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5 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Starting an Online Retail Business

By Dean Burgess 5 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Starting an Online Retail Business   If you’ve been looking for the perfect side hustle or small business, you should consider opening an online store. Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar retail setups, getting started with an eCommerce business is super simple, and super affordable. You don’t have to worry about rent and you don’t have to work set hours when you run your own online business. All you need to worry about are the following decisions and tips to help that business run smoothly. Use Self-Serve Products to Set Up a Basic
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Cultural Competence: Inability or Unwillingness?

By Dr. Ronald Harris Parker Cultural Competence: Inability or Unwillingness?   Management has two sets of workforce problems, those of today and those of tomorrow. Today’s problems stem from having a management group, the “old boy” network, overseeing a group of people (the other group) who are racially, ethnically and culturally different. Tomorrow’s problem is that the workforce will become more racially, ethnically and culturally diverse than it is today. With a growing LGBT community, the issue becomes even more profound. This phenomenon is a problem because successful management today and tomorrow will require that managers possess cultural competence. Cultural competence
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Without Humanity, Belonging and Process, sustainability of a corporation is questionable

By Dawn Fitch-Mitchell  Without Humanity, Belonging and Process, sustainability of a corporation is questionable   Diversity and Inclusion efforts even at the basic standard should be immersed into the business’s core values, not just be a basic program check mark.   Humanity and Belonging are actions of respect are now measurements with value.  If they are not fused into your business strategy, your organization will be fighting an uphill battle to gain the respect of future talent and leaders.  Millennials and minorities are committing to your brand and choosing employment opportunities based on your organization’s visibility of inclusion actions and acceptance
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The Valley Experience for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

By Stephanie Mitchell Hughes The Valley Experience for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Life is rarely one mountain top experience after another. Over the course of my life I have experienced the mountain top more than a few times. However, I have spent many more seasons lodged between mountains immersed in a valley experiences.   What is a valley experience? A valley experience is a transient period of adversity often sparked by a crisis or life shift. It is often a catalyst for growth and progress. Within the valley experience are the lessons that I must learn to navigate my next chapter.
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Bias, Transparency, Accountability: Recognizing the Ingredients of “Old Boy” Networks

  By Ronald Harris Parker Bias, Transparency, Accountability: Recognizing the Ingredients of  “Old Boy” Networks A granddaughter recently joined our family and my wife quilted a wall hanging for her with a phrase from Dr. Seuss, which read, “Oh the places she will go!”  My first comment after seeing the quilt was, “I love the quilt but I don’t know whether she will ever have the opportunity to go the places she could go.” My skepticism comes from the fact that frequently in today’s workplace women are evaluated on performance and men on potential. Men are more comfortable hiring, mentoring and
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