As a former professional quarterback, restaurateur Micheal Jackson is
used to being on the offensive and knows how to avoid being tackled by
the competition. He has parlayed this same tactical and no nonsense
approach from his days on the scrimmage line into how he runs his
upscale bar and restaurant business, Jacksonville, in the economically
impoverished city of Paterson, New Jersey.
In recent years, black-owned businesses have been one of the fastest-growing segments in the U.S. economy. But according to experts, some African-American
small-business owners limit their revenue growth because they don’t
reach beyond their comfort zone and build relationships with businesses
led by other demographics. Here are two African-American small-business owners who have successfully chartered that path.