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Caring for people’s skin is not easy in a pandemic. 

“It’s been a wild, weird ride,” said Sybil Bailey, a licensed esthetician who founded her company, Afro Mermaid Skincare, in January. 

It’s the fulfillment of a 30-year passion for Bailey, 50. 

So far in year one, she’s focused on surviving. She has faced mandated closures and enacted extra precautions during the pandemic. 

What she and so many entrepreneurs need now is belief and more customers.

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Afro Mermaid Skincare owner Sybil Bailey is photographed at her treatment room located at MBK Wellness Center in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel )

“I need my community and my clients to believe in the service that I’m providing and to lift me up by spreading the word,” said Bailey. 

Afro Mermaid Skincare is one of more

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London Business School and LocalGlobe launch new VC course aimed at women, Black and Asian candidates

With the UK’s Black Tech Fest on this week it’s timely that a new executive education course aimed at those wanting to enter the venture capital industry has been launched to serve previously under-represented groups, especially women, Black, Asian and other minorities.

London Business School and LocalGlobe, one of Europe’s leading seed investors, worked together to created two new programs to provide formal business education for roles across the VC world. The Newton Venture Program courses will cover the full spectrum of investment roles in the venture ecosystem, from VC investors to Limited Partners, angel investors, accelerators, and tech transfer officers. The aim of the programs is to upskill the venture capital sector while broadening the routes through which people can join the industry. 

The courses will aim for a gender split of 50/50, with at least 50% coming from Black, Asian or other minorities. backgrounds, and will be available

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How Tracee Ellis Ross’s Company Celebrates Black Beauty–a Business That’s All Too Rare



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Pattern is the hair care line she’d always wanted but no one had created–until now.

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As an entrepreneur, Tracee Ellis Ross would seem to have some clear advantages: She’s an award-winning actor, producer, and activist–and the daughter of Diana Ross. Yet her first steps into starting her own business brought her the same frustration and rage that so many founders–especially female founders–know all too well. A few years ago, Ross brought the idea for Pattern, a hair care line for curly, coily, and tight-textured hair, to her contact at her talent agency. “She made me cry,” recalls Ross. “She was like, ‘Why would anyone want hair products from you? You’re an actor.’ ” Like many entrepreneurs, Ross was motivated by her own experience: She knew, from years of trying to mold her hair to society’s idea of beauty–and damaging it

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Illinois lawmakers investigate barriers to Black business development | State & Regional

“Clearly COVID has demonstrated the tremendous need, like right now, what we’re doing right now, connecting through broadband, to have a conversation with our state support mechanisms,” he said.

Even in Chicago, he said, many homes and businesses are not online because broadband technology is not available, which severely limits their ability to participate in an online economy.

“For those that don’t know, going back to what was is no longer an option,” Montgomery said. “There is no good old days. Those days are gone forever.”

Much of the focus of Thursday’s hearing was on state government, and its ability to spur business development through its own contracting and purchasing policies.

“We must look at this economy moving forward and recognize that inside of a $40 billion state of Illinois budget, how is every department … spending that money with their constituents, Black constituents, so that they can be full

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Preparing Your Business for Black Friday 2020

This year businesses across a variety of sectors have taken a huge hit thanks to coronavirus and left some smaller businesses owners struggling to stay afloat. With a second lockdown looming most if not all business owners are setting up online shops to avoid any missed opportunities this Black Friday season.

We’re going to be talking about why you should be preparing for Black Friday early in order to take advantage of the huge uplift in the number of online sales as a percentage of all retail sales. With ONS data stating that ecommerce has seen five years worth of growth over the span of only a few months we expect that Black Friday will be no different and may hit a record high for sales.

Why begin preparations now?

If you’re a busy business owner you’ll know that the day to day running of your business always takes priority

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Black Noir actor reveals his dream idea for a spin-off of The Boys

The world of The Boys is getting larger thanks to the announcement that a spin-off focusing on young Supes-in-training is coming to Amazon Prime Video. But we can’t imagine the series will stop there – with several spin-offs probably filling fans’ dreams as we speak. Maybe a peek at Vought’s PR? Or a window into what goes on with the making of Dawn of the Seven? How about a Black Noir spin-off?



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Yeah, how about a Black Noir spin-off? It’s an idea so tantalising and rich and shrouded in mystery, that we even put the premise to Nathan Mitchell, the actor who portrays the enigmatic member of the Seven. He has some serious ideas and even a title.

“I would call it ‘The Secret Life of Black Noir,’” Mitchell says. 

“A funny thing or a cool thing to play with Noir is to have him

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State lawmakers probe barriers to Black business development

SPRINGFIELD — Black-owned businesses in Illinois face significant barriers to growth and opportunities that would enable them to compete with their white-owned counterparts, a problem that many Black leaders say is directly tied to Black unemployment rates and the deterioration of Black neighborhoods.

That was the message state lawmakers heard Thursday when three Senate committees held a virtual joint hearing that focused on entrepreneurship and financial development for Black business owners.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“If you drive or walk through our communities, especially on the south and west sides and other areas of the state, our areas look like a war zone,” said Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat and chair of the Senate Executive Committee. “And we keep saying well, how are our communities? Why are they looking so poorer and poorer and poorer every single day? It’s because of the disparity and funding. That’s the problem, you guys.”

Thursday’s hearing was

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Stanley Black & Decker Named Winner of the 2020 Reuters Responsible Business Award in the Business Transformation Category

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) is the recipient of the 2020 Reuters Responsible Business Awards, honoring leadership in sustainable business. The company was named a winner in the Business Transformation category which recognizes companies that are embracing innovative opportunities to address social and environmental challenges and develop sustainable business models for the future.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Reuters Responsible Business Awards,” said Jim Loree, President and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker. “We believe that corporations have a broader role to play in society, helping to solve the world’s challenges, such as climate change, income inequality and workforce development. At Stanley Black & Decker, our mission is to be a force for good. We are proud to be amongst other leading companies helping to advance progress and ensure the world stays at the forefront of

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Lawmakers probe barriers to Black business development

SPRINGFIELD – Black-owned businesses in Illinois face significant barriers to growth and opportunities that would enable them to compete with their white-owned counterparts, a problem that many Black leaders say is directly tied to Black unemployment rates and the deterioration of Black neighborhoods.

That was the message state lawmakers heard Thursday when three Senate committees held a virtual joint hearing that focused on entrepreneurship and business development in the Black community.

“If you drive or walk through our communities, especially on the south and west sides and other areas of the state, our areas look like a war zone,” said Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, chair of the Senate Executive Committee. “And we keep saying well, how are our communities? Why are they looking so poorer and poorer and poorer every single day? It’s because of the disparity and funding. That’s the problem, you guys.”

Thursday’s hearing was part of a

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Lawmakers probe barriers to Black business development | Govt-and-politics

“Clearly COVID has demonstrated the tremendous need, like right now, what we’re doing right now, connecting through broadband, to have a conversation with our state support mechanisms,” he said.

Even in Chicago, he said, many homes and businesses are not online because broadband technology is not available, which severely limits their ability to participate in an online economy.

“For those that don’t know, going back to what was is no longer an option,” Montgomery said. “There is no good old days. Those days are gone forever.”

Much of the focus of Thursday’s hearing was on the state of Illinois itself, and its ability to spur business development through its own contracting and purchasing policies.

“We must look at this economy moving forward and recognize that inside of a $40 billion state of Illinois budget, how is every department … spending that money with their constituents, Black constituents, so that they

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