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Stellantis, National Business League create the National Black Supplier Development Program

The maker of Jeep and Ram vehicles is partnering with the National Business League to create a one-stop solution for Black suppliers across industries to obtain training as well as access to capital and contracts with Fortune 500 companies and the federal government.

The National Black Supplier Development Program will seek to support the development of more than 2.9 million Black businesses around the country and internationally to ready them to conduct business with the public and private sectors. Black businesses will have access to a portal that will provide the resources for talent acquisition, supply-chain sourcing, executive mentorship, bid

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The Morning After: OnePlus is getting even closer with Oppo

OnePlus just launched a cheaper 5G phone, then slid in some major business news alongside it. After some time working with Oppo (which is owned by the same company — BBK), OnePlus CEO Peter Lau announced that after the “positive impact” of working together, the team is cozying up even closer.

Although OnePlus will live under Oppo’s umbrella, Lau said it will remain But if you’ve been scrutinizing the world of smartphones — especially those from BBK players like Oppo, Vivo, Realme, OnePlus — there’s been a lot of feature and spec overlap. For example, the OnePlus 8 Pro

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Minneapolis mayor highlights proposed small business investment

Mayor Jacob Frey held a news conference at Wendy’s House of Soul, outlining the federal dollars he wants to invest in small businesses and Black business owners.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is proposing an investment of $37 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars to help the city’s small businesses.

The mayor held a news conference Thursday to announce his proposed spending plan on Thursday at Wendy’s House of Soul, joined by several local small business owners.

Frey said he wants to use that $37 million for new economic recovery investments, focused on small business support, investing in

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How NC IDEA Foundation Invests in Entrepreneurs, Innovation

  • The NC IDEA foundation supports entrepreneurship and economic development across North Carolina.
  • Using grants, seed funding, mentoring, and other programs, NC IDEA helps entrepreneurs directly.
  • Some initiatives include the NC Black Entrepreneurship Council, NC IDEA SOAR, and NC IDEA LABS.
  • This article is part of a series focused on American cities building a better tomorrow called “Advancing Cities.”

From a non-dairy cheese brand and sustainable oyster-production company to many software, hardware, and social-media firms, the nonprofit NC IDEA invests in a variety of businesses across North Carolina. 

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Thom Ruhe.

NC IDEA


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Charleston airport sees 88% of pre-pandemic passengers in May; July could set record | Business

Passengers and flights are returning to Charleston International in droves, and airport officials expect a new travel record to be set by mid-summer.

“We are scheduled to have July as the greatest month of this airport,” Elliott Summey, CEO of Charleston County Aviation Authority, said of the expected number of people traveling by air.

The remark came after the state’s busiest airport reported its May passenger count at nearly 88 percent of the pre-COVID-19 level.



Last month, nearly 410,000 people traveled through the airport on arrivals and departures. That’s up 700 percent from last year, when just over

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Scotch Whisky Makers Welcome Suspension of Costly US Tariffs | Business News

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Scotch whisky makers breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after the United States agreed to suspend tariffs on one of Scotland’s main exports following the resolution of a long-standing trade row between the U.S. and the EU over subsidies to aircraft companies Boeing and Airbus.

President Donald Trump slapped a 25% tariff on single malt Scotch whisky in 2019 as part of the trade dispute over aerospace subsidies. While the U.K. no longer is an EU member, it belonged to the bloc when the tariffs were imposed and is a major participant

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