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Small Businesses by Women, Minorities, Veterans Get $75M

Small Businesses by Women, Minorities, Veterans Get $75M

Small businesses play a critical role in creating inclusive economic growth, but too few women, diverse, and veteran entrepreneurs are getting the tools and resources they need to grow. With small businesses growing fastest among people of color, particularly Latinas and African American women, it is essential to help them get started and growing. When small…

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5 Organizations Helping Minority Startup Founders Succeed

Several organizations have emerged as leaders in the effort to help minority entrepreneurs in the United States.

From the White House’s Tech Inclusion Pledge to Apple’s and Google’s annual diversity reports, players across the tech world have been expressing concern about the industry’s infamous diversity problem.

Source: 5 Organizations Helping Minority Startup Founders Succeed

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DIR announces its 21st annual “Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives” Seminar

1-2016BPImageMontage_smThree days of learning, networking and strategic planning for supplier diversity and procurement professionals.  August 9-11, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Minneapolis, MN, March 28, 2016—Supplier Diversity Directors and Managers, Purchasing Managers and Buyers, SBLOs and others involved in implementing and evaluating supplier diversity initiatives will be gathering in Cincinnati, OH on August 9-11, 2016 to learn, network, share ideas and discover new ways to drive supplier diversity success within their organizations.

The three day seminar includes an afternoon of “In-Depth Government Contracting and Reporting” on Tuesday. This is an optional session, but highly recommended for all attendees. Wednesday and Thursday include world class supplier diversity professionals speaking on topics including:

  • Global Supplier Diversity: Collaborations & Partnerships
  • Developing Strategic Alliances: Joint Ventures in the U.S.
  • Group Purchasing Organizations: Outsourcing, Consortium Buying and Consulting
  • Second Tier Development and Implementation
  • Metrics and Measurements: Leveraging Supplier Diversity’s ROI and its Relevance to the Organization
  • Procurement Panel with invited guests + more*

A special networking social hour and reception will be held on Wednesday evening at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

DIR’s vision is to be recognized as the leader in Supplier Diversity by providing global information resources that develop, influence and support supplier diversity growth. Its integrity rests in the quality of its data, the long-standing relationships it maintains with its client corporations and the professional education and support it provides to diverse suppliers.

About Diversity Information Resources (DIR)

Founded in 1968, DIR is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. DIR advances supplier diversity initiatives through comprehensive, flexible solutions, superior technology, personal service and the proven expertise to help corporations build the best possible supplier diversity programs. DIR’s exceptional products (seminars and publications) and services support both corporations and suppliers, facilitating the advancement of corporate diversity as a whole.

*Additional information on speakers and topics will be posted to DIR’s Web site:  www.DiversityInfoResources.com

For more information contact DIR’s Executive Director, Leslie Bonds, at 612-781-6819, info@DiversityInfoResources.com

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Small Business Market Expo Announces Expo Date and Keynote Speakers

Small Business Market Expo Atlanta Georgia Scheduled for May 21, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Inside Out Center, Inc.)

Small Business Market Expo Atlanta Georgia Scheduled for May 21, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Inside Out Center, Inc.)

ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Small Business Market Expo, (SBMExpo) produced by Inside Out Center, Inc. will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. The Small Business Market Expo is expected to draw business owners and executives to a full day of exhibits, educational seminars and unlimited networking.

The SBMExpo will feature over 75 exhibitors and 20 plus educational seminars with topics that include business growth and development, marketing and advertising, startups and entrepreneurship, grant procurement, and government contracting.

Tradeshow exhibitors and attendees will find valuable material to help their business succeed from online networking, branding, social media, financial planning, and business counseling. Our focus is building businesses, providing resources and seminars for aspiring entrepreneurs while supporting established small businesses.

The SBMExpo has a lineup of five keynote speakers:

Jennifer Keitt of KISS 104 Nationally Syndicated Radio Show. Jennifer is recognized as one of the most passionate, engaging and powerful voices on the airwaves. Jennifer empowers and educates more than one million listeners across the globe each week. She will address “Powerful Success Principles For Today’s Business Owners”.

Kim Ford, Publisher of JubileeMag.com. Kim’s address “How to Pitch Yourself to the Media Like a Pro” will show entrepreneurs what to do to get media exposure. Kim has covered events such as the BET Awards, Dove Awards, Trumpet Awards, and private film screenings in conjunction with Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Brothers. She has interviewed red carpets biggest stars such as Tyler Perry, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Meagan Good, Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Anderson, and Magic Johnson.

Carol Sankar, Internationally Renowned Business Consultant & Real Estate Investment Expert. Carol will address the importance of “Pricing Your Business the Right Way”. Business owners will learn how to implement ONE formula that will ensure competitively pricing their products and services. Carol has been seen on TEDx, Steve Harvey Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, and CNNMoney.com.

Award Winning Elevator Pitch Master, Precious Williams, Esq. Precious has been seen on MSNBC and ABC. Her address “The Art of a Killer Elevator Pitch” will provide key information to business owners to help bait and attract their target market.

Dr. Renee Sunday, Host of Good Deeds Radio & TV Show. Dr. Sunday will discuss three things to ignite your drive to be successful in her “How to Turn on the Switch” address.

The Small Business Market Expo exhibit is free to attend, (pre-registration required at www.SBMExpo.com). Exclusive keynote addresses are available to SBMExpo VIP attendees who purchase upgraded tickets.

For sponsorship and exhibitor information, please call 888-717-1713 or go to www.SBMExpo.com for available packages.

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About Inside Out Center, Inc.: The Inside Out Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to lending a helping hand to the unemployed and working poor. Our mission includes providing business attire, small business seminars, and interviewing skills for our clients through our economic development initiatives. For additional information visit www.helpingthejobless.org.

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TheGrio and RollingOut Partner to Form Digital Ad Network Collaboration to Allow Advertisers to Reach Key Ethnic Demographic

ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Two top media sites for reaching millennial and multicultural audiences have partnered to offer expanded reach for brands trying to connect with these coveted consumers. Popular news site thegrio.com and lifestyle and entertainment outlet rollingout.com have joined forces to form the RollingOut Digital Ad Network. TheGrio, rolling out and the other digital sites in the network will reach more than 10 million targeted consumers through the websites and social media channels with geo-targeting capabilities. This alliance provides advertisers with a diversified digital platform representing some of the best in news, lifestyle and entertainment content. This content is offered through mobile, Web, and video to audiences who over-index on consumption of digital content.

5-MunsonSteedandDavidWilson901454420724MREstablished in 2009, TheGrio has been a premier news organization for the urban community for delivering content to its online community. Rolling out has been the source for national and local lifestyle and entertainment news for more than 15 years, maintaining both print and digital publications.
“The minority-owned network will provide digital, mobile, and video scale for reaching African American audiences that companies want to authentically connect with. The alliance will also provide cultural insights and data,” said Munson Steed, president and CEO, Steed Media Group and RollingOut Digital Ad Network.

“TheGrio is proud to join efforts with RollingOut. This partnership not only allows us to better serve our users with the quality content they have come to expect from our brands but also presents a one-stop shop for advertisers looking to reach America’s most influential demographic, the urban millennial, in an authentic and effective way,” said David A. Wilson, theGrio’s co-founder and executive editor.

TheGrio and RollingOut will produce exclusive investigative pieces and offer exclusive 2016 campaign coverage, community information, technology coverage, and highlight issues affecting the African American community. The network’s sales team will represent both media properties as well as other targeted sites reaching young, urban professional content consumers who access these sites daily for news on fashion, politics, social justice, celebrities, art and more.

RollingOut is also adding a new content studio to its offering to provide targeted and engaging content that can be supported through brand partnerships. Located in its Atlanta headquarters, the studio will begin production on serialized original video content and newscasts in partnership with TheGrio.

RollingOut offers hyper-localization of original content given its print and online platforms with newspaper distribution in 19 cities across the country. RollingOut will continue to provide amplification opportunities for brands through the network including signature events and custom content.

About Steed Media Group
Steed Media Group is a multimedia company comprised of several media brands including RollingOut urban style weekly, rollingout.com, video-on-demand (VOD) channel Hip Hop On Demand, Talking Pretty and several others. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with several offices across the country in key African American media markets, Steed Media Group produces and distributes 19 newspapers, and develops content for custom magazines, television programming and production, internet properties, and branded publications such as Producer 10. Steed Media Group also creates signature events and marketing initiatives.

About TheGrio
The independently owned, theGrio.com is a video-centric online news community devoted to providing African-Americans with stories and perspectives that appeal to them but are underrepresented in existing national news outlets. Based in New York City and reaching 6 million people every month, theGrio.com serves stories that affect and reflect urban America through original video, opinions, and cover everything from breaking news to politics, health, business and entertainment

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MillerCoors Renews Commitment to Thurgood Marshall College Fund With a Milestone $1.2 Million Donation

9-millercoors(Black PR Wire) WASHINGTON, DC – MillerCoors, founding corporate sponsor of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, recently presented the organization with a $1.2 million donation to support its programming and scholarships during TMCF’s 27th Anniversary Awards Gala on Monday at the Hilton Washington, DC.

“We have deep tradition in supporting education and are extremely proud of our longstanding partnership with TMCF. This amazing organization continues to help thousands of students professionally develop and attain a higher education,” said Steve Canal, national community affairs for MillerCoors. “MillerCoors is committed to empowering the next generation of leaders by providing educational resources and guidance.”

“As a founding partner, MillerCoors has been there for TMCF and our 300,000 students from day one,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “Last night, MillerCoors gave our community $1.2 million to open the door yet again for more black college teachers to bring their best to America’s public K-12 classrooms and more HBCU college graduates to become future business leaders — beginning and building their careers at an iconic company like MillerCoors. Their commitment to TMCF for over 28 years has continued to demonstrate to other companies why supporting HBCUs is smart for our country — and we are most grateful!”

The funding will support their Teacher Quality and Retention program; as well as a number of students will receive a scholarship. MillerCoors also provides real-world experience for program scholars through its summer internship program, career readiness counseling and on-site student interviews during its annual career fairs. Furthermore, MillerCoors actively recruits students for employment opportunities. For more information please visit www.millercoors.com.

About MillerCoors
Through its diverse collection of storied breweries, MillerCoors brings American beer drinkers an unmatched selection of the highest quality beers steeped in centuries of brewing heritage. Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company offer domestic favorites such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Coors Banquet. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, our craft and import division, offers beers such as Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy from sixth-generation Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Blue Moon Belgian White from modern craft pioneer Blue Moon Brewing Company, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Tenth and Blake also operates Crispin Cider Company, an artisanal maker of pear and apple ciders using fresh-pressed American juice, and imports world-renowned beers such as Italy’s PeroniNastroAzzurro, the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell and the Netherlands’ Grolsch. MillerCoors also offers pioneering new brands such as the Redd’s Apple and Redd’s Wicked Apple franchises and Smith & Forge Hard Cider. MillerCoors seeks to become America’s best beer company through an uncompromising promise of quality, a keen focus on innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

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Wells Fargo, UNCF, Terrence ‘J’ Jenkins and Natasha Eubanks Team Up to Empower HBCU Students

Company hosts My Life, My Story, #MyUntold Town Hall event for more than 300 Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) students to promote the #MyUntold℠ social media campaignas a platform to affirm positive cultural perceptions.

11-hbcu2(Black PR Wire) CHARLOTTE, – Today, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) rallied students from three of the nation’s leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) —Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College — for an interactive town hall event to promote positive images of African American youth. HBCU alumni, Terrence ‘J’ Jenkins, actor and philanthropist, and Natasha Eubanks, founder and CEO of TheYBF.com, joined Wells Fargo and UNCF leaders to inspire students to use social media to share personal experiences that proactively address cultural mischaracterizations.

Seeking to broaden the current social narrative involving the African American community, Wells Fargo launched the #MyUntoldSM campaign to offer a more comprehensive perspective on the African American experience. The social media campaign honors the community tradition of storytelling by creating a platform to share personal stories, history and defining moments– while fostering cultural awareness outside of the community. The official #MyUntold website (wellsfargo.com/MyUntold) aggregates user-generated and company-produced content (photos, videos and written posts) to offer visitors deeper insight into African American culture.

Today’s My Life, My Story, #MyUntold Town Hall event engaged HBCU students by empowering them to lead and take personal accountability for enlightening others on the full cultural identity of African American youth. Students were invited to contribute their stories at an onsite photo/video booth, and during “man on the street” interviews captured across campus. To further encourage community engagement, the Haitian Club of Spelman College and the Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students of Clark Atlanta University were presented with a $1,000 check to develop programs to support local community organizations.

“Wells Fargo’s #MyUntold campaign is valuable because it provides an important vantage point of the community that extends one-dimensional storytelling,” says Jenkins. “It’s my hope that coming out of this event students will be inspired to become the official storytellers of their community.”

To date, the social media storytelling campaign has generated hundreds of personal stories from across the country. It has become a catalyst for self-expression that showcases diverse experiences among a common culture.

“Wells Fargo is happy to introduce #MyUntold to millennials in this way. We’ve taken the campaign across the country, and people literallywait in line to share their stories. As a company, we appreciate the opportunity to connect directly with the communities we serve in such a personal way,” says Lisa Frison, vice president, African American Segment manager, Wells Fargo.“HBCU students in particular have the power to become the opinion formers of a generation, and #MyUntold is one way they can use their voice to lead.”

Following the event, students were joined by community members for a #MyUntold themed Instameet. Participants traveled to various campus landmarks to capture photo and video content (to share on Instagram®) that reflects their HBCU experiences.

“Since #MyUntold launched, UNCF has been a strong supporter of the campaign,” says Richard Shropshire, Vice President of Communications and Marketing, UNCF. “This platform aligns with our ongoing relationship with Wells Fargo that includes longstanding support of the UNCF Empower Me Tour and UNCF Evening of Stars, engagement platforms which empower the African American community to aspire to higher education.”

“Wells Fargo is happy to introduce #MyUntold to millennials in this way. We’ve taken the campaign across the country, and people literallywait in line to share their stories. As a company, we appreciate the opportunity to connect directly with the communities we serve in such a personal way,” says Lisa Frison, vice president, African American Segment manager, Wells Fargo.“HBCU students in particular have the power to become theopinion formers of a generation, and #MyUntold is one way they can use their voice to lead.”

Following the event, students were joined by community members for a#MyUntoldthemed Instameet.Participants traveled to various campus landmarks to capture photo and video content(to share on Instagram®) that reflects their HBCU experiences.

“Since #MyUntold launched, UNCF has been a strong supporter of the campaign,” says Richard Shropshire, Vice President of Communications and Marketing, UNCF. “This platform aligns with our ongoing relationship with Wells Fargo that includes longstanding support of the UNCF Empower Me Tour and UNCF Evening of Stars, engagement platforms which empower the African American community to aspire to higher education.”

Wells Fargo continues to promote the campaign through efforts with Oprah.Com and Interactive One, creating custom content, including stories from actor and HBCU alumni, Lance Gross, and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Elle Varner. Renowned pastor, author and motivational speaker, Bishop T.D. Jakes recently shared his story about how his father’s sacrifice inspired him to strive for success while reaching back to help others. The company continues to encourage the community to share their own stories using #MyUntold.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Partners with the Department of Energy Phase 0 Program

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE) Phase 0 SBIR/STTR Assistance Program with the goal of helping more women-owned small businesses compete for federal funding. Each year, the federal government injects $2.5 billion into U.S. small businesses via the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, and AWIS hopes that more women-owned science and technology firms will take advantage of this opportunity.

“On average, women start with half as much capital as men when launching a small business. That’s why we are encouraging small, women-owned high technology businesses to seek DOE SBIR/STTR assistance,” explains AWIS Director and CEO Janet Bandows Koster. “By becoming the first group to support the Phase 0 program, we are hoping to spearhead additional interest across other organizations and small business development centers.”

AWIS is encouraging others to recommend the Phase 0 program to any company that might be eligible. These include women and minority owned small businesses, and those companies that reside in underrepresented states. For a full list of eligibility requirements, please visit http://www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php.

“We’re extremely excited about partnering with AWIS, because of their reputation among women-owned research and development firms within the technology sector,” says Richard Smerbeck, Program Manager for Phase 0. “This extended reach will allow many more companies to take advantage of specified services aimed to increase their chances of submitting a successful Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal.”

Services provided by Phase 0 are completely funded by the Department of Energy, and are free to eligible small businesses. Companies receive one or more specialized services following an initial assessment which may include Letter of Intent (LOI) writing assistance, market research assistance, small business development training, and intellectual property consultation. For more information, please visit www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/.

ABOUT AWIS

Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 20,000 professionals in STEM with members, chapters, and affiliates worldwide. Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS.

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