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    Bishop T.D. Jakes Talks to EBONY Magazine

    - He Explores How to Transform and Achieve the Life You Always Wanted -


    CHICAGO (March 5, 2014) — Bishop T.D. Jakes – mega church founder and pastor, New York Times best-selling author, global humanitarian, film producer, TV and radio host, conference leader, and spiritual adviser – graces the cover of EBONY magazine’s April issue. The publication offers readers 175 tips on how to transform their life.

    Known internationally for his sermons on spirituality and transformation, Jakes shares with EBONY readers his secrets to achieving innermost desires, and provides tips from his new book, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive, scheduled for release in early May.

    “Success is accomplished when you know your purpose and accomplish things you were put on this earth to do,” said Jakes when discussing his keys to success.

    In the article, Jakes continues, “Instinct is something you sense; it’s just there in you. He added, “…I have had the privilege of being close to [people] who have done exceptional things. They accomplished great feats not because of intellect, but instinct.”

    Jakes also advises against conforming and promotes transforming by stating, “Some people are trying to conform to what they see around them. Transformation is more about the outworking of what’s inside of you. You can only transform into what you are intrinsically.”

    In addition to the features on transformation, EBONY has released a special report, “Guess Who’s Coming to the Prom” on teenaged interracial dating.

    According to research conducted by Frank N. Magrid Associates, Inc., today’s teens are more likely to interact with a diverse circle of friends, and according to the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 were interracial, compared to 6.7 percent in 1980. These statistics, along with the growing trend of interracial couples seen in pop culture (i.e. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Scandal’s Olivia Pope and President Fitz, and John Legend and Christine Teigen), are a reflection of the growing trend of teenagers dating outside of their race. Inside the issue, readers will learn the impact this has on society and how race overall is impacting the country.

    “I tell my children they should find love wherever it is good,” said Lonnae O’Neal Parker, an African American mother. “I realize that I mean that more with my daughters than I do with my son. Race still matters in subtle ways as we try to make sure that our kids’ self-esteem is intact.”

    Readers can read the article in its entirety in the April issue of EBONY magazine, on newsstands now.


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    About EBONY:
    EBONY is the No. 1 source for an authoritative perspective on the African-American community. The monthly magazine, now in its 68th year, reaches nearly 11 million readers. EBONY features the best thinkers, trendsetters, hottest celebrities and next-generation leaders of African-Americans. EBONY ignites conversation, promotes empowerment and celebrates aspiration. Available nationwide on newsstands and the iPad, EBONY is the heart, the soul and the pulse of African-Americans.

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    Blacks Grow Beyond The 13th Amendment


    - Events affecting Blacks historically, politically, economically and socially, should be an indication that Blacks should wake up and be serious about their viability to be valued and of value in American society. Carter G. Woodson said it best about Blacks in the 21st century.

    “If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.” -


    Blacks Grow Beyond The 13th Amendment
    image by William Jackson, M.Ed.
    2013 should be a year of ending servitude or slavery for Blacks. “In the year 2013 I will not be bound, I would not be enslaved.” “Let no one in 2013, let no one allow yourself to be enslaved,” Pastor Timothy Cole, Sr. WFBC 12/2012 America is based on freedoms; it is time for Blacks to embrace diversity, talents, skills and culture. The 13th Amendment (1863), signed to free slaves from the humiliation and degradation of physical enslavement. Mental freedoms still evade to many Blacks in America.

    Blacks no matter the shade, they were all slaves, were enslaved in the fields, on the plantations, in the house. Blacks were slaves to white masters; look at current and past movies about slavery. It was not romantic, happy, joyous, it was designed to hammer Blacks down, degrade them, keep them uneducated and separated, fighting against themselves in ignorance and self hatred.

    Twenty thirteen should be an end to Colorism, Bias, Hatred, Denial and Self destruction for Blacks. The 13th Amendment ended slavery in 1863 this was 150 years ago. In celebration of freedom from servitude Blacks should embrace diversity because in the blood, in the genetic structure, decedents of Africans. This cannot be denied historically, nor can it be genetically forgotten. I embrace and celebrate my African heritage and still respect my diversity of my Native American heritage also. Twenty thirteen should be a year of celebrating the freedoms granted by the 13th Amendment. Blacks stop waiting on a Superman, a President, on a Preacher, on a Athlete, on a Entertainer or someone’s birthday; celebrate as free Blacks now.

    My Pastor states’ “We have some issues as a people, but we should not allow the continuation of self hatred, cultural disrespect and devaluing education to keep us enslaved in 2013.” Blacks may not be physically enslaved, but mentally (psychologically) slavery keeps many Blacks from educating themselves. The denial of math, science, literacy, language, stating by youth these are too hard and are what White people learn. The reality is that Africans invented math, studied science, practiced medicine before Europeans could understand what these disciplines were. Writing was already being done to document history on parchment not rocks. This information is historical fact, traced back to Egyptians and other African cultures.

    Too many Blacks are brainwashed that Colorism (hating on lighter or darker skinned family members) is acceptable. Mental and cultural manipulation that keeps Blacks from growing as a people. “.. the Negro finds himself at the close of the third generation from Emancipation. He is restricted in his sphere to small things, and with these he becomes satisfied. His ambition, does not rise any higher than to plunge into the competition with his fellows for these trifles. At the same time those who have given the race such false ideals are busy in the higher spheres from which Negroes by their mis-education and radial guidance have been disbarred” Carter G. Woodson

    The realization that after 150 years of freedom, too many Negros are still slaves. Killing their brothers and sisters, driving their culture further into a history of murders and assassins. The moral destruction of a people through music, entertainment, drugs, sexual illegitimacy and devaluing of education. Educational slavery is rampant because Blacks allow schools to fail in their communities, too many allow their children to disrespect educators and parents refuse to set good values and morals.

    In the same breathe of cursing schools parents cannot tell you when they took their children to a public library or museum. Freedom comes with willing to gain knowledge and understanding. Too many Blacks celebrate ignorance and show their embracing of servitude (slavery) because they will not put efforts to educate and improve themselves. Embracing profanity laden reality shows, memorize degrading musical lyrics and participate in multiple sexual partners spreading HIV and other STD’s.

    Too many students in school refuse to learn how to read and comprehend but can learn rap lyrics with fluid ease and can calculate when welfare checks come and food stamps arrive in the mail. Blacks that are successful and doing positive things for cultural and community enrichment are forgotten, cursed, and down played. Young people like Cameron Clarke who earned a Perfect SAT Score, Shaquille O'Neal who earned an Ed.D in education. O’Neal, a successful sports star he still valued education to continue to pursue a doctorial degree after basketball. This should be celebrated nationally and an inspiration to educational success for Blacks.

    Blacks should celebrate a Black President (Barack Obama) in the “White House”, embrace the first Black Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida (Alvin Brown), emulate a young man achieve a perfect score on a national assessment (Cameron Clarke), a Black girl achieve Olympic glory (Gabby Douglas) , continue to have more than 14 Black men and women soar into space as astronauts and support a Black man flying around the world on his own (Barrington Irving). This represents that Blacks can achieve success and greatness.

    Pastor Timothy Cole, Sr. “Some things people should out grow,” slavery, indentured servitude, Colorism, defeatism, cultural hatred, self denial, cultural rape, illegitimate children and generational governmental poverty, these are prisons that keep Blacks enslaved. Carter G. Woodson stated, “Here we find that the Negro has failed to recover from his slavish habit of berating his own and worshipping others as perfect beings.” I have stated that , “No cultural is better than any other. The only difference is how strong they create the illusion of superiority” Wm Jackson 2013. Black have physically been free because of the 13th Amendment for 150 years this year of 2013. This New Year, this decade of change, “At this moment, then, the Negroes must begin to do the very thing which they have been taught that they cannot do.” Carter G. Woodson

    Stop Colorism, Stop Cultural Racism, Stop Self hatred, Stop Raping of Black women, Stop denying education. 150 years should be long enough to get the message.

    William Jackson, M.Ed.
    Twitter: wmjackson
    http://MyQuestToTeach.WordPress.com/

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    The Power And Grace Between Nasty Or Nice: Replacing Entitlement, Narcissism, And Incivility With Knowledge, Caring, And Genuine Self-Esteem by John C. Friel, Ph.D., and Linda D. Olund Friel, M.A.


    "This is like no self-help book you have ever read. It's both highly original and grounded in practical reality. Its focus is deeply personal while also shedding light on our larger culture. The authors come across like the kind of people they are helping others to become - gracious and powerful, smart and humble, connected to others, and fully themselves.” William J. Doherty, Ph.D., professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota and author of Take Back Your Marriage."

    …our genetic survival will depend on human beings who cooperate, care for one another, and who have the capacity for limbic resonance, rather than just pursuing more and more stuff.”


    Deerfield Beach, FL, May 23, 2012 - This thought-provoking book goes far beyond the tired clichés of typical self-help books. America, and many other nations, is so out of balance that we are too often confused by who is "the victim" and who is "the perpetrator." Those who are too "nice" get exploited, and those who are too "mean" get what they want at others' expense.

    The Power And Grace Between Nasty Or Nice
    From their ecological-systemic perspective, psychologists John and Linda Friel explain the role of evolution, genetics, and biology; personal, marital, and family dynamics, and cultural and political forces in creating a society that is riddled with entitlement, narcissism, incivility, fake self-esteem, and a disturbing lack of basic knowledge. In their latest book, The Power and Grace Between Nasty or Nice: Replacing Entitlement, Narcissism, and Incivility with Knowledge, Caring, and Genuine Self-Esteem they show how and why these must be replaced by caring, humility, genuine self-esteem, and real knowledge.

    Power without graciousness results in bullying and nastiness. Graciousness without power results in being a doormat. When we temper power with graciousness, we elevate ourselves beyond our purely brutish selves and become competent, grateful, humble, effective, and truly powerful---attributes that are sorely lacking in a fast-shrinking world where anxiety and over-reaction often reign supreme. Using cutting-edge neuroscience and down-to-earth examples, the Friels show how you can move into the power zone between victim and perpetrator, and how even one very small change held firmly for six to twelve months can cause more system-wide change than anything else you can do, whether it’s in your home, your office or in your community. You’ll discover:

    Non-citizens now launch half of all Silicon Valley start-up companies.

    The U.S. divorce rate is very high in southern states—Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Texas—that do not support gay marriage, and lowest in northeastern states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, which do support gay marriage.

    The term "American Exceptionalism" was coined by Soviet Communist Party leader Joseph Stalin.

    There is a genetic link between how much we contribute to charities, whether we are liberal or conservative, how many risks we take, how much pleasure we get from volunteering at a soup kitchen, and how tolerant we are of others’ differences. Thomas Jefferson wrote: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be"

    Why conflict can be a life-enhancing part of human relationships and why avoiding conflict can be just as destructive as constantly pushing for it.

    Why the opposite of dysfunctional is dysfunctional. One who is hyper-independent is just as dependent and needy as one who is clingy and helpless.

    Why cutting off all contact with relatives—even in quite abusive situations—will keep you almost as hooked in to them as if you simply stayed home and lived with them.

    Why not always getting along with a family member is normal; and why not speaking to them for years is not normal, and is destructive to all members of that family.

    Why the ability to allow disappointment to enrich your life is one of the keys to happiness.

    And, why any system in nature—the solar system, the nervous system, a system of work-mates in a work-group in a high-tech corporation—will never change until there is a disturbance in the system. This provocative and profound book will show you how to navigate those changes by bringing your best self forward.

    About the authors: John C. Friel, Ph.D., and Linda D. Olund Friel, M.A., are internationally recognized authors and skilled clinicians. They are psychologists in private practice in St. Paul, MN. John also has an office in Reno, NV. They are New York Times bestselling authors, selling over 500,000 books, are the founders of the ClearLife® Clinic Program, and have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC News 20/20, in USA Today, Parents, and Cosmopolitan.

    Available online or at bookstores or to order directly from the publisher, contact: (800) 441-5569 or www.hcibooks.com

    The Power and Grace Between Nasty or Nice: Replacing Entitlement, Narcissism, and Incivility with Knowledge, Caring, and Genuine Self-Esteem (by John & Linda Friel)

    ISBN-13: 9780757315862
    $14.95
    May 2012

    Author Interview:

    1. Power and Grace. That might sound counterintuitive to a lot of people, but it strikes a very powerful mental image. Can you explain this further?
    Being powerful without also being kind and gracious is just being a bully and a perpetrator. Being gracious without being powerful can often mean just being a victim—getting taken advantage of. When you combine power and grace, then you really have an exceptional human being.

    We are all capable of terrible acts of cruelty or unkindness to each other. We are also very capable of incredibly honorable, courageous acts filled with the highest integrity. Each of us has a choice to either act from our best selves, or to act from our worst selves. Combining power and grace is the ultimate examples of our best selves in action.


    2. What is "limbic resonance" and why is it so important for human survival?
    When you hold a puppy in your arms and he wiggles and wags his tail and licks you in the face, you are experiencing limbic resonance. When two people falling in love gaze into each other's eyes, and feel as if they have known each other for centuries, that is limbic resonance. When a mother holds her infant, and the two of them seem to be in a "dance of intimate connection" as they respond to each other, that is limbic resonance. Limbic resonance is what happens between two mammals—two human beings, a human and a dog, a dog and a dolphin, etc.—when they "connect up" or "map each other's minds."

    Higher feelings—e.g., loneliness, safety, shame, guilt—are only experienced by mammals. When I was in first and second grade, my friend and I collected snakes and lizards in the coastal mountains just north of San Francisco. When we left for school in the morning, the snakes in the terrarium never got distressed, and when we came home from school, they never got excited. But the dog did! People who have learned to ignore or suppress their feelings as they were growing up are simply incapable of having a very intimate relationship with another human being, and they repeatedly make huge mistakes when picking a life partner. Feelings are absolutely crucial in making good decisions.


    3. Do you think that the Self-Esteem Movement has been a bad thing?
    Struggle is a good thing. Way too many American parents are afraid to let their kids struggle, and are crippling them as a result. The self-esteem movement began as a very positive and caring response to the emotional and physical abuse of children at home and in the classroom. By the late 1970s, it had morphed into one of the most destructive forces in American society, and in our estimation, is responsible for a dramatic increase in personality disorders—especially narcissistic personality disorder—among twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings, and even forty-somethings.

    Kids who were raised with constant praise, and whose parents hovered over them and removed all of the struggles from their paths, grow up, try to leave home after high school or college, and fall flat on their faces because all of a sudden, LIFE IS TOO HARD! It's a terrible problem in the United States.


    4. You say that "the opposite of dysfunctional is dysfunctional." Can you give an example of that?
    People who are needy, clingy, and helpless clearly have dependency problems. So do people who are overly independent, deny their needs, and come across as need-less. That is why people who are too independent usually find themselves in intimate relationships with others who are alcoholic, sexually addicted, needy and clingy, or manipulative. Being overly independent is just as "little," as my wife, Linda puts it, as someone who is clingy and helpless on the outside. Their outside "shell" just looks different—inside, they're the same.

    5. You begin this book with the plight of Neanderthals and the evolutionary biology of human survival. What's your point?
    Homo sapiens have been around for 200,000 years—half as long as the 400,000 years that Neanderthals were around. There is a very strongly-supported theory that suggests that those of us who care for one another—even to the point of not reproducing ourselves by having our own children if need be—are more apt to protect our gene pool than those who are selfish, self-centered, and only care about ourselves. By 2042 the United States will be composed entirely of minorities. It is imperative that we learn to cooperate and tolerate if we plan to survive on this planet for very long. About 4% of the DNA of many modern humans is from Neanderthals—that's as much as Neanderthals were able to pass on to us.

    6. What happens to human beings who do not have a solid support system that includes people with whom they can share their deepest, darkest secrets and fears?
    There is an exciting new scientific field called "interpersonal neurobiology." We now know that people who have a good social support system live longer, are better able to fight off diseases, feel less stressed, and are less prone to depression. The specific findings are stunning (give examples).

    We are pack animals. We did not evolve to be excessively individualistic, like reptiles. We do best when we have others upon whom we can depend, and who depend on us.


    7. On the back cover of your book, you state that the term "American Exceptionalism" was actually coined by Soviet Communist Party Leader Joseph Stalin. Why is that in your book?
    The term "American Exceptionalism" has been dusted off and used in recent political battles in an attempt to re-affirm that we are the greatest nation that ever existed. The same people who are using the term are also trying to diminish, some would say even destroy, the American Middle Class by continuing to bolster the richest 1% of the population while gutting unions and keeping wages flat, or worse, as they have been since George W. Bush took office. In 1929, the American Communist Party told Stalin that America was not ripe for a revolution because capitalism was strong, we had an expanding middle class, and our economy was still good. The Depression had not hit yet. Stalin became angry and wrote to the head of the American Communist Party, referring to this "heresy of American exceptionalism." The irony is that current Ultra-Right-Wing attempts to take down the middle class in America will create the very conditions that Stalin knew would make us ripe for a revolution. In fact, it is what the Right loosely labels "socialism" that actually makes America strong—unions, healthcare, a good educational system, and tax policies that are fair to everyone, not just the wealthy.

    8. On the back cover, you state that the divorce rate is highest in Southern states that do not allow gay marriage, and lowest in Northeastern states that do allow gay marriage. What is the significance of this?
    It's really simple. The common variable is education. The more highly educated, the lower the divorce rate, and the more tolerant people are of others' differences. According to the Wall Street Journal, 50% of all Silicon Valley startups are initiated by non-citizens, and 70% of all Ph.D.s in electrical engineering in the U.S. are earned by immigrants. Dr. Richard Florida maintains that cities or regions in the U.S. that have high quality educational systems, are tolerant and flexible—especially about gays and immigrants—and who appreciate the brainpower contributed by immigrants, will be where the most high-tech startups occur, and where the strongest economies, overall (there are always exceptions), will be.

    9. You say that in marriage, people always pair up with a partner who is equally healthy and equally dysfunctional as themselves. How can that be true? Can you give an example?
    I could give you a few thousand examples. One was a 45-year-old attorney and his 43-year-old wife, who was a chronic alcoholic and had been to inpatient treatment at Hazelden in Minnesota 3 times. They came to see me for marital counseling. I got her to go to her 4th inpatient treatment, and I talked him into my men's therapy group. He must have trusted something about me, because he stayed in the group for over 2 years. A little over 1 year into the group, he came in, smiling, and said that he had "hated my guts" since our first session when I suggested that they were equally healthy and dysfunctional. He was working 50 hours a week, taking the kids to all of their hockey practices and band concerts. She was a great mom and wife when she was sober, but she wasn't sober very often. He laughed and then told me that it had "hit him like a ton of bricks" on the way to my office this day, for group, that he was just as dysfunctional as her, and he proceeded to count on his fingers 6 major ways that that was true.

    Linda and I take a systems approach to all of the therapy that we do, so while there is no way to know for sure, I find it very interesting that this balancing of the system that came with his acknowledging his own part instead of just blaming her, was followed by her getting sober two months later, and staying sober for the next 15 years. And she is sober to this day.


    10. You suggest that cutting off all contact from certain family members is never a good strategy, and that it invariably results in harm to everyone, including the person who has cut off contact. You have two very powerful examples in your book. Is there ever a time to completely cut off contact?
    We can't think of one. A parent, or parents, may be so abusive and/or scary that you need to limit your contact to something as simple as a birthday card, a holiday card, and perhaps one or two phone calls a year. But you might be amazed at how many families have been able to heal even the most terrible of wounds.

    11. You say that conflict is a good thing, and that it makes people grow, and strengthens relationships. How can this be?
    Conflict is a normal, necessary, and constant part of life WHETHER YOU ARE WILLING OR ABLE TO ADMIT IT OR NOT. Examples? Thermostat up, thermostat down. Being on time, being late. Being messy, being neat. Being on the top, or being on the bottom. Where to go on vacation. Whether or not to go to a movie tonight. People who say they don't have conflict? They do. They just have a hidden way of resolving it, which is sometimes good, and sometimes not so good. If one person always defers to the other, the one who always defers will eventually begin to "disappear" and lose his/her identity. If one always gets his/her way, he'll eventually feel lonely or dissatisfied because unless there is resistance in a relationship, THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP.

    All couples have the same fight—structurally—for the entire length of their relationship. The structure or style might be that when uncomfortable, he backs away or "exits," and she moves in, confronts, and may even become "too confrontive and critical." This becomes their life-long dance. Couples who get better and better at doing their "fight" have the best relationships. In other words, the more she can soothe herself and back off but still stay connected to him, and the more he stays put and stays connected rather than backing away, the more intimate their relationship becomes.

    Healthy conflict makes people grow. Psychologist David Schnarch wrote, "Sexual conflict in marriage is not just inevitable—it's important…because it…makes both people grow up."



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    Getting Smart on Surety Bonds
    by Rhonda Taylor


    There is nothing wrong with being dumb. That’s how all smart people start out.

    In my case, I was dumb enough to quit a lifetime-guaranteed job with the government to start my own business. I was dumb enough to think, as an African American woman, I could compete with huge corporations for government contracts. And I was dumb enough to think that once I got the job, I could do it well. Like a lot of smaller contractors, I smartened up. Fast. Turns out I was smart enough after all. But one thing that lots of business people never really smarten up about is getting a surety bond. To do a government job -- my first -- I needed a bond. Who knew?

    Not the insurance companies. They told me I could not get a bond because my company did not have a good credit score. Turns out that surety bonds and completion bonds and other bonds are not really insurance. They are more like lines of credit. Here’s why: If a contractor does not finish a job, the bonding company has to step in and make it right. Then the bonding company can turn around and pursue the original contractor for reimbursement. If bonding companies think your credit is such that they cannot recover their losses, they will not issue a bond.

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    That is what happened to me -- 11 times. There was nothing wrong with my credit: My books were in order. Taxes paid. Vendors happy. Clients too. I just did not have enough of it to get a bond for a three year contract I had already won. When I talked to other business people about bonding and working capital, they all said the same thing: Nothing we can do about it. That is just the way it is. “But wait a minute,” I asked: “All that government stimulus money is supposed to help small businesses. And now you are telling me that most small businesses cannot do government work? That can’t be true.” Most did not answer. They just shrugged their shoulders and walked away.

    The agency with the work gave me an extension but it was not looking good. With two days to go, my agent, Chondra Martin, told me she had a lead: A bonding company that looked past credit scores and looked at your ability to do the work you were contracted to do. That seemed kind of smart. Soon we were talking with Andrew Wohl at Ox Bonding. He wanted to know about my company and its balance sheet and whether I had any tax liens or other problems. That was all good. Then we started talking about the job and how I bid on it; why I bid the way I did (I went to the agency and got a copy of the contract from the last time it was up. So I knew what the number was and I told Andrew how I could do the job better, faster, cheaper.) He got into my grill. And soon I got a bond.

    Next think you know the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is doing a story about how this small business owner overcame obstacles to win a job. That of course got me even more clients. I didn’t know about that either. Later I had a chance to talk to Robert Berman, co-founder of Ox Bonding and another smart guy. He told me that he started Ox Bonding because when he was a teenager, his father could not get a bond for a bigger government job. They ignored all his great work. All his references. “There are so many good companies out there that do great work but who cannot get a bond,” Berman told me. “So we help them with a bond and with working capital. Because on government jobs, sometimes a lot of money goes out before any comes in.”

    Berman is not a member of the Little Sisters of the Poor: He is not running a charity. Ox Bonding manages risk by having the agency issue our checks to them. They pay the workers and the vendors. “We can even negotiate better deals,” Berman told me. “We will call a vendor and say we can pay you in 30 days, as stated in the contract. Or we can pay you today if we get a discount. Most vendors are happy to negotiate.” That is pretty smart. Being the smart person that I am, I detected a flaw in Berman's grand plan for dominating the world of bonding and working capital. "Once your clients get a bond and do the work, won't that help them get the credit they need to get a bond from one of the big boys, like Zurich?"

    "Smart question,” he said. I knew that. "We do help our clients get better credit. But we also help them with working capital, payroll, and other services. So what we have found so far is that once contractors have been with us for a while, they want to do even more with us." Even I’m smart enough to know that.

    Contact:
    Rhonda Taylor 
    RhondaTaylor5000@gmail.com


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    BlackLifeCoaches.net exists with one goal, and that is to connect African-Americans who are seeking valuable life changing solutions and strategies with practitioners who can deliver just that. As African-Americans typically seek help, assistance and support from three trusted resources: clergy, family and friends; the goal of BlackLifeCoaches.net is to become the four trusted resource by linking them to reputable and certified life coaches, counselors, trainers and coach-clinicians.

  9. Black Self Help Information...
    The goal of this website is to list information about national and local organizations that are focusing on issues in the American Black community.

  10. BUFI...
    Black United Fund of Illinois. Helping People Help Themselves.

  11. Business Training...
    Business management and financial training for companies and individuals.

  12. Cakes Uniquely Yours School of Confectionery Arts...
    Instructions in cake decorating and baking classes. Category Culinary schools, cooking schools, cake decorating lessons,Dominican cake baking class.

  13. Celeste Bateman & Associates ...
    The Nia Network is our roster of speakers and performers from the African Diaspora.

  14. ChangeTheTape.com...
    Only The Best In Self Help Audio.

  15. Closing the Achievement Gap...
    School reform has been a top priority for governors and other state policymakers since the mid-1980s. This movement has enjoyed many successes, but significant challenges remain.

  16. Concrete Solutions...
    To provide Concrete Solutions to the problems faced by African Americans. I invite everyone to contibute your real solutions to this site. No more empty talk from the so-called Black Leadership.

  17. Deborah Hardnett International...
    The site for Deborah Hardnett International. A motivational speaker and coach. Professional and personal development books and audios are available.

  18. Dr Relax...
    Web based system, individualized training, development, winning edge, powerful system , helps athlete's personal goals.

  19. Emmett G. Price III ...
    Speaker, Educator & Writer Dealing with Hip Hop Culture.

  20. Free Your Mind Online...
    This site is designed to empower individuals to achieve REAL wealth. Find out what the financial services and real estate industries don't want you to know.

  21. Great Black Speakers...
    Great Black Speakers Bureau is a new speakers' bureau that helps universities, corporations, and high schools find high quality, African-American speakers for different events.

  22. Julwel Kenney ...
    Keynote Inspirational/Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, national and international Author of “How to Bring Out the Best in You: The Journey to Personal Transformation and Leadership; “Bringing Out the Best in You Through Life Challenges.

  23. Life Strategies Coaching by Trained 4 Life, LLC...
    Do you have meaningful life goals you postpone from year to year with little or no progress, and you're ready to begin living the life you desire? We can help...

  24. Linda Coleman...
    Linda's book "Loving Yourself First" will show you how to take charge of your life. Positive Talk with Linda is a monthly column offering personal development, business & networking tips.

  25. Locust Hill Publishing...
    More than Serious Self-Help Books for the mind and spirit. We lead you to a place where you discover the goldmine in your own brain.

  26. Mother of Ships ...
    Motivational speaker, about relationships from with oneself to intimate relationships. M.O.S. MAGAZINE monthly print. Go to the website to order your copy.

  27. Pauline Haynes ...
    Coaches you through life's struggles. Over-stressed, crisis-focused and insecure about career, relationship or life purpose? Working with me allows you to gain clarity so Shift Happens!

  28. Pauline Haynes ...
    Pauline Haynes, Certified Life Coach helping you connect with your magnificent self!

  29. Personal Advantage Resource Group...
    Ellen Junious is a professional speaker, certified life coach, and professor. She is the founder and principal of Personal Advantage Resource Group, a coaching and consulting firm based in SugarLand, Texas. Ellen is committed to helping individuals enhance their management, leadership, and personal growth skills.

  30. Professional Motivational Speaker...
    Al "The Inspiration" Duncan- Get your questions on Emotional Intelligence, Communication, Motivation, and other soft skills answered here for free!

  31. Reformed Blacks Of America...
    Our mission is emphasizing the communal and progressive understanding in Reformed Theology from African-Americans. We exist in order to support and emphasize the necessity and growth of the community of Reformed Blacks in America.

  32. S.H.A.P.E. Community Center...
    Mission: To improve the quality of life for people of African descent (all people) through programs and activities, with emphasis on Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work & Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.

  33. The African American Success Story...
    The African American Success Story — The Bent Tree.

  34. The Multicultural Advantage...
    The Multicultural Advantage is an informative portal where professionals of color can identify opportunities and learn firsthand what it takes to stay ahead of the pack.

  35. The Riley Guide...
    Resources specifically set up to meet the needs or address the interests of various groups, such as women, persons of varied nationalities or ethnic backgrounds, etc.

  36. The Stone Foundation ...
    We are a human services organization providing mental health and professional development services, including: Counseling for Youth and Adolescents, Individual and Family Therapy, Couples Counseling, Social Workers training and EAP.

  37. Think Free Be free Coaching and Consulting LLC ...
    Lean Six Sigma business and workflow Consulting Corporate and personal achievement and transition Coaching Corporate and Community Speaking.

  38. UVCC...
    The United Voices for a Common Cause is dedicated to fostering progressive self-esteem, pride, dignity, self-respect and introspection throughout the African American community.

  39. 20/20 in 120: Your Destiny in 3D...
    20/20 in 120 is this chick’s way of sharing movie lessons that will help you see your life's destiny more clearly.

















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