Meet the Alumni

Mary Nguyen Aregoni

Chicago, IL

Year founded
Saigon Sisters
Partner College
City Colleges of Chicago
This program allowed me to zone in and concentrate on what I stand for.

Business Overview

Saigon Sisters is a family-owned, fast-casual dining business, bringing Vietnamese and other Asian cuisines to the mainstream.


Mary spent her first three years in business learning on the fly and trying to keep pace with rapid, sometimes-uneven growth. She needed to secure capital, and to develop an actionable, long-term strategy that would help Saigon Sisters reach a new level.


Since graduating from the 10,000 Small Businesses program, Saigon Sisters has opened a new location, hired ten additional employees, and increased revenues by 25%. Mary hopes to open several more locations in the coming years while maintaining the family culture that has defined the company since its start.