Author: Black Community

By Natalie Rodgers  Even in a world where advancements in diversity are improving, we still have a long way to go before equity can be achieved. Luckily, companies and celebrities are coming together to push diverse entrepreneurs in the right direction.In 2020, singer and activist Pharrell Williams founded Black Ambition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs. As part of this initiative, the group created the Demo Day competition, where innovators can pitch their innovations in the hopes of receiving one of the grand prizes. In 2023, the organization gave one of its largest donations yet, dispersing $3.2…

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As the spring semester begins, one of the biggest things on your mind may be the cost of the next step in your educational journey. Whether you’re jumping into the classroom this upcoming semester or preparing to join next year, you have an extensive number of resources you can utilize to help fund your STEM degree. Here are some great scholarships that you can apply for to aid your educational journey: SWE Scholarship Program Funded by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the SWE Scholarship Program awards scholarships to those who identify as a woman who are pursuing a degree…

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By Sydney Severn    The New York Police Department (NYPD) joined the right side of history on September 25th when hiring Dr. Lynn O’Connor as their first Black woman surgeon, making her the seventh woman out of 35 surgeons in the department. Dr. O’Connor said to Good Morning America, “Perseverance pays off.” After being sworn in, Dr. O’Connor said, “You can’t be what you don’t see, so even after 178 years we’re finally seeing it…it’s a tremendous honor.” Even her daughter, Danielle Harris, spoke to reporters, saying, “It’s a representation that we definitely need, especially with there being so many disparities…

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There’s nothing more energetic and exciting than more than 600 women business owners from across the nation coming together to connect, celebrate, learn, be inspired and access resources—all to power their dreams. Austin, Texas, was the host city for this incredible event that included the National Association of Women Business Owner’s (NAWBO) National Women’s Business Conference and NextGen Forum for young, start-up and early-stage female entrepreneurs. The conference kicked off in a sold-out exhibit hall that featured shopping, business resources and fun activities. Serial entrepreneur and author Mei Xu took the stage for a fireside chat with Bank of America’s…

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By Natalie Rodgers, Pursuing an MBA is a fantastic opportunity to expand your expertise and create more opportunities for employment in your field. However, with so many different programs and schools to choose from, it can be hard to even know which programs to apply for and what differentiates a great MBA program from a poor one. Before you begin this big step in your educational journey, here are some questions to ask when it comes to searching for your MBA program:  What Does My Schedule Look Like? Many people who pursue MBA programs are already employed, taking part in…

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A strong supplier diversity system can greatly benefit large scale corporations and the small businesses they work with, but how do you know if your partnership will lead to success? Or alternatively, how do you know if the company you want to supply for really cares about inclusion? Here’s how to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your supplier diversity partnership. Communication is Present on Both SidesAs with a relationship of any kind, communication is critical. For a supplier diversity program to thrive, you not only need to keep clear and constant communication, but also invest time in nurturing…

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The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) recently announced the recipients of the 2023 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. The National MED Week Awards are the highest level of national recognition that a U.S. minority business enterprise can receive from the Department of Commerce. These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as the individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to advancing minority business enterprises.Forty years ago this week, the inaugural National MED Week was established and has since evolved into an iconic celebration and has been a catalyst for…

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By Adenah Bayoh-Like many women before me, I once saw defying the odds as an impossible task to accomplish. After I escaped the civil war in Liberia at age 13, I wanted to chase my dream of being a successful entrepreneur in my new home, the United States. I am the product of generations of strong women who risked life and limb to make things better for their families, and these values have since translated into the hearts and souls of my wonderful children. I am constantly asked for advice and tips on how to break the barriers around you…

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Job and career fairs are a great way to connect with employers, learn about companies and find job openings that may be right for you.When you attend a career fair in person, you may find yourself in an auditorium or other large space. Often there are hundreds of people competing for the attention of the companies’ recruiters and representatives. Although career fairs are less formal than job interviews, following these nine tips may help you stand out to potential employers and advance your job search.Dress AppropriatelyA suit and tie may not be necessary, but you will want to look professional. For…

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By Ron Kness- When interviewing for a job, it seems like you are at a disadvantage being you are the one answering questions. But there are six unwritten rules that gives you a leg up on others who are interviewing that might not know these six secrets. The 6 Unwritten Roles of Interviewing Some rules are clearly defined in life, but when it comes to interviewing, the unwritten ones are subtle, but in a tight race, it could be the difference between an offer letter and a ‘thanks for your time and have a nice life’ note. Rule #1—Be succinct on…

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