Succeed is the story of one black entrepreneur’s struggle
to save his business and his marriage. Where others only see a burned-out
block with no future, Christian Dennery sees an opportunity to expand
his restaurant holdings and help rebuild a community. If You
Succeed follows Christian for over two years, documenting
the creation of a new business from the earliest stages of planning
.....Barely making ends
meet at his first restaurant, Christian risks everything he has to
open a new café called Bodegas on a troubled Brooklyn block.
He hopes this gamble will pay off by increasing his purchasing power
while decreasing waste and labor costs, enabling him to finally make
a profit. Together with his business partner and estranged wife, Dolores
Lagdameo, Christian raises and runs out of money, survives construction
nightmares, builds his reputation in the community, and finally succeeds
in both opening Bodegas and saving his marriage.
.....If You Succeed
is a suspenseful story about what one very driven man will do and
say to succeed, but it also embodies a story that’s being played
out across the country as the number of small businesses skyrockets
despite the personal and financial risks for entrepreneurs. Changing
the face of America’s cities one storefront at a time, these
small-scale urban visionaries are breathing new life into neighborhoods
long left for dead.