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A List of Assistance for Small Businesses by Cameka Smith (BOSS Founder)

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Here’s a list of several pandemic assistance programs for businesses, including those that provide financial assistance and forgivable loans for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) SBA Debt Relief Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 COBRA Premium Assistance Here is a quick rundown of the various pandemic assistance programs available for businesses. Paycheck Protection Program The PPP, which is overseen by the Small Business Administration, is arguably the most widely known pandemic relief program for businesses. It’s designed to incentivize small businesses to keep workers on the job by providing funding for payroll. The biggest draw of this program is that while it is technically a loan, borrowers can have the amount written off if they apply for forgiveness within 10 months of the last covered period of their agreement. It’s basically f

How to Scale Your Service-Based Business to 6-Figures in Under a Year by Angel Coleman

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Have you ever wondered how some service-based businesses are able to scale their sales to six figures within their first year of launching and others have been in business for a couple of years and have not achieved that milestone yet? Here’s what you ought to know about scaling a service-based business to 6-figures before you willing to stay stuck being overworked and underpaid. Businesswomen who have successfully achieved the 6-figure sales milestone don’t have a better audience or service than you. However, they’ve managed to discover a sales shortcut sooner than you. When most service-based businesses try to scale their sales to their first 6-figures, they go immediately into beast mode. First, they increase how many new blog posts they upload a week to get more traffic to their site. Next, they tweak their freebie a little so more people opt-in to grow their list. Also, they update their email marketing sequence so more people will want to buy their offer. Then, they do this a few

10 Tips for Entrepreneurial Success (Part 1) by Dr. Anika Goodwin Hilderbrand

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What entrepreneur doesn’t want to create a successful and profitable business? The better question is how do I take my business idea from concept to success. The Bureau of Labor reports that 65% of new businesses in the United States fail within the first five years.    Only 25% make it to 15 years or more. So, how do you manage to become part of the success statistic? My experience as a seven-figure business owner has taught me quite a few things that I will share about how you can get your company in the small business success stories’ hall of fame. Here are 10 keys to small business success: 1. Provide a Great Product or Service We all know that a good marketing strategy is essential for creating interest and driving traffic to your business, but that is not where the story begins. The product or service you provide needs to be good enough to meet or surpass the customer’s expectations once you capture them in your funnel. This is how you create a life-long repeat customer who can t

Defeating Procrastination by Andria S. Hudson

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  Have you ever felt like the smallest tasks in your life can become the most overwhelming? Laundry that was supposed to be finished on a Friday has now piled up two weeks later and you have no energy to tackle it. A simple phone call to pay a bill has been delayed and you’re now dreading picking up the phone to complete it. You have a daily “task reminder” that you look at in your phone or on your refrigerator but you can’t seem to be honest with your intentions in confronting and completing these tasks. “What in the world is going on with me?”, you say out loud to yourself. Let’s not talk about your “big” visions and dreams that you have written in your journal, posted on your vision board, and prayed about in your meditation time that you can’t seem to focus and grapple. Year after year you say “this is the year I’m going to finish this book” or “this is the year I will retain new clientele.” Yet something is standing in between you and the manifestation of your goals. Is it lazines

My Superpower? Being Completely Self-Taught By Daria Fennell

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When most people find out that I am completely self-taught as a CEO, Director of PR & Brand Strategy, & a Celebrity Entertainment Journalist of The Daria Fennell Media Group, they are shocked. I am extremely  accomplished for someone who has never taken one Public Relations or  Journalism class in college. I became an official Entertainment Publicist during my Sophomore year  at the University of Maryland at College Park. I taught myself how to  write my first press release for the Student Black Women’s Council (a  student-run organization on Maryland's campus) so that I could invite  DJ EZ Street (one of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s most popular DJ’s) to a Student Black Women’s Council event. When EZ  Street attended our event, I was extremely excited and amazed at the  power of my writing. After that event, my friend Saafir suggested that I apply to become the  P.R. Director for S.E.E. Productions. S.E.E. Productions is a completely  student-run Entertainment

Start Sharing Your Story by Suzanne Peters

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I developed a desire to start speaking and sharing my story, in my early twenties. But I did nothing about it for over 10 years. Why? Because I was afraid. I’m not exactly sure what I was afraid of, but I know it was fear. In spite of this fear, today I am a motivational speaker, author, and empowerment coach. I even started an organization to connect and support more women like me. Speaking up and sharing my story was the best thing I ever did. Everyone has a story. You might not be aware of it, but the truth is that all of us overcome our own struggles on a daily basis. And one of the most important things that help us connect with other humans is when we share our stories with them. While it can sound daunting, it can also be quite liberating. Here are 5 reasons why you need to start speaking up and telling your story to the world. 1. Helping Others Do you remember a time in your life where you felt like you were all alone in your struggle? How amazing would it be for you to become

2Brand You, Part III: Consistency with Your Brand – ‘Don’t Go Changing’ by Dawn Jordan Jones

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You have your product or service and you have settled with your brand voice and message.   You are ready to launch into the ‘deep’ and release it to the public.   Now what?   Branding is the beginning of cementing your product or service in the place of your future consumers, customers, or clients.  The next steps require consistency in your branding and marketing.  Consistency is important because it allows your tribe to know what they will always receive from you.  It is similar to going to certain fried chicken franchises and knowing that the 11 herbs and spices won’t change in the seasoning for the chicken.  If it changes, it changes what the public is expecting and there is no way to ruin a brand faster than making changes in products or services that have helped it achieve greatness.  Consistency builds trust with your consumers.   A leading coffee store chain has had a similar logo and color scheme since its inception.  They are known for the logo so much that other companie