Q. What has been your biggest challenge as an immigrant entrepreneur in Alberta?
A. Networking is one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as an immigrant entrepreneur, gaining trust and dealing with occasional language difficulties are also a concern but joining and participating within a community, it’s becoming less of a problem.
Q. What has been your biggest challenge in light of COVID-19? How have you had to pivot your business?
A. My biggest challenges during this season are retaining employees and pivoting our services. Most employees quit their job due to fear of the pandemic, while some are constantly reporting being sick, which the only option I had is to let them go for the safety of our customers and other staff. Pre-COVID, Ahinke’s Kitchen was known for ‘all you can eat buffets’. Once the pandemic started, we had to close down buffet services and pivot to catering, and now we’ve added dine in to stay in business.
Q. What has the pandemic taught you about you and/or your business?
A. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught me to be patient and to be more transparent with customers. Communication is key. It strengthens relationships. To put people first and be more of service to my community. In business, it has taught me to find out more about our customer’s and staff’s concerns and needs than ever.