Enterprise homeowners who’ve survived the COVID-19 pandemic are a real instance of overcoming all the chances.
Within the midst of a public well being disaster, a handful of distributors arrange store on the Fresh and Local Market and Kitchens in southeast Calgary.
Ebony Goodem and her husband Aki Hatzistamatis took a leap opening Mykonos Street Grill. Goodem’s entrepreneurial drive is very distinctive.
“As a deaf enterprise proprietor, I wish to see how do I present and encourage different deaf individuals this may be finished and obstacles could be overcome,” she stated.
Goodem has had a lifetime of overcoming boundaries and has been a tireless advocate for her neighborhood.
“Lots of people see me as first as a Black individual, after which secondly, I’ve a incapacity.”
“There are challenges to each and I do label myself as a Black deaf girl, that’s a part of my identification,” Goodem stated.
She stated COVID-19 has made it difficult to remain afloat financially and with prospects.
“Sadly, since COVID(-19) hit, everybody has needed to put on masks and that has been actually onerous for the hard-of-hearing neighborhood for lip studying, so we’ve needed to alter — utilizing an iPad, for instance — and folks can level on a paper I’ve posted to assist them order.”
Hatzistamatis stated he’s pleased with his spouse and the onerous work put in to create an inclusive enterprise.
“I by no means thought I’d be studying signal language,” Hatzistamatis stated. “It provides one other degree to it — that listening to individuals have to adapt to Ebony when she’s taking the orders — and I have to adapt when deaf individuals are taking orders.
“There was a number of studying, however everyone appears to come back out the higher for it.”
Goodem is grateful for the chance to be the function mannequin she by no means had.
“I’m one of some Black deaf girls who dwell in Calgary,” she stated. “It may be lonely.
“I hope I can encourage individuals to take a look at Calgary as a neighborhood to flourish in, and hopefully we’ve extra range and we will promote hope for the neighborhood.”
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