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Alamo City Chamber response to Bexar County

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DEAR MR. SMITH:

We (The Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce) received your letter dated July 17, 2018 “suspending” the Agreement. While the Chamber is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the County, we are disappointed with both the suspension and the manner in which the suspension arose.

As a reminder of how the Agreement materialized:

The Chamber was approached around January of 2018 regarding the results of Bexar County’s UTSA AABE study. The study demonstrated rather clearly that, despite existing programs in the County, African-American Business Enterprises (“AABE”) accounted for merely 3.8% of all firms in the Bexar County- San Antonio Metropolitan Area. The study further identified that these businesses faced barriers to contracting and advancement that could be ameliorated with management assistance and training. Despite the desire and stated commitment to alleviate this problem and prior initiatives regarding the same from numerous parties (and even the County’s own DBE department), the community continued to experience a gap in the availability and capacity of African-American Business Enterprises.

Founded in 1938, the Chamber is the third oldest black chamber of commerce in the United States. The Chamber has a diverse mix of board members and relationships with other, similarly aligned organizations. The Chamber is thus a natural partner for matters affecting the black business community in the Bexar County- San Antonio Metropolitan Area.

After being approached to propose a resolution to the issues identified in the UTSA AABE Study, the Chamber spent months developing a proposal for a program that would train and equip both African American Business Enterprises and other underserved businesses in the County to bid on County contracts and ultimately succeed in becoming contracting partners with the County. The first contract/grant proposal was presented to the County on or about January 4, 2018. Between January 2018 and March 2018, the County’s staff and the Chamber closely collaborated, and the Chamber received feedback on requested adjustments and capacity building that the County sought in order for the Chamber to be a grant recipient.

The full Commissioner’s Court fielded multiple responses from the Chamber and others regarding the proposal, and ultimately voted unanimously in favor of approving the proposed program.

The Chamber and Black Contractor’s Association then made a public presentation and request for approval of the Chamber’s proposal (and the Agreement) to the full Bexar County Commissioner’s Court on March 13, 2018 along with a proposed budget. Program goals and solutions were presented in detail, including proposed partnerships, performance measurement, and the Chamber’s capacity for goal achievement. The Chair of the County’s SWMBE Advisory Committee, Chris Forbrich, and Renee Watson, the County’s SWMBE manager, were in attendance (Ms. Watson made a presentation regarding AABE’s immediately prior to the Chamber’s presentation). Frank Dunn and Margaret Wilson-Anaglia, members of the County’ SWMBE Advisory Committee, were also in attendance. Joe Linson, another member of the SWMBE Advisory Committee, voiced his support for the Chamber’s proposal during the Chamber’s presentation commenting that “this has been vetted.” Commissioner Kevin Wolff asked various questions about the program’s reach and performance metrics, which the Chamber addressed, including multiple clarifications that the reach of the program was not limited to AABEs. Commissioner Tommy Calvert highlighted the program’s ongoing reporting requirements. Commissioner Paul Elizondo commented on the goal of developing local businesses within the Bexar County metro area to help fill the gap in such a manner that programs like the Chamber’s proposal became unnecessary. The full Commissioner’s Court fielded multiple responses from the Chamber and others regarding the proposal, and ultimately voted unanimously in favor of approving the proposed program. Video of the presentation is available on the County’s website.

See more: Full Response at Alamo City Chamber website

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American Tax Geeks is Giving $112 Million to African Americans to Start Thousands of Franchises

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Nationwide — American Tax Geeks is known as the franchise company that pays all of the startup costs for it’s franchise owners. But now they’re specifically giving $112 million to African Americans to start an American Tax Geeks franchise. They pay your startup costs, provide employee training, and much much more. Their popular franchise model of paying for the startup costs of their franchise owners has allowed them to become the fastest growing franchise ever, with 10,000 locations for next tax season.

According to Derrick Smith, Director of Operations, “We have received a tremendous amount of applicants that want to become American Tax Geeks franchise owners, but we want to see more diversity with our franchise owners. We have apportioned specific amounts of resources for all minority franchise applicants and specifically we want at least 20 percent of our franchise locations to be owned by African Americans. We have allocated $112 million that will go towards paying for all of the startup costs of thousands of new African American franchise owners across the country. We pay several thousands in startup costs for each franchise owner. I encourage any African American that is an aspiring business owner to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to become an American Tax Geeks franchise owner with absolutely no upfront startup costs.”

Furthermore, in addition to paying all of your startup costs, right now they’re also waiving their $40,000 initial franchise fee. With annual gross income for franchise owners being around $200K, it’s truly one of the best franchises opportunities ever.

And tax preparation is an industry that’s truly always in demand. The latest fiscal year count available from the IRS shows that more than 83 million taxpayers paid someone to prepare their federal tax return. American Tax Geeks franchise owners don’t need any prior tax experience because the actual tax work is performed by their employees and managers.

American Tax Geeks provides their franchise owners with a store location, employee training, marketing support, and everything that they need to get started and succeed without spending one penny. This is truly how more franchise companies need to operate.

To learn more about becoming an American Tax Geeks franchise owner, go to www.AmericanTaxGeeks.com right now, before it’s too late.

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New Rosa Parks Barbie

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Nationwide — Rosa Parks, known as the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, is being honored with a Barbie doll that resembles her. Children can now play with a toy that will truly  inspire them, but the doll is also expected to be popular with collectors.

Mattel, the makers of Barbie, is recognizing the achievements of many historical women including Rosa Parks who “made the world better for future generations of girls.”

“By celebrating their achievements with dolls made in their likeness, we hope girls will be inspired to pursue their dreams,” a spokesperson for Mattel told CNN.

The Barbie doll will feature Parks’ authentic clothing and accessories as well as educational material about her contributions to society.

The launch of the new dolls comes as part of the brand’s Inspiring Women Series which aims to honor historical role models who paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger.

Moreover, Mattel stated that research found that girls from the age of 5 are more likely than boys to experience the “Dream Gap” wherein they could feel like their own gender isn’t smart and competent enough. To address that, showing girls more role models and telling their stories could be beneficial.

Other women who are part of the new collection are Katherine Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, and Sally Ride.

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