He tried not to think about it, but he’d been dreaming about it for five years.
Phia Vang expected to hear by the end of the day whether he would get a Small Business Administration loan to open an ethnic food market.
He had put a deposit on a space, picked out his equipment, and lined up his distributors. All he needed was the loan.
He tried not to think about that during work at Winona Middle School, where he is an interpreter for two Hmong students.
But the thoughts kept coming.
Vang, 25, said he would use the lessons he learned from his parents, who immigrated from a refugee camp in Thailand and brought their nine children to Winona. He said he would work at least 12 hours a day and keep expenses low.
He tried not to think about that.
He knew that 80 percent of businesses fail, but the only way to make it in this world is to own your own business.
“It’s America,” he said. “Everything is possible.”
At the end of the day, he was still waiting for the call.