My Story

Jacques Kahindo

Professor, Wilberforce University

Many groups and organizations came to the aid of Jacques Kahindo between growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and eventually settling in Dayton. Now he’s working to provide the same support to Dayton’s population of African refugees.

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My Story

Alyssa Wagner

Program Director, El Puente Education Center

An immersion field trip to the Dominican Republic turned Alyssa Wagner’s love of Latino culture into a service-oriented passion for helping Dayton’s Hispanic children.

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My Story

Dr. Ayman Salem

CEO, Material Resources, LLC

After building a career in aerospace technology in Dayton, Dr. Salem sees himself as an example that other aspiring entrepreneurs and immigrants can follow.

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My Story

Dr. Migwe Kimemia

Program Director, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) –Dayton Office

After a unique life journey that’s taken him from East Africa to Southwest Ohio, Migwe Kimemia has emerged as an inspiring force in Dayton’s diverse cultural landscape.

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Scott Reeve

President, Composite Advantage

Composite Advantage makes lightweight, low-maintenance bridge decks for vehicles and pedestrians. But, President Scott Reeve is also well known as a man who builds bridges to Dayton’s immigrant community.

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My Story

Bor Jang

CEO, Angstron Materials, Nanotek Instruments

When Taiwanese Bor Jang first came to the United States in 1976, he found himself lost in an airport in South Bend, Indiana, barely able to speak English.

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Tim Kambitsch

Executive Director, Dayton Metro Library

For well over a decade, the Dayton Metro Library has been the primary resource for news and information for new immigrants. Executive Director, Tim Kambitsch, details the services the library provides.

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Lori Ward

Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools

There are more than 600 English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the Dayton Public Schools system. As superintendent at DPS, Ms. Ward has put multiple initiatives into place to welcome students of all nationalities.

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My Story

Alvaro Maurice

CEO, Conquistador Consulting LLC

Venezuelan native Al Maurice came to Dayton through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with his parents. He developed a passion for Dayton that led him to start his own consulting business and become heavily involved in planning for the city’s future.

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The Boussahas

Widad Boussaha emigrated from Algeria with her parents when her mother’s name was drawn in the U.S. Visa Lottery program. Through constant pursuit of higher education not available in their home country, the Boussahas have begun creating a better life in Dayton.

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A Day in the Life of An Immigrant Entrepreneur

STORY CONTEST

a day life immigrant entrepreneur

As a member organization of the Global Great Lakes Network, Welcome Dayton is excited to present a story contest called, “A Day in the Life of An Immigrant Entrepreneur”!

The Global Great Lakes Network has partnered with New America Media to celebrate immigrant entrepreneurs and their contributions to our communities and economies. We are asking for stories about immigrant entrepreneurs in Dayton to highlight the impact these business owners and entrepreneurs have on our communities, our cities, our region and our nation.

One entry from each participating metro region will be featured in a booklet of winning stories, and a final winner from those featured will be chosen to receive the grand prize of $1,000!

Entries must be emailed to melissa.bertolo@daytonohio.gov by midnight on November 26.

Contest Rules and Details

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