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Black-Owned PR Firm Helps Businesses Grow by Tapping Into Buying Power

Posted by Admin On September - 21 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

ThinkZILLA PR & Consulting Group Welcomes Churches, Luxury Brands and Major Organizations Seeking High Growth and Exposure Across Multiple Demographics. 

Velma Trayham, CEO of ThinkZILLA PR Group

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — According to Velma Trayham, founder of ThinkZILLA PR & Consulting, many corporations and luxury brands are missing the mark when targeting a diverse demographic of consumers. The agency is currently partnering with brands seeking to tap into multicultural demographics’ growing buying power, and helping them to develop initiatives that not only resonate with urban audiences but also result in deeper loyalty and increased revenue.

ThinkZILLA is one of only a few public relations firms in the country to focus on aggressively targeting consumers by finding unique ways to approach, engage and interact and then create brand loyalty, said Velma Trayham, founder of ThinkZILLA Consulting. We turn challenges into exceedingly profitable results.

ThinkZILLA specializes in helping brands and organizations revamp their multicultural outreach strategies in order to build stronger relationships with African-Americans, who now represent more than $1.2 trillion in buying power. The agency leverages years of experience, relationships and expertise to help its clients secure strategic partnerships and key media placements, produce event series and launch social media campaigns that are in alignment with African-American consumers preferences and trends, and the issues most impacting their communities.

Recently, as the agency of record for The Bridge Summit: Connecting Law Enforcement to Community Engagement, ThinkZILLA helped police chiefs from across the U.S. and political leaders open a meaningful dialog with members of the Phoenix community as friction escalated following widely-reported police-involved shootings. The agency also helped raise the profile of the Checkered Flag Foundations My Brothers Keeper Sports Dialogue by attracting A-list partners and participants, including Boris Kodjoe and Mike Epps. Both initiatives helped the client achieve its outreach goals, and resulted in extensive media coverage.

ThinkZILLA works with clients across a variety of industries, including sports, education, entertainment, film, music and faith-based. Unlike other public relations agencies, ThinkZILLA offers branding services, helping clients to build their image and messaging prior to their launch. The agency also excels at digital marketing, and has garnered millions of impressions for clients due to its expansive social media following and presence.

To successfully execute a multicultural outreach initiative, its important to enlist the help of an agency with deep ties and connections to your target audience, said Trayham. Our team reflects the audience that our clients are targeting, and we are passionate about helping our clients create campaigns and strategies that speak to African-American consumers in a powerful way.

For more information about ThinkZILLA PR & Consulting or to schedule a consultation, visit www.itsthinkzilla.com, Email info@itsthinkzilla.com or call 888-509-1145


Photo: Velma Trayham, CEO of ThinkZILLA PR Group



Legislators and Community Leaders Meet With SEC, Ask For Federal Intervention to Recover Money From Wall Street Banks

Posted by Admin On September - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – State Representative Andrade, Chicago Alderman Ramirez-Rosa, and community leaders met with Federal Securities and Exchange Commission Regional Director David A.Glockner and asked that the SEC investigate predatory interest rate swap deals that have caused taxpayers to pay out billions of dollars to Wall Street banks. 

“Right now we have Chicago students who are not getting the investment they deserve as a direct result of these interest rate swap deals,” stated Alderman Rosa. “Chicago and CPS together lost $1.4 billion after being sold these potentially fraudulent Wall Street gimmicks. I sincerely hope that the SEC will listen to us and do what Mayor Emanuel refused to do by taking the necessary legal action to protect our students and our city’s taxpayers.”

For years, Wall Street banks pitched cities and local governments on complicated financial deals called interest rate swaps promising big savings over simple loans. When their promises proved false, cities, states and school districts cut public services and vital programs in order to pay back Wall Street banks. These toxic swap deals contributed to budget shortfalls that led to schools closing in Chicago, water shutoffs in Baltimore, and devastating environmental and health issues in Los Angeles. These same bad deals also helped lead to the bankruptcy of Jefferson County, Alabama and Detroit, Michigan.

“Predatory swap deals have a devastating cost in our communities. Every dollar that cities and states are forced to send to Wall Street banks is money not going towards essential community services. We must intervene to make sure that people are protected over the ill-gotten gains of large financial institutions,” said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative, following the meeting. 

Action by the SEC could provide much needed relief to the city of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and the State of Illinois. Interest rate swap deals have already cost the state $684 million and could cost taxpayers an additional $870 million if Governor Rauner does not renew letters of credit on these deals before November this year. 

Op-Ed: A Letter of Appreciation to All Who Decided to Open Accounts in Black Banks: This Might Prove to Be a Game-Changer

Posted by Admin On September - 16 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Op-Ed By Michael Grant


As president of the National Bankers Association, whose members include many of the Black-owned banks that received and are still receiving an unprecedented level of support from all over America, I would like to extend heartfelt gratitude by simply saying: Thank you!


While efforts to get the Black community to utilize Black-owned banks is not new (Black banks have served the community since Reconstruction), what has been happening over the last two months is nothing less than phenomenal.  The outpouring of support, triggered by the clarion call of rapper Killer Mike and answered by such superstars as Usher, TI, Solange and others, caught the banks by surprise – a very pleasant surprise.


Black people moving millions of dollars into Black-owned banks within such a short period of time might ultimately prove to be a game-changer!  The catalyst for this mobilization of people and purses was born of frustration but the timing of this effort at self-empowerment could not have been more perfect.


After decades of celebrating the colossal achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, the thought leaders in Black communities across America are beginning to reach a consensus: Black America will never be able to enjoy the full privileges of first class citizenship in this country until it had secured the ultimate badge of liberty in America: financial freedom!


So many of the social ills that continue to plague large swaths of America’s Black communities can be summoned up in one phrase: financial dependence.  High unemployment rates, underperforming businesses, crime, inadequate education and job training opportunities, low aim and an all-pervasive nihilism – especially among many Black youths – is defining far too many Black neighborhoods in our country.


Then along came this bank black movement.  The idea of using one’s dollars to improve the overall condition of the community has been resurrected.  And, to be sure, opening accounts in Black banks is a great first step. But what should follow?


Next, the Black bankers have a responsibility to teach banking 101 to the masses.  You see, placing millions of dollars in the bank as deposits creates the need to support those accounts with investment capital.  It takes both core deposits as well as capital in order for the bank to increase lending which is where real economic development takes place.  When banks’ capital ratios meet regulatory requirements, they have more capacity to provide home equity loans, small business loans, mortgage lending, personal lines of credit and so forth.


The bank is also the community institution that can leverage a million dollar investment eight or nine times.  The bank’s increased lending capacity is how we begin growing the collective wealth of the community.  For example, the more home equity loans are used to create new businesses or to expand existing ones, the more jobs (and job training) these businesses can provide.  It has been estimated that if the Black community would spend one-tenth of its disposable income with Black businesses, one million new jobs could be created.  So much of our economic destiny is in our own hands!


Since statistics show that a qualified Black borrower has a higher probability of getting his or her loan approved at a Black bank, doing business with these banks – as a first choice – is a no brainer.  The more we circulate our dollars within our own community, the more opportunities we create and the more wealth we can accumulate that can be transferred to future generations.


Contrary to the anticipated push back of the naysayers, the “bank Black” movement is not a boycott of other banks; it is simply an intelligent strategy at diversifying one’s dollars and investing in oneself.


The black banks are genuinely grateful for the trust that you, the consumers, have placed in them.  Now, in order to sustain these new banking relationships, bankers and consumers must begin forging a new bond, born of mutual respect and a genuine desire to build what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would call “The beloved community.”


Great days ahead!


Michael A. Grant, J.D.



Photo: Michael Grant, president/CEO National Bankers Association


AEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Laud Black and Latino Small Businesses; Work to Ease Capital Challenges for Minority Small Businesses

Posted by Admin On September - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Event Features Entrepreneurs – Producer Nely Galán and Super Model Beverly Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. showcased African American and Hispanic small businesses, while hosting a discussion on the need to improve access to capital so minority businesses can create jobs in their communities and revitalize Main Streets across the country.

Highlighting the event were well-established, entrepreneurs Nely Galán, a producer and former Telemundo President of Entertainment, and Beverly Johnson, a Super Model, actress, and businesswoman. Ms. Galán and Ms. Johnson told the audience about the challenges they faced and overcame on their roads to success.


“We were pleased to have Nely and Beverly tell their stories so they can inspire others to take bold steps towards starting their own businesses,” said Connie Evans, AEO’s President and CEO. “The discussion also acknowledged the need to improve financial options for those starting and trying to sustain their businesses. We shined a spotlight on several successful businesses and the partnerships that are supporting them.”


Noting that both the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses are in Washington for their annual meetings, Ms. Evans said, “We want to remind these lawmakers of the importance of small businesses in their communities and encourage them to continue their legislative support for measures that will allow small businesses to expand.”


The event also underscored the importance of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward initiative, a $30 million, five-year program aimed at growing local, community-based small businesses through a combination of targeted lending to minority-owned businesses, new kinds of community development financing and technical assistance for entrepreneurs. Through this work, JPMorgan Chase is helping minority- and community-based small-business owners become engines of job growth and economic vitality in the neighborhoods they serve.


“The nation is recovering from the recession, but many disadvantaged neighborhoods, where low-income people live, are being left behind,” said Janis Bowdler, Head of Small Business Initiatives, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase. “A strong community- and neighborhood-based small-business sector means more local jobs and increased economic opportunity and mobility.”


Small Business Forward includes investment in the Valley Economic Development Corporation’s (VEDC) work in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to fund early-stage minority-owned small businesses so they can expand and serve their communities. VEDC, an AEO member, provides affordable business assistance services, direct financial assistance, entrepreneurial training, and economic development to individuals and businesses.


For instance, Luis Pichardo, owner of Bella Lounge Salon in New York City, grew up working in the beauty salon his parents owned. Years, later he wanted to start his own salon. Unable to obtain traditional financing through a bank, he received a loan from a VEDC program through its National African American Small Business Loan Fund, which is supported by JP Morgan Chase. This loan allowed him to purchase equipment and hire employees. “VEDC provided critical financing,” he said. “It was just what I needed to get the salon up and running.”

In Manhattan, Spoonfed New York Country Group offers Southern comfort cuisine in the heart of the Theater District. William “Randy” Stricklin-Witherspoon has been delivering meals to customers throughout the theater district and providing catering services to Broadway shows. With a $600,000 loan from VEDC Mr. Stricklin-Witherspoon is opening a restaurant on W. 51st Street serving “Southern Fusion” style cuisine.


OC Isaac, VEDC Vice President of National Strategic Initiatives, said that VEDC understands the role that small businesses play in revitalizing communities by creating jobs and providing services and products.


“Small businesses are an important engine for expanding the economy, and providing opportunities in communities of color,” he said. “We are proud of entrepreneurs like Mr. Stricklin-Witherspoon and Mr. Pichardo, who are running their own businesses and sustaining and creating jobs. We are here to help them along the away.”


The event can be seen live via a webcast at:


About Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the voice of innovation in microbusiness and microfinance in the United States. For 25 years, AEO and its more than 450 member/partner organizations have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families and their communities. AEO members and partners include a broad range of organizations that provide capital and services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding their businesses. Together, we are working to change the way that capital and services flow to underserved entrepreneurs so that they can create jobs and opportunities for all. Learn more about The Association for Enterprise Opportunity at http://www.aeoworks.org/

About JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.


Microsoft and HBCUCONNECT.COM Target Black Tech Professionals in Dallas for VIP Event on September 22, 2016

Posted by Admin On September - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

HBCU Connect Black Tech Professionals

Every few months, HBCU Connect hosts networking events in various cities for African American tech professionals who may be interested in career opportunities at Microsoft. 


Nationwide(BlackNews.com) Microsoft and HBCUConnect.com Target Black Tech Professionals in Dallas for VIP Event on Sept. 22, 2016– In partnership with Microsofts IT Business, HBCUConnect.com is offering black technical professionals in Dallas, Texas (and surrounding areas) the opportunity to meet with representatives from Microsoft to learn more about career opportunities, network with their peers, as well as open up one on one discussions with Microsoft team members that could lead interviews as soon as the next day for high paying tech careers!

HBCU Connect has executed on events for Microsofts recruitment efforts in the past, hosting a similar event in May of this year that resulted has resulted in 15 hires already!

This event for black tech professionals on Thursday September 22nd will target software engineers, service/network engineers, Mobile Developers, Technical Support Professionals and experienced IT/Security professionals in the region. The decision to host the event in the Dallas area was based largely on the large population of black technical professionals that are members of HBCUConnect.com.

We expect to see 100+ professionals in attendance that will be looking to land interviews with Microsoft leadership, as well as learn more about what life at Microsoft is like as an African American, said Will Moss, CEO of HBCUConnect.com. What is really exciting about this particular event, is that Microsoft will be setting up interviews with some of the event attendees as soon as the next day, right after the event! This shows how serious Microsoft is about hiring talent from the African American professional community.

This will be a great opportunity for African Americans working in software, networking, or IT to make new connections, expand their network, and explore new career opportunities.

The event will be held on September 22nd from 5pm to 7:30pm and will be RSVP only. Once attendance is confirmed, the exact location of the event will be shared as well as details on parking and an agenda for the evening.

For more information, details and/or to register, visit:
About HBCU Connect
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 more details, visit www.HBCUConnect.com



Black-Owned Businesses Get New Boost With Latest Social Network Platform, Ranktribe

Posted by Admin On August - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Abu Akh, founder of RankTribe

WASHINGTON, DC (BlackNews.com) – Great news for Black business owners and entrepreneurs looking for exclusive exposure and support online. Latest social networking platform RankTribe has arrived with a new Black-owned business locator and review service to render a further boost to Black-owned companies that will also enable customers to choose their needed services wisely. RankTribes web site officially launched on August 17th, and the platform already has more than 900 black owned businesses listed, with more added daily. The Android and iOS apps are available now in the Google Play and iTunes App store.

I am excited to announce the arrival of our new social platform which is meant to enable our tribes (communities) to locate and support Black owned businesses. We know the cutthroat competition out there which calls for an exclusive support base for our fellow black entrepreneurs and this is where RankTribe comes in. Our new Black owned business locator and review service is meant to get rightful exposure and promotion to Black-owned businesses to make things easier for them in this fiercely competitive world. Our review service would also help customers to choose services wisely, stated Abu Akh, CEO and Founder of RankTribe.

The site allows free listings for businesses. RankTribe covers a large number of business categories and there are several premium listing packages to choose from. All packages will allow businesses to list their company name in the RankTribe directory along with Title/Address, detailed view, Ratings & Reviews, coupons/deals, phone, email, URL, photo gallery, business hours, location reference and includes a Facebook plugin. The customers visiting the listings will get a Google Map pinpointing the location of the chosen service with turn-by-turn street directions, the web site link of the service provider, a call button and direct access to the companys web site and Facebook page.

They will be able to share and bookmark the service providers web site on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter from RankTribe. There is also a checkin feature that allows customers to share their experience on social media.

Our site welcomes almost every kind of Black owned business out there. We have a wide range from restaurants, arts & entertainment, beauty, photography, real estate, health, home services, lawyers, finance, sports, fitness and so on. There are categories for online shopping and event planning as well. Most importantly, we extend rank-based incentives to encourage Black owned businesses to support the needs of our communities. The personal reviews and ratings from consumers will enable the enduser to land up with the most compatible service provider easily, added in Amanda Jordan, the Media Director of RankTribe.

RankTribe also offers member-businesses to choose from a wide range of packages for event listing, posting promotional articles, classifieds and banners. The member-businesses would have complete control over their directory items on the web site. The members interface area will enable the companies to log in & change their details easily or add the special deals, coupons or promotions for customers.

To get your business listed FREE with RankTribe or to find the most compatible Black-owned service provider for you, visit www.ranktribe.com or download our app today!


Photo: Abu Akh, founder of RankTribe



Black Entrepreneur Builds Multi-Million Dollar Low Rider Classic Car Empire – Launches Tour to Help Other Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Posted by Admin On August - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Thomas T.J. Loftin’s speaking tour teaches aspiring young and adult entrepreneurs everything they need to know about the low rider business, real estate development, and land development. 

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — World-renowned industrialist, Thomas T.J. Loftin is currently on tour speaking on how he played a pivotal role in expanding the low rider business and its affiliates (i.e., paint shops, tow trucks, auto transporters) into multi-trillion dollar industries by teaching others about low riders, classic cars, muscle cars, custom cars, and auto accessories.

Thomas T.J. Loftin


Standing by his motto, We Create Entrepreneurs, Not Employees, Loftin mentors the youth through S.T.E.M. applications and teaching of life skills as the means by which to fight the school-to-prison cycle. He credits his high school shop classes as the springboard to his entering the automotive industry straight out of high school. He advocates the necessity of these classes to the future successes of todays youth.

T.J. has reached many milestones – creating multi-million dollar businesses (Compton Wire Wheel, Molded Suspension, and Express Gold Plating), the first person to repair wire wheels, the first to bring the low rider industry into the global arena by shipping overseas to Japan, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia. His contributions to the entertainment industry is lauded by his low riders being featured in music videos, TV, commercials, magazine covers and film, most recently in Straight Out of Compton and Driving While Black. That is why he is heralded as the Steve Jobs of the low rider industry!

With already a proven track record in the low rider industry, T.J. successfully transitioned into other industries – like construction, land development, real estate, hair/cosmetology, and manufacturing. He lends his expertise in these areas to assist others to create or enhance their businesses. His style is straight-forward, practical, and strategic.

Schedule consultations, coaching sessions, public speaking engagements in the areas of: investments, land development, automotive including classic cars and low riders, manufacturing, wealth through gentrification, and the entertainment business at Lof10productions@yahoo.com.

Current tour schedule:

* August 11th through 15th – New Orleans, Louisiana

* August 18th through 23rd – Washington D.C./Maryland
(Featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Straight Black Pride International Convention at the Thurgood Marshall Center on August 20th starting at 2pm, featuring David Banner and Irritated Genie.)
Thomas T.J. Loftin is scheduling interviews and speaking engagements within the above markets and also for the remainder of 2016 and for 2017. For more details, visit www.thomastjloftin.com

Photo Caption: Thomas T.J. Loftin teaching a group of young aspiring entrepreneurs.

Black Business Launches Nationwide $16 Million Dollar Job Creation Initiative

Posted by Admin On July - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

 Healing Summer 2016 is designed to help heal the roots of racial wounds in the USA 

Let's Create Jobs

Albany, GA (BlackNews.com) — TTTriumphant Enterprises 400, LLC, known as TTTriumph400, is launching Healing Summer 2016 as its inaugural 1619-2019 Healing campaign aimed at annually generating $16 million+ for job creation to help heal the roots of racial wounds in the USA. From now until Wednesday, September 21st, individual and organizational directory listings may be purchased for featured inclusion in TTTriumph400s signature service, The Annual Commemorative Anchor400 Roll Call Digital Directory Series. This service honors the 400-year African American journey for humanity from 1619-2019. Order details are listed at www.16192019healing.net.

TTTriumph400 Founding Steward, Dr. Veronica Adams-Cooper said, Creating sustainable jobs is a very effective way of participating in decreasing the economic and social distress for populations generationally suffering from the legacy of inequity resulting from the TransAtlantic Triangular (Enslavement) Trade. In the USA, this legacy began during the colonial period in 1619 at Point Comfort, VA. She added, As the 400-year milestone quickly approaches in 2019, the need has dramatically increased to address the distress. This urgency highlights the important role of TTTriumph400 and the Anchor400 in serving our nation during this pivotal time in our history.

The Anchor400 represents the pioneers of today who wish to assist in creating a new economy, Trade Transcending the TTET, that aids in the restoration and healing of humanitarian imbalances now occurring as a result of the past. The Anchor400 is comprised of 400,000 or more persons and entities who annually purchase at least one AnchoR unit of services or products such as the directory listings. An AnchoR unit is $40 or 400 dimes, representing the 400-year time period. The A R capitalization in AnchoR reflects the acronym for, The Artesian Renaissance. The A R (pronounced, Are) is an asset-based concept for building a creative economy industry that consecrates, commemorates and celebrates the triumphant 400-year struggle of the African American population in preserving their humanity abrogated by the TTET and subsequent policies.

TTTriumph400 is a cultural heritage social enterprise startup. Initially established in August 2014 in Ga. and re-established in S.C. in 2015, TTTriumph400 will now be based online under foreign entity status in Albany, Ga., The Good Life City. This social business is a culmination of nearly 22 years of R&D conducted through training, work, and service experiences in fostering increased social equity through poverty reduction using community and economic tools in nonprofit, for-profit and academic sectors. In honor of forebears who never received salaries or benefits from their forced labor, the steward role (employee/member/owner) is not salaried and all profits are reinvested into the company for business expansion and investments to create additional jobs.
Follow them on social media at:
Twitter – www.twitter.com/16192019healing
Facebook – www.facebook.com/16192019healing



Network Offers Help to Black Women Seeking to Start and Grow a Business

Posted by Admin On July - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Entrepreneurship is the vehicle which will allow African-American women to become financially solvent. 

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Atlanta business woman announces the birth of e-Black Women Network(TM) a network designed specifically for African-American women who:

* Want to start a business and need guidance starting the business.
* Own a business but wants to increase her business visibility by learning effective marketing strategies.
* Who want to start a business but are unsure of what business to start.

Businesses owned by Black women have exploded in recent years. Articles recently published on the Fortune and Huffington Post websites indicate that since 1997, the percentage increase of Black women-owned business is a whopping 322% since 1997. Carmin Wharton, founder of e-BlackWomenNetwork asserts, This significant increase in Black female-owned businesses is due to the fact that no matter how much education, experience and talent Black women bring to the workforce, we are routinely passed over for promotions, are not paid fairly and are often made to choose between long hours and caring for our families.

The purpose of e-Black Women Network(TM) is to provide women with the tools, resources, information, motivation and networking opportunities to help launch them into entrepreneurship. Wharton states, Our goal is to help Black women take their business from start up to prosperity – on their own terms. Starting a business on our own terms is important because when a Black woman starts a business, she is usually still working full time, maybe a single parent or caring for an elderly family member and, we are routinely denied bank business loans so we often have to bootstrap our startup businesses. Networking luncheons and other events are also offered where women can sell their products and services and collaborate with other business women.

e-BlackWomenNetwork offers monthly and semi-annual membership option where women are coached every month on a specific business topic, including Q&A sessions and goal-setting workshops. The network also offers home-study coaching packages, group coaching and one-on-one VIP coaching. Wharton says, We also offer a large number of complimentary services and products such as training webinars, informative teleseminars and e-Books. I think the greatest thing we offer is inspiration and motivation; we support Black women as they move through one of the greatest journeys of their life becoming an entrepreneur.

Learn more about the network by visiting: www.e-blackwomennetwork.com.


Photo: Carmin Wharton, founder of e-BlackWomenNetwork



City of Chicago Offers Free Business Workshops

Posted by Admin On July - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

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.

August 2016 Workshop Calendar
8/3 *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.8/5 How to Setup a WordPress Website and Blog and Get Paid Online
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Dante Hamilton, Founder of Chicago WordPress Meetup Group
Attendees will learn how to register a domain and setup a web hosting account, how to download and install WordPress into your web hosting account and how to install a WordPress Theme and Template. This workshop will also touch on how to purchase an SSL Certificate and install it on your web hosting account, including how to install a payment form and make a live transaction online.8/10 Be In the Know: New Ordinances That Affect Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
This workshop will cover three ordinance changes that affect businesses and consumers including tobacco sales new age requirement of 21, the minimum wage increase and plastic bag ban.8/12 The Art of Instagram
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Business Bragger, Inc.
In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to become a skillful instagrammer – from messaging ideas, picture concepts and advertising. We’ll show you what it takes to build a following of engaged users for your company.8/17 Employee Policies, Handbooks & Agreements
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment & Human Resources Attorney
Does my business need a handbook? This workshop will cover the whys, whens & whats of implementing policies.

8/19 How to Market Your Business Effectively
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Darrell M. Roberts of Citsitra Designs & Printing
Learn how to reach more prospects and grow your business with effective marketing solutions and bring value to potential clients. This workshop will explain the importance of what it means to have a great design presence online and in print. Learn how 90% of your business success is marketing, how to build better days, develop systems, and plan your work & work your plan. Chart your business progress with guaranteed results to empower your brand and increase your sales.

8/24 What’s New in 2016 for Tobacco Retailers
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
BACP will describe the new regulations for Chicago Retail Tobacco License holders that went into effect January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2016. This workshop is geared towards anyone interested in applying for a Retail Tobacco License or businesses that currently sell tobacco products. The presentation will focus on licensing and regulation, and also highlight recent changes concerning the retail sale of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products. The new minimum age to purchase tobacco products increased from 18 to 21.

8/26 Taking the Mystery Out of Business Insurance
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Anna Maria Viti-Welch, Guy Viti Insurance Agency
Does the word “insurance” make you feel uncomfortable? Have you been avoiding looking into protection for your business or wanting to have someone review your current program? This presentation will help you understand the basics of insurance and some of the coverage options available. Come to learn tips and tricks on how to take the “mystery” out of insurance.

8/31 How to Really Start Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Score
Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, what are the first steps you should take? This workshop will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream.

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
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