Entrepreneurs are known for many things â€“ a tolerance for risk, the desire to be their own boss, creativity and problem-solving ability among them.
But they are also known for their desire to give back. Successful entrepreneurs are committed to the customers and communities that make them successful. They feel strongly about returning some of their good fortune to those who supported them in their quest for business independence.
One of the most notable was a woman whom many consider to be the first self-made African-American millionaire in this country â€“ Sarah Breedlove, or as she came to be known throughout her career, Madam C.J. Walker.
Born in 1867 on a plantation in Louisiana’s Madison Parish, which was a battle-staging area during the Civil War for the Union troops, this daughter of emancipated slaves became a laundress â€“ and a mother â€“ at the age of 14. From there, she was, in her words, “promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.” (more…)