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  • Smaller businesses are better poised to create diverse and inclusive teams than big corporations — as long as they start early.
  • Finding top talent for your company requires diversifying your network before you start hiring and expanding the scope of what you’re looking for in candidates.
  • You can also make your hiring strategy more inclusive by standardizing the interview process so that every candidate gets the same questions and evaluations.
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce isn’t a chore — it’s good for business and something any company can do with the right mindset and effort.
  • This article is part of a series called Resources for Resilience, focused on providing tips and inspiration for small businesses who are learning how to survive and thrive in today’s
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  • There has been a renewed focus on diversity in tech In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • UK diversity organization OneTech has launched a new entrepreneur incubator and accountability groups with JP Morgan Chase to force change in the industry.
  • Since it was founded in late 2018, OneTech says it has supported 360 founders, 68% of whom are women and 91% are BAME. As of June 2020, the 180 businesses it has backed have raised a total of £13.6 million and created 130 jobs, it says.
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In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a renewed focus on diversity in tech. 

But while many companies and execs have spoken out about the problem, few have succeeded in overhauling the status quo and bringing

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – With Hispanic Heritage Month officially underway, News 19 is taking the opportunity to highlight stories of Hispanic members of the community.

New 19 spoke with Sady Zayas-Visser who is originally from Guatemala.

She moved to the United States when she was 18-year-old as an exchange student. Sady then went to college in Texas and now, she is an independent insurance agent.

If you step into the Farmers Insurance Office on Highway 72, you will find Sady and her team making phone calls and interacting with their clients.

Sady says she is living her dream but still faces challenges. “My Spanish and English overlap sometimes,” said Sady.

Sady says she’s felt intimidated and afraid in the past to really be herself. But now she pushes the insecurities aside and encourages her employees to do the same.

She says, “you know how they say fear is your worst enemy?

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Janette is the Owner of Leaders Leaving Legacies, LLC consulting business and the author of 10 Reasons Communication Brings Transformation.

I began diversifying my network at a very young age and have not stopped. Start early, and be open to connecting often with people who don’t look like you! I’m intentionally connected to people who spark new ideas and perspectives. It forces me to be more creative and ensures inclusive thinking. Embracing diversity has even prompted me to learn new languages and cultures, which greatly expanded my global network.

There are seven key areas that I consider when establishing new and diverse relationships (I’m not saying these are the only areas). Focusing on these areas has helped me establish many close relationships and a global and diverse network. Several personal and professional opportunities have come my way as a result of the relationships I’ve built with those in my

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(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. was sued for allegedly copying an innovation credited with helping bring racial diversity to the world of emojis, those ubiquitous characters used as shortcuts to express emotions in digital communications.

Katrina Parrott, an African-American businesswoman, debuted her copyrighted method for letting users choose from five skin tones to color a line of emojis — known as iDiversicons — on Apple’s App Store in 2013 and on iTunes in 2014.

Parrott claims Apple stiff-armed her pursuit of a partnership deal after a series of 2014 meetings and communications between herself and two senior Apple software engineers, who got a close look at her technology. Apple released its own five-skin tone keyboard modifier pallet in April 2015, and downloads of Parrott’s iDiversicons dropped.



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Katrina Parrott

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In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Waco, Texas, Parrott

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Apple Inc. was sued for allegedly copying an innovation credited with helping bring racial diversity to the world of emojis, those ubiquitous characters used as shortcuts to express emotions in digital communications.

Katrina Parrott, a Black businesswoman, debuted her copyrighted method for letting users choose from five skin tones to color a line of emojis — known as iDiversicons — on Apple’s App Store in 2013 and on iTunes in 2014.

Parrott claims Apple stiff-armed her pursuit of a partnership deal after a series of 2014 meetings and communications between herself and two senior Apple software engineers, who got a close look at her technology. Apple released its own five-skin tone keyboard modifier pallet in April 2015, and downloads of Parrott’s iDiversicons dropped.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Waco, Parrott accuses Apple of infringing her copyright and trade dress, misappropriating her ideas and technology, unfair competition

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As many small businesses face challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, Lowe’s is giving them a chance to get their products on its store shelves and website, according to a report by CNBC.

Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison said Tuesday on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the home improvement retailer is teaming up with Daymond John, a star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” to mentor entrepreneurs across diverse backgrounds, listen to their pitches and narrow the pool to standouts. The initiative will ultimately culminate in a one-day pitch competition judged by Lowe’s executives and hosted by John.

Ellison said Tuesday that the new effort was inspired by the outpouring of interest and great need. He said Lowe’s has gotten more than 800,000 applications for the grants since it began the program in May. “The demand from this program led us to understand that there’s a lot more that we should be doing,”

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‘Making It… With Lowe’s’ invites entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities to pitch their products to Lowe’s executives, for a chance to be sold online and in stores

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Every day, small businesses across America struggle to get their products in front of a company or business leader who can propel them forward, into the hands of the masses – and entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities face even tougher obstacles. Today, Lowe’s and Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank and a New York Times best-selling author, are creating opportunities for diverse small businesses to pitch their products to a Fortune 50 company, providing the platform and letting the entrepreneur do the rest. 

Making it… With Lowe’s invites hundreds of entrepreneurs to break through traditional processes and pitch their products directly to Lowe’s for a chance to be sold on Lowes.com and in Lowe’s

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The business landscape is undergoing radical shifts due to the pandemic, and nowhere is this more evident than in the retail sector. From mid-July, the UK retailing sector has witnessed turbulence and it’s increasingly evident the shift to online shopping is unlikely to revert to pre-pandemic levels. Retailing is a sector that has needed an overhaul and has been facing a decline in expenditure in 2019 not seen since 2010. The shift to online shopping is estimated to have increased by 30% during 2020 and the pandemic’s impact has merely accelerated the inevitable in a sector that has demonstrated mixed levels of enthusiasm towards innovation in customer experiences. Selfridges, the second-largest department store in the UK (after Harrods) was founded in 1908 by Harry Gordon

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A nearly 500-acre spot in Florida known as the D Ranch Preserve is where Lillian Dinkins and Papa Gueye hope to kickstart their careers in land conservation. The two are the first fellows chosen for a national Scholars for Conservation Leadership Program.

The program is a partnership between the Land Trust Alliance and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and aims to expand opportunities for students to pursue careers in natural resource management and conservation. The fellowships are paid and the emphasis is on reaching students of underrepresented and minority backgrounds.

“It’s a fairly well-known fact that in the natural resources management field and

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