Famous Amos Small Business Grant for Black Entrepreneurs

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Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage

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Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Launches COVID.gov, a New One-Stop Shop Website for Vaccines, Tests, Treatments, Masks, and the Latest COVID-⁠19 Information

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https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/30/fact-sheet-biden-administration-launches-covid-gov-a-new-one-stop-shop-website-for-vaccines-tests-treatments-masks-and-the-latest-covid-19-information/?utm_source=link

Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases Action Plan to Address Racial and Ethnic Bias in Home Valuations

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https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/23/fact-sheet-biden-harris-administration-releases-action-plan-to-address-racial-and-ethnic-bias-in-home-valuations/

RESIDENT BIDEN NOMINATESKETANJI BROWN JACKSONTO SERVE ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

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How to Prepare for a Career-Related Relocation

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Choose a fitting location

When scoping out your new town, there are a few key characteristics to consider when narrowing down the neighborhoods you might move to. First, if you’ll be going to an office regularly, you likely want a spot that allows for an easy commute. If you plan to take public transportation, look for places that are close to a stop. Second, if you have children, school districts are worth looking at. If you have a dog, you might want to be near parks or other green spaces. Finally, consider proximity to amenities like grocery stores and pharmacies. 

Find the perfect place to live

Once you have the location narrowed down, you can start looking for your dream home. Scope out the average prices using online tools to see what you can expect to pay in your chosen area. It’s best to get preapproved for a mortgage before you start shopping around, as this will allow you to go quickly and make an offer fast once you find a place you like. If you close a deal rapidly, you may end up buying a new home before selling your old one. In this case, Redfin recommends requesting an extended closing to buy yourself more time.

Pack and prepare for movers

Once you have your new house, you can start packing up your life at your old place. Before you start, declutter to get rid of items you no longer need, saving you the hassle of moving extra objects. You can then find a moving company to transport your goods. When looking for a mover, ensure they are registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation and request an estimate. Further, ask what insurance they offer to protect your belongings.

Take care of the administrative aspects of moving

Before you start settling into your new house, there are a few pesky administrative items to check off your to-do list. For example, you’ll need to get water, electricity, and other utilities set up in your new home. If you have a vehicle and have moved to a new state, you’ll need to update the registration. You may also want to provide the U.S. postal service with a forwarding address, ensuring all your mail is properly rerouted to your new home.

Get your new place move-in ready

Your new house likely won’t be 100% move-in ready upon arrival. Before you unpack, give the place a deep clean, removing dust and grime to protect your belongings. Life Storage Blog also recommends changing the locks after you move in, swapping out air filters in the HVAC systems, and installing basic safety tools as soon as possible. For example, place a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and install smoke detectors throughout the home.

Connect with your new community

A big part of a successful move is integrating into your community, ensuring you feel at home in your new surroundings. Making efforts to connect with your neighbors can help adults and kids alike adapt. When you first arrive, make a point of saying hi to your neighbors. You can also host a housewarming party. Another option is to use apps like Nextdoor or MyCoop to find out what’s going on in your area.

Moving with a family in tow can be tough—especially when you’re also getting ready to start a new job. Careful planning will help enhance efficiency and minimize stress. The above guide provides the information you need to get your move done.

Adam Evans (author) has worked in a variety of educational roles, from substitution to full-time teaching to administration positions. Currently a full-time private tutor, he likes to spend his free time exploring museums and natural wonders of the West Coast with his wife and their sons.

5 Types of Business Apps to Maximize Your Time

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Free time is an elusive concept for many business owners. According to a survey, 68% of entrepreneurs reported they work 40 hours or more a week. One way you can build some leisure time into your schedule is to harness time-saving technology. Please review the five apps below to help you do just that.

1. Mobile Scanning

For business owners on the go, ZenBusiness recommends downloading a mobile scanning app, which can be a terrific time-saving tool. Instead of collecting paper documents to file or scan on desktop equipment, mobile scanning applications use the camera on your smartphone. The app guides you through the process, providing screen marks to help you line up your document. Optical character recognition translates your scan into text you can search and edit. With mobile scanning, you can send documents from your phone and keep your critical paperwork organized, no matter where you are.

2. Travel Planning

Whether you need to drive to a business convention, create a conference itinerary or plan your family vacation, you can find an appropriate travel-planning app. There are applications designed specifically for road trips and others that precisely track schedules and budgets. Others allow you to collaborate with family, friends, or colleagues to design your trip. You can also find travel apps that collect and organize your travel ideas and inspiration without the planning functionality.

3. Budgeting

As a business owner, you can’t be too careful with your finances. Tracking every dollar is essential to understanding what’s working for your company — and what isn’t.

You can sync budgeting apps with your bank and credit card companies. The applications track and categorize your income and spending. You can design a budget with custom categories and follow your monthly spending. Many budgeting apps can analyze trends and create forecasts.

4. Focus

It’s easy for entrepreneurs to find themselves knee-deep in several circumstances at once. When you have a situation that requires your full attention, though, you can use an app that helps you focus.

The Pomodoro Technique divides tasks into time intervals with built-in breaks. The idea is to focus completely on the task during the interval and avoid distraction until the timer goes off. Other apps track the amount of time you spend on tasks, allowing you to manage them and see when and where your productivity is the highest. In addition, focus-based applications can help you break down the tasks that weigh on your mind so that you can manage and complete them and remove their distraction.

5. Project Management

Large projects usually require multiple steps, deadlines, resources, and people. A project management application helps you keep track of what’s currently happening. You can assign tasks to team members, visualize steps on a timeline or calendar, track time, and schedule meetings. Project management apps can also store relevant external files such as spreadsheets, images, and other documents.

Using apps that boost productivity can help you manage your work time more efficiently, giving you more free time to enjoy personal pursuits or plan your next business strategy. Whatever your business goals are, you can find an application to help you accomplish them. 

​​Writer: Lucy Reed

Help is Here: The American Rescue Plan Delivers Major Tax Relief for Families with Children

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Free rides to and from 80,000 COVID19 vaccination sites

Uber and Lyft will offer free rides to and from 80,000 #COVID19 vaccination sites. We know that many people want to get vaccinated but can’t because they don’t have access to transportation. This announcement is a crucial step toward removing this barrier.

Source: Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General

The Artistic Discovery Contest

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Art Competition | Representative Ayanna Pressley (house.gov)

2021 Congressional Art Competition

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Art Competition | Congresswoman Alma Adams (house.gov)

The YES Project : 2021 Action Roundtable Application

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YES Project 2021 ART Application (jotform.com)

Black Voters Matter Current Job Openings (2/9/2021)

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https://bvmcapacity.bamboohr.com/jobs/

The Belle Collective Business Grant

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www.oprah.com/thebellegrant