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Aug 30th


(Plan Your Career) What are you working for?

Hunting for hats and gloves last week (October?) I was reminded of a friend who might be coming up short in the winter clothes column this fall.  This family was driving by an apartment complex and saw fire trucks, ambulances and many, many residents: adults, children, infants and grandparents standing outside in mid-MN-winter, watching everything they owned burn to the ground.  Some were in stocking feet.  Few had jackets or hats.  And it was cold.  This friend and her family wheeled back to the apartment complex and the parents threw their coats, hats and mittens to the residents.  The children followed the parents’ lead and handed their jackets and boots out through the car window.

Taxpayers: Tax deduction for vehicle purchases

The "Cash for Clunkers" program for new cars may have ended, but the IRS wants to remind taxpayers that many people might overlook another special break available. If you buy a new vehicle this year, there's a special federal tax deduction available that can help you save money, in some cases hundreds of dollars. This tax break will allow people who buy a new vehicle in 2009 to deduct the sales and excise taxes they pay when they file their tax return next year.  The tax deduction is available on the 2009 federal tax return even for those who claim the standard deduction.

ACC received an award from Mayor Coleman recognizing successful work promoting the Emerging Market

The African Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic development of African immigrants in Minnesota.

Acorn & us

How many Black Americans are actually buying into rants against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now?  By now most Blacks have heard of ACORN and some are involved in bogus babble defaming an organization that has demonstrated positive intent toward communities where we live.  Before Blacks join chattering classes against ACORN, its work on our behalf should be considered.

(Plan Your Career) 20 weeks to a new career

I keep telling people there are jobs out there.  Alex Tittle shares that belief.  Mr. Tittle contends that high school graduates and GED holders who are willing to work hard and willing to learn can find jobs now.  And he should know.  Mr. Tittle is Education Director for Summit Academy OIC in Minneapolis, and he has seen firsthand the benefits of great training and mentorship.

BBB sets record straight regarding misleading/dangerous e-mails

Consumers have contacted the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota in regards to e-mailed notifications they have received, informing them that all cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers within a month. The e-mails tell consumers they must register their cell phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry before a certain deadline or they will be billed for each telemarketing call they receive after the deadline expires. The e-mail also urges the receiver to share the message with all of their friends.

Overdraft fees exploding, up 35% in two years

Banks and credit unions collected nearly $24 billion in overdraft fees last year, an increase of 35 percent from just two years earlier, a new study by the Center for Responsible lending shows. [See the full report at]
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