Celebrating the Successes of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
This year, SREDA and Square One have partnered on an exciting new event: the Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (NEYA).
NEYA is a showcase of small business owners who have journeyed through immigrating to Canada and have successfully launched and grown their business in the Saskatoon Region. We work with a wide variety of entrepreneurs and see first-hand how immigration is a key component of our diverse and sustained economy.
Finalists in each of the 4 categories will be announced May 2016, and will attend the NEYA Gala on June 6th. The evening will be a celebration of the entrepreneurs featuring ethnic food, cultural performances, along with the announcement of which entrepreneurs will be honoured with a Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Join entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and the Saskatoon region business community for this exciting evening event. We also invite you to come dressed in traditional ethnic attire!
Monday, June 6, 2016
TCU Place | 35 – 22nd St E
5:30 PM Registration & Networking
6:15 PM Tapas-Style Ethnic Food Stations, Program and Awards
Get your tickets at TCUtickets.ca, by phone at 306-975-7799 or in person at TCU Place.
Nominations open March 1 – April 29, 2016
Step 1: Download the NEYA Nomination Form. Nominate yourself or an entrepreneur that you feel is deserving of a NEYA. Nominees must demonstrate entrepreneurial success and noteworthy contributions to the community, as well as impact to the Saskatoon Region at large.
Step 2 (optional): Create and share a 3-5 minute video on YouTube highlighting the entrepreneur and the business. Be sure to include details such as entrepreneur’s experience immigrating to Canada, starting a business, product(s)/service(s), job creation, innovation, community involvement, etc.
Step 3: Fill out and submit the NEYA Nomination Form. Don’t forget to provide a 500 word summary outlining why the nominee embodies the spirit of NEYA.
For entrepreneurs operating a business for less than 3 years
For entrepreneurs that can demonstrate business growth
For entrepreneurs between 18 – 39 years old
For entrepreneurs operating a business for over 5 years
Full eligibility requirements and details are listed in the NEYA Nomination Form.
Q: What is a newcomer defined as? What is an immigrant defined as?
A: For the purposes of NEYA, a newcomer is defined as an individual who has lived in Canada for under 10 years. An immigrant is defined as a first generation Canadian (someone who was born outside of Canada).
Q: How do I get nominated for an award?
A: Nominate yourself or nominate an entrepreneur by downloading the NEYA Nomination Form and following the steps outlined in the form.
Q: How do I know if I have been nominated by someone?
A: Square One will contact you by email or phone if you have been nominated, and will give you more details.
Q: If I nominate an entrepreneur, is my name kept confidential?
A: If you feel an entrepreneur is worthy of a nomination, then we believe they should also know who was amazing enough to nominate them. Square One will let the entrepreneur know who to thank for the nomination.
Q: Once I submit my nomination form, can I go back and edit it?
A: Nominations are final once it has been submitted. However, if you make a mistake, please contact email@example.com.
Q: How will the winners be chosen?
A: To be honoured with a NEYA, submissions will be judged based on a number of criteria by a panel of experts that include successful entrepreneurs, business community leaders, and government officials.