Speak to the husband and spouse homeowners of the Barber Palace and C’s Cuts and Creations and so they’ll inform you how devastating the pandemic has been on them.
“We misplaced 90 p.c of our barbers,” stated Seleaina Thomas-Cooper, the co-owner of the Barber Palace. “We simply have two or three barbers left.”
Added husband Clarence: “I used to be feeling like, ‘How are we going to pay our payments?'”
The couple are Navy veterans who’re barely surviving as a result of they are saying Seleaina can also be working as a nurse practitioner.
“I am paying the payments for each barber retailers and plus our residence payments,” Seleaina stated.
Many black enterprise homeowners are being particularly impacted by the pandemic, in response to Pepi Jackson, the president and CEO of the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce.
“Anytime you could have a nationwide emergency typically the African American neighborhood and the minority neighborhood goes to be disproportionately affected,” Jackson stated.
That is as a result of many Black companies are in retail — eating places and barber retailers, industries arduous hit by COVID-19 shutdowns, he stated.
They usually cater particularly to black communities, he added.
“Minority companies are inclined to be extra accessible to different monitories merely due to the neighborhood that they open up in,” he stated.
As small companies proceed to battle, Inland Empire economist John Husing says hope could also be on the horizon with president Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 stimulus bundle.
“So it will be essential for that to cross to assist these communities on the revenue aspect and thru that assist these companies which have been in a position to survive,” he stated.
The Coopers stated one of many keys to surviving is to assume positively.
“Do not surrender as a result of there can be a turnaround,” Clarence stated.