Community unity

Black businesses can survive one or two years longer than the typical small business, but it takes everyone’s participation.

To be successful these businesses need everyone’s support and acknowledgment. Many of them don’t even get the acknowledgment from others that they exist; a prime example of this is Tyrra’s Waffles-N-Cream.

Tyrra’s, a black owned business, has been open a little more than a year and is an excellent place to buy ice cream, smoothies, waffles, snacks and any other small things one would want. But, it has come to light that Tyrra’s may be closing tomorrow.

The reason? Not enough business.

It’s harmful and difficult to conclude that this is because of a lack of support from the black community; however, ultimately it is.

Tyrra started in the black community, the community should help start her. Yet, all of the responsibility does not fall onto the shoulders of the black community; city officials are at fault as well.

One should not look down on any business regardless of who may own it, because this business could do wonders for the community. There is always the chance of an economic boost when a new business is opened.

But, if the city chooses to turn their nose up to it, the present condition will remain unchanged and possibly get worse.

The emergence of black businesses should be seen more throughout the U.S. communities. The thriving of these businesses can help improve the economy, the American way of life and oneself.

Don’t let another business fall into the hole because enough knowledge wasn’t acquired to know anything about it. Learn your surroundings and take a chance on something.

Besides, how can you know if something is good or bad if you never try it?

Robyn K. Mizelle for The Editorial Board