Daily Archive: September 17, 2009


Out and About with Day 26 at Questions

This week I visited Questions Night Club in the Strip District, Fifth Avenue All Class Reunion at Highland Park, Tim’s Lounge in the Hill District, Dana’s residence in Stanton Heights and Cynthia’s residence in the Hill District. My first stop was at Tim’s Lounge in the Hill District where Satara was kickin’ it at the only place in the Hill District they consider to be called “Cheers.” This is the place where everyone knows your name. Willie Taylor of Day 26 gave the ladies quite a show at Questions Night Club in the Strip District.


OrGano Gold offers health and financial advantages

Impressed by the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” concepts of author, public speaker and investor Robert Kiyosaki, Lance Clemons is aiming to improve himself and people in the community by using the book’s philosophy. Stressing and advocating for ownership of the system or means of production, rather than being an employee, Clemons says is the way to financial independence. A PART OF THE GOLD MIND— Introducing their product to the Pittsburgh market during a local festival, the Teamex LLC group consists of, from left to right: Quad‘re, Quintin and Birdy Reynolds and Karlton Henderson. Back: My’Iesha and Lance Clemons. “By investing, real estate, owning businesses and the use of finance protection tactics, one can become financially independent,” he said.



Lessons learned during a recessionary economy

Throughout this recession, I’ve gained clarity and confirmation that the financial information that I’ve shared with readers and clients over the years will help avoid financial setbacks and ultimately lead to financial prosperity. Even if you’ve managed to remain gainfully employed, we’ve all been affected by this recessionary economy to some degree. For many of us, our cash flow has been negatively affected due to reduction in income because of low sales, salaries and hours being cut, bonuses and overtime being eliminated and/or merit raises and promotions being deferred to a later date.



Innovative employees increase productivity

(NNPA)—The most valuable asset found in any business lies in the quality of its employees. Whether it’s a corner store, home-based bakery, landscaping service or Fortune 500 company, a business organization’s success is predicated upon the resourceful, continuous innovations as a result of employee productivity. A business cannot survive in today’s competitive market environment without the ability to consistently generate innovative cost efficient products and services. This is the essence of growing a business, by fostering structured policies that thrive off experimentation of new ideas and procedures. The successful entrepreneur must be able to motivate workers that dedicate themselves to innovative goals, always aggressively pursuing new market opportunities.


Winning financially

“Winning is not a sometime thing. It’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing,” stated Vince Lombardi, former championship coach of the Green Bay Packers professional football team. Winning financially and achieving financial goals is not a sometime thing, it’s an all time thing. The seven steps to setting and achieving financial goals are not secret. We do it all the time on our jobs, when we set sales or production goals, cost reductions or specific project achievements. The trick is to apply the same techniques to your finances, with the same rigor and personal management. It starts with a winning attitude.


Five Blacks make Forbes billionaire list

A record five Blacks have made the 2008 Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s wealthiest people—billionaires—for the first time. They come from Ethiopia, Sudan, South African, Nigeria and the United States. OPRAH WINFREY Ethiopian-born Mohammed Al Amoudi is the richest Black person in the world with a total net worth of $9 billion, followed by Nigerian commodities mogul Aliko Dangote, with assets worth $3.3 billion. African-American TV personality Oprah Winfrey is worth $2.5 billion, while Sudanese-born telecommunications mogul Mo Ibrahim is worth $2.5 billion and South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe is worth $2.4 billion.


Financial basics refresher

Until you get in the habit, putting aside savings is never easy. But the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll start seeing results. As you’ll see below, when it comes to savings, time is your best friend: The power of compounding. When you reinvest interest earned on savings accounts or other investment vehicles, the interest grows (compounds) the account’s value much faster than if you withdrew it. For example, a one-time $10,000 investment earning 6 percent a year would grow to $17,908 in 10 years if you reinvest the interest; after 20 years it would be worth $32,071 and $57,435 after 30 years.


Inside Conditions…Thrash of the Titans

The recent contest between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans was supposed to be for all intents and purposes, a “clash” of the two Titans, not just the boys from Tennessee. The game or event, whichever name that you prefer to call the competition, was the kick-off for the 2009 NFL season, was billed as a bloodbath waiting to happen, and a war in cleats. AUBREY BRUCE However, it turned out to be anything but. There was supposed to be a high level of intrigue attached because of the way that the Titans who earned the No. 1 seed going into the 2008 post-season, easily handled the Steelers and “desecrated” the flag of the Steelers nation when the Black and Gold visited Tennessee as the regular season drew to a close.


Business Calendar

Business series SEPT. 17—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “‘Tell Me About a Time…’: Behavioral Interviewing Strategies.” Geri Puleo of G.A. Puleo & Associates, will present this workshop. Behavioral interviews are increasingly being used with prospective employees and with this type of interview you can’t just “wing it.” This interactive session will offer strategies that will help you prepare for this difficult type of interview. This event is free and open to the public. Call 412-281-7141.


Obama honors 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pens

by Darlene Superville WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama welcomed the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House Sept. 10 and celebrated the hockey team for its performance on and off the ice. The Penguins won the best-of-seven series in June, defeating the defending champion Detroit Red Wings. They then took the cup on a road trip to thank their fans, an act that earned the players the thanks of a grateful president. ON ICE OR GRASS—President Barack Obama holds a ceremony to honor the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the East Room of the White House Sept. 10. At left: Sidney Crosby, behind Obama, at right, is former player and current owner Mario Lemieux, and top left is Stanley Cup MVP Evgeni Malkin.