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Sep 02nd

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One family attempts to stimulate economy through 'The Ebony Experiment'

John C. and Maggie Anderson are ready to engage in an experiment that will change their lives. On January 1, 2009, the Andersons launched The Ebony Experiment, a yearlong effort to generate significant economic growth within the Black community. During this time, the Andersons will only support Black-owned businesses and professionals in efforts to motivate other Black consumers to do the same. With a concerted national push, the Andersons look to prove that Black communities can be improved when Black consumers and investors support their own.

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Know your tax exemption, deduction options

Know your tax exemption, deduction options

About the only upside when the cost of living increases is that every year the IRS readjusts personal tax exemptions, standard deduction amounts and retirement account contribution limits. It's not like winning the lottery, but I'll take all the good news I can get.

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New year, same old you

New year, same old you

At life’s turning points, people expect change. Birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, holidays are supposed to magically transform us into new and better versions of ourselves, right? Maybe, but not usually, or at least not for long. Remember Y2K? This New Year’s Day is unlikely to change things any more than that one did. Unemployment will be up again in January, along with foreclosures and lines at food shelves across Minneapolis. The obstacles to your happiness are not likely to melt away overnight. Except one. If you are standing in your own way, it is time to take control where you can and change something you can change: yourself.

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Managing multiple offers

Managing multiple offers

Even in this volatile job market, people continue to look for and find employment. A local radio station this week asked people to call in if they are hiring. People called. And called. Yes, the jobs are out there. Job seeker Bea discovered this for herself recently when she went from unemployed to overemployed in a single day. How did that happen? Actually, she made it happen, and you can, too.

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Back to basics

Back to basics

By Julie Desmond

Across the Twin Cities, baseball, lacrosse and soccer coaches are drawing up plays and looking longingly out windows, excitedly anticipating a new season. Although in the working world the seasons are not so clearly defined, one's approach to work can be comparable to the way one might succeed on the field. Remember the parallels between sports and work: it's all about fundamentals. Attention to the basics of presentation, communication, commitment and drive will lead every player to success.
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BLACK ENTERPRISE unveils exclusive list of Black corporate directors at Americas largest 250 companies

BLACK ENTERPRISE unveils exclusive list of Black corporate directors at Americas largest 250 companies


In an era when CEOs are under increased scrutiny and corporations must demonstrate greater financial integrity, corporate boards are playing a larger role in the strategic direction of corporate America. For that reason, February's BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) has unveiled the BE Registry of Corporate Directors, an exclusive roster of African American board members of the 250 largest corporations. The cover story reveals how these powerful decision makers serve as "the guardians of shareholder value."
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Joining a Gym? Complaints to BBB reveal how to get fit while avoiding the pitfalls

Joining a Gym? Complaints to BBB reveal how to get fit while avoiding the pitfalls

By the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota & North Dakota

Complaints received by Better Business Bureau for fitness clubs have increased more than 90 percent in the last 5 years. And according to a new analysis conducted by BBB, the most common complaints consumers have about fitness clubs focus on two related areas, contract disputes (41.5 percent) and billing issues (31.7 percent). BBB has also seen a rise in complaints about fitness centers that sold memberships, only to go out of business a few weeks later (15.1 percent), leaving disgruntled customers behind trying to recoup their advance payments.
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