Entrepreneur program to offer training, microloans to 50 ex-inmates in Detroit

The Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative is a three-year, $2.1 million pilot project to connect former prisoners with entrepreneurship training and microloans. It is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Justine Petersen, a St. Louis-based organization that helps low-income people with credit building and other financial needs.

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DC Council Unanimously Supports Paid Sick Days and Raising the Minimum Wage

Yesterday the Paid Sick Days for All Campaign and Respect DC celebrated a huge victory: both the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act and the Minimum Wage Amendment Act passed their preliminary votes unanimously. The final vote on both bills will be taking place on Decemer 17th. To ensure the bills aren’t watered down…

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Report: First Source Crucial to Create Local Jobs

Construction cranes are a typical part of the DC skyline to residents of the nation’s capital, where the construction industry is booming. However, DC residents are sorely underrepresented on the city’s construction sites compared to the rest of the region. A recent study by Good Jobs First reveals that with proper implementation, DC’s local hiring law, known as…

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Today’s Council Vote on Workplace Fraud

At today’s legislative meeting, D.C. Councilmembers will vote on the Workplace Fraud Amendment Act of 2012. This bill responds to businesses that misclassify employees in order to rob them of their earned wages and benefits, which is illegal, but still widely practiced. For the sake of workers, taxpayers, and honest businesses that don’t cheat their…

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