StoryCorps: Boontiva Truong-Quang & Jeanette Via

Boontiva Truong-Quang is from Thailand of Vietnamese descent, and she owns and operates the Optima Health Yoga School in Elgin. Jeanette is an African-American woman originally from Arkansas who started the business Superb Office Services, Incorporated. Boontiva worked for many years for a large company, and though she received promotions and a good salary, she was personally unsatisfied. She traveled the world for 6 years and received a spiritual awakening in India. Jeanette assumed that her business would not be received well since she is an African American woman, but she contends that as long as your work is excellent and people can trust in you, people will want to work with you.

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