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Racial Discrimination Complaint Filed against Prince George’s County Dept. of Environment

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Prince George’s County is one of the biggest majority-Black jurisdictions in the nation, but a local group alleges those same people didn’t receive fair consideration regarding grant money for a stormwater management program.

The People for Change Coalition, a nonprofit organization that assists minority-owned businesses in the D.C. area, filed a complaint with the county’s Human Relations Commission after an application it submitted along with several others was denied this fiscal year.

Sandra Pruitt, executive director of the coalition, said Thursday that one Black nonprofit, the Riverdale-based Global Health and Education Projects, was awarded a $50,000 grant to conduct an adopt-a-tree program for homeowners.

“We are looking for equity on how the grants are awarded,” Pruitt said. “We say inclusion is [African-Americans] get the project done in our neighborhood and we got paid to do the work. Inclusion is not [Whites] coming in to do the work into Black communities. Our point is we want to do the work.”

She along with other community leaders will hold 10 a.m. press conference Friday in Largo to argue that more Black-led organizations should participate in the county’s Stormwater Stewardship grant program.

Read more at The Washington Informer

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As More Shoppers Go Online, D.C. Retailers Face A Choice: Evolve Or Go Extinct

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Retail in Washington DC story by Ally Schweitzer
Julie Egermayer owns “Violet”, a women’s clothing store, in an upscale mixed-use building off U Street NW. It is in a pop up space right now following the failure of her store location in Georgetown.

Not long ago, Chevy Chase boutique owner Susanne McLean began to notice a change in her customers’ behavior. Instead the usual browsing or buying, some people were starting to treat her shop like a showroom.

“A customer will come in, and we’ll help them for 30 minutes, fitting a pair of shoes. Then, they’ll take out their cell phone camera and take a picture,” said McLean, who has owned clothing and home-goods store Catch Can for nearly 30 years. “Then they’ll go home and order the shoes online.”

Browsing in person and buying online is the kind of “new normal” feared by small shop owners, especially those that specialize in apparel, furniture and other merchandise easily purchased on the internet. As mall anchors and chains shutter across the country — spurring headlines about a retail apocalypse — some predict local mom-and-pops are succumbing to the same fate.

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IS 2018 THE YEAR YOU BECOME A FRANCHISE ENTREPRENEUR?

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Happy New Year!  One of the top questions I was asked in 2017 is should I go the startup route or purchase a franchise, so I thought I’d start out 2018 addressing that. The first step is to determine if you would make a good entrepreneur, and then consider if franchising is the right path to becoming a business owner. Sixty-five percent of Americans want to be their own boss. Let’s face it, a lot of us think we’re smarter than our bosses, so being our own boss is a natural desire. An entrepreneur is defined as:

  • “One who pursues opportunity beyond the resources currently controlled”
  • “A person who sees an opportunity and creates an organization to pursue it”
  • “A dreamer who attempts to turn an idea into a profitable reality”
  • “Anyone who assumes the risk and responsibility for starting and managing a business”
  • “Anyone who takes the risk of starting a business for the purpose of making a profit”

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ESSENCE MAGAZINE HISTORY TIMELINE

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Black Enterprise has chronicled the journey of Essence Magazine before the first issue launched in May of 1970. Click through the below slideshow to view the timeline of this iconic brand….

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