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Hard Work Turns a Dream into Big Success
Young Refugee Creates a Telephone Company
Stanislav (Stan) Zhuchenko came to United States in August 2003 with his young wife and small child. Like most immigrants, he had to work hard to support his family. He started his day as early as 6 am, working at a Russian radio station. T went to his next job as a contract installer for Comcast Cable Company. At the end of the day, he went to work at home fixing various equipment, appliances and phones for his private clients. Despite all of his work, Stan continued to dream of starting his own telephone company, building on the telecommunications profession he’d had before immigrating.
When he arrived at Opening Doors he had very limited English, very little money, and almost no knowledge of the American business system. Through the Prosperity Project Refugee Microenterprise Program, Stan spent hours with a consultant and attended workshops to adapt his applicable skills to his future U.S. business. He applied for a loan, and after a lot of hard work, New Systems Telephone Company opened its doors in February, 2005.
New Systems Telephone Company began in a small office with only one dark room, but Stanislav knew it was only a beginning. He started to learn more about business dynamics; he even went to Russia and established business contacts in foreign markets, including China. Business grew and has recently expanded into two locations. His company acquired new equipment and became recognized by IntegraTelecom, which has since become a business partner.
And this is only a beginning for Stan and his young team of professionals. In spite of his increasingly busy schedule, Stan is also involved in philanthropic activities, donating money, making charity trips to Russia, and visiting hospitals and foster homes.