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U Street on BBC: Washington's Ethiopian 'car park king'

Henok Tesfaye, an Ethiopian immigrant to the US, started in the parking business with just himself and a few family members as employees.

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Date: August 2012

Shaw Champion Award Winner: Henok Tesfaye

At its 2012 biennial gala, Shaw Main Streets named the recipients of three awards: Shaw Champion, Shaw Community Partner, and Shaw Game Changer Business.  

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Date: April 2012

Money Matters: Profile of an Ethiopian Entrepreneur

Arriving in the United States 20 years ago from Ethiopia with just $50 in his pocket, Henok Tesfaye is now running a successful business of nearly 500 people. VOA's Philip Alexiou reports.



Date: October 2010

Henok Tesfaye: From Valet to Used-Car Dealer

The way Henok Tesfaye's mother smiles as she serves up some spicy doro wat in her U Street restaurant wasn't part of the business plan that got Tesfaye a $35,000 microloan. But it's certainly part of the result.

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Date: April 2012