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Blacks need more schooling to compete with less educated whites
Thursday, July 17, 2014
It’s been long documented that African-Americans encounter discrimination more than other Americans in the U.S. job market and experience higher levels of unemployment. Among young black adults, the tendency toward higher rates of joblessness has remained pronounced despite the national unemployment rate falling from a recession high of 10.2 percent
Entrepreneur raises millions for shaving technology
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Twenty-nine-year-old entrepreneur Tristan Walker has addressed a unique product that solves an equally unique problem among black men. It is a line of shaving products developed specifically for them. Walker saw a need for an issue that affects most black men. Shaving often produces razor bumps which is a pesky problem. As an entrepreneur, he recognized an
Q&A with Joset Wright-Lacy on diversity
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
When it comes to supplier diversity in America, we've come a long way, but we still have a way to go. The National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. Since then, it has become a global leader in advancing business opportunities for
A Recipe for Success: Tea and Honey Blends
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
RALEIGH – The Element Beauty Bar in downtown Raleigh hummed with activity. A hairstylist parted and placed rollers in a client's hair as she recounted the details of a recent family visit. A baby of another client was presented, kissed and cooed over. This is a pivotal moment for Tashni-Ann Dubroy and Tiffani Lash, owners of the Element Beauty Bar
Debt settlement: lots of risk, no guarantees
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
You’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed can sound really appealing. In reality, however, consumers mired in debt may often find debt
Getting more loans into the hands of the underserved
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
As regional administrator for Region IV of the U.S. Small Business Administration, it’s my job, and the job of the agency, to try to help as many small business owners and entrepreneurs as possible access the capital they need to start or grow their business. We know we have made gains in expanding our programs, but there is still more to do to make
A Swimming Success: Taylor Fish Farm
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Valee Taylor knows what it means to swim upstream in business. Taylor operates, along with his sister Renee Stewart and son Jeremy Taylor, one of a handful of African American-owned fish farms in the country. Located in Cedar Grove, North Carolina, Taylor Fish Farm is an impressive 10,000-square-foot sustainable aquaculture facility. "We grow enough fish

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Cabarrus County health officials have confirmed the county's first case