WASHINGTON -- No one was happier with the election results than Virginia Ali, who has continued--with her sons--the legacy her husband began with Ben's Chili Bowl in 1958 on U Street.
Just before the Inauguration four years ago, the President-elect Barack Obama came into the restaurant with the mayor of the nation's capital, ordered its signature half-smoke and paid with a $20 bill, telling the cashier "We straight."
SAN FRANCISCO -- Planning for the holidays is simpler and much tastier by counting on thousands of African-American restaurants to make your meal or gathering a real feast. It is also a great way to generate economic development and jobs.
ReUNION Narrative: From Faith to Freedom Jan. 16-March 5, 2013 4th Lesson
According to the National Park Service, Esteban Gomez, a sailor of African and Portuguese descent, was the second European explorer to visit what was to become New York City-- in 1524.
Having sailed with Magellan, Gomes was such a celebrity that the area he reached--attempting to find the Northwest Passage to India-- was described on a map as The Land of Esteban Gomes, now known as New England.
National Black Business Month is a data-driven initiative to channel the creative energy of 2 million African-American entrepreneurs as a driver of the global economy. To participate, learn about black businesses in all 50 states through Job Creation and Innovation: State of Black Business, 9th edition.
Wednesday, Aug. 1 Support the $6 billion African-American food service industry. Buy grocery products; visit a restaurant; book a caterer; buy produce or meats from a farmer. Find restaurants, farm coops, manufacturers in Say Grace and Wipe Yo' Hands. Join 50 Top Names in Black Food at Schomburg Center in Harlem for the opening event of National Black Business Month.
SAN JOSE -- When the new editor of the San Jose Business Journal walked into a breakfast at the San Jose Athletic Club in 1987, he was surprised that four of the dozen technology business leaders welcoming him were African-American.
"They were pretty shocked that I was black too," recalls the author of Success Secrets of Black Executives (ASPIRE SAN FRANCISCO), first African-American to edit a business newspaper.
John William Templeton soon organized a group called the Black Executive Forum, where one could only gain admittance with budget authority in excess of $10 million. More than 200 eventually showed up for the monthly meetings.
WASHINGTON -- The Executive Leadership Council wants corporate boards to wake up and smell the coffee from the Nov. 6 election results. A changing electorate is also a sign that business executive suites should change as well.
CHICAGO -- The reelection of President Barack Obama offered an unexpected plug for serial inventor Dr. Juan Gilbert, project manager for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's design of a universal voting machine. The lone unscripted remark in his acceptance speech, just after noting the long lines at polling booths, was "we need to do something about that."
During National Black Business Month in August, begin by making a commitment that you will prepare your own list to visit at least one black-owned business each day of the month because your traffic brings more revenue and sorely needed new jobs. We offer these suggestions for local options on the nationwide 31 Ways 31 Days list. Black Money Texas will provide check-in codes at some of the locations listed so new visitors can check in with their cell phones to register their support of black-owned businesses.
AUSTIN --Texas' Transportation Dept. reported 100 contracts worth $19.9 million to black-owned businesses during 2011, according to semi-annual reports filed with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from blackmoney.com