In a continuing effort to provide positive images and stories from my city Trenton, NJ, I present to you a Q&A with Mr. Tracey D. Syphax, entrepreneur, community activist, and author of the book “From The Block To The Boardroom”.
1. Who were your biggest influences? How did they influence you?
My biggest influences growing up was I lived for a number of years on Stuyvesant Ave. and in the 70s Black BusinessnOwners was the norm. From VIP Barber Shop, Four G’s Supermarket, Burnett’s clothing and Supreme Cleaners I got to see on a daily basis what a Black Business looked like so I knew it wasn’t impossible for me to own my own business
2. If there was one for sure thing any individual needs to be a successful entrepreneur, what would it be?
3. What do you think the city of Trenton, NJ needs in order to attract more successful businesses? Do you believe residents in this city support home grown businesses?
Trenton desperately needs good leadership because good leadership attracts business and bad leadership is just the opposite! I would say to a degree Trenton supports homegrown businesses but you have some people, organizations and non-profits that don’t do enough! Prime example is I did two graduation speeches in DC where that non-profit read my story and brought 160 of my Autobiography “From the Block to the Boardroom” but yet we have numerous non-profit right here in Trenton with the same mission, serving the same clients as the program in DC and I can’t get them to buy 16 Books!
4. Lastly, what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
Through my Mentoring & 16 year commitment to the Minding Our Business(MOB) program, and now as the new Chairman of the Board that in some small way my legacy would be that I help encourage tomorrow’s Business Leaders through the work I did today!