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Pope Francis recently made history by appointing the First African-American Cardinal on Sunday, October 25, 2020. Washington, D. C. Archbishop, Wilton Gregory, was among 13 church leaders who will be elevated to cardinal at a ceremony at the Vatican next month. A distinguished appointment this most certainly is; however, Archbishop Gregory has had few first over his lifetime. Gregory, 72 also made history last year when he became Washington, DC’s first African-American archbishop and the only Black archbishop in the United States. In 2001, he was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and was the first African-American to hold that office.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is understood that the primary responsibility of a cardinal is to elect a new pope, should he step down or die. Cardinals wear scarlet vestments to symbolize the blood that a cardinal is willing to shed for his faith.

The ceremony to install the new cardinals will take place on November 28th.

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Online Tool Helps in Finding Grants and Tax Incentives

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Black-owned fintech and finance company Novae LLC announced the launch of a new online tool designed to help small businesses to find grants and tax incentives that can help them to grow exponentially.

Called Novae Grants, the new tool will allow users to search a database of thousands of financial assistance opportunities from both the government and the private sector. Tax credits that small businesses may qualify for will also be included in the database.

Novae founder Reco McCambry says that the grants his team is gathering for inclusion in the database range from $500 to $5 million in size, and are designed to help business owners serve their communities. The grants include town- and city-based grants to revitalize local businesses and create jobs, and federal and think tank grants to support renewable energy, tech, and innovation.

“The idea is to make it as easy as possible for small businesses to locate the support they need to grow,” McCambry says. “Whether you’re a mom and pop shop or a good-sized startup, you may be doing something that one of these agencies wants to promote for the sake of the public good.”

McCambry notes that most of the grants which have so far been located and placed in the Novae Grants database are intended for small businesses with 6-100 employees, though some are also intended for larger businesses and sole proprietor startups.

“We know that local businesses make us more secure,” McCambry told me in our interview, “and we know that innovation often comes from startups. There are a lot of organizations that recognize this and offer funding to support these missions. But not many people know how to find these grants, and many assume they won’t qualify because they aren’t in some specialized public service role. Our mission is to change that and bring this money into our communities.”

The Novae Grants search engine is now available at novaemoney.com. In addition to grants, Novae also helps companies build business credit, provides access to traditional business funding, and offers businesses the ability to provide consumer financing for their high-ticket offerings.

Novae and CEO McCambry’s mission to increase access to financing for businesses and customers in underserved communities has helped the company and its CEO to earn numerous awards and distinctions in recent years. Novae has been included on the Inc 5000 list of the 5000 fastest-growing businesses in America for two years running, while McCambry was recently named Innovator of the Year at the annual Bank Customer Experience Summit and received an Outstanding Leadership Award at Money2.0 this Spring.

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Sail Away On A Quick Escape

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Calling all active and veteran military, first responders, law enforcement officers, and educators, you can sail away for free. As a way to celebrate the dedication of those serving their communities, “The Heroes Sail Free” complimentary offer from Margaritaville at Sea is inviting all of the mentioned on a much-deserved 3-day, 2-night cruise from the Port of Palm Beach to the Grand Bahama Island. Program details can be located on the cruise line website at www.margaritavilleatsea.com (under offers).

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Put Some Respect On It!

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Birds Up! The UTSA Roadrunners fairytale season continues! The Roadrunners remain undefeated, increased their record to 11-0, and clinched a spot in the Conference USA West Division Championship Game when they beat UAB this past Saturday with a tipped pass to tight end Oscar Cardenas with only seconds left in the game. The final score was 34-31. Quarterback Frank Harris had an outstanding performance, finishing the game with 323 passing yards and three touchdowns.

UTSA prepares for their season finale on the road this Saturday against The University of North Texas (UNT). On December 4, 2021 UTSA will host the winner of the Western Kentucky and Marshall game where they hope to bring home the team’s first ever Championship title. Go Roadrunners!

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