Working from an auto body shop in Malaysia, Min Tun took pride in auto body painting and restoration. He had dreams of someday opening his own business to turn around cars.
Originally from Burma, Min came to the United States in 2013. Within weeks of his arrival, he started attending African Community Center (ACC)’s Job Club and studying English at Emily Griffith School. Even during Job Club activities at ACC, Min talked about his dream of working with cars again.
“I liked Job Club because I’m not afraid of the interview anymore,” said Min. He used these interview skills to quickly find employment in the United States. Min was enrolled in the Match Grant program, and the family become self sufficient within 120 days of arrival through employment.
His first job was in restaurant but he moved to meat cutting job at JBS after two months, and despite the difficulty of the job, Min stuck with it for six months until he found a new job in production. He saved enough money with these jobs to buy his own car.
Min continued researching how to move forward with his goal of starting an auto body business, and within 18 months of his arrival to the United States, his company was official: Min Fiber King, LLC. He even has a new business card picturing a shiny red sports car to prove it.
“My dream is this,” Min says. He also says that many other Burmese immigrants are surprised when they hear that he has started his own business because of the obstacles and challenges associated with small business ownership.
Min has relied on his self-motivation and determination to carry him far. He says that now the confidence he developed during Job Club classes carries over to his experience in working and communicating with auto dealers.