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Mar 30th


Mayor Rybak calls for extension of jobless benefits for Minnesotans

Standing with people trying to get back on their feet and find work, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak last week called on Congress to quickly extend federal unemployment benefits for Minnesotans. Unless action is taken soon, thousands of Minnesotans without jobs will lose unemployment benefits by the end of the year.

(Plan Your Career) Glasses or contacts? As interviewing revs up, candidate concerns get back to the basics

(Plan Your Career) Glasses or contacts?  As interviewing revs up, candidate concerns get back to the basicsWendy has an interview Thursday, and can’t stop obsessing over details.  It was there on her resume, detail-oriented, but who knew how accurate that could be?  As the economy brightens and companies gear up to hire, more candidates are finding themselves in a quandary about interviewing.  It’s been so long, they say.  And everything has changed since the last time I looked, they say. The most important factor in an interview is comfort level.

(Plan Your Career) What are you working for?

Hunting for hats and gloves last week (October?) I was reminded of a friend who might be coming up short in the winter clothes column this fall.  This family was driving by an apartment complex and saw fire trucks, ambulances and many, many residents: adults, children, infants and grandparents standing outside in mid-MN-winter, watching everything they owned burn to the ground.  Some were in stocking feet.  Few had jackets or hats.  And it was cold.  This friend and her family wheeled back to the apartment complex and the parents threw their coats, hats and mittens to the residents.  The children followed the parents’ lead and handed their jackets and boots out through the car window.

Taxpayers: Tax deduction for vehicle purchases

The "Cash for Clunkers" program for new cars may have ended, but the IRS wants to remind taxpayers that many people might overlook another special break available. If you buy a new vehicle this year, there's a special federal tax deduction available that can help you save money, in some cases hundreds of dollars. This tax break will allow people who buy a new vehicle in 2009 to deduct the sales and excise taxes they pay when they file their tax return next year.  The tax deduction is available on the 2009 federal tax return even for those who claim the standard deduction.

ACC received an award from Mayor Coleman recognizing successful work promoting the Emerging Market

The African Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic development of African immigrants in Minnesota.

Acorn & us

How many Black Americans are actually buying into rants against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now?  By now most Blacks have heard of ACORN and some are involved in bogus babble defaming an organization that has demonstrated positive intent toward communities where we live.  Before Blacks join chattering classes against ACORN, its work on our behalf should be considered.

(Plan Your Career) 20 weeks to a new career

I keep telling people there are jobs out there.  Alex Tittle shares that belief.  Mr. Tittle contends that high school graduates and GED holders who are willing to work hard and willing to learn can find jobs now.  And he should know.  Mr. Tittle is Education Director for Summit Academy OIC in Minneapolis, and he has seen firsthand the benefits of great training and mentorship.
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