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American Factories Are Desperate For Workers. It’s A $1 Trillion Problem

Even though US manufacturing activity surged to a 37-year high in March, the industry has more than half a million job openings. Factories are struggling to find skilled workers for specialized roles such as welders and machinists. Manufacturers are even having trouble hiring entry-level positions that do not require expertise.

Americans’ Incomes Zoomed Higher At Record Speed In March

American wallets got a big cash injection in March as personal incomes rose 21.1%, or $4.2 trillion, marking the largest monthly increase on record, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Friday.

Meeting The Needs Of Black-Owned Small Businesses In The Digital Economy

Policymakers, larger technology industry stakeholders, and community leaders must come together to broaden access to the tools available to small business owners today. This should encompass greater familiarity with digital advertising platforms, online payment processing capability through services such as Square, and third-party delivery options that are becoming increasingly digitized like USPS, FedEx, or UPS.

Alaska Airlines Renews Commitment To Education And Diversity With Unveiling Of UNCF Inspired Aircraft

With the words of Nelson Mandela prominently displayed on its side, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world,” the aircraft is symbolic of Alaska’ Airlines 15-year relationship with the UNCF and support of UNCF’s fundraising efforts.

City To Provide Technical Assistance To Businesses Applying For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) will provide technical assistance to eligible businesses applying for the highly anticipated Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). The long-awaited $16 billion fund will provide economic relief to live venue operators, promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, motion picture theatre operators, talent agencies, relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who were devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Catherine Cushinberry Named CEO Of Hopelink

Cushinberry has a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in human development and family studies. Her Master of Arts from the University of Memphis and Bachelor of Science from Murray State University are in Organizational Communication. She was born and raised in the Smokey City neighborhood in north Memphis, Tennessee and she’s a product of Memphis City Schools.

Kia Franklin Appointed Executive Director For Stand For Children

Kia Franklin, a member of the Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is the new Executive Director of Stand for Children, a non-profit education advocacy organization.

Meet The Woman Bringing A Caribbean Twist To French Champagne

Marie-Ines Romelle, 42 years old, with her label Marie Césaire is infusing it with the culture of her native Guadalupe as the first Black woman to join the exclusive world of Champagne producers.

Kaiser Permanente Commits $500,000 In Racial Equity Funding To Local, Grassroots Organizations

Kaiser Permanente announced grants totaling $500,000 to four nonprofit, community-based organizations in Washington to address systemic racism in a broad range of arenas that disadvantage Black and other communities of color across the state. The grants will focus on civic engagement and policy, health care, education, and business and cultural development.

Web Development Program Allows Youth To Support Small Businesses, Gain Skills

As part of the program, OED located 16 Black-owned, small businesses that were in need of a website support to enhance their operations and remain competitive. ULMS enlisted 16 high school students of color and designed a 6-week curriculum that provided web design training, industry accredited website design certification, and opportunity to consult with a Black business owner and receive a paid stipend for their work.

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From Tragedy To Triumph: A Way Forward Toward A Haitian Government Of National Inclusion And Unity

Tragedy and triumph is a recurring theme in the history of Haiti, the world’s first Black Republic.

Businesses Are Taking A Stand On Vaccines

As the Delta variant surges around the country, Corporate America is taking a stand on vaccinations. Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, explains the conditions employees will face if they aren't vaccinated against Covid-19.

‘It’s Like We Don’t Matter’

The European Union pledged to curb carbon emissions -- but a loophole in the directive leaves companies to pollute Black communities and devastate ecosystems in the American South.

What’s Different About The Delta Variant? Here’s What’s Known

The Delta variant, originally known as B.1.617.2, has been around since late last year but in recent months it has become speedily dominant in many countries. It accounts for more than 80% of newly diagnosed cases in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mayor Durkan Proposes Comprehensive Budget Plan To Address SPD Hiring, Reduce Gun Violence, And Invest In Alternatives

Following Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s and Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz recent announcements on gun violence and alternatives to policing, Mayor Durkan is transmitting an ordinance to City Council that allows SPD and other city departments to move forward a series of broadly supported initiatives to comprehensively address the public safety challenges facing our community.