Young Black Entrepreneurs & Innovators Share What Inspires Them To Succeed
Fabiola Scarbrough: Business Owner, Haitian. Born in Haiti, raised in Brooklyn, NY
Fabiola Scarbrough moved to New York when she was two-years old. For Scarbrough, life finally started with her cake pop business Fabipops, which was born out of an unfortunate tragedy: the death of her newborn son, Jared Parker, in 2011. Baking for Scarbrough was a means of coping with the loss of her child.
Fabiola Scarbrough: Oprah has always given me that extra boost to stay strong on my professional and entrepreneurial journey. Her list of achievements runs long and she continues to do it with ease, no matter the obstacles thrown in her way.
Although I am very proud, honored, and blessed to be an African-American female of Caribbean decent, as an entrepreneur I am just a human being like everyone else. I am someone who has dreams and goals that I continue to pursue. I am no different from any other person of a different race or gender who wishes to reach their highest goals. I know there are stereotypes out there and critics who look down on African Americans in the business field. I just continue to focus on what I know I need to do in order to leave a great legacy for my children and theirs as well.
For those coming behind me I would tell them to first figure out exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives. You have to have a passion for your craft. If you don’t love what you do, then you’ll never truly be happy. Stay focused, write down your thoughts and dreams, and figure out the steps that need to be taken to make them happen.