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Entrepreneurship: How do I get my product into stores

Entrepreneurship: How do I get my product into stores

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY Over the years I have come across some pretty unique products invented by folks eager to earn a profit from their product development of prototypes, samples and/or creations. From cookies to generators and sauce to hair products, the ideas are plentiful. But it takes a team and a plan to truly succeed on a large scale.

Now there is a difference between having your product placed in a few "mom and pop" stores and having them in Wal-Mart stores across the country. Let's discuss what it takes to bring your product to "retail ready."

Have a plan

An organized plan makes the process much easier to accomplish. The plan is the map to introduce the product and/or brand to retail. Decide early on if the plan is to "go small" or "go big" box retail. But either way, a plan is needed. Consider starting small, which may include flea markets, farmer's markets and smaller retail stores. Once you have a track record and a sales record, larger stores may gain interest.

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‘PBS NewsHour’ names Gwen Ifill & Judy Woodruff co-anchors and managing editors

‘PBS NewsHour’ names Gwen Ifill & Judy Woodruff co-anchors and managing editors

LOS ANGELES – Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be co-anchors and managing editors for the "PBS NewsHour," according to an announcement made Monday (Aug. 5) at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

Ifill and Woodruff will anchor the broadcast together Monday through Thursday each week. On Fridays, Woodruff will anchor solo as Ifill hosts "Washington Week" that evening. This will mark the first time a network broadcast has had a female co-anchor team.

It was also announced that Hari Sreenivasan will serve as senior correspondent for the "PBS Newshour" with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, reporting several times a week from WNET's Tisch Studios in New York, along with his duties anchoring "PBS Newshour Weekend" Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 7.

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Bernard Bronner is Loving This Life

Bernard Bronner is Loving This Life

    …. And why wouldn’t he? The 52-year- old head of one of the world’s most iconic black hair care businesses has wisely parlayed his time at the company’s helm into not only expandin

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director

Entrepreneurship: Stepping out on faith

Entrepreneurship: Stepping out on faith

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY Stepping out on true faith, Monique Clark voluntarily left Corporate America to start her own company. In partnership with her husband, Kenneth, Mrs. Clark created Infinite Clean, a full service maintenance company with a concentration on public and private sector. Having been moved by the wisdom of their 11-year-old son, The Clarks have not looked back. Join us for a two part article as Monique shares her journey with us.

Carlee McCullough: Tell us about yourself.

Monique Clark: I am originally from Sacramento, Calif. I have been married to Mr. Kenneth B. Clark for 23 years. We have six children and six grandchildren. I moved to Memphis fifteen years ago to assist my husband in caring for his grandmother who was 88 years old at the time.

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Google to make Starbucks Wi-Fi 10 times faster

Google to make Starbucks Wi-Fi 10 times faster

Google is teaming up with Starbucks to make Wi-Fi at its coffee shops 10 times faster.

Over the next 18 months, Google will be upgrading all 7,000 company-operated Starbucks locations in the United States. Starbucks already offers free Wi-Fi at its coffee shops, but the company said faster Internet speeds will give it a competitive advantage.

"Our goal is to continue to provide our customers with the best in-store experience possible, and we are excited to offer these kinds of unparalleled experiences at a broad scale," said Adam Brotman, Starbucks' chief digital officer.

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  • Written by Katie Lobosco/CNNMoney

The ABCs of bonds

The ABCs of bonds

MONEY MATTERS Bonds are issued by federal, state, and local governments; agencies of the U.S. government; and corporations. There are three basic types of bonds: U.S. Treasury, municipal, and corporate.

Treasury Securities

Bonds, bills, and notes issued by the U.S. government are generally called "Treasuries" and are the highest-quality securities available. They are issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury through the Bureau of Public Debt. All treasury securities are liquid and traded on the secondary market. They are differentiated by their maturity dates, which range from 30 days to 30 years. One major advantage of Treasuries is that the interest earned is exempt from state and local taxes. Treasuries are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government as to the timely payment of principal and interest, so there is little risk of default.

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Dessert bar owner hits home with entrée cupcakes

Dessert bar owner hits home with entrée cupcakes

Local food artisan and owner of Haute Monde dessert bar Fran'Kel Mosley showcased her modernized twist on simple finger food at a Groupon food tasting hosted at The New Tri-State Defender's office on Sunday, June 21st.

The hit of the afternoon came when Mosley introduced her new line of "savory" entrée cupcakes. Presented as a twist on the traditional American Sunday dinner, the guests quickly lined up for an imaginative way of enjoying meat loaf and mashed potatoes, chicken and dressing with sweet potatoes, and especially table favorite (and crowd pleaser), macaroni and cheese. Yep, homemade macaroni & cheese baked in a cupcake mold, as a side dish to the main courses.

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  • Written by Tony Jones

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