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5 Ways Black Businesses Can Grow After Emerging From Disruption

The pandemic made 2020 a difficult year for many small businesses, as many closed permanently. But other small companies had success despite the surge in outbreaks and are hoping to build on those achievements in 2021. How can they keep their momentum going, and what can other companies learn from their struggles to navigate the challenges of the new year? “To stay afloat, owners adjusted on the fly and creatively found...

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Money: Top Tips for Organized Tax Filing

(StatePoint) 2020 was a particularly stressful year — but filing its taxes doesn’t need to be. With the following tips, you can stay organized and cool-headed throughout the process. File Early File early so you check this major to-do off your list and relax. The good news is that the sooner you file, the better. This is true no matter what your circumstances are. If you owe money, you’ll...

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African Americans making power moves in corporate world

by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer Andrea Stanford was already going places, even before The Advanced Leadership Initiative’s “Executive Leadership Academy” came to fruition in 2018. The Westchester County, N.Y., native, who came to Pittsburgh and graduated from the university that bears the city’s name, has been lauded for her professional and community service efforts in the 13 years she’s been in the Steel City. In recent years,...

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American Express Commits $2.5 M to 100 Black Female Owned Businesses

Did you know that woman-founded businesses received a mere 2.8 percent of venture capital dollars in 2019, with female founders of color receiving just 0.32 percent? A couple big organizations are working to change that for the long-term. Co-Founder of Kazmaleje (pronounced Cosmology), LaToya Stirrup is one of 100 women selected by American Express and IFundWomen of Color for its 100 for 100 campaign that supports black female entrepreneurs....

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Atlanta Hawks strike historic agreement with Black-owned banks

The Hawks become the first professional sports team to secure financing with Black-owned banks for $35 million refinancing of Emory Sports Medicine Complex Transaction facilitated with the support of the National Black Bank Foundation and Black Bank Fund to help bolster Black banks and the communities they serve Earlier today, the Atlanta Hawks announced that it has agreed to refinance the construction loan for the Emory Sports Medicine Complex...

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Despite apology from Wells Fargo CEO, African Americans still face ‘uphill battle’ for respect

by Kaylan Ware On September 23, Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf apologized in a letter to his employees for comments made in a June 16 memo titled “Our commitment to change.” “While it might sound like an excuse, the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of Black talent to recruit from with this specific experience,” Scharf said in the June 16 memo. He also repeated...

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