Student Government Association and the Caribbean Student Association collaborated Feb. 24 to hold "Market Palooza," showcasing local Black-owned businesses.
Business owners demonstrated diverse success stories and unique beginnings in Salisbury.
SU staffer Margaret Sebastian started a freelance digital editing business to bring the costly service to more consumers.
"I learned that editing was like $500 and I was like, 'I should do editing. I can do that.'"
Sebastian said she undercharges for her work, despite her professional skillset, so clients can afford editing services.
Before starting TStyles, Temi Fashina followed her mom's footsteps and practiced on her sister to learn the art of hairstyling.
Feshina, an SU student, said she decided to learn at 15 to gain independence and do her own hair.
"There's not that many hairstylists that can cater to Black people's hair," she said. "I felt like I could be that person for them, and that's when I decided to elevate my business."
Clothing designer Koran Jackson also built on the hope of independence with the slogan, "We aren't only dreamers, we're about that Action!"
Jackson said he started Action Made after buying high-end clothing he could have made himself. Now he designs all the clothes sold through his online store.
"I started with five shirts, and now I have enough for my own website."
Jackson said there are not enough Black-owned businesses in Salisbury.
"I feel like I can only name about ten establishments as Black-owned."
By OLIVIA KUNTZ Gull Life Editor
Featured image courtesy of Brooke Birckhead.