MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – Beginning a enterprise throughout a pandemic will be arduous, however one native enterprise proprietor is lending a serving to hand to small black enterprise homeowners within the space.
You’ve heard of lending your neighbor meals, assist and typically automobiles. What in regards to the constructing to your small business?
Nicely, that’s what Jamard White has been doing years.
“I’ve a constructing and so they have a ability. Why can’t we put two collectively to make one thing occur? The golden rule is; for those who can assist any person alongside the best way then amen. I stand by that. I’m 41 years previous and I gained’t change for the subsequent 40,” mentioned native enterprise proprietor Jamard White.
Utilizing his final paycheck, white left his hometown in Ripley, Tennessee to return to Meridian. He mentioned he was decided to be a enterprise proprietor.
“Once I realized there have been 7 buses and two trains, which come by right here 7 days per week. I didn’t need to have a advertising plan as a result of the buses and trains had been bringing my prospects to me,” mentioned White.
At Union Station in Meridian, there’s been quite a lot of small companies which have used white’s constructing that is called “Union Station Café”.
“Mama D was right here for 4 – 5 months. We in all probability received lots of enterprise then we had been anticipating too. After mother left, it was powerful for a minute. It took some time for me to see how I’d regain it again,” mentioned White.
White rapidly bounced again with two Jamaican eating places.
“When the Jamaican’s got here, we had been the one place on the town to have it. It didn’t matter the placement develop into that got here to us,” mentioned White.
Now the constructing is housing a brand new restaurant known as Jabo’s which is able to open on October 1st. Simply throughout the road, one can find white’s second enterprise. A images studio that he permits photographers to make use of with no cost.
“I feel Meridian ought to have its personal black all the pieces if doable. There’s a accountability to have a black studio. There have been days the place we couldn’t afford that constructing and was able to let it go. With the accountability of maintaining it, we did,” mentioned White.
In white’s spare time, he provides again with volunteer neighborhood service, placing in over 100 hours a 12 months.
White mentioned his subsequent aim is to get entangled in politics within the close to future.
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