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Sushi House & Tofu House

22030 Farmington Rd.
Farmington, Michigan 48336

Simon Yi

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
It was August 1, 2002, the very opening day, the first customer was a man named Mark, a computer programmer. He became an avid customer of the Sushi House and kept coming almost every day for a year and a half.
Where did you find your first employee?
I was going to hire from local, but it was not easy for me. I had to bring my friend from California. He lives now here. After him, I have hired  many from local community.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Since it was a small business, I wasn't able to borrow any money from local banks. It was a big problem for me in the beginning.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
I was trying to introduce something new to Michigan. California style sushi menu was a big hit first time in Michigan. Also less competition in Michigan is helping me now, even though it was hard to start a new business here. There was no organization helping me starting a new business.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
I would like to open a few more stores in the growing cities, but there are not many cities in Michigan with growing population. I would like to see more people in this region.

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