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Create your own job

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist According to the U.S. Department of Labor in March 2009, the U.S. registered over 690,000 job losses. Are you looking for a job? Consider creating your own. There are numerous valuable resources to help you connect with aspiring entrepreneurs and get your business ideas off the ground using one of the 57 million social networks and blogs worldwide that generate over one million ...

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Youth economic empowerment

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist What are the current and future options for Internet savvy young people reading “the sky is falling” economic news on websites and blogs? The economic downturn is affecting their single or duel-income family households. And parents still want to give every possible advantage to their children. The economic crisis has begun to leave the lives of many in dire straits, especially ...

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YEAR END TAX TIPS

YOUR MONEY MATTERS By. Michael G. Shinn NNPA Columnist There are just a few weeks left before the end of 2008, but there are still some opportunities to successfully manage your tax burden. “To manage your taxes, you have to be on top of it. You have to have a good estimate of your income and tax deductible expenses. Don’t wait until April 15, because it’s too late to do anything about it then,” states Kevi ...

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Your time is priceless

By Michael G. Shinn NNPA Columnist YOUR MONEY MATTERS “‘Time is money’, is an antiquated term. Time is a non-renewable resource. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. In fact, your time is priceless,” states Wayne Bergman, a business coach with ActionCOACH in Cleveland, Ohio. “I consult with small businesses and in many instances, the biggest constraint to future growth may be the individual owner and their inability ...

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Your money really matters

Have you ever stopped to think how much money you will make over a working career? You may not realize it, but you will take home a fortune from earned income alone. For example, if you earn $60,000 per year, over the next 20 years you will earn $1.6 million. That’s a tremendous amount of money! Where did it all go? If you want to achieve your financial goals, you have to manage the major source of your pot ...

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Citizens Speak

Right-to-Work for less Republicans are working to pass the Right-to-Work Law in Michigan. The law is one that will make it harder for unions to represent workers effectively. Why is Right-to-Work bad for Michigan’s working families? RTW states have a poverty rate of 12.5 percent compared with 10.2 percent in other states. More workers go without health care in right-to work states 15.4 percent than Michigan ...

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Paint store seals the deal with Benjamin Moore

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT— When Marcus Anderson went after Benjamin Moore as a sponsor of a prospective paint store, he didn’t know he’d be setting a precedent. Anderson Paint Store, on Eight Mile Road, is now the only Benjamin Moore outlet in the city of Detroit. It’s the only Black-owned Benjamin Moore retailer out of 178 in the state of Michigan. Up until June of this year, Marcus ...

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Picture This Photography

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT —Teresa Elijah’s association with the camera began with a career posing in front of it as a model. But a fascination with the process itself led to the other side, and a business venture called Picture This Photography. “I often became interested in what the photographer was doing,” Elijah told the Michigan Citizen, describing her start in photography and end ...

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The Finishing Touch

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen DETROIT, MI. — The grand opening of the Finishing Touch Beauty and Barber Salon is not Kelvin Warren’s first foray into the salon business, but it may be his most extensive. Located on Harper in Detroit’s near east side, the salon’s sleek interior is just one of the many characteristics that challenge the perception of what a neighborhood barber shop is supposed to l ...

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By choice: Word Play Tees

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen The tee shirt market is diluted with bold graphics and clever monikers. It takes something, and someone, quite extraordinary to break out of the crowd. Jasmine Deforrest, a Mumford High and Wayne State graduate, has taken her vision and created an imaginative line of tee shirts with messages that challenge the status quo. Word Play Tees is the name Jasmine uses to de ...

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