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A U.S. advisory panel made recommendations Friday for who should be first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts by states and cities to get the shots to low-income minority groups.

As expected, the panel recommended health care workers and first responders get first priority when vaccine supplies are limited. The shots should be provided free to all, the panel said. And throughout the vaccine campaign, efforts also should focus on disadvantaged areas to remedy racial health disparities.

“Inequity has been a hallmark of this pandemic, both locally and globally,” said the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, noting “an awakening to the power of racism, poverty, and bias in amplifying the health and economic pain and hardship imposed by this pandemic.”

The coronavirus outbreak has hit Black, Hispanic and Native Americans disproportionately in hospitalizations and deaths. Reasons are complex, but

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ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The team at Six Consulting is proud to be a part of Georgia Minority pplier Development Council (GMSDC) Business Opportunity Week 2020 and the special feature by the Atlanta Business Chronicle to support Georgia’s minority-owned businesses achieve success and growth and promote supplier diversity.

In their article, ‘Two companies, one mentoring match’, Atlanta Business Chronicle has profiled Six Consulting’s mentorship journey with the global packaging giant WestRock as part of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection program that is overseen by the GMSDC. Parth Patel, Chief Executive Officer and Sam Yehya, Chief Operating Officer discussed the opportunities and learnings over the year-long program. “It’s almost like a compressed MBA program for small businesses,” says Parth Patel.

With a focus on three mentorship areas – process improvement, client development and sales – the team at Six Consulting was able to streamline their

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In the spirit of Small Business Week here in Michigan Home Point Financial, a wholesale mortgage lender based in Ann Arbor has an exciting opportunity for aspiring business owners in the mortgage industry.

On Friday, Home Point announced a new charitable community foundation, from which it will dedicate $1 million in grants to fund 50 new minority-owned and female-owned mortgage brokerages throughout the nation.

The lender will allocate $500,000 to create 25 minority-owned brokerages and $500,000 to create 25 female-owned mortgage brokerages throughout the country.

Awards include one $50,000 grant, four $25,000 grants and 20 $17,500 grants per category.

“At Home Point, we’re passionate about expanding opportunities for people from all walks of life interested in participating in the mortgage industry,” said Phil Shoemaker, President of Originations at Home Point Financial. “Through this foundation, we’re committed to investing our financial and human capital where it’s needed

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An Egyptian immigrant whose downtown Columbus, Ohio, clothing store was looted during protests this summer told Congress Thursday the civil unrest transformed his “American dream” into “a nightmare of loss and destruction.”

Sam Mabrouk, who moved to Columbus from Egypt more than a decade ago, detailed how protesters ransacked his store in May during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

The loss of merchandise from the store was estimated to be over $70,000 and not covered by insurance.

“I thought being a minority myself would protect me,” he said in testimony before a House Judiciary Committee’s Civil Rights Subcommittee. “I never thought that a protest in support of minority rights would flip and do harm to local, minority-owned businesses. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to me as well as many other small shops in downtown Columbus.”

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The Advocate and Cox Business are partnering on a new program in October that will spotlight minority-owned businesses that are dealing with the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans are to highlight the successes of two businesses each through articles in The Advocate in Baton Rouge and in Acadiana and The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate and in commercial spots on Cox in all three metro markets.

Judi Terzotis, publisher of the newspapers, said the program will continue the publications’ mission to help the communities it operates in.

“So many businesses are suffering due to the impact of COVID-19. We want to shine a light on local small businesses in the hopes of helping them generate more customers and sales,” she said. “We’ve proven over and over that in south Louisiana, if we lock arms, we can get through the most difficult times. This partnership allows us to

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Investors have long been concerned about Enel Americas (NYSE:ENIA) being a controlled subsidiary of Enel SpA (OTCPK:ENLAY). Indeed, it opens up corporate governance problems, to which Italian companies have not been strangers. You need only to mention the name Parmalat in the Milan financial world to start lively conversations about the Tanzi family and their extravagant antics, least of which were purchases of Monet, Degas and Picasso paintings with company money, along with many other ‘strategic asset diversification initiatives’ like Parma Calcio.

Parmalat was an amusing scandal to make global corporate headlines, but it does underscore what was for a long time a systemic lack of mandated oversight over related-party transactions (RPT). However, things have changed since 2010 efforts by CONSOB to control how RPTs were implemented. Now blue-chip companies like Enel with high degrees of control have especially extensive corporate government procedures to stop extractive self-dealing.


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By Ross Kerber

BOSTON, Sept 21 (Reuters)Publicly traded U.S. companies have been slow to add minority directors over the past five years even as women grabbed a greater share of board seats during that period, a comprehensive study to be released on Monday shows.

Across the Russell 3000, a broad index of U.S. companies, 29% now have two or more ethnically diverse directors, 7 percentage points more than in 2016, according to the new data from ISS ESG, an arm of Institutional Shareholder Services, scheduled to be presented at a conference on Monday. By contrast 66% of those boards now have 2 or more women, 27 percentage points more than in 2016, ISS found.

Brett Miller, head of data solutions for ISS ESG, said the figures reflect how boards traditionally recruit directors who have already been top officials elsewhere.

The few minorities who become corporate directors are

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – On the heels of the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement, customers have been driven to support more minority-owned businesses.

To help consumers find businesses to support in the East, an ECU student launched a website with connections on a variety of merchandise—all owned by people of color.

Some minority businesses are seeing a rush of sales as more customers race to support black entrepreneurs—already hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest.

Kenneth Roach got the idea on Blackout Day ( July 7 )—a day where African Americans were encouraged to not spend any money unless it was for a black business. Kenneth Roach noticed how hard it was to find them in Greenville. And that’s when it hit him.

“One girl was like, ‘You know, I’m really hungry,’ but she either had the choice to either break her fast or hold out for the

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ORIX Corporation has entered into an agreement to make an investment of at least $980 million to acquire shares in Greenko Energy Holdings (Greenko) through a combination of primary and secondary transactions, valuing Greenko equity at about $5.75 billion.

Final investment amount and resultant shareholdings are subject to closing adjustments, including exchange rate fluctuations. The investment further solidifies the company’s shareholder base, comprising long-term investors such as GIC and ADIA, and strengthens its position as a global leader in the provision of long-term, least-cost renewable energy. In addition, ORIX’s 873-MW of operating wind assets in India will be acquired by Greenko and will be subject to customary regulatory approvals and certain conditions.

Operational capacity

This will increase Greenko’s overall operational capacity to about 6.5 gigawatts (GW). The total includes the recently announced acquisition of a 1.2-GW hydro asset and adds to Greenko’s growing, well diversified and de-risked portfolio of wind,

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IMAGE: Courtney Crosson and UA architecture students facilitate a mapping activity to identify current flooding challenges at a neighborhood meeting.
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Credit: Photo by Eugene Lee

Short-term flooding from extreme storm events poses a serious transportation challenge in U.S. cities. This problem–which is anticipated to grow over the next century with our global climate crisis–is often hardest on vulnerable populations, including low-income and minority neighborhoods. The latest report from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), led by Courtney Crosson of University of Arizona (UA), advances national research methods for assessing flood vulnerability and prioritizing transportation improvement investments to ensure that no community is left stranded when the next flood occurs.

Crosson and fellow researchers Daoqin Tong (Arizona State University) and Yinan Zhang (UA) conducted a flood vulnerability assessment of the City of Tucson, Arizona’s multi-modal transportation system in low-income and minority neighborhoods. They identified priority locations for

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