Detroit, Michigan – For the past 30 years, Janet Jones has exceeded the chances of facing entrepreneurs in Detroit.
First, she has been operating a brick-and-mortar bookstore, while books are being sold online. She managed to do it during the worst economic crisis.
And she is among women in color involved in entrepreneurs that face the most obstacles.
Jones’ bookstore is one of the winners in the latest round of the NEldeas small-business competition.
The bookstore named The Source is located on Cass in Midtown.
The competition got sponsored by the New Economic Initiative.
Jones’ bookstore is one of 26 existing small businesses in Detroit which will be granted $10,000 for making improvements or expansions.
Fifth year in the row, the Neldeas Small Business Challenge strives to help existing ‘’been-up’’ (as opposed to ‘’start up’’ businesses in southeast Michigan.
A total of $ 2.16 million has been awarded to 144 businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
The ceremony at the Fisher Building in Detroit’s New Center district will recognize Jones and other winners.
81-year –old Jones spent 40 years in Detroit Public School, working as an educator. She was selling books across the table at expos and shows, and since 2002 opened a brick-and-mortar store.