04 Apr 2017

On the Road With ‘Shark Tank’ 2017: Meet the Founder and CEO of Goodness Gracious Cookies

Goodness Gracious Cookies CEO shares her ‘faith over fear’ approach to entrepreneurship Values Partnerships leads a nationwide casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank, which is focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to the show. In 2017, it’s hosting casting...
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03 Apr 2017

On the Road with ‘Shark Tank’ 2017: Meet the Founder/CEO of Pillow Tees

Pillow Tees founder Chris Porter opens up about how he turned his crafty gifts into a business Values Partnerships leads a nationwide casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank that is focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to the show. In 2017, we’re hosting casting calls...
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24 Mar 2017

On the Road With ‘Shark Tank’ 2017: Meet the Founder and CEO of Legal Equalizer

Brandon Andrews talks business and social justice with the winner of the 2017 Values Partnerships SXSW Pitch Competition, Mbye Njie, founder and CEO of Legal Equalizer Values Partnerships leads a nationwide casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank that is focused on bringing more...
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23 Mar 2017

‘On the Road With Shark Tank’ Talks Business With Cuffed Design

Principals for the leather fashion accessories product company share tips and lessons learned Values Partnerships leads a nationwide casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to the show. In 2017, the company is hosting casting calls...
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28 Jan 2017

President Trump’s Best Bet With Communities of Color

Supporting minority-owned and operated businesses may be his best opportunity to successfully engage communities of color In his inaugural address, President Trump said, “We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore...
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23 Jan 2017

Weekly Small Business Thought — 1/23/2017

Each week, I share a short small business thought; a new idea, a big upcoming event, or a question to consider during the current week. What does the Trump Administration mean for small businesses? In a Weekly Small Business Thought earlier this month I said: “The combination of...
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16 Jan 2017

“Where Do We Go From Here “— MLK Day 2017

Each year, the United States and the world honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Memorial Foundation, IMPACT, and the Faith & Politics Institute host an annual wreath laying ceremony at the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC. I shared my thoughts about Dr....
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12 Jan 2017

EXPECT TO SEE MORE BLACK ENTREPRENEURS ON ‘SHARK TANK’ SEASON 8

Latangela Newsome created “Grease Bags” after trying—unsuccessfully—to find a safe and easy way to dispose of used cooking grease. On Friday, Jan. 13, the “momtrepreneur” will pitch her business to the sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank. When she does, she will join an increasing number...
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09 Jan 2017

Weekly Small Business Thought — 1/9/2017

Each week, I share a short small business thought; a new idea, a big upcoming event, or a question to consider during the current week. What does it mean to start a business in a strong economy? The “Great Recession” constricted the American economy. Market uncertainty froze...
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06 Jan 2017

December 2016 Jobs Report Snapshot

On the first #JobsDay of 2017, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that 156,00 jobs were added to the U.S. Economy in December 2016 bringing the unemployment rate to 4.7 percent and the number of unemployed persons to 7.5 million. This report is last of the Obama...
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