Jan-Ie Low // Ep 34 // Eat, Drink, Live and Love

Welcome to Episode 34 of the Asian Hustle Network Podcast! We are very excited to have Jan-Ie on this week's episode.

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Jan-Ie is committed to serving her community, donating her time to organizations such as Chefs for Kids, Nevada Small Business Council, and Las Vegas China Town Lions Club. She was recognized by the Asian American Group Las Vegas as one of the “Community Achievement Award” honorees in 2017 and Vegas Inc. as one of the “Women to Watch in 2012”. She is a member of the International Festivals & Events Association and Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada, which honored SATAY as “2011 Minority Business of the Year.”

In the course of organizing special events at SATAY, Jan-Ie launched Golden Catalyst, a public relations, event planning, and marketing firm specializing in multicultural segments. Established in 2008, Golden Catalyst continues to organize business summits, conventions and political events nationwide. Her signature event, CNY in the DesertTM, celebrated its 9th year and is a city-wide celebration. Forbes Magazine has named it “One of the Top 8 Places in the United States to Celebrate Chinese New Year”.

Jan-Ie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Intro: (00:00:00)Hey guys, welcome to Asian Hustle Network Podcast, My name is Bryan. 

And my name is Maggie 

And we interview Asian entrepreneurs around the world to amplify their voices and empower Asians to pursue their dreams and goals.

We believe that each person has a message and a unique story from their entrepreneurial journey that they can share with all of us.

Maggie: (00:00:23) And today we have a very special guest with us. Her name is Jan-Ie Low and she is the president of the golden catalysts and commissioner of white house initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Jan-Ie Low held multiple strategic and senior level positions and human resources for 12 years with fortune 500 companies ATNT wireless and T-Mobile USA with a passion to take the entrepreneurial plunge. Jan-le started saute typist. And bar in 2005 with her family in the course of organizing special events at satay, Jenny logical, then catalyst, a public relations event, planning and marketing firms specializing in multicultural segments established in 2008 golden catalyst continues to organize a business summits, conventions and political events nationwide her signature event CNY and desert celebrated its ninth year and it is a citywide celebration. Forbes magazine has named it one of the top eight places in the United States to celebrate Chinese new year.

 

Wow,  Jan-le welcome to the show.

 

Jan-le: (00:01:37) Thank you for having me.

 

Bryan: (00:01:38) Yeah, we’re so excited to have you, you want to start by telling us what was your upbringing like in America or Asia?

Want to learn more about?

Jan-Ie: (00:01:45) Absolutely, Yeah, I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and family migrated over here to United States when I was eight years old in the eighties. Um, I know I’m going to date myself here, but, um, yeah. You know, it’s basically just like the, any story and every story of the Asian family, right. We, we leave a country and to come to America to pursue the American dream.

And I am so fortunate that we have very hardworking parents. I know Bryan, you know about that, you know, your parents, your entrepreneurs and all of that. So my parents basically a business, very business oriented as well. And, uh, Took that leap of faith brought four kids over in the eighties to United States of beautiful America.

And here we are. So, yeah.

 

Maggie: (00:02:37) Wow. Okay. About your experience, you know, I, you know that, you know, you took four kids over, were you scared at all? You know, what was going through your mind?

Jan-le: (00:02:46) Oh yeah. Well, you know, it comes from Malaysia where we actually don’t. English is not a primary language over there. So you have Malay, which is the government is the dominant language and we’re Chinese. So we, and we’re Fujian. So we’re Hakan. So we speak the dialect at home. And then when you go to school, you gotta learn the Mandarin as a, you know, as a language in school. And then of course, when you’re hanging out with your friends, just speaking Cantonese, So you kind of were brought up knowing all these kinds of languages.

So that’s why, um, you know, the it’s fun to watch, go back and watch, you know, uh, movies that have includes Singaporean, Malaysian, you know, because we speak all these kind of different languages, but, uh, coming to United States was definitely scary at the age of eight. Um, especially not knowing English. So, uh, parents though, we at the school systems. Right here in the United States, they provide ESL English as a second language, and I took that diligently practice. All we can. And I’m basically just kind of learning from school and it was really fun about it is that everybody was really open and sharing Caring and caring in fact. When we came to the United States, we landed in little rock Arkansas in the eighties. Imagine the only Asian kid and there’s white community, Caucasian. Yeah. I’m schools. Excuse me. And people just look at me and they go, Oh my gosh, black hair. So students would come up to me and start touching my head, how come what’s going on? And of course, for me, it’s just like, wow, everything here is new, clean and different.

So, but. Many years ago, many moons ago, but, uh, you know, it’s, it’s been fun. It’s been a journey, Bryan and Maggie. Thank you for having me here. I feel like I’m, I’m so old, right? Cause share this my life stories with you, but anything I can help with, you know, the next generation I’m here, happy to help out because you know what?

We were blessed. I wouldn’t say that we were blessed to be given an opportunity here to come to United States and nothing for us to suspect except to pay for it.

 

Bryan: (00:04:55) Yeah. I mean, definitely love that mentality too. How, you know, you have that mentality to recognize that there’s a lot of opportunity here and, you know, hearing your story too, and knowing where you came from and seeing how much you’re so involved with the community and the government, it’s really inspirational.

So we want to take a step back and. Hear about, more about your transition from your professional career to your entrepreneurial career? What was that process like? And what’s going through your mindset at the time was meet that transition over.

 

Jan-le: (00:05:25) Absolutely. Thanks for asking that. Um, you know, I think especially in the AAPI world, right, our parents were taught to go, go to school, high school, graduate of college after college, possibly get masters or.Yeah, Dr.  very professional career. Right. But I didn’t understand, you know, from my family background, my parents were both teachers before. That’s how they met. And then they were both have the entrepreneurial blood in them as well, too. Um, you know, they own bookstores. So we own books for Asia in Malaysia and we very academic. You know, my dad was really into reading and making sure that we’re all educated. So for us, the transition for me is, you know, after graduation, you know, I knew I had to get the internship at the job and I was fortunate enough in Seattle. Washington went to UDaB to get a internship with a.com company right in the nineties. And you just learn, you, you know, I was. I was great at, I’ll tell you I was great at filing. I played it a mental game where I can see every time when I find this really boring, I play a game and it make it faster, more efficient, right. Just to get the day by. So being in the.com environment, it was really neat.

Again. You know, I feel that I’m in a position where I’m just blessed. It’s nothing that I did. It was as fortunate it was brought up and I just went in for an interview and it was in the human resource department. So that’s where my HR kind of background started as an intern. So with that, and now Bryan, you’re asking him, how did I shop from that to a entrepreneurship I will share with you.

I cannot remember. A time where I did not have more than one job as student. I always have two jobs in a sense that internship, as well as you know, on the weekends we would, um, my mom, we would, you know, fall, my mom would go pick berries just for the extra dollar, because you’re not Asian. Right. Anything for a buck.

 

So I can’t imagine, you know, my mom, even though she worked as in the school, in the cafeteria, we would cater. During the weekends. So every day, every single day is always something else for businesses, Weiss. And I’m 12 years in the corporate America world. It just happy. We’re fortunate again, lucky enough to make it that leap into starting a restaurant because.

We love to eat. We love to eat Kate entering and party. And, uh, we, the family basically decided to migrate from Washington state to Las Vegas, Nevada to open up a restaurant. And what is it? 2005. So it’d be 15 years now. So that job obviously takes a while. It takes a lot of guts, but I’ll tell you, even with the transition of opening up a restaurant here, I also took on part time job at a temporary consulting job.

Just again, just to make sure that we have a paycheck.

 

Bryan: (00:08:35) Wow. That’s really amazing too. And I just want to take a step back and hear more about what was the mindset like, you know, like just moving, how did move into how big even happen? You know,

 

Jan-le: (00:08:49) she has the flu, we just did a family vacation, 2004, where we all went to Vegas because it’s a place to be.

And that time it was very targeted toward family. And so that’s what we did. And then we got here, I kid you not. There was no Chinatown spring mountain road. It was a dirt desert. Yeah. You know, I mean, it’s not like today, right? So my brother, my younger brother, who’s always the brain in the family. So he was in real estate band and he’s like, Hmm, we should migrate the whole family Jannie.

I know you’re kind of tired of corporate America, you know? I’m tired of corporate America. Let’s just do this thing. And at that time, my mom was like, yeah, it was my mom’s bucket list. A restaurant. Cause she she’s a, she’s a very awesome cook, but we did it as a punch. Now I don’t know you to have you read rich dad, poor dad.

Guilty. That’s the block that kind of responsible for our leap of faith. I guess

 

Maggie: (00:09:53) Amazing, I mean, I’m very curious to know, like, I know that you, a lot of people in your family are great cuts, like you mentioned, but does anyone, did anyone have any experience building and opening a restaurant? Because yeah, a lot of people in Asian hustle network, for example, they want to get into the food and beverage industry, but they always hear like it’s a very hard industry to get into. And the profit margin is always very slim with restaurants. Right. So, very curious to know, like, if your, um, if your family had any experience with restaurant,

 

Jan-Le: (00:10:24) you know, we catered prior to, um, for me, I own a catering company by which as a kick, you know, is one of my. Best friend in college together.

We just kind of like, you know, what on weekends, why don’t we just go ahead and do that cook for folks. And that’s what we did when we were in Washington state. We actually were, uh, so through word of mouth, we, we got a lot of the Microsoft folks, right. They have plenty of money. And then back then, there’s really not a lot of Asian caterers.

So we kind of found a niche. So my girlfriend and I just kind of did that. But as far as opening a full blown restaurant negative, you were crazy. That’s what we were.

 

Bryan: (00:11:07) I really like that approach too, because you had a side hustle, essentially.

Jan-le: (00:11:13) Bryan, I think I’ve been hustling since I was five years old.

Bryan: (00:11:17) I like that a lot cause what you did was that you started small, but you thought big, you know, and most people, especially nowadays how this pre preconceived notion where, you know, success happens overnight. And we know for a fact that I never, never, never usually happens that way. Very, really rare chance that it does. And it’s great to hear that you started so small that.

It eventually evolved into a 15 year restaurant. It’s amazing.

 

Jan-le: (00:11:41) It is. And we went with COVID is a struggle right now, but you know, we’re, we’re hanging in there because we really want to make it to the 16th year. But I’ll share with you with Maggie. You heard the question about what people in the restaurant business.

A lot of people don’t think about it, but, um, having a business plan, you need to have a business plan because this is planned kind of. Puts your set’s remind down, right? Yes. You can write about your ambition. Yeah. It will tell you, you got to do the numbers because at the end of the day, you got to crunch the numbers and you’re going to say, gosh, how many seats do I need?

And how many turns do I need to do before I even make a profit? And you’re right. The profit margin was very, very slim. Still is today, right? Because the cost of goods keeps going up every day, but it’s not like we can change our printing menu every day. Right to keep up with the costs. So I just encourage a lot of folks. In fact, it’s funny that we know so many, um, w when we go and buy stuff, right. Especially the, the restaurant Depot place that folks know us, that they, if they see people coming in with the ambition of opening up a restaurant, they basically call me and say, Jan, help them out of it. And I would do my best is kind of just talking to them. And typically, usually I can say, you know what, they’ll be fine. So go ahead. Something, the products or you go, you know what?

 

Maggie: (00:13:07) No, it’s amazing. Well, yeah. I mean, it’s not, Terry has claimed so many different titles, you know, the best of Las Vegas, 2015, one of the best places in the United States celebrate Chinese new year. What did you put into your business? Like what were the top things that you wanted as your goals for satay and you know, how did you market the restaurant? So, well,

 

Jan-le: (00:13:29) you know, again, I think we’re just very blessed. By our friends and family and our loyal customers, because without them, there’s no way. I mean, we can open up and no one comes.

Right. And it’s really scary today with the social media, because I don’t know if you a Yelper, I’m sure you are right. Um, good and bad, right? Because you get a lot of folks. That can ruin a restaurant reputation might just because they may just hate you because of political views or they just don’t like you and that have one bad experience and they can just blast it off.

Right. And I think I personally love Yelps because I do go in there and yell at myself because I, you know, get into the new places. You kind of use that. But the damage things I can do to a restaurant, I always tell people and think about it before you write things down. Don’t be, you’re not a food critic.

I know people all they think they are, but, um, especially during right now, this pandemic, it is very damaging. But, um, for us, I think it’s marketing one Oh one, right? I don’t care if you have a restaurant, if your chiropractor, if your doctor it’s all about, um, Your reputation is all about how you treat people, right? So I, we are a very different, we actually, my brother and I don’t spend our time in the back of the house. I actually have full time chefs and they are chefs that they have. We’re trained to do things. We don’t go back there and mess with the seat, you know, the secret sauce or anything like that, because that’s what we had.

I’m the deal. But we do is basically upfront up in the front of the house. We take care of our customers. We take of the needs. And one thing about having a restaurant here in Las Vegas is great because everybody comes to, to celebrate something, celebrate life wedding, you know, all that good stuff. And we’re just happy that we are a place of fun and great memories for the right, especially for AAPI. What do we do? We love to eat. We let the party, we let the drink and we’re just blessed that they trust us enough to bring their family and friends to celebrate with us.

 

Bryan: (00:15:38) Wow. That’s, that’s amazing to hear that too. And. No moving, like transitioning over, it’s becoming more involved with the community and the government right now.Like all that up, how that all happened, you know? Like how did you make the transition for a full time employee to a restaurant owner to help in your community? It’s being part of the BI initiatives and the government and how that all that happened happened by chance? Or did you aim for this to happen one day?

 

Jan-le: (00:16:05) No, it’s not. Like I woke up and say, Hey, I’m going to be here. Political activists. That’s what I want to do. You know, you know, I think politics chose us versus we chose, you know, politics because as a business owner, as an entrepreneur, um, I always get this, in fact, you know, there’s so many rules and regulations and the policies, right?

Well guess who makes those policies and rules and regulations, right? Those are politicians who, who puts them there. We do, we, the people. Right. So that’s why, um, we got involved. In fact, to be honest, I just got involved, uh, in 2015, very political really right. Is because as a business owner, there are so many things that are happening to us, the impacts of business and impacted no, my employees that, you know what I always say,  if I’m not going to get involved, Who’s the plugin in law.

Right? So it, like I said, you know, politics chose us. That’s how we got got him.

 

Maggie: (00:17:11) That’s amazing. Yeah. I love how you’re, you know, taking option and, you know, I feel like we’re in a time and an interesting time right now, you know, a lot of us want. Policies to be changed. And there’s just a lot that’s going on with our social climate, you know, and a lot of people think that there’s nothing that they can do about it.

And this all goes back to like, you know, voting, right? It’s like people think that their vote doesn’t count. Right. And I love how you just took that action into your own hands and, you know, recognize that you had a voice recognize that you had the ability to take action. And you did that. You know, all in the last couple of years and it’s amazing and so inspiring, you know how far you’ve come.

 

Jan-le: (00:17:51) Thank you. And, and you know what, I always say, you can’t complain if you don’t vote. Right. You can’t complain if you don’t participate. So yeah. One thing for us. I think our Asian community is that we are, we take ownership, right? Everything that happens. Right. I hate playing the game. I could, it’s very easy. It’s so easy to play the victim. Right. And have that victim mentality. But that’s one thing I learned from AT and T wireless. Right. I first, excuse me, it was T-Mobile sorry. Break company. She gave me a coin for HR wise. What flipped around is one is B the other was, Oh, you either want to be an owner. Oh yeah.Will you be a victim? Which one do you choose? Because at the end of the day, if you don’t choose, you’re just going to be a victim.

 

Maggie: (00:18:40) Right. Right, right, right. I’m very curious, you know, when you were at T-Mobile and when you’re at AIDS, we and T wireless. No, that you were going to go in this entrepreneurial your normal route, or, you know, did you, no, I know there was that time when you made that jump, but you know, what was going on through your mind when you were working those nine to five jobs, did you ever feel like, well, maybe this is, you know what I meant. Or did you feel like no fear?

 

Jan-le: (00:19:06) Very good question. Maggie, I’ll tell ya. Um, I love those companies. So dot comes at that time, wireless I’m like, God, you know, I mean, I didn’t have to pay it the phone bill and I get upgrades for free and testing out. It was pretty fun to be the in crowd, you know, just testing things out and I’ll tell you, they pay you well up there.

Right? Um, it was. It, it, it kinda occurred to me when, what, well, first of all, when at and T went away as an HR person, I had basically, I had to lay off everybody. It’s just everybody that we hire, we kind of shut down the company. We’re the last ones to leave. Um, It occurred to me that, you know, although corporate experience is great, that the benefits is great.

The money’s great. Everything’s great. But one thing I felt is a lost, I felt that I lost that passion for life. Right. And I dreaded going to work because when I went to work, it was  always about that companies, about the policies in which I have to, um, execute. Right. Even though I disagree. That was my job.

I did not get to decide who gets, who gets retained, what to do, but I’m basically given an order and to say, Channy, this is what you need to do today. And you’re going to lay off about 500 employees, and then you’re going to talk about their benefits and they explained to the family, and then you’re going to tell them. It’s nothing personal. It’s only a job, right? So that’s when I felt that, you know what, I’d become a robot, you know, where, when, when of course this is personal when you lay somebody off, right. Because you’re impacting their livelihood, you know? So when it became a point where I stopped, when they cry, I just kind of stopped crying. I kind of shut the Kleenex to them and say, There you go, all right, next. Right. That’s when I felt that, you know what something is definitely lacking and, and this opportunity came up with my brother. It was all vacation that we kind of family vacation. And again, as a, as an Asian family whenever we get together, we eat and we drink and well I’m, you know what?

I’m tired of this. And then somebody else says, yeah, I’ll tire this, and this is how we make the job. So it’s a crazy, crazy leap though. I’ll tell ya. But it was, uh, it was, it’s very rewarding.

 

Bryan: (00:21:16) Yeah. I mean, I could kind of relate to that all my last jump to man. I felt like, you know, the tech world is we’re not well represented. In any way. I feel like a lot of the leaders out there, especially in Silicon Valley or non-Asian, and that’s a problem too, because you do make up a large workforce demographic here. And that provided me with more motivation to do more for the Asian community. Thus starting Asian hustle network. Well, I was wondering too, like, how did your involvement with the Asian community happen? You know, like how did you, how did you become the commissioner of basically, I want to learn that transition happened for you,

 

Jan-le: (00:21:59) you know? Um, I should. Um, you know, my husband is actually, he’s the one who is more politically involved. He ran for city council and treasure the state. So when he was doing that as a, for me helping him through the process, um, cause I’m a, I’m an operations gal.

Right. So I kind of get to do it, get the things done. It kind of. And impacted what I saw is that, you know, what, if I can’t raise my hand, if you, you know, we, both of us are very active community and, but it was opportunity where I felt that it as a woman, typically an API would we’re we don’t put ourselves forward. Right. We’re always in the background. But my husband actually was the one who encouraged me and saying, you know what you need to, you need to, you need to let the administration now that you are interested in doing it. And I don’t regret it because it’s been such a rewarding experience. And Bryan, I want you to know that one of our mission too, is that we are.

My goal is to make sure that we have succession planning. We identify the next leaders and especially in the government entities, you know, political aspects, I would love to see more AAPI candidates and AAPI faces, right. Um, on the ballot. Anywhere, you know, just doing great things because we are trained, I think brought up to not really lead because, you know, as PA my parents actually has always said, don’t do that. You’re going to bring shame to the family, right. The face, you know, we, we got to respect that and, and, but all means. We need to respect our elders. I believe that truly in a hundred. Right. But I think there’s a fine balance too, is that we need to speak up when things are happening or not happening. We need to raise our hand and say, what can I do?

 

Right. And I’ll tell ya, we’re putting yourself out there. Right? Whether or not, um, people will, will say that they’re there therefore out president Trump or not. I will share this with you being a white house initiative. You know, um, and as a commissioner, I have the pleasure of meeting all the APS, regardless of their political affiliation to really bring attention, um, and issues to the president.

And he does care. I know, I know there’s a lot of, you know, uh, heated stories out there. Right. And especially with election coming up in less than 37 days. Right. But I’ll tell ya, we live in a beautiful country where today that you still allow us the freedom to do whatever we want and achieve that American dream.

 

Bryan: (00:24:49) Yeah, absolutely agree with that statement too. I think that our kids are always out there, but at the same time, like we have to be more mobile. We have to be more visible. No, we are putting forth the model, model minority out there that, you know, just generally don’t speak up or we don’t like in the politics too. Uh, but that’s not the case anymore. Like we live in a different generation now, you know, like you kind of understand from our parents’ generation, why they wouldn’t want us to speak up because why we’re new to the country. Like I want to stand out so much because recently I thought I’m this really relevant and people see it all the time. They’re scared for their own safety for our generation. Like we, we understand the culture really well. We are as, as, as married, as American as you can get. My, we identify more as American than our Asian counter or Asian side. No, it’s there for life. It’s if we need to speak up like, and on top of that, there’s a separate challenge that we all face too.

It’s unlearning, like we’re learning a lot of things. Our parents taught us about how the world works. Um, so that was the first challenge. The next thing is like, now that we finished on learning, it’s not for us to make a difference. You know like everybody has a voice and you, people always underestimate how loud their voice can be, you know, because even with the Asian culture, you know, like we always get.

Kind of underestimate that, you know, we shouldn’t really stand out or speak up or anything, but that’s not the case. Like we are really strong the community, but continue staying together as a community in community. It’s, they’re unique to the Asian culture as well. Like we love to be there for each other.

Right. And, you know, we would be there to protect each other always, and we need to start utilizing our communities to actually make a difference.

 

 

Maggie: (00:26:42) Yeah. And I absolutely agree with you, Jan-li. I mean, I feel the same way with my parents. My parents, you know, they’ve always told me to keep my head down to not say anything, to not create any chaos. And I think that resonates with a lot of children of immigrant parents. Right. And yeah. Oh, you know, Bryan and I talk about this all the time. You know, they came from times of war where they, you know, dropped everything from where they lived to provide us with a better future. And oftentimes, you know, like I was working in government too, um, in city and local governments and they, you know, really loved that.

I, I was working there because they knew that I had a stable job, you know, I wouldn’t, it would be very rare for them to like, let me go, you know, like they love the, I was in government. You know, and so I think it’s really important for us to also recognize though about where we are different generation and we have the ability to use it. Yeah. The voices. And we’re also seeing that, like, due to what’s been happening in our world right now, I feel like a lot of Asians and people of AA, AAPI community are. Starting to recognize that they do have a voice. I have the ability to speak up and we’ve been seeing and connecting with more and more activists who come from, who are in the AAPI community.

And it’s just so refreshing to see, you know, because we are recognizing that we can make a difference. Um, and. Yeah, I would love to know, like, you know, what has been your biggest reward of being on the white house initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders?

Jan-le: (00:28:08) meeting you guys too? Right. Well, I think it just opened doors up to our AAPI community. Seriously. I was just on the phone today, um, with, with a mung leader in California, you know, and Louisville’s too, so there’s a lot of things. I think it opened up doors that we, I want. Everyone to know that we are a resource, right. And it’s, that’s not us as commissioners for under president Trump. I think even before Obama was also has his a commissioners.

But I just think that, you know, if we know that we’re out here, we’re all here for everyone to suit, to stay positive. I know the media likes to paint, like, you know, Oh my God, all hell’s breaking loose. It can just feel like that. It that’s what you guys gonna. You know, um, one wash. I think the best thing right now for everybody is turn off social media. Although I love Asia. Cause I’m at work. I’m getting along. Yeah. I mean, just take a break, right? When you find yourself so angry and pissed off, you know, walk away for awhile, enjoy nature. And then yes, come back. Because the one thing about your network though, you guys have positive heads on there, and that’s what we need.

We need positive things, stories, because you know what, it’s tough getting up, but we should be celebrating every day. When you wake up as a win. Right. When you enjoy food and a drink, that’s a win. You know, I always, you know, sometimes when I get in a fight with my husband, we’re stopping, I look at my mind, you’re cranky. Are you hungry? And it won’t laugh and we’ll sit down and make a meal. And they were like, what was that fight was? I mean, it was so. Still bad. It just turns out that when I was hungry, you know what I mean? So seriously, I always feel that, you know, and this one thing about Asian culture, we love food. Right? And then the we things happen when you sit down, have a meal, I mean, look at all the business plans. You invite people to have coffee or snacks or drink because why, when your stomach’s full, you, your brain is functioning well better. Right. And then you actually sharing it. Experience and you can talk about issues.

Does that make sense?

 

Bryan: (00:30:26) Absolutely. And for our listeners too, that don’t know what Asian Hustle Network is. You are a Facebook group of currently 65,000 members. That’s why I made a joke earlier while you guys say social media, because we were mainly on Facebook and Instagram and all those social media platforms.

 

Jan-le: (00:30:44) Yeah. Yes. And I love it and I love seriously. I love. I’m just going through your page when, when things are, you know, the world’s fighting and everyone’s fighting, I do love to get on the Asian hustle network to look at all the wonderful things that you two have created as a force for everybody. So thank you.

 

Bryan: (00:31:03) Thank you for that. It’s a great segue to talk a little bit more about your goals for the AAPI community. I mean for, especially for now, they’re trending towards the end of the year. Want to hear about what kind of goals do you have for the community in 2021?

 

Jan-le: (00:31:16) You know, I hope that, um, you know, especially the political elections coming up, like I said, it’s really seven days.

I like to use the word, you know, we can agree to disagree and disagree with that being disagreeable. Right. And that’s, that’s a greatest thing that if we can just talk about that, because I know that elections causes a lot of emotions because it impact policies, elections have consequences. We all know that.

And for some folks, I, especially for the API world, we are business owners. You know, this is a livelihood. I cannot tell you enough, how many restauranters shut down permanently. I will not open again because of this endemic, but we’re here. And my goal, Bryan and I offered this to you and your parents. My goal is if I can just help one family, one person.

Anyone says about this, continue to appreciate life and live because I think we’re too young to retire. Right. But, but things happen to us. That means there’s another things, great things. That’s going to open the doors. And if I can be that person to help the next person to see that there’s a light, you know, after the tunnel, I’m happy to do it.

So, and I, I do feel that with you too Maggie, you know, it’s great to meet you today, but I feel that there’s a reason why we’re meant to meet, right. And maybe it won’t be until next year or maybe three years down the road, call me up. Hey, I’m thinking about doing this in Vegas. I’m here, you know, and I want everybody on your network as well to that.

Um, if we can just help each other any way we can today. Um, I think that’s, that’s. That’s the best thing that can happen for 2020. I just want 2020 to be over. And then 2021, we can do that.

 

Bryan: (00:33:11) Yeah. I really liked that mindset too, because we’re all where we’re all about in Asian Hustle Network uplift each other and support each other.

Cause we need each other more than ever.

 

Maggie: (00:33:21) Yeah. Yeah. I definitely agree. And so, you know, what are your future goals for golden catalysts? Um, satay Thai bistro and bar, and your place in government, um, in like the next five to 10 years.

 

Jan-le: (00:33:36) Oh man. You know, I’m living today. I always say, you know, nobody knew that’s pandemics will happen in 2020. Right. So as far as we can do is from, for me is ideally is. Enjoy life, enjoy every minute of it. And I know I kid about the title about that, excuse me, that song, but the, a, this podcast, you know, to me, I say, eat, drink live, and love because those are the four things I truly believe that we should all be doing and enjoy, you know, because you can have the goal.

Out there, I think is great. But if it doesn’t workout its okay. It’s okay. Not to be okay. Sometimes. Right. So we can only plan as far as we can, but I always say surround the people, the folks that you have that enjoy eating as much as you do. Living as much as you do. And, and that’s that’s I think. Yeah. And I wanted to listen to walk away with today.

 Don’t sweat the little things.

 

Maggie: (00:34:39) Yeah. That’s exactly. I love it. Eat, drink, live, and love. I need that on top of my headboard or something.

 

Jan-le: (00:34:45) Yes, yes. Yes.

 

Maggie: (00:34:50) Well, for our listeners, you know, we have a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs in their group. Um, you know, I have a total of 65,000 members, but a majority of them are.

Aspiring entrepreneurs and would love to know, you know, what type of advice you would give to an aspiring entrepreneur in Asian hustle network or just apps in general?

 

Jan-le: (00:35:05) Absolutely. I think I kind of mentioned earlier, have a business plan. You really need to have one. And in fact, I was just talking to one of my girlfriend just a week ago.

She wants to open a restaurant and I’m there to cheer her on, but I said, girl, what’s your business plan? Well, do I really need that? And I’ll tell you the answer she asked you to do because you need to focus and you just need to focus on what you’re going to do. Right. And then I always say, and have plan B, right?

Whatever that means. But, um, You went, I think you do need to do a research right now today. There’s no excuse right there. Information is out there. Right. And, um, I know only in a restaurant is the toughest thing to do. I like to talk people out of doing. But if I see their business plan, they have it there, you know, I’m like, can do it if that’s your dream.

Uh, and you know, don’t wait for another day, just do it.

 

Maggie: (00:36:08) Yeah. That’s really great advice. I think that a lot of people get tripped up because they think that a business plan is so old school but you do need some sort of direction and you do need focus into your business. And I think that’s, that’s the best advice you can against someone.

 

Jan-le: (00:36:20) Absolutely.

 

Maggie: (00:36:22) Well, it was amazing hearing your story today. Jan-li thank you so much for sharing with all of our listeners. How can they get in contact with you and learn more about you?  

 

Jan-le: (00:36:20) Yeah. Um, via email is fine. Jannie, J a N I e@goldencatalysts.com. And I don’t mind getting my cell phone either. It’s (702) 327-2628.

I’m here as a resource. I always say, you know what? If you want me to look at your business plan, I will, but please do your homework before you send it to me though. Okay. So, um, but yeah, like I said, I’m here as a resource, whatever you want. Um, you know, one thing I do want to remind everybody about the w as a commissioner I’ll charge basically is to let, is a function.

I want to say where liaison, we, a lot of people don’t know that there are a lot of current opportunities out there, especially with SBA and BDA. All those are in the SBDC, right? We, Asians are so used to saying, Oh my gosh, I got to use all my four, one K my personal funding to do things. But guess what?

Pick a loan, if your business plan is that great, there’s, you know, SBA will do, you know, fund those loans and help as a resource take advantage of all these things. Programs, and I’m happy to walk them through it, introduce them to the different departments, but this is why I think America is great. Um, you know, if you don’t ask the answer’s no. Right. So make sure you ask. Call folks up and use YouTube as a resource. Right. Because my goodness, I will definitely call me, calling you Maggie and Bryan, if I’m going to do  something else. Right. Because I think we just need to use each other to help each other.

 

Bryan: (00:38:06) Yeah, definitely. I agree with that statement.Well, thank you so much for being on the podcast. We appreciate your time.

 

Jan-le: (00:38:11) Thanks for having me.

 

Maggie: (00:38:14) Thank you so much, Jan-Ie, it’s incredible getting to know you.

 

Jan-le: (00:38:17) Alright. We’ll talk soon.

 

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