When I decided to buy Mikko Sushi, especially [at the] price they were asking, my family and my friends thought I was crazy.
Bank of America Customer
The restaurant was not doing well, but my heart was set. And I knew that [the] restaurant did really well when I used to work there as a waitress. I was very confident that I can turn the restaurant around. I thought I could do it.
I like sushi myself. You know, we grew up with it, and I wanted to create that kind of environment. Local people come in with quality food at [a] fair price to customers.
I came to America when I was about 20 years old, and that’s where I was introduced to the restaurant business.
Setting up a restaurant is not easy. We failed the business, we were in debt. That’s why I decided to study accounting.
You know, while going through school, and being a single mother, it was very difficult. And, as a foreigner, English is my second language. I actually started working at a restaurant called Mikko Japanese Cuisine, and it allowed me to make enough income to support myself and my children. And of course later, who would have thought that I would be owning that business. Here I am. Now I have three locations called Mikko Sushi.
Without the SBA loan, I could not have three restaurants. You know, I got very lucky, actually. Through this process, I was introduced to Erick with Bank of America.
Small Business Banker
What I love about Mia’s attitude about her business is the fact that year over year, she has new visions, new plans to continue growing. She’s dedicated to her employees, she’s dedicated to her community. The more I learned about her and her ambition to grow, I wanted to be a part of it, I wanted to help her achieve that dream.
Jeremy M. Wilson
Senior SBA Business Development Officer
Really what Mia is doing is exactly the heart and soul of why the SBA program exists. Bank of America really goes out of its way to work with and hire experts to help make sure that there's resources so that small business owners can achieve and realize their dreams.
It was [a] big investment, but when you believe in yourself, you know, with a strong will, you can achieve it.
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