Networkz Barber Shop is first a place to get your hair cut, but the shop's owner has poured his heart and soul into making the business so much more.
Jason Walker started cutting his grandfather's hair when he was 14, but didn't immediately pursue it as a career. He attended UL after high school graduation only to realize he could better follow his dreams at a technical college and quickly shifted paths to become a barber.
Three years later, he says it's the people that keep him in the business.
"Sometimes I'm a counselor. Sometimes I'm a listening ear. Sometimes I'm the financial advisor. I'm a little bit of everything for people," says Walker.
After serving clients across Acadiana he has settled in his Lafayette location, where the aim is in the name. . That is to help connect emerging black business owners.
"It's not to take away from any other business or any other race. We just have to do our part. Because we are a minority and I'm here to bridge that gap. And help people find other black businesses in the community that does business the proper way," says Walker.
As somebody who has found great success in work he loves, Walker offered advice to anybody up and coming.
"Pursue your passion. If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life."