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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

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New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Opportunity Evaluation in Entrepreneurship

Ask a successful entrepreneur what question they are most often asked at a dinner party, and they’ll most likely tell you that people want to know how to decide if their business idea is one that can be successful?

How do entrepreneurs evaluate opportunities to produce future good and services? What influences are brought to bear on those evaluations? To date, such questions remained largely unanswered by entrepreneurship research. However a new study by J. Michael Haynie, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, takes an important step toward opening the ‘black box’ inside the heads of successful entrepreneurs to understand how they evaluate future opportunities. Haynie suggests that opportunity evaluation in an entrepreneurial environment is about envisioning the future – specifically the wealth generating resources that would be under the control of the entrepreneur if he or she was to act to exploit the opportunity under consideration.

Haynie tests this notion by looking at more than 2,300 opportunity evaluation decisions from a large sample of entrepreneurs, and finds that opportunity evaluation is future-focused. “This means that the entrepreneur evaluates the opportunity almost as if it was a resource, and considers the wealth that resource could generate if it were exploited,” explains Haynie.

Further, Haynie finds that opportunity evaluation represents a first-person assessment. Haynie explains: “The entrepreneur’s evaluations of whether or not to act on a potential opportunity are not focused on whether the opportunity is attractive to ‘someone’, but whether the opportunity is attractive to ‘me’.”

It appears that entrepreneurs assess opportunities as more attractive when those opportunities relate to their existing knowledge, skills, and abilities. “However, there are certain conditions under which entrepreneurs might be attracted to opportunities inconsistent with their existing human capital,” says Haynie. “These include the rarity of the opportunity, limits on competition, and the age of the firm when considering the value of an opportunity.”

Haynie explains that when these conditions are encountered, entrepreneurs become more willing to try something new and step beyond their existing competencies. Because entrepreneurs have often been characterized as having unique mindsets, Haynie’s article further examines the complex decision-making processes of an entrepreneur, finding that some entrepreneurs seek not the perfect opportunity but the imperfect opportunity that is more perfect for them.

“Opportunity evaluation is about envisioning the future,” says Haynie. “Specifically, the wealth generating resource combinations to be controlled by the entrepreneur post-exploitation. This indicates that the processes associated with discovery, evaluation, and exploitation can and should be framed by considerations of existing and future resources.”

Ultimately, these insights reveal that opportunity evaluation is founded on future-oriented cognitive representations of ‘what will be’. The results are published in a 2009 edition of Journal of Management Studies, and the article is co-authored by Dean A. Shepherd and Jeffry S. McMullen from Indiana University

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