Local African-Americans Entrepreneurs Share "How To" Stories

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

February 15, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 7:56 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Local African-American entrepreneurs in the Fort Wayne community shared their "Views On Success" at IPFW Tuesday Night.

Eight African-American entrepreneurs told the crowd that starting your own business will be time consuming but you reap what you sow.

The panel members ranged from owning their own businesses in the pharmacy, human resources, catering and beauty industries.

The event was part of IPFW's Black History Month programming.

It was sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Doermer School of Business.

All of the small business owners had something in common.

They all started small, worked hard, and eventually reaped the benefits of their labor.

Their advice, follow your passion.

"Sight is something that we all have. That's our natural perception but to actually have vision is something you see with your heart," passionately stated Spirit Clips Owner & Master Barber Adrian Burney.

"The resources may not be there and other things may not be there but as long as you have faith and you have a vision, you can step out on your dream," continued Burney.

The vision Burney talked about is best written down by way of a solid business plan, because if you are winging it, you will quickly be out of business.

"Success to me is being able to do what I enjoy doing on a regular basis. Having a passion for it, from the beginning even until now, I still have that passion," shared Optimistics Salon Owner & Operator Veronica Townes.

Meanwhile, panel members said people can earn a salary anywhere.

However, after years of hard work, seeing their "sweat equity" pay off was worth the struggle it took to become a successful entrepreneur.

The federal government has created an entire website dedicated to small business.

For more information, including 10 Steps To Starting Your Own Business, visit the related content section of this story.

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