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Black Business Month: Local woman receives $100k grant to start business

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www.youtube.com – News 10 – 2023-08-29 10:14:20

SUMMARY: The content discusses the personal experience of someone with seborrheic dermatitis and their frustration with finding effective products. They decided to create their own solutions by researching the benefits of probiotics and incorporating them into their products. The author also highlights the high prevalence of dandruff and eczema, as well as the association with anxiety and depression. They offer advice to business owners, emphasizing the importance of finding support, continuously learning, and seeking funding opportunities. The content concludes by emphasizing the significance of celebrating Black-owned businesses and the need for increased support and funding.

What inspired you to address the problem of eczema in this way?
As someone with Seborrheic dermatitis, I understand all too well not getting to fully express myself out of insecurities around my scalp, and after 20 years of experimenting with different products, I was frustrated enough to make my own solutions. I researched probiotics and eczema and found numerous studies on their benefits for itch relief, wounds, wrinkles, and more, so it made sense to fight bacteria with bacteria, essentially. We combine these pre- and probiotic ingredients with plants and herbs that can grow in our bayous and it's a way for me to honor my grandmother, Beatrice, and my heritage. The numbers are also astounding, because 90% of black Americans have dandruff and 50% of all people do, many don't even report it nor know they have it. 30% of people with an eczema, like dandruff or Seborrheic dermatitis, what I have, also have anxiety or depression. It tells us that too many people are suffering, maybe in silence, and the market size tells us that we are all looking for natural remedies that can work for our sensitive skin.

What advice do you have to business owners who want to start a cosmetic company?

1) Find your tribe. Starting a business can be lonely and filled with long days. You'll want the support of being able to call a fellow founder friend. So get involved in the Opportunity Machine in Lafayette, or reach out to the local Chamber and Black Chamber of Commerce. SBA and ULL also work together to provide business resources and even funding. Apex Accelerators is another local resource. 2) Building a business is building yourself so get to learning. Books, , and Youtube are great to type in any question you have and find solutions. You will have to practice stretching your comfort zones and getting out there. 3) FIND FREE MONEY! I encourage any business to go to grants.gov for grant listings, but also subscribe to industry newsletter emails that already gather these lists for their audience. For example, I subscribe to Mogul Millennial, Fearless Fund, Female Founder World, EnrichHER, iFund HER.

Why is it important to celebrate Black Business Month?

Black-owned businesses generated $150.2 billion in gross revenue as recently as 2012, but there would be so much more if more black-owned businesses were properly funded to be set up for success. As a society, we know that we need to support underfunded and vulnerable businesses, but there has, for many years, been a perpetuated lie that black-owned means less quality or deliverability, so people from all backgrounds tend to look down on black-owned businesses. It is so important that we take time to highlight the outstanding businesses right here in our communities. Our kids see EVERYTHING we do as a society. Why not make sure we show them ALL kinds of representation? Buy from, share, affiliate, fully support black-owned businesses as the new norm.

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Cowboys pitch their way to first win – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2024-02-23 21:22:17

SUMMARY: The McNeese State Cowboys secured their first season win, defeating New Mexico State 2-1 at Joe Miller Ballpark. Zach Voss and Cameron LeJeune, combining pitching efforts, limited the Aggies to five hits and collectively struck out 12 batters. Voss recovered from an earlier loss with a career-high seven strikeouts over 5⅔ innings, while LeJeune earned his first Cowboy win, closing the game with 3⅓ innings and five strikeouts. Key hits from Chase Keeton and Connor Westenburg contributed to the victory. The series against New Mexico State continues, with Ty Abraham starting the next game for McNeese against Aggie Josh Sharman.

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Trump’s lawyers call for dismissal of classified documents case, citing presidential immunity | KTVE

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www.myarklamiss.com – AP – 2024-02-23 18:46:03

SUMMARY: Former President Donald Trump has asked a Florida judge to dismiss the criminal case against him, arguing that presidential immunity protects him from prosecution. Trump's lawyers claim that his alleged designation of the classified documents as “personal” records under the Presidential Records Act is an “official act” made while he was still in the White House. Trump is facing four criminal cases and denies any wrongdoing, presenting himself as a victim of a politically motivated justice system. The federal appeals court recently rejected Trump's claim of absolute immunity for actions within his official job duties.

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Teen charged with second-degree murder of homeless man

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www.youtube.com – – 2024-02-23 18:24:09

SUMMARY: A teenager has been arrested for sexually assaulting and beating a homeless man to death in New Orleans. The victim, identified as Marty Williams, was known to live in the area where he was found. Police arrested 19-year-old Joel Warren and charged him with second-degree murder after surveillance footage captured the attack. Williams, who was mentally disabled, had been homeless for over 10 years and was highly vulnerable. Homeless individuals, like Williams, are at a higher risk of being victimized, as seen in this tragic case. Outreach workers had previously engaged with Williams, but had not seen him in over a year.

NOPD says a teenager is behind bars for sexually assaulting and beating a homeless man to death.

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