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Jul 28th

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High expectations yield huge victory for St. Paul students

High expectations yield huge victory for St. Paul students High School for Recording Arts wins regional Junior Achievement competition first time out of the gate.

When Kurtis Greenwood, a 17-year-old student, joined Junior Achievement (JA) at High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) in September, he was unsure if he and his peers were up to the task of starting a business.  Having never worked in a business before, Greenwood had no idea how his first time out of the entrepreneurial gate would turn out. 

“I thought it was going to be very hard to do a start-up business,” said Greenwood.  “I wasn’t sure what to expect.” 
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A New Decision

A New DecisionNegotiations rule number one is, “Never change your mind, and never ask anyone else to change his mind.”  The only way to reach an agreement with an opponent is to make a new decision based on new information.  If you are choosing not to agree to my terms, it might be that we need to explore different data.  This approach works well in tough business conversations.  However, this article is not about business.  This one is about something entirely different: life.
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U.S. Bank provides support for Minneapolis tornado victims

U.S. Bank will contribute $25,000 to support residents of North Minneapolis who were impacted by the May 22 tornado that hit the area. The contribution will go to the Minneapolis Foundation for the Northside Home Fund and Minnesota Helps.

“U.S. Bank has served North Minneapolis families and businesses for generations through our West Broadway office,” said Elliot Jaffee, Twin Cities market president at U.S. Bank. “Minneapolis is our hometown and we are eager to be a part of the recovery. This is a strategic and coordinated effort led by the City of Minneapolis and the Northside Home Fund. The Northside Home Fund has been working for several years to coordinate efforts to deal with housing issues on the north side and is coordinating responses to the housing problems created by the tornado.”
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Hundreds rally against budget cuts, for fair taxes and good jobs

A diverse group of Minnesotans filled the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday morning May 21, calling on the legislature to increase taxes on the richest two percent of Minnesotans, producing a fair budget. Faced with devastating cuts to education and health care, an estimated 1,000 participants called for a responsible budget that protects Minnesotans, vital public services, and creates good jobs.

Hundreds then boarded buses to bring the message directly to CEOs, joining protests at the Minneapolis Club, Calhoun Beach Club, and the Lake Street Cub Foods.
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Media warn AT&T/T-Mobile deal could hurt ethnic communities

AT&T’s recently announced acquisition of T-Mobile will significantly impact ethnic communities around the United States, especially low-income populations that could be confronted by reduced service access and higher costs.

But the arcane nature of media policy—jargon-ridden and full of obscure legalisms—often leaves ethnic and community media able to present only sketchy reports for their audiences.
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Western Union and USAID to launch second African Diaspora Marketplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) a leader in global payment services, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced they will launch a second African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM) in the fourth quarter of 2011. The ADM encourages sustainable economic growth and employment by supporting U.S.-based African Diaspora entrepreneurs with innovating and high-impact ideas for start-up and established businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Lauren aims to inspire, uplift community

Lauren aims to inspire, uplift communityNot many businesses can attribute their launch to a bad hair day.

Yet if Ashley Lauren hadn’t awakened one morning with unruly hair when she was 15, she wouldn’t have started Diva Rags.  That fledgling enterprise, in turn, begat Diva Rags & Suave Clothing, a South Minneapolis boutique that sells custom clothing, shoes, jewelry and related accessories.

While Lauren, now 25, says her business is profitable, counting her riches isn’t her primary motivation in life.  She aims to inspire others to follow their dreams and uplift the community, particularly youth.

That’s why she conceived the Diva/Suave Project, a nonprofit through which she has donated hundreds of headscarves for cancer patients and others.  Numerous items she sells on the for-profit side—among them, hats, tennis shoes, ties, jeans, shawls and shirts, many of which are emblazoned with “wearable glitter” and gems and inscribed with positive messages such as “Live With Purpose,” “Persevere” and “Believe”—she also gives away through the nonprofit.  As part of her charitable efforts, she also teaches and inspires youngsters in after-school classes.
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