Rezaul Karim Receives 2018 Global Detroit Community Entrepreneur Award

Upon entering Everyday Super Discounts in Hamtramck, the friendly atmosphere in the crowded little store is immediately felt. Asked about his store’s success and its impact on the community, the owner’s response is, “Customers see my behavior as a shop keeper. When they need more things, I always try to get them what they want.” As a result, he has outgrown his store!

Although in Bangladesh he had a degree in economics and a position as a bank officer, in March of 1996, Rezaul Karim moved his wife and four daughters to the U.S. to find a better life. Originally landing in New York City, his friend suggested moving to Detroit for the lower cost of living, so he arranged for a friend in Detroit to help him find housing and a job in a factory.

Unhappy with his factory job and struggling to understand American life, he moved his family back to Bangladesh. Quickly realizing his mistake, he returned to the U.S. in 1997, armed with a new approach. He enrolled in a class to learn English and started classes in computer technology at Wayne County Community College District. Offered a tech job before completing his IT degree, he joined a company in Highland Park working on the database printing invoices.

At the same time, he started an online business buying and selling items through eBay. This led to a home-based wholesale business, which eventually led to the purchase of a dollar store in Clinton Township. The store didn’t do well, so he eventually purchased a building in Hamtramck and opened Everyday Super Discounts. Today, he has outgrown the store, and has recently purchased a building where he will triple in size!

“I have liberty owning my own business,” said Karim. “From my very boyhood I never liked working for someone.”  He feels so strongly about entrepreneurship that he has raised all four of his daughters to consider following the same path. Three of them have taken his advice.

Receiving the Community Entrepreneur Award is a very big honor for Karim. “I am feeling really good and honored the community recognizes me. It is a privilege for me. It prompts me to do more – to do good. The people I serve can’t always afford expensive things. I try to find whatever they want or need for less money. He always tries to serve his customers in the best way possible; so after noticing many of his regulars like to fish, he contacted the DNR and is now the only place in Hamtramck to sell fishing licenses!

Rezaul Karim will be honored on Thursday, September 20 when Global Detroit hosts its third annual fundraiser at the N’namdi Gallery in Midtown to celebrate eight years of Immigrant Innovation. The event is from 5:30 – 8 pm. Ticket prices are $125 and can be purchased by going to www.globaldetroit.com/celebration or by sending a check written to Global Detroit to 4444 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

About Global Detroit –
Global Detroit is a regional economic development engine that leverages the talent, ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit, and determination of immigrants in Metro Detroit to power the regional economy. Visit www.globaldetroit.com to learn more.

 

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