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Immigrant-Owned Small Businesses Thrive In A Diverse Long Beach

Release Date: 2019-04-22

By Pierce Nahigyan

Founded by George Economides, an immigrant from the island nation of Cyprus, the Business Journal has been reporting in the City of Long Beach since March 1987. In honor of National Small Business Week (May 5-11), and the immigrant heritage of this publication, the Business Journal spoke to local entrepreneurs who have traveled over oceans and continents to make this city their home, and who continue to help the local economy thrive.

In the Port of Long Beach, the Maehara family has been serving fresh fish and cold beer at Queen’s Wharf Restaurant since 1988. The restaurant, and the adjoining Berth 55 Fish Market & Seafood, was owned by Sam Maehara until his death in 2008. The business passed to his wife Rebeca, who was born in Panama, and she has run it with her son Lawrence ever since.

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