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Mayor’s ‘Fair Chance Hiring Fair’ provides uplift for job seekers

A job fair hosted recently by Mayor Eric Garcetti gave formerly incarcerated Angelenos the second chances they need to find good-paying jobs and provide for themselves and their families. The first-ever Fair Chance Hiring Fair—a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Blue ...

Most banks remain reluctant to invest in minority-owned firms

The banks with the largest market share in California remain reluctant to contract with businesses owned by minorities and/or women. That’s the sober assessment from a new report issued by the Greenlining Institute, a Bay Area financial advocacy group focusing ...

Pacific Coast Regional celebrates 40 years

Soon Pacific Coast Regional (PCR) will complete a milestone that some may have doubted would ever happen; the organization is on the eve of celebrating 40 years of service.

Snow drift on Central Avenue

If you visit Central Avenue near 43rd Street on Dec. 20, be sure to wear your top coat, boots, mittens—and even long underwear—as the first-ever “South LA Winter Wonderland” takes over a portion of the famous thoroughfare from 4 to ...

Vermont Slauson appoints new executive director

The board of directors of the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) recently appointed Joseph “Joe” T. Rouzan III as the new executive director of the organization. Rouzan assumes the leadership of VSEDC left vacant by the loss of the ...

Counting the Cost

Just a few days before the end of the corrosive 2016 election, it occured to me that no matter what the outcome, our social fabric has been shredded by the ugliness of this campaign.

Black-owned store provides quality extensions to diverse clientele

Black women are known to spend thousands on the billion-dollar hair industry, but very few of them are buyers or suppliers in this industry. Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions, is one of few Black women who supplies hair extensions. ...

Wells Fargo agrees to refund money taken fraudulently

Bank workers and consumer advocates along with elected officials announced Tuesday that the city of Los Angeles will further prohibit the unscrupulous practices of the U.S.’s largest banks thanks to a motion introduced by Councilmember Paul Koretz that will, if ...

Cannabis World Congress explores commercial potential of legal pot

Marijuana, once the provocative past time of the marginalized and those rebellious of the status quo, is now a 10-figure industry manifested by the recent Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Sept. 7-10.

Motherland connection

For nearly 41 years, Katula by Africana (formerly Africana Imports) has served as a retail cultural touchstone in the city of Los Angeles drawing a clientele that is multiple generations deep.

Win cash to build your mobile app

The US Black Chamber of Commerce invites entrepreneurs with an idea for a mobile app, service or product that will make the world a better place, to submit an application for the 2016 Mobileys competition.

Do business in Belize and Central America

The 2016 Expo Belize Marketplace, organized by the Belize Chamber of Commerce—that nation’s largest private sector association—gives American businesses an opportunity to advertise their products and services to Belizeans during the largest trade show in this Caribbean nation.

Young, Black job seekers spruce up resumes

Recent college grads and job seekers under the age of 31 have only a week to fly into a job applicant pool for a well-paying gig that an official with one Southern California African American aviation group calls the chance ...

Black chamber to host Ron Brown summit in Los Angeles

The California Black Chamber of Commerce will hold its 21st annual Ron Brown Business Summit and Women’s Symposium Aug. 25-27 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles.

L.A. County’s workers and businesses can thrive with a new minimum wage

For nearly 40 years, the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs was our local consumer protection agency. As director of the department since 2012, it was my job to make sure all consumers in L.A. County were treated ...