Marcia Charles, Pinky Rose Boutique

Marcia Charles has worked in fashion for her whole life. When Marcia was 15-years-old, she started working at department store warehouses in the Bronx. Over the next 35 years, Marcia grew into a self-taught fashion designer and merchandiser, and eventually a self-made small business owner.

Small Business Disaster Recovery and Resilience

After last year’s fire season and the start of this year’s, we’re living in a new normal. Fires and other disasters (earthquakes, floods, etc.) have a profound effect on local businesses. After reaching out to those affected, they are looking for contacts to agencies/organizations who might provide resources such as microloans to businesses. Don’t wait until it’s too late, prepare now.

Independent Work is the New Normal

For the 93rd month in a row, the U.S. has added payroll jobs to the economy. This trend has lowered the unemployment rate to just 4 percent and has contributed to the 6.7 million jobs currently open. With such a booming job market, it’s natural to think that independent work would see a decline as

Keba Konte, Red Bay Coffee

Keba Konte has demonstrated his commitment to creating good jobs for people in Oakland, California. In fact, over the years he’s created over fifty jobs through three enterprises. But, when he went to his bank to secure funding to open a new wholesale coffee roastery and cafe, he was turned down.

The Effects of The Tax Bill Are Starting To Show

Seven months have passed since Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new law remains a subject of controversy, with policymakers, activists, and the media continuing to debate its effectiveness and repercussions. But among taxpayers – from individuals to business owners to nonprofits – the general feeling towards the tax bill is that