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Success Magazine May 2013

CHICAGO, October 1, 2012 — Ed Gardner is a wealthy businessman respected throughout Chicago’s corridors of power. At 87, Gardner enjoys being a “self-made” man who, with his wife, created Soft Sheen hair care products. Edward Gardner also involved himself in politics. He bankrolled and helped elect Chicago’s first Black mayor, Harold Washington. He also became deeply involved in trying to stop the violence in the Black community, something that has been spiraling out of control for three decades. Edward Gardner is making news again. He led a protest march through Chicago and suburban Evergreen Park last Sunday. This was his second protest in a week.

What pushed Gardner to once again step into the public arena? While driving around the city, Gardner noticed road construction and other construction projects in or near African American communities. He also observed there were few, if any, black construction workers on the sites. A community activist told him about a major retail construction project at 91st and Western, in Evergreen Park. There were no black workers on that project either. So Ed Garner, who should be enjoying his golden years and the fruits of his labor, staged a protest. Then he planned a rally last Sunday; approximately one thousand people from all walks of life, showed up including Congressman Danny Davis, 98-yearold civil rights activist Webb Evans, Chicago Attorney Sam Adam Jr., and radio personality and former alderman Cliff Kelly. Among those in attendance were former and current politicians, business people, community active. Unemployed construction workers, and ordinary folks. They marched, rallied, gave speeches, and shut down traffic for almost one half mile. The basic tenor of the rally, from the point of view of unemployed construction workers,

the unions hate black people, unions do not want to hire black people, unions are corrupt, and politicians and civil rights activists are doing nothing to rectify the situation. There has been a simmering battle between black construction workers, contractors, and unions over the past few years. One of the biggest complaints is the exclusive use of Hispanic workers and sub-contractors. They are also angry over the refusal of the construction unions to allow African Americans to get good paying jobs on projects in their own communities. It should be noted no one is demanding affirmative action programs or quotas. Their demand is simple. Skilled construction workers should be hired from the communities in and around where projects are being built.

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The Multicultural Community Project

The Multicultural Community Project’s mission is to stay true to its strength, to leverage both personal and professional skills, as well as relationships, in order to give back to the community..

Our organization recognizes that it is uniquely suited to provide a cycle of philanthropy that advances multicultural communities to new heights, as each generation of men and women gives back to the next. It is an exciting time to be engaged as a business man or woman, and perhaps, a more exciting time to be a part of the Multicultural Community Project.

To Build Stronger Communities:

We must, first and foremost, build a solid infrastructure. To ensure a secure, financial foundation for people in our communities, people in the community must become gainfully employed, trained , and educated. Bringing businesses back into our communities is a must, in order to level the economic playing field. The community has to be the driving force to save ourselves and our communities. That is why we have partnered with various churches and community groups, to sponsor networking and entrepreneurial events. These events strengthens our communities .

The message is a simple one: We bridge communities of professional men, women and un-

derserved young adults through education, networking, and advancement. Our goal is to ensure that multicultural communities have the opportunities they need to create a better future.

To Quote Dr. Dorothy Height: “Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals�.

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Chicago Southside NAACP ACT-SO Program Awardees of the Harriett Tubman Award for Outstanding Leadership in Community Service ACT-SO – the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among underserved minority high school students. ACT-SO relies on community volunteers and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches in promoting academic and artistic excellence among AfricanAmerican and Hispanic students. By providing an arena where students strive to excel in the sciences, arts and humanities, ACT-SO equips its participants with the skills to live meaningful lives. In 1977 Vernon Jarrett of Chicago, a renowned author, civil rights activist and journalist, initiated the idea of a program that would promote and reward young academic achievers the same way sports heroes are honored. The first national ACT-SO competition was held in 1978 in Portland Oregon. ”We must never write off the potential for greatness among any of our beleaguered youth. Never!” Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO founder (1918 – 2004) During our brief history, NYC ACT-SO has had a profound impact on the lives of more than 6,500 young people. During this time there have been a number of very special students who have left an indelible impression on their peers and mentors alike.

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Black Pages International

WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY… AND THE ENEMY IS US!!! In this day and time there are many betrayals who have beset our community, who have set back and kept us from reaching our true greatness and place in history. There are many groups that perpetuate crimes of economic parity in our community. However, we are most guilty of this crime of parity against ourselves. First of all, African-Americans handle vast sums of money. But, somehow we have been taught to look at ourselves as poor people. We are not poor people. We just handle our money poorly. Out of every dollar we spend 95 cents is spent outside of our community. We only spend 5 cents of every dollar within our community. We spend so much money, that everyday we make someone rich. We can’t stop it. The only choice we have is who these people are going to be. We are in total control of our money, and what, where and whom we buy from. So, we have to blame ourselves for giving our economic power away. We do not realize the damage we are doing to our own community by not keeping our money within our community. So if there are giants in other communities. We are the giant makers. When other communities grow and prosper it is because we made it so. So, as our unemployment rate becomes the highest in the country. Don’t Complain. As our economic rate and opportunities fall and diminish. Don’t Complain. When African-Americans in Miami have only one Bank and Hispanics have thirty. Don’t Complain. When you find yourself begging some Bank for a loan and get rejected. Don’t Complain. As our teenage unemployment and death rate soars. Don’t complain. As our crime rate and murders sets new standards. Don’t complain. As our dreams and our children’s ambitions are being mortgaged away and our homes foreclosed on. Don’t Complain. As a singer of songs once sang “The Man Finally Let You Make Some Money And You Fools Give It All Back” BLACK PAGES INTERNATIONAL

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Robert Renteria CEO of The Barrio Foundation

Robert Renteria’s From The Barrio Foundation We Do Have A Solution To Stopping The Violence! In 2012 we suffered over 500 murders in Chicago that makes us the number #1 most violent city in the nation. Additionally, we are also the highest in school drop-outs amongst minority students across the country. I want you to please look into the program "From the Barrio to the Classroom", a bilingual book series with curricula that serves as a road map to teach our kids the secrets to success. As a Latino Civic Leader, I am appalled that people continue pointing fingers and blaming other people for the serious issues we have with our kids killing kids and not taking on the responsibility, and also for not being part of the solution. The Barrio program is a solution that has already been tested and proven by hundreds of thousands of kids of all ages, races, religions and economic backgrounds. That is why we have decided to launch a global initiative called "SAFE STREETS", an initiative and program designed to reduce the negative impact of community inequalities and violence. How many more kids have to die? How many more panel discussions, marches, stand downs and talking about the problems must we have before you decide to make a difference? If you are reading this message I am calling on YOU, our concerned citizens, corporations, community groups, political leaders, churches and the private sector to contact us and join our movement. We invite you, all of you to pick up the phone and call us and to help us to deliver the Barrio program to our kids throughout the entire State of Illinois and then beyond. Everyday our kids, your kids are being slaughtered on the streets like farm animals, so let’s stand up together and be champions of this place that we call home and join the initiative "SAFE STREETS" so that we all say that we were part of the solution. If you have kids and they are in a gang, being bullied, a school dropout, doing drugs or worst, been murdered then I am begging you to help us to STOP THE VIOLENCE here in Chicago! We are building a coalition (an army), you can help us to save lives by getting involved, please pick up the phone and call me personally. Robert Renteria Author/Civic Leader Email: Direct: 312-933-5619 Website:

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Circle Family Care CEO was born to serve Health care network leader recalls her humble start as a single mom dawned on her that she could be "counting pennies" the rest of her life. That realization motivated her to go to college. She and her young son lived on grits in the years when she started college. "In the months when we had extra money, we'd have butter with our grits," she recalled. "After we got through those years, I couldn't eat grits for a long time." The Madison Street headquarters of Circle Family Heath Care is where CEO Andre Hines runs the six-site health care organization of about 120 employees. For Hines, it's all about serving the community, a belief she's had since childhood. "I have a heart to serve," said the leader of the nonprofit Chicago network that provides a full range of medical and behavioral services to more than 60,000 patients a year. "The work that I do, in my opinion, is a mission. It's not just another job. My heart is to serve where the needs are the greatest." Hines credits her mother for instilling in her the desire to serve. Her mom, an ordained minister, moved her family to Chicago from Gulfport, Miss. in the 1970s. Hines was working as a receptionist in a health care facility while struggling as a single parent earning a minimum-wage salary. That's when it

After receiving a bachelor of arts in public administration from Roosevelt University-followed by an internship, a master's degree, and two post-graduate fellowshipsHines received a doctorate from Central Michigan University last year. Now Hines leads Circle Family, which has three community health centers: one on 4909 W. Division St. near Cicero, one in Rock Church at the corner of Parkside and Central and one in Austin High School. There is also a behavioral health facility in Humboldt Park and a mental health residential facility in Albany Park. Hines is especially proud of Circle Family's mobile health vehicle, staffed by a physician, counselors and case managers who bring the network's services to 22 communities. Many of the stops are at homeless shelters. What attracted her to Circle Fam-

ily, headquartered at 5002 W. Madison, was that it not only served those with the greatest needs, but also was unashamedly Christian-in both its vision and practice. "The mission of [Circle Family] is in line with who I am," she said. "We begin our weekly staff meetings with devotions. I wanted to work at a place where we can feel comfortable praying." Hines resides in Forest Park, a western suburb of Chicago. She attends Living Word Christian Center because she feels that Bill Winston, the church's pastor, applies the gospel to everyday life. "I always knew that when 'I grow up,' I want to live in Forest Park," she said with a smile. Hines has some clear ideas on health care reform and those who resist it. She recently wrote in Circle Family's latest newsletter: "We live in a system designed to separate us into the 'haves' and 'have-nots.' I believe God is using the government to provide avenues to greater health care for everyone and particularly the poor.

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Ana Flores Real-estate broker Century 21 SRG About Ana Ana Flores has been successfully selling properties for years in the Chicago area. Ana’s desire to help people to achieve their dreams was the reason she got involved in the real estate business. She genuinely cares for everybody who surrounds her. This combined with her friendly personality and eagerness to help others makes her a great addition to the real estate industry and our firm. Ana’s positive attitude, enthusiasm, and dedication are what her clients love and appreciate the most. She makes them feel that all of their real estate needs and goals will be taken care of and successfully accomplished. Ana has great negotiating skills which is a valuable benefit to buyers and sellers. She makes the process of buying and selling a home as easy and successful as possible. She will hold the clients best interest in the highest regard throughout the process.

I am a happy, positive, and energetic person. I love learning new things and meeting new people. What is your current career title or dream job? Realtor Background/Education/Experience

She values and respects every clients time by being as efficient and effective as possible. Ana also takes the time to explain each step of the process and acts as a guide to help buyers and sellers to make informed decisions. Furthermore, if a seller needs help to determine the value of the property, Ana will provide the seller with a Comparative Market Analysis in order to help the seller set the right price. For buyers, Ana makes sure she explains alternative methods of purchasing and/or financing before clients embark on the search of finding their new home. In all, Ana believes her mission is to bring the best of her knowledge and skills to ad d value to every transaction, and she takes pride in the trust her clients place in her. The most important thing for Ana is having a long-term successful relationship with every client she works with.

Bachelor's in Classics, Teaching at the City Colleges of Chicago, Realtor for 3 years. Organizations & clubs NHSN, United Southwest Chamber of Commerce, and ITBSOL What languages do you speak? English and Spanish Looking for: networking, friendships Please contact Ana Flores for your Real-estate needs. 1823 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60616

phone: 312.-326.2121 fax: 312.326.7911

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Help my business is dying: How do I save my business!

How do I save my business is the sec ond question that I am asked the most. Many people end up closing their doors when their business can be saved. Being in business is huge investment of time and money. How do you know when it it’s time to give up and walk away? You business starts with you and your family needs. You need to stay in business? This is what you need! Income: Is your business bringing in money; If the answer is no, this is what you can do to change it. Make a budget and start cutting cost. Get rid of things that are not being used. Updated your systems. How does your business run? When is the last time you updated or even automated your systems? You are only as good as the systems you work on. If your systems are outdated or not computerized you are a dinosaur. Evaluate the management including you. Review all employees’ performance including yours. Start doing performance reviews. Have someone that you trust give their opinion in your business for one week. Let them give you an overall view of you and your staff. This can be hard to hear. Cut the dead weight. It’s hard in a small business to fire or layoff people. Times are tough and this is your business. You cannot care more for your employ-

ees than you care for yourself and your family. Change the way you market your business. If you are heavy in advertising switch to doing PR. People are saturated with advertising these days. Most people fast forward during commercials. Start driving people to your doors with publicity over advertising. How do you start a PR campaign? Start a group, or become a sponsor. Sponsorship cost very little money. To sponsor an event, partner with local business. Start by sponsoring a church event or community event. Churches love back to school events. For the cost of donated school supplies you introduce your business to the whole congregation. Start networking, public speaking for events and groups. Write articles about your business. Become active in your community. Go where you customers are. Join social networks on the web. Expand your business reach. If your business just operates in your city expand by creating a website. Introduce your business to surrounding cities. Join the chamber of commerce in other cities and join networking groups and trade associations in different cities. Government and city contracts. Did you know that the government and city contacts are in every industry? Check your local government and city websites. Improve your customer service. Invite your customers for a coffee chat. Go to that local café and ask if you could invite your customers in for an event. Ask for the space for free in exchange for bringing in new business. Don’t be cheap buy coffee and pastries for your

clients from the café. Don’t do a hard sell. Be social, make if fun and have a door prize (donated by a local business) or a gift certificate from the café. Give everyone a survey about your customer service. Read it and take it seriously and make changes Pay your bills and start making arrangements. Don’t avoid your creditors. Deal with them honestly. If you don’t have the money to pay them now, see if you can start paying in small amounts to show good faith. Everyone will not agree, but this is a good start. Treat you employees with respect tell them what is going on. All your employee may not stay with you. This will give you an opportunity to know who is loyal and what is going on in your business. Put your money in the bank not in your pocket. Pay your bills and employees from your bank account not your pocket. You will better records. Don’t for get to pay yourself. Even if it is a little money pay yourself. Change the look of your business. Cleaning and Painting is the least expensive way to update the look of your business. If your business is not clean of disorganized, clean it up and get it organized. If you need new furniture don’t go on a shopping spree. Go one craigslist or a secondhand furniture store. Think like a client, if you cannot keep your business clean and organized, you will turn them off. Written by Yvonne Spear

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ARE MOST OF YOUR ASSETS IN YOUR CLOSET OR GARAGE? Are you the best dressed? Drive the best Car? In this economy you may look like a million dollars, but what are you really worth? Do you spend your money on cars and clothing? You may look good, but what you are really passing on to your children is a lifestyle of living above their means and consumer debt. Teach your children financial literacy. Know the difference between assets and liabilities. Assets are things that have value. Assets are savings, real-estate, businesses, investments, ira’s, cd and money markets. Liabilities are what you owe. What’s your net worth? Add all you assets together, and then add all you liabilities. Then minus you’re liabilities from your assets. That will equal your net worth. Is your bottom line smaller that you thought? How can you improve it? Make a plan. 1. Start with how much you are paying out every month? 2. Take one week and write down everything you spend. After the first week, see what you can reduce. 3. Make a budget. 4. Start saving, save ten percent of your salary. If you make $30,000 a year and saved 10 percent. Your will save $3,000 a year. It may sound like a small amount. In ten years you will have $30,000. 5. Next work on your credit; find out what’s on your credit. Get all three of your credit scores. Don’t fall for credit repair scams. Join a credit guard program. Correct all mistakes. 6. Make a financial plan. Start small, don’t buy that star bucks coffee or that lunch out. Instead for one week put the money into in an envelope instead. At the end of the week see how much you have saved. Next multiply that money times 52. That is how much you can save in a year by cutting back on little things. Now deposit that money every week. 7. Join a 401k plan at work. 8. Buy a home or a condo. Owning is always better that renting. In this current market, there are more homes on the market. You can find a great home for less money than you would have paid during the housing boom. Start a business; you may say you cannot afford to start a business. You cannot afford not to start a business. Use that idea that you have had on the shelf for years. Even if your business makes $300 a month, that’s $3,600 a year. You could save extra $1,000 in an investment account and watch your money grow. You can put $ 600.00 towards your child’s collage education. With the other $2,000 can pay toward the balance of your credit cards. Also there are numerous taxes benefits to owning a business. If you spend $300.00 a month on clothes and $500.00 a month on a car note, and $1000.00 a month on rent. That is $21,600 a year. In five years you have spent $108,000. You may live in that fancy high rise building but you are in giving away money. Invest in your future not your landlords. By making small changes in your spending you can become financially stable. Instead of passing on debt to your family pass on a financial legacy. Written by Yvonne Spear

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Real Men Cook Real Men non-for Cook® was launched hurches, profits and in 1990, and it became the largest businesses have always been the family celebration in the country. cornerstones our communiIt is presentedof annually on Father's Day, and has been forin 19our ties. These organizations consecutive years. Father’s Day communities cannot meet some 2009 will be the 20th Anniversary of the basicinneeds of their resicelebration ten leading cities, dents. will spirit they turn? but theWhere reach and goes far beyond theand citycommunity limits and even Churches orinfluences and creates family serganizations are struggling to stay vice afloat. and celebration traditions throughout the country, in the Bahamas, on the Continent Africa, in LonIn today's marketofthe church and don and Paris. non- for- profits are a business. Churches, profits and Today, RealnonMen for Cook® is the leading urban businesses areFather's lookingDay for experiways ence. It’s a food tasting family celeto earn money to keep their probration featuring men volunteering grams A combination of to cook afloat. for and serve the commuconsultation, grants, programs nity. Ticket sales proceeds are enjoyed by partnering non-profit that will increase the bottom orline ganizations in ten cities. Cooking and workforce development opis an example for what men are tions be for thetheir key families to keeping willingcan to do and your doors open. communities, giving up Father’s Day pampering to make a difference. Millions more share the experience through interactive news programming and media coverage that reached over 136 million media audience impressions in 2002 and over 200 million last year. That's worth over $5 million in value in a single year. Beyond the media value is the intrinsic value of the Real Men® brand. It points up the value and contribution of the males to healthy families and communities. Real Men cause us to focus on not just the biological father, but men who make a difference in families and communities. Men and especially women alike appreciate and celebrate this concept.

Even then-Senator Barack Obama, now The President of the United States, is among the thousands of men who have rolled up their sleeves and donned a Real Men Cook® bandana, apron or chef’s hat to make a difference and change the way Father’s Day is celebrated for the benefit of others. As a result, over $1 million in ticket sales proceeds and donations have been generated by Real Men Cook® to nonprofit partners and organizations that serve families and communities. Now in the 20th year, Real Men Cook® includes average dads and father-figures, leading celebrities and elected officials, both Eddie and Gerald Levert hosted Real Men Cook® for two years. Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and current president of the National Urban League has cooked, served and hosted Real Men Cook®.

The mission of Real Men Charities, Inc. is to positively improve the way the world celebrates family and community by increasing the proportion of opportunities for committed and detached males to become involved, responsible, and committed fathers for the good of all communities, families and youth.

Founders Moyo/Jackson family photo Real Men Cook 1999 10th year celebration

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Dare To Soar Event Sponsors and Speakers

Ana Flores Century 21 SRG

Eugene Dilinado Black Pages International

John Porter

Bryan Hudson

Branding and Marketing Expert

Chicago Southside N A A C P Ac t - S o P r o g r a m

Barbra Giles Tillman Author

Real Jackson President Real Men Cook

Dr. Andre Hines CEO Circle Family Healthcare

Travis Percy

Willie Jones ADT

Artist Michael Paul Anderson

Ed Gardner Founder of Soft Sheen Products

Robert Renteria Author

National Black Wall street

Lula Bee Live Radio host

Derek Walvoord Tax Increment Financing

Mark Allen President National Black Wall Street


market for your product? Need: Why now and what is the impact on the current market. Benefits: How can it change the current market: Legalities: What is your legal entity? Are you a sole proprietor, partnership, corporation or what kind of corporation. Do you need a business license, trademarks, copy writes or patents?

Starting a business is exciting and scary. With all kinds of information of there were do you start. Start with you and what you want to do. You are the best guide and resource you have. Here are some guidelines to help you get started. Passion: What do you love to do even if you did not get paid to do it? Motivation: What drives you? Why are you starting this business? Features: What are the features of your business? Is it a product or service? Advantage: How will it serve your customers? Is there a need for your business? Why would they want to buy it? Product: What is the product or service that you are selling? Define the product and the concept. What is the target

Innovations: Many small businesses have changed the way we do things. In the last ten years many small business have changed our lives from smart cell phones to the Face book. It all starts with an idea. Financing or Bootstrapping: How is this going to be financed? Start with a plan. How much money do you have? No money start small. Bootstrapping is starting your business by making sales or commissions. Get your clientele in a service business and start working. This is common in service related businesses such as office and house cleaning services, consultants, virtual assistants, tech services, home daycare, personal trainers, interior design, house and building cleanouts and lawn care. Marketplace: Where will you do

this business? Many business start at home. If you cannot start at home look into at virtual office. There are many virtual office services around the country. For a small monthly fee you can have a business address to meet clients and receive mail. If this is not an option for you start an internet based business. All you need is a website. Yahoo has yahoo small business. You can setup your website and email for as little as $38.00. Also you can open an online store with Yahoo or Amazon. People ask when the best time to start a business is. People always have excuses, I have no money is the number one excuse. If you are unemployed and out of money that is the number one reason to start a business. You can see this as an opportunity to do what you really want to do, not just what you get paid to do. There are several businesses you can start with very little money. Now is the time to work on making your dreams come true? Written by Yvonne Spear

Publisher’s Page Yvonne Spear

Yvonne Spear

Carol Reed

Our organization recognizes that it is uniquely suited to provide a cycle of philanthropy that advances multicultural communities to new heights, as each generation of men and women gives back to the next. It is an exciting time to be engaged as a business man or woman, and perhaps, a more exciting time to be a part of the Multicultural Community Project.

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