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$1,000,000 Questions

Significant positive changes in the Black community will not occur if you do not use your economic, political and religious power. Recycling the Black dollar in the Black community is an integral piece of the puzzle when it comes to gaining RESPECT, and encouraging VITALITY and GROWTH.

Holding those elected officials that you voted into office accountable to their campaign promises is significant when it comes to the integrity of our representatives and to see Black people represented adequately.

Our religious leaders and churches used to be the backbone of the community. It was where news, politics, resources and team work was established. But that legacy was abandoned a long time ago and diverted to non-community interest. Getting involved to make the Black community a cohesive and progressive unit must be addressed in many areas. As a start, below are some questions you should be asking of yourself and your community leaders:

Economics:

  1. Are you actively seeking Black businesses to recycle your Black dollars with?
  2. Are you on any boards, volunteering in community organizations and activities or attending any school or community meetings to voice your opinion?

Politics:

At the meetings of City, County, Municipality and School Districts

  1. What are the standard policies and procedures for contact and outreach to Black Businesses for Request For Proposals (RFPs)?
  2. What media vehicles do you use to contact and outreach Black Businesses?
  3. Does the Facilities Management Department do their own RFPs or is it also done through the Purchasing Department?
  4. How many new vendors have been added in the last five years?
  5. Will the Board set policy to contact or outreach Blacks and other minority businesses?

Religious:

  1. What are we doing outside of the church building regarding outreach to impact/strengthen our community?
  2. How is it determined where we do our banking?
  3. What financial institution(s) do we have the church account(s) with?
  4. Are Black individuals and businesses getting loans from those financial institution(s)?
  5. What is the advantage or value to the Black community to have our account(s) with that particular financial institution(s)?
  6. When is the next church financial meeting?

Once you have asked these questions, if you are not satisfied that the answer serves the Black community appropriately, you have several options available to you to bring about change. They are:

  1. Give your leadership a set amount of time to address your concerns.
  2. Monitor stated commitments and ensure follow through in a timely manner.
  3. Do not re-elect current political representative if they are not meeting the Black community objectives and campaign promises.
  4. Take your tithes (economic power) to an organization that will re-invest into the Black community.

You’re A Shining Star – No Matter Who You Are

[VIDEO] THOUGHT PROVOKING THURSDAY: Trades & Skills

Not long ago, there were many trade and technical colleges specifically designed for the Black Community so that at the turn of the century, they could transition from Domestic or railroad Pullman Porter work to that of someone with better hiring opportunities in the age of industry. Unfortunately today, many youth are unskilled or prepared for the workforce or to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The work ethic instilled in us by some of parents and mentors was not then passed down to the generation behind us. Many reasons stand out but two in particular are that we have not simply taken youth under our wing and shown them what needs to be done. Another reason is that we have become a disposable society and would rather throw things away then repair them.

What skill or trade do you have that you need to share with the Black Youth in your community?

Meet The 6 year Old Barber

Posted by We Are Teens on Sunday, March 13, 2016

[VIDEO] Get In Your Community’s Business

COMMUNITY EVENTS2

This Is Where You Let Everyone Get In Your Business

Southern California Black Business Expo (SCBBE) offers all businesses and community services in the Black Community a complimentary opportunity to list their business information, community events and available services in the SCBBE directory. This directory was designed to notify, inform, educate and bring the community together to help re-circulate the Black dollars into the Black Community.

[VIDEO] Teachable Tuesday: $

Point Blank!

The Black Community CAN personally and privately be self-sustaining if we were to determine our priorities, pool our resources, re-circulate Black dollars directly back into the Black Community and become self sufficient and self reliant.
 
 

Goal Attainment

Be the Fuel/Fire Someone Needs Toward Their Goal Attainment

Many a goal is truly simple in nature yet may seem complex to the outside observer. Even if you personally know that a particular goal or dream will be a complete flop – support the individual anyway.  Support can come in the form of finances, babysitting, house cleaning, meal prep, errand running, coming to their events, sponsoring their event or product, pushing/promoting their products or event or just being a listening ear or encourager.

Lid-Like Behavior

How do you smother a fire? You put a lid on it, deprive it of oxygen or contain it. Do you know why the cleaning product is called 409? Because it took 408 attempts to get the product just the way they wanted it.  Edison tried and failed to invent the light bulb he wanted, 100 times. Michael Jordan has often said:

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Fire Hose Mentality

We all know the only purpose of a fire hose is to put out a fire. If you cannot find it within yourself to be supportive in the most minimal of positive ways – then don’t share your sentiments with the one trying to obtain a particular goal. That person already knows what the problem is – they need those that will contribute to the solution. Be the one that comes to them with a solution!

 

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Nurture What You Want To Grow

MENTORING MONDAY:

What and how you nurture isn’t just about parenting or a mother to child relationship.  Being a Mentor is also an avenue and opportunity to nurture.  Fatherless young men, motherless young women, an up and coming employee all afford a situation where you should spend time, talent and even finances to help someone grow and learn in a seasoned and protected environment versus going through the school of hard knocks for every situation.

 

Nurture vs. Nature

We all bring our sum total experiences to the table when we interact with each other. Some people have not quite mastered the ability to interact in a positive format or in a positive setting. These same individuals are the individuals that are ripe for Mentoring. Catching them early would be ideal. Bringing them along side now is what you may have to work with.

 

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Don’t Follow The Rats

#MENTORINGMonday:

Follow the Leader.

Follow your heart.

Follow my lead.

Follow through.

Follow in my footsteps.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road…

Follow: (verb) go or come after; move or travel behind

You never know who is watching you and when. The impact you can have on someone else may never be revealed to you but know that your words, your ways and your actions are perpetually under a microscope, particularly in this day and age of social media.

Often people believe our leadership and mentoring doesn’t begin until we complete an official certificated program or course or have received a degree in a specific subject matter. The truth is, we are leaders and mentors from the day we take our first breath and until we take our last. Intentional or not, we are all teachers (leaders and mentors) – negative or positive – and have an impact on the lives of people we come in contact with.

At some basic level we are all Leaders and Mentors but there are those that purposely choose to be in the spotlight or feel it’s their calling as a profession. Should this be the position or calling you desire, then you must also assume the lot and parcel of responsibility and representation that goes along with being a Leader and Mentor. That lot and parcel includes appearance, attitude and interaction with others, walking the walk and not just talking the talk, showing your human side, compassion and vulnerability and knowing how to carry yourself at all times all while continuously representing this mantle.

 

Apples Don’t Frall (fall & roll) Far

Do you want people to follow you based on your professionalism or your materialism. What image are you projecting to your Mentees. What is it exactly that you want to convey to them while you stand before them in your designer label apparel and accessories? Do you want them to listen to and follow your words or only aspire to your level of bling? Is that the maximum amount of your “shine”? Are you teaching them to feed themselves for a life time or are you just hosting over-priced hyped up events and showing them how to eat for a day?

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time.”

 

The Pied Piper Was Followed By A Bunch of Rats

Mentees – when looking for someone to aspire to be most like, seek out a true individual with a pure intent that never stops working on improving the inside of them self – not just the outside. Look for someone with many of those leadership qualities that we have been discussing in the past few weeks, an individual that works well in teams, is compassionate, vulnerable, a good listener, can rally the troops if need be and is committed to serving their community – not someone who is self-serving!

 

Share Your Leadership & Mentoring Tips

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Sincerely,

The Southern California Black Business Expo

 

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Non-Profit vs. For Profit

 

Undigested Knowledge

FRUITION FRIDAY

What Do You Do With the Knowledge You Obtain?

In his book on language, British diplomat Lancelot Oliphant (1881–1965) observed that many students give correct answers on tests but fail to put those lessons into practice. “Such undigested knowledge is of little use,” declared Oliphant.

 

Share Your Tips With Us

Share some of the small changes you are making in your community and leadership tips with us: (info@scbbe.com or www.scbbe.com).

Sincerely,

The Southern California Black Business Expo

 

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Altadena, CA 91001

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Challenged Leadership

THOUGHT PROVOKING THURSDAY:

When The Going Gets Tough – The Tough Have Been Challenged

A really good leader is created through the rough and tumble culmination of life experiences and from having their armor challenged/tested.  The lack of hard-won challenges will not permit an individual to curate and cultivate the needed skills to bring about good leadership qualities. The testing of patience, endurance and ability to empathize requires a person’s valor to be personally tested in those areas.  An individual that simply goes through the motions because of learned exercises (i.e., reading material experience), will probably not be of the highest ranking in the leadership pool.  They will have the head knowledge, but not the heart and personal experience knowledge.

wisdom

The Challenge: Wisdom Is Key

If you get nothing else, get understanding – then your decisions and leadership style will be well honed, effective and appreciated. Never follow a self-professed leader that has not been challenged and come through diversity specific to your objectives.  Would you trust an overweight doctor or a divorced marriage therapist? Let’s just say, they probably wouldn’t be your first choice. Now granted, there are those individuals that have come through some pretty challenging situations because it was a part of their training day and proving ground (Mentoring Monday), but they are the exceptions, not the norm.  Also keep in mind that everyone is not meant to be a leader just because they assume or are thrust into the position.  Sit back and vet how they handle adverse or stressful situations. What is their response time, their pro-action versus reaction? Are they analytical, methodical, curious or self-promoting and destructive? These are just a few of the things that should be used as a benchmark for determining your own and others ability to be a good leader.

Share Your Challenges & Leadership Tips

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Saturday February 27, 2016; 10a to 4p

UNITED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER

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Altadena, CA 91001

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