LUBBOCK, Texas – Two native Black enterprise and nonprofit leaders shared among the struggles they’ve confronted amid the pandemic and shared recommendation for the longer term.
Ibn Gardner, proprietor of ‘The Groomin Lounge’ barber store, mentioned he all the time had a dream to run his personal barber store near Texas Tech College. Gardner mentioned rising up in a navy household, he needed to chop a various vary of hair.
“I all the time needed to let individuals know that [they] might be one thing locally,” mentioned Gardner.
Gardner mentioned his barber store had beforehand run as appointment-based however when the pandemic hit, issues slowed down. He seen some delays in shipments going into his store and he confronted the problem of assuring his prospects that his store was protected.
In reality, he mentioned considered one of his prospects confirmed up sporting a trash bag as a result of he had a preexisting situation.
“Now, after I do prompts on somebody or [if] somebody texts me, I’ll inform them TLR tips, mentioned Gardner. “I’ll give them a run down: ‘Wash [your] hair’, ‘Put on lengthy sleeve shirts’, […] stuff like that. So I give them totally different tips, to allow them to know that I’m protected.”
Gardner mentioned his recommendation for younger individuals is to be open to a variety of alternatives and to check every one.
“Discover you one thing that you just love, a couple of factor as a result of it may not work out after which ultimately, you might need three professions,” mentioned Gardner.
Neighborhood chief Reggie Dial mentioned his nonprofit, East Lubbock Resident Owned Enterprise Initiative, additionally confronted challenges amid the pandemic. The nonprofit supplies apprenticeships in HVAC, plumbing and electrical.
“You recognize, some individuals don’t need to go to school, some individuals simply need to exit and begin a profession,” mentioned Dial, “What higher option to begin a profession then to get into the service subject.”
Dial mentioned the pandemic created challenges of job placement for some individuals.
“The largest problem proper now’s putting people with my companions resulting from the truth that a number of my companion’s contracts maintain getting pushed again,” mentioned Dial.
Regardless of these challenges, Dial mentioned his group is engaged on offering digital and socially distanced coaching as a result of he mentioned Lubbock is rising and can need assistance from these industries.
“These jobs should not going anyplace,” mentioned Dial, “These homes which might be developing can’t give you out the employees you already know these new buildings which might be developing, can’t come up with out the employees.”
Dial mentioned no matter a pandemic, individuals ought to nonetheless try for alternative.
“Maintain your head up,” mentioned Dial, “Maintain pushing, maintain doing what you do as a result of these alternatives are right here, they’re out there, throughout this pandemic and after this pandemic.”