Determined to be more than just another greasy spoon in the
neighborhood, restaurateur Vonda McPherson, advocates health
and wellness through healthy eating at her place—Vonda's Kitchen. This
may be why her popular soul food eatery in Newark, New Jersey is making its mark and
holding its own in tough and tenuous economic times.
Just like successful people, successful startups share
certain habits. Missing any one of them can be detrimental to your business
success, but making each a priority can help you reach your goals and see
positive results that will pull you ahead of the competition.
While Randy Edme, who uses the name Jonez Bush, enjoys his job as a
paraprofessional in a charter school in Harlem, he always had a dream to
be in business for himself. He is not alone. More than 627,000 new businesses are launched
each year in the U.S., according to the SBA. But it can be rough
going for new businesses--nearly 595,000 businesses close each year, as of
Christina Lewis Halpern was juggling many things. She is philanthropist;
had been a reporter at the Wall Street Journal; is the author of a memoir about her famous father, trailblazing
African-American businessman Reginald F. Lewis; and served 20 years
on the board of directors of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation. There were many more avenues open for Lewis
Halpern, but she chose to use
her energies to help others, particularly young boys of color.