In alphabetical order, the candidates selected were:
- Always Best Care Senior Services
- Anago Cleaning Systems
- Anytime Fitness
- Auntie Anne's Pretzels
- BightStar Care
- Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System
- Cruise Planners-American Express
- Doc Popcorn
- Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning
- i9 Sports
- JAN-PRO Cleaning Systems
- Kiddie Academy
- Little Ceasars
- Mosquito Squad
- Padgett Business Services
- Right at Home Senior Care
- Tutor Doctor
- We Simplify the Internet
At the moment there's no data within the Lao community to see if any of our community members have taken any steps to own any of these or other franchises. But as we rebuild in the United States, it would be interesting to assess and evaluate which franchises our community members HAVE been drawn to. Which of the Black Enterprise franchise recommendations are also a good fit for Lao Americans?
While there are many Lao Americans with the drive to establish their own businesses, the franchise model may also be a valid route for many. But what are some of the key infrastructure elements we need in place to make these a success for our community, and how do we create risk-resilience to encourage more Lao to take a chance on opportunities like this?
There are many substantive benefits to Lao-owned businesses, from having more institutions that can absorb Lao employees to increasing the philanthropic capacity of the community and reducing strain on government services. But what do you see as the historic and contemporary barriers, and what might be effective ways to resolve these challenges?