By Fernando Alcantara/Garden Grove Journal
David Kim loves America. He fell in love immediately at an early age when he discovered that he could get free refills on soda at a 7-11 and that he could help himself to all the newspapers he could carry for only a quarter.
Kim, the C.E.O of Baja Fresh, shared his stories of naiveté as a young boy new to America from Korea with Stanton business owners at last Wednesday’s Stanton Business Alliance [SBA] luncheon.
He told his story of being a young boy, discovering the soda machine that allowed him to drink all that he could.
“I love America, I love 7-11,” Kim joked. Until the store clerk informed him otherwise.
He talked about the newspaper stand that allowed him to take as many issues as he wanted, all for a quarter, then sell to others to make a profit.
“That’s how my entrepreneurship [started],” Kim said.
Kim ended his string of amusing tales to point out that anything and everything is possible so long as one has the heart and the desire to risk something in order to come out on top.
“America gives freedom to everybody, but it comes with responsibility,” he said.
Kim, the author of “Ignite! The 12 Values That Fuel Billionaire Success,” who was also featured on a recent episode of “Undercover Boss, was the guest speaker at the second SBA luncheon, a luncheon that organizers hope to turn into a quarterly event.
The SBA also introduced the Shop Stanton program that currently has several dozen Stanton businesses participating.
Participating businesses will offer discounts to customers who hold the Shop Stanton discount card that can be acquired online or at any City location.
The program’s goal is to keep locals shopping within the city to stimulate economic growth and support the businesses in Stanton.
To apply for a Shop Stanton discount card, go to www.stantonbusinessalliance.com.