Pa. official to get Black History Hero Award for aiding small diverse businesses

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania has announced the recipient for their Black History Hero Award.

The group has selected Kerry L. Kirkland, deputy secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities at the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, to receive the award this year. The award ceremony will be held at Temple University Harrisburg campus at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25. The event will be invitation only due to COVID-19.

In a press release from the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania, the group explained Kirkland’s award was for his work “assisting Small and Small Diverse Businesses, as well as the general public, during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In particular, it was Kirkland’s creation of the COVID-19 Small Diverse Business and Community Taskforce that drew kudos from the AACCCP. Among other initiatives, the task force helped to organize the sterilization of the Harrisburg capitol during

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Colleges to house new center that trains Black entrepreneurs

CHICAGO (AP) — A new center for training Black entrepreneurs will be opening in Atlanta as part of a collaboration announced Monday between Spelman College, Morehouse College and an advocacy organization made up of business leaders.

The Center for Black Entrepreneurship is expected to start operating for the fall 2021 semester. Details of the collaboration were shared with The Associated Press ahead of the announcement.

“In 2020 we saw an acknowledgement from many in the investor community that there needs to be a change, that we need to take a look at these barriers and how they are preventing talented aspiring Black entrepreneurs from reaching their full potential,” said David Clunie, executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, the advocacy group involved. “We need to give them the education, resources and opportunities they need to really succeed.”

The center will be housed in Spelman’s new Center for Innovation & the

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Executive Turntable: WMG Beefs Up Catalog Team

Alicia Yaffe joins WMG from from Jampol Artist Management and The Spellbound Group, where she delivered campaigns for artists including The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin.

Nigel Reeve is a 36-year Parlophone and WMG veteran, most recently serving as vp of catalogue A&R for Warner Music UK, where he oversaw the development of the catalogs of artists including David Bowie, New Order, Joy Division and The Smiths.

Mike Engstrom most recently oversaw marketing & content development for WMG’s global catalog and is also a more than two-decade veteran at Rhino, where he worked with artists including Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton and Chicago.

Andrea Craig has been promoted to senior vp of content development & curation. In the role, she will lead WMG Arts Music’s efforts in kids & family, musical theater, jazz and crossover. In her previous

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