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Black Women are Taking Care of Business

on Sunday, 22 June 2014 11:15.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Black women have increasingly started making their own. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan progressive institute, Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. “Today, women of color are the majority owners of close to one-third of all women-owned firms in the nation,” stated the report. “Increased access to business capital – including microenterprises, venture capital- funded firms, and crowd funding – has helped the number of women entrepreneurs grow substantially.” Traditional careers often come with cultural and structural roadblocks that devalue the work of women, especially Black women. Black women made 64 cents and White women made 78 cents for every dollar that White males made. Black women brought home about $600 a week compared to White women who earned a median of $722.

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What Every Small Business Needs to Know About Marketing

on Sunday, 22 June 2014 10:54.

John Travis Holt georgia For small businesses, smart marketing is crucial for success. But what does that mean in today’s fast paced, highly wired world? While online and mobile communication has gained importance in recent years, experts say that face-to-face engagement with people who matter to you and your organization remains invaluable. m“In a crowded marketplace, making a positive and lasting impression is crucial,” says Skip Cox, Board Chairman for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. “There’s no substitution for an in-person meeting.”No matter the size or focus area of your business, exhibitions, trade shows and other forms of face-to-face meetings can be a powerful business tool, helping with sales, networking, education and business research.

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Dr. Ben Carson Offers A Powerful Cure To Get America On The Right Track

on Monday, 02 June 2014 15:47.

New Book, One Nation, Calls On Left And Right To Toss Aside Unanimity of Party Speech And Thought And Concentrate On Respectful Dialogue For Real Problem Solving - In his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, famed Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and political pundit, Dr. Ben Carson delivers a way out of the American decline—appealing to every American’s decency and common sense.

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Wilmington SCORE Joins Brunswick Community College to present: 2014 Womanpreneur Empowerment Summit

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:42.

The Small Business Center of Brunswick Community College is joining together with Wilmington SCORE in bringing together female business owners to discuss entrepreneurial opportunities. The Womanpreneur Empowerment Su mmit (also known as WES) was created to assist in the education and encouragement of women who currently own a business or may be interested in starting a business. WES seeks to empower female business owners through networking, educational seminars and sharing inspirational stories of women who have developed successful businesses.

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NNPA Luncheon Focuses on Black Economics, Growing Income Gap

on Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:21.

TRAVIS HOLT by image Luncheon FocusesWASHINGTON – The economic status of African-Americans and the “crisis-level” income gap between the rich and the poor was the agenda of this year’s State of the Black Press luncheon Friday at the National Press Club in D.C. The event, sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, featured discourse among journalists and financial experts about the different factors affecting Black economics, including the crippling recession that some said wiped out gains made by middle-class Blacks during the recent recession. “The recession supposedly ended in 2009 but there are still adverse effects,” said economist Valerie Wilson, who works with the D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute. “At the rate of recovery that is taking place we will not reach pre-recession employment levels possibly until 2018.”

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Budding Black-Owned Handbag Brand Grows Sales Beyond $350K

on Monday, 28 April 2014 15:41.

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CHARLOTTE, NC -- Mr. Sylvia is the name that many call him; however, designer Gregory Sylvia is not a single designer at all. Founded by husband and wife duo, Gregory Sylvia is the brain child of Gregory and Terri “Sylvia” Pope. The Popes officially started sales in 2012 and has experienced a steady growth ever since. After a year and a half, company sales surpassed $350K and the couple has been busy implementing new growth strategies to continue the incline, Gregory and Terri “Sylvia” started their brand as a means to fill a gap that they noticed in the marketplace. After noticing a lack of presence of African Americans producers in the leather goods industry they felt that it could be a place where they could be successful and make an impact. Soon after, the couple went to work on their brand- developing a vision, establishing a brand name, drafting logos, designing products, etc.

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