Immigrant Business Owners Driven By the 'American Dream'

March 05, 2018 08:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- While DACA dreamers have to take a backseat in Congress, some local immigrants are at the forefront of their communities.  

Business owners like Eddy Campos, who owns El Carambas, OPA OPA and China Town said they are working towards the American dream.


Michael Phen, who owns Phen Jewelers and Martinet Lartey, who owns Northgate Hair & Wigs are also striving for the same.

"Our family fled the country during the war,” said Phen.

"One of my dreams is just to come to the U.S. for opportunities you know,” added Campos.

"It’s all about traveling to explore what is out there,” said Lartey.

Those are just a few of the reasons that have driven the business owners in Rochester.

However, their journeys haven’t been easy.

"When you don't have the credit, or you know to find somebody to help you. It's hard for us to get a place,” said Campos.

"We have to work overtime. We have to work three or four jobs to save money to get to do what we're we are doing,” added Lartey.

But Phen says there is a reason, behind what drives them to do better, "Most immigrants appreciate the opportunity so they work harder for, to get to you know better places.”  

And the three business owners also say it's not entirely about the money.

They all share the same goal of doing something good for their community as a whole.

"The community is something that we intend to serve. So we extend our hands to the street children in Rochester,” said Lartey.

Northgate Hair & Wigs says it gives out free haircuts when it can.

Meanwhile, Campos says is business contributes by giving to Byron or Kasson school fundraisers,

"We go everywhere and we help to support the schools."

Or, in the case of Phen Jewelers, when it gives to a local coffee shop when asked for help sponsoring an event, "We do, we do the best we can." 


Roxanne Elias

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