The City of Lowell is presenting the fifth annual “Made in Lowell” event on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 11AM to 1PM at the University of Massachusetts Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren Street. This year’s event will be recognizing Lowell’s immigrant entrepreneurs for their contributions to a positive, vibrant, and diverse community as well as for its positive impacts on the local economy.
The event presents an opportunity to learn more about Lowell’s immigrant entrepreneurs’ pathway to their business success and to network with local businesses and civic leaders. Exhibits by the immigrant entrepreneurs are open for viewing starting at 11:00AM, followed by remarks by Mayor Patrick O. Murphy and City Manager Bernard F. Lynch at 12:00PM. This year’s event will also include keynote speaker, Shannon Erwin from Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). Shannon will discuss on her work towards building a community that values the foreign-born as one of our greatest assets.
“The City of Lowell’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths. Great thoughts and ideas emerge from contrasting viewpoints; our ability as a community to strive towards a prosperous future is made more possible by the wide range of talents in our city and heightened ability to creatively problem solve. Also the immigrants in our city arrive with hopes and aspirations and I feel fortunate that we can play a part in helping them to realize their dream” said City Manager Lynch. “Our recognition of these companies at this year’s Made in Lowell event is a small token of appreciation for how they give back to the community every day despite the hardship they may have enduring before arriving in our city.”
For additional information about the Made in Lowell event and to RSVP, please contact the Department of Planning and Development – Economic Development Office at (978) 674-1437 or visit http://www.lowell.org/workhere/Pages/MiL2012.aspx