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Issues and Voices that Matter August 27, 2009

Coping with the Economy in Seminole County: The Recession’s Impact on Local Black-Owned Businesses

Coping with the Economy in Seminole County

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Through the voices of a Winter Springs patent agent, Paul Royal, and an Oviedo insurance agency owner, Lincoln Salmon, you’ll hear from each how they are coping with the recession’s impact on their business and the role ethnicity does or does not play in their success. Feature Length: 18:42


(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck)

The economy preys on our mind, our wallet and, seemingly, in every thing we read and in what we see on TV news or listen to on the radio. And you’ll hear it here, too…though framed with a bit more narrow and local edge on those economic aspects not always in our top of mind awareness.

On a recurring feature on Central Florida Matters — entitled “Coping with the Economy in Seminole County” — we set out to learn how two black owner-operators of local business are coping with the recession.

Through the voices of a Winter Springs patent agent, Paul Royal, and an Oviedo insurance agency owner, Lincoln Salmon, you’ll hear from each how they are coping with the recession’s impact on their business and the role ethnicity does or does not play in their success.

Royal is the 46 year-old president of The Patent Guild, located in Winter Springs, Florida – a city in southeast Seminole County. For inventors seeking patents on their inventions, Royal’s company provides patent services for clients from Tallahassee to Central Florida.

At age 45, Lincoln Salmon is a native born Jamaican who describes himself as black or African-American. Salmon’s two insurance agency offices are located in the Seminole County City of Oviedo, Florida, immediately east of Paul Royal’s City of Winter Springs. Salmon offers individual and business clients a range of insurance products for homes, boats, casualty as well as financial services. Since 2000, Salmon has been the owner of his own agency. In 1994 he moved from south Florida to Central Florida, living and working in West Orange County.

Pictures & Extended interviews

Paul Royal with Stephen McKenney Steck Paul Royal
Paul Royal and Stephen McKenney Steck
Extended interview (49:42)
Recorded Monday, August 17, 2009

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Lincoln Salmon Lincoln Salmon with Stephen McKenney Steck
Lincoln Salmon and Stephen McKenney Steck
Extended interview (28:10)
Recorded Monday, August 17, 2009

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