Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Finance Guru Helping Entrepreneurs Survive in the New Normal

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AFRICAN AMERICAN FINANCE GURU EQUIPS ENTREPRENEURS TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE NEW NORMAL

Winston-Salem, NC -- Financial consultant and businessman, Linsey Mills, has launched a new book to equip entrepreneurs with the skills to build a sustainable business in a shrinking economy. In the book, Your Business Venture: The Prep, The Pitch, The Funding, Mills shares the three major pillars that are needed to master, ideate, create, develop, pitch, launch, and grow a profitable and sustainable business. All of this is powered by one great idea and the passion and confidence that it can work.

Mills describes The Prep as preparing the mind to identify or attract ideas that have the potential to be a successful business. The Pitch is how effectively the entrepreneur presents his idea to potential partners, funders, and investors; The Funding is exploring the types of available funding and what funding works best for the business.

A successful entrepreneur himself, Mills challenges entrepreneurs to think outside the box. He underscores the importance of knowing the product and target market, delivering the perfect pitch, and building a solid team. The author shows his reader not only how to launch a successful grand opening but also how to avoid the grand closing.

Black Author Releases 2nd Children's Book

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BLACK CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR, COCO LABON, INTRODUCES SECOND ADVENTURE BOOK ABOUT A KITTEN NAMED POLO

Winston-Salem, NC  Coco LaBon is excited to introduce her new children's book, Polo's Mail Truck Adventure! This book is about a mischievous kitten named Polo who chases a butterfly onto a mail truck and finds himself going on an unexpected adventure when the mail truck drives off with him inside!

Once the mail truck arrives at the next stop, Polo finds himself in an unfamiliar neighborhood, but soon he meets a new friend who helps him find his way back home. Coco believes that kids, especially those who love kittens, will be captivated by this adventure story! “Polo’s Mail Truck Adventure” features an African American family and is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.

Coco’s first book, The Legend of the Chocolate River, was published about 15 years ago with a different publisher and is also available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. The Legend of the Chocolate River is about a baby elephant named Manda who is best friends with an old wise frog, Mr. Crowley. One day, they set out on a dangerous journey to find the legendary Chocolate River, but first they must cross Skeleton River, which is full of hungry crocodiles! Children who love chocolate will enjoy going along on their journey.

Black Grief Coach Shares Advice For Businesses

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GRIEF COACH DORA CARPENTER OFFERS ADVICE ON WHAT NOT TO SAY TO AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS GRIEVING

Winston-Salem, NC -- Dora Carpenter, Founder and Program Director of the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching (IOPGC), is offering valuable advice on what not to say to an employee who is grieving. Dora, and her team of grief coaches, are helping organizations manage workplace grief in a professional manner with her unique non-therapeutic approach to the problem.

“IOPGC has helped many individuals navigate the wilderness of grief and journey to a fulfilled life of meaning and purpose,” says Dora Carpenter. “We are now helping organizations deal with the problem of pandemic grief at work with this approach. It is important for organizations to support a compassionate and grief-informed workplace culture.”

2020 Conference for Black Writers and Entrepreneurs

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2020 CONFERENCE FOR BLACK WRITERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO CONVENE IN OCTOBER DESPITE PANDEMIC

Winston-Salem, NC --  Black Writers on Tour and the Southern California Black Business and Tech Expo will partner this year to produce a powerful one-day virtual event. Produced by Dr. Rosie Milligan, the event will be held online on Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 10am to 4pm via a platform called Hopin. Both authors and entrepreneurs are invited to participate in a conference that will be more dynamic than ever with seminars, workshops, and exhibits.

The event's theme for 2020 is “Literacy is Everybody’s Business—Literacy + Technology Changes Lives,” and participants will learn how to intertwine tech and literacy in the 21st century.

16-Year Old Author, "Black Girl, White School"

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16-YEAR OLD USES HER EXPERIENCES TO CREATE THE #1 AMAZON NEW RELEASE "BLACK GIRL, WHITE SCHOOL: THRIVING, SURVIVING AND NO, YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR (AN ANTHOLOGY)"

Winston-Salem, NC --  In a summer filled with calls for racial justice, a high school senior is amplifying voices of Black girls in predominantly white schools, leaving her mark and sparking important conversations. At just 16-years old, Olivia Clarke created and edited the Amazon Bestseller anthology - Black Girl, White School: Thriving, Surviving, and No, You Can’t Touch My Hair.

“I want to raise up Black voices, especially Black female voices that aren’t necessarily heard because we’re young. I wanted Black girls and women to know they are not alone and that others have similar experiences. I also wanted them to be inspired and empowered by both the book and the accompanying journal,” creator, editor, and diversity and inclusion activist Olivia V.G. Clarke said. “This book is also an opportunity for parents, school administrators, and educators to understand experiences of Black girls in white schools and use that knowledge to make anti-racism a focus, not just in words but action.”

Clarke has just released a support journal for Black girls to accompany the book and has plans to publish an ally journal in October.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Discover This Compelling New Book Illustrating The Power Of A Black Mother's Hair In Honoring Her Son's Life

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Children’s Picture Book Honors Mother-Son Bond and Black Hair Pride


Author Shellice Beharie pays tribute to the memory of her loving son in her debut picture book, PRINCE AND HIS MOTHER’S CROWN: Tales Within my Mother’s Hair.

This read-aloud narrative communicates that in their early stages of childhood boys can find comfort and creativity in their mother’s tresses.

PRINCE AND HIS MOTHER’S CROWN published by Outskirt Press in April 2020 is a richly colored book for early readers, grade level K-3. Full of positive imagery the book is illustrated by Richa Kinra.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Sisters in Business Directory Launches

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NEW SISTERS IN BUSINESS DIRECTORY OFFERS SUPPORT FOR MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES

Nationwide  Masterly Business Solutions has announced immediate availability of the Minority Business Directory, enabling minority business owners and those who want to support them a centralized place to do so. “It’s an amazing directory, we worked hard to develop something that could really uplift the community,” said Stuart Charles, Web Developer at Masterly Business Solutions.

Positive Customer Impact

Minority-owned businesses now have an opportunity to reach a wider audience. The Sisters in Business directory permits companies to submit both paid and free listings to promote themselves. With options for multiple listings formats, including video-, coupon-, and image-based posts, the new directory promises to elevate the profile of female-led companies.

1st Black-Owned Kosher, Non-GMO Cake Mix Brand

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BLACK WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR MAKES HISTORY WITH NEW LINE OF KOSHER, NON-GMO CAKE MIXES

Nationwide  Truly one-of-a-kind, King Preferred is the first Black woman-owned, Kosher certified OUD, Non-GMO, specialty food baking mix company. The business was founded in 2012 by LaTonya King as a way to express her love for cooking, which was passed down to her from her Aunt Sadie. Growing up, LaTonya would spend the weekends with her aunt, and on Sunday’s they would cook dinner together accompanied with a delicious, homemade dessert. Not one to let her Tennessee tradition fade away, LaTonya decided to utilize her aunt’s cake mixes and share them with the world. From there, King Preferred was born!

Building the company was not an easy feat, as LaTonya had to work tirelessly to carve out a niche in a baking industry that is dominated with the larger household name brands. Fortunately, her mixes are quickly making a name for themselves by way of trade shows, Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, NY, Cubs Foods, national magazine ads, and good, old-fashioned word of mouth. Most recently, she showcased her mixes at the Kosher Fest in Secaucus, NJ with the crowds ranking their favorites as Bread Pudding, Banana Pudding Pound Cake, Cream Cheese Pound Cake, and Chocolate.

Black Entrepreneur, DIY Course on Making Crafts and Home Decor

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCHES D.I.Y. COURSE ON HOW TO WORK AT HOME MAKING HOME DECOR, GIFTS, AND CRAFTS

Nationwide  Chaketa Renee’, founder of Power2Manifest, has launched a DIY entrepreneurship course that offers women a way to work from home while learning a new way to use their creativity. It's called the Power2Manifest Cricut Class Bundle, and it teaches a simplified way to use a Circut vinyl cutting machine to create personalized shirts, cups, paper crafts, and home decorations. Typically a craft with a steep learning curve, the class bundle is made up of three classes for on-demand step-by-step direction on how to use the software Design Space. Do any crafty ladies out there want to be a woman in business?

Chaketa comments, “The software can be a bit tricky. But, with the right help, it’s doable. Once I perfected my craft, I wanted to teach other women how to use Design Space for Cricut so they can start their own home business like I did.”

Unlike the tiring YouTube videos and blogs that flood the marketplace, the Cricut Class Bundle cuts right to the chase, pardon the pun. Noted as a “jump-start on the Cricut learning curve," the crafting classes help students start selling crafts sooner. As a bonus, ongoing support is offered through a private Facebook community. It’s there that like-minded friendships are supported, and answers to questions abound in real-time.

Black Author, Racial Discrimination in Corporate America

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NEW BOOK FROM AUTHOR CORI WILLIAMS SAYS “CODE-SWITCHING” IS A DEAL-BREAKER FOR A MORE SUPPORTIVE CORPORATE AMERICA


Nationwide  Today, globally, African Americans in the corporate world have an extra detail on their to-do list that risks self-esteem, personal productivity, and the inalienable right to thrive. Tasked daily with surviving racial bias and its resulting inequality, bright black men and women must watch what they say, who they say it to, and, most importantly, how they say it. It is called “code-switching," and no one is immune, not even President Barack Obama.

Putting a spotlight on what he calls discrimination by design, a new book by author Cori Williams looks at how African Americans get from one day to the next in corporate America. Released on September 7th, Thriving While Black: The Act of Surviving and Thriving in the Same Space could not be more on-point in a social climate that is strained at best.

So, what is code-switching, and why is it equal to racial trauma on ethnic groups? The term is defined as the switching from the linguistic system of one language to the dialect of another. Simply put, code-switching is a way of communicating that builds barriers between the races. Currently necessary in practice, it supports an inability to connect authentically, and that breeds micro-aggressions and stereotyping from all involved.

Black Entrepreneur Gets Saucy, Signs Deals With 30 Grocery Stores

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR GETS SAUCY, SIGNS DEALS WITH 30 GROCERY STORES


Nationwide  Reggie D. Smith, founder of one of the fastest-growing Black-owned line of gourmet sauces called STL Pure Heat, started out creating delicious meals for just his friends and family. Now, however, he is the owner and CEO of one of the hottest food products in the country.

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, STL Pure Heat is a perfect mix of flavor and heat that flawlessly blends peppers, spices, and locally sourced vegetables into one sweet and tangy marinade. His sauces can be used to transform meats and seafood dishes into authentic, at-home culinary delights for dipping as a marinade or as a meal topper.

Made locally in small batches with all-natural ingredients, the sauces have only 40 calories per serving and are available in three different flavors - Sweet & Spicy, Sweet & Mild, and Garlic Heat. Each bottle has a unique blend of sweetness with a nice kick of your desired heat. Reggie makes it extremely easy for foodies to go beyond the ordinary hot sauce and jazz up their next dish with creativity.