Herald’s columnist “I ran across an entrepreneurial venture that was most interesting”

English: Taken October 2006 by Josef Lotz. Por...

English: Taken October 2006 by Josef Lotz. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Juergen Kneifel, Herald Columnist

I visited Portland several weeks ago, conducting some work at Portland State University. And I ran across an entrepreneurial venture that was most interesting. Rika Hammond owns a small food cart, Krua Bangkok, which translates as “Bangkok Kitchen,” serving Thai cuisine to the lunch and dinner crowds in town. A fixture situated in a small parking lot on SW Fourth Avenue, just a few blocks from the PSU campus, Krua Bangkok is just one of several dozen carts lining the sidewalk. You’ll find other immigrant entrepreneurs as well, from Vietnam, Hungary, Turkey, Mexico, China and elsewhere, conducting business as they offer up a smorgasbord of cultural cuisine. Picture Taste of Edmonds or Bite of Seattle, but on a smaller scale. The big difference for these business owners is that their operations run year-round. Hammond came to the U.S. from Thailand about ten years ago as a student with a little money and a big dream. She understood the ethic of hard work and sacrifice. She was also a believer that in this country there is greater chance of building a better life. When her studies in photography and graphic design didn’t fully provide a steady career, Hammond broke out with a different strategy. With the help of a loan from her parents in Thailand, she invested in a small business that caters mostly to university students, tourists and local business folks. (Source)

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