Black Entrepreneurs in West Texas

Black Entrepreneurs in West Texas

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Entrepreneur, according to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, is someone who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture. Recently, I interviewed 10 entrepreneurs with businesses in the Midland and Odessa area to find out just what their various definitions of an entrepreneur are and to find out a little more about {{more}} our own local black entrepreneurs. Here are the 11 questions I asked each of them and here’s what they had to say. We will feature these entrepreneurs over the next few months. In this edition we have an interview with “Stinky” Webb and his mother Faye. They own Sam’s Barb-B-QueFaye Webbs co-owner of Sam’s Barb-B-Que1. What is an Entrepreneur? Someone who is self-employed striving for a particular goal.2. Are you an Entrepreneur? Yes3. When did you first realize that you were an entrepreneur? 20 years ago4. Do you have a role model? If so who and why? Lee Hammond he exemplifies leadership, dedication, and cares for others.5.Do you own or co-own a business? Co-own Hammond Inc.6. Do you tend to work on projects by your self or with others? Others7. Would you be willing to work with other black entrepreneurs? Yes 8. Name one successful black entrepreneur: John H. Johnson 9. Where do you see yourself in 1yr, 3yrs, and in 5yrs? expanding the business10. Would you be willing to attend a monthly black entrepreneur meeting? Yes11. How do you think the West Texas Tribune, a black oriented paper will affect the community? I think that it will have a positive affect. The paper will keep us informed of other black entrepreneurs.“Stinky” Webbs co-owner of Sam’s Barb-B-Que1. What is an Entrepreneur? Someone who is ambitious. A doer not a talker.2. Are you an Entrepreneur? Yes3. When did you first realize that you were an entrepreneur? Age 12 running family business4. Do you have a role model? If so who and why? My Granddaddy “Willie”. The way he did things, he was a nice guy who finished first. His philosophy was you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar.5. Do you own or co-own a business? Co-own Hammonds Inc.6. Do you tend to work on projects by your self or with others? Self7. Would you be willing to work with other black entrepreneurs? Yes8. Name one successful black entrepreneur: James Wallace Webbs Sr. 9. Where do you see yourself in 1yr, 3yrs, and in 5yrs? 1 yr: Self-sufficient 3yrs: Expansion 5yrs Total sufficiency10. Would you be willing to attend a monthly black entrepreneur meeting? Yes, if time permitted11. How do you think the West Texas Tribune, a black oriented paper will affect the community? West Texas Tribune will be a gr