Breaking the Walls in Business – by Richileau Dennis

JC B2B 2016iiBeing a Black-owned business in the beauty industry presents a unique set of challenges. Through the years, we’ve received questions and judgments about our products and our business that I’m pretty sure few, if any, white-owned businesses have ever had to answer – like “Since you’re Black, your products are just for Black people, right?” or “We don’t really have a place in our store for a hip-hop beauty brand.” Now, I’ve loved rap music since the Sugar Hill Gang, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, but I couldn’t understand how personal care and beauty products made from organic and natural ingredients that simply serve people according to their hair or skin care need – whether curly, coily, wavy, straight, damaged, dry, oily or other – could be labeled as “hip-hop.” Then, it hit me. They weren’t seeing the products. They were only seeing me.

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Florida SBDC Network Receives Presidential Award for Export Service

SBDC logoU.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented the Florida SBDC Network with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

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Opening Opportunities!

Have you visited the Orlando Airport lately?  The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (the Authority) is a strong supporter of programs that encourage the inclusion of women, minorities and small businesses in airport contracting.

The Authority strives to continue its trend of inclusion and has established three programs in support of this mission.

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