How Much of Your Paycheck Should You Save Each Month?

You’ve always heard it’s important to save as much as you can, but what does that really mean? Realistically speaking, saving can be hard once your paycheck hits your bank account. Bills, necessities, and extra wants may slowly diminish your hard-earned check. If you struggle with paying into your savings first, you’re not alone. It turns out, 59 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and 65 percent don’t know how much they spend on a monthly basis. Yet, for those who always preach the value of saving, how much of your paycheck should you save? 

Setting your savings goals too high could deprive your emergency funds and other savings accounts, yet saving too little could hinder your investments. If you want to retire early, start your own business, or buy a house, your savings account is a key ingredient. To find your ideal savings goal, keep reading Read the rest

Black-Owned Line of Bulletproof Vests For Adults and Children Sees 400% Increase in Sales

Thyk Skynn, a Black-owned line of fashionable bulletproof vests for men, women, and children, has seen a nearly 400 percent increase in sales over the past few weeks as Americans continue to grow concerned about their protection from police shootings and other random acts of violence.

Mike Tyree, the founder and CEO of Thyk Skynn, was a police officer in the city of Atlanta for 9 years. He says he left his career and decided to start the business to give innocent people a safe way to peacefully protect themselves.

Thyk Skynn vests have the same function as others bulletproof vests but are more fashionable and can even be disguised as normal attire. There are several designs available in various colors and sizes, and each vest has a ballistic armor panel carrier where ballistic material can be placed inside. The vests, however, are not cheap. They range from $325 … Read the rest

Does Your Organization Need a Chief Innovation Officer?


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It has been refreshing to see that in recent years a formal c-suite position, Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), is becoming increasingly popular on executive teams. A relatively new position, the title Chief Innovation Officer was coined for the first time in 1998, yet around 30 percent of Fortune 500 companies currently have a Chief Innovation Officer working in some capacity. 

As the role becomes more mainstream, many leaders have questions about what this position entails and whether their needs it. To help answer that question, here’s an overview of the role, including a look at some of the benefits that CINOs provide and some key traits that an effective CINO would bring to your leadership team. 

Responsibilities of CINOs

When defining the role of CINOs, it’s important to note that the job description and responsibilities

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Keep customers watching with IGTV for business

If you’re anything like me, when trying to market your business, you’ll look for every possible avenue to get the word out about what you do and why people need it. You may already be using blogging, Facebook, podcasting, Instagram, Pinterest or a combination of all of the above to spread the message of your company. But, are you using IGTV for business? If not, you could be missing out on hundreds, if not thousands of potential customers.

IGTV is quickly becoming a great way to help your audience get to know you better.

Some of my clients have only recently implemented the use of it, and are already enjoying the ability to engage with their potential customers on a deeper level.

Blogger and influencer friends as well as many of the marketers I admire are also implementing the use of IGTV for marketing their online businesses. I’m so impressed … Read the rest