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    Robin Wilson Home

    Countless small businesses dream of getting their products onto the shelves of the big box retailers. But, the hard part for those small businesses is turning that big dream into a reality. Where do you start? Do you have to know someone? It may feel like an uphill battle, trying to get big retailers to notice you, so how can a small business get the attention of the big guys?


    Robin Wilson is a successful entrepreneur who knows first-hand how to get it done. She started with nothing, and took her lifelong suffering from allergies and asthma to build a highly successful eco-friendly business, Robin Wilson Home, offering eco-friendly products and design to promote a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Wilson developed a line of hypoallergenic bed linens that are now lining the shelves of retail giant Bed Bath and Beyond and other major retailers. She also recently signed a deal to promote consumer giant Panasonic’s line of products for the home.

    Here are six of Wilson’s tips on what small businesses can do to get noticed by big retailers:

    - Create a niche product with a great story – For example, Wilson grew up suffering from asthma and allergies, so she knew she needed to make wellness the main focus of her business, her brand and her products. Wilson used her personal experiences and knowledge to create unique hypoallergenic pillows, comforters and mattress pads so that sufferers would no longer have to wheeze and sneeze while trying to sleep.

    - Build a platform – In order for a small business to get their product noticed by the big box retailers, they must first develop a platform to get their products out there to be seen, and heard. A big retailer won’t be interested in your product if only a few of your friends know about it. Small businesses need to come up with a marketing and media strategy so that they have a platform way before thinking about getting their products on superstore shelves.

    - Quality comes first – It has to be a quality product. Small businesses need to make sure that their product does what it promises. If it is good, the customers will come back and refer friends. If it is bad, the disappointed customers will tell even more friends.

    - Understand the customer – Who are you going after? Know the store and know the store’s customer. Small businesses must understand who shops at the chosen store, why they shop there and what types of products they want to buy in order to truly deliver.

    - Research and develop the right price point – Small businesses must determine whether the customer wants items at an affordable level or at an aspiration level. And in developing the price point, you must plan ahead to make sure that once you get it on the big box shelves that you won’t run out of stock.

    - Establish a consistent brand – Make sure your product and your company’s message are consistent and streamlined. From business cards, to social media, to workers’ uniforms, they should all send the same idea to customers.

    www.robinwilsonhome.com


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    Supplier Diversity Insights for Agency Professionals & Vendors

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    Webinar 1: August 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
    Unraveling the Supplier Diversity Process
    A step-by-step guide to creating a supplier diversity program.

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    Creative Entrepreneurship for MWBE
    Multicultural and women business owners share their experiences.

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    What brands look for in their supplier chain as it relates to diversity.

    Webinar 4: November 13, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
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    (BPRW) Entrepreneurs: Submit Your Start-up for an Opportunity to Compete for $1 Million in Cash and In-kind Awards

    Women and minority entrepreneurs encouraged to join entrants from around the world to pitch their business to Midwest and national venture investors • Registration Deadline of July 23, 2014


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC) today announced the upcoming application deadline for this year’s international business competition. Technology start-ups at the prototype stage or beyond are invited to applybefore July 23, 2014 to compete for a $500,000 Grand Prize and an additional $500,000 in prizes and in-kind awards.

    As part of this year’s competition, AMIC is making a concerted effort to reach out to the women and minority business communities for applicants. “NEI is committed to inclusion and social equity as a driving value and we’re excited that the competition, which we helped found, is engaging more broadly,” noted David Egner, Executive Director of the New Economy Initiative. “US small business is comprised of roughly 35 percent women and 10 percent minority lead companies. Accelerate Michigan is looking to engage entrepreneurs that are representative of the business community at large.”

    Since the competition’s inception four years ago, previous semi-finalists and finalists have raised more than $59 million in funding and created more than 600 jobs. “Our goal each year is to provide a platform for a broad range of entrepreneurs to showcase their work in front of top national venture capitalists,” said Lauren Bigelow, Executive Director of the Accelerate Michigan Competition. “We’re very proud of the impact that we’ve had on the broader tech entrepreneur community and the individuals involved with them.”

    Additional details regarding competition eligibility and participation can be found on the Accelerate Michigan website.

    bout This Year’s Competition
    The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is aimed at fostering entrepreneurial growth throughout Michigan’s vibrant business community. Open to any early and/or late-stage businesses world-wide, competition submissions are accepted in the following sectors:

    • Advanced Materials

    • Advanced Transportation

    • Alternative Energy

    • Information Technology

    • Life Science

    • Medical Devices

    • Next Generation Manufacturing

    • Products and Services

    Competition Timeline

    • Submission deadline is July 23, 2014

    • Semi-finalist investor pitches will begin on November 4-6, 2014 with a 2-day pitch competition at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit.

    • Accelerate Michigan 2014 will culminate November 6, 2014 where a $500,000 cash prize and an additional 10 awards totaling $500,000+ in cash and in-kind prizes will be presented

    About Accelerate Michigan and its Partner Organizations
    The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC) is an international business competition celebrating its fifth year of connecting late-stage entrepreneurial companies with national and international investors. The competition showcases the best and brightest new businesses to angel venture capitalists in order to foster growth. Made possible by grants from the New Economy Initiative and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Jobs Fund and a collaboration with the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, Accelerate Michigan has had an immediate and positive impact on the state’s economy, bolstering and advancing Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. For more information and to apply please visit www.acceleratemichigan.org.

    Follow AMIC onLinkedIn
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    About the Michigan Economic Development Corporation 21st Century Jobs Fund
    Visit www.MichiganAdvantage.org

    About The New Economy Initiative
    Visit www.neweconomyinitiative.org Source: Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition


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    POWERMOVES.NOLA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THREE $25,000 POWER PITCH COMPETITIONS, PLUS RECIPIENTS OF $50,000 FELLOWSHIP AND $25,000 CASH AWARD FROM RISINGSTARS BOOT CAMP DEMO DAY

    Launch of Initiative To Increase High Growth Minority Entrepreneurs July 4-5 Saw Minority Startup Executives Participate in Three Pitch Competitions, Two-Day Boot Camp Presented by Techstars


    July 8, 2014, New Orleans - PowerMoves.NOLA, the new national initiative focused on providing access to capital, connections and guidance to increase the number of America’s venture-backed minority entrepreneurs, has announced the results of its three $25,000 pitch competitions that were held July 4-5 in New Orleans. The initiative’s organizers also announced the results of the July 5 Risingstars Demo Day competitions, which included a $50,000 PowerMoves.NOLA fellowship, and a $25,000 cash award to a second company.

    PowerMoves.NOLA launched in media partnership with the 2014 ESSENCE Festival™ Presented by Coca-Cola® July 3-5, with a weekend chock full of events, including three Power Pitch competitions, during which 20 minority entrepreneurs in various stages of business development participated. The weekend also included a two-day Risingstars Boot Camp Presented by Techstars, in which early stage entrepreneurs received intense training and mentorship, culminating in a Demo Day presentation to a distinguished group of judges/investors. PowerMoves.NOLA’s presenting sponsor is Chevron, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies.

    The winners of the Power Pitch competitions, the fellowship recipient and the Demo Day prize winner are (all awards are $25,000 unless otherwise noted):

    Chevron Power Moves Power Pitch at ESSENCE Festival™
    Olubunmi ‘Boomie’ Odumade, Co-Founder & VP of Engineering - Nexercise, Silver Spring, MD - a free app making healthy living a winnable game. Nexercise’s founders created the business based on the premise that exercise doesn’t have to be boring, and that people don’t have to drastically change their lifestyles to be healthy. Nexercise offers a new way to stay motivated, lose weight, and stay in shape by allowing consumers to play with friends, earn rewards, defeat challenges, and track their progress on the largest fitness mobile interactive game of its kind.

    $5000 ESSENCE Festival Audience Favorite – In addition to formally judged competition, the Chevron Power Moves Power Pitch also included a $5,000 prize to the audience favorite. This prize went to Delali Kpodzo, Co-Founder of We Are Onyx, the all-in-one online beauty platform dedicated to Black women.

    Liberty Bank “Angel” Power Pitch
    Candace Mitchell, Founder/CEO – Techturized Inc., Atlanta, was founded by hair enthusiasts who want to transform the hair care industry for women of color through science and technology. Their first solution is a mobile app called Myavana, a female social network which allows collaboration on hair care and styling issues through photo sharing, hair products, and profiles of stylists. www.myavana.com

    Entergy “Series A” Power Pitch
    Kellee James, Founder/CEO – Mercaris, Washington, DC, addresses the lack of basic market data available to participants in the $7 billion organic and non-GMO agricultural sector. Its trading platform provides up-to-date, accurate information on commodity market conditions, and allows buyers and sellers to meet on-line and trade. www.mercaris.com

    PowerMoves.NOLA $50,000 Fellowship Recipient
    Luke Cooper, Founder – Asurvest, Baltimore - a technology enabled Insurance & Financial Services Company, focused on average incomers. The company manages risk through insightful, data driven technology that meets consumers at key decision points. They integrate their product line with other funding and e-commerce sites through a single user interface. Cooper, who grew up in poverty and whose father was incarcerated for most of his life, ultimately used entrepreneurship as a tool for overcoming life’s biggest challenges. http://asurvest.com

    The PowerMoves.NOLA fellowship includes a $50,000 investment, technical assistance (marketing, legal, business strategy, etc.), assistance in closing an angel round, free or subsidized office space, and a roster of available high impact advisory board members and mentors. The fellowship also requires that 25% or more of their FTE employees live in the New Orleans region for at least a year, including a C-level executive.

    PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Demo Day $25,000 Award

    Bea Arthur, Founder – Prettypaddedroom, Brooklyn - transforms traditional therapy into a streamlined, HIPAA-complaint experience that is affordable and anonymous. Using the Digital Diary™—an interactive journal that facilitates written consultations with a potential client’s therapist of choice—clients can connect with an all-female team of licensed therapists anytime and anywhere. www.prettypaddedroom.com, Separately, Entergy and PowerMoves.NOLA announced the winners of Entergy’s Facebook-based consumer challenge in which Entergy awarded $5,000 prizes to two participating PowerMoves.NOLA startups who garnered the most consumer votes in the corporation’s Facebook-based challenge. One $5,000 award for a New Orleans-based business went to web-based employment business gotointerview.com, and the second $5,000 award for a business participating in the Entergy “Series A” Power Pitch went to Chicago-based Converse Point, which organizes and reduces clutter in electronic messaging systems.

    “This weekend was everything we hoped it would be for the entrepreneurs and for the potential investors who participated in our programs,” said PowerMoves.NOLA Founder Leslie Jacobs. “Now it is incumbent upon us to continue to support these companies, and spread the word about PowerMoves.NOLA, so we can grow the future pool of participants, and make a tangible impact on the number of minority-founded companies in the startup space.”

    “'The entrepreneurs who graduated from our inaugural boot camp, participated in our pitch competitions and won our pitch competitions demonstrate there is abundant untapped talent among minorities in the startup space,” said PowerMoves.NOLA President Earl Robinson. “The PowerMovesNOLA team and the New Orleans Startup Fund congratulate all participants and winners.”

    “Chevron is pleased to be the lead and founding sponsor of the PowerMoves.NOLA program and congratulates all the pitch winners,” said Chevron Gulf of Mexico General Manager of Public Affairs Sakari Morrison. “Together we can enable the economic inclusion of those who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. It is Chevron’s hope that our partnership will bring us one step closer to the goal of equal access to economic opportunity.”

    About PowerMoves.NOLA
    PowerMoves.NOLA is a national initiative designed to increase the number of America’s venture-backed minority businesses by leveraging the entrepreneurial ecosystem, resources and culture of New Orleans.

    Headquartered in New Orleans, PowerMoves.NOLA's mission is to deploy innovative ideas, fresh approaches, and an overall commitment to equity and diversity as a growth strategy to address the generational obstacles that prevent minority entrepreneurship. PowerMoves.NOLA can be found online and in social media at www.powermovesnola.org, @powermovesnola, Facebook, LinkedIn.

    About Chevron
    Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Based in Covington, LA, Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico business unit has approximately 1,800 employees and approximately 2,000 contractors daily. Chevron is one of the largest producers and second largest leaseholder on the Gulf of Mexico shelf; and one of the top leaseholders in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.


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    (BPRW) Wells Fargo, National Urban League & U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Partner to Empower Diverse Business Owners

    Launching national financial education series and grant programs during National Small Business Week


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2014 – In recognition of National Small Business Week, Wells Fargo is partnering with the National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) to host a series of small business seminars and workshops nationwide. The workshops—including business resource fairs—provide attendees with information on the following topics: starting a business, access to capital, advice for young entrepreneurs, marketing, and social media strategies. The program is part of Wells Fargo’s annual Small Business Appreciation Celebration.

    Collectively, Wells Fargo has supported the National Urban League and the USHCC for more than a decade by providing programmatic support, funding and resources for members and constituents.

    As part of its relationship with USHCC, Wells Fargo and the USHCC Foundation offer the Chamber Training Institute (CTI) to chamber leaders throughout the year. The Chamber Training Institute series is held in six cities every other month throughout the year, and it offers executive level, two-day trainings in partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the support of Wells Fargo.

    “At the National Urban League, we aim to provide businesses owned by people of color with the tools, guidance and resources needed to help them achieve long-term business success,” says Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “Our partnership with Wells Fargo has been instrumental in helping us support small businesses and thus encourages the kind of entrepreneurship that leads to asset-building and generational wealth.”

    Small business success is vital to the continued growth of the economy, but some small business owners may lack the resources or access to information that can guide them in reaching their goals.

    The joint program will provide educational resources and offer additional support for local programs benefiting diverse small business communities, such as the National Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Centers which are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Philadelphia. These centers enable minority entrepreneurs to take advantage of new business opportunities and qualify for financing that will lead to high-level business growth through the provision of proper management skills.

    “We are very pleased to partner with Wells Fargo and the National Urban league on this nationwide effort. As the nation’s leading advocate for 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, the USHCC recognizes the benefits such coalition-based initiatives provide for all American businesses,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “We are delighted with the planned activities. These seminars and workshops are potentially transformative for entire communities. They empower local chambers and businesses with the networks, skills, and knowledge they need to scale their operations, create jobs, and enrich local economies.”

    In addition to the financial education series, Wells Fargo also introduced a broad multi-year initiative, Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM, to deliver guidance and services to help more small businesses achieve financial success. The initiative includes WellsFargoWorks.com, an enhanced online resource for small business owners; and the Wells Fargo Works Project, an online video series – featuring true stories of five small businesses working with Wells Fargo to achieve their business goals – and a national contest where small business owners can compete to win $25,000 along with mentorship and tailored solutions for their business. Along with the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business initiative, Wells Fargo announced a goal to extend $100 billion in new lending to small businesses by 2018.

    “We want to provide small business owners with valuable information that is convenient and easy for them to access. It’s critical for us to support small business growth – from offering financial services to delivering educational resources and guidance, said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo’s head of Small Business and Pacific Midwest regional banking president. “We’re bringing in industry experts to share their knowledge and experiences directly with local business owners.”

    Small Business Workshops:

    • May 8— Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce, Morristown, NJ

    • May 13—Small Business Appreciation Day: Tools for Success (Las Vegas Urban League, Las Vegas, NV)

    • May 14—Running an Effective Small Business (Los Angeles Urban League, Los Angeles, CA)

    • May 15—Small Business Legacy Summit (Urban League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA)

    • May 15— South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Miami, FL

    • May 20— Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber, Austin, TX

    • May 21— Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Santa Ana, CA

    • May 21— Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fresno, CA

    • May 21—Access to Capital Forum “Where is The Money” (Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA)

    • May 21—Wells Fargo Small Business Appreciation Week Reception (Houston Area Urban League, Houston, TX)

    • May 28—Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver, Denver, CO

    About Wells Fargo Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.


    The National Urban League (www.nul.org) is an historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910, and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League has improved the lives of tens of millions of people nationwide through direct service programs that are implemented locally by its 95 Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The organization also conducts public policy research and advocacy activities from its D.C. based Washington bureau. The National Urban League, a BBB accredited organization, has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governances, fiscal responsibility and other best practices. Connect with the National Urban League on Twitter (@NatUrbanLeague).


    Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.

    For more information, visit www.ushcc.com

    Follow us on Twitter @USHCC


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    (BPRW) Wells Fargo launches Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM

    Company sets five-year goal to extend $100 billion in new small business loans as part of initiative to help more businesses succeed


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2014 – Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) is introducing Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM, a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services to help more small businesses achieve financial success. With the new initiative, Wells Fargo also is announcing a goal to extend $100 billion in new lending to small businesses by 2018.

    Wells Fargo Works for Small Business provides wide-ranging support for business owners throughout the U.S.to help them build knowledge, access capital and expand their community of support. Wells Fargo Works for Small Business encompasses the company’s commitment to helping small businesses grow.

    “Working with small business owners is one of the most important things we do at Wells Fargo. We know America needs small businesses to grow, add jobs and prosper for our economy to fully thrive,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo’s head of Small Business. “Through Wells Fargo Works for Small Business and our new lending goal, we want to provide the support small businesses across the country need to move forward.”

    “Wells Fargo Works for Small Business is our commitment to help small businesses in more ways than ever before. It encompasses the products, services and resources needed for small business owners to take the next step to reach their business goals,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo chief marketing officer. “Most importantly, Wells Fargo Works for Small Business is delivered every day by our bankers who partner with business owners to help them succeed financially.”

    For 11 consecutive years, Wells Fargo has loaned more dollars to America’s small businesses than any other bank (CRA 2002-2012). Wells Fargo also is the No. 1 SBA 7(a) lender in dollars for each of last five years and the first lender to approve more than $1 billion in SBA 7(a) loans in a single year.

    Key elements of Wells Fargo Works for Small Business include:

    WellsFargoWorks.com, an enhanced online resource that offers useful financial guidance on topics such as building credit and sustaining growth to help business owners increase their knowledge and confidence. The site includes hundreds of feature stories, informational resources and videos, featuring national small business strategy experts and business owners sharing their experiences.

    Wells Fargo Works Project, an online video series –featuring the true stories of five small businesses working with Wells Fargo to achieve their business goals – and a contest for small business owners.

    Online video series: The series chronicles the journeys of five selected business owners – customers of Wells Fargo – as they work to reach their goals with financial help from Wells Fargo and other small business experts retained by Wells Fargo. The businesses featured in the unique experience, offered by the Wells Fargo Works Project online video series, are: Universal Martial Arts Academy, San Francisco; EasyLunchboxes, Los Angeles; Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio, Pasadena, Calif.; Golden Harvest Foods, St. Paul, Minn.; North Pole Air Conditioning and Heating Services, Inc., Orlando, Fla.

    The Contest: Eligible small business owners nationwide will have the chance to compete in a contest where five finalists each win $25,000 along with mentorship and tailored solutions for their business, and a $5,000 charitable donation to a charity in their community. To enter, business owners must submit up to two and a half-minute video or 600-word essay responding to questions about their business. Twenty-five finalists will be selected to each receive $1,000 for their business. Five grand prize winners will then be selected from the 25 finalists. The contest runs from May 1 – June 30, and winners will be announced in September.

    • Wells Fargo is working with national business and community organizations, including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the National Urban League, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and other trade associations that allow Wells Fargo to help provide financial education and resources focused on serving the needs of small businesses in diverse communities across America.

    Wells Fargo has one of the largest networks of team members serving the financial needs of small business owners nationwide. The company has approximately 32,000 bankers in its retail stores who help provide financial guidance to small business owners and consumers across the country, including small business specialists. Additionally, Wells Fargo has a team of Business Banking relationship managers in locations throughout the U.S., and phone bankers who serve small business owners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    The launch of Wells Fargo Works for Small Business will coincide with the company’sSmall Business Appreciation Celebration, which runs May 1 – June 30. This annual event, which starts before National Small Business Week in May, highlights the accomplishments of small businesses and provides business owners with time- and money-saving offers on Business Platinum Credit Card with Rewards, Merchant Services and Business Payroll Services.

    Go to WellsFargoWorks.com to learn more about Wells Fargo Works for Small Business and how you could win the Wells Fargo Works Project experience for your business.

    About Wells Fargo
    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.

    Cautionary Statement About Forward-Looking Information
    This news release contains forward-looking statements about our future financial performance and business. Do not unduly rely on forward-looking statements as actual results could differ materially from expectations. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and we do not undertake to update them to reflect changes or events that occur after that date. For information about factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations, refer to our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, as filed with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.


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    (BPRW) Nielsen Named to DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity List for 2014


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, was named to DiversityInc’s 14th annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. More than 1,000 public and privately held companies competed for spots.

    “We are honored to be included on the DI Top 50, as this recognition is a testament to the focus we place on building a culture of diversity and inclusion at Nielsen,” said D. Sangeeta, chief diversity officer and executive vice president, Measurement Science, Nielsen. “As we look to further innovate and win in a truly global marketplace, our commitment to fostering an environment that values diverse perspectives, experiences and relationships is imperative to the growth and success of our business.”

    “Earning a spot on the DI Top 50 proves that management is paying close attention to the needs of their primary constituents—employees, customers and other key stakeholders,” said DiversityInc founder and CEO, Luke Visconti. “Companies with great reputations attract the best and most skilled employees who then create and deliver the best products and services. It’s a virtuous cycle that enables public companies on the DiversityInc Top 50 list to consistently outperform the major domestic stock market indices and privately held companies to surpass their peers.”

    The DiversityInc rankings are determined by an objective methodology that calculates factors such as Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development (including commitments to mentorship and philanthropy), CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies. Survey participation is free to any company with at least 1,000 U.S. workers.

    For the entire Top 50 list, go to http://www.diversityinc.com/top50.

    About DiversityInc
    DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001; at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results are featured on DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, log on to www.diversityinc.com, https://www.facebook.com/DiversityInc, https://twitter.com/DiversityInc, or http://www.linkedin.com/company/26561.

    About Nielsen
    Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

    Source: Nielsen


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    MORE THAN 750 BUSINESS LEADERS TO GATHER IN NYC FOR ANNUAL DINNER ANNOUNCING 2014 DIVERSITYINC TOP 50 COMPANIES FOR DIVERSITY

    Participation in the survey is at its highest ever, with more than 1,000 companies vying for a spot on the Top 50.




    PRINCETON, NJ (April 15, 2014) – DiversityInc, the most widely recognized and leading content provider and consultancy on the business of diversity, is preparing to announce its annual DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list on April 22nd in New York. CEOs and Chief Diversity Officers will gather in New York City for an awards banquet and meetings to discuss strategies, resource groups, mentoring, talent development initiatives, supplier diversity, philanthropy and community outreach.

    The event will feature CNBC correspondent Melissa Lee as co-host with DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti.

    This is the 14th year that DiversityInc is releasing its ranking of leading public and private companies on their commitment to workplace diversity. Executives will also be attending a sold-out Best Practices Conference regarding diversity management, at the Museum of American Finance, from 8:45am to 3:30pm.

    WHO: University of Maryland President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, an expert on educational inequalities, will deliver the keynote address.

    DiversityInc CEO, Luke Visconti, will announce this year’s Top 50 rankings.

    CNBC Correspondent Melissa Lee will serve as co-host

    More than 750 corporate executives from throughout U.S. will be in attendance.

    WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street -- 55 Wall Street, New York, NY

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception

    6:30 – 9:15 pm Dinner

    CONTACTS: To register for the DiversityInc Top 50 Dinner, click here

    For media inquiries, contact Carolynn Johnson, PR@DiversityInc.com

    MEDIA NOTE: Due to limited space, DiversityInc is unable to offer complimentary admission to the working press. A press release on the 2014 Top 50 winners will be issued after the event.

    DiversityInc: DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results will also be featured on DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, log on to www.diversityinc.com, https://www.facebook.com/DiversityInc, or http://www.linkedin.com/company/26561.


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    SAFONIQUE

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    Combining sustainable, all-natural ingredients with the function and effectiveness needs of a safe, 100% natural laundry detergent, Safonique is the revolutionary washing product and a must-have for every household. Founder of Safonique, Patricia A. Boswell, created the product over 15 years ago as an answer to busy family’s requirements for a safe and natural laundry detergent that gets the job done.

    With the aim of providing conscious consumers with a holistic, pure product, Safonique uses pure aromatherapy essential oils and all natural 100% biodegradable ingredients. The unique formula is safe for the entire family, and ensures 100% satisfaction with every wash.

    A 50 ounce environmentally friendly pouch of Safonique’s Natural Cleaning Power Eco-Friendly Lavender Sea Laundry Detergent retails at an affordable price point. Safonique, with its scent from pure essential oils, is hypoallergenic, highly effective ultra-concentrated cleaning power, non-toxic, eco-friendly by eliminating the use of enzymes, phosphates and residues that usually damage septic systems.

    Safonique is available today in over 600 locations including Wal-Mart, Shop rite and other retail destinations at amazon.com, walmart.com and www.safonique.com. A 50 ounce environmentally friendly pouch of Safonique’s Natural Cleaning Power Eco-Friendly Lavender Sea Laundry Detergent retails at an affordable price point.

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    About Patricia A. Boswell
    Patricia is the creator of the international award-winning Safonique. Safonique is a powerful laundry detergent that is both hypoallergenic and all-natural. Patricia lives by the mantra, “I love Safonique, and I love my customers.” She first had the idea for an all-natural detergent in the early 1990s; her original mission was to target the baby market with a powdered detergent. While the early versions of the detergent were made in her kitchen sink, she always used pure essential oils – knowing that synthetic essential oils were a key agitator to sensitive skin. Safonique is a pure aromatherapy, environmentally friendly liquid detergent that’s safe for the entire family. Safonique’s exclusive formula delivers a powerful cleaning experience that your senses will love.

    In recognition of her innovative packaging and formula for Safonique, Patricia was asked to serve on Walmart’s Sustainable Value Network Team. She is a graduate of the Executive Certificate Program “Managing Sustainability” at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she served as the Chair of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise Business Incubator Advisory Council. Patricia previously worked for Avon Products, where she managed the production and product development of health, beauty and jewelry products.

    Patricia’s entire career is an example of a creative woman who is determined to follow her dreams and live in concert with her beliefs. Patricia is the full package. Patricia is an award winning business woman. A wife to a former college basketball coach, and a loving mother to two active children.


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    (BPRW) Savoy’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America List Names AXA’s Tracey Gray-Walker



    (BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tracey Gray-Walker, head of the Association Business at AXA, has been named to Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” 2014 list. Gray-Walker joins some of the nation's most accomplished executives and business leaders who were selected based on their exemplary record of accomplishments and influence within their company and community.

     Tracey Gray-Walker
    Tracey Gray-Walker, head of AXA's Association Business, http://www.axa.com (Photo: Business Wire)



    The Savoy Top 100 is the definitive listing of African-American influencers and achievers in corporate America. Selection of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” begins by examining the landscape of spheres of influence impacting Savoy’s readership including corporate sector influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach and recognition.

    “The 2014 Top 100 issue features the highest caliber of executive leadership in America’s corporations,” said L.P. Green, II, publisher of Savoy Magazine. “Savoy is honored to feature such a powerful collection of inspirational leaders reaching new heights of achievement in business.”

    In her role as head of AXA’s Association Business, Gray-Walker has been instrumental in driving the growth and influence of AXA as a leading provider of retirement planning services in the association and affinity group marketplace, in which AXA grew its affiliated membership by 44% in under one year. Her efforts have led to exclusive partnerships from leading associations, including the National Small Business Association and Yoga Alliance, the largest nonprofit association representing yoga teachers, schools and studios in the U.S. Prior to taking on this role, Gray-Walker held the position of chief diversity officer for AXA, where she was integral in building AXA’s industry-leading diversity and inclusion programs and strengthening the company’s culture of inclusion.

    “We are extremely proud that Tracey has received this well-deserved recognition,” said Nick Lane, head of AXA’s U.S. Life and Retirement business. “In her prior role as chief diversity officer, she championed the advancement of AXA’s goal to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment. As head of our Association Business, Tracey brings her energy and commitment to continually enhancing our value proposition. Her broad industry experience and exemplary leadership have been key drivers in the growth of AXA’s Association business.”

    Outside of AXA, Gray-Walker lends her time and experience to a number of organizations, including serving on the board of directors for The Executive Leadership Council and Youth Bridge of New York.

    In 2007, she was featured in the Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of its “Women Worth Watching.” In addition, Gray-Walker was also recognized by the Girls Scouts of Greater New York as one of their 2012 “Women of Distinction.”

    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: NY, NY), 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 102 million clients in 56 countries as of December 31, 2013. The obligations of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and MONY Life Insurance Company of America are backed solely by their claims-paying ability.

    AXA has been serving association members for over 45 years offering retirement products and services built on a foundation of strength, support and solutions.

    Find AXA on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit www.axa.com



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    (BPRW) CIT Names Sheila A. Stamps to Board of Directors



    (BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) cit.com, a leading provider of financing and advisory services to small businesses and middle market companies, today announced that Sheila A. Stamps has been named to CIT’s Board of Directors effective immediately. She will serve as a member of CIT’s Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance Committees.

     Sheila A. Stamps
    Sheila A. Stamps has been named to the Board of Directors of CIT Group Inc., a leading provider of financing and advisory services to small businesses and middle market companies. (Photo: Business Wire)


    Stamps served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations at Dreambuilder Investments, LLC, a private mortgage investment company. Prior to Dreambuilder Investments, she served as Director of Pension Investments and Cash Management at the New York State Common Retirement Fund and was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Prior to this, Stamps served as Managing Director and Head of Relationship Management, Financial Institutions at FleetBoston Financial. Before this, she held a number of executive positions with Bank One Corporation and First Chicago Corporation including Managing Director and Head of European Asset-Backed Securitization and Managing Director and Senior Originator of Asset-Backed Securitization.

    Stamps received her MBA from the University of Chicago and her BS in Management Sciences from Duke University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of IES Abroad.

    EDITOR’S NOTE:
    View CIT’s corporate overview video (cit.com/corporatevideo) and CIT Perspectives (cit.com/perspectives), which showcase our insights and ability to put our knowledge to work for the small business, middle market and transportation sectors. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook or register to receive press releases at cit.com/newsalerts.

    About CIT
    Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with more than $35 billion in financing and leasing assets. It provides financing, leasing and advisory services to its clients and their customers across more than 30 industries. CIT maintains leadership positions in middle market lending, factoring, retail and equipment finance, as well asaerospace, equipment and rail leasing. CIT operates CIT Bank (Member FDIC), its primary bank subsidiary, which, through its Internet bank BankOnCIT.com, offers a suite of savings options designed to help customers achieve a range of financial goals. cit.com

    Source: CIT Group Inc.

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    (BPRW) BlackBizFunding Launches Campaign to Raise $1,000,000 to Give Away to Black-owned Businesses

    - Funding black businesses empowers communities and builds wealth -


    BlackBizFunding



    (BLACK PR WIRE) – CINCINNATI, Oh. – BlackBizFunding, a national company that assists in providing funding for black-owned startups and businesses, announces the launch of its campaign to raise $1,000,000. The drive will officially begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 on the company’s website, BlackBizFunding.com. The grassroots campaign asks supporters to chip in one dollar or to “Give a Buck for a Biz.”

    Proceeds of the campaign are to be gifted, as in not to be repaid, to black-owned startups and viable businesses. A panel of judges will narrow the finalists; contributors will assist in selecting the funding recipients. Funding amounts will range from $2,500 to $250,000 and will be distributed in the geographical areas in which they are collected.

    Black business ownership is the key to empowering black communities and creating wealth. BlackBizFunding strives to leverage a portion of the $1.3 trillion buying power of African Americans to re-invest in black startups and businesses.

    Small business expert Cherlyn Carroll, President and Founder of BlackBizFunding, states, “If Black America were a country we would be the 11th largest. It is unthinkable, unforgiveable, that high unemployment, poverty, crime and poor schools are still prevalent in many of our communities. Even as the biggest consumers in the nation a dollar earned by an African American stays in the black community for only six hours before being spent in other communities! And what do those ‘other communities’ do for us? Our issues belong to us and can be solved by us if we pool our money and work together. We have the earning power to be self-supportive – it starts with supporting and creating black businesses. I am committed to ensuring that black startups and businesses have access to capital."

    Contributions can be made at BlackBizFunding.com. Staff will participate in black conferences, expos and festivals around the country to invite participants to chip in a dollar.

    Cherlyn Carroll is a serial entrepreneur who has studied small business owners for more than three decades. Among her accomplishments include Volunteer of the Year for SCORE, appointment to Ohio Gov. Taft’s Ohio Women’s Business Advisory Roundtable (OWBAR), and founding of the Black Business Expo.

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    So if you are serious about taking your business in a new direction and looking for a booster session to get you on track; identify your key skills and expand your customer base, then sign up for the EVOVLE Business Boot camp taking place on Monday 3rd June, 5:30pm – 9:00pm at http://evolveinsixstepsbootcamp.eventbrite.com/# and let Sonia shift your goals into high growth mode.

    You don’t have to work alone feeling frustrated and overwhelmed any more. The EVOLVE Business Boot camp is aimed at time strapped entrepreneurs looking to take the stress and struggle out of their business.

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    STORY ANGLE: An ad for Mountain Dew created by the founder of hip-hop group Odd Future has been pulled after critics lambasted its violent undertones and one called it “arguably the most racist commercial in history. What’s the key when trying to reach the Multicultural audience?


    EXPERT SOURCE: Multicultural Marketing Guru & Inclusion Champion, Tru Pettigrew founder of Tru Access, the conduit between Multicultural Millennials and corporations, has been educating brands and agencies on ‘Culturational Chemistry’ (marriage of multicultural and the multigenerational cultures and attributes) and believes Multicultural Millennials are more transformational then transactional, more fluid than rigid and more art than science.

    RESPONSE: “The Mountain Dew ad created by Odd Future reinforces the need for Culturational Chemistry within brands and their agencies,” comments Tru Pettigrew.

    He continues, “Brands need to gain an in depth understanding of the culture combined with the necessary talent to create relevant advertising that resonates with Multicultural Millennials in order to have prevented this from happening.”

    “This generation wants to be inspired not stereotyped. Millennials are focused on being transformational while it appears Pepsi is still focused on being transactional,” Pettigrew concludes.

    Tru Pettigrew



    TIPS: Pettigrew can discuss how advertising snafu could have been prevented through the A.R.T.I.S.T.R.Y formula and can show how brands can successfully employ this technique to connect with today’s Multicultural Millennials:

    A = Access – Ensure that you have direct access points to this audience as well as the trusted voices and influencers they look to so that you can credibly integrate yourself into their world. Not just online access, live offline interaction and engagement as well.

    R = Reciprocity – Show them that you understand and care about what matters to them. Support their causes and issues and don’t just take money from them and their communities without giving something back beyond just the product or service they paid for.

    T = Technology – A world full of innovative technology is all they know. They expect technology to be seamlessly integrated into all interactions. It should be used in a way that enhances the experience or interaction and not just used randomly because it’s a new technology you want to show off.

    I = Insight – It is important to have a system of an ongoing information flow. Things change rapidly with this audience and you will quickly lose relevance and connectivity if you don’t keep your finger on the pulse of the key influencers and drivers that dictate their behavior and decisions.

    S = Strategy – Leverage the insight you garner from this generation to develop an overarching strategy that meets your business goals and objectives. Employing fun and exciting tactics that don’t ladder up to an insights based strategy creates confusion.

    T = Trust – Building trust with this audience is a must. There is already a sense that many brands and the older generation decision makers at these brands have selfish intentions. Spend more quality time with them in real life, not just virtually. Remember, Frequency breeds Familiarity and Familiarity breeds Trust.

    R = Relationship = This art is directly tied to Trust. This audience wants to be in relationships with brands they support; internally and/or externally. They don’t just want to be considered another customer or another employee. They want the benefits of being in a mutually beneficial relationship.

    Y = Youthful – Maintain a youthful spirit. The best way to do this is to spend time with them. Don’t rely on secondary research to get to know them, engage them. Create and participate in memorable experiences. Employ, include and integrate Multicultural Millennials into your organization. Step up your Culturational Chemistry.

    Tru Pettigrew is founder and President of Tru Access, which is an organization that bridges the cultural and generational gaps between multicultural Millennials and corporate brands and agencies.

    Tru Access provides Culturational (aka multicultural + multigenerational) speaking engagements and workshops for the millennial audience and presentations and training on the corporate side. Tru spent 20 years working in youth and multicultural marketing at advertising and marketing agencies with clients such as Nike, Hasbro, Sprint and The Home Depot and uses that experience to help build strong Culturational Chemistry in the boardroom and in life.

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    (BPRW) Wells Fargo commits to lending $55 billion to women-owned businesses by the year 2020


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – SAN FRANCISCO, March 8, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), America’s No. 1 small business lender1 and a leading lender to women- and diverse-owned businesses, today announced a commitment to lend a cumulative total of $55 billion to women-owned businesses in the U.S. by the year 2020, updating its lending commitment first established in 1995. The announcement will be made by Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo lead executive for Small Business and West Coast Regional Banking president, at the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) 22nd Annual Latina History Day conference in Los Angeles.

    Wells Fargo



    March is National Women’s History Month, and Wells Fargo has a rich history of working with women business owners and providing them access to capital and financial services. Since introducing the women’s lending commitment 18 years ago, Wells Fargo has provided more than $38 billion in capital to women business owners, a group that grew in size by more than 20 percent from 2002 to 2007, according to the latest Census data. Today, approximately 30 percent of businesses in the U.S. are owned by women, according to the National Women’s Business Council.

    “Women-owned businesses are among America’s fastest growing segments, and we are honored to support their role in shaping the future of small business,” said Stevens. “As a leader in lending to women, Wells Fargo is dedicated to helping women succeed financially — in business and personally.”

    Wells Fargo’s first lending commitment in 1995 established a goal to lend $1 billion to women business owners over three years. Fueled by the continued growth of women business owners, the goal was increased, most recently in 2003.

    In addition to the cumulative lending goal, Wells Fargo supports numerous outreach efforts to build relationships with women business owners and help them to succeed financially. Wells Fargo is a proud supporter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Women Presidents’ Organization, as well as several other organizations focused on the education, growth and advancement of women business owners. Wells Fargo provides the full array of financial products and services to satisfy all of the financial needs of women-owned businesses, such as banking, business loans and lines of credit, credit cards, payroll, merchant services, insurance, retirement planning, and online resources.

    For an example of how Wells Fargo helped meet the financing needs of one woman-owned small business, see the story of GLAMGLOW, a Los Angeles-based consumer products company owned by Shannon Dellimore.

    About Wells Fargo
    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

    About Wells Fargo Small Business
    Wells Fargo has loaned more money to small businesses in the United States than any other bank for 10 years running (based on 2002-2011 Community Reinvestment Act government data) and is a leading lender to women- and diverse-owned businesses. Wells Fargo provides a wide range of financial solutions to meet the needs of business owners nationwide. Through the Wells Fargo Business Insight Resource Center, business owners can access an informative selection of videos and articles featuring expert advice and best practices. For more information visit wellsfargo.com/biz or call the National Business Banking Center at 1-800-CALL-WELLS.

    1 Based on Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) government data (2002-2011).

    Contact Information
    Media:
    Alice Hartnett
    704-715-9115
    alice.hartnett@wellsfargo.com

    Jennifer Langan
    213-253-3452
    jennifer.l.langan@wellsfargo.com

    Spanish-language media:
    Maria Fernanda Trochimezuk
    310-696-9585
    maria.fernanda@jelenagroup.com

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    Africa Trade Forum and Network are dedicated to trade and import export opportunities from Africa towards Asia Pacific, Americas and Europe.
    http://www.export-forum.com/

  5. African Technology Forum >...
    African Technology Forum (ATF) publishes a unique magazine on science and technology in Africa.
    http://web.mit.edu/africantech/www/index.html

  6. Aloha Limousines & Yacht Charters ...
    Aloha is a minority owned business (African-American female). Our mission is to provide our clients with total customer satisfaction, providing quality services to the vacationer, working man, and the average family, allowing them a chance to experience luxury, at an affordable price.
    http://www.aloha-limos.com/

  7. Amazing Marketing Business Opportunities ...
    The empower network is an all in one blogging platforms that provides all members with a blog to increase online exposure to their business.
    http://www.iboplus.com/KRoss

  8. Ameriplan ...
    Katherine Ross, AmeriPlan Independent Business Owner
    http://www.iboplus.com/KRoss

  9. Anns Business Solutions ...
    If you are looking for recommendations on a Home Based Business or seeking to grow your existing business, we are your one stop source.
    http://www.annsbusinesssolutions.com/

  10. Ask Recy ...
    Community activist Recy Dunn answers questions about building your minority business.
    http://www.askrecy.com/

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

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

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


  93. 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

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

  95. 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/

  96. 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

  97. 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/

  98. 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/

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

  100. 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/

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

  102. 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

  103. 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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