On Black ownership and carrying on entrepreneurial legacy:
Cyriaque: My grandparents in Haiti owned their own business, so I have a very entrepreneurial spirit that was instilled in me from a very young age. My paternal grandmother owned her own convenience store and my maternal grandmother used to raise and sell livestock. Then, when I had my son it lit a fire inside of me. Having kids changes your perspective on things. I want to be able to pass something on to him and be an example to him of what hard work brings. I think it’s really important for minorities to have ownership and be able to leave something for their kids to inherit. I don’t want my son to have to struggle the way I did to get to where I’m at. I want him to understand the value of hard work, but I also want him to be taken care of.
Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.