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     Minority Business Development Agency


    MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo to lead a delegation to Hannover Messe

    Hannover Messe is the world’s largest industrial technology trade fair and for the first time in the fair’s modern history, the United States is the official partner country.


    The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), will join President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and top business leaders from around the world at the Hannover Messe trade fair April 25 - 29, 2016 in Hannover, Germany.

    MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo will lead a delegation of minority business owners and stakeholders to demonstrate not only the value of minority business enterprises’ (MBEs) products and services, but also opportunities to advance transatlantic trade and access to U.S. markets through collaboration with minority businesses.

    “We are honored to have our minority entrepreneurs join us on this historic trip,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This is a significant opportunity for our MBEs to build global partnerships and forge connections to access an even larger audience for their businesses.”

    MBDA will also lead a U.S.-German a policy roundtable titled Changing Demographics: Fostering Inclusive Entrepreneurship. With the ethnic, gender, and generational make-up rapidly changing in many countries around the world, this timely conversation will focus on policies, programs and best practices to confront economic inequalities in immigrant, refugee and migrant populations through entrepreneurship.

    The MBDA Hannover Messe delegation will include:

    Rachelle Blake, CEO/President and Managing Director, Omni Micro Systems/Omni Med Solutions
    Gary Davis, President & CEO, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
    Adam Garfein, Ph.D., Partner and Co-Founder, Menawat & Co
    Towan Isom, President and CEO, Isom Global Strategies
    Tony Jimenez, President & CEO, MicroTechAmar Kapur, President & CEO, Aimtek, Inc.
    Matthew Lee, President & CEO, Fastech, Inc.
    Arturo Martinez, Operations Manager, Simsa Inc.
    Gerardo Payan, CEO of Conexer LLC
    Victor Quiñones, CEO of Concord Supply Inc.
    Wilfredo A. Reyes Miller, ESQ., M.A., RMiller Consulting Global Advisors
    Jorge G Sanchez, CEO/President, SANA International Commerce, Inc.
    Saksit Suetrong, President & CEO, iA-Robotics
    Jeff Vigil, President & CEO, My Business Matches
    Joset Wright-Lacy, President & CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council

    MBDA will exhibit at Hannover Messe in the premier U.S. Investment Pavilion, Hall 3, Stand F06, (38). To learn more about the MBDA delegation and Hannover Messe, please visit: http://www.mbda.gov/hannovermesse.

    Contact: Dijon Rolle, (202) 482-1375, drolle@mbda.gov

    About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
    MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 45 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow us on Twitter @usmbda.


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    (BPRW) Savoy Magazine Taps AXA’s Priscilla Brown for its “Top 100 Black Leaders in Corporate America” List


    (Black PR Wire) NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AXA US, a leader in providing financial security and retirement products, announced today that its Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Priscilla Brown was named as one of the “Top 100 Black Leaders in Corporate America” by Savoy magazine.

    The “Top 100 Black Leaders in Corporate America” are chosen in accordance with their spheres of influence including corporate sector influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach and recognition. Candidates are evaluated by Savoy’s editorial board, community leaders and representatives from academia and business.

    “It is an honor to be in the company of people who have achieved so much in their respective endeavors,” said Brown. “I’m proud that AXA's leadership, employees, partners, advisors, and clients are diverse and aligned around a goal of achieving financial security based on individual needs.”

    At AXA US, Brown is the Executive Sponsor of AXA B.L.A.C.C. (Building Leadership & Cultural Connections). AXA B.L.A.C.C. seeks to create opportunities for colleagues, the company and the community at large by fostering professional development, spreading cultural awareness and promoting financial literacy. Brown has spoken on several internal panels for AXA B.L.A.C.C. events.

    Brown is on the boards of Project Mercy, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Eagles Youth Partnership. She is passionate about facilitating economic empowerment in poor communities, whether in rural Ethiopia or American urban centers. Prior to joining AXA, Brown oversaw marketing and led businesses for AmeriHealth Caritas, SunLife Financial and Lincoln Financial Group.

    Learn more about the Savoy “Top 100 Black Leaders in Corporate America” list here.

    About AXA
    “AXA” is a brand name of AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC and its family of companies, including AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY), MONY Life Insurance Company of America (AZ stock company, administrative office: Jersey City, NJ), AXA Advisors, LLC, and AXA Distributors, LLC. In business since 1859, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company is a leading financial protection company and one of the nation’s premier providers of life insurance, annuity, and financial products and services distributed to individuals and business owners through its retail distribution channel, AXA Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) and to the financial services market through its wholesale distribution channel, AXA Distributors, LLC.

    AXA S.A. is a Paris-headquartered holding company for a group of international insurance and financial services companies, including AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC companies. AXA S.A. is a worldwide leader in financial protection strategies and wealth management with 103 million clients in 59 countries as of Dec. 31, 2015. AXA S.A. has been ranked the No. 1 insurance brand in the world by Interbrand for seven consecutive years as of Oct. 5, 2015.

    The obligations of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and MONY Life Insurance Company of America are backed solely by their claims-paying ability. Find AXA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information, visit www.axa.com.


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    President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Supports Innovation and Research within the Minority Business Community

    MBDA to receive increase in funding for programs and services


    WASHINGTON (February 26, 2016) — Today the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), outlined President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal in support of the growing number of minority-owned businesses in the United States. The budget would enable MBDA to continue offering valuable programs and services to minority businesses and support a coordinated approach to engage, educate, and build capacity among minority entrepreneurs.

    “These additional resources would help us serve an even greater number of minority businesses across the nation,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director. “We also would be able to reach and empower the next generation of minority business leaders through a new program targeted at young entrepreneurs.”

    Recent Census Bureau data show that the number of minority-owned businesses continues to grow at a fast pace, but these companies continue to lag other businesses in revenues and employment. The President’s FY 2017 budget proposal requests $35.6 million for MBDA to expand its services and assistance to the nation’s eight million minority businesses. This represents an increase of $3.6 million over FY 2016 appropriations.

    MBDA currently funds a national network of minority business centers in 29 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that provide a variety of services to minority-owned firms, including business consulting, procurement matching, and private equity and venture capital sourcing. Additional funding in the FY 2017 budget would build MBDA’s capacity to work with young entrepreneurs and conduct research that will enable government, business, and community leaders to make policy, programmatic and business decisions based on accurate and current information.

    Specifically, the President’s FY 2017 budget includes the following program increases for MBDA:

    Business Innovation for Young Entrepreneurs

    Consistent with the Department of Commerce’s efforts to fuel increased innovation across the economy, MBDA’s Business Innovation for Young Entrepreneurs program will provide federal grants in regions of the U.S. with high concentrations of minorities, high youth population and high minority unemployment rates in order to engage, educate, and build capacity among young minority entrepreneurs. These grants will help to support outreach efforts at colleges and universities and in lab-to-market technology, financing, and business development.

    Minority Business Policy and Research Program
    The FY 2017 budget proposal would also fund three research projects. One will explore the latest data on the characteristics of Minority Business Enterprises. A second will develop a national inventory of Minority Business Enterprise disparity studies, and the third will create a national inventory of procurement laws impacting Minority-owned Enterprises. The availability of timely data analysis will ensure business decisions concerning minority-owned firms are based on accurate and current information.

    For additional information about the President’s FY 2016 budget, visit: https://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2016/02/fact-sheet-fy-2017-us-department-commerce-budget

    About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
    MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 45 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow us on Twitter @usmbda.

    Contact: Dijon Rolle
    Phone: (202) 482-1375
    Email: drolle@mbda.gov
    Website: www.mbda.gov
    Fax: (202) 482-5117


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    Clutch Search Engine


    Search Engine Optimization Is Lacking for Half of Small Businesses That Maintain a Website

    However, new survey data says small businesses will dedicate more resources in 2016 to improving their online presence.


    WASHINGTON, DC, February 24, 2016 — Half of small businesses in the US that have a company website do not engage in search engine optimization (SEO), according to a new survey conducted by Clutch, a leading B2B research firm. Minimal SEO engagement significantly lowers a small business’ odds of being found online by potential customers and subsequently makes it more difficult for that business to meet growth goals.

    “Having a website but not doing SEO is like getting into the passenger seat of a car that’s being driven by a robot,” said Duane Forrester, Vice President of Organic Search Operations for Bruce Clay Inc. “Chances are, it’s going to end well, but there’s also a chance that the trip won’t work out the way you planned.”

    A lack of knowledge about how to implement an effective SEO strategy and cost are the main drivers of low engagement, according to industry leaders who reviewed the survey findings. But, small businesses that forgo SEO may find themselves at a disadvantage, unable to control their visibility in search engine rankings.

    The survey found that this low or nonexistent SEO engagement in the small business market may shift dramatically in a few years. 60% of small businesses plan to implement an SEO strategy by 2017 or later.

    Of the small businesses that currently do SEO, 57% focus on onsite optimization and local search optimization. About 25% say they create content or guest blog on other websites.

    Creating quality content that earns links is an SEO strategy that should be used more, according to industry leaders.

    “Content is a means of educating customers so that they feel something for the company. Then later on, if the potential customer needs something, they will go to the company that built their trust in the first place by providing useful resources,” said Garrett Mehrguth, President and CEO of Directive Consulting.

    Industry leaders also highlighted three pieces of advice for small businesses in the initial stages of planning an SEO strategy:
    Educate yourself about basic SEO concepts and tactics
    Work with a reliable, trustworthy SEO agency
    Budget enough resources to sustain a long-term strategy

    Clutch’s small business digital marketing survey included 352 owners and managers of small businesses in the US. The majority of survey respondents are businesses with 1-10 employees and less than $1 million in annual revenue, which matches the makeup of the 2013 US Census Bureau data on small businesses.

    The study also measured the metrics used to track SEO effectiveness, the resources used to implement and maintain SEO efforts, and the quantity of businesses that do paid online advertising.

    The full results can be found at https://clutch.co/seo-firms/resources/small-business-seo-paid-online-advertising-2016

    About Clutch
    Clutch is a Washington, DC-based B2B research firm that identifies top service providers and solutions firms that deliver results for their clients. The Clutch methodology is an innovative research process melding the best of traditional B2B research and newer consumer review services. To date, Clutch has researched and reviewed 1000+ companies spanning 50+ market segments.


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    Building a BIG Small Business Brand

    Branding Expert Shares Top Five Small Business Branding Tips That Help Turn a Brand Into a Most Valuable Asset


    Washington, NJ— Just like the famous saying “You only get one chance to make a good first impression,” the same is especially true for small businesses. Branding is that opportunity. “And more often than not, it’s a missed opportunity,” shares small business branding expert, author and ad agency entrepreneur, Dan Antonelli. “95% of small businesses have a poor brand and a neutral or negative brand promise.” But there is hope.

    Graphic D-Signs



    “If your business is in the minority and is embracing the power of its brand, you’re already standing out. So that’s great news,” he states. But what about the vast majority? Without a strong logo, a business may never get the chance to prove their quality to consumers. “If a business’ branding does not make it look like they do great work, consumers may likely choose a competitor instead. It’s that simple. After all, a strong brand inspires consumers who have no prior knowledge or experience with your company to believe you deliver an amazing product or service.”

    So where do small business in need of stronger branding go from here? Dan Antonelli author of Building a Big Small Business Brand and of New Jersey Ad Agency, Graphic D-Signs, is detailing his top five branding tips for small business brands everywhere.

    Give a brand the attention it deserves. According to Dan, "’giving attention’ means the logo you choose to represent your business won't be an afterthought; instead, it will define your whole brand.” Undoubtedly, starting or growing a business can be an arduous experience involving many considerations and a careful use of precious resources. “But when making decisions about how to invest your time, energy, and capital, you should remember that in today’s often oversaturated and noisy marketplace, you cannot afford to shortchange your branding. It’s likely the single most important decision you’ll make.”

    Follow Dan’s five tips to create a logo that will build a strong foundation for a small business brand and ultimately empower a business to thrive:

    1. Don’t be generic.
    “First, make sure your logo is clear and easy to interpret, because you may not have the years of brand recognition behind you that ensure that people will associate your name with your product or service. Second, unlike large companies, you likely don’t have the large advertising budget required to brand icons too generic to help consumers understand the nature of your business. In short, then, your logo needs to convey what you do and who you are and leave a positive brand impression,” explains Dan. “That’s why small business logo design is a different animal from corporate logo design,” he continues. “Corporations can throw enough money into marketing to ensure that people associate any symbol or graphic with their name. Small businesses don’t usually have that luxury: Each impression is so important. You need to very quickly connect with your audience members and give them something to latch on to -- at the same time that you give them something disruptive in your competitive space.”

    2. Pick typography that reflects what you stand for.
    The vast majority of small business brands are built upon two primary elements: their typographic elements and their graphic or iconic element. Together, these factors form the basic structure for most logo designs. According to Dan, “Next to the graphical element or icon, the typography used in your logo design is the most critical choice that a designer makes in representing your small business brand. Typography communicates much about your brand -- whether it’s a brand that's whimsical or elegant, established or common, fresh or futuristic. Your typography should be in harmony with, and balance with, the graphic or icon in order to optimize the audience’s first impression.”

    3. Choose colors wisely.
    Certain industries have very typical color palettes that are traditional to their industry. For example, heating and air conditioning companies often use red and blue in their branding. But, try to think outside of the box when devising brand colors. “Look closely at your competitors, then choose a color scheme unlikely to be confused with that of existing brands. Again, think about being disruptive in your space by choosing unique hues,” urges Dan.

    4. Consider how your logo will be used.
    “Whenever possible, avoid using a logo that requires a lot of explanation,” he says. “If your small business relies on outdoor media, such as signs or vehicles, a memorable icon is especially important. It should link the viewer to the message, quickly and efficiently. One simple test is to cover up the lettering and simply look at the graphic. Does it give the viewer an idea as to the nature of the business? It’s also vitally important to think about the big picture. How is your logo going to look in the various executions of the brand? Will it thrive in one format but suffer in another? Or, are there certain marketing channels you might use in the future, wherein the logo will need to work well?”

    5. Hire a pro.
    With so much of a business’ success riding on how well their branding performs, this generally isn’t the place to cut corners. Yet, so many businesses look for the least expensive option, because they don’t necessarily understand the value of a good brand and how it will affect their chances of success. “The most important part of any branding exercise is an open dialogue between the brand strategist and the client. Choose a firm where you will speak directly with the person developing your brand. Make sure all artwork created is original, not derived from clip art. Choose a firm with a thorough understanding of all those applications where your brand eventually will be deployed,” says Dan.

    Build a foundation. With so many small businesses suffering from poor brands, they have a real opportunity to be unique and stand out. “One look at your logo should provide a reasonable expectation of a good experience. The logo is the hub for your brand and sets the stage for all of your strategic messaging,” he says. “If you create a logo that will build a strong foundation for your brand, you will empower your business to thrive.”

    Dan Antonelli


    About Dan Antonelli & Graphic D-Signs: Dan Antonelli has over 20 years’ experience in small business logo design and marketing strategy. As CEO and Creative Director of Graphic D-Signs, Inc., The Small Business Advertising Agency®, he’s helped nearly one thousand individual brands recognize the better side of business: all while building a best-in-class agency that’s collectively earned over 200 design awards. Eighteen years later, Graphic D-Signs has grown to a 15-person team focused on branding, web design & development, marketing & advertising services, and catering exclusively to small businesses. His expertise on small business marketing has been referenced by Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Fox Business News, SiriusXM, SignCraft Magazine, Intuit Small Business Blog, The Newark Star Ledger, HVACR Magazine, Contracting Business, and Green Industry Pros, among others. The definitive industry expert on logo design for small business, Dan has authored three books on the subject and established his agency as the premier brand-building agency for small businesses nationwide. Dan’s newest book, ‘Building a Big Small Business Brand’ is topping the charts on Amazon with dozens of 5-Star reviews so far! For more information, visit http://graphicd-signs.com.


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    WEF 2016 PwC's 19th Annual Global CEO Survey


    PwC presented this year’s result of the Global CEO Survey. The key findings in the report show that two-thirds of CEOs (66%) see more threats facing their businesses today than three years ago and just over a quarter (27%) believe global growth will improve over the next 12 months, a decline of 10 points on last year.

    In addition, findings from the survey show only slightly more than a third (35%) are very confident of their own company growth in the coming year, down four points on last year (39%), and even one point below 2013.

    PwC's 19th Annual Global CEO Survey was conducted during the last quarter of 2015, with 1409 CEO respondents in 83 countries.

    Available video includes highlights from PwC's press briefing in Davos, interview clips and general footage of Davos.The video content that we are offering includes general views and soundbites with PwC’s Chairman, Dennis Nally and other PwC executives from Germany, UK and the US.

    http://thenewsmarket.com/

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    Your Emotional IQ Matters—Here's How to Increase Yours


    Leadership development programs designed to increase emotional intelligence have matured during the last 15 years. So why haven’t we seen a big change in the way executives relate to one other? Despite reading books and articles, taking assessments and attending seminars, leaders still lean toward old habits.

    Emotional Intelligence scores typically climb with titles, but peak with middle management, according to Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0. Any higher up the ladder, and the scores plummet. CEOs rank at the bottom.

    Poison Still Exists in the Boardroom

    Toxic behaviors from leaders are still prevalent, from the warehouse to the boardroom. Leaders openly yell at, embarrass and publicly criticize subordinates. Tempers flare, anger surfaces, and emotions are unchecked or mismanaged. In toxic work cultures, passive aggressiveness is the rule, not the exception.

    This happens for two reasons: One, leaders simply don’t have sufficient desire to be better—i.e., they don’t care. The other is lack of self-awareness.

    All models of emotional intelligence start with a foundation of self-awareness. Most coaching time should be spent on self-awareness because that is where the gold is still to be found. There are two ways to gain self-awareness:

    Listen to and honestly examine the stories you are telling yourself in your head. Are they true? How do you know? This simply requires quiet time for self-reflection and to practice mindfulness.

    Seek feedback from others. This requires you to identify people who feel safe with you, who you would freely invite to tell you how they react to you, and how they think others react to you. It requires honesty and, of course, the right time and environment where the conversation can occur without interruption.

    Easy,right? No, of course not. These steps take time and commitment to change.

    1. If Business is Good, Why Should You Care?

    Coming face-to-face with your flaws, defects of character, pride, ego, distrust, fear – being vulnerable – does not come easily. Further, if business is booming, deadlines are met, and stock value is going up, why go through this exercise? Why dig deeper when all is well on the surface? You dig because you can always up your leadership game and because it will make a difference in how you engage with your team, your vendors and clients.

    2. Listen to Your Own Stories

    Force some quiet time every day where your cell phones go off completely and your door is shut for 10 minutes. I have clients who break out in a cold sweat at the thought, but I urge you to try it. Breathe deeply and slowly, and see what surfaces. Let the thoughts roll through your brain like a digital ticker tape. Notice what is happening and see if you can articulate how that experience feels. Pay special attention to anything that feels difficult or sparks negative emotions, as these feelings point to something larger underneath. When you take the time to look below the surface, you can see a glimpse of the source.

    3. Listen to Stories of Others

    Pick one person who you trust to tell you the complete truth about how you look to them. Ask them to find something they believe you do that causes others to disconnect from you – to avoid you, to shut down around you, to be less the honest. This is tough stuff. It requires both courage to take this feedback and a desire to hear it. If you are doing something like this now, keep at it - do it more.

    Following these three simple steps will put you well on your way to better self-awareness—not only as a leader, but also as a person. And that is good for everyone.

    Kevin McHugh is the president of JKM Management Development, a management consulting firm specializing in increasing organizational performance and coaching business leaders to develop emotional awareness, conflict resolution capabilities, and maximize executive effectiveness. He is author of The Honest Executive. Learn more at http://jkevinmchugh.com/.


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    New Commerce Department Data Shows that Minority Entrepreneurship is Growing


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce today released the final results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO), which found that business ownership in our nation is mirroring our increasingly diverse population. Minority-owned firms in the U.S. rose from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8.0 million in 2012, and employed 7.2 million people in 2012. While the number of minority-owned businesses increased by 2.2 million, the number of non-minority- owned businesses declined by 1.1 million, from 20.1 million in 2007 to 18.9 million in 2012.

    “The Commerce Department is committed to supporting all of America’s businesses, and ensuring that small and minority-owned firms in particular have the tools they need to thrive,” said National Director for Minority Business Alejandra Y. Castillo. “The Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has been a proud and steadfast partner to our nation’s 8 million minority-owned businesses, to better equip these firms to create jobs and increase revenues.

    From 2007 to 2012, the percentage of minority-owned firms increased from 22 percent to 29 percent of the total number of U.S. firms. Hispanic-owned firms increased by 46.3 percent from 2.4 million to 3.3 million. The number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander firms rose 45.3 percent from 37,687 to 54,749. Black or African American-owned firms rose from 1.9 to 2.6 million, and the number of Asian-owned firms climbed from 1.5 million to 1.9 million.

    “This new Census Bureau data underscores the rapid growth in minority-owned firms. Nonetheless, considerable disparities remain between their revenue and nonminority companies in our economy,” said Director Castillo. “MBDA is committed to eliminating disparities in access to capital and contracts so that minority businesses may fully participate in the economy. Next year, MBDA will invest nearly $13.4 million in grants to continue to support the growth and expansion of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)s.”

    Regional highlights from the final 2012 SBO data:

    California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Georgia remain the states with the highest numbers of minority-owned businesses.

    California led all states with 1.6 million minority-owned firms in 2012. Los Angeles County, Calif., led the nation in the number of Hispanic-, Asian-, and American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms in 2012. It also ranked second in the number of Black or African American- and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander-owned firms.

    Georgia had more Black or African American-owned firms in 2012 than any other state (256,848), followed by Florida (251,216). The Atlanta metro area had more Black or African American-owned firms (176,245) in 2012 than any other metro area besides the New York metro area (250,890).

    Hawaii was the only state in 2012 in which the majority (51.5 percent) of all firms were Asian-owned. California ranked second with 17.0 percent.

    Among the 50 most populous U.S. cities, New York, NY had the most Hispanic-owned firms with 199,085. El Paso, TX and Miami, FL had the highest proportion of Hispanic-owned firms with 73.9 percent and 69.2 percent, respectively.

    California led all states in the number of women-owned firms in 2012, with 1.3 million. To access the detailed SBO data, visithttp://www.census.gov/econ/sbo/getdata.html.

    About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
    MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 45 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets.


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    (BPRW) VEDC and JPMorgan Chase Announce Loan Fund for African American-Owned Small Businesses

    -- The National African American Small Business Loan Fund will increase economic opportunity for small businesses that lack access to credit and primarily serve low-income communities in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles --


    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- VEDC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a new lending program for African American-owned small businesses in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The National African American Small Business Loan Fund will boost economic opportunity for minority-owned businesses in these cities and help them serve low-income communities by providing them with greater access to capital, technical assistance and financial consulting. JPMorgan Chase Foundation has contributed a $3 million grant to help VEDC reach its goal of creating a $30 million loan fund.

    Facilitated by VEDC, a California 501(c)3 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), this new Fund will provide financing for businesses across all industries. By providing the initial $3 million grant to seed the Fund, JPMorgan Chase is helping VEDC support small businesses that are a critical source of jobs and economic opportunity in their neighborhoods, but may be credit-impaired and unable to qualify for traditional capital. Without access to sustainable financing, these businesses may miss a growth opportunity or risk closing their operations.

    “As a direct small business lender and a leading intermediary of SBA loan programs, VEDC has a 39-year track record of providing business services to small businesses in low-and middle-income communities and especially in communities of color,” said Robert Barragan, President and CEO, VEDC. “Approximately 20 percent of our existing portfolio serves the African American community. With JPMorgan Chase’s seed funding, we look forward to helping more small businesses in our effort to further narrow the lending gap.”

    Currently, there are 268,000 African American-owned small businesses in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – making them among the top cities for African American-owned small businesses. With ownership of approximately 1.9 million, 7 percent of small businesses nationwide, African Americans are the fastest growing segment of small business owners.1 However, business loans to African American entrepreneurs have yet to rebound since the economic downturn in 2008.

    To address this need, the National African American Small Business Loan Fund will provide short and long-term loans. Loan sizes will vary, but the average loan will range from $35,000 to $250,000. The JPMorgan Chase grant will allow the National African American Small Business Loan Fund to provide loans and technical assistance and establish a loan loss reserve. This reserve will allow VEDC to expand its lending criteria to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles small businesses that traditionally did not qualify for a loan.

    “African American small business owners have identified flexible capital as a critical resource for growth, but they face a shortage of this kind of support,” said Janis Bowdler, Head of Community Development for Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase. “CDFIs like VEDC provide small businesses with the consulting and financing they need to grow their operations and often serve as a bridge to traditional bank loans down the road. We’re proud to partner with VEDC on this new fund, which will increase access to the capital and assistance that African American entrepreneurs need most.”

    Businesses receiving financing will be able to use the capital to expand, finance equipment, address short-term cash flow needs and provide contractor lines of credit. The Fund will also provide small business loan recipients with technical assistance such as networking, marketing, business plan development and financial consulting. Eligible small businesses must be majority-owned by African Americans.

    Notable Statements of Support

    “This new lending program will be another critical piece in our ongoing efforts to promote small business development and entrepreneurship in all Chicago communities, and particularly those that have traditionally lacked access to capital,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “By investing in Chicago’s minority-owned businesses, VEDC and JPMorgan Chase are showing the power of the private sector to help cities tackle some of our biggest challenges.”

    “African American-owned small businesses are vital economic engines in Los Angeles, and when they are empowered, our communities have new doors open to them — opportunities that they both need and deserve,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We expect great things from this fund, and thank VEDC and JPMorgan Chase for their commitment to addressing this great need.”

    “These small businesses are the heart of our neighborhoods,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “They put people to work and create opportunity for families to make their way up the economic ladder. We are excited to partner with JPMorgan Chase and our fellow cities to support and grow African-American small businesses.”

    “We know that mission lenders hold the key in providing a sustainable source of capital to minority borrowers and those that have been left out of the economic mainstream,” said Grady Hedgespeth, Director of U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Economic Opportunity.

    This new fund complements the recently launched Detroit Minority Business Loan Fund – a $6.5 million loan fund for Detroit’s minority-owned small businesses – announced last month by Detroit Development Fund, JPMorgan Chase and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Detroit is the fourth largest U.S. city for the number of minority-owned businesses.

    Interested small businesses in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles can learn more about eligibility by contacting VEDC at (212) 231-4310.

    About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. The firm uses its global resources, expertise, insights and scale to address some of the most urgent challenges facing communities around the world including the need for increased economic opportunity. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

    About VEDC
    VEDC is a leading non-profit small business lender that is changing the way small business lending is done by making it more available and impactful. With a growing footprint, VEDC has lent $380 million in direct and guaranteed loans to over 104,000 small businesses and created more than 28,000 new jobs. VEDC’s mission, as a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), is to help create jobs and promote small business development in under-served communities. It provides loans and micro-financing options to small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities, that don’t qualify for traditional financing. VEDC’s expanding portfolio is composed of community-based loan funds in California, Illinois, Nevada, Utah, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and New York. For more information, visit www.vedc.org.

    1 http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/business_ownership/cb11-24.html


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    (BPRW) ConnXus Debuts All-in-One Supplier Diversity Management Tool at 2015 NMSDC Conference San Diego

    Web platform brings simplicity to corporate Supplier Diversity initiatives and more opportunities for a growing number of minority businesses across the globe


    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- MASON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ConnXus®, the Mason, Ohio-based company that connects diverse and small businesses with companies seeking to expand and diversify their supplier base, has upgraded its technology platform to better connect buyers and suppliers in the marketplace.

    The platform, centered on an innovative all-in-one user dashboard, will debut at the 2015 NMSDC Conference in San Diego, California this month. ConnXus team members will provide live product demonstrations during the Business Opportunity Exchange on Oct. 19. Look for booth 947.

    Demonstration will be available on-demand, or schedule a demo with a ConnXus account executive ahead of the conference. Get all the information you need at the ConnXus website.https://connxus.com/blog/join-connxus-2015-nmsdc-conference The intuitive, new Web interface allows buyers to access compliance information, find, hire and manage suppliers, and track diverse supplier spend. Additionally, suppliers can create and manage a custom profile, upload certification documents and find potential opportunities with match notifications in the ConnXus platform.

    “This tool is a game-changer in the supplier diversity space,” says ConnXus COO Daryl Hammett. “This platform allow users to manage every aspect of their supplier diversity program in one place, creating an easy, seamless experience.”

    ConnXus corporate supplier diversity tools include:

    •ConnXus Scrub: Identify and validate diverse suppliers in your existing database

    •Supplier Registration Portal: Collect, search and filter key diverse vendor information in a private, branded repository.

    •TierTracker®: Capture direct and indirect Tier1 and Tier2 spend with customized reports in a single repository.

    •ConnXus Database: Access a database of more than 1.7 million diverse suppliers (refreshed daily).

    These upgraded products reflect months of feedback from current and potential customer feedback, and more fully reflect our motto: Supplier Diversity Made Simple®.

    “The all-in-one dashboard feature makes a historically manual process more efficient. This makes our clients jobs easier, and facilitates a more sustainable diverse supply chain,” says Account Executive Carrie Hawkins.

    To date, ConnXus has helped Fortune 500 companies navigate the procurement process, including The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s Corporation, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Brown Forman.

    About ConnXus
    Headquartered in Mason, Ohio, ConnXus helps grow small, woman- and minority-owned businesses by connecting them to Fortune 2000 corporations seeking a competitive edge through supplier diversity. Our membership-driven platform champions quality buyer and supplier relationships through bid, marketing and direct communication opportunities.


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    (BPRW) Charles D. King’s Media Holding Company MACRO Announces Initial Partners

    Diverse range of investors signal widespread vote of confidence for new venture with eight-figure round


    (BLACK PR WIRE) LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MACRO, the next generation multi-platform media company founded by former WME Partner/Agent Charles D. King, announced today that it has closed its first round of funding earlier this summer.

    “I couldnt be more thrilled with this incredible group of partners and investors. Among them, they represent some of the most boundary-pushing, innovative thinkers and leaders in their respective fields of technology, finance and media,” says Charles D. King, CEO & Founder of MACRO. “Most importantly, these individuals ascribe to the global vision of MACRO and understand what a tremendous opportunity awaits us. Their endorsement enables MACRO to create universally themed premium content for the African American, Latino and multicultural market, which has been vastly underserved for too long.”

    MACRO received a boost from its lead investor Emerson Collective, founded by Laurene Powell Jobs. Emerson Collective supports social entrepreneurs who are innovating ways to create lasting avenues for social and economic mobility. Powell Jobs shapes the vision of the company and their focus on collaborating with partners who harness the entrepreneurial spirit and are determined to disrupt the status quo by accelerating positive change.

    King has also secured financing from MNM Creative, a multimedia and entertainment company with offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. The firm is dedicated to supporting, producing and financing diversity-driven, multicultural content across all media with its strategic partners in the U.S. and across Asia. Also participating in the round is digital media expert Michael Kassan’s firm Medialink. Medialink is a strategic advisory and business development firm that operates at the intersection of media, marketing, advertising, entertainment, technology and finance.

    Other notable investors in the company include Wall Street Titan and MACRO advisor, Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citibank, tech entrepreneur/investor Justin Yoshimura and Michael Kane, Managing Director of the Los Angeles based private equity firm Caltius Capital.

    “Charles is uniquely poised to lead what’s sure to become the kind of media company that will launch careers and brands, but more importantly add rich value to our entertainment culture,” said Laurene Powell Jobs. “Charles has an extraordinary set of creative instincts — he’s demonstrated a remarkable ability to amplify talent, trends, and content to multi-cultural audiences throughout his career.”

    Corey Martin of Davis, Shapiro, Lewit, Grabel, Leven, Granderson and Blake structured the holding company financing for MACRO alongside co-counsel Irell & Manella and Latham & Watkins.

    MACRO has already lined up projects from filmmakers Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) and Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) that will be announced at a later date.

    ABOUT MACRO
    Launched in 2015, MACRO is an innovative media asset holding company founded by Charles D. King, former long-time partner at William Morris Endeavor (WME). The disruptive entertainment company is focused on premium content creation, distribution and engagement for African American, Latino and multicultural (ALM) audiences. King is the first and only African American to rise from the mailroom to partner in the 116-year history of WME. His career as an agent spanned over 15 years, during which he was known for his innovative deal making and his strategic planning in developing brands for and around his clients. The executive and management team at MACRO includes Ronald Hohauser as Chief Financial Officer, Poppy Hanks as SVP/Development and Production and Michael Palank as VP/Digital and Business Development. Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix and Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citibank, serve on the advisory board of the company. MACRO’s headquarters are in the Kilroy Realty Sunset Media Center in the heart of Hollywood. Go to www.macro.ventures for more information.


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    Mixing the Perfect Sales Cocktail

    by Anthony Caliendo


    Sales can be complicated! Whether you’re a career sales professional or just starting your first sales job, being a good salesperson can be frustrating and complex. Different factors contribute to sales complexity:

  • being able to find the right lucrative opportunity

  • having access to the right resources

  • selling the right product or service that appeals to businesses and consumers

  • developing effective lead generating techniques

  • learning how to navigate through a complex sale

  • I've watched sales professionals expend an enormous amount of energy making sure all these aspects align so they achieve the success and income that they desire and deserve.


  • One factor in achieving sales success that is the absolute most essential but most frequently ignored is the “human factor.” The two most important and critical components to a successful sales process are you and your customer, no matter what you’re selling. As humans, we have different personalities, tendencies, habits, quirks that can simplify or utterly complicate sales. At the end of the day, salespeople must recognize that when you strip away all of the other variables in the sales process, the two constants that will always dictate sales success or failure are who is selling and who is buying. Once you accept this fact, then sales suddenly becomes less complicated. Why? Because now sales is all about your desire to sell and their desire to buy.

    With literally thousands of different sales techniques and philosophies that salespeople attempt to master, we find ourselves using trial and error, sampling and tasting until we think we’ve mixed the right sales cocktail that will increase our closing ratios. However, as a sales leader, coach, and the Ultimate Sales Assassin, I know that the most effective sales techniques to produce results and achieve desired outcomes focus on the human factor and the emotions that drive desired behavior:

  • make an impression

  • make connections

  • build relationships and build trust

  • This requires that salespeople perfect the techniques that get you in front of your potential customer, make you likable and above all, persuasive.


  • 5 Top Techniques for Mixing a Successful Sales Cocktail

    #1 – Sell Yourself. My one universal concept that never varies or waivers no matter if your sales business is B2C, B2B, retail, real estate, insurance, technology, securities or manufactured goods: selling is not about selling your product or service, it’s about selling yourself. That doesn’t mean that you don’t need product knowledge or that you don’t need to create value to influence the close. But consider this: having an A+ product with A+ product knowledge means nothing if you can’t even advance to the presentation.

    First and foremost, you have to think of yourself as your product. What attracts consumers to a product? The packaging, its features, its price, its guarantees. Manufacturers design and market their goods with consumer appeal uppermost in their mind. As a sales person, you have to market yourself in the same manner. You are the manufacturer of your product: which is you. Dress for success, channel confidence and charisma from within, and attract your buyer to you. You have to make an impression. Be unique. Be distinctive. Be remembered or be forgotten.

    At trade shows, I’m known as The Suit. Even if the dress code is business casual, I show up in a suit because that’s how I want to be remembered: the guy who always looks professional and is ready to deal with the CEO or the doorman. You know the saying: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” What first impression are you giving your prospects?

    #2 – Make Your Prospect Comfortable. Frankly, make them like you. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, persistence and annoyance, being knowledgeable and being a know-it-all. You have to know where and when to draw that line. You have to make your customer want to engage with you and do business with you. Even with today’s online researching and buying trends they will not buy from you if they do not like you and trust you.

    #3 – Master “The Art of Asking Questions Without Asking.” You must make a connection with your buyer. Learn how to get them off the defense and extract as much information as possible so you can assess their needs – without them even realizing it. The best advice I can give new salespeople is to learn how to open up the dialogue and then learn how to listen. Listening is a skill: not everyone is born with the ability to listen. But if you want to learn how to improve your sales skills, learn and practice your listening skills. Next thing you know you’ve gathered all the info you need for your closing arsenal. Now close.

    Remember: LISTEN and SILENT are spelled with the same letters. Think about it.

    #4 – Isolate Your Buyer’s Hot Spots. Create value, create need and create solutions for your potential buyer. In today’s buying cycle the vast majority of buyers have done their online research before they ever speak to a salesperson. They asked for recommendations, they’ve Googled your company and you, and they have decided that they want to hear your pitch. Don’t waste their time: hone in on what is actually important to them and then be prepared to give them the solutions they are looking for, not the pitch you’ve been preparing for months.

    That’s not to say you shouldn’t have your big pitch ready: a Sales Assassin is always prepared to change course to meet the buyer’s needs. They know their problem: but you have the solution. A buyer may be very clear that he needs to purchase ABC, but when you hear the problem a good salesperson is prepared to explain why XYZ is the real solution to their need. Don’t confuse this with up-selling: cross-selling is solving problems the client may not even realize he has, or known that you could solve. Refer to #3: LISTEN.

    #5 – Recognize Emotional Drivers and Negotiate Accordingly. Don’t be so preoccupied with your own goal to reach the finish line that you fail to identify your potential buyer’s signals. You are pitching a product to your prospect to solve their problem – not to solve yours. So when your prospect is giving you clues as to what they may be thinking or feeling, you need to recognize that this is what drives them to make their final buying decisions. In reality, we all know salespeople do have to solve their problems: meeting quota, a family to support, a sales manager watching their every move. But that’s your problem: not your client’s. Once you make your problems the client’s, you’re sure to lose the relationship and the sale. So tune in and negotiate accordingly.

    Once you’ve solved the client’s problem, you’re their hero – and you’re their go-to sales rep.

    Anthony Caliendo is a self-made man, entrepreneur, corporate visionary, leadership coach, and author of The Sales Assassin – Master Your Black Belt in Sales. Learn more at www.thesalesassassin.com.


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    Amazing.com is making every employee their own boss!


    AUSTIN, Texas—Friday Aug. 7, A 2-year-old Austin startup focused on helping people start their own businesses by offering online training, tools and active business communities is now helping its employees do the same. Today, Amazing.com launched Startup Fridays which offers employees time and resources to work on their own entrepreneurial goals.

    As entrepreneurship is exploding around the United States, Amazing.com is doing its part to get people into working for themselves and their own businesses, instead of working for someone else. Amazing.com believes so strongly in this mission that they are not only encouraging every employee to start their own business, they are also putting way more than just their money where their mouth is.

    Matt Clark, CEO and co-founder of Amazing.com, said, “Helping our employees start their own businesses accomplishes several things. It helps them truly understand what we do for our customers every day, they better learn our course products and they get to live the customer experience. It truly makes them a part of the company mission of helping people start their own business.”

    Amazing.com is letting any employee take one of their business-starting courses, giving them every Friday free to work on growing their business while still getting paid to do their regular job. The founders of the company are going way beyond that and even offering to mentor the employees to help them get their businesses off the ground and running. And to make sure the employees can give this a real go, Amazing.com is even offering angel funding for each employee to invest in inventory or marketing to help grow their businesses.

    Jason Katzenback, President and co-founder said, “Not only do I believe that this unique opportunity will help foster employee engagement and productivity, but I believe we’ll also discover more opportunities to improve our courses and platform.”

    Amazing.com made the announcement to employees a few weeks ago and officially kicked it off today in their downtown Austin office with the inaugural Startup Friday.

    About Amazing.com
    Founded in 2013, Amazing.com is redefining entrepreneurship by helping people build their own businesses. Offering results-focused training, exceptional business tools, and a strong, supportive online community, the company empowers people from all walks of life to become successful business owners.

    Amazing.com offers a variety of courses to help every level of entrepreneur, from beginner to veteran, build or boost their business. They achieve this by partnering with proven, entrepreneurial business leaders to develop and teach their courses.

    Amazing.com is headquartered in Austin, TX, where an abundance of technical talent, a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, and access to the world’s best barbecue combine for the perfect conditions to drive company growth.

    For more information about how Amazing.com can help you, visit www.Amazing.com.


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    From Winning Investment on Dragons Den to Helping Budding Entrepreneurs Make their Fortune






    While starting a new business is always a steep learning curve underpinned by long hours, stress and strong faith and courage to keep going, the ultimate gain can be well worth the initial pain in starting up. From flexibility and personal freedom to great financial profits, running a successful business can be more rewarding than the security foreseen in a regular job.

    Successful entrepreneurs recognize the importance of a good mentor and strong support network and Goldgenie’s new Business Opportunity aptly titled the "Mastermind Programme" may be just the golden ticket to the personal freedom and financial independence that building and running your own business can bring.

    Founded by award-winning entrepreneur Laban Roomes, who incidentally got the first televised investment from Mr. James Caan on series 5 of the hit Dragons Den show and then went on to purchase 100% of his shares back soon after to take a gamble on franchising his leading luxury gift and customisation company Goldgenie worldwide.

    Laban Roomes is personally launching the new programme to assist entrepreneurs who are looking to start out on their own. He is looking for entrepreneurial people who would like to work under the guidance of the Goldgenie team and potentially earn in excess of £60,000 per year working part or full time in their own business customising everyday items.

    The Goldgenie Business system and Mastermind programme will allow just 10 entrepreneurs each month to work personally with Laban Roomes to establish and grow their own successful businesses as Goldgenie Certified Professionals while building their own company. There are no franchise fees, royalties, or fixed rates to pay, just a one off fee of £2,447.50 plus VAT.

    Goldgenie Certified Professionals are supplied with a "business in a box" which will include a plug-in-and-play gold plating system and everything that you could possibly need including: personalised business stationery, marketing materials and all of the brand’s high resolution images for marketing use.

    Members of the Mastermind Programme will also receive a Crystalgenie kit, equipping themselves with the tools to diversify their customisation service by offering clients the option to embellish their items with Swarovski Crystals along with their own fully configured e-commerce website.

    The business has the ability to take a B2B model too and many Goldgenie certified professionals are busy working to meet the demands of hotels, luxury car dealerships, interior designers, jewellery and antique stores, restaurants and even buildings of worship. These are just some examples of how Goldgenie Certified Professionals are creating niches and expanding the luxury customisation market, which is not only highly exciting but also highly flexible.

    “With modern technology, the world is truly your oyster. From reaching customers to building business-to-business relationships, the infrastructure is freely available to support your business growth and reach new heights. I know from experience that getting started can be the steepest climb which is why I hope to personally offer more entrepreneurs the encouragement and boost they need to launch their business under the guidance of our expertise.”

    Known for their lustrous finishes in 24K Gold, Platinum and Rose Gold, Goldgenie’s collections include technology and lifestyle accessories including their popular iPhone Elite range and ground-breaking personalised items such as their recently released 24K Gold British Racing Bike, Segwheel and Diamond Ecstasy iPhone.

    Goldgenie no stranger to success supplied corporate and customised gifts to be Emmys and Oscars not to mention blue chip corporations, such as Blackberry, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce and celebrities such The Beckhams, Elton John, Roman Abramovich and P. Diddy as clients.

    For more information on how to join the Mastermind Programme please email Marcus@goldgenie.com call +44 208 804 6200 or visit our web page here:http://www.goldgenie.com/business-opportunity-mastermind_1_sta.php

    Website: www.goldgenie.com


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    We provide employment and tenant background search packages for companies and associations.
    http://www.labssllc.com/

  12. BBNomics ...
    The purpose of BBNomics is to build a network, a group of individuals working together for mutual benefit.
    http://www.bbnomics.com/home

  13. BDPA ...
    BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) was founded in 1975 in Philadelphia, PA and continues today to bridge the Digital Divide with its programs and services.
    http://www.bdpa.org/

  14. Black Business and Professional Association ...
    The BBPA serves to address equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.
    http://www.bbpa.org/

  15. Black Business Builders ...
    A Black business and Consumer networking organization. The best money making business opportunity online.
    http://www.blackbusinessbuilders.com/

  16. Black Business Expo ...
    Black Business Expo.
    http://www.blackbusinessexpo.com/

  17. Black Business Journal ...
    Black Business Journal Magazine.
    http://www.bbjonline.com/

  18. Black Business List ...
    Directory offering free advertising, Listings in various business categories.
    http://www.BlackBusinessList.Com/

  19. Black Business Owners ...
    The Network Journal's 25 influential black women in business magazine launched in 1999 tells about the professional achievements of women in business.
    http://www.tnj.com/career/career-advice

  20. Black Business Planet ...
    Our mission is to stimulate an environment of African American entrepreneurship in the black community.
    http://blackbusinessplanet.com/

  21. Black Business Seminar ...
    Black Business Seminars are inspiring, motivating and educational events that teach Black people how to succeed.
    http://www.blackbusinessseminar.com

  22. Blackxchange ...
    The Black Business Information Gateway. A business networking site where you can let others know about your business. (SIGNING UP IS FREE)
    http://www.blackxchange.net/

  23. Black Family Network ...
    Finding Solutions To The Digital Divide.
    http://www.blackfamilynet.net/

  24. Black Owned NY ...
    BlackOwnedNewYork.com was created to increase the visibility of local black businesses in New York, including the 5 boroughs, Long Island, and upstate New York to allow for local economic collaboration and support.
    http://www.blackownednewyork.com/

  25. Black Pages ...
    African American Directory.
    http://www.blackpages.com/

  26. Black Shopping Channel ...
    The Black Shopping Channel has created an opportunity for aspiring African American Entrepreneurs to gain financial freedom by owning your own e-store on what is becoming the most viewed African American Online Mall in America.
    http://www.blackshoppingchannel.com/

  27. Blacks in San Antonio ...
    San Antonio's Largest Black Directory and Executive Listing.
    http://www.blacksinsanantonio.com/

  28. Black Speakers and Experts ...
    The National Directory of African American Speakers, Experts, and Professionals.
    http://www.blackexperts.com/

  29. Black Wall Street ...
    The Black Wall Street Merchants Association is a not-for profit enterprise that serves as an advocate for commerce in the African American community.
    http://blackwallstreet.org/

  30. Black Women Connect ...
    BlackWomenConnect.com is the #1 online community for African, Caribbean and African American women who are professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Black women are one of the most wealthy and influential demographics on the planet. It's time we have our very own social network!
    http://www.blackwomenconnect.com

  31. BlackYellowPagesOnline.com ...
    Use BlackYellowPagesOnline.com - Black America’s Largest Business, News & Community Information Resource! Rated #1 by African Americans nationwide.
    http://www.blackyellowpagesonline.com/

  32. Central Florida Black Business ...
    Central Florida Black Business features Orlando events and Black businesses in the Orlando area. We promote Orlando events and Black businesses via many different channels including our partners, our website, newsletter, social media pages and internet advertising.
    http://www.cflblackbusiness.com/

  33. Cheap Business Cards ...
    Design your business cards online or upload your own design. Fast, easy and fun!
    http://www.CardsMadeEasy.com

  34. Concert Promotions: A Step By Step Guide ...
    Learn how to book successful shows without spending your own money. Get sponsorship ideas, marketing secrets and more.
    http://www.concertpromotions.net/

  35. Custom Made Publications ...
    Specializing in unique one-of-a-kind book marks, party favors, flyers, family history books, brochures, and invitations for all occasions. Experienced in designing PowerPoint presentations, church programs, newsletters, etc.
    http://custom-madepublications.com/

  36. Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce ...
    The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for the creation, growth and general welfare of the African American business in the Dallas community.
    http://www.dbcc.org/

  37. dfwMinority.com ...
    dfwMinority.com is a free directory of minority and women based businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We have over 3000 businesses listed and growing.
    http://www.dfwminority.com/

  38. Diamond and Company ...
    Raising brand awareness takes vision, creativity and expertise. Diamond & Company, provides artist management, marketing and Public Relations services to a wide variety of clients.
    http://www.diamondandcompany.com/

  39. Diversity Information Resources ...
    Connecting Buyers with Diverse Suppliers.
    http://www.diversityinforesources.com/

  40. Ebony Pages - Atlanta Listings ...
    With over 600 listings to choose from, Ebony Pages is the most complete Atlanta area minority owned business listing.
    http://www.ebonypages.com/

  41. Ecommerce Black Owned Website ...
    This website was built to aid African Americans in spending and earning inside their own community.
    http://www.blackbuying.com/

  42. E-Jams Banner Plus Network ...
    EBPN is a free advertising service, created to help promote and create awareness of the many African-American web sites on the Internet.
    http://www.ejams.com/bp/

  43. Export Jamaica ...
    Export Jamaica facilitates trade between Jamaican and International businesses.
    http://www.exportjamaica.org/

  44. E-Z Web Marketing ...
    E-Z Web Marketing was developed to provide World-Class Online Marketing and Promotion solutions for upstart and fast-growing businesses. 100% black owned.
    http://www.onlinebizmarketing.com/

  45. FreelanceWriterChick.com ...
    FreelanceWriterChick.com provides 100% original and custom keyword rich content for your website, articles, blogs, ebooks and other writing projects, you receive full copyright to your content upon completion.
    http://www.freelancewriterchick.com/

  46. Government Grants ...
    Your step by step guide to get government grants.
    http://obamagrant.us/

  47. Hair Today...
    We are an organization of Licensed Professional Cosmetologists In New York State about 66 years old dedicated to unifying professionals and working to promoting and improving our Profession.
    http://sbcahair.hypermart.net/

  48. Home Based Online Business ...
    Free information on how to use personal touch and technology in building a home based business.
    http://www.homebasedonlinebusiness.ws/

  49. Hotcards.com ...
    Hotcards.com is the lowest cost full color printer in the nation, offering full color printing, graphic design and direct mail services.
    http://www.hotcards.com

  50. How to Become A Booking Agent ...
    Learn how to become a Booking Agent and start a profitable booking agency.
    http://www.becomeabookingagent.com/

  51. Image Of Perfection ...
    Image of Perfection is the industry leader in providing the highest quality Business Printing, Graphic Printing, Digital Printing, Offset Printing, Large Format Printing, Online Printing, T-shirt Printing, Book Printing and Discount Printing.
    http://imageofperfection.com/

  52. Indiana Black Expo ...
    Indiana Black Expo, Inc., has grown from a single annual event to a year-round, multifaceted community service organization with 13 chapters around the state of Indiana.
    http://www.indianablackexpo.com/

  53. In the Company of Sistas ...
    Your premiere women of color shopping resource.
    http://www.inthecompanyofsistas.com/

  54. iZaniaOnline ...
    An online networking community dedicated to accelerating the growth of Black-owned businesses.
    http://www.izania.com/

  55. Jackson and Tull ...
    Jackson and Tull provides a broad range of engineering and technical services. Jackson and Tull is involved in aerospace and aeronautics engineering.
    http://www.jnt.com/

  56. JDS Communications ...
    JDS Communications features BioCareersource offering biotech publications, biotech jobs and resources in the San Francisco area.
    http://www.jdscomm.com

  57. Juniques Marketing Television ...
    Actively promotiong African American Connection - Providing online web shopping from 1500 national retailers and local African American Business Owner around the United States.
    http://www.jusmcc.com/

  58. Juniques Multi Cultural Connections ...
    Site for people of color on the go and in the know providing local information about community events happening in southwest USA. ( arizona and california primarily).
    http://www.jusmcc.org/

  59. Kwame Building Group ...
    KWAME Building Group provides construction management services to public and private sector clients.
    http://www.kwamebuildinggroup.com/

  60. Leadership Development Training ...
    Ithaka Leadership Development Ltd specialise in Leadership Development and Management Training to directly improve organisational performance.
    http://www.ithakaleadership.co.uk/

  61. Leumas Security Services Inc. ...
    With over 17 years experience we are the #1 choice for Executive Security Guard Service in Hampton Roads and are expanding along the east coast.
    http://leumassecurity.vpweb.com/

  62. Los Angles Black Business Expo ...
    The official web site for the Los Angeles Black Business Expo and Trade Show.
    http://www.blackbusinessexpo.com/

  63. Little Africa ...
    Community for African American consumers & businesses.
    http://www.littleafrica.com/

  64. Mainstream Services Inc. ...
    Mainstream Services Inc. is a premier medical claims processing company. We meet the needs of any medical practice or specialty. We offer clients reliable, accurate, quality electronic medical billing services.
    http://www.msmbinc.com/

  65. Masai Design -Marketing ...
    Making people see you differently.
    http://www.masaidesign.com/

  66. Mbendi AfroPaedia ...
    Welcome to MBendi - Africa's leading business website.
    http://www.mbendi.co.za/index.htm

  67. Memphis Tennessee Carpet Cleaning ...
    Professional Carpet Cleaning in Memphis. We specialize in safe, dry carpet cleaning in Memphis and the Mid-south.
    http://memphiscarpetcleaningpro.com/

  68. MBNet ...
    Your Online Minority Business Community Network! Expand your business, locate capital, find buyers & suppliers! Free listing in our minority business directory.
    http://www.mbnet.com/

  69. Minority-Biz ...
    A business directory and consumer review publication that connects black owned businesses with consumers who actively support black owned businesses.
    http://minority-biz.com/

  70. Minority Professional Network ...
    Minority Professional Network. Very informative website for those in the business world.
    http://www.minorityprofessionalnetwork.com/

  71. M V Consulting, Inc. ...
    M V Consulting, Inc. is a diversified private company that maintains divisions in search engine optimization, online store, political and entertainment celebrity blogs.
    http://www.vassconsult.com/

  72. My Black Info ...
    Our Mission is to provide our community with the information and resources to become better citizens, parents and community leaders.
    http://www.myblackinfo.com/

  73. National Black Business Council ...
    The mission of the National Black Business Council, is to be catalyst and advocate for the creation and development of Black-owned businesses serving both domestic and global markets.
    http://www.nbbc.org/

  74. National Black Chamber of Commerce ...
    The NBCC reaches 95,000 Black owned businesses. There are 1 million Black owned businesses in the United States.
    http://www.nationalbcc.org/

  75. National Minority Supplier Development Council ..
    Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
    http://www.nmsdcus.org/

  76. Net-Crawler.org ...
    The Business Directory for Business.
    http://www.net-crawler.org/business.htm

  77. NMP Informaton Services ...
    NMP Information Services provides resources, support, advertising, to Businesses, Corporations, Communitues, Families, Kids & Shoppers nationwide.
    http://www.nmpinfo.com/

  78. Nubian Surfer ...
    Nubian Surfer - Black African-American Member Base Traffic Exchange.
    http://www.nubiansurfer.com

  79. OKI Commercial & Residential Cleaning ...
    O.K.I. Cleaning, offers real-world solutions for the janitorial needs of residential and small to medium businesses in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region. Our knowledgable and experienced staff has and always will deliver impeccable results for your business.
    http://www.okistripwax.com/

  80. OneUnited Bank ...
    The largest African-American owned bank in the country, OneUnited focuses on developing the urban community and offering superior financial products.
    http://www.oneunited.com/

  81. People You Need to Know, Inc. ...
    Voted Atlanta's most elegant presentation of dentists, attorneys, real estate agents and physicians in the southeast.
    http://www.sparkplugpeople.com/

  82. P. Kimbro Group ...
    Think & Grow Rich: A Black Choice.
    http://www.denniskimbro.com/

  83. Power Tone Communications, LLC ...
    Power Tone Communications, LLC is a 100 percent minority-owned firm providing public relations, crisis management and event planning for businesses, political campaigns, churches and faith-based organizations.
    http://www.powertonecommunications.com/

  84. Precision Garage Door San Diego ...
    Precision Garage Doors has been providing expert garage door repair in the San Diego & Riverside CA area since 2001.
    http://garagedoorsocal.com/

  85. ReadyWriter Production Company ...
    Tracy L. Bell is an author and proprietor of RWPC, the website list her books.
    http://www.readywriterproductioncompany.com/

  86. Reddi Business Solutions ...
    Reddi Business Solutions is the intelligent, cost-effective and efficient business strategy of the 21st century, specifically for businesses or individuals needing occasional office support.
    http://www.reddibusiness.com/

  87. Rejoice Christian Ministry and Entertainment ...
    Welcome to our Community service and business Christian network for ministries, businesses and entrepreneurs who through our programs, services and events bring wealth to the body of Christ.
    http://rcmae.net/

  88. SandyKnows.com! ...
    SandyKnows.com! informational website, business and pleasure.
    http://www.sandyknows.com/

  89. Smartsley ...
    Provides business process outsourcing solutions for small/medium sized businesses as well as independent contractors and non-profit organizations.
    http://www.smartsley.com/

  90. SoHe Designs ...
    Home decor that embraces the art and culture of our African heritage. Dinnerware, bedding, pillows, bath accessories, ornaments. Most items made in America. Retailers and churches welcome.
    http://www.sohedesigngroup.com/

  91. Sonya A. Lowery ...
    Author of 'The Secret Language of Business Cards:' Image-Building Help for Small-Businesses.
    http://www.thesecretlanguage.com/

  92. Stiforp - Warren Enterprise...
    Earn more money than you can spend. Huge compensation plan.
    http://roycew.websiteaboutme.com

  93. Support Black Owned ...
    A directory of Services, groups, and businesses provided by Black people.
    http://www.supportblackowned.com/


  94. Tag Team Marketing ...
    TAG TEAM Marketing is an organization of positive Black people all over the world who are working together to promote Black Business Seminars and promote Black businesses.
    http://www.tagteammarketing.com

  95. Target Market News ...
    Target Market News The Black consumer market authority.
    http://www.targetmarketnews.com/

  96. Telishia Berry ...
    Professional Copywriter For Print and Online Communications, Search Engine Optimization, and More. Hire This Freelance Copywriter To Help Boost Your Business.
    http://www.telishiaberry.com/

  97. The Business of Black Film ...
    Our mission is to compile relevant secondary research data, apply critical analysis and provide an informed opinion on how such an industry may be brought about. Our content is aimed at producers, industry executives, investors, bankers, attorneys, CPAs, media organizations, corporate advertisers and anyone with a vested interest in seeing such an industry thrive.
    http://www.thebusinessofblackfilm.com

  98. The Comprehensive Database of Black Businesses ...
    We aspire to be the biggest platform of black business directories in the world
    http://theblackbusinesslist.thebusinessblender.com/

  99. TK Virtual Administrative Services ...
    We help businesses and individuals by providing virtual and remote administrative support, saving you time and money! We also offer small business consulting, business development, and procurement services.
    http://www.tkvirtualadmin.blogspot.com/

  100. Tough Inspectors Consulting ...
    ough Inspectors Consulting offers comprehensive restaurant and foster care inspections. Food safety.Food sanitation. Prices start as low as $55.
    http://www.toughinspectors.com/

  101. True Executives ...
    True Executives - Wealth Building Website for Urban America.
    http://www.trueexecutives.com/

  102. Truzion.com ...
    One People in Business, Culture, History An international online community for people of color which focuses on business promotion and cultural exchange.
    http://www.truzion.com/

  103. Write-On Consulting Firm ...
    WOCF offers several ways to help you get the funds that you need and want.
    http://success-secrets.ws/

  104. Yvonne E. White & Co. - Event Planning ...
    YEW & Co. has been in the business of event planning, party design and catering for twenty years.
    http://www.yewandco.com

  105. 4 You Essentials ...
    Our Business is to provide high quality products and reliable services for our customers. We hope you enjoy your visit to our web site. Please save us to your favorites and visit again soon for updates.
    http://www.4youessentials.com/



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