Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Thumbs Up for Migrant Business Seminar

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Thumbs Up for Migrant Business Seminar

Article excerpt

A RISING Sunshine Coast small businessman has given the thumbs up to a seminar aimed at migrants who want to start businesses in Queensland.

Waqas Tarar, 23, proprietor of Mirch Masala on Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore, came sixth out of 320 entrants in last month's national student entrepreneur awards in Sydney.

Originally from Pakistan, he moved to Australia in 2007 after spending four years in England.

He opened Mirch Masala, an Indian grocery store, three years ago after tiring of driving to Brisbane to buy his favourite foods and ingredients.

Mr Tarar, who has studied law and human resources, said he was more fortunate than most migrants when he opened his own business because he already had a reasonable knowledge of his legal requirements.

However, there were still some start-up difficulties.

"I didn't have any experience in retail and none of my family did. I didn't know how to work stocking or pricing. A couple of retail gurus helped me a lot," he said. …

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