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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Beyoncé to give $5,000 grants to families facing eviction


The “Drunk In Love” singer and her philanthropic organization, BeyGOOD, are awarding $5,000 grants to families or individuals who are facing eviction and/or foreclosure as the housing moratorium is set to end this month.

“When the pandemic hit, we helped organizations across the country that were aiding and assisting people with basic needs like food, water, household supplies and COVID testing. We also provided mental health support,” read a press release. “We then launched our BeyGOOD small business impact fund and to date, over 250 small businesses have received $10K grants.”

“This holiday season while many are stressed with what they will do next regarding their housing, we are proud to share some GOOD news,” the press release continues. “Beyoncé is giving $5K grants to individuals and families facing foreclosures or evictions.”

Anyone who wants to apply to receive the grant is asked to send their application to the NAACP. The online application process is set to open on Jan. 7 and 100 recipients will be chosen. The grants will be sent out later that month. Round two of the applications will open in February.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Why Stores Like These Are The Backbone Of America


America's small businesses are a vital part of the economy. Their success is essential to economic growth and prosperity. Small businesses have the unrivaled potential to create jobs and put money back into communities. They also tend to show more creativity than large competitors, introducing novel products and ideas into the market.

Small businesses are responsible for creating more than three-fourths of the country’s new jobs, and they pay out more than 44 percent of the country’s private payroll. In addition to helping individuals by keeping people employed, small businesses also support the national and global economies.

The back bone of any organization is Employees. Employees are the backbone of any organization, and as you might expect, studies show that happy employees are more motivated, productive and committed.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Raising Minimum Wages Hurts The Small Business Owners

The Presidential Debate has started between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and we will be posting as it is going. They kicked it off talking about growing the economy. Hillary said raise minimum wage and Donald said bring jobs back from overseas. We agree with both sides, and heres why.

Raising up the minimum wages makes it harder for small businesses to give out more jobs, and big corporation don't mind paying a fee for leaving to get cheaper wages and more production. As far as Donald Trump loosing previous businesses, you have to loose to gain, you have to crawl somewhere before you walk. Support our rise below.

If the minimum wage increases, small business owners will likely scale back the number of employees and raise prices to cover the extra cost. An increase would stifle small business growth for owners and employment opportunities for job-seekers.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Beyoncé Now Helping Black-Owned Businesses

The star has teamed up with the NAACP to found the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund.

Beyoncé has launched a new fund to give Black-owned businesses grants through her BeyGOOD foundation.

The fund has been started in collaboration with the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP).

The Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund will provide grants of $10,000 (£7,923) for business owners “in select cities to help sustain business during this time”.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Small Business Loans For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs of color based in the Southeast, this fund is for you. The Charlotte-based UP Community Fund is making capital more readily available to minority-owned businesses specifically in Atlanta, Baltimore, and Charlotte.

The fund will provide small business loans ranging from $250,000 to $1.2 million to small businesses and community organizations.

Their firm is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the southeast market has the greatest challenges in terms of access to capital and upward mobility for entrepreneurs of color and specifically African American-owned and operated businesses.

Visit the website.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

RZA and GZA of Wu-Tang Talk 'The Game Of Life'

For as long as the two leaders of the Wu-Tang Clan have known each other, it still shocks GZA that he never played chess with RZA as a kid.

The pair are busy practicing this week for their Twitch debut on Saturday, where they will play and compete in a chess tournament hosted by and Hennessy. It’s to benefit Black, Latinx and Asian small businesses struggling with the pandemic. GZA says he still remembers vividly to this day when his cousin taught his 9-year-old self how to play chess.

“I guess I remember it well because he had a black and red checkerboard, but the pieces were like clear plastic neon,” GZA tells The Washington Post in a video interview, who said he never forgot the lesson. “And they were weird colored, and they were caked in green. And he showed me the names of the pieces and how they moved.”

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Barack Obama Makes A Surprise Visit


The Chicago Southside Wolfpack youth football team got a surprise visitor to their practice that they’ll never forget –

former president Barack Obama.

“I told you I was coming by, coach! You didn’t believe me!” the former president and sports fan said, laughing.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

$8M Raised To Get Artist Paid

“A lot of the new tools that have been created in the fintech space have really been focused on the services that have enabled independent small businesses to grow on their own,” Rabkin said. “Artists and creators are no different, the problem is no one’s created tools that cater to them. If you look at Intuit you have Mint, but for an artist with unpredictable income and difficult to track revenue streams [it’s different]. You can plug in your bank account, but Intuit and mint doesn’t plug into iTunes or YouTube or Spotify.”

Another problem Stem is trying to tackle is ensuring that collaborators that may not be able to monetize their content. Some artists — like first-timers — may be releasing content but have to treat it purely as promotional or marketing. Instead of just focusing on making money of touring, Rabkin said Stem will hopefully offer those artists some way of driving revenue right from the get-go.

The data that Stem brings in from all these disparate platforms may also, itself, be valuable. Artists can get information on their listeners and start to zero in on some of their preferences. That might help them tailor their tours or other parts of their marketing. But adding information around revenue streams on top of that adds another layer of data that can signal a much stronger level of engagement than some of the other signals they might have.

There will likely be plenty of competition in the space. Kobalt, for example, raised $75 million at a $775 million valuation last month. And each of these services — like iTunes or Spotify — may end up simplifying their artist tools down enough that it may not require such complicated background gymnastics to figure out how to get the right people paid. But Rabkin hopes that by building a seamless enough experience Stem will be able to attract a wide artist base that includes Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Anna Wise, Chromatics, and Poolside.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Do Money Do Something To Your Ego

As we put a firm step into the New Year, here are some reminders for maintaining healthy relationships with your loved ones, business associates, and with yourself. These golden rules can take you far further than simple riches can.

Always pay others back the money they loan you before you gift yourself expensive gifts, trips, meals and places to stay. Even a small amount from time to time to let them know you are making the effort makes a huge statement. You will earn the respect of others in business, and your personal life, far greater and faster if you take this lesson to heart.

Do everything in your power to avoid debt. It racks up. It is sneaky. It follows you and it can destroy relationships, businesses and your happiness. The most important present is being present. Even expensive gifts when given without a personal connection can feel empty. Time, attention, thoughtfulness, and interest in someone else go a long way.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Oakland Giving Out Marijuana Convictions Reparations

The Oakland City Council convened to hammer out legislation to help boost the expansion of the city's legal medical cannabis industry. When plans for new licenses for bakers, farmers, hash-makers, and delivery services came up for a vote, as well as a proposal that would be passed to ensure that the applications of those who've been locked up for cannabis related offenses are moved to the top of the pile.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Social Media Evolves

A'lot of people don't understand what social media means. Social media refers to the interaction of people in which they create, share, exchange and comment contents among themselves in virtual communities and networks. South Carolina's Newberry College has added a social media major, because of the apparent skyrocketing number of jobs in that field. Social media encourages contributions and feedback from everyone who is interested. it blurs the line between media and audience.

Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. Social Media Marketing is the premier thought leading agency for brands looking to maximize ROI driven social media marketing campaigns. Using Social media strategies to grow traffic and increase sales for your business. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ news and other social media management tools.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Nieman Marcus Social Media Sites

A'lot of people don't understand what social media means. Social media refers to the interaction of people in which they create, share, exchange and comment contents among themselves in virtual communities and networks. 

South Carolina's Newberry College has added a social media major, because of the apparent skyrocketing number of jobs in that field. Social media encourages contributions and feedback from everyone who is interested. it blurs the line between media and audience.

Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. Social Media Marketing is the premier thought leading agency for brands looking to maximize ROI driven social media marketing campaigns. Using Social media strategies to grow traffic and increase sales for your business. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ news and other social media management tools.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pittsburgh Having A Big Technology Boom

At a conference in Pittsburgh last month showcasing new technology companies, Mayor Bill Peduto cautioned the city to avoid the “precarious position” of Silicon Valley, where an explosion of tech wealth has left many people behind.

Benefits of the tech boom have been limited. Around Allegheny County, where steel and natural gas industries still provide an important, albeit declining, number of jobs, about 12 percent of the population still lives in poverty.

Pittsburgh’s angst comes as new tech replaces old industry, offering the biggest economic opportunity since the first steel mills opened at the end of the 19th century, but with no assurances of who will benefit.

Pockets of Pittsburgh now resemble a small-scale Silicon Valley, humming with fast-growing tech businesses that have attracted billions of dollars in private financing and young professionals commanding six-figure salaries.

Much of the new activity springs directly from the artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, premiere academic institutions that have helped anchor the city through its industrial decline.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What Happened To Our Youth

People say they can't find jobs, but here at "The Wrap-Up Magazine" think thats a lie. Our "Youth" don't belive in working. Conservative Republicans have officially made it their mission to end food stamps as we know them. Is the economy to blame? Or are personal choices at fault?

If you're a liberal, your answer is probably pretty cut and dry, and these days likely involves the word "recession." Unemployment among middle class families rises and falls with the health of the job market, poverty is shaped and fueled mostly by cultural forces, that the poor could work if they wanted.

I've noticed for a long time now that young people in the U.S. just don't care about working, but tell me how are they to earn a living? In 2007, for instance, 6.4 percent of adults who lived under the poverty line and didn't work in the past year said it was because they couldn't find a job. As of 2012, the figure had more than doubled to a still-small 13.5 percent.

In my city, I try to teach the young what to do. How to get a job, and to keep it. If it aint about progress, then it aint about nothing. We try to give them jobs, even if its only $40 a day doing little odds and ends around my house. Support us more by purchasing music from the link below. In return, we pledge to do something usefull with the money like creating businesses and investing into our youth.

I have employed several "young people" to work for me and have been thrilled with the work they have done. I was always taught at a very young age that to get it before its too late.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Top 5 Social Media Tips For Small Business

Social media is a great way to get the word out about your business. But if it’s not delivering results, take a step back and see if you’re following these best practices.

1. Communicate your uniqueness
Too many businesses are trying to be too many things. Instead, focus on what makes you unique and incorporate that into your social media strategy. That means communicating how your value proposition to customers is different from competitors, of course, but more importantly it means having a personality! If you’re building your business around your personal brand, don’t be afraid to let your real self shine through. And if your whole company is using social media, establish editorial guidelines and an editorial voice that feels real and has a personality that everyone on the team can understand and bring to life.

2. Stop selling
Just because you can sell doesn’t mean you should — or at least, don’t use social media strictly to sell. For example, I recently met with a real estate agent who wanted to be known as the go-to expert agent for his community. He feels he knows the community better than any other agent. He lives there, has a family, and is involved in the community through things like local youth sports. But when I saw his Facebook page, it was littered with images of available listings — and nothing else. Not one thing on his page demonstrated that he knew the community. Instead he demonstrated that he was an expert at uploading listings in his area — and any service can do that.

I noticed he was getting no engagement, so I told him stop thinking like an agent and begin thinking like a resident. For example, when he told me about the local yogurt spot that’s popular in his community, I told him that was a perfect opportunity to create a community “insiders” post. I suggested he take a photo of himself having yogurt and post it to Facebook asking for engagement from locals: “I love Jimmy Yogurt shack, my fave flavor is banana cream, what’s yours?” Then every fourth post or so, he could include a marketing message with an available property and explain why it’s great for that community. In other words, he can become the go-to expert agent by being the person who evangelizes the neighborhood rather than real estate.

3. Tell a story with images
Images are your secret weapon in breaking through the clutter of social media. Images are an incredible way to say a lot, quickly and easily, in a way your followers can easily react to. Multiple images and collages are especially great for saying a lot without words. For example, a baker could show me one image that actually contains four separate images: ingredients, the mixing, the finished cupcake, and someone smiling and holding a half-eaten cupcake. You get the idea. Images can tell a story. They’re also easy to digest, like and share. Think about how huge Instagram is.

4. Show us with video
People don’t have to imagine as much with video, so it’s another great way to communicate your uniqueness and tell stories while making content that’s super shareable.

Recently a bike store owner approached me about expanding his business and mentioned he was creating a blog to help show why they are the best at what they do. A blog is a great way for a business to drive site traffic, but when I went to his blog it was static. There were a few articles like “how to fix a flat tire on your mountain bike,” but it didn’t have regular updates that help drive readership and search engine optimization. He didn’t have the kind of content that differentiated their bike shop.

So I told him to shoot video. For example, take video of the workers in the store and tell me about them. I want to know the story and what makes them experts. Show off a bike designed for super diehards — not just recreational cyclists — so we can experience the skills and expertise of his team. But I also told him to keep it casual and avoid a hard sell.

“Here’s Jim who works in repairs. Jim, what’s the most common repair you have to make?” But then you might notice his sandwich is half-eaten and you ask him what he had for lunch. In other words, shoot quick videos that help show his expertise but also make him human and tell me more about him. Creating a human connection is a great way for potential customers to remember you. Imagine a customer who walks into the shop and says, “Hey Jim, I saw that video, great tip and by the way did you ever finish that sandwich?” That’s instant credibility – especially if customers are wondering whether he cares more about fixing bikes than finishing his lunch!

5. Do A/B testing
If you aren’t getting results, try experimenting with your content in a systematic and scientific way. Study your content and what seems to resonate, then try different variations and see what gets engagement. Remember to only try to test one “variable” at a time; otherwise you won’t know what’s making the difference.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Middle Class Fight

Rumors are that +Rolling Stone interviewed members of our community in Lima, Ohio. Lima Mayor David Berger, and Jim Jordan were among those being interviewed. They tell their stories alongside local and state economic policies and election cycles. The long-form piece details everything from crime rates, to the town's teen pregnancy and restrictive abortion policies, to publicly-funded charter schools, to manufacturing plant productivity cycles, to Tea Party and GOP politics, even touching on gerrymandering's role on the town's recent history.

Another interesting part of the article was the overlap between Ohio Governor John Kasich's $1 billion state investment in mostly underperforming charter schools, when "two of Ohio's largest charter-school operators, David Brennan and William Lager, also happened to be the state GOP's largest individual donors, contributing more than $5 million to the Republican Party since the 1990s. Starting in 1998, schools run by the two men have reaped roughly one-quarter of all the taxpayer-funded charter money – about $1.7 billion. Ohio's charter—school operators have successfully claimed that the money given to charter-management companies is no longer public, leaving them exempt from government audits or any other public scrutiny."

Explaining the forces facing the disappearing middle class, Reitman spoke with Bill Faith, the executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, who shared how "The economy is stabilizing somewhat, there are businesses coming back, but we're talking about half the size of what it used to be. You see politicians try to appeal to people in places like Lima and say, ‘We're going to bring back manufacturing. We're going to get these companies to come back.' The reality is, you've got to incrementally bring back employment of whatever kind you can bring back.'"

In an interview with House Rep. Jim Jordan, he divulged how Lima's future is in the industries it already possesses, such as oil, chemicals, heath care, and construction. In his words, "For every one of those examples, we have examples of what we do have happening... I'm 100 percent for green energy. I'm for ethanol, I'm for wind power, that's all great. But I don't believe in picking winners and losers by giving tax breaks to some industries and not to others. You don't want bureaucrats in Washington deciding what works and what doesn't; you want people to decide in the grand marketplace we have."

However, Reitman counters this thinking in her piece by writing how "government exists in part to help manage economic crisis. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, whose 2012 book, The Price of Inequality, deconstructs the effects of income inequality, believes the only way out of the current crisis is a comprehensive overhaul of the economic structure."

The entire piece is a fascinating ethnography of a small, Midwestern community failing to adapt itself after an industrial collapse, and can serve as a warning to other cities facing similar crises.

Monday, June 2, 2014

$15 Minimum Wage Raise For Seattle Wa

Seattle City Council‘s vote today on a historic plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour could change her life. Phelps, 22, earns $9.47 per hour working for a McDonald’s restaurant near downtown. She wants to move out of her mother’s South Seattle home, and she wants to go back to school. She says those things could happen if Council approves the nation’s highest minimum wage.

Not everyone jumped on board. Craig Dawson, CEO of Retail Lockbox in Seattle, was among those suggesting early on that small and minority businesses would be put at risk by the increase in personnel costs. Compromises were put forward, and a rancorous Council committee meeting last week resulted in some adjustments to the plan that appeared to pave the way for easy passage.

Washington already has the highest state minimum wage at $9.32 an hour, well above the federal minimum of $7.25. The Seattle compromise plan would phase in the higher, local minimum wage over three to seven years, depending on the size of the business and benefits they provide employees.

City officials estimate that about a quarter of workers earn less than $15 an hour. Full-time work at that rate translates to about $31,000 a year. The ordinance was drafted by an advisory group of labor, business and non-profit professionals. In a contentious meeting last week, a City Council committee agreed to delay implementation of the ordinance to next April instead of Jan. 1. They rejected amendments that would have sped up phase-ins and would have excluded tips from total compensation. The committee also approved a sub-minimum wage for teenagers.