Program Success Is Black History
Darryl and Gwendolyn Barrs have been working Program Success
now for over 30 years. Starting out in 1988 as a Professional
Business Organization in Orlando, Florida, Program Success helped
young Blacks start their own business by providing office space
in an incubator environment, and support services such as marketing,
business plans, accounting and legal services.
“We were in our mid-20’s, most of us college graduates.
We didn’t know much, but what each of us knew, we shared.”
Darryl explains. “We were an assemblage of business professions:
Attorneys, Accountants, Bankers, Printers, Restaurant and Daycare
Owners… all working for the benefit of the other. Still
today, one of our mantras is “We don’t procrastinate…
we initiate – success one for the other.”
We didn’t start publishing until 1993 in Palatka, Florida.
Our publication was the Christian Reader, “The Good-News
Newspaper”. We were able to unite the two major entities
of the Black community: the Black Church and the Black Business.
Our newspaper was distributed state-wide using the Black Church
as our points of distribution.
We continued publishing the Christian Reader for 16 years,
and in 2008 when Barack Obama became President of the United
States of America, we changed our name to Program Success. This
was a major shift in our history as a people and we adapted
to the challenge and the responsibility.
One of the many attributes of the Program Success Magazine
is that we are “Documenting Our Legacies of Success”.
Realizing that the ink that writes our history has not run dry,
Black people are doing extraordinary things today that too are
noteworthy and needs to be documented and preserved. These accomplishments
for some reason escape mainstream media but are captured on
the pages of the Program Success Magazine.
“We have come a long way, and the journey has not been
an easy one,” says Gwendolyn. “We both have worked
this business from the very beginning and the number one characteristic
of owning your own business is SACRAFICE. We gave so much to
the business. Even while raising our children, it seemed the
business came first. Payroll and expenses came first as we scrambled
to eat and make our personal ends-meet.”
“Looking back, I know our sacrifice was not in vain,”
Gwendolyn explains. “In the past 28 years we have printed
over 325 publications, travel over 3,500,000 miles distributing
them, and have been read by over 18,000,000 people in 34 different
countries… to God be the Glory!”
The cost of publishing is shared by the participants that feature
themselves and their businesses in the magazine. Creating Win/Win
Relationships, this is an excellent example as to how we as
Blacks work together and invest in the good of our community.
The encouragement and inspiration our youth receives from the
positive portrails is priceless and productive. Understanding,
our youth can’t be what they can’t see. “Our
Readers Are Our Leaders.”
Darryl sees Program Success as an Action Magazine. “We
PUSH people to do more. We PULL out the best that people has
stored in them. We RUN to support new ideas. We TURN obstacles
into stepping stones. We BUILD productive working relationships.
We BREAK-DOWN historic barriers of failure. We ASCRIBE to excellence.
We CHAMPION higher levels of achievement.
Your Program + Your Success = PROGRAM