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Feb 28th


Walmart donates $5 million to help build the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Walmart among founding donors to the Smithsonian Institution’s historic Washington, D.C. project
Walmart has donated $5 million to the Smithsonian Institution to support the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C.

Walmart’s support of the NMAAHC is a part of the company’s continued commitment to advance causes that promote diversity and inclusion. The NMAAHC was established in 2003 by Congress, making it the 19th Smithsonian Institution museum. It will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, art, history and culture.

Business passion: The workshop at Macy’s

After a highly successful inaugural edition this past Spring, Macy’s innovative business of fashion program - The Workshop at Macy’s, returns to mentor and foster growth for a new class of up-and-coming minority and women-owned businesses. The retail 101 crash course, aims to take promising enterprises to the next level in order for them to achieve and sustain positive and successful vendor relationships. This industry first initiative reinforces Macy’s long-standing commitment to vendor diversity and to providing customers with unique goods and services that meet their lifestyle.

Now what? A game plan for job seekers who have already tried everything

Now what?  A game plan for job seekers who have already tried everythingSometimes I meet people who are really down on their luck.  They’ve been out of work a while and feel their prospects are low.  They can’t see a way out, and yet, to me, the path is so clear it’s practically paved in little yellow bricks.  Recently, I talked with an engineer in just this situation.  The game plan we came up with together is straightforward and simple and one you might want to try if you’ve already tried everything and still can’t find a job.

3.6 Percent Social Security Benefit Increase for 2012

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced recently.

The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2011.

Before You Hit Send: A Case for Proofreading Your Emails

Before You Hit Send: A Case for Proofreading Your EmailsBusiness owner Jim shared an email that surprised me and made me think.  We all know people who text and drive and chew gum at the same time.  We are in a hurry these days, and need to accomplish important things.  In a written message, typos are easily forgiven, especially if a line at the end of the message says, “Sent from my phone.”

That said, professionals still have a responsibility to maintain a slightly higher standard.  America is in the middle of a battle between spell check and autocorrect, and if the following email is any indication, America is not winning.

Bridging the achievement gap through education and risk taking

Bridging the achievement gap through education and risk takingWhen the State of Minnesota tests schoolchildren each fall, they break down the results in numerous ways in order to determine who is learning and which schools need to step up their programs.  According to Michelle Deziel, the results consistently show that educational resources are not getting to the kids who need them the most.  And educating children, according to Deziel, is a key to long term success in bridging the achievement gap between cultures and overcoming racism in everyday life.

Have you had your financial check-up?

Have you had your financial check-up?  In beauty salons and barber shops across the nation, at summer barbecues and holiday dinners, African Americans have a long tradition of indulging in rich conversation. So much so that we've created our very own cultural vernacular, or way of speaking. No matter the venue, when we come together we are ready to talk about it all, from current events and politics to music and relationships. Nothing is off limits. Well, almost.
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