NOIR International would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has fully supported our launch in 2014. NOIR International continue to strive to bring African Caribbean small and large business to the forefront of every arena that is possible.
We would like to share some of our thoughts for 2015. There is nothing that we cannot do and achieve. Our forefathers, like Marcus Garvey, Rosa Park, Martin Luther King, and many more paved the way for us, it is now for us to pick up the mantel and work together as a team.
2015 is another year, do not look back at regrets but look forward to a bright and new future. Unless we work together as a team but more importantly as a community, we will fail our businesses. There is room for everyone in NOIR; we want more than one hairdressers, beauty salon or restaurant as well as other businesses including start-ups that is representative of other business communities where they have many, but yet they still succeed. Set your sights on winning in 2015.
There are now close to a million black–owned firms across America that employ nearly 600,000 people–and the number is rapidly rising. The list below is of African–American entrepreneurs who overcame overwhelming obstacles to make their fortunes in the businesses of their choice
Herbert and Sylvia Woods, the husband–and–wife team who turned a tiny Harlem luncheonette into a multimillion–dollar food empire (SYLVIA WOODS, FOUNDER OF FAMED HARLEM SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT) – Sylvia met her future husband, Herbert Deward Woods, when she was 11 and he was 12 and both were working in the fields, picking beans under the blazing sun. In the 1950s, Ms. Woods began work as a waitress at Johnson’s Luncheonette in Harlem; because she had grown up poor in the Jim Crow era, the day she first set foot in the place was the first time she had been inside a restaurant anywhere. In 1962, with help from her mother, who mortgaged the family farm, Ms. Woods bought the luncheonette and renamed it Sylvia’s. Three decades ago, Gael Greene, the food critic of New York magazine, wrote a laudatory article on Sylvia’s, sealing the restaurant’s success.
Frank Mercado-Valdes used guts, determination, and passion to turn his love for African-American cinema into The Heritage Networks (THN), the most powerful syndicate of ethnic television programming in the United States, and a company worth nearly one-half billion dollars. “As a business owner, I believe that if you simply transform that which you really have a lot of passion about and like into a workable plan for business and capitalism, you can do well,” he told Black Enterprise. It is hard to argue with his success.
Chris Gardner, is an Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organization. Christopher Paul Gardner’s childhood was marked by poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse and family illiteracy. Gardner published his autobiography out of a desire to shed light on these universal issues and show they do not have to define you. Gardner never knew his father, and lived with his beloved mother, Bettye Jean Triplett (nee Gardner), when not in foster homes. Gardner is indebted to Bettye Jean for his success as she provided him with strong “spiritual genetics” and taught him that in spite of where he came from, he could chart another path and attain whatever goals he set for himself.
Here is something for you can think about over the holidays:
Until you overcome the fear of failure, you’ll be immobilised at the prospect of taking a risk. The important thing to remember when you fail is not to quit. History shows that failure can actually become a bridge to success. Only when you consider your failure to be final, are you finally a failure. Failure is not an event, only an opinion, and as long as it’s not your opinion you can come back and succeed. ‘A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again. ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ Failure is not fatal; you can begin again. But the fear of failure could prove fatal to your goals by keeping you from trying again.
Therefore join NOIR at the events we are planning to host during 2015 that are designed to support the growth of your business – new or existing.
For further information register on our Business Directory www.noirinternational.org