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    URBAN LEAGUE, MORGAN STANLEY, NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL & CUYAHOGA COUNTY PARTNER TO LAUNCH Historic Initiative to Provide Minority Owned Businesses with Greater Access to Capital


    Cleveland, OH – A unique collaborative of organizations and institutions has launched a small business lending program to help African American and minority businesses create and maintain jobs for residents and build community wealth. With a focus on bringing capital to underserved groups, the National Urban League’s Urban Empowerment Fund (NUL-UEF), Morgan Stanley, National Development Council (NDC) Urban League of Greater Cleveland (ULGC), and Cuyahoga County have come together to offer the Capital Access Fund of Greater Cleveland (CAF).

    CAF is a three-year program that provides minority business owners with access to capital offering 50 loans totaling $8 million as well as pre- and post-loan counseling to ensure the success of those small business borrowers. With a goal of creating or maintaining a minimum of 300 jobs within those three years, CAF already has completed 8 loans totaling $1.4 million helping to create or maintain 70 local jobs.

    “The level of interest we already have confirms what we already knew – there is a gap in the access to capital for minority businesses and we should not gloss over that,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “Our partnership with Morgan Stanley, the expertise of NDC, the commitment of Cuyahoga County, and the strong leadership of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland already have made this a success.”

    Within CAF there are two sources of capital: the Community Impact Loan Fund and the Grow Cuyahoga Fund. The Community Impact Loan Fund is a new NDC product established in partnership with $2 million in start-up capital from Morgan Stanley to support minority small business owners. And the Grown Cuyahoga Fund is supported with $2.5million from Cuyahoga County.

    “We are proud to partner on this program with $2 million in start-up capital for the Community Impact Loan Fund.” said Carla A. Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, and head of the Multicultural Client Strategy Group, Morgan Stanley. “By providing small businesses with access to capital and flexible terms that lead to opportunities for these businesses to scale up and affords them the financial stability necessary for entrepreneurs to focus on their customers and contribute jobs to the local economy.”

    CAF will give minority owned businesses a 360-degree boost from access to capital combined with the support services necessary to build community wealth. Given Cleveland’s entrepreneurial spirit, the capital being provided will have the greatest impact and reach among the city’s many small businesses.

    “As an experienced minority lender NDC understands that a set of flexible financing tools and technical guidance throughout the life of the loan can be the difference between failure and success.” said Robert W. Davenport, President of NDC. “With our collective expertise and results in Cleveland ultimately we will be able to change small lending opportunities in other cities around the country – ensuring African American and other minority small businesses secure access to much needed capital.”

    Don Bowen, who leads the Urban League Empowerment Fund, said the CAF “allows the National Urban League to build upon its legacy role as a social service intermediary to become a financial intermediary. It’s another tool to help impact local communities and advance the mission of promoting economic parity.”

    The second source of capital within CAF is the Grow Cuyahoga Fund, which is an existing NDC product (SBA “7a” loans) that will offer affordable growth capital with longer terms and lower rates to borrowers who create jobs and investment in the county. The fund is possible through a grant and partnership with Cuyahoga County.

    “Small business creation and retention is a priority for my administration,” said County Executive Armond Budish. ““We’re all about jobs, good jobs, throughout the county. With the Grow Cuyahoga Fund, Cuyahoga County’s partnership in the CAF program allows us to continue to lead the way as a place to grow and thrive for African American and other minority businesses which will help ensure our county remains a vibrant, healthy and welcoming place.”

    In addition to Cuyahoga County, Key Bank Foundation has made a long-term commitment to CAF and is the lead local funder. Other local funders include City of Cleveland, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, PNC Bank, and Fifth Third Bank.

    “We are proud of our local funders who have met the challenge to support a program that offers a long term, sustainable solution for local African American and other minority entrepreneurs when pursing capital,” said Marsha Mockabee, President of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. “As we enter into our second century as an organization, CAF is one element of the Urban League’s strategic vision moving forward and will be a cornerstone for empowering minority business owners so that they can improve their entrepreneurial know-how, refine their plans for growth, and improve the communities in which they live.”


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    Council of Better Business Bureaus invites you to listen to our new thought provoking podcasts.


    The vision of Better Business Bureau (BBB) is to ensure the presence of an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust one another. Through our podcasts we aim to uphold this vision and inspire elite businesses, entrepreneurs, consumers, industry leaders, and subject matter experts to engage in conversation.

    Which is why we launched two podcasts, Better Business > Better Series for businesses and industry leaders and BBB The Bistro geared to consumers. These podcasts are an invitation to join us in thinking beyond typical boundaries, to discover what makes a better business and marketplace for all.

    Listen to our CEO Mary Power discuss the importance of convening all marketplace stakeholders in discussing the future of business and staying on the forefront of marketplace change.


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    Setting Expectations in Business


    According to the Small Business Administration, approximately one-third of start-ups will not survive their first year. There are several reasons – from under-capitalization to over-estimation of a product's demand to pricing issues – but they all tend to have one thing in common: the proper expectations were not set from the beginning. If an entrepreneur wants to increase their chances of success – they need to successfully predict a number of different factors. Here are a few to consider:

    Cost of Goods – A budding entrepreneur will often fall victim to the belief that if it costs $10 in raw materials to make a widget then they have determined their cost of goods sold. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs will neglect to include labor costs, energy costs, wear and tear on manufacturing equipment and other non-tangible costs. Even if the entrepreneur is providing their own labor, it is important that they value their time. If they are able to make $10 an hour working, and it takes an hour to make one widget – the percieved cost should be calculated as $20 per hour if accounting for no other costs. Inputs from electricity to replacing the drill that is used to screw the widget together must be considered to determine if the widget can be produced for a profit. Understanding and accounting for the non-traditional costs will allow the entrepreneur to make a more informed decision as to if this enterprise and his endeavor is worthwhile.

    Items Sold – Understanding that while someone may be able to make a widget for $10 and sell it for $20 – actually selling a product or service to a consumer can be a real challenge. While the internet has allowed small businesses the ability to appeal to a global marketplace – it has also become so large that standing out amongst your competition is very challenging. A successful business person understands that a consumer may not actually recognize they have a need for their product. If they are already buying a widget for $25 they may not realize that a new and improved widget made by their company is available. Educating consumers, finding retailers, setting up online sales platforms all take time and resources – an entrepreneur who recognizes that it may be some time until the first widgets are sold is in a much better place than one that simply believes that “if you build it, they will come.”

    Finding Good Help – A good friend is a great thing to have, but usually good friends do not make good employees. A startup may feel they need to lean on the generosity of friends and family while gearing up to make their first batch of widgets, but that does not mean that hiring that person is the best choice in the long run. Temp services, the local newspaper and career websites are available to an entrepreneur – but the quality of an employee is hard to determine in an hour long interview. A new employee who expects to work only weekdays is going to be a challenge when a rush order for widgets arrives on a Friday afternoon and the entrepreneur has to ask the employee to work the weekend. Setting expectations about a potential employee's appearance, punctuality, pay and a host of other issues is very important for a successful company to understand early in the process. A rigorous hiring process may not be the easiest path, but it is one that will help to avoid issues in the future.

    Proper expectations – in all facets of business – will not only lead to a higher chance of success but less problems down the road. For more information on how to set proper expectations, choosing a business type and many other choices that face an entrepreneur – consider Randy Steele's book The Entrepreneur's Roadmap to Success or visit his website: http://randysteelebooks.com/.


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    MBDA Announces 2016 MED Week Award Winners

    Honoring excellence in the minority business community


    MBDA Announces 2016 MED Week Award Winners


    WASHINGTON (October 7, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) today announced the 2016 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Award winners. MBDA will honor 19 organizations, businesses, and individuals who have demonstrated leadership, commitment and excellence in advancing the minority business community.

    “We’re honored to recognize this dynamic group of individuals who have dedicated themselves and their resources to ensuring the advancement of the minority business community,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director. “Their contributions are essential to creating an ecosystem that supports, develops and elevates U.S. minority business enterprises now and in the future.”

    The MED Week awards celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs based on challenges overcome, total revenue, jobs created, and the economic impact. MBDA also recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the advancement of the minority business community.

    The following are the 2016 National Minority Enterprise Development Award Winners:

    Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to an individual who has played an integral role in the creative, technical or professional progress of minority business development over the course of their life. This year’s award recipient is Shelly Stewart, Vice President of DuPont Sourcing & Logistics and Chief Procurement Officer. Stewart leads global procurement and logistics activities totaling $20 billion. Stewart is on the board of directors of Cleco Corporation where he leads the Nominating and Governance Committee and has served as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise.

    Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award is inspired by the outstanding leadership of the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce and recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and achieved significant success in supporting diversity in the public or private sector. This year’s award recipient is Carla Harris, Vice-President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

    Champions of Minority Business Development:

    Advocate of the Year Award is being presented to Ron Busby, CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. As President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., Busby brings business management skills as well as a lifetime of community development experience to the organization. Busby is a former successful business owner himself and has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading CEOs. He serves on the Pfizer Small Business Council, National Newspapers Publishers Association Foundation Board of Directors, and White House African American Leadership Council.

    Advocate of the Year Award is bring presented to Frank Lemos, Founder and CEO of LDC, Inc. Lemos is a successful businessman in the Pacific Northwest with more than 25 years of experience in the professional construction consulting industry. Lemos founded LDC, Inc., a civil engineering firm, in 2003, with a focus on new home construction that serves local and regional developers and national home builders. In less than four years, Lemos successfully grew LDC by 300 percent through the implementation of an aggressive and creative business development strategy that included adding two new professional services -- structural engineering and land surveying, to LDC’s core competencies.

    Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award is being presented to Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company has an incredibly strong culture of diversity and inclusiveness and continues to work to ensure company employees reflect the diverse perspectives of their global customer base. Ford believes that diversity and inclusion are critical to its success.

    The Access to Capital Award is being presented to Bank 2, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Banc Holding Company. Founded in 2002, Bank 2 is 100 percent owned by the Chickasaw Nation and the number one source of Native American home loans in the state of Oklahoma. The bank has grown from $7.5 million in assets to more than $100 million.

    Minority-Owned Firms:

    Minority Construction Firm of the Year is being presented to Hal Hays Construction, Inc. (HCCI). HHCI, a Native American-owned firm, is an award-winning design build construction firm specializing in both vertical and horizontal projects for the federal government, energy, public utilities, Fortune 500, wireless, security, water, telecom, healthcare, transportation, aviation, wastewater, and aerospace industries.

    Minority Export Firm of the Year is being presented to Royal Shipping Lines. Founded in 2005, Royal Shipping Lines provides freight-forwarding services for customers to transport vehicles and heavy equipment abroad. Royal Shipping Lines has grown into a mid-size operation servicing customer needs from custom documentation to exportation of vehicles, trucks, heavy equipment, and containers in partnerships with companies in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

    Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year is being presented to Summit Container Corporation. Founded in 1984, Summit Container Corporation is an award-winning packaging design, manufacturing and contract packaging firm. Summit designs and manufactures custom protective packaging for industrial products/parts, medical devices, cable system equipment and electronic products. Summit provides its customers with packaging solutions that enhance and maintain their brands. They offer assembly, fulfillment, warehousing, inventory and service, and delivery.

    Minority Energy Firm of the Year is being presented to Next Gen Fuels. Next Gen Fuels supplies all major grades of unleaded gasoline, high and low sulfur diesel fuels, biodiesel, ethanol, and fuel additives. The company offers many major brand names through its distribution network. Technology, along with single source solutions, helps Next Gen’s petroleum partners expand market share, improve efficiencies, and strengthen internal controls.

    Minority Technology Firm of the Year is being presented to Technology Integration Group (TIG), which specializes in IT hardware, software procurement and fulfillment, professional services including data center, network infrastructure, virtualization, cloud computing, security and wireless, unified communications, as well as managed services. TIG provides IT Infrastructure services and committed support that enables customers to focus on their core business and improve service levels and lower the cost of IT operations.

    Minority Health Products and Services Firm of the Year is being presented to Trinity Sterile, Inc., based in Salisbury, Md. Trinity Sterile, Inc., is one of the fastest-growing certified minority business enterprises serving the healthcare industry. It assembles and sells medical kits, procedure trays, and a wide range of disposable or reusable medical supplies.

    Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year is being presented to KNOCK, Inc. KNOCK, Inc., is a Minneapolis-based creative agency driven by strategy, culture and design, founded by Lili Hall in 2001. Specializing in creating impactful brand stories and retail experiences, KNOCK, Inc., is recognized for driving sales and customer loyalty. Its collaborative business model brings a diversity of design disciplines to client partners. The full-service creative agency has been recognized by the Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for five consecutive years.(2010–2015)

    Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year is being presented to Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc., an award-winning ISO 9001:2008 certified business that has been in operation since 1993. Its focus is finding and placing top IT, engineering, energy, and other highly skilled talent. APC offers a full suite of contract labor-related business solutions for mid- to large-sized companies. Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., the Native American-owned company has satellite offices throughout the United States with professionals currently engaged on assignments in 38 states and six countries abroad.

    Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year is being presented to Perez, APC. Headquartered in New Orleans since 1940, Perez, APC, is one of the leading small business architecture and engineering firms in the United States. During the past 15 years, the 100 percent minority and woman-owned firm has grown into a national company with international reach. Currently with 12 office locations in the United States and abroad, its multi-disciplinary team offers design, construction, and real estate development services. Its diverse portfolio of project experience spans every building type and project delivery method.

    MBDA Minority Business Enterprise of the Year is being presented to Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. The firm provides chemical management services and is an independent petrochemical distributor. Its headquarters and main warehousing facilities are in Houston. The company also leases warehouses across the United States and annual sales have averaged $70 million during the last 10 years.

    The MED Week winners will be recognized during the 2016 National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc., Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange, October 23-26, in Chicago. The awards ceremony is sponsored by The Raytheon Company. Visit MBDA.gov to view the complete list of this year’s award winners.

    Since 1983, a Presidential Proclamation has been issued designating National Minority Enterprise Development Week as an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the minority business community to the economy. For more than 30 years, MBDA has observed National MED Week by convening business leaders, honoring outstanding Minority Business Enterprises and advocates, promoting business opportunities, and reporting industry trends.

    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 solely 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 47 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 provide greater access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow us on Twitter @usmbda


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    How Business Leaders Can Inspire Purpose In Their Employees

    In a tight basketball game’s closing seconds, a coach will huddle his players and draw up a play designed to result in a winning shot and victory. But, if just one teammate is disengaged, the play can go awry and the team fall short of accomplishing its purpose.

    Businesses have something in common with that basketball team.

    A business needs a purpose and each employee needs to be inspired by and contributing to that purpose, says Paul Ratoff, president of Strategy Development Group Inc. and author of “Thriving in a Stakeholder World: Purpose as the New Competitive Advantage” (www.ratoffconsulting.com).

    “If everyone in an organization feels good about the work they do and is committed to the organization’s purpose, then you’re likely to see good results,” says Ratoff, who recently launched the non-profit Foundation for Purposeful Organizations. “But if workers aren’t engaged, their productivity can suffer and the company as a whole may pay the price.”

    For years, many companies chased quarterly earnings and ignored any overarching purpose beyond keeping shareholders happy. But Ratoff believes that to survive and thrive in today’s world, businesses need to think about more than just “shareholder value.”

    Instead, he says, company leaders need to manage from the perspective of “stakeholder value,” and stakeholders include everyone who impacts the company or is impacted by it, from customers to suppliers to communities.

    Among the key stakeholders: the employees.

    “Imagine if you could get employees to look at their jobs as something with a purpose that goes beyond just earning a paycheck,” Ratoff says. “That could result in a more engaged workforce, better productivity and perhaps less turnover.”

    In fact, studies have shown that millennials especially seek purpose in their jobs and are quick to switch employers if they don’t find it.

    Numerous companies have developed statements to define their purposes. For example, Google wants to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Roche, a biotech company, states its purpose as: “Doing now what patients need next.”

    But once a company comes up with a purpose, how does it get employee buy-in?

  • It starts at the top. It’s not enough that employees find the purpose inspiring. “The leader of the company has to be inspired because the leader will cause others to be inspired.” Ratoff says. Ultimately, it’s important that the entire management team be on board and enthusiastic.

  • Make sure the purpose is clear and meaningful. Company leaders must find a common purpose that’s broad enough to be meaningful and important to employees. In the absence of a clear organizational purpose, people focus on their individual goals and may perceive different purposes for the same organization.

  • Discard what doesn’t fit. Identify company activities that aren’t aligned with the purpose and remove or transform them.

    “Purpose isn’t an idea that only lives in a strategic plan or on a website,” Ratoff says. “It lives in the daily operation of a business and in the ongoing communications with stakeholders. And it lives as the internal compass for keeping a complicated organization with many competing interests on course.”

    About Paul Ratoff
    Paul Ratoff, author of “Thriving in a Stakeholder World: Purpose as the New Competitive Advantage” (www.ratoffconsulting.com), is a Certified Management Consultant and president of Strategy Development Group Inc. He also is founder of the Foundation for Purposeful Organizations. He has been a successful business consultant in Southern California for 35 years.


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    (BPRW) DeVry Education Group’s President & CEO and Two Board Directors Named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors

    (Black PR Wire) DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DeVry Education Group’s president and CEO, Lisa W. Wardell, and board directors Lyle L. Logan and James D. White were named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list. Savoy’s Power 300 features a directory of 300 influential African-American directors serving on the boards of public companies, highlighting their success and achievement.

    “It’s an honor to be listed among some of the nation’s most accomplished African-American corporate leaders and influencers,” Wardell said. “Lyle and James bring a wealth of management and governance experience to DeVry Group’s board, contributing to the strength of our institutions and the success of our students.”

    Wardell was appointed president and CEO in 2016, and has been a member of DeVry Group’s board of directors since 2008. Prior to her current position with DeVry Group, Wardell was executive vice president and chief operating officer for The RLJ Companies, a diversified holding company with portfolio companies in the financial services, asset management, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production and gaming industries.

    Savoy also named Lyle L. Logan, executive vice president and managing director at Northern Trust Global Investments to its list of 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. Logan joined DeVry Group’s board in 2007. In addition to serving as a board director, Logan currently chairs the board’s audit and finance committee.

    James D. White, former chairman and CEO of Jamba, Inc., was also named to Savoy’s 2016 Power 300 list. White joined DeVry Group’s board in 2015. In addition to serving as a board director, White currently chairs the board’s external relations committee.

    “Savoy continues to be at the forefront of comprehensive coverage of the professional success and achievements of African-Americans,” said L.P. Green, II, CEO and publisher of Savoy Magazine. “It is our duty to chronicle these inspiring executives, their distinguished careers and the corporations that demonstrate inclusive board composition in Savoy.”

    About DeVry Education Group
    The purpose of DeVry Education Group is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry Education Group Inc. (NYSE: DV; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a global provider of educational services and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. These institutions offer a wide array of programs in healthcare, business, technology, accounting, finance and law. For more information, please visit www.devryeducationgroup.com.


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    (BPRW) Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Corporate Directors Names J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Board of Directors Member to 2016 List

    (Black PR Wire) LOWELL, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) announced Coleman H. Peterson, a member of its board of directors, has been named one of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors in 2016 by Savoy Magazine. Peterson is joined on the list by some of the most influential business leaders in the country who are accomplished within both their companies and communities.

    Peterson joined the J.B. Hunt board of directors in 2004. He also serves on the corporate boards of Build-A-Bear Workshop and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. He is the chairman of the compensation and development committees on all three boards and serves on the nominating and corporate governance committees on both the J.B. Hunt and Build-A-Bear boards.

    “Coleman has been an invaluable asset to the J.B. Hunt board of directors for more than a decade. We are proud to have him on our board, and we congratulate him on this honor. This recognition is well deserved,” explained John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt.

    Both Peterson’s professional and volunteer contributions have been applauded by numerous organizations. Some of these recognitions include: The Award for Professional Excellence, The Society for Human Resource Management’s highest honor; The Chancellor’s Medal for Volunteerism from the University of Arkansas; The National Association of African Americans in Human Resource Professionals Trail Blazer Award; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Society of Human Resource Management State Council.

    About J.B. Hunt
    J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 Company, focuses on providing safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the contiguous United States, Canada, and Mexico. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, the company provides capacity-oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry-leading service.

    J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. stock trades on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBHT and is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average. J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of JBHT. For more information, visit www.jbhunt.com.


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    Ways to Ease Litigation Process by Yassir Billoo

    Here are some tips on how to select and then manage lawyers in business litigation:


    1. Take time in choosing your lawyer.
    New Mexico is home to more than 5,000 licensed attorneys. You have a choice. Given the pace of modern day civil litigation, you will spend a lot of time with your lawyer and will need to depend on her or his judgment. Interview two or more attorneys with experience in the area of the law involved (avoid paying someone to learn an area of law they are not already familiar with). Ask the lawyer how many cases of the kind you have they have already handled. From among the experienced lawyers you identify, choose the one you feel comfortable with. Don’t begin a case with someone you don’t fully trust. It will be expensive and disruptive to change lawyers later. Any lawyer worth his or her salt will be interviewing you, too, to make sure they are comfortable with you as a client and to get a feel whether you would be a good fit working together.

    2. Manage expenses. Litigation can be freakishly expensive.
    If you are defending a civil case, ask your lawyer if any of your business insurance policies might provide coverage. Do this at the beginning. If your case is not covered by insurance, you can control some of the expense by telling your lawyer that you want a litigation plan and a budget. Have the lawyer identify in the plan and the budget the tasks that must be done and those that can be deferred or that are optional. Tell the lawyer that you want to be consulted in deciding whether the benefits of that extra deposition or extra motion are worth the expense, and whether he or she will attend certain out-of-town depositions in person or on the telephone. At the same time, understand that your lawyer controls less than half of what happens in a case. Every motion the other side files must be responded to and every hearing the court sets requires additional work by your lawyer.

    3. Communicate your objective.
    Tell your lawyer whether it is your goal to settle the case or to try it to conclusion as soon as you know. Some studies suggest that as many as 95 percent of all civil cases are settled or dismissed before trial. It’s no secret, therefore, that it makes sense to identify those cases that can and should be settled early. And there are a number of ways to accomplish this, including through targeted discovery leading to an early settlement conference or a decision to resolve a matter through arbitration. If you don’t tell your lawyer you’d like to explore settlement, he or she may misunderstand your objective. Make sure to tell your lawyer when your objective changes. Sometimes a case that looks like a “slam dunk” when begun becomes a little less certain as the case goes on. If you have a change in outlook, tell your lawyer.

    4. Stay in touch.
    Make clear to your attorney how often you want updates on your case, and whether you want to see every piece of correspondence and document exchanged or only the highlights. Tell the lawyer if you want to see drafts of letters and motions or just the finished product. Some clients set up weekly or monthly calls to discuss a case and monitor its progress, and yet others want regular written reports. Lawyers are used to each of these methods. But don’t leave them guessing.

    5. Ask how long it will take to resolve your case.
    Litigation can take a long time. It is not unusual in New Mexico for a case to remain pending for two years before it gets to trial. And even after trial, it can take two years or more before an appeal is concluded. There are some steps your lawyer can take to help expedite a case, but the pace of a case is mostly out of your attorney’s control because of the sheer volume of other cases waiting their turn before a judge or jury. Ask your lawyer at the beginning how long you can expect the case to take and adjust your expectations accordingly.

    6. Give your lawyer the contents of your files early.
    All clients are frustrated with “discovery,” the name given to the process involving the exchange of documents and other information in civil cases. The rules of discovery require all parties to a case to exchange a lot of information that most business people feel is no one’s business and has no relation to a lawsuit. But discovery is required by court rules. The courts find a lot of information to be “discoverable” that no business person would think is fair play. (The theory is that all parties are entitled to have access to all “potentially relevant” information and that, if they have that information, it will assist in resolving factual disputes and allow the parties to find a way to settle the case). If you have a lot of documents in your case, let your lawyer identify them in a single swoop early in the case. Don’t piecemeal the discovery process. Having to repeat document searches over and over again as a case continues is very expensive. Better to do it once at the beginning and be done with it.

    7. Be candid with your lawyer.
    Share the good, the bad and the ugly with your lawyer at the beginning of the case. Your communications are covered by the attorney-client privilege. Your lawyer can neither advise you nor help you deal with uncomfortable facts or circumstances if you keep him or her in the dark. Many a case is harmed, sometimes beyond repair, when a lawyer finds out too late something that he or she might have dealt with effectively if disclosed by the client early in the case.

    8. Give feedback.
    If you are worried about something, raise it promptly. If you are unhappy with how the lawyer is handling your case, ask for a conference. Lawyers are trained problem-solvers and they don’t want an unhappy client if they can avoid it. If your lawyer does a good job, say so. Lawyers are people too.

    For additional information please contact Lum@dtpublicrelations.com and visit http://intlawpartners.com/

    More about Yasir Billoo:
    Yasir Billoo is an experienced attorney in the areas of business/commercial contracts and litigation, intellectual property litigation, employment & labor, condominium/association law, construction litigation and civil appeals. Yasir’s experience ranges from representing large Fortune 500 companies in complex litigation and appeals in state and federal court, to helping small business owners with simple agreements and legal consulting. Yasir earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and was admitted to both the Florida Bar and the California Bar in 2004. He is admitted to practice in all courts in each of these states. Yasir earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees in International Relations and Communications from Florida International University. While earning his Juris Doctor, he was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court team and on the Board of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. A native of Karachi, Pakistan, Yasir, speaks English, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi and Memoni. Prior to practicing law, Yasir managed the finances of a group of Central American companies, handling complex international financial transactions. Yasir currently serves as a Hearing Officer for Miami-Dade County’s Commission on Human Rights, where he presides over appeals of initial determinations in cases where discrimination is alleged. Yasir is also a Member of the Board of Directors of a community non-profit organization called Lawyers to the Rescue. Yasir is also President of the Florida Muslim Bar Association.


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     MBDA and Fundation Partner


    MBDA and Fundation Partner to Broaden Minority Businesses’ Access to Capital

    Partnership Positions MBDA Business Centers to Offer Streamlined Lending Process


    WASHINGTON DC and NEW YORK – July 21, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (“MBDA”) and Fundation Group LLC announced today a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to provide U.S. minority business enterprises (MBEs) with cutting edge, digitally enabled financing solutions and expanded access to capital.

    MBDA, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, currently operates a national network of 38 business centers equipped with specialists who help the nation’s minority-owned businesses grow. Center specialists assist clients with access to capital, contracts, and new markets opportunities to create new jobs.

    Fundation Group LLC, one of the nation’s leading digitally-enabled small business lenders and financing solutions providers, offers simple, fixed-rate conventional term loans, lines of credit and credit products for small businesses through its banking and other partnerships.

     MBDA and Fundation Partner


    Major provisions of the MOU include:

  • Collaborating and utilizing both MBDA and Fundation’s capabilities and technical resources to provide expanded access to capital across the country;

  • Educating businesses on best practices through joint business webinars and/or workshops for clients, program participants and stakeholders; and

  • Connecting MBDA Business Centers and clients to Fundation’s Partner Portal and lending platform for a streamlined and simplified lending process.

    Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director, said, “This is truly an exciting opportunity for both MBDA and Fundation. Fundation’s programs and resources will offer quick and accessible financing options for MBEs looking to grow and manage their cash flow at the most competitive pricing outside of the banking system. This partnership will also allow us to work together to support and spotlight the successes of MBEs across the Nation.”

    Sam Graziano, CEO of Fundation Group LLC, said, “We are thrilled to partner with MBDA to serve the MBE community. Young and growing small businesses need a lot of things to be successful. The combination of MBDA’s capabilities with ours will offer MBE’s with both high quality business advice and best-in-class credit products, two of the cornerstones in any growing enterprise.”

    The official signing of the MOU took place on July 21, 2016 at the office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Washington, DC.

    The official signing of the MOU took place on July 21, 2016 at the office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Washington, DC.

    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 47 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.

    About Fundation Group LLC
    Fundation is one of the nation’s leading digitally enabled small business lenders and financing solutions provider. Fundation partners with a broad array of financial and nonfinancial institutions that serve the small business market in a variety of capacities to offer value-added credit solutions. Fundation builds customized product offerings and delivery methods to meet the needs of each unique partner and the credit needs of its small commercial customers. Visit http://www.fundation.com for more information.


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    How Team Building Can Help You March To Each Other’s Drum


    Employee reactions can be mixed when company leaders announce plans for a team-building activity that they hope will improve camaraderie and collaboration in the workplace.

    Some workers express enthusiasm and others indifference, but at least one-third inwardly groan. A Citrix study once showed that 31 percent of employees say they dislike team-building activities altogether.

    But that could be because too often such activities get the competitive juices flowing, even though the real goal is to get people working together, says Zorina Wolf, who facilitates team-building efforts using drum circles.

    “Let’s face it, we are taught to be competitive, especially in the corporate world,” says Wolf, author of “Whole Person Drumming – Your Journey Into Rhythm” (www.villageheartbeat.com).

    “So when people hear about plans for a team-building activity – in my case, a drumming activity – they start to worry about measuring up. Will I be able to do this? Will I look foolish compared to everyone else?” Relax, Wolf says.

    Team building shouldn’t be a time for co-workers to one-up each other.

    “My message as a facilitator is about how to be a team,” Wolf says. “I know that some people will catch on more quickly than others. Too often in life, the people who immediately understand something new turn their backs on those who don’t. My goal is for those who ‘get it’ to become mentors for those who don’t.”

    If drumming seems like an unusual team-building exercise, consider that companies have tried other approaches that are just as novel. A survey by the Creative Group, a specialized staffing service, revealed that some of those included dance-offs, psychic readings, pedicures and indoor surfing.

    Wolf says there are several reasons why team-building activities are effective. She says they:

    • Promote the importance of working together. “I think each of us has the desire to belong to something greater than ourselves,” Wolf says. In a cooperative learning situation, you’re allowed to lean on and learn from others.

    • Inspire creativity. Team-building efforts can get your brain working in ways that it normally doesn’t. It’s easy in any workplace to get caught up in dull routines and to do everything by rote. When you’re forced to try something different, your senses wake up and your mind is open to new possibilities.

    • Help employees bond in a more relaxed environment. Sometimes you just need to get away from the office and have fun. “Drumming can be a powerful medicine that can balance out the tension in our lives,” she says.

    That means the next time the boss announces a team-building activity, there’s no need to panic – especially if it involves drums.

    “Anyone can learn to drum,” Wolf says. “People may be skeptical of this, but there really is no such thing as being rhythmically challenged.”

    About Zorina Wolf
    Zorina Wolf (www.villageheartbeat.com) is author of “Whole Person Drumming: Your Journey Into Rhythm.” She trained under drum teachers in the United States and in Africa, and has taught workshops and drumming programs for more than 20 years.


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    MBDA Seeks Proposals through Broad Agency Announcement


    WASHINGTON (July 1, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking proposals to support MBDA’s key initiatives through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

    The BAA allows organizations to submit proposals for new programs, education, outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships not addressed through the existing MBDA business center program.

    All proposals must align with the Agency’s key priorities centered around supporting minority businesses that include: Inclusive Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship; Business and Economic Rehabilitation in the Gulf States; Federal Contracting Transition and Sustainability; MBE Community Business Access to Capital; and Business Innovation for the Next Generation.

    “This is an opportunity to leverage MBDA’s resources to support our MBEs beyond just our traditional business center program. We want to encourage innovation and provide a unique platform to launch new ideas and resources,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo.

    MBDA expects a total of approximately $2 million per year to fund the financial assistance awards under this announcement through FY 2017. Awards are subject to funding availability.

    The BAA is not a method for awarding congressionally directed funds or existing funded awards. Funding for potential projects submitted in response to the BAA are contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations.

    The deadline to submit completed applications for the BAA is June 21, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible to receive funding for Fiscal Year 2016. For more information visit www.grants.gov and www.mbda.gov.

    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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    Business Essential: Equip frequent business travelers with portable printer


     The Primera Trio


    Anyone who travels frequently for business knows that trying to print important documents on the go can be a hassle. Enter the perfect traveling essential: The Primera Trio, the world’s smallest and lightest portable all-in-one printer.

  • Size of an average hardcover book


  • Easily fits in any briefcase of backpack


  • Weighs just 2.6 lbs.


  • Connects to any computer or laptop via USB


  • Printing/scanning/copying capabilities


  • Print up to 350 pages on a single charge


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    TOP TEN TIPS FOR BUYING AT AUCTION ONLINE FROM BARNEBYS ART & COLLECTABLES SEARCH ENGINE




    If you have spotted a potential treasure at an online auction site and want to buy it, what are the experts’ tips for securing the item? Barnebys, the world's largest art and auction search engine covering 1,600 auction houses internationally with 1.5m monthly visitors has a few suggestions.

    There has been a revolution in online buying habits around the world and auctions are no stranger to this phenomenon. Many of the top auction houses – Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Phillips – report that up to 25% of their bids now come in over the internet. There are also phone bidders and of course those people in the saleroom bidding in the traditional way, holding up a paddle number at first and then just nodding as required.

    The following ten tips are for those people who would like to start accessing this world of auctions online. It’s mysterious to many and confusing to some, but really its just another way of shopping. These tips should help you to get started and to have fun.

    Barnebys offers a very useful free research facility. Instead of trawling through hundreds of auction house websites to find what you are looking for, simply insert what you want into the Barnebeys site and it will tell you who is selling such items, where they are and what they are being estimated at. In effect you have all the worlds major auction houses under one roof. And the service is free to site visitors. It is in effect a Google for the art and collectables auction world. So do start by creating a ‘search alert’ at Barnebys to be sure you don´t miss the thing you really want! Find out more at Barnebys.co.uk


  1. The estimate is just an indication:

  2. Remember, the estimate for the item in the catalogue is just that, merely an indication of what the piece is worth. If lots of people want the item the cost can spiral, but if fewer are interested you might bag a bargain.


  3. Do your research:

  4. Get as much information about the item before you start, read the information carefully in advance and don’t be afraid to email the auction house in advance for more photos or information. Who is the artist? Is a painting signed or unsigned? What are the proportions? Will it fit through your front door or in your living room? Check where and when your auction item was made: the original Eames chairs were made in 1956 but have been in constant production under licence ever since. Remember, you are buying something old and it will inevitably have chips or cracks.


  5. Decide on your limit:

  6. Decide your limit before the bidding starts, or as Pontus Silfverstolpe of Barnebys says, “Follow your wallet not your heart. You can get emotionally caught up in the thrill of the moment and continue bidding beyond what you can afford. Say to yourself: ‘What is this item worth to me?’”


  7. Look out for extra charges:

  8. Check additional charges before you bid. Auction houses usually charge 15-25 per cent buyer’s commission on top of the hammer price and some online bidding platforms charge 3-5 per cent to use them. In those cases, you may want to avoid the charge by arranging to bid via telephone.


  9. It is a contract to buy:

  10. Remember, when the auctioneer bangs the gavel down at the end of bidding, it establishes the hammer price and it is a contract to buy.


  11. Place an absentee bid:

  12. According to Barnebys co-founder, Pontus Silfverstolpe: “To be sure and feel secure” place an absentee bid. This authorises the auction house to bid on your behalf to secure the lot at the lowest possible price. You register the maximum hammer price you are prepared to pay, then the house places bids in increments until your limit is reached – or hopefully before.


  13. Keep an eye on the deadline:

  14. Some auctions work in a similar way to eBay where the bidding process runs over days, hotting up as the sale deadline approaches. You receive email alerts as other bidders top your price, but Pontus warns: “In the last two hours the price can explode”.


  15. Pay up quickly:

  16. Once successful, you will have 5-10 bank days to pay and make transport arrangements for your purchase. It’s worth doing this quickly as some auction houses charge storage fees after a few days.


  17. Go with your heart:

  18. What to buy? Buy with your heart, then you are more likely to enjoy the item and keep it longer.


  19. Remember the date:

  20. Don’t forget to note the date and time of the sale, so you are sure not to miss it.


    Find out more at Barnebys.co.uk

    Barnebys, the world's leading auction aggregator,
    As the world's leading auction search service (or aggregator), Barnebys features, at any given time, over a half million items for sale through about 1,600 auction houses worldwide. Barnebys is fast closing in on the 1.5 million visitors a month mark. The firm employees people in Sweden, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, China and the US.


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  1. Advance Funds Network...
    Since 2007, we offer financing to small-medium sized businesses, providing them with additional funds through unsecured lines of credit, business cash advances, & unsecured business loans.
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  2. African American Biographical Database ...
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    African American business magazine dedicated to educating and empowering Black professionals and small business owners.
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    http://www.blackexperts.com/

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    The Black Wall Street Merchants Association is a not-for profit enterprise that serves as an advocate for commerce in the African American community.
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    EBPN is a free advertising service, created to help promote and create awareness of the many African-American web sites on the Internet.
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    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.
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