Meet the Alumni

Malan Lai

Los Angeles, CA

Year founded
UCAN Zippers
Partner College
Los Angeles City College
Business has been booming since I graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. In the last year, we’ve grown 25 percent.

Business Overview

One of the last zipper manufacturers in the United States, UCAN Zippers has been in the Lai family since its founding in 1989. 


UCAN Zippers was taking on projects for clients regardless of their size or potential for profit, straining the company’s growth outlook. 


Since graduating from the 10,000 Small Businesses program, Malan has worked to keep UCAN Zippers nimble, and has focused on paring down the company’s customer base to make room for new clients with long-term needs and forward-thinking strategies – in other words, clients just like UCAN Zippers.