2020 News


Two black investment banks have combined forces to create a financial powerhouse that will dominate the nation’s minority- and women-owned investment banks and become a stronger competitor to majority Wall Street firms.

Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. L.L.C. (No. 2 in tax-exempt securities with $5.4 billion in lead issues and No. 4 in taxable securities with $1.1 billion in lead issues on the BE Investment Banks list) and The Williams Capital Group L.P. (No. 2 in taxable securities with $1.1 billion in lead issues and No. 4 in tax-exempt securities) announced today that they will merge to “leverage each firm’s experience and strong industry position in corporate and municipal underwriting, and debt and equity sales & trading.”

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5 Tips for Integrating Design Into Your Business

Design is becoming an integral part of the success of nearly every company. The conversation is no longer solely about aesthetics, but rather how to design products and systems to aid with digital transformation, address big ethical concerns of a company’s technology, and evolve legacy systems and processes.

That was the general consensus at a breakout session at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference on Tuesday in Aspen, Colo., where business leaders discussed key strategies for companies that aim to design their way to innovation. Read More>

Walgreens Commits to Supplier Diversity With New Retail Tech

“Doing business with small and diverse suppliers is a key part of our corporate social responsibility strategy,” said Carlos Cubia, vice president and global chief diversity officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Being able to more easily access these suppliers is something that is very important to Walgreens, and we’re pleased that the RangeMe platform allows us to find new ways to offer our customers great products. Read More>

10 Black Business Leaders You Ought To Know About

Entrepreneurs assemble! In 10 days, BLACK ENTERPRISE will unveil what promises to be our most powerful, impactful business conference yet – FWD (for ‘FORWARD’). And at the event will be 10 black business leaders who represent some of the most successful, influential business leaders on the planet. Following their guidance and connecting with them at FWD may result in multi-fold growth in customers, market share and revenues. Read More>

Margins Matter: Learn This Formula for Success for Your KC Small Business

By Guest Contributor Jack Harwell, Business Adviser, Kansas Small Business Development Center

Margin. It’s the most important word in business.

Margin is the fuel that drives profitability and provides the flow of cash you need to pay for overhead and put a little (or hopefully a lot) of money into the pocket of the owner. (That’s YOU.) Plus, who doesn’t want to manage their business better and be more profitable? All it takes is a little math. Read More>

SBA Kicks Off World Trade Month with Go Global Webinar Series

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As part of World Trade Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration, along with several other federal agencies, will conduct a four-part webinar series entitled, “Go Global” starting May 9th. This online program aims to help participants gain valuable insights on strategies for international sales success.

Presenting agencies in the webinar series include the U.S. Small Business Administration, EXIM Bank, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The webinars are free of charge, and no pre-registration is required. Read More>


2019 Champions of Business — Woodley Building Maintenance

Woodley Building Maintenance hits the big 5-0 this year, and its longevity is built on a family-like atmosphere and a focus on following “The Woodley Way.”

COO Terry Woodley described “The Woodley Way” as the approach the company takes with employees and customers. The foundation is integrity and transparency. Read More >

Woodley Building Maintenance Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This year marks a special milestone for Woodley Building Maintenance (WBM) as the company celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding. Today, the company unveiled a new anniversary logo and video highlighting its history to support a series of events it is planning throughout the year.
What started as an entrepreneur with a dream in 1969, has become one of the largest custodial service companies in the Midwest. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., with branch offices in St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., the company employs more than 850 people supporting a wide range of commercial cleaning and building maintenance services for nearly 800 businesses across Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Indiana. WBM’s customer base includes commercial offices, medical and industrial facilities. Read More >

City Interior Design Company Owner Named MO Small Business Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2019 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year is Mrs. Carol Espinosa, the principal and owner of Freedom Interiors, LLC in Kansas City, Missouri.

Carol Espinosa founded Freedom Interiors in 2011 to help fulfill her natural desire to grow and improve personally as well as professionally and give others an opportunity to do the same. While working as a project manager for seven years, Carol was constantly looking for process improvements in her job. Owning her own business enabled Carol to express her desire to institute processes that lead to excellence in delivery and predictable success for both the customer and the company. Read More>

 7 Best Practices: Improve or Begin Your Supplier Diversity Program Right Now

Angelique Solorio is ATR International’s Community Outreach Manager. She assists corporations in reaching their Supplier Diversity goals by aligning ATR’s enterprise-wide staffing services with each corporation’s needs. The result for our clients is a business partnership that is truly beneficial to both parties. Read More>

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