Arnold Kubei is a Cameroonian entrepreneur who first emigrated to the United States with his mother and brother in 2007. Launching his “American Dream”, Kubei started a janitorial business and amassed savings of $300,000.
Maxing out his credit cards, he received an offer to buy a gas station and convenience store in the eastern subway suburb of Maplewood. For many entrepreneurs, owning a gas station is a major source of income, and Kubei hoped he could maximize his fortune with the business.
Unfortunately, his dream of owning a gas station failed. He later discovered that an underground storage tank on the property was leaking. Its repair was too expensive and without any gas sales, the business failed. “I lost everything. My car was repossessed. I was taken to court for not paying my rent,” Kubei said. Sahan Newspaper.
Following the failure of his gas station business, he was hired as a security advisor at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. However, due to the distance traveled, he quit and moved to the city of Minneapolis for a new job.
He quit his new job after six months to start a human services company called Metro Care Human Services. The company’s mission is to find housing alternatives for nursing home residents, people with disabilities, former prisoners and other hard-to-house people, according to the Sahan Journal.
“Metro Care Human Services is dedicated to providing the best nursing home relocation services to its customers. Metro Care Human Services staff work with individualized relocation plans designed to meet each client’s needs and promote successful retirement home relocation,” the company states on its website.
Kubei began the journey with a handful of clients and launched a second business called Home Sweet Home of Minnesota, following the phenomenal growth of Metro Care Human Services. The company “acquires duplexes and apartment buildings in the Twin Cities, then converts them into assisted living facilities”.
Kubei said his businesses brought in $3.7 million last year, adding that they expect to earn $5.5 million next year. According to the 33-year-old, he now has 45 employees.
The Cameroonian immigrant entrepreneur said his determination not to give up or be discouraged by the failure of his gas station business has paid off and urged those who want to be like him to stay consistent with their vision.
“The biggest snag in my story is not giving up, not getting discouraged. I failed. I went broke. But I stayed consistent with my vision,” the husband and father of two said. “Since I lost everything in 2014, I haven’t failed on any of my actions. The bankruptcy was a learning experience.