06 28 2016
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From time to time, everybody can use a helping hand. Whether you're looking for work and need some assistance polishing your resume, or whether you're a business owner trying to get past those critical first few years, a helping hand at the right time can make all the difference.

Fortunately for workers and business owners in certain parts of North and Northeast Portland, just such a helping hand exists.


SEATTLE—Journalists of color represented only 13.87 percent of the staff in America's daily newsrooms in 2005, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors' 29th annual newsroom census, released recently.

That percentage represented a nearly invisible increase from last year's census, which identified 13.42 percent of daily journalists as belonging to racial and ethnic minority groups.

About one-quarter of U.S. daily newspapers do not employ a single minority journalist. This year, 377 newspapers reported no minority newsroom employees.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—A new Web site is available that connects African American businesses with consumers.
Called the "African American Connection," the Web site includes African American-owned businesses, employees and non-African American-owned businesses that want to serve the African American community.

Charles Bowlds, founder and CEO of Web site, called it a "self-reliant action born of both need and necessity."


Sen. John Kerry

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has introduced the Minority Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pilot Program to encourage small business growth among minority populations nationwide.

The legislation creates a $24 million grant program to develop entrepreneurial curricula at historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and Hispanic-serving institutions.


Kaiser Permanente is launching an outreach and mentoring program to help minority contractors compete for construction projects the hospital is planning in Portland during the next several years.

More than $1.7 billion in construction projects are planned for Oregon and Washington, with most of that in the Portland area, said Joanna Davison, manager of National Facilities Services Diversity for Kaiser.

But just as construction plans are coming on line for Kaiser, local construction crews are heading out of Portland and down to Louisiana to rebuild New Orleans and other towns. The new program will help "build our pool of contractors" for the future, she said.


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