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  • Are you shopping in your community?

    Gina Wilson Steward, Telegram Publisher|Dec 22, 2022

    There is always so much hype during this time of year as people prepare for Christmas Day. I do not get into the big commercialization of Christmas Day celebration. Christmas Day is to celebrate the birth of Jesus, so we should be giving him gifts…But that’s another column. I believe Black Friday (shopping and spending lots of money) should be every day, but it should start in our own communities. There are businesses within all of our communities that are just waiting for your business. They pa...

  • Welcome To The Neighborhood: Yoshi Hibachi

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Dec 22, 2022

    Downriver is in the process of upgrading its infrastructure. Small business are emerging every month. Each one serves the community in its own unique purpose. Yoshi Hibachi is bringing the experience of a Japanese steakhouse to South West Detroit. This is the first time a restaurant like this has been opened in the neighborhood. Yoshi Hibachi specializes in carry out orders, so customers can make it back home to their safe spaces with their hot food. All of your favorite hibachi items are...

  • Women Business Owners are Optimistic About the Future

    StatePoint|Nov 17, 2022

    (StatePoint) Even as they ride out inflationary pressures, supply chain disruptions and economic uncertainty, women owners and executives of small and mid-size majority-women-owned businesses have an optimistic outlook about the near-term future of their businesses, according to a recent survey. The PNC Bank survey found that women business owner (WBO) expectations for their own companies remain strong, with 41% feeling highly optimistic -- up from 29% in the fall of 2020 but down from 67% in...

  • How Mentoring Can Help Women-Led Businesses Thrive

    StatePoint|Oct 6, 2022

    (StatePoint) The financial disparities between male and female entrepreneurs are far-reaching. Women-led businesses receive lower valuations, less capital and fewer conventional small business loans than those led by men. Women entrepreneurs also pay themselves less than men and often take the brunt of balancing their family's needs while growing their business. In spite of these challenges, women-led businesses of all types are thriving across the United States, thanks in part to initiatives of...

  • National Black Business Month has rewards for the entire community

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|Aug 25, 2022

    Every year, Black Business Month is celebrated and recognized across the country in the month of August. Thanks to two gentlemen, it is now considered to be nationally recognized. It all started in 2004, when the collaboration between Historian John William Templeton and Engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr., saw the need to empower black business owners. The overall goal of the two gentlemen was to leverage to the rest of America that black businesses had economic power. They wanted to "drive the...

  • Tips for Small Businesses to Not Only Survive, But Thrive

    StatePoint|Jul 7, 2022

    (StatePoint) Small businesses are the heartbeat of communities. They pump life into neighborhoods, making them vibrant places to live, work and raise families, and are key to millions of local jobs. In fact, approximately 50% of all Americans are employed by a small business and 99% of American businesses are small businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. "Small business is big business," said Wells Fargo's head of Small Business Derek Ellington. "As a bank that proudly...

  • DDOT bus drivers an earn up to $4,000 per year in bonuses

    Jun 23, 2022

    Drivers can earn $1,000 per quarter if they meet minimum job attendance milestones Proposal to be considered this week by City Council for approval Bus driver incentives also was strongly supported in recent community engagement meetings DETROIT – All Department of Transportation bus drivers would be eligible to earn up to $4,000 per year in bonuses if they meet minimum attendance requirements under a proposal announced today by Mayor Mike Duggan, DDOT leadership and the head of the bus d...

  • Michigan Works! Association Recognizes Taylor Box, The Armored Group and SEMCA Michigan Works!

    Mar 31, 2022

    Metro Detroit talent development and employment successes were among those celebrated by state leaders at the Michigan Works! Association Impact Awards. Lansing, Mich. – Local lawmakers and statewide talent development officials gathered virtually, and in-person, to recognize Canton resident Taylor Box, Dearborn Heights' The Armored Group, as well as SEMCA Michigan Works! for offering on-the-job training opportunities for in-demand jobs and helping to develop a talent pipeline. A Strong P...

  • Closing the Wealth Gap, One Woman Entrepreneur at a Time

    StatePoint|Mar 17, 2022

    (StatePoint) Women represent the majority of all entrepreneurs today. In 2020 alone, women started 2,000 small businesses nationwide and of those, 64% were founded by women from diverse backgrounds, according to Funderal statistics. While this trend is encouraging, a recent study conducted by the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, Penn State University and Fair Pay Workplace shows that pay, ownership and valuation disparities are compounding the already large gender wealth gap. Barriers to...

  • What Every Small Business Owner Should Know Today

    State Point|Mar 10, 2022

    (StatePoint) Given how much has changed about the way people do business over the last few years, experts say it may be time for entrepreneurs to rethink how they store and protect company data, and collaborate with their teams. According to Brian Mallari, a marketing director in Western Digital's hard drive business unit, a shared storage or network attached storage (NAS) solution can help, and here's why: • Cost: As every owner of a small- or mid-sized business (SMB) knows, cutting costs w...

  • A Sweet Return: Peoples Bakery and Restaurant

    Janine Folks, Contributing Reporter|Mar 3, 2022

    It is the first African American owned and operated bakery in the Downriver Area and the community welcomes its return. Like many other businesses affected by COVID19, the beloved bakery had to pause and pivot. During the closure, the temporary void was felt deeply. The holiday dessert tables, grabbing sweets to share with coworkers on the way to work or just satisfying a sweet tooth just wasn't the same for a while. But now we can exhale and enjoy the beloved treats from Peoples Bakery once...

  • Willie Brake and All About Technology address the Digital Divide in Detroit

    Kellee Jordan, Telegram Reporter|Feb 24, 2022

    A diverse, knowledgeable, resourceful, and social human being lives among us. Willie Brake, legend in the making, having uniquely made technology affordable, while reducing electronic waste at the same time. He is the owner of All About Technology, a computer store in Detroit. The Telegram Newspaper is focusing on businesses that support and advertise other Black businesses for Black History Month. Where to start, where to begin highlighting living advocate and businessman, Willie Brake, owner...

  • Greater Romulus Chamber Holding Black-Owned Business Showcase February 26th 2 - 6pm

    Dominique Madden, Contributing Columnist|Feb 17, 2022

    ROMULUS – The Greater Romulus Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) is holding a new event they're calling the "Black-Owned Business and Vendor Showcase" on February 26, 2022. The Showcase is free to attend and open to the public. It will be held at the City Event Centre located at 37451 Ecorse Road in Romulus. The City Event Centre is a member of the Romulus Chamber and owned by Rasaq Gbadamosi, a native of Nigeria. The event is sponsored by the Telegram Newspaper who is also a member of the Chamber. T...

  • SBA, Black Chambers Back President Biden's Push for Federal Contracting with Minority Businesses

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Senior Correspondent|Feb 17, 2022

    When President Joe Biden directed federal agencies to increase contracting spending with small, disadvantaged businesses by 50 percent over the next five years, Bibi Hidalgo, the associate administrator of Small Business Administration's Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, pledged that her office would take steps to ensure that agencies make the President's contracting goals a reality. In an interview with National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President & CEO...

  • Funerals are a Necessary Yet Often Overlooked Part of Life Says Westland Funeral Director

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Dec 23, 2021

    Sorting through the tasks involving the end of a life has been his life's calling for Gregory McClary, owner and manager of Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home in Westland. At the age of nine, McClary recalls his decision to one day become an undertaker, the term used at that time, while he and his mother tended to his great-grandmother's funeral. A year later at the age of 10, McClary's mother engaged him in an afterschool job at a local funeral home in South Carolina, where he was raised. He...

  • What Every Small Business Owner Should Know Today

    STATEPOINT|Dec 16, 2021

    (StatePoint) Given how much has changed about the way people do business over the last few years, experts say it may be time for entrepreneurs to rethink how they store and protect company data, and collaborate with their teams. According to Brian Mallari, a marketing director in Western Digital's hard drive business unit, a shared storage or network attached storage (NAS) solution can help, and here's why: • Cost: As every owner of a small- or mid-sized business (SMB) knows, cutting costs w...

  • Local Business Puts the Emphasis on Men and Beard Grooming

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Dec 9, 2021

    Most of us encounter one each and every day without giving it much thought: a man with a beard. In fact, it is estimated that about 55 percent of men around the world have some type of facial hair. One Livonia businessman has spent the last 30 years focusing on his own facial hair and later creating grooming products to enhance the health and appearance of his beard. Donald Williams says that when he graduated high school, he sported a beard but there were not any type of grooming product for...

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rainbow PUSH convene the 22nd Global Automotive Summit in Detroit

    Dominique Madden, Contributing Reporter|Nov 18, 2021

    This year's Summit attracted over 400 automotive executives, entrepreneurs, suppliers, dealers, manufacturers, consumers, government, and elected officials to the Motor City Casino Hotel and Convention Center. This year's theme, Expanding the Minority Opportunities During Electrification, addressed the potential disparity gaps in the Electric Vehicle supply chain for African American and other minority suppliers, dealers and professionals. The purpose of the Summit is to facilitate a poignant...

  • Inkster Native has coffee in Meijers Rivertown Market

    Dominique Madden|Oct 7, 2021

    Sometimes, the statement, 'listen to your grandmother' is all you need to get the ball rolling. That is how Birlon Harvest got it's start. Gina Allen loved her grandmother, Ola Ree Williams, better known as Mudear, and trusted her opinion. When Gina wanted some advice as to what product she could sell to help support her program and the people in her community of Inkster she turned to her grandmother. Her grandmother said, 'Well baby everyone likes coffee.' The seed was planted and then the...

  • Wayne County Businesses Have a Partner in Regional Chamber of Commerce

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Sep 23, 2021

    The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber (SWCRC) serves the western Wayne County and Downriver business communities by supporting local businesses, providing resources, and promoting engagement with a variety of sectors in the state of Michigan. SWCRC's vision is to be a unifying body for the Downriver business community by bringing people and organizations together to enhance the region and boasts a membership of more than 500 businesses which employ more than 20,000 workers in 21 Downriver...

  • Faith Based Organization Launches Buy Black Challenge

    Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III|Sep 16, 2021

    Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas is challenging everyone to use Black-owned businesses for their service and product needs for 100 days nationwide. Led by senior pastor and social justice activist, Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, the goal of this challenge is to continue the legacy of Black Wall Street by circulating dollars within the Black community to strengthen its economic base. 100 Days of Buying Black will start on September 23, 2021 and will end on December 31, 2021. As...

  • NBA Foundation Sends Millions in Grants to Black-owned Businesses

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Correspondent|Aug 19, 2021

    The NBA Foundation today announced 22 new grants totaling $6 million to help create employment opportunities, further career advancement and drive greater economic empowerment for Black youth. The grant recipients were named as part of the NBA Foundation's third grant round on the one-year anniversary of its incorporation on Aug. 6, 2020. In its first year, the NBA Foundation has awarded 40 grants, inclusive of those announced today, totaling $11 million to nonprofit organizations. The grants he...

  • Crab Kitchen Offering Cajun-Style Seafood in Westland

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Jul 8, 2021

    This past winter, Westland neighbors received a new option for dining: Cajun seafood. In January 2021, Crab Kitchen Cajun Seafood opened on Wayne Road, across from the Westland Shopping Center. Restaurant owners Sue and Kenny Yim have been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years. The Yims previously owned the Asian restaurant, Fortune Buffet in Livonia but sold it two years ago. The Yims have two grown daughters and when the COVID-19 pandemic and state shutdown became the normal order...

  • Shotcallerz and Dream Chasers Kezell's Grand Opening Coming This July!

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist|Jun 24, 2021

    Shotcallerz barber shop has had a reputation of making their customers crispy. You come in one way, and you're guaranteed to leave out looking and feeling different. Markeisha Ezell is keeping the tradition alive. She is setting up shop for Kezell's By Shotcallaz. A boutique will specialize in embroidery, and sublimation work. Kezell's grand opening is set for July, but Markeisha has already made orders of facemasks, and shirts. Markeisha is no stranger to hard work. During the pandemic she...

  • Bakers Bible and BookStore - The Endurance of God's Will

    Xaiver Jones|Jun 17, 2021

    Specialist Bakers Bible & Bookstore has been a valuable resource for communities, across the community of Detroit. The white building on Grand River Ave., and the corner of Woodside has been in service since November of 1993. The history of the man who keeps it running stretches longer than that. Mr. Baker was born in Alabama in 1932*. There he lived through the normal prosecution blacks faced in those times. His family migrated north, to Detroit where he learned the ways of the city. Baker...

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