Ankeny, Iowa. November 21, 2015 — Lupe and Ramiro Vazquez, co-owners of North Construction and Guadalajara Restaurant, were announced as the winners of the Outstanding Immigrant Business Award at the eighth Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit. First generation immigrants from Mexico,  Lupe and Ramiro are hard workers dedicated to the pursuit of the “American Dream.” In that pursuit, the two have employed nearly 30 fellow immigrants in their businesses, effectively extending them the opportunity for the same dream.

Lupe and Ramiro are highly engaged in their community; from the Hispanic Ministry of Calvary Church to the Muscatine Chamber of Commerce to the City Diversity Committee, the pair are leaders who serve as mentors for fellow entrepreneurs. They are committed to providing guidance to those facing the same first-generation obstacles they overcame, though it doesn’t stop there: Lupe and Ramiro have involved their two grown children in their entrepreneurial success as contributors to both businesses as well.

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit is an annual convention that brings immigrant entrepreneurs together with other businesses to advance connections and share business resources. The event also serves to bring attention to the strength of immigrant entrepreneurship in Iowa. Readers can visit iesusa.org to read more about the day’s sessions and awardees.