Resiliency through a time of change

We’re highlighting one restaurateur’s story of triumph and overcoming adversity to make her American dream come true.

Throughout Business Owner Month we’ve been showing support for our business owner clients for their resiliency and perseverance, especially through this last year. We’re sharing one particular business owner’s story of triumph.

This year’s client video features entrepreneur Mia Davis. Mia is the owner of Mikko Sushi, a chain of three restaurants in the San Diego, California area. Mia came to the United States when she was 20 years old and without knowing any English. She worked nights and weekends as a server (at one of the sushi restaurants she now owns) to support her family as a single mother.

Mia’s story exemplifies her resiliency and ability to overcome adversity, as she: Returned to school to understand the financial side of the business after “failing miserably” at her first two restaurant ventures. Opened a restaurant in February 2020, one month before the pandemic hit, and had to learn how to use social media to connect with local groups and customers to keep her business afloat. As a Bank of America client for more than 14 years, Mia credits her Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for helping to make her “American dream come true.”