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 Hispanics are optimistic about their financial future Hispanics are optimistic about their financial future
Hispanics are fairly optimistic about their financial future, believing they have the power to make their dreams a reality and that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, according to the Elements of Success Study, commissioned by Northwestern Mutual. At the same time, Hispanics are financially motivated by the need to be prepared for the unexpected, knowing their families will be protected. The study suggests there are definitive differences in how Hispanics view their education, c....

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 2014 MED Week concludes with Awards Banquet 2014 MED Week concludes with Awards Banquet
Philander Smith College was the setting for the final event of the Little Rock Regional Chamber's 32nd Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week, the college presented and hosted the Little Rock Regional Minority Business Awards Luncheon. The event was held on September 22, featured founder and producer of Private Stock Studio LLC, and nationally-known actress and comedienne Phyllis Yvonne Stickney. Little Rock Chamber Executive Committee member Myron Jackson, whose company, The D....

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  Hispanic Women learn at Business Boot Camp Hispanic Women learn at Business Boot Camp
Accion Arkansas an extension of Accion Texas Inc., a nonprofit, multi-state micro-and small business lender that specialized in credit and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources empowered Arkansas Hispanic women with the first financial workshop 'en Español'. Organized by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, “Emprendedoras 2014" a Hispanic Women Conference was a sounded success with over 30 entrepreneurs attending a....

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 Blacks, Hispanics and women lose ground at tech companies

  Blacks, Hispanics and women lose ground at tech companies
Tech giant Apple earned some embarrassing headlines after releasing data revealing that they are still employing primarily white and Asian men in their best-paying jobs. It appears that, for all of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tweeting about how “inclusion inspires innovation,” significant disparity between the rhetoric and the reality remains. While Apple’s striking demographic data is not unlike that of many other tech firms, the report was an uncomfortable reminder of how the tech world one of....

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 CGWG, Borkowski to offer free legal training in Spanish to CGWG, Borkowski to offer free legal training in Spanish to Hispanic community
The law firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., (CGWG) is known for preventive law strategies and exceptional educational programs. These trainings are offered to employers and human resources professionals around the state to help minimize exposure to lawsuits and liability in the workplace. For the first time ever, CGWG is offering its popular Basic Supervisor Training in Spanish for Central Arkansas employers. The basic Supervisor Training, developed by the attorneys at CG....

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 Ben E. Keith expanding, adding jobs 
Ben E. Keith expanding, adding jobs
Ben E. Keith, a distributor of food service products, announced plans to build a new, expanded North Little Rock facility. The company will invest $60 million in a new 300,000-square-foot facility that will be the company’s Mid-South Regional Headquarters. Through the expansion, the company will add 74 new jobs and retain 260 current jobs at an average wage of $33.75 per hour. The expansion is made possible through a $1.5 million grant through the U.S. Commerce Department’s Econ....

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 Key points to build and grow your business 
Key points to build and grow your business
The Hispanic community has tremendous opportunities for growth, consistently creating new businesses, but many new companies fail because they don’t consider the details and taxes involved with owning and running a business. Inspiration and hard work are the first steps on the road to success, but there are practical considerations too. A business owner is allowed other deductions, mileage, telephone, equipment, exclusive business use of your home, retirement plan contributions, etc. In th....

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 Time running out to order your 2010 refund to the IRS

Time running out to order your 2010 refund to the IRS
Refunds totaling almost $760 million may be waiting for an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2010 must be filed with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 15, 2014. "The window is quickly closing for people who are owed refunds from 2010 who haven't filed a tax return," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "We encourage students, part-time workers and o....

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Find a career that is recession-proof
Even though no career path is absolutely immune to economic fluctuations, there are those that can weather the ups and downs much better than others. Rather than find yourself on the unemployment line the next time government officials take to the airwaves with poor economic news, it could pay to get into a career that’s a bit more secure for the long haul. Certain factors indicate that a career can ride out a recession. These include jobs that are in high demand, ones that require specia....
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2014 PTIN renewal period for Tax Professionals
Washington, D.C. The Internal Revenue Service today reminded the nation’s almost 690,000 federal tax return preparers that they must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers, PTINs, for 2014. All current PTINs will expire on December 31, 2013. Anyone who, for compensation, prepares or helps prepare any federal return or claim for refund must have a valid PTIN from the IRS. The PTIN must be used as the identifying number on returns prepared. “We ask that you renew your PTIN as s....
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Scrutinize carefully Credit repair offers
Consumers with bad credit may face higher interest rates on loans or other negative impacts as a result of their low credit scores, leading them to seek ways to improve their credit. Though there is really no quick fix for a bad credit score, some con artists nevertheless take advantage of consumers by promising to restore their credit. The scammers who prey on a consumer’s need for a good credit history may guarantee results, if only the consumer forks over hundreds of dollars in advance.....
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Healthy Smiles named Minority Entrepreneurs at MED Week
Philander Smith College was the setting for the final event of the Little Rock Regional Chamber's 31st Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week, MED Week, as the college presented and hosted the Little Rock Regional Minority Business Awards Luncheon. The event featured State Representative Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp. Little Rock Chamber Executive Committee Member Myron Jackson, whose company, The Design Group, presented MED Week, served as master of ceremonies for the lunc....
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Cultivating relationships key for small business owners
Small business owners looking to cultivate those customer relationships should consider the following tips. • Do whatever it takes to keep customers satisfied. While it might be one-sided, customers are more likely to share an unpleasant experience with a business than they are a positive one. Consumer surveys note that a person who has had a negative experience with a company will tell roughly 10 people. During a recession, consumers place a greater emphasis on getting their money’s w....
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5 TIPS for Good Financial Health
Like a balanced diet, good financial health requires discipline, good habits and a plan. For some, financial health simply means spending less than what they make. But for others it may also include saving money for retirement or investing in something that creates wealth, like purchasing a home or opening a business. Good financial health can include all of the above and more -- and the following tips can help you get started. 1. Create a budget Financial experts are the first to say it....
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Looking for a good JOB?
Whether you're unemployed or working but entertaining thoughts of moving on, finding a new job is an involved process that takes lots of commitment and hard work. Sifting through job openings can be akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Searching through that proverbial haystack, however, is even more difficult when you're forced to compete against hundreds of others doing exactly the same. But finding a job, and doing so quickly, doesn't need to be so difficult. The following tips should....
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