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Mr. Song Millinery

29890 Southfield Rd.
Southfield, Michigan 48076

Luke Song

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
My first customer was Martha Jean "Queen," the hostess of 1440 AM radio station. Losing her in 1998 due to cancer was a big pain for my family.

Where did you find your first employee?
I found my first employee from downtown Detroit. I can control my business better here in Michigan. My creativity can be protected better here as well. I thought about moving my business to a bigger city like New York, but I changed my mind and decided to stay and grow in Michigan. Detroit was a big factor of my success (Song designed and made the hat worn by Aretha Franklin during President Obama's inauguration).

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We reinvested our income into this business. We never borrowed any money from bank.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
Everything seems to be too slow here. Slow reaction, slow process. I enjoy that slow pace now though.

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