the Wash: Black restaurant owners need tech and each other, panelists say

first_imgPanelists stressed the importance of innovation and collaboration to Black-owned business during the COVID-19 pandemic during DMV Black Restaurant Week’s third annual conference.The five-day conference equipped business owners with strategies and tools to adapt to the pandemic, focusing on collaboration between businesses. Free and open to the public, it was held virtually Nov. 10-14.Collaboration is ‘imperative’Marketing strategist Johnny Bailey knows better than most the importance of technology in growing small, minority-owned businesses. As D.C.’s Grow With Google Digital Coach, he provides digital skills workshops to help Black and Latinx small businesses boost their digital presence in order to grow. He is also the founder of the ShineHard Foundation, which aims to eliminate the racial wealth gap by empowering Black entrepreneurs.Bailey moderated the conference’s “Embracing Technology – Food + Tech,” a conversation about the importance of technology for Black-owned restaurants and bars in D.C.“Black businesses are behind in our ability to leverage technology to reach new audiences or communicate to current customers new hours of operation or business practices [during COVID],” Bailey said. “Some of the things that seem easy to do are also easy not to do.”He said it is “imperative” for the Black community to patronize business within their community to the same extent that other racial and ethnic groups support their businesses.“We need to encourage Black entrepreneurs to occupy spaces in the marketplace so there are places for Black customers to spend their dollar,” Bailey said.Bailey also argues there is an “over-saturation” of Black ownership in certain businesses and that more diversity would benefit the community as there would be a greater “Black presence” on every ladder of the supply chain. He said Black-owned grocery stores are important, but it is equally important for there to be Black farmers to supply them with produce.Bailey also talked about how the information era can help Black entrepreneurs understand and adapt to challenges, and operate in a shared group interest.‘Bridging the virtual with real life’When the pandemic struck, it made April Johnson’s app Happied “useless” overnight. The D.C.-based platform connected consumers to happy hours to “build community around food and drink, while exploring new restaurants and bars,” but traditional happy hours ceased as bars closed and people began to socially distance.“We had to quickly think about how we could continue to provide that same sense of community to the thousands of people that use our app and to the restaurant and bar community,” Johnson said.Appearing on the DMV BRW panel, Johnson explained how her team quickly redefined their business model and the technology they relied on.Happied began hosting virtual mixology classes for a $10 fee, helping to keep “displaced bartenders” employed while providing “community-like experiences.” They’ve also partnered with third parties to deliver the necessary ingredients to participants and also now offer their own cocktail kits.Realizing the potential for corporate collaboration, Johnson began to offer these events to companies that wanted to “keep their team connected or clients engaged.” She reached out to law firms she had connections with and now primarily organizes corporate events, where participants get kits sent to their homes and follow along on Zoom.“The goal is to create seamless events that bridge the virtual with real life as much as possible,” Johnson said. “We want to keep people connected and teams engaged, which also helps the bottom line for the businesses at the same time.”Her advice to other businesses who are rethinking their business model is to think about how to continue fulfilling their core mission in new circumstances.Johnson’s biggest focus when it comes to technology is integration, how to connect all the parts of the new services. She uses Squarespace for bookings, HubSpot to interact with customers, Zoom to host events and Zapier to link all of the programs into a single workflow.‘Everyone can eat and win’In 2017, David Cabello and his twin decided to drop out of college at 22 to build something to help connect their community.Two years later, Cabello launched Black & Mobile. Serving Atlanta, Detroit and Philadelphia, it is the first Black-owned delivery service that partners solely with Black-owned restaurants to increase their exposure.According to Cabello, Black & Mobile hosts over 3,600 restaurants and has 300,000 users.According to Cabello, Black & Mobile hosts over 3,600 restaurants and has 300,000 users.He said he noticed it was difficult to intentionally find Black-owned restaurants because Google didn’t cater to searches like that at the time, so he decided to create one.“We know where everyone else’s businesses are but don’t know where ours are,” Cabello said during the panel.In addition to hosting businesses on his app, Cabello encourages collaboration between the business owners to help build websites, apps and a robust online presence that he said many Black-owned businesses lack.Kristal Willaims, co-owner of the Shaw restaurant FishScale, expressed Black business owners need more support in technological literacy. FishScale was one of 86 restaurants, catering services, food trucks and beverage businesses participating in DMV Black Restaurant Week.The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired an increased interest in supporting Black-owned businesses across the country. It has also prompted other food delivery services to spotlight Black-owned businesses on their platforms.However, Cabello said that Black & Mobile remains the best choice because they are invested in the success of the businesses.“[On Black & Mobile], they aren’t competing with McDonalds or against other Black businesses,” Cabello said during the panel. “Everyone is bringing in their traffic so everyone can eat and win.”,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. Immigration organizations and lawyers are fighting for better health care but are afraid it’s…,Families must wait longer than usual to set up funerals for lost loved ones in another grim consequence of the enduring pandemic.,Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers march outside the L.A. mayor’s…last_img read more

Hotline to assist Floridians facing foreclosure

first_imgHotline to assist Floridians facing foreclosure Hotline to assist Floridians facing foreclosure July 15, 2008 Regular Newscenter_img Florida lawyers are now available to assist homeowners facing forclosure.Florida Attorneys Saving Homes is a collaborative effort of The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation, Florida Legal Services, and the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section designed to provide pro bono assistance to distressed homeowers.As of June, an estimated 77,000 Floridians were in foreclosure and a recent report indicated that 11.6 percent of Florida property owners were more than 30 days past due on a mortgage payment or in foreclosure, suggesting more trouble ahead, said Kent Spuhler, executive director of Florida Legal Services, Inc.In response Florida Attorneys Saving Homes has launch a toll-free hotline — (866) 607-2187 — to take calls weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from those who fear they may soon be unable to make their mortgage payments or have already missed payments.“We believe this is the first project of its kind that pairs homeowners with volunteer attorneys before the foreclosure is started in an effort to hold back the flood of foreclosures,” Spuhler said.Bar staff will collect information from the callers and Florida Legal Services will screen the calls and forward to the RPPTL volunteers only those homeowners who appear “ripe” for a workout with their loan, according to Terry Hill, director of the Bar’s Programs Division.The pro bono lawyers will in turn negotiate with the lenders on behalf of the homeowner with the hope of creating a relationship where the lender and the homeowner can together create a loan that allows the homeowner to remain in the home, thus avoiding foreclosure.“The concept for the project began with the announcement from the banking industry of their HOPE NOW and Project Lifeline Projects,” Spuhler said. “We felt homeowners having trouble with their mortgage would have better success negotiating with their lender if they had the assistance of an attorney.”Several months ago, Florida CFO Alex Sink approached The Florida Bar Board of Governors and asked that the Bar try to help Floridians facing foreclosure, said Sandra Fascell Diamond, chair of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.“The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is pleased to have the opportunity to assist with the coordination of the efforts of volunteer attorneys in this task,” Diamond said. “We hope to help individual owners and their families find a way to keep their homes.”Lawyers interested in volunteering for the effort can visit for more information.last_img read more

ULI Arizona announces joint event with AIA Phoenix Metro

first_imgContrasting ideas can create tension, but are necessary when it comes to successful development projects.That is the theme for the next ULI Arizona main program, titled “Design and Development – Two Perspectives,” the first joint event with AIA Phoenix Metro.The program is scheduled for June 3 at the Montelucia Resort, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. The program is from 3-5 p.m. with a networking reception to follow.The industry wants to build healthy, financially sound, and sustainable environments for the generations to follow. But definitions of success and professional perspectives can vary.  Is it possible not only to reconcile contrasting visions, but to find new opportunities for collaboration in the process?  The answer is yes.Confirmed speakers include moderator Wellington “Duke” Reiter, FAIA, Chair, ULI Arizona District Council; Martha Abbott, LEED AP bd +c, Principal and Studio Leader, SmithGroupJJR; Paul Blue, Director, Community and Economic Development Department, City of Phoenix; Community and Lifestyle Studio Director, Gensler; Andy Byrnes, Owner, The Construction Zone. Ltd.; Wendell Burnette, AIA, Architect, Wendell Burnette Architects; Mike Ebert, Managing Partner, RED Development; Dave Elrod, Regional Manager, DPR Construction; John Graham, President and CEO, Sunbelt Holdings; and Karrin Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Entitlements Officer, DMB Associates.Click for more event and registration informationlast_img read more

The Right Way To Talk To Yourself

first_imgThe Brilliant Blog: n the privacy of our minds, we all talk to ourselves—an inner monologue that might seem rather pointless. As one scientific paper on self-talk asks: “What can we tell ourselves that we don’t already know?” But as that study and others go on to show, the act of giving ourselves mental messages can help us learn and perform at our best. Researchers have identified the most effective forms of self-talk, collected here—so that the next time you talk to yourself, you know exactly what you should say.Self-talk isn’t just motivational messages like “You can do it!” or “Almost there,” although this internal cheering section can give us confidence. A review of more than two dozen studies, published in 2011 in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, found that there’s another kind of mental message that is even more useful, called “instructional self-talk.” This is the kind of running commentary we engage in when we’re carrying out a difficult task, especially one that’s unfamiliar to us. Think about when you were first learning to drive. Your self-talk might have gone something like this: “Foot on the gas pedal, hands on the wheel, slow down for the curve here, now put your blinker on…”Read the whole story: The Brilliant Bloglast_img read more

The Right Way for Parents to Question Their Teenagers

first_imgAny parent of a teenager knows that it can be a struggle to get them to open up. It’s natural for adolescents to pull away from their parents as they begin to build their own identities and test their burgeoning independence. But a growing body of research finds that maintaining open communication with adolescents is crucial to their mental health and well-being. Teens who disclose their daily activities and inner feelings to a parent tend to have lower levels of anxiety and depression and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.How should parents handle these years? Researchers point to a number of things they can do to increase the odds that their teens will confide in them—as well as behaviors to avoid because they can inhibit conversation.“Even as teens expand their social network, parents need to know that they still remain their child’s primary source of support,” says Ashley Ebbert of Arizona State University. In a study published last month in the journal Development and Psychopathology, Ms. Ebbert, along with her co-authors, Drs. Frank Infurna and Suniya Luthar, found that when a teen views parents as disengaged, it can lead to a breakdown of trust and communication and have a negative impact on teens’ mental health. Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Is the retirement sector finally taking off in Northern Ireland?

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Air Liquide encouraged to expand investment

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A fledgling workforce

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Altius loads heavy gear

first_imgThe machinery was loaded on board the vessel Lone, operated by heavy lift shipping line SAL. The fractioner was lifted onto Lone using its onboard cranes.The equipment will be used in Turkish petrochemical company Tupras’ Derince facility.

Garone Logistics joins GPLN

first_imgEstablished in 2007 in Shenzen in the province of Guangdong, Garone Logistics is an international freight forwarding and logistics company, which operates two offices in Shenzen and Shanghai.Garone Logistics handles large-scale projects, heavy lifting and ro-ro services for various industries.  www.garonelogistics.comwww.gpln.netlast_img