Charles (Yuzhao) Chen – Small business owner – convenience store
- Name: Charles (Yuzhao) Chen
- Nationality: Chinese
- Family members: My partner, who is a student at Griffith University
- Location: The Gold Coast
- Occupation: Convenience store owner and manager
First steps and experiences in building a new life
Q: Why did you choose Queensland?
A: I felt that regional Queensland had great potential area for future business development.
Q: When did you first arrive?
A: I first arrived in Queensland November 2019. I had been on a trip to the Gold Coast in 2015.
Q: What were the biggest challenges?
A: The purchase process seemed to be more complicated and lengthy through the business broker and solicitor, although it was good to have their technical guidance. I found direct communication with the seller himself worked well for me.
Q: What were the greatest successes?
A: 491-SBO (Small Business Owners) pathway has provided me with the chance to move in Queensland and create my own opportunities. I created this stable job on my own by investing in the business during the COVID-19 pandemic. I think my greatest success has been being able to be profitable in my business even during the COVID-19 lockdown period in 2020.
Migration Queensland nomination process
Q: How did you find out about Queensland nomination and why did you choose a state-nominated business visa?
A: I found out about the 491-SBO by registered migration agents' online posts.
Q: What was your experience with the application process? Do you have advice for prospective applicants?
A: The application process was smooth and I was surprised and excited to be nominated in a such short time.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: I own a convenience store/general store/milk bar in beautiful Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast
Q: What are your next steps?
A: I will improve the store’s decor to a modern convenience store level. I aim to create more ‘uniqueness’ for the store such as selling souvenirs from local suppliers for tourists and partnering with more local suppliers to offer something different to larger supermarkets.
Last published: 7:12 AM, Thursday, 21 October 2021