A loan of $2,500 helped purchase inventory and supplies to synchronize with our business goal of generating $150,000 in the fiscal year of 2014.

Idris's story

I was born and brought up in Mogadishu, Somalia where I completed my high school in 1976 at the age of 18. My graduation from my undergraduate program in English literature and history was in 1981 and I was 24 years old. I worked as a high school teacher in the academic years of 1981-1982, after which I was hired as a lecturer to teach at the same college I graduated from. I was then 26 years old! While teaching, I went back to school for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program sponsored by California State University, Fresno. I graduated in 1986 at the age of 29. In 1987, after I graduated and received my MBA, I worked for the Ministry of Finance and Treasury as the head of the Income Tax branch in the Abdulaziz district in Mogadishu, Somalia The emphasis of the age signifies a remarkable achievement in Somalia.

In 1984 I, together with two of my friends, founded Mogadishu School of Languages and Management in Mogadishu, Somalia. That was my first business investment. It was very successful in terms of achieving our mission of helping Somali students while earning a decent living for us and our families.

After the civil war broke out in Somalia, I fled to Somalia's southwestern neighboring country of Kenya as a refugee. In 1998 I came to the US seeking asylum. I worked in Minnesota in different capacities, including Adjunct Professor at the Metro State University. I became one of the founders and a shareholder in an adult day care. Now I own a durable medical equipment company. This is an industry where I can contribute to the well-being of members of the communities in Minnesota, particularly the large Somali and other immigrant communities.

I see myself five years from now helping young entrepreneurs become more effective and successful in their business endeavors.

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About Bridge Medical Supply, Inc.

Industry: Services
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years

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