In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs who are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders. I would like to introduce to you all my next contributor…

Meet Jason Mercado, The Homeless Man Turned Entrepreneur!

jason mercado

Tell me a little about yourself and what you do?

My Name is Jason Mercado and I am from Philadelphia, Pa I am the owner/operator of Just Cookies…

What prompted you to start your own business?

I started my own company as a result of being homeless and losing my job with Starbucks Coffee

How do/did you handle obstacles and roadblocks?

I prayed and pushed through them…

What is the one action you have taken that has accounted for most of your


Reaching out to others in the same industry and just having patience….

Speaking of success, How do you define and measure success?

It is by believing in me first and foremost

How has your business helped with community growth or development?

I’ve been able to send a message of hope to people that no matter what your situation is you can push through it

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?


Author’s Note: Jason gave me the link to his interview with Ryan Mack of Huffington Post to share with you all!

You can reach out to Jason via the Just Cookies Website:

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