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By Ben Rashkovich "From the high-concept ideas to the nitty-gritty details, plenty of entrepreneurs think they need to do it all on their own… But that doesn’t mean they won’t need help along the way. No matter what it is about your business that you want to improve, someone out there has probably come up with a few successful solutions. They might be lurking in a book, hiding in a podcast, or waiting to be heard at one of your local small business organization meetings. So why not find them?"   Read Full Article
By Jessica Gilmartin "One of the best parts of my job is how diverse my team is. As the Head of Revenue Marketing at Asana, the people I work with are spread across the globe and timezones. Even when everyone returns to the office, I’ll still have a distributed team with team members in the US, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Given the makeup of my team, I had a lot of experience managing a distributed team even before the world suddenly shifted to remote work. With that experience, many people come to me for advice on how to navigate our current world since everyone is distributed at the moment.  One topic that comes up often is communication. When your team is distributed across the globe, how do you ensure seamless communication with everyone, no matter where they’re working? (As we’ve all experienced by now, that can be easier said than done.) So how do  I  make sure everyone on my team feels included and has the same information? Here are three tips I rely on as a leader of a distributed team:" Read Full Article
By Team Asana "When it comes to starting a business, many entrepreneurs are drawn to the freedom of earning money on their terms. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without its challenges.  One of the most common struggles we face is finding an adequate work-life balance. Anyone who is an entrepreneur knows and understands the many hats you have to wear and the tasks you have to juggle each day, especially when you’re starting out. And during a time where hustle culture and working nonstop are glamorized, how can you build the business of your dreams without burning yourself out? In recognition of Stress Awareness Month, I’m excited to share the foundational pieces I’ve put in place that will hopefully help you find more balance. And it starts with getting organized." Read Full Article
By Chanell Turner "The days of hiring fairs, in-person informational interviews, and campus hiring events are done for the foreseeable future. Today, HR managers and hiring teams have to rely on virtual tools to locate and recruit capable candidates. Even if your team is back in the office, the COVID-19 outbreak is going to make it challenging to find candidates in person." "If this is something you have not prepared for, you are not alone. A study by Doodle revealed that only 16 percent of HR professionals in the United States are prepared to go entirely virtual with their recruitment and onboarding efforts. Nevertheless, much like the state of work itself, companies are going to have to plan for a digital future when it comes to recruitment." "Even amid COVID-19, workers will still resign, and you may need to let some staff go. Therefore, you need to prepare to hire virtually. Here are some points you can add to your virtual hiring strategy for this new normal brought on by COVID-19." Read Full Article
By David Baboolall, Kelemwork Cook, Nick Noel, Shelley Stewart, and Nina Yancy   "Entrepreneurship and business ownership—particularly of community-based businesses—are crucial ways to develop community wealth, for both business owners and the people they employ. Healthy Black-owned businesses could be a critical component for closing the United States’ Black–white wealth gap, which we project will cost the economy $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion (in 2018 dollars) per year by 2028. The COVID-19 crisis, however, has further stressed Black-owned businesses and may cause the racial wealth gap to widen. This gap includes a $290 billion—and growing—opportunity to grow overall wealth by achieving revenue parity between Black- and white-owned businesses in addition to providing aid to small and medium-size businesses (SMBs)—those with up to 500 employees—with nonwhite owners." Read Full Article
By Gautam Gayan "Workplace Equity is all about making the employees feel empowered and level the playing field for every employee. When organization promote equality in the workplace they benefit from the competitive advantage of employing diverse talent." "Equity in a workplace refers to fair treatment for all. Transparency is evident to cause and effect where everyone expects the same in terms of consequences and rewards. When there is equity, there is equal opportunity. When you give importance to equity, it creates a positive work environment for both the employees and employer." "Organizations must have a forward-thinking ideology and set their aim towards fostering an equitable future for their employees. We did a brief study of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), looked at the distinction between equity and equality, and also mentioned seven great tips to promote equity in the workplace." Read Full Article
By Sally Lauckner "According to Census Bureau data, the number of minority-owned firms doubled over the last decade. This being said, however, although minorities are majorly driving the growth of entrepreneurship in this country, minority business owners still face a multitude of challenges when trying to start and finance their businesses. Overall, minority-owned businesses tend to be smaller and generate lower profits than businesses owned by white people. BIPOC entrepreneurs are also less likely to get access to credit, which is a key predictor of a business’s future success." "Luckily, in addition to traditional financing options, like business loans, there are a variety of alternative funding solutions that minority entrepreneurs can explore, like small business grants. In this guide, therefore, we explore a list of 12 of the best minority small business grants and what you need to know to apply for these grants for your business."   Read Full Article
By TBS Staff "Black undergraduate enrollment increased significantly from 2000-2010, but experienced a decline from 2010-2018. Encouraging Black enrollment requires additional resources to combat systemic disadvantages Black students face, making it more difficult for them to both attend and complete a college education. To address the needs of current and future Black students, colleges and universities continue to provide resources, including social clubs, organizations, and career-oriented assistance programs. Black students can also network with alumni, explore opportunities for employment, and find funding to further their education." Read Full Article
By Samantha Taylor of Instructional Solutions "Remote work is rising in popularity, but it has suddenly become the global default due to COVID-19. Many workers in the United States and around the world are finding themselves working remotely for the first time. Working from home has many benefits (including stopping a pandemic!), with 77% of remote workers stating that they’re more productive. Distributed teams come with a different set of working conditions and one very big, very important challenge: communication." Read Full Article
By The National Alliance on Mental Illness "Many members of the community may re-experience trauma during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Below are some resources. Find a PDF of this information, here." Read Full Article & Resources Here