and providing a venue for immigrant businesses owners to connect with the greater business communities in our state and country. IES provides opportunities to everyone through education and networking, but above all this organization believes in nurturing, love and gratitude.

Ying Sa, one of the founders and the current chair of the IES, is also an immigrant entrepreneur she is the founder and Principal Certified Public Accountant at Community CPA & Associates, Inc. A native of China and former resident of Canada, Ying served five years as Vice President of Controllers for Wells Fargo Financial Inc. in Des Moines, IA and six years as the Chief Financial Officer of the Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Iowa State University.

The Hola Iowa family with Ying Sa at the 2016 Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit
The Hola Iowa family with Ying Sa at the 2016 Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit

“I am an immigrant. I am most thankful to the people who have welcomed and supported me, my business, my family and my children,” Ying Sa said. “Together, we will celebrate the unity, the sharing, and most importantly, the learning. It is our goal for every business owner to learn more, do more and to earn more. IES is for you and is for your fellow immigrant friends who are eager to be financially successful.”


Many in the Hispanic community dream of having their own business someday. Unfortunately, lack of crucial information stops some of them from attempting to launch their business.

“Remarkably, growth in the number of Latino-owned firms in the United States is outpacing growth in number among other firms. This high business creation rate is unique in the U.S. because the five-year average growth rate in the number of Latino firms has remained at double or triple that of the national average for the past fifteen years. This growth presents a great opportunity to expand the U.S. economy.”  – State of Latino Entrepreneurship 2016 report by the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative

“Business is a learned skill. It’s not anybody’s smarter than any other, it’s knowing how to move through the system,” Sa explained. “Everyone can be an entrepreneur – it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you’re doing today.”



If not having the right information is what stops you from getting your own business off the ground, then make some time in your busy schedule to attend a special event that will offer information to help you start.

The 10th Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit will take place Saturday November 18, 2017 at the FFA Enrichment Center DMACC Ankeny Campus located at 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023.

For more info, please visit: or call IES program manager, Dan Kim, at 515-720-5872.

If you are a small business owner, or if you are an immigrant business owner or if you plan to expand your business into this emerging market – immigrant market – this is a conference you won’t want to miss. Use the code holaiowaies2017 to get 50% off the registration fee at

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