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As appeared first in the Michigan Chronicle With the economy trying to overcome the effects of COVID-19 and the nation’s political unrest, business leaders face a challenge like never before as stores and offices reopen and try to lure back customers and clients. “Even before our current crisis, it’s always been important for businesses to respond to unanticipated changes in the market that threatened their product or business model,” says Adam Witty, the ForbesBooks co-author of Authority Marketing: Your Blueprint to Build Thought Leadership That Grows Business, Attracts Opportunity, and Makes Competition Irrelevant. “Now,

As appeared first in the Chicago Defender By LaToya Wright, Contributing Writer In 2004, Kanye West told the world about his work experience at the mall brand store, The Gap in the song Spaceships on his debut album “The College Dropout.” Kanye recounted his days as a teen working at the Gap. Days of being insulted by his manager repeatedly. Days of being asked to the back of the store and being patted down and asked about khakis. Khakis Kanye admittedly stole but he was never caught. Today Kanye

The Greater Columbus, GA Chamber of Commerce announced the new Chamber President and CEO, Jerald Mitchell at a news conference today, Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the PowerHouse in Uptown Columbus. Mitchell comes to the Columbus Chamber from Atlanta, where he’s the Vice President of Economic Development for the Atlanta Beltline Inc. (ABI) The Atlanta Beltline is a development corporation for one of the largest [$4.5 billion] redevelopment projects in the U.S. “Jerald has a unique combination of leadership skills that will be immeasurably valuable to the Chamber

McDonald’s USA today announced the launch of its $500,000 Black & Positively Golden® Scholarship Fund to help students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continue their education this fall, despite impacts of COVID-19. Facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), scholarships will be distributed for the 2020-2021 academic year. The announcement comes in conjunction with the launch of the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture: Unstoppable Virtual Experience, in which McDonald’s officially kicks off its partnership with the ESSENCE Girls United HBCU initiative. “We know that education is

As appeared first in the Chicago Defender By Sabrina Catlett For many voters, the resounding answer is no. The growing disdain for Biden among young Democratic voters has been predicted to dwindle with the promise of a Black woman as vice president, but for many, this is not the case. Of the 13 (and counting) women being vetted by the Biden campaign, over half of them are women of color. Seven of them are Black women. A recent poll found that 46 percent of Democrats think it important that Biden chooses

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent As more corporations jump into the fray, offering statements of support for African Americans in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests, a new study reveals that many companies’ actual policies and practices contradict their public statements. With just a small amount of research, short-term marketing and public relations positioning using words proclaiming empathy, understanding and support of Black causes can too often be found to be in direct contrast of long-term human resources dictates. A

by Angela Sailor (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Will Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) survive the COVID-19 pandemic? Unfortunately, it’s a legitimate topic of debate. As an HBCU graduate, I desperately want to believe that these invaluable institutions will survive. And for the sake of our country, I hope they do survive—for the ultimate measure of our nation’s vitality and strength is the ability of its people and its institutions to prevail in times of challenge and controversy. Under extreme financial pressure arising from the COVID shutdown, colleges and universities across the

As appeared first in the Michigan Chronicle ORS™ Haircare has launched ORS™Cares with a $100,000 starting investment. ORS™Cares a multi-tiered support initiative conceived to benefit black hairstylists and salon owners nationwide who’ve suffered losses owing to the COVID-19 crisis, and the ongoing social unrest from city to city. Announced on the 2020 Juneteenth independence holiday, the initiative includes the ORS™Cares Relief Fund, established to aid licensed hair professionals with grants, which can be used for any purpose. ORS™Cares will also provide charitable product donations and contributions to select black community

As appeared first in the Chicago Defender By Elizabeth Lampkin Across the country, people intentionally celebrated Juneteenth.  While these and other events are happening, black-owned businesses have received a massive amount of support. This is a fantastic turn of events for black business owners. However, is buying black a current trend and if so, how long will this surge of support continue?  Many people have decided to buy black to combat racism, increase the black dollar, and rebuild a stronger sense of support for black communities. These actions are long overdue and must continue

(NewsUSA) – The global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has accelerated an adoption of online work, video meetings, and virtual conferences that will likely continue. Almost every business professional has hosted and participated in multiple online meetings, but how many have taken the time to consider how they present themselves on camera and how to make the most of virtual interactions with colleagues, clients, or customers? If you want to optimize how you appear on video and improve and enhance your ability to communicate in a virtual meeting setting,