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Entrepreneurs and corporate leaders unite in support of Black-owned businesses

When Jasper Kuria considers strategies for addressing racial inequity and social injustice in the U.S., he puts support of Black entrepreneurs at the top of the list.



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Jasper Kuria, founder of Black Owned Business. (BOB Photo)

“It’s really about wealth inequality and opportunities for the Black community,” said Kuria. “And when you think about the massive wealth gap between the Black community and the white folks, it’s really about business ownership.”

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This fall Kuria launched Black Owned Business, a platform that connects Black-owned professional service providers with companies searching for talent. The Seattle-area startup has close to 80 vendors on the platform so far, covering technology, marketing and web design, consulting, finance and accounting, law and HR. He’s also working with SurveyMonkey to encourage companies to commit to considering Black-owned businesses when hiring outside vendors. Those pledging to do so include Intuit, Zoom and

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Ireland working on support scheme for Irish firms in case of UK-EU no deal – report

FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney and his German counterpart Heiko Maas (not pictured) attend a news conference in Berlin, Germany, December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Pool/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland is working on a financial support scheme to help food exporters maintain their share in the British market in the event of a ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the European Union, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Ireland would be the European Union country most impacted if the two sides fail to agree a trade deal before Britain’s status quo transition period with the trading bloc ends on Dec. 31.

“In my view, the focus of that support should be on maintaining market share. At some point in the future we will hopefully be trading again in Britain, and we certainly don’t want to be losing market share for a really important market,”

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Ireland Working on Support Scheme for Irish Firms in Case of UK-EU No Deal – Report | World News

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland is working on a financial support scheme to help food exporters maintain their share in the British market in the event of a ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the European Union, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Ireland would be the European Union country most impacted if the two sides fail to agree a trade deal before Britain’s status quo transition period with the trading bloc ends on Dec. 31.

“In my view, the focus of that support should be on maintaining market share. At some point in the future we will hopefully be trading again in Britain, and we certainly don’t want to be losing market share for a really important market,” Coveney told the Business Post newspaper in an interview.

While Irish firms have diversified into new markets since the 2016 Brexit referendum, cutting trade to Britain to 9%

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail as Pompeo tweets support

HONG KONG — Jimmy Lai, the 73-year-old Hong Kong media tycoon and advocate for democracy, was denied bail Saturday, after being charged the previous day under the territory’s new national security law.

Lai faces a charge of collusion with foreign elements to endanger national security, apparently for tweets he made and interviews or commentaries he gave to foreign media.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Saturday morning Asia time that the security law “makes a mockery of justice.” He called for Lai’s immediate release, saying his only crime was speaking the truth about China’s authoritarian Communist Party government.

The Apple Daily, a feisty pro-democracy tabloid

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Diageo and Victoria147 Will Support Entrepreneurs in the Hospitality Sector in Mexico



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Diageo , a leading premium alcoholic beverages company, through its Buchanan’s brand and in conjunction with Victoria147 (the first business academy for women in Mexico) has initiated enrollments for its Buchanan’s Game Changers Academy program with the aim of promoting and creating new opportunities for the development of women-led businesses in the hospitality industry in Mexico. This initiative will benefit 40 female entrepreneurs in the sector with scholarships of up to 80 percent to complete a virtual training program to accelerate their business.

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The business take-off program is aimed at women who seek to implement a solid and sustainable growth strategy; It will be taught online and complemented by a workshop facilitated by specialists from the hospitality industry. Its main focus is to challenge female entrepreneurs to do their best to change the rules of the game through expert mentoring and

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Small retailers in Muskegon offered grant support, including for COVID-related struggles

MUSKEGON, MI – Small retailers looking to get started in Muskegon, or struggling with the effects of COVID-19, are being offered grant support through the city.

The city of Muskegon recently developed four grant programs to help existing businesses facing hardships due to the pandemic and assist potential retailers get established in the city.

The grants are for up to $5,000 each and require varying amounts of matching funds.

They fall into two categories: rent and renovation assistance for existing retailers and for new retailers.

“We wanted to offer something to help create a stronger local retail base in the city,” said Mike Franzak, Muskegon’s director of planning. “We know how hard it is for small retailers to make it now because of online shopping.”

The initial idea for the grants was to “to rebuild the downtown with cool retail options,” Franzak said. But the support has been extended to

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7 Practical Ways to Celebrate and Support Women Entrepreneurs

7 Practical Ways to Celebrate and Support Women Entrepreneurs




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In 2014, Wendy Diamond founded Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with an inaugural event at the United Nations in NYC while hosting simultaneous events in 144 other nations recognizing the day and mission of creating a movement honoring women entrepreneurs. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day since then, has been celebrated annually on November 19th. But, supporting women entrepreneurs isn’t something we should do just one day a year. Here are seven practical ways we can celebrate and support female founders year-round.



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  1. Promote local women-owned small businesses on social media. Tag them when featuring them on your social media posts, comment on their feeds and tag friends that may be interested in learning more

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