DCF MB Communications Office
(MADISON) – Governor Walker has declared the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Wisconsin to raise awareness abou tthe effects of domestic abuse and show support for victims and their
families. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) stands united with the Governor in this effort and is doing its part to stem the tide of violence destroying families and communities.
In 2014, Wisconsin lost 43 people to domestic violence, with 36 of them as victims of homicide. Domestic violence affects tens of thousands of women, children and men in Wisconsin every year, with about 2,500 victims needing to seek lifesaving assistance and shelters.
The Department is committed to stopping domestic violence and is leading efforts to improve the way the state’s child welfare agencies respond to domestic violence. DCF focuses on victims of violence in the home and their children, who have suffered emotional and physical abuse and may experience related trauma.
“Children who witness abuse often become adults who commit acts of violence, or become victims themselves,” said DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson. “By providing guidance, training and assistance to child welfare agencies, DCF is working to end the tragic generational cycle of domestic violence.”
During the 2015-17 biennial budget, Gov. Walker increased domestic abuse grants to be administered by DCF by an additional $5 million,which represents a 50% increase in state funding. In the coming year, the Department will be issuing Requests for Proposals (RFP) to distribute the additional funds received in the Governor’s budget:
· In October 2015, DCF will issue an RFP for Children’s Programming Grants, to provide trauma-informed, family-centered services to children and youth who have been exposed to domestic violence.
· In January 2016, DCF will issue an RFP for Domestic Abuse Services to Underrepresented Populations.
· In March 2016, DCF will issue an RFP for Enhancement of Domestic
Abuse Services in Tribal Communities.
In addition, for the first time there will be a dedicated funding stream for initiatives focused on the prevention of domestic abuse. DCF currently partners with many organizations and individuals across the state committed to ending domestic violence, and will convene a planning group with stakeholders to guide the prevention efforts.
For more information, visit www.dcf.wisconsin.gov
Access to seed money and working capital is still a major challenge for minority-owned businesses.
For new businesses, especially those that are minority-owned, having access to working capital—which is used to keep operations going and to pay bills—could mean the difference between the success and failure of that business.
Growing a business and accessing working capital are major concerns for most business owners, reports the inaugural American Express OPEN Small Business Growth Pulse. A large majority, 72%, of small business owners are prioritizing growth, according to the survey of 1,000 small businesses with $250,000 or more in annual revenues.
“Access to working capital becomes critically important as small businesses look to pursue both expected and unexpected opportunities to grow their business.” However, growth itself has both positive and negative connotations for small business owners, as almost half (or 49%) say that generating ideas for growing their business “keeps them up at night,” followed closely (36%) by concerns about cash flow issues. An overwhelming majority (93%) say they are confident they can access the funding they need to grow their business.
Janey Whiteside, SVP & GM customer marketing & relationship management, American Express OPEN, noted in a statement that “when considering options to help fund their business, surveyed small business owners reported that low fees and interest are the most important factor, followed by trust and security of the provider and easy access to funds.”
Nearly half of all business owners say they have grown their business significantly since its inception. Among those who have experienced growth, 4 in 10 say the majority of their growth has been planned, while less than 3 in 10 say their growth was organic or spontaneous. While small businesses are prioritizing growth, the approach they take to pursue it varies. The most popular approach is a cautious one.
Business owners recognize that customers are a vital ingredient in their recipe for growth, with 26% of survey respondents saying that increasing customers is the most important aspect of business growth, followed closely by increasing revenue at 24% and increasing profits at 23%. When looking at avenues to pursue growth, one-third cite expansion into new markets and diversifying products and services as their largest growth opportunities.
The survey also revealed that mentoring and partnering are key to business growth. Roughly half reported proactively seeking out opportunities for growth by networking with like-minded small business owners and business experts. In fact, 41% indicated networking yields the greatest return for growth compared to marketing or advertising activity.
Saturday, Amber Rose hosted her much-anticipated Slut Walk in downtown L.A and used it as an opportunity to address some of the hurtful things her famous exes have said and done to her in the past.
A tearful Rose thanked her mother for being in attendance and then shared with the audience how deeply it hurt her when the father of her child rapped that she was nothing but a stripper and her previous beau, Kanye, said he felt like he needed 30 showers after being with her.
“I’ve decided to have this Slut Walk for women who have been through sh*t. Even though I am up here crying I want to be the strong person you all look up to and do apologize for all guys,” said Rose.”I want to forgive Kanye about what he said about me. I want to let all of that negativity go.”
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So what does it take to be married for 23 years? Well, the First Lady explains it all..
“What I’ve come to find is, you don’t sweat the small stuff,” FLOTUS told Ellen DeGeneres in March. “The journey that we’ve taken together, the fun we’ve had, the challenges we’ve faced, the two beautiful children that we’re raising — I kind of give him a pass now when he leaves his socks on the floor or tells that story for the one hundredth time and wants us to laugh at it as if we first heard it.”
In honor of their 23 years of marriage, here are 23 of some of their favorite “love” moments caught on camera…
By Lee Perry –BlackNews.com
Nationwide — No ethnic race of people in the United States of America has lost more land to the Oil & Gas industry than Black Americans. We are constantly trying to find out who we are kin to all the way back to Africa. The problem is we never ask what type of assets our ancestors had. Any assets our ancestors in Africa had are long gone and even if they could be located the odds are 1 in a trillion that you could actually reclaim them. Our American ancestors after slavery all owned land at some point. It is a historical fallacy that they were all share-croppers and poor. It is a fact that they worked very hard to leave a legacy and we, the remaining family members have decided to be passive and just let it go.
If you can not go directly to the site of land where your great-great-grandmother lived on your mother’s side of your family then I am talking about you. I am willing to wager that less than 5%, and be honest with yourself could say yes. That is insane, because we are supposed to be the smart generation academically. Oil & Gas companies have benefited from our lack of motivation to just check to see.
You would be surprised at the amount of black families who are millionaires that do not even know it. Your great-great- grandmother’s parents may have been the wealthiest blacks in whatever area they lived. Many times they sold their property, but most of them had very good business sense, and common sense. If you were to take the time to just check and see in most cases they kept all or at least a portion of their mineral rights. That is huge, because those minerals have been passed on to you. When we moved to the big cities,( New York, Chicago, Los Angles, Houston, etc.) we left our legacy behind. In most cases it is never to late to reclaim it.
I am still amazed at how little we know about our ancestor’s wealth. I have been in the oil & gas business for over 43 years, locating heirs, and proving that millions belong to black families. I hope that every person that reads this press release get motivated enough to check your own ancestor’s assets.
I want you to be honest with yourself and put some effort into researching to see if you are one of the black families who are millionaires and do not even know it. It will take only a few hours of your time on week ends or an hour at night to see if your family is one of the millionaires that do not know they are a millionaire. Do not check only your father’s side.
You can check on your own, or attend a free seminar to be conducted by the NAACP Houston Chapter (Economic Development Oil and Gas Committee) on how to get started. Included in this seminar are other ways to make your land into a money maker instead of a tax burden without any oil and gas minerals. Free your mind. The seminar is free.
Harriet Tubman, a former slave and abolitionist said: “I freed a thousand slaves; I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
Think about it. Do something about it!
Lee Perry is the author of the National Oil & Gas Museum commissioned book, “The Good Ole Boys in Oil & Gas Book”.