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Take Action: Become a Sustainable Business

There are several interesting foundations and special-interest groups that revolve around taking creative initiatives to ensure environmental sustainability. This month, my household consumer products company, Nutek, launched a line of lubricating and cleaning wipes that are one hundred percent biodegradable.  It is my hope that other businesses will continue to develop green alternatives to replace [...]


The Best Books on Entrepreneurship: “The Big Book of Small Business: You Don’t Have to Run Your Business by the Seat of Your Pants” by Tom Gegax and Phil Bolsta

The principles set forth in Tom Gegax’s book, The Big Book of Small Business, are sound and if applied to your business will have a significant impact on your bottom line.  Most books on business are heavy on theory, but this book provides practical solutions based on real-life experiences.  These solutions can be applied to [...]


Early Leadership Theory: The Contingency Theory

Contingency theory stems from early behavioral theory. This concept advocates that there is no one best way to organize a corporation, to lead a company or to make decisions.  Instead, the optimal course of action is contingent upon internal and external situations; the company’s leadership is therefore free to adapt its managerial approach. Several contingency [...]


Family Traditions: Giving Back

Spending time with your family, and teaching your children about their ethnic backgrounds and family heritage, builds a sense of belonging and comfort among family members.  In addition to creating your own unique family traditions that revolve around your favorite activities to increase cohesiveness, create family traditions that improve your community.  By engaging in societal [...]


Intrinsic Motivators: Mind Your Mind

Throughout our daily lives, we often find ourselves lacking in motivation and empowerment to make it through the entire work day with sustained energy and renewed enthusiasm.  In a competitive environment it is easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated by the most simple and mundane tasks that tend to pile up throughout the business day.
In [...]


Women in Science: Roger Arliner Young

Roger Arliner Young was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology, after years of juggling research and teaching with the burden of caring for her invalid mother. Her story is one of grit and perseverance.
Young was born and raised in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.  In 1916, she entered Howard University.  In 1921, she took [...]