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    5 Lessons Learned from a Successful Serial Entrepreneur


    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (May 21, 2015) – According to the Small Business Administration, only half of all new businesses make it to the five-year mark, and only a third of them survive to reach the 10-year mark. Yet there are people who not only have a successful business, growing it to be a multimillion-dollar company, but that go on to be successful serial entrepreneurs. Figuring out what it takes to have one successful company is a challenge, but doing it more than once is a secret worth sharing.

    “I am thrilled to be at the forefront of another successful company that is helping to revolutionize an industry,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of SAVVY TRAVELER. “There are many lessons learned about what it takes to be successful in business, and if you can master just a few of them your chances will be that much greater.”

    Aldatz’s story is one that most people find impressive, considering she emancipated herself from her parents at the age of 15, and went on to learn everything she could about having a successful business. She created the company “Foot Petals,” which was recognized by Inc. 500, and worth millions. She is now working with her business partner, Margie Floris, to bring that same level of success to SAVVY TRAVELER, a company dedicated to the health and wellness of the traveler.

    Sharing 5 lessons Aldatz has learned from being a successful entrepreneur, she starts by advising that people offer something that is needed. Take a look around and notice that something is lacking or could be improved upon, and find a way to capitalize on that idea. Consumers are always interested in new and improved products that will help them in their life.

    Other lessons include:
    Being able to reach people on multiple levels. In today’s world, people get their information in a variety of ways, including online, through videos, and more. Aldatz helped in this area by writing a book called “From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange,” where she shares information on her journey from struggle to success.

    Having a good understanding of business and a willingness to take chances. Many people have great ideas, but they rarely ever act upon them. Taking the leap to act on one of those great ideas is essential in order to become successful in business. Always being able to overcome challenges, rather than letting them hold you back from reaching your goals. Aldatz overcame numerous challenges in both her private life and professional career, going on to becoming a successful Latina entrepreneur. Giving back to the community and those who have helped you along the way. One thing Aldatz did was to create a good bond with those in her community and then give back and help those in need. Good things come from giving back and helping others.

    “Tina and I have learned many lessons from being entrepreneurs, but also from working together in business,” says Margie Floris, co-founder of SAVVY TRAVELER, a marketing expert who also helped Foot Petals to become globally successful. “Having a partner is a good way to help move the company forward, provided you compliment each other’s skills. We both bring a lot to the table and together we have created an unstoppable team with SAVVY TRAVELER.”

    SAVVY TRAVELER offers a line of products that help to keep travelers healthy and comfortable. For more information, visit the site at www.BeASavvyTraveler.com or follow @BeASavvyTraveler on Instagram or @BeSavvyTraveler on Twitter for product launches and events.

    About SAVVY TRAVELER
    SAVVY TRAVELER is a premier lifestyle brand offering daily use products in convenient kits and single-use packets that are disposable, eco-friendly and made in CA! Savvy Traveler is dedicated to overall travel wellness while offering stylish lifestyle components for both personal and surface use. They are high performance products that are individually packed in a disposable towelette form that remove 99% of surface contamination. Savvy Traveler, American-made products with a modern design, help consumers carry all of their must-haves while they travel for a healthy, easy, on-the-go experience. Ranging from quick-fix beauty needs like deodorant wipes, nail polish remover wipes and facial cleansing wipes to surface wipe sanitizing products (even for your cellphone), each item has been individually packaged and designed for the busy traveler. For more information, visit the site at www.BeASavvyTraveler.com.

    Source:
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    (BPRW) Wells Fargo Sponsors Gallup Industry Study to Gain Insight Into Financial Needs of Diverse-Owned Small Businesses

    Wells Fargo announces plan to help address study findings, help more diverse small businesses get credit-ready, access credit • Four-point plan includes expanded credit coaching program, $75 million in investments and grants for small and micro-business lending in diverse communities, enhanced Chamber Training Institute for diverse leaders


    (BLACK PR WIRE)— SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To gain more insight into the experiences of diverse business owners in the areas of lending and operating their businesses, Wells Fargo commissioned Gallup to conduct a national study of small business owners. Today, as Gallup releases the findings (on Gallup.com), Wells Fargo is announcing a four-point plan to address needs identified in the study. The plan will help more diverse small businesses become credit-ready and gain access to credit. The Gallup survey includedfindings of business owners in six segments – African American, Asian American, Hispanic, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), military veteran, and women.

    “Serving diverse communities has long been a focus area and priority for Wells Fargo, yet we know there’s more work to be done, and it starts with gaining a deeper understanding of the experiences of diverse small business owners working with financial institutions,” said Lisa Stevens, head of Small Business for Wells Fargo. “For this reason, we commissioned the Gallup study, which gave us new insight into the perceptions and experiences of diverse business owners working with banks, and how we can improve as a company and as an industry.”

    Overall, the national study revealed there are more similarities than differences between small business owners in all diverse segments and those in the general population. It also shows specific areas in which the financial services industry can provide more support for diverse business owners.

    Credit Coaching Program
    In the Gallup survey, diverse-owned small businesses were more likely to respond that they have been declined for business credit – about one in five African American, Asian and Hispanic business owners said they faced a credit decline in the past (14 percent of general market respondents said they faced a decline). After being declined, a higher percentage of African American business owners (64 percent) said they did not apply for credit again than their peers in the general small business population (47 percent). African American (14 percent) and LGBT (15 percent) business owners also reported greater personal credit challenges than the general market (5 percent).

    To help business owners learn how to obtain credit, as well as better understand the reasons for a decline and learn how to prepare to reapply, Wells Fargo has launched an enhanced Credit Coaching program. It offers expanded support to business owners who have been declined business credit. The phone-based program has been rolled out to small business owners who apply for Wells Fargo Business Direct credit products (primarily credit products under $100,000 sold through its retail banking stores). Business owners who use the program will be connected with a credit specialist who will review the business’ credit profile, explain why the business was declined credit, and share resources that can help the business strengthen its credit profile and improve the likelihood of being approved for business credit in the future.

    In addition, while the majority of business owners surveyed across all segments said they did not feel a perception of discrimination from a financial institution impacted their chances of obtaining business credit, 22 percent of African American and 11 percent of LGBT business owners reported that perceived discrimination impacted their chances of obtaining credit for their business, compared to 5 percent of the general small business owner population. The Credit Coaching initiative will be one way Wells Fargo will further increase transparency of credit decisions and facilitate conversations that build trust with all customers.

    “We take pride in the fact that diversity and inclusion has long been one of our core values in every aspect of our business, and at every level of our organization,” said Stevens. “We want to make sure all customers feel welcome, respected, understood, valued and appreciated. The actions we’re introducing today are the next steps for Wells Fargo to better serve and connect with diverse-segment business owners.”

    Community Development Financial Institutions Investments, Grants
    Another key finding in the Gallup study is that African American, Asian and Hispanic small business owners are more likely to be in the start-up and growing stages of their business, compared to the small business population in general, and as a result may not qualify for many conventional bank loan products. In addition, 49 percent of African American-, 47 percent of women- and 45 percent of LGBT-owned businesses in the survey reported annual business revenue of less than $50,000, compared to 36 percent of small business owners in general.

    To help newer, smaller and start-up businesses access the appropriate business financing and support they need, Wells Fargo will extend $50 million in investments and $25 million in grants to organizations called Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that serve small businesses and entrepreneurs. The investments and grants will be directed to CDFIs that help small businesses get started and established by providing flexible capital and technical assistance. Wells Fargo will work with existing and new CDFI customers in diverse communities across the country to deploy this capital and measure its impact.

    “We know that in order to address the range of financial needs within all of our communities, we need to support and work with the ecosystem of organizations that serve small businesses,” said Jon Campbell, executive vice president, government and community relations for Wells Fargo. “Through this increased investment and connections with community lending organizations, we are making meaningful strides toward increasing access to capital for small businesses, as well as helping more business owners get the coaching and educational resources they need to succeed financially long-term.”

    Nationwide Referral Network
    In the Gallup study, more African American, Asian and Hispanic business owners reported they were unable to obtain all the credit they needed in the past year than the general business owner population, yet the majority of small business owners in all diverse segments said they did not need credit in the last year. At the same time, nearly one in four African American, Hispanic and Asian business owners plans to apply for credit in the next 12 months, higher than the general small business owner population planning to pursue credit (15 percent). Businesses in the startup and growing phases in general expressed more intentions to apply for new credit.

    To ensure business owners are aware of and accessing the full range of financing options available to them, Wells Fargo recently established referral relationships with more than 20 nonprofits and other lenders in cities across the country that are participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Community Advantage program. Participants in the SBA’s program specialize in providing hands-on guidance to small businesses and offering credit to qualifying businesses in underserved markets. Wells Fargo, the nation’s No. 1 SBA lender 7(a) in dollar volume for six consecutive years (U.S. SBA data, federal fiscal years 2009-2014), established these relationships with the intent of providing small business owners with an additional financing solution that may better meet their lending needs.

    Chamber Training Institute
    On the topic of business education, the Gallup study showed that African American, Asian and Hispanic business owners were more likely than business owners in the general population to be extremely or very interested in learning how to build a strong business credit application, choose a credit product, and develop a business plan. To meet this demand, Wells Fargo is supporting a Chamber Training Institute that trains leaders of diverse-segment chambers of commerce on key business and leadership topics for their members, such as how to access business credit and craft strong business plans. This cross-chamber initiative builds on Wells Fargo’s strong working relationships with chambers nationwide that specifically serve and represent African American, Hispanic, Asian American and LGBT business owner interests.

    “There’s no single answer to the challenges reflected in the study, just as the challenges facing all diverse-owned businesses are broader than any one financial institution can address,” Stevens said. “As America’s leading small business lender, we have a responsibility to do more. We believe the steps we’re taking will make a difference, help us foster more lifelong relationships, and move us closer to our goal of helping every business we serve succeed financially. We want to contribute to a national conversation, involving the public and private sector, industry stakeholders and small business owners, about how to better support small businesses in every community.”

    Additional Gallup study findings

    Other key findings in Gallup’s industry study included:
    • Only about half of small business owners say they have ever borrowed money for their business, including the general population of small business owners (50 percent), Asian (53 percent) and Hispanic (51 percent) segments, while the percentage of African American business owners who have used credit (42 percent) is somewhat lower.

    • African American (21 percent) and Hispanic (18 percent) business owners were more likely than their counterparts in the general population (10 percent) to be in the startup phase.

    • Nearly half of Asian-owned business owners (49 percent) said they were in the growing phase of their business, a higher percentage than the general population of small business owners (37 percent). Also, 38 percent of Asian-owned businesses reported annual revenue of $250,000 or more, compared to 22 percent of businesses overall.

    • A higher proportion of veteran-owned businesses (24 percent) reported being in the winding down phase – preparing to retire, sell or transition their businesses – than small business owners in general (15 percent).

    • Just 9 percent of women business owners reported plans to apply for new credit in the next 12 months, compared with 20 percent of men surveyed.

    About Gallup and the “Small Business Diverse Segments Lending Study”
    As part of its Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM initiative, Wells Fargo – in collaboration with diverse chambers of commerce – commissioned Gallup to conduct a survey of diverse-segment small business owners. The research was designed to obtain insight into the experiences of Asian, African American and Hispanic small business owners on the topic of credit and gain a deeper understanding of their perceptions of working with financial institutions, and their overall experiences as small business owners. Additional surveying was conducted with women, military veteran, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business owners. The focus of the study is on the industry overall, and not on a single bank or financial institution.

    About Wells Fargo
    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

    Wells Fargo serves approximately 3 million small business owners across the United States and loans more money to America’s small businesses than any other bank (2002-2013 CRA government data). In 2014, Wells Fargo provided $18 billion in new loans to small businesses throughout the U.S. To help more small businesses achieve financial success, in 2014 Wells Fargo introduced Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services for business owners. For more information about Wells Fargo Works for Small Business, visit: WellsFargoWorks.comWellsFargoWorks.com and follow us on Twitter @WellsFargoWorks.


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    Quality Assurance Expert - Introduces a new, simple Theory of Ethics for Business Professionals

    “In today’s increasingly complex and global service environment, excellence is often an elusive goal. Stephen Hall provides direction by proposing that excellence is every employee’s responsibility, and that it can be achieved by focusing on the dual challenges of quality and ethics.”
    – Michael D. Johnson, Dean, E.M. Statler School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University


    All business professionals, especially those in the service industry, could use a new and improved theory of ethics… We hear almost on a daily basis how employers and employees are at odds, ie. McDonalds, as well as how customers are being treated. How many times have you been presented with a ‘discount’ or ‘special offer’ only to find out that due to ‘special circumstances’ it can be applied to you?

    Enter, Stephen SJ Hall, a graduate of the School of Hotel Management at Cornell University, and author of the new book, Plumb Bob: Making Excellence a Habit. Pursuing “QUALITY” is inadequate. We should be pursuing “EXCELLENCE.” This is a crucial concept set forth by Hall. Having worked in the area of quality assurance and ethics for most of his life, Hall has made many contributions to our understanding of ethics and its importance in both personal and professional contexts. His groundbreaking Theory of Property, described in Plumb Bob, is among the most significant and most readily applied frameworks for encouraging ethical awareness and practice.

    “If our standards are thorough and properly tested, and if we consistently meet them, we are achieving excellence,” says Hall. “It doesn’t get more basic than that.” Excellence is truly not difficult to achieve and Hall introduces the reader in clear and simple language to the unique Plumb Bob of excellence as a constant reminder of the passion required to consistently behave in an ethical manner and achieve excellence on a daily basis. The Plumb Bob becomes a universal symbol, reminding its owner of the importance of striving for excellence.

    Key concepts and ideas proposed by Hall in Plumb Bob include:

    The six theories of ethics, from Aristotle to Kant, and how they can be applied to conducting business in 2015

    Hall’s pivotal Theory of Property – the clear path to excellence

    Examples of the six classifications of property – body, image, intellect, space, material provisions and acquired rights

    Seven tests to determine if a behavior meets the “right” standards

    How the Plumb Bob can help you achieve excellence on a daily basis

    Stephen S. J. Hall is a graduate of the School of Hotel Management at Cornell University after which he served two years as a Marine Corps Officer. He holds an MBA with high honors from Michigan State as well as a Master’s degree in Divinity from Harvard University. His work experience includes the Director of Operations Support for ITT Sheraton Corporation as well as Vice President for Administration at Harvard University. As a consultant, he implemented the Quest for Quality for the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He has taught Quality Assurance and Ethics at several universities including Cornell. In addition to Plumb Bob: Making Excellence a Habit, Hall has authored Quality Assurance in the Hospitality Industry with the American Society for Quality Control and Ethics in Service and Tourism with the Educational Institute of AH&LA. Hall is currently retired and resides in Sarasota, FL with his wife.


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    Nielsen Introduces the New Black Power


    Today, the phrase Black Power takes on a new meaning. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Black Power Movement inspired racial pride and self-esteem amongst African-Americans and encouraged all Americans to acknowledge and embrace Black culture and heritage. Now Black Power also refers to the considerable economic influence of African-Americans.

    According to recent Nielsen reports, the buying power of African-Americans is $1.1 trillion and expected to grow to $1.3 trillion by 2017. That is significant economic influence wielded by 44 million Blacks in the U.S. In addition, African-Americans are conscious of how they spend their time and money, thus leveraging this purchasing power to ensure their economic impact is recognized and valued (See Nielsen’s videos here and here).

    The influence of Black Power increases exponentially when the overall impact that Blacks have on American popular culture is considered. A Nielsen report highlights that 73% of Whites and 67% of Hispanics believe that Blacks influence mainstream culture. This is evidenced by the success of recent television shows that feature Black actors and culturally relevant story lines. African-Americans watch nearly 200 hours of television per month, roughly 60 more hours than the total audience. The successful programming formula of inclusivity is an effective strategy for television producers, but it also is incredibly effective for reaching multiple audiences and testifies to the power of diversity.

    In addition, music by African-American artists consistently populates Billboard’s Top 20 albums chart. Youth is a key driver for specific music genres, and more than half of the Black population – 53 percent – is under the age of 35 (compared to 47 percent of total population). However, African-American youth aren’t the sole procurers of Black music. Hip-hop, in particular, has become an international, multibillion-dollar business reflective of the strong sway Black culture has on the music industry and its trends, thus providing additional proof of the far-reaching impact of today’s Black Power. Over the years, jazz, blues and R&B have had similar universal appeal.

    “African-Americans are increasing their consciousness of the power they yield in how they spend their time and money and how those decisions – whether it’s which television show to watch or which song to download – can be compounded and multiplied for maximum impact across diverse demographics,” says Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Nielsen’s senior vice president, strategic community alliance and consumer engagement. “The Black Power Movement in the ’60s and ’70s led to significant and historical changes. That same type of conscious impact is achievable utilizing today’s platforms and tools,” she says.

    For more information on Nielsen’s latest African-American consumer report, “Power. Growing. Influential,” please click here.


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    Top Success Coach Jim Fannin Shares Five, 90-Second Rules

    Fannin shares thought management tools used by true champions to succeed at home and at work


    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Feb. 3, 2014 - The average American worker puts in 5.2 more hours per week than the average French worker, 4.1 more than the average German, and 2.6 more than the average Brit, according to a recent study by two European Economists at the Center for Economic Policy Research 1.

    "We're a nation of strivers," said Jim Fannin, a success coach who has been coaxing peak performance from blue-chip professional athletes, Olympians, and C-Suite executives from many of America's best-known companies for more than 35 years. "The great tragedy is that so many Americans of genuine ability never ask themselves the single most important question that would help make them happier at home and more productive at work."

    Those hungry for success would be wise to consider what true champions do differently than their less successful counterparts, he insists.

    "Can you think and work less while producing more at work and home? Absolutely. That's how the best in the world do it," Fannin said.

    Having coached an abundance of MLB All-Stars, NFL All-Pros and world-ranked golf and tennis professionals, Jim Fannin has made a life-long, detailed study of the champion's mind.

    "What surprises many is that an average performer can become outstanding by strategically investing just 3 percent of his or her day in focused 90-second bursts," said Fannin, who developed many of his 90-second tools and techniques while coaching seven professional tennis players - top 0 world ranking - to use the minute and a half between sets to get in the Zone.

    Fannin's private coaching clients have used the dozens of 90-second tools and techniques that are part of his thought management system to prevail in the moments that matter most. Fannin's powerful, proven rules have transformed an error-prone rookie shortstop into MLB's highest-paid player. They have helped an LPGA player to win her first major tournament.

    Five of Fannin's 90-Second Rules have also been quietly applied by ordinary Americans to rejuvenate marriages, restore strained relationships between parents and children, and create lives of simplicity, balance and abundance.

    The 90-Second Rule™ After Being Apart: Whenever you have been away from someone you care about for more than two hours, give him or her your focused attention for the first 90-seconds you are together. Look into his or her eyes long enough to discern their color. "Ninety seconds given to a spouse the moment you come through the door is as powerful as hours spent together later," Fannin said.

    Breathe Like a Baby: When you need to clear your mind and slow the game down, use this technique. Unhinge your jaw. Relax your shoulders. Place your palm on your stomach, inhale and exhale deeply. Feel the tension melt away as you count your breaths for 90 seconds.

    Go to Higher Ground: True champions do not let challenges in one arena of life affect performance in the other arenas. "Going to higher ground is a focused, 90-second weekly review of the written goals for each area of your life so that you have clarity and keep challenges in perspective," Fannin said.

    Isolate the Essential Skill: True champions think deeply about their craft so that they can enter the Zone. "The essential skill for a hitter in baseball is to hit the ball solidly with the barrel of the bat so that the ball gets past the defense before they can field it," Fannin said. Because they have isolated the key skill, every baseball player Fannin coaches steps into the batter's box and uses a simple affirmation. Just ask recent Hall of Fame slugger Frank Thomas and he'll respond, 'I hit solid.'

    Be the Palm Tree: When seconds count this tools works. True champions must sometimes absorb negative energy to stay in the Zone. "In the winds of a hurricane, the palm tree bends, but it does not break," Fannin said. "By visualizing a palm tree staying strong in the rain, a champion can keep harmful emotions in check."

    Fannin's 90-Second Rule thought management system includes dozens of easy-to-use techniques that have helped ambitious, disciplined people become true champions in every realm of their lives. To learn more, visit www.90secondRule.com.

    ABOUT JIM FANNIN
    Jim Fannin coaches champions. He has personally coached many of the world's best athletes and top business leaders for more than 40 years. From 26 MLB All Stars to Fortune 500 executives, Jim's client list is a who's who that includes best-selling authors, Hall-of-Fame pro athletes, Olympic medalists, and innovative business leaders. He is the author of S.C.O.R.E.® for Life, Pebble in the Shoe™ and 90-Seconds To A Great Relationship™ and the creator of the 90-Second Rule thought management system.

    1 "Americans work too long (and too often at strange times)". Hamermesh. D. & Stancanelli, E. (29 September 2014). http://www.voxeu.org/article/americans-work-long-and-strange-times


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    The 15th Annual DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity Competition Is Open for 2015 Submissions

    Over 1,000 U.S.-based Companies Compete for Placement on Annual Rankings


    PRINCETON, NJ (January 13, 2015) – Two months remain for companies hoping to land on this year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list to participate in the competition. DiversityInc’s Top 50 is America’s most sought after diversity recognition, with over 1,200 companies expected to participate. Any organization, for profit or not, with more than 1,000 employees can apply; the deadline is March 2, there is no fee and it is not necessary to do business with DiversityInc to earn a position on the list. The results will be announced at the annual DiversityInc Top 50 Dinner to be held in New York City on April 23, 2015.

    “Our competition is metrics based and the results are determined by computer analysis. The credibility of evaluation by measured results is what's driven the number of participating companies up over the years,” explained DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti. “There is a dramatic difference in fairness between our Top 50 companies and the Fortune 500, and that reputation is driving decisions with recruiting, consumers, business partners and investors.”

    Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation is the reigning No. 1 company from the 2014 DiversityInc Top 50.

    Data from the surveys will be used to determine the 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 list, as well as the 12 specialty lists (Top 10 for Recruitment & Retention, Supplier Diversity, Employee Resource Groups, Mentoring, Diversity Councils, LGBT Employees, People With Disabilities, Veterans, Regional Companies and Hospitals/Healthcare Systems, as well as Top 7 Utilities and 25 Noteworthy Companies).

    While the survey questions have not changed significantly since 2014, technological upgrades are making the process easier than ever. DiversityInc has redesigned the survey to simplify the user experience. Responders are now able to move through the various sections of the survey at their discretion, and can save their work, exit and return. Companies that participated last year will be able to see their 2014 responses on-screen as they fill out this year’s survey. There are four areas covered in the survey: recruitment, talent development, senior leadership commitment and supplier diversity.

    As always, there is no fee to participate in the DiversityInc Top 50, and every company that participates will receive a free report card on what they’re doing right and what they can do to improve. All participating companies’ names remain completely confidential unless they earn a spot on one of the top lists, and all survey answers are also kept private. The only requirement for entry is that the company has at least 1,000 employees in the United States. Companies with business relationships with DiversityInc do not receive any preferential treatment.

    DiversityInc also annually recognizes companies with Special Awards that go beyond the empirical data and show the substantive ways they connect diversity management to business results. The 2014 winners, announced last October, can be found here: http://www.diversityinc.com/previous-diversityinc-special-award-winners/.

    If you have questions about the process, please contact Top50@DiversityInc.com.

    About DiversityInc
    DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2015 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results will be featured on DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, log on to www.diversityinc.com, https://www.facebook.com/DiversityInc, https://twitter.com/DiversityInc or http://www.linkedin.com/company/26561.


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    DiversityInc Presents Special Awards Honoring Extraordinary Companies for Diversity Management

    Leading U.S. CEOs and Chief Diversity Officers attend NYC awards dinner DiversityInc follows with full-day session today on culturally competent care in the healthcare industry


    New York (October 22, 2014) – DiversityInc announced honors last night for seven U.S. companies that showcase best practices for workplace diversity. Top executives from some of the largest and most successful companies operating in the United States accepted their awards at a dinner held at the New York Marriott Marquis. Suppliers, customers and employees also attended the conference and dinner to network and share best practices.

    The DiversityInc Special Awards winners are:

    • Global Diversity: Accenture Accepting Award: Stephen J. Rohleder, Group Chief Executive—North America

    • Supplier Diversity: Wyndham Worldwide Accepting Award: Stephen Holmes, Chairman and CEO

    • Mentoring: Sodexo Accepting Award: George Chavel, President and CEO

    • Diversity Councils: EY Accepting Award: Stephen Howe Jr., Americas Managing Partner

    • Diversity-Management Progress: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Accepting Award: Christi Shaw, President

    • Inclusive Culture: MasterCard Worldwide Accepting Award: Ajay Banga, President and CEO

    • Employee Resource Groups: Merck & Co. Accepting Award: Willie Deese, Executive Vice President and President, Merck Manufacturing Division

    “In order to earn one of our special awards, a company needs to demonstrate full commitment to diversity, starting at the top,” explained DiversityInc Founder and CEO Luke Visconti. “These companies have proven time and again that they get it. The executives who accepted the awards take a hands-on approach to priorities like building meaningful employee resource groups and supporting compensation incentives for meeting diversity goals.”

    Earlier in the day, DiversityInc hosted a conference on Building Your Diversity Brand: How to Improve Pipeline, Talent Development and Supplier Diversity. For a full agenda and list of speakers, presenters, and awardees, log on to: http://www.diversityinc.com/2014specialawardsagenda/ The event was made possible thanks to sponsors: AT&T, Caterpillar, Cox Communications, Marriott International, MasterCard Worldwide, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporations, and Wells Fargo.

    Today, DiversityInc hosts its 2014 Culturally Competent Healthcare Event. With panels, speakers and networking events, topics for the day include increasing the pipeline for minority physicians, using diversity as a driver to achieve better outcomes, addressing emerging patient needs, best practices for hiring and supporting veterans.

    For a full agenda and list of panelists, log on to: http://www.diversityinc.com/2014healthcareeventagenda/ The Healthcare event was made possible thanks to sponsors: Merck, Novartis, Novant Health, CVS Caremark, Mount Sinai, and Sodexo.

    About DiversityInc: DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001; at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results were announced on April 22nd and are featured at http://www.diversityinc.com/top50 and in DiversityInc magazine.

    For more information, log on to www.diversityinc.com, https://www.facebook.com/DiversityInc, https://twitter.com/DiversityInc, or http://www.linkedin.com/company/26561


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    Tips for Business Dinner Etiquette


    When an important client, customer, or even your boss invites you to a business dinner, it is not because he or she wants to feed you. As a guest, you are a valued table mate and your host is relying on you to bring more than your dazzling smile to the table. You have something valuable to offer and you can’t convey a powerful message if you are distracted by small details … like which is your salad fork and where you should put your napkin when you leave the table. Diane Gottsman, a national modern manners and etiquette expert, sought out industry leader, accomplished speaker, author and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, has some important etiquette tips that can get you through any important business meal.

    Diane says it is crucial to remember that good manners are not about the food. She says knowing how to hold a knife and fork is much more than social graces – it allows you to give your full attention to your fellow guests, shows your boss how you will behave in front of a client and displays a quiet confidence that allows others to feel comfortable around you at the table.

    Some of Diane’s tips on what to do, and not do, at a business meal include:

    1. RSVP promptly. When you receive an offer that requires a formal response, don’t delay. It’s the first opportunity to show you are conscientious and respect the person extending the invite. Call, email or send back the response card within 48 hours of receiving the invitation. Only accept for the number of people invited – no “surprise” plus ones.

    2. Arrive on time. If the invitation says 7:00 p.m., don’t be tardy to the party. Light hordevours and cocktails will be served, followed by a sit down dinner approximately 45 minutes to an hour later. You mustn’t arrive just in the knick of time to sit down and E-A-T!

    3. Sing for your supper. The host invited you to the dinner party because he or she felt you had something valuable to offer to the celebration. Your job is to make your own introductions, meet people you don’t know, greet those that you do, and be interesting, as well as interested, in what others have to say.

    4. Dinner is served. At a social event, the man seats the woman to his right, and then follows with woman on his left if another gentleman has not seated her. Everyone at the table will remain standing until the host arrives and has taken his or her seat.

    5. Wait for the host. Before removing the napkin to your lap, or taking a sip of wine, pause for your host to take the lead. When the napkin is removed, follow suit. Your host may propose a welcome toast and it would be bad form to have finished your glass of wine before the meal had even begun.

    6. Bread on the left. How can something as simple as a small dinner roll throw off the entire table? One mis-step can start a roulette of mishaps! If someone drinks from your water glass, or eats from your bread plate, refrain from taking the persons next to you, starting a trend going in the wrong direction. Discreetly ask the server for another plate or glass, or put your bread directly on your entrée plate. The rule of thumb: Solids are placed on the left, liquids on the right – use your thumb and index finger to make a circle and your hands will make a B (Bread) and a D (Drink) as a reminder … hands under the table please!

    7. Outside – In. When in doubt as to which utensil to use first, follow the place setting and use the utensils furthest out, working in from course to course.

    8. Technology is not welcome at the table. The sound of a text or ringing cellphone during a meal is distracting and disrespectful to your host and fellow guests. Unless you are a doctor on call, or expecting a crucial message regarding someone’s health, turn your phone off and keep it out of sight. If you must have it at the table, place it on your lap with your napkin covering it. Never set it on the table.

    9. One thing at a time. Cut only one piece of food at a time. Bring it your mouth, chew and repeat. Avoid holding your drink in one hand, your dinner roll in the other as you are chewing, bringing your drink to your mouth to take a sip. Break off one small piece of your bread item, butter it and bring it to your mouth. Avoid “buttering up” the entire roll and eating it like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    10. Keep the noise level down. Eating with confidence means you don’t bring a great deal of attention to yourself and your table manners. Avoid the obvious chomping, eating with your mouth open and blowing your nose at the table. More obvious attention getters are: Pointing with your utensils, using your fingers to push items on your fork, sopping up gravy and wiping your plate clean with your bread.

    Diane specializes in executive leadership and etiquette training, with clients ranging from university students to Fortune 500 companies, and her seminars cover topics ranging from tattoos in the workplace to technology at the dinner table and the proper use of social media. Her advice is backed by a Master’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on adult behavior. Visit http://dianegottsman.com/ and http://www.protocolschooloftexas.com/


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    NEW DATA: Is Race & Gender Equality Finally Driven By Online Investing


    Race and gender inequalities have existed for years in investing with white males typically leading the pack in both investing in new ventures, as well as in being able to easily access capital for their own ventures. Historically, females and ethnic minorities have either shied away from the investing game or were just left out of it altogether.

    But when crowdfunding was passed several years ago, it promised to be THE GREAT EQUALIZER – and new data now shows that crowdfunding is starting to deliver on this promise.

    EquityNet, a platform that has already raised more than $240 million dollars for emerging businesses, just released new data today showing a significant increase in women and minorities engaging in investing.

    Some of their insights include...

    Nationally, 98% of CEOs/founders in investment funding are male, leaving only 2% females. At EquityNet Crowdfunding Platform, females represent 20.7% of management teams, making the number on this platform over 10 times higher than at the average firm.

    On a national level, an average of 80% of managers in the investment funding world are white, with numbers around 1% representing blacks and 5%, Asians. At EquityNet, whites only make up 69.3%, meaning 7.4% of these CEOs/founders are black, 10.3% are Hispanic and 13%, Asian.

    In fact, UC Berkeley recently partnered with EquityNet to leverage the company’s extensive data for national research initiatives.


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    Robin Wilson Home

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    www.robinwilsonhome.com


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    (BPRW) Entrepreneurs: Submit Your Start-up for an Opportunity to Compete for $1 Million in Cash and In-kind Awards

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


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

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

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

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

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

    • Advanced Materials

    • Advanced Transportation

    • Alternative Energy

    • Information Technology

    • Life Science

    • Medical Devices

    • Next Generation Manufacturing

    • Products and Services

    Competition Timeline

    • Submission deadline is July 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Demo Day $25,000 Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    Finding Solutions To The Digital Divide.
    http://www.blackfamilynet.net/

  24. Black Owned NY ...
    BlackOwnedNewYork.com was created to increase the visibility of local black businesses in New York, including the 5 boroughs, Long Island, and upstate New York to allow for local economic collaboration and support.
    http://www.blackownednewyork.com/

  25. Black Pages ...
    African American Directory.
    http://www.blackpages.com/

  26. Black Shopping Channel ...
    The Black Shopping Channel has created an opportunity for aspiring African American Entrepreneurs to gain financial freedom by owning your own e-store on what is becoming the most viewed African American Online Mall in America.
    http://www.blackshoppingchannel.com/

  27. Blacks in San Antonio ...
    San Antonio's Largest Black Directory and Executive Listing.
    http://www.blacksinsanantonio.com/

  28. Black Speakers and Experts ...
    The National Directory of African American Speakers, Experts, and Professionals.
    http://www.blackexperts.com/

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

  30. Black Women Connect ...
    BlackWomenConnect.com is the #1 online community for African, Caribbean and African American women who are professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Black women are one of the most wealthy and influential demographics on the planet. It's time we have our very own social network!
    http://www.blackwomenconnect.com

  31. BlackYellowPagesOnline.com ...
    Use BlackYellowPagesOnline.com - Black America’s Largest Business, News & Community Information Resource! Rated #1 by African Americans nationwide.
    http://www.blackyellowpagesonline.com/

  32. Central Florida Black Business ...
    Central Florida Black Business features Orlando events and Black businesses in the Orlando area. We promote Orlando events and Black businesses via many different channels including our partners, our website, newsletter, social media pages and internet advertising.
    http://www.cflblackbusiness.com/

  33. Cheap Business Cards ...
    Design your business cards online or upload your own design. Fast, easy and fun!
    http://www.CardsMadeEasy.com

  34. Concert Promotions: A Step By Step Guide ...
    Learn how to book successful shows without spending your own money. Get sponsorship ideas, marketing secrets and more.
    http://www.concertpromotions.net/

  35. Custom Made Publications ...
    Specializing in unique one-of-a-kind book marks, party favors, flyers, family history books, brochures, and invitations for all occasions. Experienced in designing PowerPoint presentations, church programs, newsletters, etc.
    http://custom-madepublications.com/

  36. Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce ...
    The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for the creation, growth and general welfare of the African American business in the Dallas community.
    http://www.dbcc.org/

  37. dfwMinority.com ...
    dfwMinority.com is a free directory of minority and women based businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We have over 3000 businesses listed and growing.
    http://www.dfwminority.com/

  38. Diamond and Company ...
    Raising brand awareness takes vision, creativity and expertise. Diamond & Company, provides artist management, marketing and Public Relations services to a wide variety of clients.
    http://www.diamondandcompany.com/

  39. Diversity Information Resources ...
    Connecting Buyers with Diverse Suppliers.
    http://www.diversityinforesources.com/

  40. Ebony Pages - Atlanta Listings ...
    With over 600 listings to choose from, Ebony Pages is the most complete Atlanta area minority owned business listing.
    http://www.ebonypages.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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