When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, fitness coach Sean Robbins was well prepared to make sure his clients’ health needs continued to be filled. Coincidentally, he had just begun to offer clients online training.
It’s not often that one business owner would encourage some competition, but Tracy Foster, owner and head chef of at Sister’s Soul Food at 900 Harrison Avenue SW in Canton was encouraged to open her latest business by Dee Dwyer, owner of the neighboring Athens Restaurant.
Aaron Dukes had a successful career as a banker at a local institution, but he wasn’t satisfied. Three years ago, he struck out on his own to start Pristine Steam Wash, a mobile vehicle cleaning and detailing service.
Stark County attorney Beverly Proctor-Donald believes she’s just hitting her stride. After years of putting her family’s needs ahead of her career, Proctor-Donald now has more time to dedicate to her downtown Canton law practice.
Melissa Hackenberg believes that having a heart for helping people saved her career. Hackenberg, who earned her real estate license in 2005, had been working as a real estate agent for about two years when the Great Recession began in 2007 and the economic downturn closed her employer’s local real estate office.
In 2019, I had the honor of writing the forward for “African Americans of Canton, Ohio,” edited by Geraldine Radcliffe Nadine McIlwain-Massey and Lois Jacobson. It is a treasure chest of a book that capsulizes some of the stories that have helped to shape Black Stark County.