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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

Oregon gun-storage proposal won't make November ballot

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians will not be voting this fall on a proposal to require safe gun storage.Supporters of the initiative petition said Wednesday there isn't enough time to obtain the more than 88,000 valid signatures necessary to get the item on the November ballot.They had until...

Oregon Senator sues governor, state revenue department

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator has filed a lawsuit against top lawmakers and the governor, saying the passage of a controversial March tax measure violated the state constitution.Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, Oregon, filed the suit Tuesday in state tax court, naming...

Suspect arrested in 1986 killing of 12-year-old Tacoma girl

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Tacoma police have arrested a man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago.The News Tribune reports 66-year-old Gary Hartman was booked into Pierce County Jail Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Michella...

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so .Throughout American history,...

The Latest: Messi gets a chance to save face against Croatia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local):12:16 a.m.Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup.Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi...

Ex-NAACP chief who posed as black pleads not guilty to fraud

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black pleaded not guilty to welfare fraud on Wednesday.Nkechi Diallo, formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, made a brief appearance in Spokane County...

ENTERTAINMENT

Jimmy Fallon reveals personal pain following Trump fallout

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon is opening up about the personal anguish he felt following the backlash to his now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump.The host of "The Tonight Show" tells The Hollywood Reporter he "made a mistake" and apologized "if I made anyone mad." He adds...

After 4,000 episodes, a halt for Jerry Springer's show

NEW YORK (AP) — Somehow it doesn't seem right for Jerry Springer to exit quietly.There should be one last thrown chair or a bleep-filled tirade, at the very least. Instead, it was announced with no fanfare this week that he will stop making new episodes of his memorably raucous talk show,...

Peter Fonda apologizes for 'vulgar' Barron Trump tweet

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Fonda apologized Wednesday for a late-night Twitter rant in which he suggested 12-year-old Barron Trump should be ripped from "his mother's arms and put in a cage with pedophiles."The all-capitals tweet in the wee hours went on to call President Donald Trump an...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency...

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant...

Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Trump's decision to separate...

Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

MOSCOW (AP) — Burger King has apologized for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who...

Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once...

Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were...

Be your own Boss session at Self Enhancement Inc.
By Donovan M. Smith | The Skanner News

Go to school. Get a job. Make a career.

It’s the most commonly promoted path for the American worker. But Self Enhancement Inc. has a different message this summer: work for yourself.

“Be Your Own Boss” is the title of an in-progress workshop series the North Portland nonprofit is offering this summer to empower Black Americans with the knowledge necessary to be a successful entrepreneur in today’s field.

“I think it’s just really important to give opportunities, just kind of leveling that playing field of access to opportunities to be your own boss, to start your own business,” said Melissa Hicks, community and family programs supervisor at Self Enhancement Inc.

SEI filled all 20 of its available spots within hours of announcing the program last month, according to Hicks.

Workshop topics include transforming an idea to a business, marketing, reaching the right customer and perhaps the most important thing in the business world: building revenue.

In addition to the program for adults, SEI is also offering entrepreneur classes at their middle and high school programs this summer. In the program titled Black Oregon Social Startup Innovators (or “BOSSI”), students will create their own logo and poster for the business along with an executive summary of their mission all of which will be also be on display during the pitch fest.

Twenty high school students will spend a month learning about the unique business opportunities available to Oregonians, and subsequently use that knowledge to create their own imaginary startup, complete with a business plan.

The startups will then be pitched to area professionals, in an event mirroring the popular ABC television series “Shark Tank,” on Aug. 4 at Self Enhancement Inc., in an event that is free and open to the public.

The middle school students are exploring what building their own business to solve a community problem would look like — so-called “social entrepreneurship.”

Nadya Okamoto, a 17-year-old senior at Catlin Gabel who started her own non-profit, Camions of Care, distributing feminine hygiene products to houseless women several years ago will serve as a facilitator for BOSSI, working with peers not much younger than her.

The possibility of creating one’s own business, Okomoto said, is not something most kids her age think about.

“I think that’s my favorite part about working with SEI, is that they are so aware about the issues that are happening in their community and they’re aware of the injustices. But they’ve really never considered their ability to create change, and I think that’s why this program is so empowering,” said Okomoto.

As for the adults, they’ll have an array of area-professionals come in to share their expertise.

Leaders include Joy Davis of Design+Culture Lab, Tique Box founder, Paige Hendrix, startup mentor Dwayne Johnson, and founder of the nonprofit bar Oregon Public House Stephen Green.

The Small Business Administration will also come in to share with the aspiring business-owners opportunities for government contracts, something Hicks says is an underutilized resource by Blacks in business.

Hicks points out that often funding opportunities for startups are small due to the high risk that comes with new ventures.

“A lot of folks shy away from that because it’s like, ‘The government, that’s scary,’” Hicks. “Catering [is an option] -- they hold workshops and events. There’s lawn care for their public events, there’s a lot of opportunities for the people to have the government as one of their customers and I don’t think that’s well known.”

Overall, Hicks said the programming being offered by SEI this summer is about sharing resources and knowledge, and possibly create some new ways of thinking about Oregon entrepreneurship.

“It’s up to them whatever business they come up with — whatever idea they’re looking at,” Hick said.

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