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Black MBAs Launch New Program for Young Professionals in Austin

Posted by HH on March 26, 2012

Dee Patience and Elizabeth Thomas of the Austin Black MBAs will discuss the new Advancing Careers and Excelling (A.C.E.)Program on the March 26 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM at 5:30 p.m.  Listen live online at

The goal of A.C.E.  is to further develop the pipeline of minority talent in Austin through focused programming and networking opportunities for Young Professionals ages 25-34.

The 6-month A.C.E. Program will take place the first Saturday of each month starting April 7th. The Program will include monthly sessions (approximately 4 hours) which will include topics such as building relationships, personal branding and social networking. Each session will include a presentation of the  facilitated topic by experienced professionals with  subject matter expertise and will end with a Q& A session with an influential executive at a top company in Austin.

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I Slept on Apple, But the Steve Jobs Biography Woke Me Up

Posted by HH on March 21, 2012

Recently I’ve been listening to the biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson as I drive across the state in lieu of my usual sports talk shows.  While I’ve been aware of all the new products launched by Apple (I own an iPhone, an ipod, and have been contemplating purchasing the iPad) I just realized that Apple had sales over $100 billion in its last fiscal year.  Last I recalled Apple was a $10 billion company.  I feel like Rip Van Winkle (for those who may not be familiar with him, he is a character in a story written by Washington Irving, who fell asleep and didn’t wake up for 20 years).  So I decided to research the meteoric rise in sales and this is what I found.  According to the web site, Apple’s sales in 1995 was $11.06 billion, then they declined to $9.83 billion in 1996.  For the next 8 years sales hovered between a low of $5.36 billion in 2001 and a high of $8.28 billion in 2004.  Annual sales did not surpass the 1995’s $11.06 billion until 2005 when sales hit $13.93 billion.  Since then sales have grown every year increasing 677% between 2005 and 2011.  I am astonished and wide awake now!

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City of Austin Upcoming Bond Election Focus of March 19 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on March 18, 2012

Don Baylor

Don Baylor, a member of the City of Austin Bond Election Advisory Task Force will be a guest on the March 19 edition of Economic Perspectives at 5:30 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

The City of Austin is planning a Bond Election where voters will get to decide whether the city should borrow money to fund specified city infrastructure, facilities, or other capital improvement projects or programs.  Four community meetings on potential projects for the Bond Election are scheduled for late March beginning on March 20.

The Task Force, City staff, and the community will work together over the next several months to identify and review potential projects and programs for future bond funding. In May 2012, the Task Force will provide recommendations for the City Council to consider when developing a potential bond package.

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Podcast: Learn About Credit Repair from Author Leslie Green

Posted by HH on March 4, 2012

Leslie Green, author of The Jomar Credit Repair Guide Book 2012, was a guest on the January 30 edition of Economic Perspectives.  To listen to my 12 minute interview awith her about repairing your credit click here: Leslie Green Interview – Jan 30, 2012.

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