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E Mart

2963 E. Big Beaver Rd
Troy , Michigan 48083

Kwang Lim

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
A Korean housewife who was looking for a Korean market. On our first day, she was waiting outside and ran in once the doors opened.
Where did you find your first employee?
We hired someone who lived in the Troy Township because we wanted our market to be a part of the community.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We couldn't loan any money from banks.  Even though we had more than $700,000 to invest, it was hard for us to borrow $300,000. We had to use our personal investment to make it happen.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
I arrived in Michigan as an engineer working for an automotive company. After retiring I was looking for the second opportunity. Michigan was a perfect place for myself and my family. It's not too crowded like New York. We don't have any severe natural disasters in Michigan. Other than struggling economy, we love doing business in Michigan.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
It is not easy to start up a business in Michigan. There is no guideline how to apply for various permits. A lot of documents are big burden to foreign people.

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