Zion Tadesse, owner of Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant. Broadway, Sacramento
I realized what I love to do is working in a restaurant, helping people, and serving people. I have pride in my food and before the pandemic my restaurant was thriving. The community comes here for the food and for the connection. Here I am now still surviving COVID for nearly a year. How do I survive? How do I navigate? Especially when you are a black-owned restaurant, we didn't know what to do. There's no good support foundation in our community to stand on. I am a part of a task force for the small Black Business Association to help people like me get access and information on how to apply for PPP and SBA loans and how to get financial literacy. We must unite together so we can rise up together. That's my fight. So not only I'm fighting for just me, my restaurant, I'm fighting for other small businesses.