Project Description

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Success Story: AYA Mini Market

Business owner Naw Say Phaw came to San Diego in 2014 as a refugee from Malaysia with her husband and child. Upon resettling in San Diego, Naw Say became a stay-at-home parent but her ultimate goal was to work outside of the home. She wanted to start her own business but had no previous experience and she was also unsure of the various licenses, permits and regulations required on the local, state and federal levels.

Naw Say came to the IRC-SBDC for help, and after receiving a wide variety of technical assistance, AYA Mini Market was launched. Visit AYA Mini Market at 4651 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105.

Use of Capital Infusion Funds

The financing was utilized to purchase inventory and to provide working capital.

Areas of Assistance

Permits, Licenses and Certifications
Grant Applications

Economic Impact

Capital Infusion: $16,000
Owner Investment: $6,000
New Business Start
Jobs Created: 1


San Diego, CA 92105

Naw Say Phaw, Owner of AYA Mini Market, a success story of the San Diego & Imperial SDBC

“Since starting my business, I have been able to help our family’s household income and also contribute to the government by paying taxes, and I am able to get retirement benefits as well.”

Naw Say Phaw, Owner, AYA Mini Market

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