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MBEs Who Rock!
Global Connections: First Nations Rise
Exporting to Europe
Making Plays
The Soul Violinist
Traveling with the Cheese
SeaWorld: A Sea of Opportunity
Serious About Sustainability

In his autobiography Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington wrote, "Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others." This simple, yet powerful statement has inspired people from all walks of life to perform acts of kindness ranging from taking care of fellow community members to providing pro bono services to nonprofits. And while many successful business owners are satisfied donating large sums of money to charitable organizations, there are others whose altruism takes a more hands-on approach...

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Aboriginal entrepreneurs make great strides in Canada...


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The United States and Europe comprise a transatlantic economy that accounts for about half of all global gross domestic product, with some $1 trillion in global goods and services traded annually. Europe offers U.S. businesses of all sizes unparalleled opportunities both as an export market and a base from which to expand into the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Dale Tasharski, minister counselor for commercial affairs for the Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, discusses selling to Europe.

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Earning a good living as a professional athlete or entertainer can be relatively short-lived. It isn't long before the best earning years are over for most people. 

Fortunately, efforts are underway to greatly improve investment opportunities for professional athletes and entertainers while providing real growth opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses (MWBEs)...

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In the world of classical music, Lee England, Jr. stands well apart.

More than a mere virtuoso, he's a classically-trained violinist who has earned a reputation for performances that are riveting in their sweep and dynamism. He sculpts his sounds with dazzling dexterity, producing different emotions with the slightest change of bow speed...

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Just like the story in the best-selling motivational fable Who Moved My Cheese?, the airport industry's "cheese" continues to move. Airports must innovate constantly, even when times are good. Therefore, they are constantly looking for new approaches to generate revenue and serve a customer base that expects more. Today's travelers require a wider variety of services at reasonable prices. And in addition to a more demanding traveling public, airports are facing airline industry consolidation that's reducing the number of hub airports and total numbers of flights...

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When SeaWorld San Diego (SeaWorld) opened 50 years ago on 21 acres along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego, it was the beginning of a unique nature experience for the public which melded the personal with interactive and educational experiences. 

Today, the company has grown beyond its original aquatic adventures to a new era of family entertainment and adventure at 11 U.S. theme parks including the SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands as well as water parks, Aquatica®, Adventure Island®, Discovery Cove®, and Water Country USA®. In 2013, the theme parks hosted more than 23 million guests...

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If you doubt how important sustainability is to the future success of your business, here is a startling figure for you. According to a report by Price Waterhouse Coopers, 90 percent of new graduates "actively seek out employers whose corporate responsibility behavior reflects their own." To put that figure into perspective, data from LinkedIn reveals this generation of Millennials accounts for roughly 50 percent of today's global workforce and will rise to around 75 percent by 2025...

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image Global Connections: First Nations Rise
image Exporting to Europe
image Making Plays
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image Traveling with the Cheese
image SeaWorld: A Sea of Opportunity
image Serious About Sustainability

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In this, our 30th Anniversary issue, I thought it appropriate that we hear from our founder. So I asked Ginger Conrad to once again grace the Publisher's Page with her thoughts. -Barbara Oliver






The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), WEConnect International and Walmart have joined forces to create a unique symbol for retail labeling of products from women-owned businesses. 

This new logo will bring consumer recognition of products provided by women-owned businesses on store shelves both in the U.S. and international markets. 

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Master Your Brand


I enjoy leading discussions about the evolution of branding. Many are surprised to learn how far back the concept goes, how it all began, and how it has transformed over the centuries. While the term branding is contemporary, the practice of branding has a long history. Most believe the concept began with the Industrial Revolution, but it actually started well before that—as early as the first century... 

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Northrop Grumman Corporation's Harry Lee, vice president of corporate contracts, pricing and supply chain, received the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) 100 award at the organization's national convention held in September in Anaheim, California.

The NAAAP 100 award is given annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to their profession and to the Asian community...

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In Brief

After reviewing more than 800 applications, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the 50 winners of their first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The accelerators come from a broad set of industries and sectors - from manufacturing to tech start-ups to farming as well as a focus on a diversified range of demographic groups...


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