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Airport program helps business dreams become reality for Ethiopian woman



  10:43:08 pm, by admin, 187 words  
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Airport program helps business dreams become reality for Ethiopian woman

From left, Keith Montoya, Muluye Hailemariam and Dennis Deslongchamp, who operate a variety of concessions at Denver International Airport, talk in the kiosk area of Concourse B on Tuesday. Hailemariam is opening a second business in January. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Airport program helps business dreams become reality for Ethiopian woman

Source: Denver Post

When the pressure to sell cigarettes at her convenience store at East Colfax Avenue and Monaco Parkway reached a tipping point, Muluye Hailemariam listened to her conscience.

"It was a hard decision because it would be good money, but I decided not to sell cigarettes," Hailemariam said. "Making money isn't everything. I have to help the next generation to be healthy."

An immigrant without a college degree, Hailemariam pushed ahead on her principles and willpower, closing her store and starting a custom Ethiopian jewelry business.

A serendipitous encounter with the commercial team from Denver International Airport then shifted her entrepreneurial focus.

The team was combing the community to recruit businesses for the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, and Hailemariam fit the description perfectly.

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Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  

Weyzerit muluye good luck in your venture in the business world.
I have had tried it and it takes a lot of sacrifice.

07/30/13 @ 09:32
Comment from: Ewunet [Visitor]

God Bess your work my sister. We will follow your path.

07/30/13 @ 23:15
Comment from: Seattle [Visitor]

Wish her all the success. Next time you pass through Denver airport don’t forget to say hello to our Ethiopian Lady and make sure to pick up a pretzel or coffee from her store. I am sure I’ll do.

07/31/13 @ 01:52


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