Many small businesses don't survive to see their ninth birthday, much less a television program that chronicles their strivings. So there will be plenty to celebrate next week when KTLA-TV Channel 5 broadcasts the 300th episode of "Making It! Minority Success Stories."
The Emmy-winning program has profiled more than 600 minority entrepreneurs over its nine-year run, featuring every type of enterprise from mom and pops to multi-million-dollar corporations. Executive producer and creator Nelson Davis is himself an entrepreneur who left a career as a television executive to launch his own production company in the late 1980s.
The 300th episode--a look at how California's small-business community has evolved since the program's inception--will air Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and Monday at 1 a.m. on KTLA.