Best and Worst Payment Merchants for Startups

One of the most important business components for any start-up is determining how to collect payment from customers. While there are lots of payment processing providers out there it’s imperative to take your time to assess the respective pros and cons in determining which is best suited to your unique business needs.

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11-year old Santana Draper designs eco-friendly fashion to feed hungry kids

With everything going on in the world today it’s easy to lose sight of the inspiring work happening around us. A particular inspiration that comes to mind is young entrepreneur Santana Draper, whose eco-friendly fashion company PaperToyClothing creates hip designs for young men and boys, all while fulfilling Santana’s mission to help feed hungry children in the Houston area.

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More with less: 3 tips for growing your business with limited capital

Did you know that while women of color encounter the most challenges in attaining sufficient resources to establish their own businesses, they remain among the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the country?

According to a report by the Center for Women’s Business Research titled The Economic Impact of Women-Owned Businesses in the United States, African American and Latina businesswomen, in particular, have experienced a respective 133.3% and 191.4% growth rate across a ten-year time span (from 1997 to 2007). This means that, of approximately eight million U.S. businesses owned by women, Blacks and Hispanics have a three to five times greater chance of launching their own companies.

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#HarlemDemoDay to connect local startups with industry experts and funding resources

Seeking expert advice and seed-funding for your venture? April 23rd’s “Harlem Demo Day” will offer Harlem and Bronx start-ups the opportunity to pitch their unique business ideas before an esteemed panel of judges in consideration for a series of prizes – including free packages to work out of HarlemGarage, in-kind services from local business partners, and more. The event will take place from 6:00p-9:00p at the Harlem Garage, located at 318 West 118th Street in New York.

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