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    The African American Business Project

    Newsletter # 68
    Augusta, GA
    November 1, 2017
    706-798-3753
    Email: Melvinl.kelly@yahoo.com


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

    I was always told that if something isn’t broken don’t fix it. Well, collectively African Americans earn approximately 1.3 trillion dollars yearly in America and over 80 percent of what we earn and spend goes into the hands, pockets, and bank accounts of another race of people. (80% of 1.3 trillion dollars equals 800 billion and 240 million dollars annually.) 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 that live 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.

    Hopefully within this newsletter I will be able explain to you how my proposed nationwide urban renewal project, and my proposed nationwide economic empowerment project go hand and hand towards the goal of obtaining our economic independence here in the United States of America. Within my newsletters sometimes I like to talk about our history in order to explain a point in contrast and comparison according to what is happening in today’s time, along with some Bible scriptures.

    Approximately 154 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation racism is boldly and openly on the rise again, without any shame, remorse, or repentance under the banner of White Supremacy.

    When we examine the worst conditions especially related to dilapidated urban environments it is best to know the truth regarding how these environments evolved into such a situation, before we begin to seek a permanent solution to the problem if possible. Maliciously members of the United States Government during the early 1980’s participated in the distribution of tons of crack cocaine in to the streets of Los Angles California to gang members, which sparked the crack cocaine epidemic in America aimed towards killing off the African American population which is a form of genocide. The devastation this drug inflicted upon African Americans and our communities throughout the years is unforgivable. This act was worse than a trespass it was a complete violation of our human rights. What rights?

    The rights according to the preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America.

    We the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Posterity: future generations)

    Systematically, racist Caucasians in government lacked the understanding that drugs do not discriminate and more Caucasians are addicted to Crack Cocaine and Opioids today than African Americans. Even America’s opioid epidemic has effected many communities throughout the entire country, I’ll talk more about drugs and drug addiction in my next newsletter, let me stay with urban revitalization so that I can paint a more clear picture to you regarding the need for urban revitalization programs nationwide.

    The United States Housing Authority was a federal agency created during the year 1937 within the United States Department of the Interior by the housing act of 1937 as part of the New Deal. It was designed to lend money to the states or communities for low cost construction units for 650,000 low-income people, but mostly for the homeless, and to create construction jobs.

    Progressives early in the 20th century had argued that improving the physical environment of poorer citizens would improve their quality of life and chances for success, and cause better social behavior.

    Because of segregation and Jim Crow Laws during the 1930 many low-income affordable houses were built but they were segregated. Poor whites refused to live with poor blacks, so separate dwellings were built and sanctioned by a racist United States Government on all levels, local, state and federal which included United States Congressmen and Senators during that period of time.

    The Civil Rights Act signed into law in April 1968 popularly known as the Fair Housing Act prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin and sex. Intended as a follow-up of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this bill was the subject of a contentious debate in the Senate, but was passed quickly by the House of Representatives in the days after the assassination of the Late Hon. Civil Rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the act stands as the final great legislative achievement of the Civil Rights era.

    It was during this time especially in the North that if one African American / Black family moved on the same street as a Caucasian they would put for sale signs up all over that street.

    Drugs was use by residents in the Housing Authority Developments during the 1930’s and 50’s (Black and White) but it was hidden, kept on the down low.

    But it wasn’t until the inflicted mischievous crack cocaine epidemic which caused the most damage within our race throughout many urban cities all across America. Along with Caucasian police officers shooting unarmed Black men, and our young African American men having the mindset that it is alright to kill each other through selling drugs and gun violence. One in the grave and one in prison.

    In many Caucasian controlled populated cities in America such as Augusta, GA, and Columbia, SC, and Princeton, NJ, you will never see as much blight and poverty like you would see in cities such as Baltimore, Maryland; Camden, NJ, Philadelphia, PA; Gary, Indiana, Paterson, NJ, etc.….

    As of this year 2017, the Hon. Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. (Born September 18, 1951) who is a retired African American Neurosurgeon, Author, and Politician was appointed under the Trump administration as the current and 17th Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Dr. Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, and without a doubt he is a very brilliant person within his profession. Last year the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development paid more than 1.5 billion dollars in housing subsidies for New Jersey residents living in more than 500 properties, with the majority of assistance coming through Section 8 vouchers, 23 properties failed inspection last year in New Jersey which housed over 2,400 families. It is the responsibility of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide safe affordable low-income housing for less fortunate and poor Americans while providing shelter for the homeless.

    Ninety percent of all public housing developments within our African American communities all across America are unfit for living quarters. They have been built during the 1930 and 50’s and have become compounds for murder, drugs and gang activity. Nowhere in America will you see an abundance of abandon residential and commercial buildings except within our African American communities, especially in cities like Detroit, MI; Atlanta, GA; Camden, NJ; Baltimore, MD; St. Louis, MO; Gary, IN; Flint, MI; West Palm Beach, FL; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN; Jersey City, NJ; Trenton, NJ; etc.… the list goes on and on, city after city.

    Before I relocated to Augusta, GA. I had the opportunity to visit Camden, NJ, and I cannot explain how or why the Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie would leave a city in such a condition with so many abandon buildings and such great poverty and drug abuse. Camden is the worst city in America. Now Donald Trump has appointed Christie as the chairman of his Opioid Commission, shucks, Christie’s administration didn’t even revitalized the urban neighborhoods in New Jersey and neither was he concerned about poor unemployed African Americans in New Jersey or gang violence.

    Now when you leave Camden and cross the Delaware River on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge you will land in Philadelphia, PA, another city which has approximately 20,000 abandon buildings with the majority of them in the African American communities. Alright now, let’s leave Philadelphia and get on route I 295 And go 103 miles from Philadelphia south and you will land in Baltimore, Maryland, another dangerous drug and gang infested city which has or had approximately 15,000 abandon buildings.

    Let me mention just one more location please for right now as an example of former poverty, let’s go to Columbia, South Carolina, to the corner of Reed St. and Harden Ave., Just a few blocks from Benedict and Allen University. Most of my friends and newsletters readers in Columbia can attest to the fact that in the year 1990 Reed St. was one of the worst streets in America. But today because somebody cared it is one of the most cleanest and respectable Streets in Columbia, South Carolina. Praise God.

    The list of urban African American cities in very bad shape goes on and on, and the only way they are ever going to get better is when we collectively push for a change. Because of racism in government far too many Caucasian state and local legislatures can care less about African Americans. They want African Americans to kill one another, they want the land back they fled from during 1960’s especially within our inner cities. Those racist United States government officials will spend $125.00 dollars a day to keep a Black man in prison, rather than create a job paying $80.00 per day so that individual can feed himself and his family. These racist drug peddling American government officials and their drug cartel friends from South America don’t mind killing off 2,000 Caucasian men and women per year, as long as crack and opioids kill off 15,000 African Americans per year through overdose and gang violence.

    I hope I explained why we need a nationwide urban renewal project which could be mandated through federal legislation and implemented and activated through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Far too many governors and mayors in America get Sea Sick and Amnesia when it comes to revitalizing urban America. This is the reason why I believe my propose nationwide urban renewal project and my proposed nationwide economic empowerment project go hand and hand in order for our race “African Americans” to obtain our economic independence here in the United States of America, while creating more gentrified urban environments along with employment. Melvin Lorenzo Kelly

    Melvin Lorenzo Kelly

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    The African American Business Project

    Newsletter # 67
    Augusta, GA
    October 10, 2017
    706-798-3753
    Email: Melvinl.kelly@yahoo.com


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

    African Americans 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.

    Economics is very competitive, an economy is a system that exist to produce and provide for people in a society with goods and services they need to live and do what they choose progressively economically.

    The size of an economic system can grow as the population get larger or as the existing population gets wealthier. Economist often measure the size of an economy with metrics such as; Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which measures the value of all the goods and services produced by a country in a year.

    The African American population within the last 50 years has increased and collectively our wealth here in the United States has increased for many reasons. Small business, the rise in the cost of living, but mainly because of the amount of African Americans who obtained a higher education which makes them more available for positions of employment which pays very well. (Judges, police chiefs, fire chiefs, doctors, nurses, lawyers, politician’s, accountants, engineers, architects, etc.…)

    Thanks to the work of the Late Hon. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other brave civil rights workers many doors of equal opportunity have been open for African Americans all across America even the right to vote.

    It was on December 7, 2011 in which I sent out my first letters of intent regarding the African American Business Project to many African American civic and religious organizations in the South. Today my newsletter reaches well over 2,500 individual African Americans and organizations combined monthly all across the United States of America showing deep concern regarding our economic independence here in America. So without a doubt my newsletter is a form of saying hello and let’s engage in some operative economic business in favor of future African American generations.

    Seriously, it is not how many newsletters I send out, what really counts is the perception the reader perceives in regard to the work that needs to be completed in order to obtain our economic independence. No war has ever been won without a fight, struggle, march or protest.

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

    Within the 1.3 trillion dollars we collectively earn annually we are giving away over 80% of what we earn and spend which equals to approximately 800 billion and 240 million dollars minimum every year.

    It is time for a change. Today, as African Americans we are surviving off the fumes and hard work of the Civil Rights Movement. We need a small spark that will start a new fire, a fire that will burn in the hearts and mind of every African American in favor of building a better bridge and an economic road map for future African American children.

    It’s alright to be down or at the bottom of the totem pole sometimes, but in order to rise from that situation it is going to take some hard work and a strong desire to win. One question that I would like to ask you is just how much or what could we do collectively with 800 billion dollars a year to improve the quality of life for African Americans? Can we build our own factories, schools, airports, bus systems, hospitals, libraries, motels and hotels, sports arenas, homes and other business, etc.?

    I am still learning regarding African American economic empowerment here in the United States because there are so many different African American/Black economic organizations. Some of them carry the word “National” in front of their business name but only serve a selected group of people. Somehow and someway sooner or later we will have to get pass religious denominationalism and Sunday morning segregation within our race which will enable us to work together collectively, and economically 360 degrees from every angle of production.

    In reality it was through the various acts of slavery that we are separated unanimously all across the United States, Black men and Black women sold like cattle to the highest bidder and their children taken from them, boys and girls, sold and mistreated by slave masters as soon as they became a certain age. But, we have more than enough reasons to unite our race all across America in spite of because we are family, and every African American organization in America religious or non-religious should help obtain our economic independence. Keep your eyes on the prize.

    Never forget our history pertaining slavery here in the United States of America and the endurance of our ancestors. They provided a good example for us showing that even when times are very rough just don’t quit, fight the good fight of faith. Give God the praise, honor and glory always, praise God during the good times and even during the bad times, praise God when you are up, and praise God when you are down. One biblical writer wrote “Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”

    On October 19, 2017 President Donald J. Trump had the opportunity to address the United Nations members which consist of 192 countries from around the world. In his speech he mentioned a numerous amount of topics especially issues related to terrorism and rogue regimes around the world, nuclear weapons, etc.….

    But what I would like to share with you in short is related to the meeting and luncheon the President had on the sideline after his United Nations address with leaders from African countries such as; South Africa, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Guinea, Senegal, Namibia and Uganda. During this luncheon Donald Trump exuberantly proposed business deals with the United States Chamber of Commerce. Now within my last few newsletters I clearly addressed the functions of various chambers of commerce throughout the world such as, The United States Chamber of Commerce, The Latino / Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, India’s Chamber of Commerce, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the G20 – Economies.

    Let me break this situation down to you once again. The United States Chamber of Commerce is a business oriented American lobbying group, it is not an agency of the United States government. It is controlled by Republicans and the chamber usually support Republican political candidates. The United States Chamber of Commerce’s own history of itself describes it as originating from an April 22, 1912 meeting of delegates. The chamber was created by President Taft as a counter balance to the labor movement of that time, what labor movement? “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa Oklahoma (June 1, 1921).

    The United States Department of Commerce is a government agency, it is the cabinet department of the United States government which is concerned with promoting economic growth. The mission of this department is to promote job creation, and improve living standards for all Americans by creating an infrastructure that promotes economic growth, technological competitiveness, and sustainable development. Among its task are gathering economic demographic data for business and government decision making and helping to set industrial standards. This organizations main purpose is to create jobs, promote economic growth, encourage sustainable development and improve standards of living for all Americans.

    Even though unfortunately the United States Chamber of Commerce is an older chamber, I truly believe that if Donald Trump is going to promote one chamber in America, why not support or indorse every chamber of commerce in America, African American, Black, Caucasian and Latino, etc.…. Personally as the Executive Officer of the United States he shouldn’t be expressing or demonstrating any type of economic partiality, racism or work influentially outside of the jurisdiction of the federal government as elected to do so.

    As African Americans we must pick up the pace economically here in America and begin to produce and manufacture more aggressively to compete on the global stage economically. The European nations that make up the G-20 Economies account for 85% of the world trade, two thirds of the world population, and half of the world land. Now they want to conquer the entire continent of Africa economically.

    If I ever get the opportunity to talk with some of the leaders from African countries, I would clearly remind them of the behavior of Republican elected officials in America starting with President Donald Trump. Without a doubt I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to explain what is happening to the citizens of America while Caucasian Republicans elected officials are in control. First of all they will cut government funded food programs to the poor and needy, second they will eliminate public healthcare, third they will reduce educational funding, and fourth they will create laws to put you in slavery or prison and hinder your right to vote. Fifth they refuse to pay their fair share of taxes. Sixth they are always itching for war. This pattern of life follows them all across America and throughout the world.

    What part of our economic struggle here in America should be attached to Africa? Economics is very competitive. My theory to success is to know your enemies, tell the truth, and compete. On the global level the Republicans elected officials and rich business men all across our country are our biggest economic competitors along with members of the G-20 Economies. Not counting members of other chambers of commerce (Canadian, Hispanic, India, Asian, Japan, China, etc.) 800 billion and 240 million dollars per year is a lot of money. Let’s go to war nonviolently economically in favor of future African American generations. Let us pray for the best and that God endow us with the strength to overcome.

    Matthew 6:9 Our Father which art in heaven, Hollowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and power, and glory, forever. Amen

    Melvin Lorenzo Kelly

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    Les Trachtman on Benchmark Capital’s role in the UBER mess

    The Uber Catastrophe Unfolds By Les Trachtman


    Greed is good, at least, at least according to Michael Douglas in his Academy Award winning role as Gordon Gekko in the 1987 movie Wall Street. Gekko went on to say that greed "captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.”

    And perhaps it does. But greed in the hands of a few powerful parties can also destroy a great institution. Greed seems to be fueling the quickly disintegrating situation at what has been the world’s most valuable (its latest valuation approximating $70 billion) private company. With the board blasting Benchmark Capital for its dubious ethics in filing a lawsuit against the recently ousted CEO, a co- founder resigning, internal issues festering around an alleged culture of sexism and bias, an intellectual property rights scandal perpetuated by Google relating to self-driving cars and a high profile search for a replacement CEO, this company is in turmoil.

    Benchmark Capital’s legal complaint purports that Kalanick fraudulently created three new board seats, explicitly reserved for Kalanick’s appointment, that he is using to regain his throne. A lawsuit from a Venture Capital firm is certainly unprecedented and in this case pretty impotent. According to its own lawsuit Benchmark was complicit (voted in favor) in this action that created these new seats and clearly knew that Kalanick controlled them. It’s hard to imagine that a court will now or should step in to undo a shareholder vote.

    What is worse is that at no time did Bill Gurley (Benchmark’s Board designee) or his fellow board members step up when the first bad-behavior allegations came to light. The board’s reaction to the bias and sexism allegations was with a mostly internal investigation and also failed to develop a successor strategy while publicly struggling with a deteriorating culture and reputation. All indications were that Benchmark and other investors were “all in” on Kalanick while their investment’s value bulged. Have things changed that much in just a few months?

    Companies like Uber are termed unicorns in the venture capital investment world – companies without established profitability but valuations above $1 billion. Top tier venture firms vie against each other to make investments early and ride the steeply increasing valuation slope of these investments. Far be it for one of these firms to antagonize one of these founders. The community of successful founders is a very tight one – one that no self respecting venture capital firm wants to be ostracized from.

    So why is it that Benchmark that lead the “A” round of investment in Uber and certainly one of the most savvy VCs in the world didn’t protect itself against the potential consequences of Kalanick’s actions or have a process in place to ensure that when it was time they could replace Kalanick without a public confrontation? Was it that the heat of the deal clouded their vision? And why now is Benchmark willing to risk its reputation with founders of its future investments to file this very public law suit against Kalanick?

    Rich or King? Noam Wasserman, the founder and managing director of the Founder Initiative of USC identified that founders need to decide whether their goal is to make the most money possible from their venture or whether their true desire is to be the CEO. His study pointed out that this is a binary choice and those founders not willing to choose one often end up with neither. Dr. Wasserman urges investors to ensure the founders they are backing have made a clear choice and govern their investment decisions and behavior with this in mind. According to Wasserman, to be effective, these candid discussions need to occur right up front.

    Benchmark Capital and the long list of angel and institutional investors all had this opportunity with Uber. They just blew it. Despite the ten percent ownership that Kalanick still controls (worth $7 billion on paper) he appears more interested in being “king” than in stepping back from his former role and reaping the rewards of being a billionaire several times over. Benchmark and its other board brethren are experienced enough to know these types of things can happen and should have had a plan in place. Benchmark’s reactive lawsuit appears to be a very weak attempt to regain the legal high ground. It is too little too late!

    If Benchmark was paying attention, why would they have agreed to expand the board with these three additional seats they are now accusing Kalanick of fraudulently obtaining? Most of what is currently playing out with Kalanick’s behavior is not a surprise to anyone. Kalanick’s bad-boy behavior was well known from his prior ventures. One of his startups was sued for $250 million and had to declare bankruptcy. His next venture ended up with a successful exit, but not before one of its high profile investors, Mark Cuban, asked for his money back. That is not to say that Kalanick is not an uber-successful founder worthy of backing. Benchmark along with its co-investors simply ignored all that due diligence just to get onboard of this rocket ship of an investment. Their lawsuit now seems like whining. Greed is good? But flying too close to the sun can melt your wings.

    LES TRACHTMAN is currently the CEO of The Trachtman Group – focused on helping companies grow and scale, as well as managing director (and majority investor) of Purview, an early stage company focused on disrupting the medical imaging business. For the past two decades, Trachtman has worked directly with founders in half a dozen growing organizations while acting as a Sherpa for dozens of others. He has lectured at numerous universities across the country including the Harvard Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Business, University of Southern California, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Kent State University, University of Maryland Smith School of Business, Union College, and Quinnipiac University School of Business. Trachtman also has published articles in the Harvard Business Review and Quinnipiac University Business. A portion of his career is chronicled in the Harvard Business School case study; Les is More Times Four, which educates entrepreneurs at leading business schools.

    Learn more about Les Trachtman at www.foundertransitions.com, and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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    The African American Business Project

    Newsletter # 63
    Augusta, GA
    August 1, 2017
    706 -798-3753
    Email: Melvinl.kelly@yahoo.com


    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 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 the United States of America and across the world, in favor of African Americans without throwing one punch or shooting one bullet

    Within my last two newsletters I shared some information pertaining to the operations of; The United States Chambers of Commerce, and the Latino / Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

    In this newsletter I would like to share some information with you related to the country of India’s chamber of commerce, known as, The Indian Chamber of Commerce.

    Sometimes when words and names sound the same such as the American Native Indians, and people from the country if India, they can easily get mixed-up in identity. The Indian people I am referring to in this newsletter are the ones we see in America with the symbolic religious “Red Dot” in the middle of their eyes on their fore heads that operate many Donkin Donut stores, hotels, and convent stores and Chevron Gas Stations, etc.….

    Here is another race of people of colored getting rich off Africans Americans that can care less about our survival and do not have our best interest at hand, which has purchased many American companies and business and we senselessly patronize them. Most of the time when people from India are transacting business in their stores with each other they start speaking in their native language, and will mainly hire people from their own country to work in their stores, along with poor African American women and poor White women to do the housekeeping in their hotels at minimum wage only.

    Most people from India in America believe in Hindu as their religion. They believe if you lived your life like a fly or mosquito here on earth that is what you will turn into in your second life after death, even though the country of India consist of many religions.

    Just about every major company in America today is owned by foreigners including many food corporations. It is time for a change. The economy of India is the sixth largest in the world measured by nominal GDP and the third by purchasing. India is classified as a newly industrial country, and one of the G-20 major economies. (Group of twenty) Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United States, India, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea.

    Many business owner from India operate multi –billion dollar business right here in America, such as the landmark Pierre Hotel in New York city which is owned by Indian conglomerate ”The Tata Group.”

    Maharashtra India is the wealthiest state in India with an annual GDP of US$ of 300 billion. India is comprised of twenty nine states and seven union territories. India has an economy of US$ 2.628 trillion (2017).


  • Exports $262.3 Billion (software, petrochemical, Agriculture, textile, ore, leather, jewelry, etc.….)

  • Imports: crude oil, gold, precious stones, electronics, plastics, etc.…..)

  • Main Export Partners: European Union, United States, United Arabs Emirates, Hong Kong.

  • Main Import Partners: China, European Union, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland.

  • India was founded in 1947 and has a population of 1.31 billion people.


  • So far I truly hope my newsletter readers and African Americans leadership across our country have began to clearly see our economic situation, along with our economic challenges and the competiveness we are facing in order to obtain the larger percentage of the 1.3 trillion we earn yearly right here in The United States of America. It is time for a change.

    Without a doubt, economically, in order to leave future generations of African Americans in a better financial condition collectively than we are in today we must economically go to war nonviolently. By the grace of God, what I am bringing to the table today is a different road map and a blue print for our future generation’s economic empowerment here in the United States of America within all 50 states. Collectively we need to come from out of our personal economic comfort zones to win this economic war here in the United States of America, in support of future African American children. Until death do we part?

    It is time for a change. It is not going to happen unless we make it happen. Time will tell, what we do today will help them tomorrow. Faith without works is dead. Look at the situation for what it is, we are not just giving away hundredths of millions of dollars, we are giving away hundredths of billions of dollars every year recklessly. Why?

    Foreigners do not come to America to love African Americans they come here as merchants to get rich including members of the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Latino/ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. They come to America so they can increase their American clientele to economically support their own countries. You and I can’t even get a business loan from their banks, we don’t qualify, they consider us as their economic slaves and they are our economic slave masters. It is time for a change.

    Let’s reminisce back in time for a moment, African Americans were freed from physical slavery, our ancestors survived the reconstruction period, they lived through Jim Crow Laws, they battled their way through the Civil Right Movement and we have more African American elected officials that ever before. But yet we are still tossed to and fro. Many American Corporations that our race thought we could depend on for employment have left the country and mover abroad.

    Far too African Americans are living in squalor conditions and tremendously lack employment in cities like Detroit, Chicago, Camden, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Little Rock, Minneapolis, Washington, etc.….

    We must build for ourselves, by creating companies and corporations that will produce a profit on the global economic stage. Maybe it is just my opinion but I believe before we can collectively proceed to a global economic stage, we must economically control all of our neighborhoods first right here in the United States. The corner stores, grocery stores, retail stores and shopping malls, every penny counts.

    We have our work cut out for us in this day and time, from California to New York, we can win, and we shall overcome. Keep your eye on the prize. Let’s take it to the next level and leave the best we can economically for the next unseen generation of African Americans, let’s put doubt and unbelief aside. All things are possible to those who believe.

    As mentioned in my previous newsletters, I am proposing two nation-wide projects an urban renewal project and the African American Business Project, they go hand and hand. Actually I have both of my proposed projects strategically outlined and the next step is organizational structure and the organization’s 501-C3 status. That is the most I can disclose at the moment in my newsletters related to both projects.

    In my next newsletter I would like to talk about another country that is part of the G20 – Major Economies along with African American leadership in the United States of America

    So far I hope you enjoyed the information I have shared with you pertaining to the: United States Chamber of Commerce, the Latino / Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Indian Chamber of Commerce. It is time for a change. We have been in this country longer than everyone mentioned above except the Native American Indians, yet, economically we are at the bottom of the totem pole because we are giving over 80% of every dollar we earn and spend to another race of people.

    Our situation economically here in American will only change when we make it happen. It is alright to be friends with foreigners but not economic slaves. Volunteers Needed. (Board members and officers)

    I hope you enjoyed this newsletter!
    Melvin Lorenzo Kelly


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    Pharmacoeconomics: Markets Incorrectly Focused on Cancer Therapeutics, Growth in Diagnostics

    NuView Life Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on identifying and developing innovative solutions for the detection and treatment of cancer, says cancer diagnostics to rival treatment in market expansion.


    Precision diagnostics to simplify cancer testing is underway in FDA clinical trials.

    Prostate, bladder, breast and other cancers will outdate less accurate current technologies (i.e. mammograms and PSA tests), and become part of routine health screenings, says NuView Life Sciences CEO, Paul Crowe.

    Majority of invasive diagnostic procedures, including surgical/needle biopsies, are being performed on millions of cancer-free patients a year. Invasive biopsies increase discomfort and morbidity in patients, contribute to overdiagnosis/overtreatment, escalating costs for healthcare payors. 1, 2, 3

    Market Solution:

    Prostate/bladder cancer urine screening accurately detects cancer at the earliest stage of the disease. Screenings are safe and can be part of every health exam for people age 40 and up.

    New diagnostic imaging biomarkers will revolutionize how breast and prostate cancer is detected and diagnosed is underway.

    While conversion from Surgical Biopsy induces dramatic savings ($6 trillion), the increase in safe preventative-health screenings will increase exponentially.

    2010 census: ages 45 to 64 made up 81.5 million persons (26.4 percent) 4

    If 20% of that population were screened (tests ranging from $300 - $750 p/test) = up to $24.4 Billion annually for labs and hospitals, leading the way for therapeutics to start early enough to save lives.

    The annual market for these diagnostic screenings for hospitals and labs are estimated at:

    In-Vitro (performed or taking place in a test tube, culture dish, or elsewhere outside a living organism) diagnostic market:

    6.8% growth rate to reach a value of $72.3 billion by 2018 5

    In-vivo (performed or taking place in a living organism) radio pharmaceutical diagnostic market: molecular imaging to confirm and visualize suspected breast and prostate cancer non-invasively using positron emission topography (PET)

    Expected to increase to $6.0 billion by 2021 6

    Crowe says diagnostic market potential is bigger due to safe cancer health screenings able to be done at annual checkups, increasing the number of people able to detect cancer in earlier stages. 30%, 40%, 50% of the population screened increases savings and diagnostics grwoth exponentially.

    Otsuka, Japanese global pharma co known for bringing Abilify to the market, bought rights to distribute NuView Life Sciences’ technology globally.

    “With diagnostics able to drive a major part of market growth, more health-saving procedures will enter the market to capitalize on this expansion.”

    Paul Crowe can speak to the following:

  • Why are the markets focused too much on therapeutics?
  • How will the diagnostic side of cancer medicine fuel therapeutics?
  • How will hospitals and labs benefit from cancer diagnostics while saving more lives?
  • How will health payors save exorbitant costs? How will this drive and increase the diagnostic market?
  • Why are diagnostic screenings that are controversial and fatal still being done?
  • How will hospitals and labs benefit most from the new diagnostic market?
  • How will this help hospitals keep costs down?
  • How will this benefit healthcare payors?
  • Ultimately how will this change the healthcare market?
  • Who will benefit the most from the diagnostic market, other than hospitals and labs?

    NuView is developing diagnostic and imaging agents with multi-billion-dollar market potential and planned market entry with in-licensed technology from leaders in nuclear medicine field – VPAC1 technology platform from Dr. Mathew Thakur and Thomas Jefferson University and FMAU imaging agent from Dr. Peter Conti and the University of Southern California. The NuView pipeline addresses urgent unmet medical needs, dramatically improving patient quality of care, and saving healthcare payors billions of dollars to 1) grow the diagnostic market and eliminate unnecessary invasive procedures for cancer diagnosis and 2) reduce time spent on ineffective costly/toxic treatment options. For more information please visit www.nuviewinfo.com

  • Creating Better Patient Outcomes and Lowering Costs. Park City, Utah: NuView Life Sciences, Aug. 2013. PDF.

  • New-Technologies-that-Improve-Patient-Care-and-Lower-Costs-Sep-2013. Park City, Utah: NuView Life Sciences, Sept. 2013. PDF.

  • "Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Testing for Prostate Cancer Screening." Cancer.Net. Cancer.Net, 26 Aug. 2015. Web. 17 July 2017.

  • 2010 Census. N.p.: Census.gov, 2010. Census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-03.pdf

  • BCC Prevention and Treatment of Prostate Cancer: Technologies and Global Market. January 2013.

  • The U.S. Market for SPECT and PET Radiopharmaceuticals. BioTech Systems, Inc. July 2013.


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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.


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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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    Since 2007, we offer financing to small-medium sized businesses, providing them with additional funds through unsecured lines of credit, business cash advances, & unsecured business loans.
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    San Antonio's Largest Black Directory and Executive Listing.
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  28. Black Speakers and Experts ...
    The National Directory of African American Speakers, Experts, and Professionals.
    http://www.blackexperts.com/

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

  30. Black Women Connect ...
    BlackWomenConnect.com is the #1 online community for African, Caribbean and African American women who are professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Black women are one of the most wealthy and influential demographics on the planet. It's time we have our very own social network!
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    Use BlackYellowPagesOnline.com - Black America’s Largest Business, News & Community Information Resource! Rated #1 by African Americans nationwide.
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    Central Florida Black Business features Orlando events and Black businesses in the Orlando area. We promote Orlando events and Black businesses via many different channels including our partners, our website, newsletter, social media pages and internet advertising.
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    http://www.ebonypages.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

  99. T. Jones Media ...
    Imagine a place where you can connect with over 300 entrepreneurs, movers & shakers, thought leaders and change agents, all committed to owning their unique GENIUS and leveling up their brand for local and global success.
    www.intlblackbusinessweek.com

  100. 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/

  101. 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/

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

  103. 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/

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

  105. 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

  106. 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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