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September Meeting

Please attend our

September Network Meeting which is slated to occur on

Friday, September 16, 2016.

The meeting is from

5:15pm to 7pm.

The location is the Kansas City Corporate Office of

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. The address is 1709 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Call our office,

Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce at

(913) 948-7680 to RSVP

for the Network Meeting.

   U.S.B.C   

Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce is a member of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. The USBC provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment.

736 Armstrong Avenue

Kansas City, Kansas 66101

(913) 948-7680

 Whether you choose to become actively involved and network or merely take advantage of our benefits available without participation, your business success is our mission. We will partner with you to ensure you receive a return on your investment.



Maurice Jones named LISC CEO

On June 16, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Board of Directors in New York selected Maurice Jones as the new president and CEO. He will replace Michael Rubinger, who is stepping down after 17 years. Greater Kansas City LISC is looking forward to sharing with you the creativity and leadership that Maurice will bring to our organization. I'm certain it will bring more strength and national resources to our great city to help our residents thrive. Maurice currently serves as Virginia's Secretary for Commerce and Trade overseeing efforts to attract economic opportunities for communities throughout his native state. Prior to that, he was deputy secretary at HUD, responsible for day-to-day operations. A Rhodes scholar, Maurice has held numerous positions as an attorney, policy leader and senior executive in both private industry and government-including helping the federal Community Development Financial Institutions Fund move forward in its earliest days.


UPS Host X-PORT CHALLENGE!

UPS will host the first ever Midwest X-PORT Challenge, in partnership with Dentons and the World Trade Center Kansas City. This competition is designed to give local businesses a platform to showcase their business and provide the tools and resources they need to connect their products with the world. You could win prizes valued at $25,000 to expand your business globally! To apply for this extraordinary opportunity, tell us about your company, your international goals and challenges by completing the application below. All applications will be reviewed and ten finalists will be invited to attend a Pitch-Off event in Kansas City on August 24, 2016. Finalists will "pitch" their product(s) to a panel of acclaimed judges from the international community. The judges will select three winners at the conclusion of this event based on their international appeal and execution strategy. You must apply on or before July 6th! Want to learn more? Contact Whitney Power at 314-344-1452 for more information.


Connecting For Good is Hiring!

Connecting For Good is hiring! CFG is currently seeking applicants for a full time Development Coordinator position. This is a 1 year role, which will generate funding and increase community visibility for our services focused on closing the digital divide. This position manages donor relation activities, creates marketing and appeals materials, and related internal/external communications. The AmeriCorps VISTA term begins August 2016 and ends July 2017.


Take Advantage of Financial Assistance Opportunities for Expanded Export Activity with MO STEP=UP! Are you interested in expanding your export activities, but are concerned about cost, or fearful about entering a new market? We are here to help! The MO STEP=UP program, an initiative of the Missouri International Trade and Investment Office funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is a grant program offering international marketing and financial assistance, designed with small business owners like you in mind. By taking part in MO STEP=UP, your company could embark on the following activities focused on growing your exports to the Middle East, Central and South America: International trade missions with the USDOC and USDA Utilize Department of Commerce Gold Key Services, including customized market and industry research, international partner searches, and attend foreign market sales trips Translate your current website into Spanish or Arabic Receive help developing collateral materials, brochures, internet search engine optimization, promotional products and trade show displays Attend sector specific trade shows, and receive 50% of actual costs, or $5,000 maximum reimbursement for trade shows that occur in Central and South America and the Middle East, with an additional 20% reimbursement (70% or $5,000 maximum reimbursement) for trade shows that occur in Colombia, Panama, Peru and the UAE.


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8 Common Networking Disasters             (And How to Avoid Them)

By LISA RABASCA ROEPE 04.22.16 5:43 AM Fastcompany.com

Most people engage in networking in the hopes of landing a new job or business opportunity but, experts say, many approach it the wrong way.

Few people understand that networking is not a job interview, says Heidi Parsont, president and CEO of Torchlight Hire LLC. Most people have overly ambitious goals for networking, and forget that it takes time and patience to develop relationships, she says.

"Networking is a permission-based activity," Rasheen Carbin, cofounder and chief marketing officer for nsphire.com, a job-matching site for employers and employees. "The more buy-in you get from people before you actually ask for something, the more likely it is you’re going to get that ask." Here seven job coaches and recruiters outline eight disastrous networking mistakes and how to avoid them.


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Hillary Clinton's Statement on U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. Endorsement

 

Hillary Clinton released the following statement after earning the endorsement of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. The USBC is an association of more than 100 self-sustaining Black Chambers and small business associations nationwide and serves close to 250,000 small businesses.

 

"I am honored to have the support of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. which does important work supporting African-American entrepreneurs nationwide. They serve close to 250,000 small businesses, helping them with issues relating to professional development resources, business development, capital formation, government contracting and much more. That's important, because black-owned businesses are a vital source of jobs and prosperity for Americans of all races and backgrounds. "As President, I'll make sure America's small businesses - including black-owned small businesses - get more support. I'll fight to cut red tape, improve access to capital, provide tax relief and increase access to new markets around the world. America works best when all its citizens get the chance to develop their talents and chase their dreams. That's what the U.S. Black Chambers strives every day to achieve. I'm thrilled to join them in their fight for fairness and opportunity for African-American entrepreneurs and families."

 

--Tyrone Gayle Regional Communications Hillary For America 904.612.3495 @TyroneGayle




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