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BY JIM TURNER NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis expects late this month to reinstate a requirement that people in the unemployment system submit weekly “work search” updates. Referring to some businesses saying they are unable to find new employees as they regroup from …

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BY DAVID LYONS SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL/TNS People desperately shopping for homes in South Florida may finally have some luck. Evidence is emerging that sellers, who have hibernated for months, are ready to list their houses. Over the next six months, enough of them are expected to add to …

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BY RAFAEL OLMEDA SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie formally pleaded not guilty Wednesday, again asking a Broward judge to dismiss the perjury charge filed by a statewide grand jury. In one of three documents filed by the defense Wednesday, Runcie said he…

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BY STEPHEN BATTAGLIO LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Kim Godwin, a CBS News executive since 2007, is on track to become the first Black woman to run a broadcast network news operation, as she has been offered the top job at ABC News, according to people familiar with the plan. Godwin will fill the pos…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER   Comcast is now accepting applications for the next phase of Comcast RISE with expanded eligibility to include Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Hispanic-owned small businesses.    The program will help thousands of small businesses impacted b…

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BY ALEX TANZI BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS The net worth of White Americans hit a record high last year, driven by a stock-market rebound that defied the pandemic, while other ethnic groups saw their share of the nation’s wealth decline, according to recently released data from the Federal Reserve. We…

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BY PHOEBE WALL HOWARD DETROIT FREE PRESS/TNS Ford Motor Co. recalled 33,228 new vehicles during Christmas week in North America for possible burn risk and power loss, including vehicles sometimes used as hotel and airport shuttles and ambulances. The 2021 Ford E-Series vans with a 7.3-liter …

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Instant healthcare launches in Florida SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Jetdoc, a digital healthcare platform that connects people with a licensed healthcare professional in minutes, announced a strategic partnership last month with Florida-based rapper and entrepreneur William Leonard Roberts…

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be extraordinary and far-reaching. To date, Comerica Bank and the Comerica Foundation has invested more than $9 million in COVID-19 relief efforts for small business and community programming support across its five-state footprint. These fund…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved a plan by Florida Power & Light to speed up refunds of deposits for tens of thousands of customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. FPL announced the plan last month as part of steps that also included providing b…

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The Veterans Business Grant is for veterans who own businesses and have experienced financial hardships due to COVID-19. Qualifying veterans can apply for assistance as part of a $5 million veteran business grant program fund. Funding received will be calculated based on individual percentag…

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BY NIC QUEROLO AND LESLIE PATTON BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS Not even the greatest surge in joblessness in 80 years is easing the fast-food industry’s years-old labor shortage. That’s because the COVID-19 pandemic is making this year’s economic crisis very different than past downturns, when restaura…

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A Miami law firm is representing former Black McDonald’s franchise owners in a $1 billion- dollar discrimination suit. FROM WIRE REPORTS A Miami-based law firm has filed a billion-dollar lawsuit on behalf of 52 former Black McDonald’s franchise owners. The lawsuit filed by the Ferraro Law Fi…

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BY HOWARD BLUME LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Trader Joe’s has responded to criticisms about its packaging by announcing that it is in the process of eliminating labels that use ethnic-sounding names intended to be humorous. The offending products bear such labels as Trader Ming’s for foods and cond…

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE In April, Wells Fargo announced it would donate gross proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Plan to nonprofits working with small businesses. This month, the bank has ramped up its efforts by unveiling the details of an approximately $400 million initiative to…

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Florida gas prices are beginning to inch higher as Florida eases restrictions, causing a growing number of people to hit the road. Gasoline demand is now only 30 percent lower than a year ago, compared to the 50-75 percent deficit seen just weeks ago during the height of Florida’s stay-at-ho…

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BY PETER SBLENDORIO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS NEW YORK – B. Smith, the lifestyle guru who excelled as a TV host, restaurateur and more, has died. She was 70. Her husband, Dan Gasby, wrote in a Facebook post that Smith “died peacefully” of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease the night of Feb. 22 at…

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BY CURTIS BUNN URBAN NEWS SERVICE When Najah Aziz nodded off during an annual job performance review, she knew she had to make a move. She wanted out of the insurance business and into the hair salon, feeding a passion she developed as a child styling her six sisters’ hair. Quitting the secu…

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BY DONALD WOOD TRAVELPULSE/TNS U.S. News & World Report released the 10th edition of its Best Hotels rankings last week after evaluating more than 30,000 luxury hotels and resorts across the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Using a methodology combining i…

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NNPA NEWSWIRE Starting a business can be exciting, but that excitement may be overshadowed by anxiety if you start this new adventure without detailed research and plans to guide you along the way. In addition to guidance, a business and financial plan can help to attract investors and open …

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BY LAUREN ZUMBACH AND CORILYN SHROPSHIRE CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS The 10,800 stores closed by retailers last year wasn’t enough: just one month into 2020, they have announced plans to close 1,000 more. “It’s sad, there are a lot of things closing,” said Patti Maher, 57, of Orland Park, Ill., brow…

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BY JEN YAMATO AND WENDY LEE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Stefon Bristol had a clear vision of his first feature project. As a graduate film student at NYU, he had already shot a short version of a movie called “See You Yesterday,” a story about a science-obsessed New York City teen who masters time…

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Company will have to compete with Rihanna, makeup giants and social media realities BY CORILYN SHROPSHIRE CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS Growing up in Trinidad in the 1980s, Patrice Grell Yursik remembers her mother smoothing on Fashion Fair face powder and popping the pink compact into her purse befor…

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BY MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS SUN SENTINEL/TNS Holiday bells are ringing, and many consumers are sprinting to snag a year-end bargain on a new car or truck. Is that the smart move? Experts say “yes,” and that the deals are a bit better this December than a year ago. One difference: There are still…

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FAMILY FEATURES It’s not always easy staying organized. Life is busy, chaotic and fastmoving. Although it can be easy to get discouraged at times, there are ways to enhance organization and attitude through the peaks and pits life throws at you.  Carol Lavin Bernick, former executive chairma…

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BY DANIELLE CHEMTOB THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/TNS CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bank of America will raise its minimum wage from $17 to $20 an hour early next year, more than a year sooner than previously announced.  The bank said Monday the new minimum wage, first announced this spring, will now go into e…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The Federal Reserve Board reported recently that 40% of people in the U.S. said they would have trouble covering a $400 emergency. Now think back to the last time you had an emergency or unexpected expense.  Maybe it was a car repair or medical bill or even pay…

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BY MARK DANIELSTHE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL/TNS FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Antonio Brown continued to implode on Sunday morning. Hours before 1 p.m. NFL games were set to kick off, the troubled wide receiver went off the rails on Twitter. Brown sent off a series of controversial tweets with one saying he…

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BY SUSAN SELASKY DETROIT FREE PRESS/TNS DETROIT – How does fast-food chain Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, best known for its chicken, run out of chicken sandwiches?  It’s simple: Turn to social media and tweet about one of your new sandwich offerings.  And then, once the competition gets wind o…

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F-150, Explorer, Expedition seats may detach in crash BY PHOEBE WALL HOWARD DETROIT FREE PRESS/TNS DETROIT – Ford Motor Company issued a massive safety recall affecting 10 vehicles on Aug. 30 – including new versions of its popular Ford F-150, F-Series Super Duty, Expedition and bestselling …

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According to the Small Business Administration (SBA): “The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year.”  Here are the benefits: “To help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by…

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FROM FAMILY FEATURES  For many Americans, reaching and maintaining financial stability is a goal that tops their checklists. However, the strategies necessary for achieving that goal can quickly fall by the wayside.  Consider these tips from Bank of America Credit Cards Executive Jason Gaugh…

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BY JESSE BOGANST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/TNS FERGUSON, Mo. – The City Council decided to hire a new police chief Tuesday night, choosing Jason P. Armstrong, a captain in Georgia’s Forest Park Police Department near Atlanta. City leaders, including Mayor James Knowles, said they took into accoun…

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BY NICOLE TIGGEMANNTRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Many people enjoy the independence of owning and operating their own small business. If you’re a small business owner, you know that you have additional financial responsibilities when reporting your taxes. A part of this is paying into Social Security…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The Florida A&M University (FAMU) chapter of 100 Black Men Inc. was selected Collegiate Chapter of the Year based on the strength of their voter education, economic empowerment, health awareness, mentoring and other initiatives.   During the organiz…

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Perhaps you were among those who celebrated investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith for surprising the Morehouse College Class of 2019 by paying all of their student loan debt. But I saw no reason to celebrate. In fact, viral media coverage gave me the impression that the graduation cere…

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The National Black Chamber of Commerce® (NBCC) is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora. The NBCC was incorporated in Washington,…

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BY KEERTHI VEDANTAMSEATTLE TIMES/TNS SEATTLE – Lennox Mat Sinde’s modest house in West Seattle has seen everyone from businesspeople to short-term interns since he signed up for Airbnb in 2017. And the money he makes from renting out a couple rooms is going to his next big investment. “In a …

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BY LAUREN POTEATNNPA NEWSWIRE According to a recent study done by Guidant Financial, Black-owned businesses have seen a dramatic increase since 2015, particularly among Black women. However, in the same survey, it was also reported that while the number of Black-owned businesses are at an al…

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The Democratic Party went into a meltdown upon the results of the 2016 national election. It was so confident that Hillary Clinton was going to pick up where Barack Obama left off after eight years of questionable results. The recovery from the 2008 recession was weak and slow. For that, the…

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BY DARCEL ROCKETTCHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS Gloria Ray Karlmark walked into the history books when she, along with eight other African American students, walked into Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in September 1957. Since then, Karlmark has been a member of the Little Rock Ni…

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE CORRESPONDENT A poor, rural county in Tennessee that is predominantly Black receives more audits from the IRS than any other county in the United States while rich counties skate by unbothered, according to a study published on the tax professional news websit…

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BY LAURA DAVISON BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS WASHINGTON – Even if House Democrats get their hands on Donald Trump’s tax returns, many of their biggest questions about the president’s finances will probably go unanswered. Those documents won’t provide a definitive picture of the president’s wealth, wh…

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The mainstream news has been covering an interesting story. People who were expecting significant tax refunds are, in very large numbers, either getting a minimal refund, no refund or having to pay the IRS. This, after the man Spike Lee has named “Agent Orange” ‒ Donald Trump ‒ promised …

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BY SAMANTHA MASUNAGALOS ANGELES TIMES/TMS LOS ANGELES – SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning (March 8), marking the last major milestone of a NASA test mission and precursor to future human spaceflights. The hatch of the capsule, which did not ha…

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BY JIM PUZZANGHERALOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS WASHINGTON – Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday called for a consumer-friendly overhaul of the nation’s credit reporting system as she brought the chief executives of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to testify before her House committee about what she call…

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BY LAURA DAVISON BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS WASHINGTON – U.S. government shutdowns harm the IRS and Americans trying to pay what they owe, National Taxpayer Advocate told Congress. “It is irresponsible for an agency that touches all aspects of people’s lives to be underfunded, understaffed, and at t…

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