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Archive for April 5th, 2013

New App finds black-owned businesses

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 WASHINGTON, DC – Supporters of African-American businesses across the country can now access real-time information to locate providers of goods and services, no matter where they are in America.


Through a groundbreaking partnership between the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) and Around The Way® – developers of the smartphone application – consumers will be able to locate Black-owned businesses utilizing the GPS feature built into their phones.


“Among the initiatives we are working on is the compilation of a database of all the Black-owned businesses in the nation,” said USBC President Ron Busby, Sr. “This partnership with Around The Way is an important first step. Through the app, supporters of Black business can quickly access the location of businesses, no matter where they are in the country. We believe Around The Way provides an important tool in our quest to strengthen Black business.”


According to Janine Hausif, CEO of Around The Way, African-Americans – already demonstrated early-adopters of technology – are not only prolific consumers, but are value-conscious, brand loyal and extremely aware of their economic clout.


“We believe that Around The Way is the perfect blend of technology and convenience,” said Hausif. “The app capitalizes on the above-the-index embrace of smartphone technology by African- Americans with well over 50 percent of Black Americans using the devices to bridge the Digital Divide. Around The Way conveniently marries that usage pattern and growing consumer awareness. It makes perfect sense to join our efforts with U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. efforts to increase awareness of the importance of supporting African-American owned businesses.”


The Around The Way app is currently available and free for both Android and iPhone users seeking to support their local Black businesses. Starting at $89 per year, business members of the USBC’s 110 affiliate chambers nationwide will receive premium listings, featuring their business locations highlighted on local maps with the USBC logo. The app uses the GPS technology imbedded in the phone to find the user, then lists all the Black-owned businesses within a 5-mile radius.


“We can’t imagine a more natural evolution, a better way to improve both the awareness of the number of Black-owned businesses and increase their bottom lines,” said Busby. “Janine Hausif and her team at Around The Way have created an excellent app for the Black community. America’s Black businesses and the consuming public will benefit tremendously – all by clicking an app on their phone!”


Business owners can find more information on the USBC website at www.usblackchamber.org and can download the app at www.aroundthewayapp.com. USBC members can sign-up for premium listings at www.usbc.aroundthewayapp.com. 



The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. provides committed and visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of Black economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources, education, and initiatives, we support Black chambers of commerce and business leagues in their work to develop and grow Black enterprises. We are an economic force and represent a powerful constituency. There are 1.9 million privately held Black-owned businesses across every industry sector in the United States, employing over 921,000 persons and generating $137.5 billion in annual revenue.


To learn more about the USBC, our advocacy agenda, and our national network of Black chambers, visit www.usblackchamber.org. You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ usblackchamber  and our Twitter page at www.twitter.com/ usblackchamber1 .



Photo Cap: Eric Hamilton, chief marketing officer of Around the Way, and Ron Busby, president of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.,  announcing the partnering on the new mobile app that finds local and national Black-owned businesses. 





Anti-Drone protest targets Boeing Company; anti-War Activists add Chicago to a National Campaign Against Drone War

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When Boeing came to Chicago, most thought the city was gaining a company that made domestic airliners. The Sequester brought out the real Boeing: the second largest arms manufacturer in the U.S., and a corporation dependent on government contracts.

Boeing just reported that CEO W. James McNerny received a 20% raise in 2012, to $27.5 million a year, as he competes with other top arms manufacturers for the military’s unmanned aircraft budget. This year, the Navy is asking for designs for a new combat drone, and Boeing is expected to propose its “Phantom Ray.”

To keep its stock in the black, McNerny has also become a leader in the lobbying effort called “Fix the Debt.” Claiming to have a “comprehensive plan to fix our long-term debt and deficits,” the aim of Boeing (with $25.1 billion in defense contracts) is to maintain the spending on wars—$700 billion in the 2013 budget, which is 60% of discretionary funding. In addition, to safeguard its share of domestic spy drone spending, this week Boeing helped kill a Republican proposed law to regulate drones in Washington State.

Boeing the corporate welfare recipient gets help from Chicago politicians as well, gaining$63 million in tax breaks to move here. Now Mayor Emanuel has made the Riverside Plaza, where Boeing sits, a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. As a result, taxes paid on their building don’t go to the benefit of the children in the Chicago Public Schools.

This month, a coalition of anti-war groups across the US is holding actions against drone war. Drones became highly controversial because the Obama administration has used them to assassinate American citizens in Yemen, and because their use is officially a secret kept from Congress and the people of the U.S.

According to Kait McIntyre of the Anti-War Committee, “In Pakistan, where they have been most heavily used, the majority of their victims are not combatants on the U.S. ‘kill list,’ but civilians, including many children.”

Looking at the current crisis of school closings in Chicago, McIntyre added, “We need to cut the Pentagon and the war budget in order to have money for schools, jobs and healthcare. ” She added that “Boeing is our poster child for military spending.”

The protest will be held Saturday, April 6th, 12:30 pm at Washington & Wacker

For more info: Joe Iosbaker, 773-301-0109, Kait McIntyre, 815-988-8631.

Jesse White joins Salem Baptist Church on Sunday to push Organ/Tissue Registration Drives

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It is hoped to be one of the largest single day Organ/Tissue Donation Registration Drives

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will join Rev. James T. Meeks to hold what is hoped to be one of the largest single day organ/tissue registration drives. White will attend services at Salem Baptist Church of Chicago House of Hope Worship Center on Sunday, April 7 at 10 a.m. to encourage organ/tissue donation.

Salem Baptist Church of Chicago House of Hope Worship Center is located at 752 E. 114th St. in Chicago.

Following the service, WVON’s Cliff Kelley and Perri Small will be hosting a telethon.

April is National Donate Life Month. White will be traveling the state as well as working with organizations to promote the importance of organ and tissue donor awareness. In Illinois, more than 5.2 million people have signed up for the registry, but every year about 300 people die waiting for their gift of life.

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