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Roadmap To Raising Capital/Small Business Lending Seminar November 13

Posted by HH on November 5, 2018

Small, minority, and women-owned businesses will learn about great sources for small business loans, organizations that can assist them in preparing loan applications, and financing contract opportunities. Anthony Ruiz, U.S. Small Business Administration San Antonio District Director, will provide an overview of the support services provided to small businesses by the SBA. There will be a panel discussion featuring community development financial institutions that specialize in lending to small, minority, and women-owned businesses including BCL of Texas, BiGAustin, LiftFund, and PeopleFund. RSVP at The Roadmap To Raising Capital for Small, Minority, Women-Owned Businesses.

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Podcast: Learn About at Austin Event

Posted by HH on March 10, 2014

The SBA Women’s Business Center at BiGAustin is sponsoring a Forum on for small business owners and consumers on Thursday, March 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at its office at 5407 North I-H 35, 2nd floor of Chase Bank Bldg in the Capital Plaza in Austin, TX.  Claudia Connor, Director of  the center, came on Economic Perspectives today to discuss the forum along with Marian Williams, a Navigator for, and Genice Brown-Harris, an Austin area entrepreneur who has enrolled in  To listen to the interview click here: .

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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.

For more information go to

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RSVP for Financial Education 101: Managing Credit and Building Wealth

Posted by HH on January 12, 2012

Financial Education 101: Managing Credit and Building Wealth

January 21, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

1165 Angelina St., Austin, Texas

Sponsors: Texas NAACP, Austin NAACP

Cosponsors: National Association of Black Accountants Austin Cen-Tex Chapter,

Texas Mezzanine Fund

Media Sponsors: KAZI 88.7 FM, Economic Perspectives

Free Giveaways

  • Raffle for an iPad
  • Copies of the new book “The Big Retirement Risk”
  • Copies of the new book “The JoMar Credit Repair Guide Book 2012”


Sessions Speakers
8:30 a.m. – Registration
9 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions Hopeton Hay, Texas NAACP; Nelson Linder, Austin NAACP, Roger Davis, National Association of Black Accountants
9:15 a.m. – Budgeting and Paying For College Bonita Peebles, Assistant Director, Pre College Success, Texas Guaranty Student Loan Corporation
9:45 a.m. – Building and Repairing Credit Leslie Green, Owner, JoMar Credit Repair
10:15 a.m. – Investing, Saving, and Retirement Juanita Stephens, Investment Advisor, Austin Wealth Builders
10:45 – Break
11:00 .a.m. – Obtaining a Mortgage in Today’s Marketplace Sandy Battise, Mortgage Banker, Primary Residential Mortgage
11:30 a.m. – Foreclosure Prevention Joyce McDonald, Executive Director, Frameworks CDC
12:00 p.m.  – Wealth Building Through Entrepreneurship Emerson Hall, Community Affairs Specialist, FDIC;Raquel Valdez, Director of Corporate Strategies, BCL of Texas; Joah Spearman, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Style XCloteal Haynes, Managing Partner, Haynes-Eaglin-Waters
 1 p.m. – Lunch

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Listen to Interview on Growing Your Small Business with Jeannette Peten

Posted by HH on January 7, 2012

Jeannette Peten, president of Texas Tree Tamers and a One Page Business Plan Consultant shared her expertise on how to grow a small business on the January 1 edition of Economic Perspectives. Peten has over 20 years training, counseling, and managing small businesses. Most recently she has grown Texas Tree Tamers from to nearly $500,000 in sales in less than 3 years in business. To listen to the interview with Jeannette Peten click here: Jeannette Peten Interview.

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Co-Author of Great By Choice Guest on November 28 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on November 27, 2011

Morten Hansen, co-author of Great By Choice: Uncertainty Chaos and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All, will be a guest on the November 28 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

In Great By Choice, Hansen and co-author Jim Collins answer the question why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not.  They enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

The new findings:

  • The best leaders were more disciplined, more empirical, and more paranoid.
  • Following the belief that leading in a “fast world” always requires “fast decisions” and “fast action” is a good way to get killed.
  • The great companies changed less in reaction to a radically changing world than the comparison companies

Morten T. Hansen is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley (School of Information), and at INSEAD. Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School, Morten holds a PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He is the author of Collaboration and the winner of the Administrative Science Quarterly Award for exceptional contributions to the field of organization studies. Previously a manager with the Boston Consulting Group, Morten consults and gives talks for companies worldwide. .

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REBRODACAST: Interview on Increasing Profits and City of Austin Surety Bond Assistance program

Posted by HH on September 5, 2011

Dr. Jonathan Byrnes, author of Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink:Why 40 Percent of Your Business Is Unprofitable and How to Fix It, and Luke Luper, who leads the City of Austin’s Bonding Consulting Services for minority and women contractors, will be the guests for the two segments of Economic Perspectives on September 5, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas.  Listen online at kazifm.orgThe interviews originally broadcast on October 25, 2010.

In Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink, Byrnes uses a systematic, field-tested approach to analyzing profitability, helping companies quickly determine which parts of the business are worth expanding and which parts drain resources. Then, using his concept of “profit levers,” he show them how to implement effective and sustainable change to improve the bottom line.

Byrnes, a Senior Lecturer at MIT, is an acknowledged authority on profitability management. His extensive experience spans virtually every industry, including healthcare, transportation, software, retail, financial services, distribution, and others.

At MIT, Dr. Byrnes has taught at the graduate level and in executive programs for nearly twenty years. He has authored over one hundred books, articles, cases, notes, and expert submissions. In addition, he wrote a monthly column on managing profitability for Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge for four years.

Luke Luper

Through the City of Austin’s Bonding Consulting Services, Luper will meet on a one-on-one basis to provide confidential advice in the following areas:
  • Evaluation of company’s bonding needs
  • Assistance with bonding application
  • Identify qualified surety bond agents

To be eligible for assistance firms must be certified as a minority, woman, or disadvantaged business enterprise by the City of Austin Small & Minority Business Resources department.  For more information email Luke Luper at

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Black Unemployment Stays High

Posted by HH on September 2, 2011

Black Unemployment Stays High

The Black unemployment is at 16.7 percent according to the latest data provided the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read the story on the CNN web site at:

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Advice from President of $500 Million Company on Starting a Business

Posted by HH on August 31, 2011

I recently asked the president of a $500 million a year company if he left his company to start a new company with $25,000, what are the three most important things he would do to be successful. He said the following: First he would figure out exactly how much he needed to make to pay his personal cost of living, and would reinvest all the profits back into the business. Second, he would set-up a good accounting system to make sure he properly managed his costs. Third, he would perform as much of the work the business needed done himself during the first year to keep his costs down. And finally, he would deliver a quality product with good service.

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Capital Metro: Dump the Pump, Ride With Us

Posted by HH on May 24, 2011

If Capital Metro is the way you roll, your story could win you an iPad2 and other great prizes in the transit agency’s Dump the Pump, Ride with Us contest.

Beginning today, May 20, through June 10, submit your creative stories, audio recordings, artwork or videos that illustrate how riding Capital Metro has “made things better”: money savings, health benefits, environmental stewardship, an awesome chance encounter, [your great reason here].

Entries may be submitted via Capital Metro’s website <> or by mail:
“Dump the Pump”
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
2910 E. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702

Winners will be announced on National Dump the Pump Day, June 16, and the grand prize winner will receive a shiny new iPad2, a Car2Go membership and two hours of free use, three Capital Metro monthly passes, four tickets to a “Paper Cuts” concert hosted by the Austin Chronicle, and a commuter gift bag, a prize totaling $860 in value. Additional prizes will be awarded for 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention winners.

With local gas prices hovering around $3.75 per gallon, many people are discovering the convenience and cost savings of riding Capital Metro. Capital Metro will use the great stories submitted by riders to celebrate the benefits of riding public transportation and to encourage more people to dump the pump and ride with us.

Trade ideas with other riders, get contest tips from Capital Metro, and talk about your plans for June 16, National Dump the Pump Day, on twitter: #DumpThePumpATX <>

Full contest details and rules are available on <> .

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