Insight News

Jan 25th


Governor's $100 million for small business and the liquidity crisis in ALANA communities

ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) community leaders commend Governor Dayton for small business lending initiative to improve capital access and call for attention to the liquidity crisis in ALANA communities.

ALANA community leaders commended Governor Dayton for the launch of the $100 million Small Business/Banking Partnership. They viewed the initiative as an important step towards addressing the major challenges facing ALANA entrepreneurs.

Power to the people

I’ve got some great news for you. And it flies in the face of the steady stream of negative stories and statistics you’re consistently bombarded with about African-Americans. But here it is: African-Americans are an economic force to be reckoned with, spending more than $967 billion a year.  With a buying power that is expected to reach $1.1 trillion annually by 2015, if African-Americans were a country, we’d be the 16th largest country in the world – bigger than Turkey, Australia and Taiwan.

What consumers need to know when buying a remote starter

Remote starter information and tips from the automotive aftermarket experts at Ziebart highlight what consumers need to know when purchasing a remote starter.

No matter the weather, remote starters are convenient for all seasons! Warm up your car on those frigid winter days from your home or office and watch the snow and ice melt away. The same idea of convenience goes for those scorching summer days where the heat rises to unbearable temperatures inside your vehicle. Simply hit your keyless entry remote and with one touch of a button, drive off in a cooled down car or truck.

TO: Shoppers, FROM: Walmart — A Christmas price guarantee

It’s a Christmas nightmare for shoppers:  They buy a present or something nice for their family and three weeks later find it on sale somewhere else. Bah, humbug!

This year, Walmart turns that nightmare into a holiday dream with the Christmas Price Guarantee. Here’s how it works: If a customer buys an eligible product at Walmart anytime between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, and then finds that same product advertised for less at another store, Walmart will give the customer a gift card for the difference through Dec. 25. Guaranteed.

Walmart donates $5 million to help build the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Walmart among founding donors to the Smithsonian Institution’s historic Washington, D.C. project
Walmart has donated $5 million to the Smithsonian Institution to support the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C.

Walmart’s support of the NMAAHC is a part of the company’s continued commitment to advance causes that promote diversity and inclusion. The NMAAHC was established in 2003 by Congress, making it the 19th Smithsonian Institution museum. It will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, art, history and culture.

Business passion: The workshop at Macy’s

After a highly successful inaugural edition this past Spring, Macy’s innovative business of fashion program - The Workshop at Macy’s, returns to mentor and foster growth for a new class of up-and-coming minority and women-owned businesses. The retail 101 crash course, aims to take promising enterprises to the next level in order for them to achieve and sustain positive and successful vendor relationships. This industry first initiative reinforces Macy’s long-standing commitment to vendor diversity and to providing customers with unique goods and services that meet their lifestyle.

Now what? A game plan for job seekers who have already tried everything

Now what?  A game plan for job seekers who have already tried everythingSometimes I meet people who are really down on their luck.  They’ve been out of work a while and feel their prospects are low.  They can’t see a way out, and yet, to me, the path is so clear it’s practically paved in little yellow bricks.  Recently, I talked with an engineer in just this situation.  The game plan we came up with together is straightforward and simple and one you might want to try if you’ve already tried everything and still can’t find a job.
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