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Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts
Top 10 Cities for Black Owned Businesses

Black-owned businesses are on a roll. In 2007, African-Americans ran 7.1 percent of businesses in the United States. Five years later, that number grew to 9.4 percent—even during a recession—according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau released this September. The portion of U.S. businesses with employees led by Blacks slightly increased as well—from 1.9 percent in 2007 to 2.0 percent in 2012. 
The good news is that Black-owned businesses are rising, though to be sure, challenges remain
This uptick in Black-owned businesses made us wonder: Which cities are doing relatively well by their Black-owned small businesses and where are thesel businesses finding success? 
Based on survey responses from 18,000 small business owners nationwide, we asked small business owners questions about the friendliness of local tax laws, licensing rules, and the regulatory environment. We use these responses to rank cities and states based on their friendliness to small business, from best (Texas) to worst (Rhode Island). 
This year in our survey we also looked at responses from the 1,663 business owners who self-identified as Black or African American. We ranked each city based on responses from these business owners to three questions: 1) How friendly is your city? 2) How easy was it to start a business? and 3) Would you encourage others to start a business in your city?
What we learned is that black business-owners nationwide were slightly younger, more likely to work alone, and cited inflation as a top concern for the federal government at twice the rate of other business owners in our survey. They were also concentrated in a small number of industries with 26 percent in events (primarily catering and DJs) and 15 percent in cleaningBlack businesses were also notably overrepresented in moving and professional services like tax preparation and computer repair.
Overall, the top cities for black-owned small businesses are:

Nine of the top ten cities are in the South. Three have black mayors. Six had median household income for black families above the national average of $35,398 (and four were below the average).
Stop Trying to Find Out if He/She is Cheating

Walking away from a relationship hurts but not knowing whether or not you should go hurts even more. You didn't get into it with a losing attitude but you didn't expect to have to play games once you got in either. So now what?
A lot of folks these days are going the emotional insurance route a.k.a. investigative activities. You know, "just to be sure" their man/woman is not cheating. But that ends up being more like digging a hole in a sand box. At first, you may feel like you've made some progress but the moment the rain comes, you're right back where you started. Digging again.
When you go looking to see if your man/woman is cheating, you're practicing one of the most common habits of a miserable love life; distrust. Win or lose, you still lose. Either you'll find nothing and let the paranoia consume you, or you'll carry those habits into the next relationship. Why? Because you'll remember that the last hunch you had was right. So every time after that, you'll trust your hunch more than you trust your man even if he is trustworthy.
Believe it or not, you can NOT scare a man/woman into loyalty! No pan of hot grits, no kitchen shears near his penis, no shock therapy, no nothing can spook him out of the legs of another woman/man. You only make yourself look like a clown by trying otherwise.
Threatening to get another man/woman is equally foolish. Did the New York Jets threaten Tim Tebow year after year that if he couldn't stop throwing the ball to the mascot, they'd find another Tebow? No. They gave him his chance and changed the locks when he proved he wasn't ready. Of course a replacement is inevitable, but the repetitive reminder won't give him the skills he doesn't already have.
"But there's a difference between trusting and being naive. What if he keeps taking his phone into the shower with him and changing all his passwords. Then what?"
Then you speak up. If your back was itching, he/she'd scratch it for you. If you were horny, he/she'd be at your door by the time you finished reading this sentence. So if you're uncomfortable with his conduct, he should be willing to do whatever it takes to alleviate that discomfort.
One thing he can't do is read your mind nor defend him/herself against your friend who's telling you, "Well you know what happened on Scandal, I bet he's doing the same thing to you," So open up your mouth and let HIM/HER know.
Consider yourself a winning lottery ticket. You shouldn't have to do much convincing for a man/woman to do what it takes to keep you. Otherwise, learn to accept that maybe he's a little too used to losing with the scratch offs.
But playing detective won't keep you from getting played any more than seeing a train coming eases the pain of it hitting you. That aspiration of getting out of the way the last second is going to turn into a constant panic that you'll one day get stuck in the tracks leaving you more bitter than if you had just gotten hit to begin with.
This isn't about truth or dare. It's about loving or letting go. No games. No in-between. If you continue searching for clues that you're with Mr./Mrs. Wrong , you'll forget that Mr./Mrs. Right will do everything to make his/her loyalty plain as day.  

Bicep Buster Workout Helps Promotes Arm Growth

Who wants big arms? No, no… let me rephrase that, who wants HUGE arms?! If you yelled “Me!” in your head as ecstatically as I think you did then this piece is for you my friend.

It’s no secret that when speaking about optimizing arm growth, curls are king time and time again – there is indeed many ways you can incorporate curls into your training but at the end of the day you’re still just curling. One of the most overlooked yet effective variations of curls in my opinion is the Barbell Spider Curl, why? Because when performing this type of curl in combination with heavy weight and high repetition, you’re hitting the long head of the bicep so efficiently with the stretch that it has no choice BUT to grow. The long head of the bicep is responsible for overall mass so if your arms are a little on the slender side I’d suggest adding this bad boy into the mix pronto. I’ve seen people use the preacher pad when barbell spider curling but I’d rather you use an incline bench so you can get more of a stretch at the lowest point of the exercise. Now, if you’re training alone, getting into position may be a wee bit of a hassle but it isn’t impossible especially when using a barbell. With that being said, this is definitely a move I recommend you begin with a weight you can at least 90% control before climbing up that ego ladder. BSCs was a normality for me on arm days for a long time before I took them out for whatever reason, recently I’ve returned to them and am now relishing in their gun loading glory. Below is my itinerary suggestion to you set and rep wise so write it down, try it out and when your arms no longer fit into that form fitting V-neck you come back and thank me.
 The Barbell Spider Curls workout:
1s x 12 reps
1s x 10 reps
1s x 10 reps
Weight used: About 75-80% of your overall curl max
Rest time: No more than 45 seconds in-between each set

Additional notes: When you curl the bar and it meets optimal height, flex your biceps to jampack as much blood into them as possible and connect with the contraction more so.
Why You Should Buy Your Fall Clothes Right Now

Now, while it's still smoking hot outside, is the perfect time to to pick up your fall gear, from wool sweaters to down jackets to tweed trousers, to, yes, even topcoats. Here's why. 
All of the Best Gear Is in Stores Now
Right now, stores like Barney's, Union Los Angeles, and online retailer Mr Porter are getting all of their awesome Fall-Winter 2015 collections by the boatload each and every day. The best of the best from high-end designers like Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, Gucci, and Tom Ford is yours for the taking, but only for a brief time. That means come October, that camel-hair topcoat you were drooling over now will almost surely be gone in your size. Waiting for things to go on sale can be cost-effective, but can literally leave you out in the cold. 
Shopping for Cold Weather Gear Sucks When It's Cold Outside 
Heading to the store for a new coat when you need a new coat is a perfect recipe for copping something you don't really want, but buy out of desperation. The same goes for cold weather gear like hats, gloves, and scarves. You want to buy your winter essentials—the stuff that separates the stylish from the swagless— when you can think clearly about which ones are going to look best on you come winter. 
It Gives You a Chance to Return Items
Buying stuff early also allows you to sit on all your new purchases and reflect, deciding whether or not they were actually wise choices. At the end of the season, you may hold onto that insanely ugly sweater either because it was on sale (and thus non-returnable), or because you're simply too lazy to brave the cold to bring it back to the store.
Style Tips for Larger Guys

We know, at times, it can be hard to be a fashion forward guy who, for whatever reason, who comes man sized.  I'm not talking about the little guys, or the average sized guys who can find whatever they they want at whatever store like Abercrombie and H&M.  This article is for the plus size, or man sized guys, wether they be "big boned" or  carry a few extra pounds. 
With a few tips and tricks you can still look great, no matter your body type.  
Clothes the right size -  try not to use that shirt you love, but does not serve you anymore. The same goes for any piece too tight.  Stay away from huge baggy clothes, they only call greater attention to the obvious.  
15 Mistakes The Class Of 2015 Would Be Wise To Avoid

Congratulations to all you recent college graduates!
Now is definitely the time to take a deep breath and celebrate your accomplishments, but it’s also the time to start planning how you’ll begin your life and career.
The next several months can set you on a fast track to success, or start a slow slide away from your goals if you make poor choices.
Money can’t buy you love or happiness, but it can buy pretty much everything else.
How to Pick the Right Swimsuit for Your Body

Summer is here in full effect.  And, finding the right swimsuit for your body is hard. Sometimes very hard. Maybe those horizontal stripes are making your frame look wider than it is. Maybe your skinny legs are lost in giant board shorts. Maybe you didn't know that no man's swim trunks should ever fall below his knees, a tragic phenomenon that only makes the wearer look dumpy, short, and clueless.
Saving Face:  Tips to Fight Off Aging

Nicholas Perricone, M.D., Board-Certified Clinal and Research Dermatologist and Author of Forever Young has lays out the cutting-edge science of nutrigenomics so that we all can maintain our youthful appearance a little while longer.  

Dr. Perricone suggests: By manipulating different aspects of your diet and lifestyle, you can switch on protective genes and switch off genes that may have a negative effect on health.   Eating anti-inflammatory foods at every meal – fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, whole grains -- is key.

Skip Sugar, Avoid Wrinkles
Avoiding foods that cause blood sugar spikes – such as
3 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Clothing

Face it, you dropped some real cash on that new expensive suit and you want to see your investment last for years. Unfortunately, there are a few hidden dangers that can slowly destroy a suit, chipping away at it until it's a formless, threadbare mess. You want to avoid those things at all costs, and fortunately we know how.

Here are our top 3,easy to follow, suggestions that will lengthen the life of your suit exponentially.
No Wire Hangers!
Cheap, plastic or wire hangers are the absolute worst, and no suit should have to endure that kind of pain. These hangers
How to Get Over A Breakup? New Research Offers Advice

Unless you are extremely lucky, sooner or later you'll have to deal with the ups & downs of a relationship, a breakup. 

New research published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science offers concrete advice. So, stick the Ben & Jerry's back in the freezer and step away from the Nicholas Sparks movie marathon. There's new scientific support for a better method of recovering from a nasty breakup: dwelling on it.

We know, conventional wisdom says you're better off destroying the physical evidence of lost love and sealing the memories in a mental vault labeled "Do Not Open, Hazardous Waste!" The research suggests that reflecting on your relationship and breakup may be the better move.
12 Workout Mistakes You Might Be Making

You’re huffing and puffing at the gym, but still not seeing the results you want. Or maybe you’re constantly getting sidelined with pesky injuries — first you tweaked your knee, now your shoulder is acting up. WTF??? If your progress has hit a plateau, you might be guilty of making one of these common workout slip-ups. Read on for 12 gym mistakes that could be derailing your workout and tips for how to fix them.
1. Not switching up running shoes
If you’re still rocking a 2011 pair of Nikes with a massive hole on the bottom, it’s time to head to the nearest shoe store, stat. Technically speaking, you’re supposed to replace running shoes every 400 to 500 miles — which, if you log a lot of miles, could equate to every three months or so. Because
Promote Yourself: A 10 Step Guide to Hustling

  1. Decide what you want for yourself. What makes you happy? Hustlers have big reasons “why” that drive their actions. Non-hustlers drift.
  2. Develop your ability to create value for others. Your ability to have the life you want will be directly proportionally to your ability to create value that others are willing to pay for. Non-hustlers don’t work hard enough at creating value for others.
Getting the Perfect Shirt Fit

If you’re a normal guy, chances are shirts made for “normal guys” don’t fit you as well as they should. (If you’re the type who has the exact proportions for off-the-rack shirts, though, we salute you, your genes, and whatever exercise program you’re following.) The trick of well-dressed men with perfect-fitting shirts has long been to take their button-ups to the tailor to get a few darts sewn into the back, at the very least. But anyone who’s spent much time at a tailor knows those tabs can add up fast. Unfortunately, custom-made shirts aren’t cheap, either.

But if you’re like most of us and off-the-rack shirts don’t give you the “fitted” look you’re after, here are a few suggestions to get the perfect fit.

1.    Use Your Head—Check Your Neck: 
Some guys just buy their shirts in small, medium, or large. No wonder they don't fit so well. You should know your measurements—neck size and arm length—and not just for the sake of it. These 
The Science Of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day

Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? It’s probably made you late to school or work more times than you can count.

We waste so many precious moments concerning ourselves with frivolous details. An outfit will not change the world, it probably won’t even change your day.
This is not to say that fashion isn’t important, as it has an immense impact on culture and, in turn, the direction of society.
Getting the Most Out of Your Sweats

With the advent of the new slimmer more tapered style sweats, men are saying good bye bidding to the old boxy sweatpants that you once settled for in department stores.   Outside of the new styles and tapered cuts, customers are also seeing a change in construction and fabrics as well. The new sweats are coming equipped with heavier weighted materials and high quality stitching, giving customers not only a more stylish look, but a well rounded look as well.

How To Wear
You can now get the most out of your sweats in the following ways:
  • Sweatshirts and pants are always a go to. However, you don’t have to look like are going to the gym if you aren’t. A pair of cashmere sweats and a vintage style crew and sneakers is a great way to pull off the “I may look like I am going to the gym, but I am really just going to an early movie,” look.
  • Say your friends want to grab brunch and you really don’t feel like changing out of your denim shirt, sweats and sneakers. What do you do? Grab a blazer to go with the sweats you already have on. A well fitted blazer always dresses up any look, plus, your friends won’t think you just rolled out of bed.
3 Essential Style Tips to Help You Look Your Best

1. Have a go-to tailor.No guy can have off-the-rack clothes fit perfectly. Find a tailor you like—who will listen to your requests—and keep going back to him. He can keep your sizes on hand for quick fixes and even give you impromptu fashion advice.
2. The right tie is essential.The color, fit, and shape should perfectly complement your look. Start with a tie that complements the dominant color of your suit or shirt. Also, the width of the tie should closely match the width of your lapel.
3. Always dress like someone’s watching.Whether you're headed to brunch with the kids or a night on the town, I feel it's always important to look your best. Sometimes it’s as simple as ironing or steaming your clothes. The attention to detail will show, and you'll feel more confident—even if it's just a T-shirt.
10 Tips To Stay Cool This Summer

Keep Your Cool
I know summer is almost over and i'm way late with this post, but heck it's August and we are in the hottest stickiest time of this celebrated season. So whether you’re stuck in the city, surviving the summertime commute or basking on a sun lounger somewhere, here are a few ways to ensure you always keep cool... 

Dress to De-Stress

Choose your clothes carefully: seasonally-appropriate fabrics such as cotton, linen and seersucker are always more comfortable than man-made fibres because they allow the skin to breathe.

Likewise, sportswear containing technical fabrics like CoolMax and Dri-FIT is especially good for wicking moisture away from the skin, allowing it to evaporate quickly to keep you fresh.

2 Beauty Products for Better Black Skin

With warmer summer weather on the horizon comes changes with your skin. Here are a few basic tips offered by Kathryn Khadija Leverette, clinical esthetician at Clinically Clear Skin Rehab Center in Oakland, CA, whose clients include Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover and dozens of professional athletes.  Her tips provide a simple blueprint for men to follow to achieve great skin year round.

• Learn basic skin care and stop relying on whatever soap is in the shower. A gentle cleanser, the right shaving method, lightweight moisture, daily sun protection and UV protective eyewear do wonders for men as they age.
Weights First, Then Cardio for More Squats

Squats --one of the staples of a workout-- are ideal for building muscle, not only in the quads, hamstrings, calves, but  all over.  Squats also help muscles burn more fat.  But which order should you do squats? Before or after cardio?  

Well a new study helps to answer that question.  The study found that men who performed back squats after 30 minutes on an elliptical couldn’t perform as many reps as when they worked legs first. Doing a lower body endurance workout before a resistance leg workout had a negative effect ” due to muscle fatigue, the study determined. On the flip side, cardio didn’t affect bench press ability, so those can be done in any order. 

For maximum reps on the back squats, save the cardio for later or another day.
7 Simple Habits to Save a Pretty Penny (or $100)

The concept of saving money is a very interesting one to many people. The reality is we all want to spend $3 instead of $5, right? Here are seven things you can do to right now to save money when it comes to excessive spending.

1. Give yourself a month
Have you ever heard of the 30-day rule? As a frugal guy, this is one of my favorite rules in spending. If you’re about to spend any more than $20 on something that is unnecessary, don’t. Instead, put the item down and wait 30 days to buy it. You’ll be amazed at how much money you save by not making unnecessary frivolous purchases.

2. Freeze your credit cards
I literally mean freeze your credit cards. It seems a bit extreme, but think of it this way. The average credit card comes with a 13 percent or higher interest rate. By simply not using credit cards as often, you’ll save a ton. So, get a plastic
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