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    Storefront Stories - Celebrating Black History Month Spotlight
    Hensley Services

    In honor of Black History Month, we're spotlighting #ACKChamber Black Owned Businesses! We asked Lovell Hensley of Hensley Services a few questions, here are his answers!


    Q: How long have you been in business/in your industry?

    A: I have been in business for twenty-nine years; I first started the technology business and then the cleaning service business six months after.


    Q: How would you describe your business or services?

    A: Hensley Services has lived by one strategy for the past 29 years, and that is to build long-term relationships with our clients.


    Q: As a black person entering the industry, how were you received in the industry as you were starting your business vs your treatment now?

    A: Being the only computer store, things were different then. The demand was very high. Most people didn't care about what race you were. They wanted a computer to build back in those days. Computers were costly to buy so the easiest way to own a computer was to have a custom-built computer.


    The cleaning service business was booming then. There weren't many cleaning services then. Overall, my experience has been great with both companies because I focus on being me and thinking positive all the time.


    Q: Who is the most influential black person throughout history in your life, and why?

    A: Frederick Douglass because as a former slave, he stayed true to himself and proved that you could be anything you want to be if you believe in yourself.


    Q: To what do you attribute your success?

    A: Being professional and trusting my instincts. 


    Q: Why do you think it's important to support other black owned businesses?

    A: I believe if it was solely up to the patronage of the black race, I wouldn't be in business today. We, as black people, need to come together and support each other's businesses. It is essential for the future of the young generation 


    Q: Any tips or advice for young black people interested in starting their own business?

    A: Always be yourself; be responsible for the decisions you make and the condition you are in.


    Q: What can we expect next from your company next?

    A: My next business adventure is coming this summer - a custom heat print design company

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