Thursday, November 18, 2010

The College Hook-Up

What is networking?

  • Meeting people who can be of help to you and being a help to them
  • The use of formal and informal linkages of people and resources for the purpose of facilitating access to services, skills, contacts, and knowledge

Why Network?

  • Job references
  • Letters of recommendations
  • Connection to employment opportunities
  • Access to resources that you could not afford (get FREE stuff)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Marketing yourself amongst Fresno's high unemployment

In an US News article, Fresno was noted as one of the cities suffering with some of the highest rates of unemployment. At over 15%, the city is in the company of other communities made up of younger people and immigrants such as Modesto, Stockton and Redding. On the other side, cities like Arlington, VA and Anchorage, AK have grown during the recession due to strong industries-- energy and government, respectively.

Before you pack your bags for Alaska to get a place where you can 'see Russia from your house', there are opportunities to better market yourself that will you help you snag that new job.

Just Pay 20%
The County of Fresno, Fresno Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and other organizations and agencies have teamed to implement the federal Economic Stimulus 80/20 Program. The 80/20 Program will pay 80 percent of the cost to hire a new employee for a year including salary, training, insurance and even uniforms. The employer pays the remaining 20 percent. The employer cannot have laid off workers in the past 90-days and the new employee must be a CalWorks recipient. Watch the ABC-30 News Story.

Market Tax Credit to Pay Your Salary
Depending on where you live and where you potential employer is located, you could be worth thousands of dollars of tax credit for that business. Search the Fresno tax credit map to see if you are eligible.

While times are tough, there are still thousands of jobs out here in Fresno. Sites like has hundreds of locally posted jobs on a daily basis.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop died of a cardiac attack earlier today, June 25, 2009. Find out about Michael Jackson Tributes taking place in Fresno.
Share your comments and thought about Michael Jackson.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Transparency, Accountability & Capacity Report: Assessment of Fresno Black Chambers of Commerce

After the historical election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States and Ashley Swearengin as mayor of Fresno along with the economic down turn, business as we know it has changed. Even as our nation and city turn a new page, the stakeholders of Fresno’s African-American business community realize that the function and purpose of a black chamber becomes more imperative in maintaining a healthy business climate. After several years of discontent, a group of former members of the San Joaquin Valley Black Chamber of Commerce started the Central California Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

The status of two chambers has created an upheaval within the community- corporate partners are uncertain whom to support, government is tittering between both, and the black community is unclear as to which to best serves its interest.

After a 120-day evaluation and assessment process that incorporating reviewing Chamber programs and systems, interviews and surveys, The Transparency, Accountability & Capacity Report: Assessment of Fresno Black Chambers of Commerce presents observations and recommendations about how to best move forward.

As always, I welcome your comments and I have extended the offer to publish a written response from their of the chambers.

Monday, March 09, 2009

The Rock Obama

What would happen if President Obama got ANGRY? Check it out (this was too funny to pass up)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Feb 24th Links- IPA Hearing & Obama Speech

Thanks to Mike Rhodes, KFCF has archived the testimonies of the IPA Hearing on its website at

Also, if you missed President Obama's "state of the union" address, you can play or download a copy at KCFC's sister station KPFA's archives at .