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Archive for June 29th, 2016

Chicago Lawyers and the Code of Silence

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Vol. 2, Issue 4: Record Resistance

At Issue: City lawyers and the code of silence

The city routinely resists turning over police complaint records and other evidence in civil rights lawsuits, according to an investigation by the Chicago Tribune.

The report raises the possibility of conflicts between defending individual officers and serving the public good and taxpayers’ interests – and whether the city’s law department is upholding a police code of silence by fighting to keep public information secret.

Resistance to turning over documents is stronger in cases involving charges of wrongful convictions and serious excessive force, according to the report. The city routinely resists releasing officers’ complaint records, a practice which corporation counsel Steven Patton defended.

The city has “resisted turning over the most basic documents,” sometimes resulting in years-long legal skirmishes. In a number of cases the city has faced judicial sanctions, sometimes costly. In the case of the 2011 shooting death of Darius Pinex, a judge overturned a jury verdict in the city’s favor after he found a city lawyer “intentionally concealed” relevant documents; the city then settled with Pinex’s family for over $2 million.

Meanwhile the Chicago Reporter has published a database of 655 police misconduct lawsuits filed between 2012 an 2015, along with an investigation finding the police department fails to analyze lawsuits – as department in other cities do – to identify issues that need to be addressed or officers who need correction.

Looking at the small number of cases where the city admitted to police misconduct, the Reporter found that of 151 officers who admitted wrongdoing, only nine were investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority – and of them, only one was found responsible for misconduct.

Diversity. White male officers are disproportionately favored in promotions within the Chicago Police Department – and “the higher the position, the more likely it’s been…filled by a white man” – according to a Sun Times report.

A merit selection process based on supervisor recommendations intended to address the dearth of minorities in upper ranks has made some difference, but it’s also been used by politicians backing favorite officers and multigenerational police families backing a relative.  And sometimes supervisors with histories of abuse have promoted officers with similar histories.

The Sun Times highlights the recent promotion of a former Special Operations Section officer to detective after he and other SOS cops were ordered to pay $96,000 in punitive damages for a false arrest; he was recommended by Chief of Detectives Dean Andrews, who resigned last December to avoid being fired in the cover-up of a killing by former Mayor Daley’s nephew.

Another officer who fatally shot quadriplegic in a 2003 traffic stop – subject of a court settlement in which the city paid $5.2 million – was promoted to detective in 2013 at the recommendation of then-Commander Glenn Evans, himself subject of numerous excessive force complaints and several legal settlements.

Meanwhile, the proportion of blacks on the force has “steadily declined” over the past decade, according to the Sun Times.

The Washington Post recently surveyed national data and found that in cities with more representative police forces, fewer black civilians are killed by police.

In its April report, the mayor’s Police Accountability Task Force found that the department has made some progress since the early 1970s, when 83 percent of officers were white and a federal judge found the department “knowingly discriminated” in hiring and promotion.  But CPD “still has a ways to go to reflect the racial makeup of the city – and the department “has particular work to do when it comes to promotions,” the task force found.

The task force recommended that CPD “develop recruitment, selection and promotion strategies that increase diversity,” and that it follow the lead of most large companies and organizations and implement a diversity program overseen by a Deputy Chief of Diversity and Inclusion.

No bonfires. A bill requiring CPD to preserve police misconduct records passed the House Judiciary-Criminal Law Committee last month but wasn’t called for a vote in the full House.  The Better Government expects an effort to get a vote on the bill in the General Assembly’s extended session.

The records are currently covered by an arbitrator’s ruling protecting them for the duration of the investigation of CPD by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Fraternal Order of Police is appealing the ruling.

From The Archive:

The Regime of Not-Knowing: “In view of the gravity of harms to citizens, communities, and institutions that flow from police abuses, what are the impediments to instituting an effective monitoring and disciplinary system?” In this 2006 excerpt from “Kicking The Pigeon,” Invisible Institute Director Jamie Kalven explores an issue of police accountability that resonates today.
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President Preckwinkle Nominates Five for Posts on Health and Hospitals System’s Governing Board

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced five nominees to the governing board of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS).


The five are Sidney Thomas, Mary Driscoll, Mary Richardson-Lowry, Dr. Virginia Bishop and Layla P. Suleiman Gonzalez. The nominees will be presented to the Cook County Board of Commissioners at their meeting today, then considered by the Board’s Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee with a final vote anticipated at the Board’s July 13 meeting.


The nominees – who will fill two vacancies and three expiring terms — were chosen by Preckwinkle from a pool of candidates sent to her by a 14-member nominating committee. The committee’s membership is composed of various civic, medical/healthcare-related and labor stakeholder organizations as set out in County ordinance.


The committee is tasked with sending three candidates for each vacancy to President Preckwinkle, who then selects a nominee for each vacancy for Board consideration.


“I am grateful to members of the nominating committee for their hard work in finding excellent candidates to lead the Health and Hospitals System at this important time,” President Preckwinkle said. “The due diligence they have shown in selecting potential CCHHS Directors is admirable, and their dedication to this task is clear from the quality of candidates they have presented.”


CCHHS Directors act as the governing authority for the Health and Hospitals System. They have operational and managerial authority of CCHHS, and recommend and submit to the President and the County Board strategic and financial plans for the system.


Directors serve without pay. They are accountable to the President and the County Board of Commissioners.

“CCHHS is transforming itself into a healthcare organization of choice, with outstanding clinical and specialty care, and a greatly improved patient experience,” Preckwinkle said. “I am confident these nominees will join the other CCHHS Directors and, working together with the CCHHS administrative team, successfully lead the system in confronting the ever-changing landscape in the public health arena.”


CCHHS is one of the largest public health care systems in the United States, providing a range of health care services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. CCHHS serves approximately 300,000 unique patients annually through more than one million outpatient visits and more than 20,000 inpatient hospital admissions.

The candidates for Director named by Preckwinkle boast wide and varied backgrounds in healthcare, academic and civic involvement:


Sidney Thomas

Thomas is a Chicago-based independent consultant who formerly worked for CCHHS in a variety of capacities including as Director of Provider Relations, responsible for external relationships with Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals and other providers of health-related services; and as Chief Operating Officer of Provident Hospital.


His areas of qualifications include healthcare management, employee relations, public administration, community public health, labor relations and patient experience.


He received his B.A. from Beloit College and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Thomas is being nominated for a four-year term.


Mary Driscoll

Driscoll is a retired administrator with the Illinois Department of Public Health, where she served as Chief of the Division of Patient Safety and Quality. Previous to that she was Director of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services-Ambulatory and Community Health Network. Earlier in her career she worked at Cook County Hospital in various capacities, and as a nurse.


Her areas of qualifications include healthcare management, clinical medicine, community public health and public health policy, patient experience and civil/minority rights advocacy.


She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, a B.S. in Nursing from Northwestern University and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois. Driscoll is being nominated for a term expiring in 2017.


Mary Richardson-Lowry

Richardson-Lowry was appointed to a vacancy as a CCHHS Director by President Preckwinkle last year. She is an attorney, a former partner in the Mayer Brown law firm, a director with the Chicago Community Trust Director, and is a former president of the Chicago Board of Education.


At Mayer Brown, she specialized in private and public sector commercial transactions, governance, regulatory and government relations. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, she was Chicago’s Building Commissioner.

Her areas of qualifications include finance, legal and regulatory affairs, public administration, public health policy, and civil/minority rights advocacy.


She received her B.A. from San Francisco University, and her Law Degree from Texas Southern Law School.  Richardson-Lowry is being nominated for a four-year term.


Dr. Virginia Bishop

Dr. Bishop is a practicing physician and an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine Program in Public Health. She has more than 20 years of experience in public health, child and adolescent medicine, and community-based research. She also has extensive involvement with governmental partners, regulatory agencies, scientists and key opinion leaders.


Her areas of qualifications include clinical medicine, community public health and public health policy, patient experience, civil/minority rights advocacy, community education and community participation research.


She received her B.S. from Loyola University, her Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University’s School of Medicine and her Medical Degree from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Bishop is being nominated for a term expiring in 2018.


Layla P. Suleiman Gonzalez,

Gonzalez is senior advisor to the CEO of Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center and Health Center. An attorney, she has been an advocate, policymaker, professor and evaluator, advancing access and equity for Latinos and other minority groups for almost 30 years. Her practice and scholarship focus on capacity building, performance management and civil/human approaches to health and human services.


Her areas of qualifications include healthcare management, public administration, community public health and public health policy, civil/minority rights advocacy and community representation.


She received her B.S. and Ph.D. from Loyola University, and her Law Degree from DePaul University College of Law. Gonzales is being nominated for a four-year term.


Kirk Statement on ISIS Suicide Terrorist Bombings at Airport in Turkey

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after yesterday’s horrific suicide bombing at Istanbul Atatürk Airport that killed 41 people and injured 239 more.  The attack marks the eighth time this year that ISIS has hit a Western target and killed or wounded at least ten civilians.

“ISIS’s coordinated suicide bombings at Turkey’s Istanbul Atatürk Airport reminds us that terrorists remain committed to attacking innocent civilians all over the world.  At a time when the terrorist threat to American families and our allies is growing, the Administration should pause Syrian refugee flows into the United States until it can prevent any and all terrorist infiltration, and stop releasing hardened terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay.”

Kirk’s statement comes as CIA Director John Brennan today warned:  “I’d be surprised if Daesh is not trying to carry out that kind of attack in the United States.”

Award-Winning Black Organization Partners With Local Police Departments to Promote “Brains Before Bullets”

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Orrin C. Hudson, founder of Be Someone, is partnering with the DeKalb County Police Dept to host a free youth summer initiative/ town hall meeting that will use the game of chess to teach critical reasoning skills to the break cycle of youth violence and police brutality. 
Orrin Hudson with local police officer

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Orrin Hudson runs a nationwide non-profit organization called Be Someone that teaches urban youth how to make better decisions in life to get better results. His first partnership for his newest initiative is with the DeKalb County Police East Precinct in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area.

On July 2nd from 10am to 12noon, Hudson will host a Youth Summer Chess Initiative in Lithonia, Georgia at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The programs goals are to break the cycle of crime, violence, and poverty by changing the game and promoting peace in the community. This free public event is open to all youth grades K-12, but community leaders and local police officers will also be attendance to share powerful and priceless knowledge, advice, and insight.

Be Someone was founded in Atlanta in 2001 by Mr. Hudson, who credits the game of chess of teaching him important life skills that put him on a path to success growing up. Mr. Hudson now uses chess to promote self-esteem and analytical thinking in at-risk youth, while teaching them honesty, responsibility and patience. Mr. Hudson, who has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, and in People Magazine, has touched the lives of more than 50,000 kids through his program.

Hudson comments, “This is a recipe for defeat. Via motivational speaking and the game of chess, we are teaching young people to not play the blame game, but instead to take responsibility for your own moves.” He continues, “My message is simple: Make every move your best move. Sitting is for losers. You must make a move to win!”

How To attend the event:

Those interested in attending the free event are encouraged to RSVP by sending an email to info@besomeone.org, but walk-ins will be accepted.

Event Details:
“Brains Before Bullets” Youth Summer Chess Initiative
Saturday, July 2 from 10am to 12noon
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
Community Activity Center
6400 Woodrow Road
Lithonia, GA 30038

For more details about the event or about Hudson’s Be Someone organization, visit www.BeSomeone.org or call (770) 465-6445.

Photo Caption: Orrin Hudson (right) with local police officer during an educational and empowering community event for young people.

Saving Community Newspapers in the Age of Facebook

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By Denise Rolark-Barnes, Chairperson, NNPA

and Benjamin F. Chavis President/CEO, NNPA)

Denise Rolark-Barnes
Ben Chavis

Hundreds of newspapers have disappeared in the last 15 years and readership is on the decline. No newspaper is immune from the migration of readership to online platforms, dwindling ad revenues, fragmented audiences and even reduced attention spans.

Even national-recognized newspapers with celebrated histories like “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post” have retrenched in the face of these mounting economic pressures. Many regional and community newspapers – including some members of the historic Black Press – are barely hanging on.

The ramifications of this can be profound. Local publications have long served as the glue that binds communities together. They have served as the microphone for voices that would otherwise be marginalized and the spotlight on the stories that seldom make it onto the front pages of major newspapers and magazines. For African-American communities, the publications that make up the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) have served as that voice across the nation.

Yet, we are being told that the silver lining is that journalism isn’t disappearing – and won’t be any time soon. Rather, it has just moved to an electronic form. Not only that, there are also more opportunities to tell more stories and express more opinions than ever before. Some have said that we should not mourn the loss of the local newspaper and that we should instead explore the myriad possibilities offered by the new media. Or so goes the mantra.

In reality, this upbeat vision obscures the threat that new media poses to community journalism. And that threat is coming from a most unlikely place – the popular social media platforms that so many of us love. Chief among them is Facebook.

Like many other publishers who have recently written on Facebook’s growing power over the media and what Americans read, we too are alarmed with one company having such dominance in news aggregation. Online hubs like Facebook are able to engineer which stories catch on. And they’re able to decide by algorithmic fiat, which bylines, viewpoints and subject matter is promoted to the masses.

This is a new kind of power. It is unlike any power a media company has ever had before. A study last year reported that Facebook drove 43 percent of all traffic to the top 400 news sites. That’s almost half coming from one powerful source!

What’s more, we don’t know how Facebook’s operations work. The tech company isn’t transparent in its methods. So we don’t know whether the viewpoints of Black publishers are heard or if there is a bias against our views. Without knowing how Facebook’s “Trending Topics” or other algorithms are used in promoting stories, the owners of Black-owned newspapers, magazines and other media are left only to wonder why the stories our outlets produce are relegated to the margins – if they are acknowledged at all. Our readers are at the mercy of powers unheard and unseen as never before.

With 63 percent of Americans and 74 percent of millennials going to Facebook as their source of news, Facebook’s power is only likely to grow in the coming years. And there is something ironic about that. The mainstream media was once derided as unimaginative and monolithic, largely because it had long been dominated by three TV networks and a handful of newspapers in large cities. The Internet was supposed to change all that by bringing a diversity of viewpoints to the table. While this has indeed happened, the emergence of one or even a handful of powerful gatekeepers like Facebook raises profound questions about the nature of news in this country in the years to come.

With so much power in the hands of one company, we risk surrendering our own decisions about what is or isn’t newsworthy to a gatekeeper who may someday push only stories it deems worthy. And that’s a troubling possibility that should worry us all.

It is time regulators took a hard look at Facebook and its news aggregation and promotion practices in an effort to bring some much needed transparency to the new media king. The democratization of the media could be on a collision course with decidedly anti-democratic and arbitrary forces. Think of the proverbial tree that falls silently in the forest because no one is there to hear it. Will Facebook have the power to allow entire forests to fall without much notice?

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is a trade group that represents more than 200 Black-owned media companies in the United States. As the largest and most influential Black-owned media resource in America, the NNPA delivers news, information, and commentary to over 20 million people each week. To learn more about the NNPA, please visit NNPA.org.

FBI’s New Top Ten Fugitive: Help Us Catch a Murderer

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A Wisconsin woman charged with killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child has been named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to her capture.

Shanika S. Minor is wanted for the March 2016 murder of her mother’s neighbor in Milwaukee, a 23-year-old who was five days away from her due date. The shooting stemmed from an argument over loud music being played from the victim’s residence.

“Apparently Minor believed that the victim had somehow disrespected her or her mother,” said Special Agent Chad Piontek, who is investigating the case from the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office. “It is a fairly violent neighborhood,” Piontek said. “Unfortunately, there is sometimes a street mentality about solving problems.”

According to witnesses, on March 5, 2016, Minor instigated an argument with her mother’s neighbor after Minor’s mother had previously said the neighbor was playing loud music at an unreasonable hour. On the sidewalk outside the victim’s residence, Minor brandished a handgun and challenged the neighbor—her former high school classmate—to fight. Minor’s mother ran to the scene and implored her daughter not to hurt the pregnant woman.

Minor fired a round from her gun into the air, got in her car and left the scene. “Most people who witnessed the incident thought that was the end of it,” Piontek said. But it was only the beginning.

Shortly before 3 a.m. the next morning, Minor returned to the neighborhood, gained access to the duplex her mother and the neighbor rented, and confronted the woman by the rear door of her residence. Minor’s mother again ran to the scene, this time positioning herself between her daughter and the neighbor, trying to keep the peace. Witnesses said Minor reached over her mother’s shoulder and fired her gun, striking the woman in the chest. The victim retreated into her residence, where she died in front of her two children. The unborn child also died.

Minor, 24, fled and has not been seen since. She has reportedly told acquaintances that she would not turn herself in. Minor may have contact with people in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia. Other than delivering newspapers, “there is no record she had any reliable employment,” Piontek said. “I don’t think she has a lot of resources on her own. Clearly, people have assisted her.”

Minor might be receiving help from extended family members or a “network of friends,” Piontek said, adding that “such help is criminal, and individuals could be charged with aiding and abetting a fugitive.”

There is also a physical risk to anyone helping Minor. “The murder weapon was not recovered, and it is likely she is still armed,” Piontek said. “She killed someone who was not a stranger to her—a family acquaintance.” He added that the reward offer could motivate someone to come forward. “Our hope is that whoever is assisting her will find the potential reward more attractive than protecting a person wanted for first-degree murder.”

Minor is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, having a medium build, and weighing 165 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

“This was a senseless crime,” Piontek said, “and we believe Minor is capable of more violence. We need to capture her so that no one else is harmed.”

Anyone with information concerning Minor should contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency, or submit a tip online. The FBI’s Milwaukee Division can be reached by phone at (414) 276-4684.

Source: FBI

New Book Helps Cash Strapped Entrepreneurs Start-Up on a Ramen Noodle Budget

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Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) — Following the success of her last 4 books, the queen of Ramen Noodle Startups and award-winning entrepreneur, Felecia Hatcher, has launched her latest book, Start Your Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget: 12 Lessons to Becoming a Young Entrepreneur When Your Broke (Petersons).

According to an article in Business Insider, an entrepreneur needs at least $750,000 to get a product on a market. That figure is enough to cause aspiring entrepreneurs to give up on their dreams.

Released on June 14, 2016, Start Your Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget is an inspiring guide that shows readers how to start a business with less than 1% of that amount. The author outlines 12 important lessons broke entrepreneurs need to learn to get their business off the ground. Readers will also learn how to leverage their creativity and passion to maximize their resources, contacts and current assets to overcome one of the biggest roadblocks that most people have with pursuing their idea, a lack of funding.

Hatcher is no stranger to Ramen Noodle Budget Startups and writes from a position of experience. She started her first business as a freshman at Lynn University and then went on to launch the wildly successful Feverish Ice Cream and Gourmet Pops – a Miami based gourmet popsicle manufacturing company with clients like Google, Airbnb, Paypal and Wholefoods- with two carts she purchased on Craigslist.

When asked about the motivation to write the book, she said: “There are so many people who have great ideas for a business but do not have the courage to turn those dream into reality simply because they feel they do not have enough money or resources to start. I wanted to equip those people with the needed tools need to start and maintain a successful business.”

Start Your Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget is a quick read and highly informative resource that will capture readers’ interest from start to finish. The author shares her own experience including her failures in becoming a successful entrepreneur. Chapter titles such as Carpe Noodle and Beware of the Drunken Noodle and the stories behind them will have readers doubling over with laughter. But they provide such dynamic insight that it’s hard to forget what is learned.

Start Your Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget is available in paperback format for a retail price of $19.95. The book is available for purchase on all major online book outlets and brick and mortar bookstores. To find out more about the book or to make a purchase, visit the author’s website at: www.feleciahatcher.com.
About the Author:
Globally sought-after speaker, media darling, and mother Felecia Hatcher is a White House award Winning entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Code Fever and Author of the books How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget, Focused PopPreneurs and The C Student’s Guide to Scholarships: A Creative Guide to Finding Scholarships When Your Grades Suck and Your Parents are Broke. She is also the rather awesome former Chief Popsicle at Feverish Pops, a gourmet popsicle boutique and manufacturing brand with a Fortune 500 client roster that would make your head spin.
About Peterson’s:
Peterson’s®, a Nelnet company, has been your trusted educational publisher for over 50 years. It’s a milestone we’re quite proud of, as we continue to provide the most accurate, dependable, high-quality education content in the field, providing students with everything they need to succeed. No matter where they are on their academic or professional path, they can rely on Peterson’s publications and its online information at www.petersons.com for the most up-to-date education exploration data, admissions resources, expert test prep and scholarship tools, and the highest-quality career success resources –everything they need to achieve their goals.


Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Felecia Hatcher



The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) Offers FREE Business Workshops Every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall

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The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.
July 2016 Workshop Calendar
7/1 Understanding Credit Card Processing
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by ISC at TransFirst
In this workshop you will learn what to look for when you are shopping for a merchant account, how card processing works and the difference between going directly through a bank vs. a processor and PCI Compliance.7/6 *City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a healthy business.7/8 Accounting in the Cloud: QuickBooks Online
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Maribel Del Real, CPA, MSA Del Real Tax Group, Inc., Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books in the cloud using QuickBooks Online. We will identify advantages of QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important online features and benefits. Attendees will also learn how to navigate the user interface, sales and expense processes.7/13 Brand Yourself & Your Business: Learn the secrets of Fortune 500 Marketers!
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by L. Renee Richardson, CEO of Wealth and Riches Today, Inc. and Rich Gurlz Inc.
This presentation will motivate and inspire business owners to create powerful and memorable brands. We will discuss how to create your personal brand image to generate trust and credibility in the business world, what a brand is, how to define your brand, and how to stand out in a competitive marketplace. We will explore some of the world’s top marketers and examine their advertising strategies for promoting their brands in the marketplace. Having a well-known and distinguished brand name translates into revenue.7/15 How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Chicago Department of Aviation – Concessions Department
Are you interested in operating a restaurant or shop at O’Hare or Midway International Airports, but don’t know where to begin? Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, how to operate a business at the airports, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.7/20 How to Obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Fire
This workshop will give you all the information you need to become either a Mobile Food Dispenser (MFD) or Mobile Food Preparer (MFP) licensed food truck operator. We will walk you through the MFD/MFP licensing process including inspections, the application, mobile food vehicle, and operational requirements, as well as the optional pre-application Mobile Food Vehicle Assessment.7/22 Business Basics
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by ARCC Consulting
To operate a business you must know the basics. In this workshop you will learn the advantages of good bookkeeping and how effective tax planning can minimize your tax liability. Also learn the pros and cons of the various type of corporate structure and which is right for your business.7/27 An Important Cash Flow Conversation – Understanding Working Capital
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Craig Feldman, Managing Partner – Bloom Lending
Let’s have a critical conversation about the importance of cash flow, learn the key indicators of why working capital is crucial in all areas of your business and discuss when short term debt is the best decision for you. Attending this workshop will provide you with the confidence to make the important decisions to manage your cash flow and to secure the best financing needed to achieve your goals.

7/29 Which Social Media Platforms are Right for My Business?
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Business Bragger, Inc.
Some companies practice the “everyone should be on all platforms motto,” we disagree! In this interactive workshop, you’ll gather a general overview of the main social media platforms and discover which platforms are good for your business and why, which includes a few strategies on how to use each.

Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.
Incentive to Complete the Small Business Start-Up Certificate Program

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The PrivateBank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city’s Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank’s Entrepreneurial Loan Program.

Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.

For more information go business workshops email BACPoutreach@CityofChicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
6/25 Free Small Business Expo 

Fitness Challenge Helps Women Beat Heart Disease

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The American Heart Association’s National Online Fitness Challenge, “Go Red Get Fit” in Partnership with Macy’s, results in moving women to healthy living

American Heart Association Go Red Get Fit

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Diverse women across the country have been challenged to take 10,000 steps a day and limit their added sugar intake to 24 grams a day through Go Red Get Fit and its proven to be an effective small step toward healthy living. The results of the challenge have been so contagious that thousands of women have now joined Go Red Get Fit and are taking a stand to be healthy, fit and beat heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women.

Now, the year-long initiative is challenging women to get 30 minutes of cardio per day, at least five days per week, and when making beverage choices, strive to choose water over sugary drinks 100 percent of the time.

Go Red Get Fit is a part of the American Heart Associations Go Red For Women campaign. As the founding national sponsor, Macys has helped to raise more than $55 million for the cause since 2004. Women participate in quarterly challenges by joining the Go Red Get Fit Facebook group. Each challenge lasts about 12-weeks, in an effort to turn a behavior into a habit, and are designed to achieve the best opportunity for a healthy lifestyle. The challenges are:

* Up the Beat and Keep It 100 (June August): Get 30 minutes of cardio per day, at least five days per week and strive to choose water over sugary drinks 100 percent of the time.

* I Run This Salty Shaker (September November): Get 30 minutes of physical activity, at least five days a week and limit sodium consumption to no more than 1,500 milligrams per day.

* Follow the Lead to Flawless (December-February): Scripted exercises of the trainers choices and limit saturated fat consumption to 12 grams per day.

The challenge is hosted by three nationally renowned fitness trainers Lita Lewis, wellness personality and life coach known as Follow the Lita; Ary Nunez, celebrity fitness trainer, whose most notable client is Rihanna, has trained with top schools of dance and martial arts and holds black belts in Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu; Scott Parker, the go to trainer for Hollywood stars, whose roster includes stars like Jill Scott, specializes in holistic approaches to a healthy mind, body and soul. Additionally, wellness expert and American Heart Association volunteer Maria Guerra provides her fitness guidance and expertise.

Participants share and post messages, photos and videos of successes, encouragement and struggles within the group. Its rewarding to see women who havent been active in years take control of their health, get engaged in the Facebook group and start making lifestyle changes, said Holly Thomas, Macys Group Vice President of Cause Marketing.

My numbers on my fitness tracker were 24 percent higher than the previous month. At my doctors appointment, she took me off of two of my high blood pressure medications, says Lisa Chavis, Go Red Get Fit Facebook group member. Multicultural women are faced with an increased risk for heart disease but Ive learned through Go Red Get Fit that I can change that and prevent it by as much as 80 percent, so Im not taking any chances. Im transforming my life and receiving the support I need to stay fit for life.

The challenge doesnt just come with fitness and health rewards, some participants are randomly chosen to win prizes from Go Red For Women and Macys including gift cards and Ideology active wear. One person will win a grand prize, a full experience to the American Heart Associations Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection presented by Macys in New York City in February 2017.

For more info about Go Red Get Fit, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org/GoRedGetFit/. To join the group, visit www.facebook.com/groups/GoRedGetFit/

Merck Partners With HBCUCONNECT.COM to Offer Exciting Leadership Career Opportunities to Graduating HBCU Students

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Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) — A new partnership has been established between Merck, a global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, and HBCUConnect.com, the largest social network and career site targeting the students, faculty, and alumni from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The partnership is designed to introduce graduating seniors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Mercks Leadership Development Program. The Leadership Development Program is an entry-level program designed to create a pipeline of emerging talent who can prepare for leadership positions of increasing responsibility and visibility within key divisions of Mercks business.

Merck is a great company with great opportunities. They just needed a channel to communicate these excellent opportunities to the many talented students coming out of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, said Will Moss, founder and CEO of HBCUconnect.com. These are the types of opportunities that are especially important for us to communicate within the African American and HBCU community, because they are opportunities that transform into leadership positions within a global company! We should be striving for these types of opportunities that offer great pay, great experience, and great exposure.

More About the Merck Leadership Development Program:

Merck is looking for HBCU Students primarily graduating in December of 2016 and May of 2017 as the program will start in the summer of 2017, but interested candidates that may have graduated recently and are interested in learning more about the program are also encouraged to apply. The Leadership Development Program is designed for candidates with the following majors:

* Biology / Microbiology / Biochemistry / Biotechnology and Other Bio Sciences
* Bio and Biomedical Engineering
* Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
* Industrial Engineering
* Material Science and Engineering
* Mechanical Engineering
* Supply Chain & Logistics Majors

Candidates that are selected to participate in the program will launch an exciting career that includes a three-year opportunity to experience the core work necessary to manufacture and supply Mercks products. Each employee will have three, one-year rotations aligned to either a technical, business or operations focus which enables a deeper understanding of the business to accelerate your contribution. A mentoring program is also provided to coach each new employee in their career and leadership development, as well as the opportunity to work and travel internationally.

For more information, details, and how to apply, please visit www.hbcuconnect.com/merck
About HBCUConnect.com:
Founded in 1999, HBCUConnect.com is the first and largest media outlet targeted towards the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. Boasting over 1.5 million registered members and encompassing a complete web portal, magazine, recruiting engine, social networking site, forums, blogs, news feeds and shopping, HBCUConnect.com serves the needs of HBCU aspirants, students, alumni, faculty and staff by providing a single destination and launching point for the entire diaspora. For general site information, visit www.hbcuconnect.com

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