Special Report: Finding the American Dream

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Ever wondered what the life of a millionaire is like and how you can become one?

Newscenter 11 will tell you about Meridian businessman Abdul Lala who says he has a desire to help you pursue your American dreams.

Lala was prominent during the Meridian downtown hotel project debate. He owns about a dozen hotels and wears many hats.

But Lala says he didn't become a millionaire overnight. We'll take a closer look into his success, how he got there, and how you could, too.

"I came to America with $8.25 cents in my pocket to fulfill my 'American Dream'," said Lala. "You have to work hard and be dedicated to what you do and success is on your way."

Lala also lays out a 5-point plan on how he believes you can obtain financial freedom. The series will air on WTOK-TV 11.1 Tuesday and Wednesday.


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  • by Brian Location: Meridian on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    I hope Mr. Lala will build something downtown, even though his hotel project didn't happen. Restaurant, entertainment, etc. whatever it may be. I would hope Mr. Peavey would join him also. Don't do it for yourself or for major profit, just do it to bring this community out of being in such a slump. Get us started Mr. Lala and Mr. Peavey and we will help. We just don't all have the startup capital, but you both do. There are many like me that want to see some excitement in Meridian, so that the Birmingham's and Jackson's and Tupelo's will be amazed at what we accomplish TOGETHER!! LET'S DO IT, Meridian!!!
  • by David Location: Meridian on Aug 10, 2009 at 10:40 PM
    Mr. Lala's success should serve to inspire others that the dream is still alive - if he can do it why can't I? Rather than spend time being bitter because he "made it," and try to bring him down, his story should serve to inspire others. If this isn't an uplifting story then there are some people who don't understand what the American dream is all about!
  • by Hal on Aug 10, 2009 at 09:10 PM
    The harder Mr. Lala worked, the luckier he got. Sounds like someone is jealous of an immigrant's success. Mr. Lala did not become wealthy on SBA loans. He's enterprising and hard working. By the way, Mr. Lala has been a resident of this community for decades. If he sells a hotel for a profit, what's wrong with that? If he builds another hotel with making a profit in mind, what's wrong with that? That's what entrepreneurs do. That's how they get and stay wealthy. In our dreams, we would all have that. You're simply jealous that an immigrant has accomplished what you are incapable of doing. You're a small-minded person.
  • by fed up in the us Location: NEWTON on Aug 10, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    I know for a fact THAT THE US GOVERNMENT GIVES OUT SMALL BUSINESS LOANS TO FORIENERS THAT COME TO THE UNITED STATES.THEY DONT HAVE TO PAY INTREST ON THE LOANS AND THEY DONT HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON THE LOAN.THEY MAKE THEIR MILLIONS THEN RETURN TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN WITH THEIR FORTUNE.IF YOU'LL NOTICE THAT IN 10 YEARS THE SAME OWNERS OF THESE MOTELS HAVE SOLD WHAT THEY HAVE MADE THEIR MONEY ON TO OTHER PEOPLE.THE HONEST AMERICAN CAN NEVER GET A FAIR DEAL UNLESS YOU ARE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. WAKE UP AMERICA
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