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Archive for December 5th, 2011

Black business group holds first fundraiser to fight for parity

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By Chinta Strausberg


Former Senator Howard Brookins, late Senator Shaw to be honored


WE CAN, Inc, a coalition of business and community professionals, is holdings its first fundraiser Thursday, December 8, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sportsman Inn, 4501 S. Cicero, Chicago, IL.

The group was formed to shore up and support the empowerment of both existing and future African American businesses needed to stabilize, maintain, expand and grow and has set a goal of 100 members needed to help fight for an equitable slice of the economic pie on all governmental levels.

In stating the WE CAN, Inc’s goals, Florence Cox, the president, said the goal is to boost its membership so that it can begin the awesome but doable tasks of developing African American businesses in the community.

“We need to develop and maintain our businesses and keep our money in our community because currently most of it goes outside where we live. We can and we will achieve this goal with your help,” she said.

“We are looking forward to hearing from black business people who are serious about improving the economic growth of the black community,” said Cox, a spokesperson for the group.

“We want to support, maintain and build so we can employ young people from the community and to teach them as role models how to grow their own business. We want to help the black community grow and in doing so empower the community because when youth have jobs, the violence will subside,” said Cox.

Thursday, December 8, 2011, WE CAN, Inc. is honoring former Illinois Senator Howard Brookins, Sr. (D-IL) for passing SB-0543, which is credited with increasing the number of minority judges in Cook County. The bill became effective January 1, 1991.

Also being honored posthumously is the late Illinois Senator William “Bill” Shaw (D-IL), for passing HB-2859 that amends the school code requiring elementary and secondary schools to include Black history in their curricula. Senator Shaw died on November 26, 2008. Thursday, his twin brother, former Cook County Board of Appeals Commissioner Robert Shaw, will accept the recognition.

For ticket information, call Comm. Shaw at: 708-426-5680. For further information about WE CAN, Inc., please e-mail your interests including contact number, the name of your business and address to Florence Cox at the following e-mail: We_can224@yahoo.com.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Former bookkeeper at North Side non-profit indicted

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A former bookkeeper at the American Indian Center on Chicago’s North Side has been indicted after an audit uncovered that more than $60,000 from the not-for-profit agency had been misappropriated, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Cristobal Cotto, 28, of Chicago, was indicted today on numerous counts of Continuing a Financial Crimes Enterprise, Theft, and Forgery. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Cotto began working as the bookkeeper for the American Indian Center in May of 2007 before he was laid off in 2009 due to a shortage of funds. An audit of the organization’s finances revealed that the defendant had written numerous unauthorized checks to himself and cashed them at nearby currency exchanges.

Authorities recovered surveillance of Cotto during the transactions. His driver’s license information was also recorded by the currency exchanges when he cashed the checks.

In total the defendant is alleged to have written 153 unauthorized checks to himself totaling more than $60,000 in stolen funds from the agency.  

Cotto appeared in court today where he pled not guilty.  His bond was set at $100,000 and the case was continued to Jan. 9, 2011.

The public is reminded that charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

New author launches book with 100 secret websites that transform kids into classroom superstars

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Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Author and education advocate, Samantha Davis, makes history with her new book Give Our Kids A Real Head Start (ISBN-10: 1456756737 & ISBN-13: 978-1456756734). While everyone is talking about what we should do to improve education, she’s already steps ahead – providing practical techniques and more than 100 secret reading and math skill enhancement websites (in the book) that have helped children out-perform more than 95% of their classmates in all subjects. Recently published by Author House in April 2011, the book is available for $14.95 at RealHeadStart.com. The book is also available through online retailers, Amazon (including the Kindle), Barnes & Noble (bn.com) and Books-A-Million.

Give Our Kids A Real Head Start is inspiring parents and child mentors to start Mrs. Davis’ educational enhancement strategies early. One parent put it like this: “My son is a straight-A student because of the principles I’m applying from her book.” Another parent added, “This book expresses in simplest terms how to give your child a head start in education and maintain this educational momentum in later years. The book, intertwined with biblical principles will keep my child ahead of their counterparts in the classroom setting.”

In the spirit of creating solutions, this book is also a real tool of defense against the grim statistics of declining high school graduation rate – and the fact that the planning of prison construction across America begins with the number of 3rd graders that score poorly in reading. This book is a weapon to ensure that children will become and remain enthusiastic about learning early…and well into their college years.

Author Samantha Davis has tapped into a huge potential market of Americans not satisfied with the performance of our kids in the American education system. Her recent 2011 book signings were big successes with parents, educators and child mentors throughout Georgia and Florida. As President of RealHeadStart.com, Samantha doesn’t stop here. She is planning to launch easy access apps for devices such as the Apple iPhone, iPad2 and Android so she can spread the knowledge and impact lives of children.

About Samantha Davis

Samantha graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Business and an emphasis on Marketing. She is an enthusiastic advocate of early childhood education, leading by example. She was also former owner, director and teacher of Smart Tots Learning Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there that she recognized through her innovative teaching techniques that 90% of her students were starting preschool and kindergarten with advanced reading and math skills well beyond others in their classrooms. Give Our Kids A Real Head Start is copyrighted and trademarked in the United States.
About The Book
Give Our Kids A Real Head Start
By Samantha Davis
ISBN-10: 1456756737 & ISBN-13: 978-1456756734
Available at Amazon, BN.com and Books-A-Million

For more details (book information, purchase, book signings), visit www.realheadstart.com

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Samantha Davis

Keeping your holiday on track: The Better Business Bureau offers help

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(A Message from the Better Business Bureau)                                                     


Chicago, ILIf Black Friday was the start for your Holiday shopping and more lies ahead, its still not too late to think about a budget. There is a tendency for consumers to overspend during the holidays, but by planning ahead they can lessen the impact when their credit card bills start rolling in. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Clearpoint Credit Counseling have teamed up to offer financial tips and an online Holiday Planner Calculator to help make sure your holidays are merry and bright!


“The holidays are a joyous time, but it’s important to remember to stay within your budget,” said Steve J. Bernas, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “You don’t want to find yourself struggling to pay the bills after the holidays.”


The Holiday Planner Calculator, at http://video.bbb.org/clearpoint-holiday-tips/clearpoint-holiday-budgeting-calculator.html, can help determine an overall budget, decide how much to designate for each category (gifts, parties, travel, food and donations), then get into details like how much to spend on each person or budgeting for parties and travel. Creating a budget and sticking to it can be a challenge, but being more conscious of your holiday spending habits will help you start the new year without a lot of new debt.


The BBB offers more ideas for sticking to a budget:


Less Is More: Cut down on gift-giving. For work gatherings, have everyone draw a name and give one gift. Set limits with family members and then get creative about finding something in your new, lower price range. For the person who has everything, consider making a charitable donation in his or her name.


Do It Yourself: Homemade crafts and decorations can be fun to make and to give. Consider baking or canning your gifts this year. Give gift certificates for future services (babysitting, dog walking, leaf raking) or special events after the holidays (shows, ice skating).


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Use less of everything, because little things add up. Is it necessary to gift wrap that huge box? How about putting a “clue” under the tree instead and have the recipient find the present hidden someplace else in the house. Reuse gift bags – they are sturdy enough to be used five or six times. Make your own gift tags and decorations. Spray paint old candle holders gold or silver instead of buying new ones.  


Trim Energy Costs: Switch to LED lights and you’ll not only burn less energy, you’ll need fewer strands because the lights are brighter. Turn off your outside decorations when you go to bed. Turn down the thermostat when no one is home. Combine shopping trips and errands, and carpool to family gatherings.  


For more information on holiday shopping and finding businesses you can trust, visit www.bbb.org 

Barclays Spaces for Sports Showcased to International Audience

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Sport and development figures from around the globe had the chance to see one of the world’s most successful examples of corporate investment in sport as a tool for social change in action on the day before the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards opens in Cape Town. Beyond Sport delegates made the journey to Gansbaai to see what became the first Barclays Spaces for Sports site outside the UK and a flagship for the programme’s international expansion when it opened in 2008.

The renowned community sports programme, which uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues, launched in the UK in 2004 and has since delivered 200 sustainable sports sites throughout Britain, benefiting more than half a million people in disadvantaged communities. Following its success in the UK the programme was extended globally in 2008, bringing the total commitment by Barclays to more than £37m.

The site in Gansbaai was the first international site to open as part of that expansion. Absa, the South African bank in which Barclays owns a majority share, invested R4.6m (£343,000) in the site, and has funded a programme of community engagement work with non-profit organisation SCORE to lead community use of the facility. Barclays has also driven further investment in the site from government and the private sector, and worked with the Grootbos Foundation to plant more than 1,000 trees at the venue.

Further initiatives have followed around the world, with schemes ranging from sustainable sports sites to locally-led schemes designed to bring communities together. Meanwhile, Barclays Spaces for Sports has expanded its work in the UK to include partnerships with The Cricket Foundation, Wooden Spoon, the Metropolitan Police Service and other key organisations as it continues its widely acclaimed work. Barclays Spaces for Sports has been a global partner of Beyond Sport since 2009, when the first Beyond Sport Summit and Awards was staged in London.

Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: “With Spaces for Sports, Barclays has been a true pioneer in the field of corporate investment in sport as a tool for social change, providing a shining example for the private sector in a field that will only become more important in the years to come. This site in Gansbaai has played an incredible role in bringing together the local community – an achievement that Barclays Spaces for Sports has replicated around the world.”

Kirk Harrison, Head of Barclays Spaces for Sports, said: “The values and ethos of Beyond Sport have real synergies with the Barclays Spaces for Sports programme and the Summit brings together the key leaders in the world of sport for development from corporates to NGOs to governments. This gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of our sites, programmes and partners and demonstrate the impact the Spaces for Sports programme has delivering key life skills to disadvantaged communities globally.”

Barclays Spaces for Sports will be playing a key role throughout the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards in Cape Town this week. The Summit, the largest and most influential global gathering in the field of sport and development, is being staged in Africa for the first time, with Cape Town following in the footsteps of London and Chicago as the venue for the unique event from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th December.

Beyond Sport is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. Its global partners are Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME Inc and UNICEF.

For the full programme of the 2011 Beyond Sport Summit and Awards, or for more information on Beyond Sport, visit www.beyondsport.org.

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