Navigating the Current Job Market and Empowering Workers

We’re four months into our new pandemic-altered reality, and while businesses straddle the line between reopening and shuttering (again), many Americans are finding their jobs no longer exist. Last week, 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance for the first time. Self-employed, independent contractors and gig economy workers — a vital and burgeoning contingent of today’s workforce — remain especially hard hit. 

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? It depends on who you ask and how you approach it.

Nearly 13 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits via the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which aims to help gig economy workers and those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits. PUA recipients make up 41% of the 31.5 million total unemployment benefit recipients nationwide as of June 13, according to recent Labor Department statistics

Even with these guardrails in place, not everyone is benefitting.

The racial

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Overlooked Ways for Local Businesses to Boost Sales During the Crisis


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I’ve watched these last few months as and its big box friends have enjoyed rapid expansion while many of my neighborhood shops have shriveled on the vine. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one in five has had to close its doors since the crisis started, and even with things starting to reopen, brick-and-mortar shops face a sink-or-swim challenge. 

It’s ironic, because support for local has never been higher. From the push to save local stores shuttered by the crisis to support for black-owned businesses in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, our value system has been triggered in a way it hasn’t been before. Consumers are willing to go the extra mile (and spend more) to support shops in their own backyard and use their buying power to send the

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Diversity Consultant: Racism Is Real and Corporate America Must Teach Its People To Be Inclusive

Diversity and inclusion have been hot topics as of late, inspiring an onslaught of reactive commentary, corporate initiatives, and organizations scrambling to behave thoughtfully and with a sense of urgency in response to the current state of affairs. Employing a more proactive approach, especially informed by a seasoned practitioner, generally yields greater returns. Enter Korn Ferry Executive Search Consultant and Practice Leader Louis Montgomery Jr.

Black Enterprise sat down with Montgomery to discuss key issues associated with D&I and how organizations can successfully chart the way forward. Having held multifaceted roles in the human resources and D&I space with several major Fortune 100 firms including IBM, Celanese Corp., PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Altria, AES, and Serco, Montgomery knows his way around the issues that have emerged front and center in today’s volatile business climate. An author and frequent speaker on topics related to workforce talent acquisition and management, leadership and diversity … Read the rest

How to legally protect your business name

A company’s business name is one of its most important brand assets, so as a business owner you want to do everything you can to protect it. Not sure how to legally protect your business name? We’ve got you covered.

Disclaimer: This content should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.

How to legally protect your business name

Here are five steps to help make sure the name you choose for your business is legally yours to use and keep for the long run.

  1. Do your homework.
  2. Register the business name in your state.
  3. Secure a domain name.
  4. Trademark your brand.
  5. Protect your trademark.

Let’s jump in.

Important note: A business name is completely different from a trademark. Company names can be used as trademarks if they are associated with goods and services, but there … Read the rest

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Crucial Points to Consider Before Buying Luxury Homes for Sale

If you are planning to buy a house or property that you can call your own, you need to make a careful choice first and foremost. Keep in mind that you are going to spend a significant deal of your money on a property. Expect to spend more too if you have every intention to make your luxury real estate property dreams a reality. As you look at your options of luxury homes for sale, you need to take certain aspects into consideration to make the right choice. One of the things about luxury real estate is that it can mean various things for different people. However, most people will have to agree that luxury real estate is any property or home that goes beyond your average real estate options in the present market.

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Benefits of Making Use of a Title Search Interface

When anyone thinks of buying property, they are obviously hoping that it has no encumbrances and will perform due diligence to ensure they are not getting the raw end of a deal. Under normal circumstances,they have to hire an attorney, title company or a real estate agent to confirm that the property has a good title free of encumbrances such as claims and liens since it is essential to note that a transaction on property cannot go through unless it has a good title. However they choose to go about it, the entity performing the title search on their behalf must go through all public records and all available legal documentation in regards to the property so as to confirm the legal owner, the property taxes due, the loans on the property and any liens or judgments on the property. This … Read the rest