Illinois Association of School Economics Teachers (IASET)

Spring Conference

“Immigration and Entrepreneurship”
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Katherine Legge Lodge
5901 S. County Line Road
Hinsdale, IL

  • Keynote speakers
  • Lesson demonstrations
  • Curriculum materials
  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 6.5 professional development hours

The annual spring conference invites middle school and high school teachers of all subjects to engage in lively discussion about “Immigration and Entrepreneurship.” Exchange ideas with fellow educators and, at the end of the day, leave with classroom materials and suggestions for hands-on methods to motivate students.

Registration fee is $50 (includes teaching materials, continental breakfast and lunch, a one-year membership in IASET, and 6.5 professional development credits for Illinois teachers). Register HERE by April 10, 2019.

The Program

“Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Changing Chicago and the U.S.”

“Immigrants Accounted for 1/3 of Chicago’s Entrepreneurs in 2016”
– New American

“Chicago’s Immigrant-owned Businesses Earned $659 million in 2016”
– Chicago Sun

The productivity of entrepreneurs in the US has long been recognized as one of the driving forces behind job-creation and economic growth.  But it’s not just the big names such as Apple’s Steve Jobs, Music’s Jay-Z and Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran that bring bright ideas to market.  Hundreds of thousands of Mom ‘n Pop businesses create useful goods and services, employ people in the community, and pay taxes.  And, immigrants are almost twice as likely to be entrepreneurial as native-born Americans.  Did you ever wonder why?

Join friends and colleagues in Hinsdale at the Spring Conference of IASET and the Office for Economic Education at the University of St. Francis.  You will learn about “Immigration and Entrepreneurship” from expert keynote speakers:

Ileana C. Serrano
Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

Ileana will provide a high level overview of the data & data tools
used by the Census Bureau, including economic data.

Rebecca Shi
Executive Director, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

Rebecca will provide information about the impact of
immigrants on business and the economy.

Panel Discussion by
Members of the University of St. Francis Business Incubator

Successful entrepreneurs will share their experiences,
their challenges and their successes.


Contact Sheryl Gallaher at 815-740-3707 or