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A new $50,000 grant from Dominion Energy will allow South Carolina State University’s Region Small Business Development Center to expand its technological support for minority-owned businesses as well as educational business training.

“Uplifting minority entrepreneurs has long been a core value at S.C. State University,” President James E. Clark said. “With Dominion Energy’s support, the Small Business Development Center will grow to serve more existing businesses, as well as start-up initiatives. S.C. State greatly appreciates Dominion Energy’s commitment to such important developments in our community.”

According to SBDC Director Jim Johnson, the funds will support the SBDC’s minority specialty program developed to highlight social equity and inclusion for small businesses. The grant will bolster the program’s mission of providing no-cost guidance and training to assist small business owners and potential owners in starting and growing successful businesses. A rollout is expected later in 2021.

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Howard University Receives $4.9M Grant For Music Business Center

Howard University is furthering its efforts to cultivate a new generation of leaders in the music industry and the institution will be able to do so with the help of a new grant. The HBCU recently received a $4.9 million endowment from the Warner Music Group-Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund.

The gift will go towards the creation of the Howard University School of Business’ new music business center. The center will serve as the epicenter for all things music management and will offer certification programs, and executive-in-residence and internship opportunities. The center will also host an array of candid discussions with music executives to teach students about the ins and outs of pursuing a career in the music industry.


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University of Colorado Denver Receives Accolades in Sustainability, Business Analytics, Early Childhood Education

Several master’s programs at the University of Colorado Denver were recently awarded top ranking status, according to’s 2021 report. This includes programs in the Business School, School of Education & Human Development, and School of Public Affairs focusing on sustainability, business analytics, early childhood education, and more. 

CU Denver was listed among thousands of public institutions in the nation—the comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.  

CU Denver’s Top Ranked Programs 


The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system that includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and leading third-party evaluations. analyzed thousands of schools with comparable programs on a scale of 0 to 100, with CU Denver making it to the final list for the above seven programs. The methodology uses an

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Fogg Seasons Business Center 5 receives tax abatement

Stow City Council has approved a 15-year, 100% tax abatement for the upcoming Seasons Business Center 5 at the corner of state Route 8 and Seasons Road. 

Fogg, the developer, intends to build a 247,000-square-foot industrial building it says would generate $2 million in payroll by the end of the third year, per its community reinvestment area (CRA) application, amounting to $40,000 in new income tax.

The estimated investment in real property is $13.65 million, and the building would generate $289,000 in annual property taxes, $179,000 of which would go to Stow-Munroe Falls City School District. 

As part of the CRA, Fogg will enter into a school district compensation agreement to instead make an annual payment of $89,500 to the schools, representing half of what the schools would have received without an abatement. Currently, and without a building, the district receives no income from the site. 

“This abatement agreement is

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