Meet the Alumni

Meet Malan [2:31]

Malan Lai

Los Angeles, CA

Industry
Manufacturing
Year founded
1989
Business
UCAN Zippers
Partner College
Los Angeles City College
" Business has been booming since I graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. In the last year, we’ve grown 25 percent. "

Business Overview

One of the last zipper manufacturers in the United States, UCAN Zippers has been in the Lai family since its founding in 1989. 

Challenges

UCAN Zippers was taking on projects for clients regardless of their size or potential for profit, straining the company’s growth outlook. 

Results

Since graduating from the 10,000 Small Businesses program, Malan has worked to keep UCAN Zippers nimble, and has focused on paring down the company’s customer base to make room for new clients with long-term needs and forward-thinking strategies – in other words, clients just like UCAN Zippers.
 

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