We had the good fortune of connecting with Ken Chan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ken, can you tell us the story of how you started your business?
Back in 2009, I was a frequent visitor to a very close friend. I visited her often and always played with her grandson. My friend Sue saw that and kept saying that I was good with the kid and need to do something with it. I believe in her and life is interesting. A year after, I met my ex-business partner Tara who introduced me to what I do now – teaching young children how to use computer skills. I bought the franchise at the time and started working with kids. My first client was a preschool owner who believe in our program. I knocked on her door and explained what we do. After going back and forth over a month, she invited me back for discussion and finally embedded our program. That’s when I started teaching her school’s students. The teaching kids computer class business also led me to another adventure for what I do right now – providing refurbished business computers to families and business. Very grateful and thankful for it. In this present pandemic time, we are helping a lot of families and businesses for their computer setup at home while teaching virtual learning for some of our students at their home.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a serial entrepreneur and run multiple businesses. Our first business is my passion – teaching young children between the age of 3 to 5 years old computer skills. We are the pioneer when it comes to teaching young children computer skills at preschool level in AZ. We have been doing this since 2010 and back then almost no one doing what we were doing for the young kids. We teach preschoolers the fundamental computer skills – keyboarding and computer navigation. We are very proud of teaching young children computer skills, especially in today’s pandemic time. More parents realize the important of having their children to learn computer at young age. It is inevitable. We are here to make a positive impact for our next generation life by leading and teaching them the proper way of using computers. Learning how to use computer in a meaningful way, not just a game. It wasn’t an easy journey for us. We were facing a lot of setback and some preschools don’t believe in technology learning at young age. We have adapted our approaches and show schools how interactive programs we are for their students. Last few years we have seen more and more schools accepting technology learning at young age. One of the biggest lessons I learn is about building relationship with schools. Another lesson is being adaptive in business. Time fly by and thing change. In order to stay in business, we make changes and adapt to the new environment. This is especially true in today’s uncertain time. We also run two other businesses – we provide refurbished business computers to families and business. And we also run an Amazon store in US and Europe selling electronic items. This is another lesson itself – diversification. All these three businesses are interrelated one way or another. And separately it can run alone by itself without being impacted by each other.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I was an AC – activities coordinator and led groups for variety of different entertainment and activities in town. I have a lot of favorite spots to take my friend when they visit. Name a few – Model Round in Peoria for virtual shooting and dinning, Velocity Reality inside Octane Raceway where we gear up with laser guns to shoot Zombies. Take them up at Camp Verde for ziplining. Or up at Flagstaff for the obstacle rope course for fun. For some friends who are more introvert, I will take them to check out the musical instrument museum in North Phoenix. For food, I fairly enjoy going to The Farm at the South Mountain for lunch. Or take my friend to a Belly Dance restaurant near downtown Scottsdale called Mijana for dinner while watching belly dance. For now all these may be close due to covid-19, however, I look forward to be active again soon once everything back to normal slowly.
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I had done different personal growth & development programs or leadership in life, similar to Tony Robbin’s teaching. One is called PSI seminar and another one is called Choice Center. I had gone thru with both leadership development training which shape who I am today and how I run my business – to lead, to step up, to have integrity and to inspire others with courage. I am forever grateful and thankful to both leadership programs organization.
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