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    MBDA and Kauffman Foundation Partnership Providing Greater Access to the U.S. Census Bureau Data on Minority Entrepreneurs


    Last week the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau released the 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs and this year’s survey data reveals an increase in the number of U.S. minority-owned employer firms, payroll, and the number of people employed.

    The survey release is significant because it provides an updated demographic snapshot of the Nation’s employer businesses broken down by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.

    Prior to the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, this type of specialized data was only available every five years when the Survey of Business Owners (SBO) was released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs is produced through a multi-year public-private partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Minority Business Development Agency. This partnership was key in creating a solution to help the U.S. Census Bureau supplement gaps of data due to the length of time between the release of their SBO reports.

    “We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Kauffman Foundation to commission this important survey. MBDA understands the critical need for public access to timely and accurate data that will help local, regional and national programs respond more effectively to the needs of minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs,” said MBDA Acting Director Chris Garcia. “Entrepreneurs are the life blood of our Nation’s economy, and it is imperative that minority firms continue to grow and be significant creators of the jobs that support America’s economic growth. Just as President Trump has promised, this administration is restarting the engine of the American economy and creating more jobs, prosperity, and growth like never before.”

    This is the second year in a row that both MBDA and the Kauffman Foundation have participated in the partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to commission the annual survey. The Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation based in Kansas City with a focus on entrepreneurship and education. The two organizations share an ongoing relationship dating back several years. Most recently MBDA staff participated in the Foundation’s first-ever ESHIP Summit, an event designed to empower entrepreneurs and build entrepreneurial ecosystems.

    “Entrepreneurs are the heart of the American economy, but they face barriers to success every day. This comprehensive survey is the most accurate and direct way of understanding what entrepreneurs need. Data that produces actionable insights will help us understand what’s working — and what’s not working — in businesses across the country,” said Victor Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “The Census is an indispensable partner in our mission to support the makers, the doers, and the dreamers.”

    Findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs revealed the following:

  • The number of minority-owned employer firms in the United States increased by approximately 4.9 percent in 2015 to 996,248 from 949,318 in 2014.

  • More than one-quarter (14) of the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas had approximately 15,000 or more minority-owned employer businesses. About one-third of the minority-owned employer firms (34.6 percent) were in the accommodation and food services sector.

    While by most indicators, minority-owned employer firms saw slight increases in 2015, the disparity between minority and non-minority firms remains:

  • On average, annual receipts for non-minority employer firms are 52% higher than minority-owned firms ($2.5M vs $1.2M). Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander employer firms increased, but receipts for African American and American Indian employer firms decreased by 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

  • Average number of employees remained the same for minority-owned firms at 8 employees per firm, while nonminority-owned firms saw the average number of employees grow from 11 to 12 per firm in 2015.

    To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs visit https://www.census.gov/ or https://www.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. Established in 1969, 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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    Big Business in the Bayou:

    MBDA and Essence Celebrate Successful Launch of Path to Power Conference in New Orleans


    The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) partnered with Essence Communications Inc. to launch the first-ever “Essence Path to Power: Entrepreneurship and Business Conference,” in conjunction with the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans June 30-July 2. The free conference was designed to provide career insight, guidance, networking opportunities, and mentorship to minority entrepreneurs and career professionals at all levels. As part of the conference, MBDA offered specialized business development workshops, an exhibit booth, networking opportunities and one-on-one coaching sessions to attendees.

    “This is a great time to be an entrepreneur,” said MBDA Acting National Director Chris Garcia. “The minority business community is thriving and women of color are contributing to the economic growth and success of the Nation. That’s why MBDA is especially proud to partner with Essence and be here in the wonderful city of New Orleans. This is the heart of what MBDA’s mission is. Through events such as this, we’re able to directly invest our time, expertise and resources back into our minority business enterprises,” said Garcia. “Putting America first means putting the success of America’s minority businesses first.”

    Essence and MBDA formed an official strategic partnership earlier this year that allows them to collaborate on events and opportunities that further the development and advancement of minority, women-owned businesses locally and globally.

    “Essence is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Black women and championing both their personal and professional successes. Our partnership with MBDA offers us a unique platform to tap into their hopes and dreams—creating personalized programs, events and content that speak directly to their entrepreneurial needs.” said President of Essence Communications Inc., Michelle Ebanks. “Our Path to Power Business Conference at this year’s Essence Festival started out as a simple idea and to see it come to life with the support of partners such as MBDA is absolutely phenomenal. We hope that each attendee left New Orleans empowered and armed with the tools they need to forge their own path to power.”

    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. Established in 1969, 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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    (BPRW) Black Business Partners Disrupt Multi-Billion Dollar National Coffee Supply Chain with Roots Java Coffee


     Roots Java Coffee


    (Black PR Wire) TULSA, Ok. - African Bean Company is the first nationally certified, African American owned coffee supply company providing national distribution. The company’s coffee is branded Roots Java Coffee.

    From small communities on the Mississippi Delta to Brownstones in Harlem, African Americans have historically been devoted coffee consumers—helping to drive this multi-billion dollar industry. African Bean Company, founded in 2010 by Dr. Fitzgerald Hill, is making history as he and his partner, Clifton L. Taulbert (President & CEO) ensure that African Americans are now on the owner/supply side of the industry. This is truly historic.

    The Company’s rich tasting coffees are the result of beans grown by independent Rwandan farmers in the fertile, high mountain region of the country. These farmers, many of whom survived the horrific genocide, are now transforming their lives and their country by growing and harvesting the most sought after coffee beans in the world.

    Taulbert, who heads the operations of this national company, always smiles when asked about their market receptivity. “It’s not easy to tackle a market that is dominated by major international corporations with little or no room for a start-up company to play,” Taulbert said. “However, African Bean Company is here for the long haul. Using entrepreneurial tactics and plain ol’ hard work, they are making their way into homes (Online) with their signature 12 oz. bags of Ground and Whole Bean, along with their cases of filter and fractional packs for hospitals, country clubs, restaurants, and academic institutions commercially delivered across America. The premium brand’s smooth taste is rapidly becoming a highly sought-after item for holidays and special occasion gift giving and corporate gifts by loyal customers worldwide.”

    African Bean Company, LLC is a privately owned black enterprise with operational headquarters in Tulsa, OK. To learn more go to rootsjava.com or call (918) 584-0414.


     Roots Java Coffee



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    The African American Business Project

    By Melvin Lorenzo Kelly


    The purpose of the African American Business Project is to promote African American Economic Empowerment here in the United States of America for present and future African American generations. Volunteers Needed.

    African Americans collectively earn approximately 1.3 trillion dollars per year here in the United States of America, and over 80% of what we earn and spend goes into the hands, pockets and bank accounts of another race of people. It is time for a change. In every newsletter I like to talk about a nonviolent economic war between African Americans and every other race of people here in America and across the world, in favor of African Americans from New York to California, without throwing one punch or shooting one bullet.

    Economically and physically speaking African American have only been freed from slavery here in the United States of America for 154 years. So without a doubt simply because the United States has an open world market to many countries around the world, we are competing or will be competing economically with many different races, nationalities and cultures that are more productively advanced and economically unified than our race. In other words they know how to work together monetarily.

    Most of these races of people that have native homes across the world that operate business here in America work hard to economically obtain our hard earned African American dollars. They don’t celebrate any American holidays and they do not sit up all night wasting time watching prime time television from 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM daily. They are true merchants, businessmen, and hustlers.

    They recognize how unorganized economically the majority of African Americans are and they are cold blooded advantage takers that give nothing back to our African American communities. Many foreign businessmen from across the world are even in support of supplying gang members within our community’s cocaine, heroin and guns because they are aware of the negative effects it will cause. As long as they can keep chaos and killing activated within our race the easier it will be for them to retard our economic prosperity, and we sit back and let it happen. Shame on us.

    If you combine the illness that many foreigners bring into our communities along with racism from the approximately 1,000 Caucasian hate groups here in America, it is a mixture that have caused our race to sociably decline many steps backwards from the magnificent work of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.

    African Americans had a more conscious mind and behavior towards unity and survival during the 1960’s than what is being exemplified in our African American communities today.

    When organizations like the Black Panthers Party organized during 1966-1982, its core practice was its armed citizen patrol to monitor the behavior of police officers of the Oakland Police Department and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc. The Black Panther Party instituted a variety of community social programs, most extensively the Free Breakfast for Children program, and community health clinics to address issues like food injustice.

    Now 50 years latter Black Lives Matter is fighting against the same evil forces from America’s Police Departments today, Caucasian police officers killing unarmed black men all across America.

    Now today within most of our African American communities we have gangs like the Bloods and Crips killing each other over drug turf and sales. While we are teaching our children to say no to drugs they are dying over whose going to sell it to their parents, city by city, all across the United States of America.

    Racist Caucasian Americans has always had a thirst for killing African Americans in America, legally and illegally, even if they have to brainwash our own children to do so violently through music and videos.

    During the years 1882 to 1968 approximately 3,445 African Americans were lynched or burned to death by racist Caucasian mobs here in America especially in the Deep South as a recreational spectator sport and activity. Not all Caucasians in America are racist, but way too many of them are, on the Job, in the White House, in society, in hospitals, in their churches, school systems, those you see on television, in your local police departments, and in the military. Boil your water before drinking it.

    Openly they cannot kill African Americans today because of Federal Laws, so they had to find another race of people to pick up where they left off at during the sixties. It is very prevalent they are using foreigners that are semi closely related to the African American race, drug cartel members from South America and Asia, people of color. Put down the rope and let’s kill them with dope.

    Most African Americans have a love for people of color across the world hopefully believing that we are all related and have a commonality such as former slavery. Well some of us do have a commonality, but we have been separated for so long and have established different cultures, and speak different languages through enslavement until we really don’t know each other, never have, and never will.

    From New York to Florida who do you see operating most of the business in our communities today? People from India, Asia, Pakistan, Columbia, Dominion Republic, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, etc.…. People of color from different parts of the world.

    But at the same time these races of people do not see us as friends, they only see us as a race of people they can economically profit from. It is time for a change. Nine hundredth and ninety nine billions dollars a year is a lot of money to give away freely to any race of people here in America. We must begin to take the necessary steps of action to turn this situation around in favor of our race and our economic independence here in the United States of America.

    If you do a little research you will find that every race of people I mentioned above have their own chambers of commerce and economic plan of action in America, which do not include the masses of African American merchants.

    America has many different kinds of African American leadership; political, religious, musical, actors and in athleticism. But somewhere along the line we lack representation in our favor without any stipulations regarding our economic independence here in the United States of America.

    On the professional level most of the African American leadership mentioned above change once they receive public notoriety and a certain pay scale, they side step away from our race, and began to represent everybody and every race in America for the sake of money and more money, and Caucasian corporate endorsements and political popularity.

    Of Course that topic is a major issues within our race today, how many successful African Americans springboard off poor African Americans from the hood into stardom, and become filthy rich, and then turn their backs on their own people in every way.

    Today 154 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation many African Americans are still suffering from the effects of the Willie Lynch syndrome and the field slave house slave scenario.

    Those African Americans who have their Doctorate, Master’s, Bachelor, and Associate degrees that go to work in Corporate Caucasian company’s, and those that Caucasians hire as CEO’s to operate their business take pride in their education, and their ability to serve in their leadership roles making a profit for Caucasians. Congratulation??? Even those individuals hired by local school boards and municipal governments. I’m glad they fit the qualifications to be hired. Congratulation also.

    I have nothing personal against African Americans working for any race of people here in America or obtaining a good education that’s their prerogative. Basically because African Americans have very few positions of employment to hire each other, just yet. Don’t get it twisted, I am not promoting racism or illiteracy. I am promoting our economic independence here in America in which we have the freedom to obtain just like any other race of people here in the United States of America. But when that African American woman or man who moves up the ladder in life professionally forgets about his brother or sister stuck or struggling in the ghetto, it opens avenues to season the house slave field slave scenario.

    Now I’ve been to hundredths of different stores operated by foreigners here in America on the research tip from Connecticut to Florida, and I’ve never seen one educational degree hanging on a store wall. These merchants do not come to America on the educational learning tip, they come to America equipped for business and operate on a need to know basis, how to count your money, give you your change, stock the shelves, transport, import and export goods and commodities, some of them even say “thank you” when they give you your change back.

    How long are we going to continue unchallengeable giving away hundredths of billions of dollars yearly here in America? I don’t want to make this newsletter very long but are we going to leave the next generation of African American in this same financial mess, or are we going to mount up and make a difference today in favor of them tomorrow. All thing are possible with the help of God all-mighty. Prayer is the key, and faith unlocks the door, and faith without works is dead.

    Let me share a scripture with you from the Bible. 1st Timothy 6th chapter, verse 10 says “For the love of money is the root to all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” God is talking about our competitors, enemies, and your close friends, and spiritual family members related to their wickedness and greed. Let’s mount up together from New York to California to make an economical change in favor of future African Americans in honesty, which is God’s way of conducting business transactions while we have life in our bodies. It’s alright to be friends with foreigners but not economic slaves.

    I hope you enjoyed this newsletter!

    Melvin Lorenzo Kelly

    Newsletter # 57
    Augusta, GA
    May 15, 2017
    706-798-3753
    Email: Melvinl.kelly@yahoo.com


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    Culture Is a Four-Letter Word

    By Steven L. Blue


    When I started to write this article I originally titled it “Culture Is Not a Four Letter Word.” It was intended to address the CEO’s who think culture is a squishy, beer for lunch, feel good concept that doesn’t deserve a place at the grown-ups table. I wanted to demonstrate how wrong-thinking that can be and make the case for the power of culture and why it should be at the top of every CEO’s list.

    I was prepared to make a compelling case to convince CEO’s that culture is every bit as important as strategic planning. I was ready to cite all kinds of studies and dazzling statistics that prove that positive cultures create positive financial performance.

    But now I know I don’t have to thanks to a four-letter word: Uber. Uber’s toxic culture is front and center this week in the news.

    According to recent reports, Uber has engaged in everything from sexual harassment to stealing driverless technology from Google. Even some of its own investors claim the company fosters a toxic culture.

    There is that four-letter word again. You know, the beer for lunch, don’t bother with culture mind-set. Culture can be a four-letter word if it is ignored. Culture can be a four-letter word if is toxic. And toxic cultures kill more businesses than recessions. And it is liable to kill Uber too.

    So what went wrong with Uber? How can a company that claims its values are “making communities safer” and “standing up for its driver community” go so horribly wrong? That is because those are only what I call “bumper sticker” values. Values that look good in an annual report but have no real meaning inside the company. Wells Fargo is a perfect example of this. Two of Wells Fargo’s key values are “ethics” and “what’s right for customers”. And yet they defrauded their customers by creating over 2 million ghost accounts.

    There is often a difference between bumper sticker slogans and the real values that lie beneath. Value statements are always warm and fuzzy. But a company’s real values are manifested by how they act, not how they claim they act. And at the end of the day, the culture is nothing more than a collection of values. And values dictate how employees will behave. Such was the case with Wells Fargo. Such is the case with Uber.

    If you’re a CEO, don’t wait until an Uber-like disaster strikes before you do a values check-up. But don’t have the human resource people ask employees what the company values are. Don’t declare what you think the values are and expect people to behave accordingly. That never works. Here is what you should and shouldn’t do:

  • Do not make this an exercise for the human resource department. If it is to be taken seriously, it has to come right from the top. People need to know that values matter.


  • Have an outside professional survey company conduct an anonymous survey and ask every single employee in complete confidence what they think the company values are. You may be astounded by the results.


  • If the underlying values are not the same as the bumper sticker, find out why. What is driving the difference? Chances are you’ll find operating managers are the root cause. Or you might be the root cause. As an example, many operating managers don’t give a hoot about anything other than results. Of course results matter. No company can prosper without positive results. But results without appropriate values are often temporary, or in the case of Wells, only illusory.


  • Reality check time. Does your company have the “right” values? By that I mean values that serve your employees, customers, community, and shareholders equally. Values that form what I call a “culture by design, not default”. If not, it’s time to change them


  • Let’s assume you have the “right” values (you may, but I doubt it). Start at the top and go layer by layer. Those that don’t believe in, won’t abide by, or demonstrate the values have to go. This sounds simple, but it is not easy. But it is essential. If your top managers ignore the values everyone else will. This is a multi-year process that you must undertake carefully and delicately, otherwise the business will crash and burn. Take it one step at a time, one manager at a time. Once you start replacing managers for values reasons, the whole organization will begin to behave differently. People will applaud you for doing so.


  • Don’t let anybody in the front door that doesn’t fit in with your values. Interview potential new employees with values in mind. Don’t just state the values and ask if they agree. Of course they will agree, they want the job. Ask them what their values are. Ask them what values they would admire in a company. If their values don’t match with company values, don’t hire them. No matter how good they are. Otherwise, they will be like an infectious disease on the organization.


  • Bottom line, make values a key part of performance evaluation. Don’t make this a check off the box exercise. Make values the standard for promotions and compensation increases. And make values a key determinate in terminations. By instilling the right set of values, you'll save your company from becoming a four-letter word too.

    Steven L. Blue is the President & CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of the new book, American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. For more information, please visit www.SteveBlueCEO.com, www.milleringenuity.com and connect with Blue on Twitter, @SteveBlueCEO.


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    The African American Business Project


    The purpose of the African American Business Project is to promote African American Economic Empowerment here in the United States of America for present and future African American generations.

    African Americans collectively earn approximately 1.3 trillion dollars yearly here in the United States of America, and over 80% of what we spend goes into the hands, pockets, and bank accounts of another race of people. It is time for a change. Volunteers needed.

    In every newsletter I like to talk about a nonviolent economic war between African Americans and every other race of people here in the United States of America and across the world, in favor of African Americans from New York to California Americans without throwing one punch or shooting one bullet.

    Have you noticed on the news lately that our race has a great entourage of Civil Rights leaders and African American Clergy constantly on guard protecting Civil Rights Laws, which includes voter’s rights, and the implementation of laws that will oppress African American people here in the United States?

    I really like our modern day African American Civil Rights leaders, but some of them you really never hear a whisper from them until something goes wrong. Well, something is always wrong economically within our race anytime we are always on the giving end and getting very little in return.

    We are the only race of people on the planet that has leadership that tries to save everybody, and disregard or psychologically acts as though Black on Black crime and excessive poverty within our race is a thing of the past. (1.3 trillion dollars) We need a financial increase, hold on to that money for the next generation. Start a financial underground rail road, 2017. (Harriot Tubman) Do something.

    The people who we make rich daily here in America they are not going to change we are the ones who need to make the adjustments within our spending habits and the way we see, view and value ourselves and one another in order to excel economically. One trillion dollars is a lot of money especially when it can be used to rebuild and economically invest within our impoverished African American communities.

    Just a few years ago Bridgestone/ Firestone opened a new plant in Graniteville, SC., other than the 225 million dollars the South Carolina government gave the Japanese owned company in the form of corporate welfare to excavate the land where the corporation’s factory is built. The Japanese invested 1.5 billion dollars to build the factory and buy the machinery needed to manufacture tires for heavy duty equipment.

    The same 1.5 billion dollars the Japanese invested to build the Bridgestone / Firestone Company is only 1.5 % of what we as African Americans give away freely to others races of people yearly right here in the United States of America.

    How many of our African American children can sell car tires, how many African Americans need a spare tire with air in it? We can build our own tire companies if we invest our money properly. Slowly but surely. Yes, we can turn our economic situation around all across America, definitely it is going to take some hard work along with some dedicated people, and it can be done.

    We as a race of people have been in America longer than any other race of people except the American Indians, yet, economically we are at the bottom of the barrel economically. Have you ever had anyone laugh at you quietly while they take your money? It is sad when foreign merchants have you cornered in economically. It is time for a change. It is time to break the chains of economic slavery here in America.

    Many people in the State of Georgia call Atlanta the Black Mecca because of its economic prosperity among African Americans, well I am glad for Atlanta, but my main economic concern for African Americans is on a nation-wide basis. I have a financial nationwide African American economic business plan of action today that will expand from New York to California in favor of African Americans, and if you have one lets work together. I believe it is better for our race to find a reason to come together than to stay apart. Unity is something that is work on, it is not going to happen by just thinking about it.

    I don’t believe in boasting on how good some African Americans are doing in one part of America when the rest of the country is economically suffering and being economically over powered. Fight back.

    It is not if we can; we will build our own manufacturing companies all across America when we get on one accord. Let’s go forward. As I mentioned in my last newsletter African Americans collectively operate approximately 2.5 million business here in America, 94% of them are sole proprietorship but we are still losing economically.

    To reach the level collectively whereas we could afford to open a tire producing company or other manufacturing companies all across America is a process that can become a reality. Just don’t quit.

    As a race of people, African Americans, within many of our major African American populated cities here in America there is a great lack of employment. Well, if and when we create our own factories and business all over the United States of America we will not be financially hurt or let down anymore such as when Caucasian Corporate Americans abandon African Americans cities, by removing their corporations and relocated them for cheaper wages leaving a majority of our race in economic distress nationwide.

    Just to get honest 80% of 1.3 trillion dollars is lot of money that comes to about 1 trillion dollars, it is definitely manufacturing, trade, retail and sales that will help our race embrace our economic independence here in America nationwide leaving a brighter future for our love ones.

    Without a doubt building our own factories and corporations to economically moving up the ladder and competing on a world stage is a goal, and it is a vision. Only 5% of the world market exist in the United States of America. We should be selling commodities to the world instead of the world selling to us.

    Sometimes it might be necessary to start all over again from the bottom and come up with a new plan of action economically than to keep moving on the same path and losing financially. Without a doubt this project will require a lot of hard work and effort, in the bible there is true scripture that says “faith without works in dead.” Get involved, volunteers needed.

    Without a doubt all over America when companies like Walmart, Kmart, Shoprite, Kroger’s and Sears, etc.… shut their doors within our African American communities continuously that should be a strong indication we need to build our own retail stores. Every penny counts.

    We need to flip the script economically here in America in favor of future African Americans. It is time for a change. It is alright to be friends with foreigners but not economic slaves.

    I hope you enjoyed this newsletter!

    Melvin Lorenzo Kelly
    Newsletter # 51
    Augusta, GA
    February 15, 2017
    706-798-3753
    Email: Melvinl.kelly@yahoo.com


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    WHAT IS YOUR PERSONALITY, HOW TO NAVIGATE OPPOSITES?

    By Larry Kendall, founding partner of The Group, Inc, author of Ninja Selling


    Have you heard of the Golden Rule? Treat others the way you want to be treated. It’s a pretty good philosophy for business and for life. Ninjas go a step further and practice the Platinum Rule: Treat others the way they want to be treated. Fit into their personality, their decisionstrategy, their learning modality, and their preferred communication style—not your own. It’s not about you. It’s about them.

    WORKING WITH DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES

    Customers come in all shapes and sizes. They each are unique. In order to connect with them and treat them the way they want to be treated, you will need to understand their personalities. The Ninja System uses the four basic personality types identified in the DISC personality profile assessment (discprofile.com).

    We have found that many people cannot remember what the DISC stands for, so we prefer to use the definitions provided by Chris Helder in his excellent book, Stop Selling, The Art of Reading the Client and Winning the Business. Chris Helder is, in my opinion, one of the top speaker/trainers in the United States and Australia, and a personal friend. I shared information with Chris, and he shared Power, Party, Peace, and Perfection People with me. They are categorized as follows:

    Power People (15 percent to 20 percent of the US population)

  • Time Frame. They are focused on the future. How fast can they get to the future? Can you help them get to the future, or are you in their way?

  • Motivator. They are motivated by their goals. They have a sense of urgency about them, and that urgency is to get to their goals in the future.

  • Focus. They are task and bottom-line oriented.

  • Energy. They are outgoing and energetic.

  • Decision Speed. They are fast decision-makers. They need just a few pieces of key data, and they make a decision. They will not give you much time unless they are doing the talking. When you talk, they get restless.

  • Decision Strategy. They are risk takers. They make decisions to move toward what they want and are willing to take risks to get there. They focus on winning.

  • Your Materials. They won’t take the time to read your materials other than perhaps an executive summary. They want the highlights, and they want them quick. They look at charts and graphs. They want to get the big ideas in a hurry, make a decision, and move on.

  • Recognizing Them. They tend to talk fast and move fast. They are often fidgety. They write short, cryptic emails and have a take-charge attitude. Often, they walk with a forward lean, as if they can’t wait to get to the future. Their cars are big and fast, preferably in black or white, because their world is black or white.

  • Careers. They are usually CEOs, entrepreneurs, and sometimes salespeople.

  • Party People (25 percent to 30 percent of the US population)

  • Time Frame. They focus on the present. They are very much in the now.

  • Motivator. Having fun is important to them. Will you be fun to work with? Will this be a fun process? They like recognition and dislike being ignored.

  • Focus. They focus on others and are team players.

  • Energy. They are outgoing and optimistic.

  • Decision Speed. They are impulsive and make fast decisions. As a result, they often have buyer’s remorse and change their minds.

  • Decision Strategy. They are risk takers. They are go-for-it people who will take a chance. They focus on winning.

  • Your Materials. They like color, photos, and anything fun or whimsical. They will look at your testimonials to see if there is anybody they know.

  • Recognizing Them. They like fashion, dressing up, and parties. They are talkative, positive, and fun to be with. Relationships are important to them. They like to talk on the phone and face-to-face versus email, although they like Facebook. They like any car that is fun.

  • Careers. They are usually salespeople or people in the hospitality and entertainment industries.

  • Peace People (35 percent to 40 percent of the US population)

  • Time Frame. They focus on the past and present. They like the status quo, keeping things the way they are. They don’t like upset or change.

  • Motivator. Peace is their motivator. They dislike conflict, drama, or change and just want everybody to get along.

  • Focus. They focus on others and are team players.

  • Energy. They are reserved, patient, and empathetic.

  • Decision Speed. They make decisions very slowly. Your normal one-hour listing consultation might take several hours (or even several days) with them. They will not make a decision until they get comfortable with trust. Do they trust you? Do they trust the process? Do they trust themselves?

  • Your Materials. Do you have a process? They like process. They don’t want to be your science project. Testimonials from people they trust are huge for them.

  • Decision Strategy. They are risk avoiders. They move away from what they don’t want and focus on not losing.

  • Recognizing Them. They are soft spoken, write lengthy emails, and have lengthy conversations. Relationships are important. They wear conservative and/or relaxed clothes. They drive Subarus, minivans, and other practical cars.

  • Careers. Their careers are in helping professions, such as nurses, schoolteachers, or therapists.

  • Perfection People (15 percent to 20 percent of the US population)

  • Time Frame. They are focused on the past. They ask a lot of questions about the past—market statistics, your sales statistics. They want data and believe data from the past will help them make a good decision about the future.

  • Motivator. They are motivated by perfection and data.

  • Focus. They are task oriented and have high standards. They like to be in control and enjoy working alone.

  • Energy. They are reserved, thoughtful, and can be perceived as pessimistic.

  • Decision Speed. They make decisions very slowly. They may have to build a spreadsheet. They request so much data that they can sometimes become overwhelmed and suffer paralysis analysis.

  • Your Materials. They will read everything you give them and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. They will recalculate your charts and graphs to see if there are mistakes. They will ask for more data. You can’t give them enough.

  • Decision Strategy. They are risk avoiders.

  • Recognizing Them. They are very methodical and ask for a lot of data. Their personal attire, home, and car are immaculate. A place for everything and everything in its place—unless they have a bit of Power Person in them and they take on too many tasks, in which case, they have piles of unfinished projects. Their emails are perfect, with no misspellings or errors.

  • Careers. They are accountants, bankers, engineers, and some are doctors.


  • Can a person have multiple personalities or traits from all of them? Absolutely. But most tend to have a single personality trait that is stronger and dominates the others. They can also have different personalities in their different roles. For example, they can be a Party Person at home with the kids and a Power Person at work.

    For most of us, the biggest challenge will be communicating with a person who has a diagonally opposed personality—Power and Peace, Party and Perfection. Power People are quick decision makers and get impatient with Peace People who like to take their time. Power People need to slow it down and Peace People need to speed it up when working with each other.

    Perfection People are detail oriented and need to “mellow out” when working with Party People who are more interested in relationships. Likewise, Party People need to be more focused on data and details when working with a Perfection customer. If your customer is the diagonal opposite of you, adjust to their personality and practice the Platinum Rule.

    The above is excerpted from Ninja Selling.
    Larry Kendall holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and is one of the founding partners of The Group, Inc., a real estate company with two hundred sales associates and six offices in Northern Colorado. He is the creator of Ninja Selling, a sales training system with over fifty thousand graduates in the US, Canada, and Spain. Kendall's mission is to help people bring out the best in themselves and their organizations. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, Pat. Kendall can be found on Twitter and Facebook. His new book, Ninja Selling, is available on Amazon as well other fine booksellers.


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     MBDAs 2016 Year in Review


    MBDA’s 2016 Year in Review Building an Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Aiding America’s Economic Recovery


    As we bring 2016 to a close, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is particularly proud of the accomplishments achieved throughout the year. This year, MBDA reached new milestones creating along the way important initiatives and programs that supported the continued growth of minority business enterprises (MBEs) within an innovation-driven economy.

    Throughout the year, MBDA played a critical role in U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s Open for Business agenda. As the leading federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of MBEs, MBDA remains enthusiastic about the future role that MBEs will increasingly play in fueling the Nation’s economic health and prosperity.

     MBDAs 2016 Year in Review


    MBDA understands that policies and programs must be anchored in data. Our ability to readily access timely, accurate data from our sister agency, the U.S. Census Bureau, allows MBDA to make informed decisions when developing programs and initiatives to best serve MBEs. Such data analysis showed us, for example, that minority entrepreneurs are driving job gains and revenue growth at record rates. In 2012, for example, MBEs generated $1.4 trillion dollars of economic output and created 7.2 million jobs for the Nation, according to the 2012 Survey of Business Owners. The contributions from MBEs were especially crucial during the period of 2009-2012, as the United States sought to recover from a major downturn.

    Now as 2016 draws to a close, MBDA is encouraged to see the unemployment rate at 4.6 percent, down from a high of nearly 9 percent in 2009. We take special pride in having played a role in the growth and expansion of the economy, thanks in part to the robust contributions of MBEs supported by MBDA grants, technical assistance, and advocacy during the eight years of President Barack Obama’s Administration. The White House’s 2016 celebration of November as National Entrepreneurship Month made special mention of MBDA’s efforts to shape an inclusive innovation ecosystem for MBEs.

    With this newsletter, we’re pleased now to invite you to review several milestones that MBDA marked in 2016, including:

    Access to Alternative Capital: Developing partnerships with alternative lenders such as Fundation to aid MBEs in more readily obtaining capital to grow their companies.

     MBDAs 2016 Year in Review


    Expanding Stakeholder Outreach: Joining forces with Essence Magazine to launch the first ever Entrepreneurship Village at Essence Festival, a flagship cultural event drawing nearly a half-million people to New Orleans, including many thousands of women business owners seeking insights and actionable information on sustaining and growing their enterprises.
     MBDAs 2016 Year in Review


    New MBDA Business Centers: Welcoming a new cadre of MBDA Business Centers into our national network of technical partners and experts who will support MBEs to access capital, contracts, and markets as well as enter the booming advanced manufacturing and exporting space.

     MBDAs 2016 Year in Review


    There is one effort launched in 2016 that we’re especially eager to highlight. It centers on creating pathways for MBEs to expand within the innovation ecosystem, the fast-growing national and global industrial movement that is remaking world markets at lightning speed. With the support of our parent agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the White House, we forged cross-agency alliances with the Federal Labs Consortium, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, and private-sector entities including Historically Black Colleges and Universities to develop an ambitious initiative called the Inclusive Innovation Initiative (I-3).

     MBDAs 2016 Year in Review


    This revolutionary program is designed to connect STEM-oriented MBEs to the vast network of federal research and development (R&D) resources within the federal labs ecosystem, in order to leverage the technology-transfer process that spurs commercialization of government science and manufacturing discoveries.

    We founded I-3 based on data trends available from the U.S. Census Bureau, and from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other employment and industry-related research over recent years. In this collection of industry data, we observed clear-cut signs that high-growth sectors of the future will be in technology and STEM-related fields.

    The U.S. Census Bureau also reports that within a few years, the U.S. population will be ‘majority-minority’ – a transformation now estimated to take place as early as 2044. There is no question that diversity is America’s greatest asset, and that our positive progress within the global economy is contingent on the growth of MBEs – on a national and global level.

    And as the 21st Century marches forward, and amazing technological advances in robotics, Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing and other machine- and Internet-driven innovations accelerate shifts across entire sectors, MBDA sees a wealth of opportunities for minority entrepreneurs to dive into these exciting new fields.

    With I-3, MBDA introduced a vehicle to drive greater access for MBEs into the streams and pipelines of innovation. Now, our clients across the Nation can participate in the same Lab-to-Market process that in years past gave birth to such game-changing American innovations as Siri and GPS. We developed I-3 in order to leap-frog MBEs into the innovation ecosystem; we see this as an economic imperative.

    In 2016, and during the three years I led this agency as National Director, MBDA also understood that MBEs have a unique opportunity to expand their sales in the global marketplace. Through various partnerships and technical assistance efforts, our MBDA Business Centers helped MBEs successfully place their goods and services in new markets around the world. Our participation at the Hannover Messe trade show in Germany was particularly important to showcase MBE’s commercial innovation and capacity.

     MBDAs 2016 Year in Review


    Overall, MBDA has also been honored to gather and share the stories of many minority entrepreneurs who are making positive contributions to their communities through job and wealth creation, and by bolstering civic and economic engagement.

    Going forward, we are certain that MBDA will continue to work to create lasting opportunities for MBEs and all American businesses as essential contributors to the Nation’s overall economic health.

    We made tremendous progress in 2016 – and we look forward to continued collaboration across public and private sectors. We genuinely appreciate each and every stakeholder and partner who makes it possible for MBDA to serve our important mission.

    Thank you and Happy New Year 2017!

    Alejandra Y. Castillo
    National Director
    Minority Business Development Agency


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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