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In Celebration of African American History Month - 2013
"At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington”
When Don Lofton of Adrian, MI first started in a business training program conducted by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, he was the sole owner of Adrian Taxi, a ten year old business in a small town near the Ohio border. The FastTrac curriculum helped Lofton create a strategic plan for the next five years of business, and his business consultants at the SBA funded SBTDC are helping him put together a loan package to expand the business.
Lofton has faced many obstacles on his road to business success. He raised four hard working, family oriented sons as a single dad. He faced many challenges as a successful African American business owner in a community that is 94% Caucasian. And just this past December, Don and his partner Kara, had a baby boy who was born prematurely, barely weighing three pounds. The baby has had several severe complications, but as the devoted father he is, Don juggles his time between his business and the hospital. Around this time, Lofton also learned that he needed to find a new location for his business when his landlord ended his lease. When asked how he keeps it together, Lofton said, “God doesn’t give me more than I can handle.”
Don’s business is growing substantially and he’s on track to break a million in sales in 2013. Just as his predecessors before him, Lofton has reached a crossroad and has chosen the path of economic freedom.