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星期二, 11月 15, 2016

蘇宇寅打入波士頓火花影響獎決選

(Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)波士頓市政府主辦的”火花影響獎(Boston Spark Impact Award)”,15名入圍者中只有一名華裔,”雞肉飯傢伙(Chicken & Rice Guy)”創辦人蘇宇寅。最後獎落誰家,將由市民投票決定,12月1日晚將在"麻州挑戰"會址舉行頒獎禮。
左一為蘇宇寅。(檔案照片)
“火花影響獎"是波士頓市政府”波士頓火花理事會(Spark Boston Council)”從2014年起舉辦,鼓勵年輕市民從各行各業發揮領導力,做一名創造改變者的活動,今年有100多人參選。
這獎項共有5個類別,分別是創業+創新,文化+藝術,建造社區+改善鄰里,行動+議題倡議,無名英雄。火花理事會組成的評選委員會,已從5個類別各選出3人,正交由市民票選最後得勝者。
"波士頓火花理事會"的前身是波士頓市"三中有一(ONEin3)"。
蘇宇寅上個月才獲BBJ表揚。(檔案照片)
蘇宇寅獲選的類別創新+創業。根據波士頓火花理事會網站上的介紹,蘇宇寅是"雞肉飯傢伙"的共同創辦人,東主,也是執行長,負責公司內部方向,擴張及公司文化,監管營運,財務,籌資,和外界夥伴建立關係。
波士頓商業期刊(BBJ)上個月才表揚蘇宇寅為40名40歲以下菁英之一。
蘇宇寅的事業是從網上買來一輛食物卡車開始的,如今他擁有5輛食物卡車,4家實體餐廳。
作為公司領導,蘇宇寅坦言他最大的挑戰是自己,不過他很感榮幸,一路走來,不僅營收額及公司人數都加倍了,他自己的領導能力也有倍數級增長。
在創辦自己的生意之際,蘇宇寅不但更了解了自己,世界,也萌生讓別人都享有同樣機會創業的念頭。他因此與朋友合作,創辦了亞裔創業基金(AEF)。
蘇宇寅指出,食品業是最難做的行業,不但金錢回報低,也一點都不光鮮亮麗,看到他那些許多出身環境艱苦的員工們,在"雞肉飯傢伙這兒,找到了一個家,一個事業,就讓他特別高興。
蘇宇寅創辦"雞肉飯傢伙"以來,一直很注重承擔社會責任,致力支持社區,員工,並藉由雞肉飯傢伙基金"這慈善組織,捐了4200份餐食給婦女的午餐地(Women’s Lunch Place),和三角公司(Triangle Inc.)傑為夥伴,為精神或身體殘障者提供就業培訓。迄今,雞肉飯傢伙"幾乎每天都在為不同的人服務,平均一個月要服務160小時。雞肉飯傢伙"也經由"建造(BUILD)"項目,贊助市內學生創業,在麻省總醫院為捐血者提供免費食物,還捐禮物卡,免費食物給吉米基金(Jimmy Fund)"等數以打計的大波士頓內非牟利組織。
蘇宇寅表示,他喜歡波士頓的有小城魅力,又不失大城感覺。他希望有更多年輕人在波士頓定居,開展生活,明白家及社區的價值,建立在經由時間建立的關係上。
波士頓火花理事會今年有35名理事。從波市府的名單資料來看,其中應有兩人為華裔,一為南波士頓的Justin Yiu,一為奧斯頓(Allston)Edith Shi
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MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2016 SPARK IMPACT AWARDS
Mayor Walsh and SPARK Boston invite residents to choose from millennial residents making a positive impact in Boston
BOSTON - Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and SPARK Boston, the Mayor's millennial engagement program, today announced 15 finalists for the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards. The finalists will be honored and the winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Thursday, December 1st at MassChallenge.

"The 15 finalists for the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards are setting the standard for Boston's next generation of civic leadership," said Mayor Walsh. "They are promoting arts and culture, expanding economic opportunity for all, elevating the voices of Boston's immigrant communities, fighting the addiction epidemic, helping homeless veterans become self-sufficient, and working tirelessly to make Boston a healthy, thriving city. At a young age, they have already made an incredible impact, and I am proud to recognize their passion and dedication to improving Boston's future."

"We are thrilled to announce this slate of finalists for the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards," said SPARK Boston Council Member Tina Natale. "It was incredibly difficult to choose from so many outstanding nominees, but these 15 individuals have truly gone above and beyond to make our city a better place. We are eager to share their stories and let the SPARK Boston community decide who will win the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards."

Mayor Walsh put out an open call for nominations for the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards this summer. A selection committee comprised of SPARK Boston Council members reviewed over 100 nominations in order to select the finalists, whose personal stories can be found on SPARK Boston's website. A round of online voting will determine the winners in each category, to be announced at the award ceremony.

In addition to the award presentation, the event will feature a networking reception with refreshments provided by the Glynn Group, Aeronaut Brewing Co., Archer Roose, Coole Swan and more, a keynote address by award winning filmmaker and arts education advocate Jae Williams, and remarks from City of Boston officials.


2016 SPARK IMPACT AWARD FINALISTS:

Category: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Sarah Pace, nominated for founding TechGen
  • Ian So, nominated for spearheading the Chicken & Rice Guys Foundation and founding of the Boston Asian Entrepreneurship Foundation
  • Noah Hicks, nominated for creating and directing the Bowdoin Bike School

Category: Arts & Culture
  • Raber Umphenour, nominated for securing long-term artist housing in Fort Point
  • Hailey McGee, nominated for founding Emerging Boston Singer-Songwriters
  • Matt Parker, nominated for using poetry as a tool for effective community building and violence prevention

Category: Community Building and Neighborhood Improvement
  • Sherri Snow, nominated for leadership as Executive Director of the North End Music & Performing Arts Center
  • Shavel'le Olivier, nominated for serving as co-Chair of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
  • Sahar Lawrence, nominated for serving as Chair of the Grove Hall Trust

Category: Activism and Issue Advocacy
  • Mario Paredes, nominated for serving as Centro Presente's youngest board member
  • Andrea Macone, nominated for serving as Chair of UMass Boston's Recovery Task Force
  • Kevin Lilly, nominated for founding Samaritan Steps

Category: Unsung Heroes
  • Portsha Franklin, nominated for her work as a College Success Coach in conjunction with the Success Boston Initiative
  • Taylor Curley, nominated for going above and beyond to support her special needs students at the Mattahunt Elementary School
  • Corina Pinto, nominated for her work as a Community Health Worker at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Clinic