A Driving Force
This is a great article written by Ronda Racha Penrice for Black Enterprise showing the collective power that entrepreneurs have in the United States. I feel that entrepreneurs of small businesses have a lot to offer the public and are a driving force of the American economy. The success of Tyler Perry is a testament to the hard work and dedication that many urban entrepreneurs have. Perry is an example of someone having a vision and the determination to see things through until completion. In the article, Penrice writes about how two-thirds, or 66%, of all businesses in the United States are small businesses. Also, 75% of the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is generated in cities. This is the essence of what it means to be an urban professional. Urban professionals are those people that are actively making things happen in their communities. With 84% of the country’s population in urbanized areas, there is an endless amount of talent that is waiting to be tapped in to. Urban professionals are a force to be reckoned with.
For African Americans, it seems like the city of Atlanta, Georgia is the place to be if you are trying to start up a business in an attempt to attain some level of success. I think the city of Atlanta provides an ideal climate for people of all ages that look to start their own business. Atlanta is a progressive city and has initiatives in place that can be used by many to eventually turn their ideas into small businesses, thus, allowing it to be a hub for many urban entrepreneurs. The growth that Atlanta has seen among businesses run by African Americans over the past few years is reason enough why it is central to the driving force by urban professionals.