In Recession Minority Business Sometimes Booms, Sometimes Busts
(Marion Star) — Martis Bracy, who has run Complete Daycare Services since 1992, never remembers business being as slow as the last few years. Quiana Revere, meanwhile, has seen her business continue to grow. For couple Peter and Gita Jethva, owners of Marion Food Market, sometimes it’s just about paying the bills. The economic recession has meant different things to Marion’s minority business owners, many who are small business owners who have little help and rely more on word of mouth and customer satisfaction than advertising to spread the word. Each of these business owners interviewed by the Star have their own unique success stories.
Bracy, who watches children in her home, said the recession had hit her business especially hard. “I have always stayed full,” she said, estimating she has watched about 400 children since she opened in 1992. That changed over the past year. “When everything dropped, I had eight children on first shift,” she said. “This summer before I dropped down to only two kids. It was just crazy. It took a long time to recover.” Bracy, a past recipient of the Marion County Black Heritage Council’s business award, has always operated the business out of her own home. While at one point she watched children throughout the day now she only watches them first shift and immediately before and after the school day.