After the International Entrepreneur Awards, immigration attorney Richard Herman gave some background of how Cleveland and surrounding cities used to be the equivalent of today's Silicon Valley. He told how immigrants are more likely to start businesses, have advanced degrees, earn patents and more.
He then introduced the recipients of the TiE Community Catalyst Awards. The first awardee was Dr. Maria Pujana, an immigrant from Colombia and president of Marise Jewelry Designs Co.
Dr. Maria Pujana
The other TiE Community Catalyst Award winner was Alan Schonberg, co-founder of Management Recruiters International.