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Small Business Support During Crisis

By Kala Gibson, Head of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank Courtesy of The Michigan Chronicle Drive down most streets, and it’s easy to see the obstacles our small business community is facing. There are closed signs on storefronts, empty parking lots outside malls and only carry-out from the restaurants that remain open. Whether it’s a family-owned store or a 200-person operation, business owners are making tough choices. Some have...

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Earvin Magic Johnson’s Equitrust funds over $100 million for minority and women owned businesses

By AJ Williams, The Michigan Chronicle Earvin “Magic” Johnson, majority owner of EquiTrust, the nation’s largest minority-owned insurance company, announced a $100 million partnership with MBE Capital Partners, the largest certified minority-owned asset-based lender, and the National Action Network. Together, they are focused on distributing PPP loans geared specifically for minority and women-owned businesses in underserved communities. Johnson’s EquiTrust is providing critical financial support to underserved communities and businesses...

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Diddy Leads Campaign to Aid Minority-Owned Small Businesses Amid COVID-19

Sean “Diddy” Combs has created Our Fair Share to assist minority owned small businesses reeling from COVID-19. The first round of funding established by the government through the Payment Protection Program (PPP) went fast. It never trickled down to businesses that needed financial help the most so that is when Combs stepped up. “I created Our Fair Share to help entrepreneurs play on an even playing field and give...

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I Got Lucky: Dealing With Imposter Syndrome

Amber Tucker “I’m not good enough.” “They’re not going to listen to me. “I’m a fraud.” Have you heard that voice in your head that’s telling you that you do not belong and one day soon, everyone will figure it out? It has a name. It is not the truth and it is not “your conscience.” It’s a phenomenon called “Imposter syndrome.”  Imposter syndrome is a term coined by...

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Leading Your Team During a Crisis

Amber Tucker As of March 27, 2020, the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) is reporting over 85,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Many states are issuing stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders and it is impacting the way business operate. Leading through this can feel a lot like swimming against the tide with new information coming from all angles constantly, staying afloat can be a herculean effort....

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New to working from home? Here are some tips

By Chida Rebecca The idea of working from home has always been a glamorized one. Rolling out of bed whenever you’d like, sitting poolside with your favorite drink at noon. Man! That sounds like a day anyone would enjoy. Especially if you find yourself working for a company that you may not particularly like physically going to. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen corporations big and small come...

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