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Suren Masumyan fled political unrest in Armenia four years ago, arriving in Swampscott with his wife and son.
Charles Mwangi emigrated from Kenya 24 years ago, arriving at Quincy College with ambitious dreams.
Eventually both took the entrepreneurial plunge — Mwangi in 2007 and Masumyan in 2011.
Today, both men are the proud owners of medical transportation companies, servicing doctor’s offices, hospitals, and other health care facilities around Greater Boston.
“I am hoping to get more cars, so I can hire more people,” said Masumyan, 31, who started Surrimassini Inc. in Swampscott.
“My ambition is to grow,” said Mwangi, 43, the owner of Comfort Care Resources Group, which recently moved to Malden from Woburn.
Their enterprising efforts were saluted Tuesday during the kickoff event for the state’s third annual Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month, which runs from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15.