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Minority Business Skills Enhancement Program Gives Underserved Groups a Hand Up in Northwest Indiana

Small businesses are the economic engines of local communities and the national economy, though they aren’t always on an equal playing field with their larger counterparts. Yet more disparities exist with issues surrounding ethnic diversity and inclusion. A solution-oriented program made possible by READI funding will address those challenges head-on. The...

11 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in the Workplace

February is Black History Month (BHM) and when the US celebrates African Americans’ contributions and achievements throughout history. This is an opportunity for HR to collaborate with their people to promote an understanding of the month’s history by creating thoughtful programming that celebrates Black cultures and fosters inclusivity. But before...

Promoting Accessibility and Inclusion During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

As we close National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October, I find it fitting to take a moment to recognize the efforts of the individuals and organizations who work tirelessly to promote accessibility and inclusion. One significant stride has come through “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the...

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Avoiding Fraudulent Activity and Scams

October marks the 20th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  The Census Bureau goes to great lengths to protect your information. We are committed to safeguarding the information of survey participants so we can provide the country with high-quality statistics. If you suspect phishing or other scams, learn about what you can do.  Phishing Phishing is...

The Success of Veteran-Owned Businesses and Ways to Support Them

Veterans contribute to society in many commendable ways, and the path of entrepreneurship is one particularly impactful example. There are close to 2 million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S., and they employ over 5 million Americans. Despite facing challenges in accessing capital and other areas, 80% of veteran entrepreneurs consider...

Helping Small Businesses to Sustain and Succeed

Dr. Janell Harvey discusses how small businesses can utilize strategic planning in a post-pandemic society.  Due to the recent pandemic, leaders in the non-profit and for-profit sectors often face several challenges like securing funds, identifying community collaborators, and staying true to their mission. However, many challenges yield great opportunities. Since both...