Black business event at Ivy Tech encourages students to follow dreams
Source: The Star Press (Muncie, Indiana)
MUNCIE — Michael White loves to take pictures.
Weddings, proms, seniors photos — you name it, he’ll shoot it. And for many years, he did it for free.
But when he retired from General Motors after 33 years, he decided to turn his joyful hobby into a lucrative business. Now he’s encouraging other local African-Americans to do the same.
“I’ve had the ‘Have camera, will travel’ attitude for a while now, and I think it makes the business more enjoyable, doing something I love,” said White, owner of Blessed Photography in Muncie. “‘Do what you love’ … that’s my message to anyone with an entrepreneurial dream.”
Ivy Tech Community College invited White and other local black entrepreneurs to their first African-American Business Gala on Thursday, an opportunity for students and community residents to acknowledge and celebrate Muncie’s black businesses.
Self-made novelists, book publishers, nutrition specialists and more spoke with people at the campus’s Patterson Building about becoming business leaders in a community that might not be aware of these leaders’ presence.