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Jul 22nd

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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.
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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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Be Your Own Boss jEM Workshops start Oct. 24th -

Be Your Own Boss jEM Workshops start Oct. 24th -The University of Minnesota's Office for Business & Community Economic Development announced three after school programs to be offered this fall.  jEM Global Entrepreneurship Workshops are designed to introduce Twin Cities high school students to the business world and enhance leadership skills, each with a specific focus. These free weekly workshops will begin October 24th:
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Easing into something better

Easing into something better“I’ll probably wake up at two in the morning and realize I know exactly what to do,” Tim remarked.  His Career Coach was surprised.  A fan of getting a good night’s sleep, she responded, “How about I just tell you what to do?”  Tim had lost enough shut-eye already, worrying about his transition out of a negative big-company situation.  He had so many possible paths to take, yet making the first step seemed impossible.
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Minnesota Department of Revenue debuts new e-Services system

The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced the launch of its new e-Services online system. This new system is replacing e-File Minnesota and will offer a wider variety of services to 400,000 business taxpayers.  Beginning Oct. 17, the department will start transitioning businesses to the new system.
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NNPA-Nielsen Black Consumer Report seen as new empowerment tool

NNPA-Nielsen Black Consumer Report seen as new empowerment tool  (TriceEdneyWire.com) - By the year 2015, African Americans will be spending $1.1 trillion a year on products and services.

Currently, the Black population in the U.S. has a buying power of nearly $1 trillion - a figure larger than the gross domestic product of most countries in the world.

The number of African American households earning $75,000 or more has grown by 63.9 percent in the last decade, a rate greater than that of the overall population. 
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Talking compensation

Talking compensationThis topic just keeps coming up.  Only three days into his new position, Ricky sent me the only email that makes me crazy.  He wrote, “I just want to be sure I got the vacation I was promised when I took this position.  A lot of people here have less vacation than I asked for.”

The only way to know how much vacation time your co-workers have is to ask them.  Discussing vacations and salaries is a lose-lose conversation.  I’ve written about this before, and yet the topic comes up so regularly and so predictably that it seems people might appreciate being reminded:  When a conversation between co-workers involves compensation, someone will always walk away mad.
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