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Small Business Week: Celebrating Immigrant Entrepreneurs


This panel event features four immigrant small business owners sharing their inspirational entrepreneurial stories. Join us for the celebration of their success and contribution to our economy.

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Part of 2022 Small Business Week Speaker Series. 

This program is offered in a hybrid format. You can attend it in person or online.

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Small Business Week was officially launched across Canada in 1981 by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Entrepreneurs come together every year at hundreds of events across Canada to learn, network with other entrepreneurs and celebrate entrepreneurship. The Small Business Week for 2022 is the week of October 16-22. Find out more information about the Small Business Week at BDC Small Business Week.

Small Business Week is a national celebration of entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada’s economy. Regina Public Library (RPL) will be hosting a week long series of events and education workshops to support and celebrate with the local business community. This year's theme is Celebrating Immigrant Entrepreneurs.

The launch event will be taking place on Oct 16 featuring a panel of four immigrant entrepreneurs sharing their entrepreneurial stories and discussing what it takes to become a successful small business owner. This event serves to recognize the small business community by providing a place for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals to gather, celebrate, learn, and inspire.


  • Abul Kalam Azad, Alis Property Management
  • Adebanke Disu-Adebara, Owner of Laghos African Kitchenette
  • George Zhu, Owner of the UPS Store (Albert St - South)
  • Jashim Uddin, Owner of Regina Food Corner

Abul Kalam Azad

Abul came to Canada in 2015. He started his property management business about 2 years ago with zero resources. As of today, he has two employees working for him, along with an office and recurring revenue. His business is growing exponentially. He and his team are working on launching a website and will be offering selective construction services soon. Before launching his business, he has worked as a volunteer for 1 full year at the Mahmood Mosque where he learned much of the skills in construction. He had owned several businesses in the past in Bangladesh mostly in the hotel and hospitality industry.

Adebanke (Banke) Disu-Adebara

Banke came to Canada in 2011. Initially, her plan was to pursue a Social Work degree at the First Nations University of Canada. Nevertheless, her passion for Nigerian cuisine inspired her to start Laghos African Kitchenette. At the beginning, she catered for clients within the Nigerian community, but the growing popularity of Nigerian food has led her to getting a space in the food court of the Victoria Square Mall. With tremendous courage and strong will, she opened the food court outlet in the middle of the pandemic (2020). Since then, she had to put her studies on hold and concentrate on running her business. The business took off and sustained despite many challenges. Apart from selling directly to walk in customers and through her delivery partner Chow local’s platform, Laghos African Kitchenette also caters for events.

George Zhu

George came to Canada in 2016 as an entrepreneur category immigrant who was mandated to start or invest in a business in Saskatchewan. After researching and contacting more than 100 small businesses in Saskatchewan, George decided to purchase The UPS Store 228 on Albert St. After he took over the business at the end of 2016, he has taken many unique ways to boost the business, making his store the only store in Saskatchewan that won the Bronze Club in The UPS Store Canada award every year. His store has consistently achieved high performance with an annual sale volume more than double the average UPS store across the province. In 2018, his store has achieved a milestone Christmas sales record, ranking it the 12th across Canada. Before coming to Canada, George was an innovative business executive and certified strategic human resources trainer in China.

Jashim Uddin

Jashim came to Canada in 2011. Before he started his business, he was a warehouse associate with Winners and a few other places for years. Later, he found the demand for lentils from India and Bangladesh was strong, thus started a business to export lentils to the South Asian continent. In the meantime, his passion for halal & fresh food had been growing, and that drove him to start his own halal grocery store – Regina Food Corner. He worked tirelessly to keep his grocery store open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now he has 4 employees working for him at the store. Meanwhile, he is busy preparing to launch his take-out restaurant specializing in Asian and South Asian cuisines by the end of November.

Part of RPL's commitment to economic development in Regina. If you have any questions about our Business, Personal Finance or Careers programs, please contact Tim at 306-777-6013 or    

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Oct 16 2022, 2:00pm - 3:30pm


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