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Youn Plastic Surgery

755 W Big Beaver Road Suite 1200
Troy, Michigan 48084

Anthony Youn, MD, FACS

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of? 
I started my practice from scratch, with only an attorney and accountant to help me navigate the waters.  While some business owners use outside companies to promote and develop their business, I decided to do this on my own.  I've utilitized advertising and media to grow my business.
 
Who was your first customer and where did you find them? 
My first customer was referred to me from my mentor in Los Angeles.  She was a Michigan resident who called his office in Beverly Hills, CA for surgery.  He referred her to me, since I was moving back from California to Michigan.
 
Where did you find your first employee?
My first two employees actually came to see me in consultation for possible plastic surgery.  They both asked me if I had any job openings, and within a few days were hired!  Since then, I've operated on both of them!
 
Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it? 

I don't have interns in my business.  The confidential nature of plastic surgery requires me to be very careful with who works in my office.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?

When I first started my practice, I applied to a half-dozen banks for a business loan.  They all turned me down.  At the time I had no money, no patients, and only the skills in my head and my hands.  One bank saw the potential in me.  Fifth Third Bank gave me a reasonable line of credit, which I barely utilized.  I've always been thankful to them and still bank with them today.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
People in Michigan are honest, down-to-earth, and not pretentious.  I am so fortunate to have such pleasant patients who are realistic and appreciative. The atmosphere in Los Angeles was much different.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
I don't believe the climate for business is optimal in Michigan.  I do believe this is changing, however, with the new governor.  I am hopeful that the economy will continue to grow and people will continue to find new jobs.  Other than the poor economy, I love Michigan and living here!

Written by Tack Yong Kim
The Michigan Korean Weekly

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