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Byrd helps Ronald McDonald House maintain business-with-heart course

Byrd helps Ronald McDonald House maintain business-with-heart course

Throughout Women's History Month, we have recognized women who are making an impact in their industries. We close out our month-long salute with a conversation with Caron Byrd, who is making a difference in the community through a great cause, Ronald McDonald House.

Frequently when we talk about business, we are referring to "for profit" entities. The same knowledge and skill sets are required to effectively run a non-profit. As the executive director of Ronald McDonald House, Byrd directs one of the most successful non-profits in the area.

Carlee McCullough: Tell us about yourself.

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Using Your Inner Hustler to Turn Passion to Profit

Using Your Inner Hustler to Turn Passion to Profit

 

Just as with Black history month, the concept of solidarity among members of a race, class or gender is based on shared conditions, experiences and concerns. Following the Michigan Chronicle’s recent recognition of Women of Excellence and now at the conclusion of Women’s history month, an examination of the sisterhood of women is more than a

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director

Making distribution decisions in retirement

Making distribution decisions in retirement

More than one-third of retirees lack confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years. Committing to a savings strategy during your working career could go a long way to help alleviate this concern, but it's also important to make sound decisions when withdrawing assets from the portfolio you worked so hard to accumulate.

The 4 percent solution

One common approach has been to withdraw 4 percent of your portfolio in the first year of retirement, with inflation-adjusted amounts in subsequent years. The so-called "4 percent rule" was developed in the 1990s using historical market research, and it was based on a 30-year retirement with savings in a tax-deferred account and nothing left for heirs.

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For Katrina survivor, success after loss is a lesson learned

For Katrina survivor, success after loss is a lesson learned

As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Andria Lewis has shown that with hard work and dedication you can do more than exist – you can truly rebuild and win. From corporate functions to elaborate weddings, Lewis makes sure that she places her creative signature touch of vibrant colors and original flair all over the event. Featured in Essence and Ebony, Lewis demonstrates to others how it should be done.

Carlee McCullough: What are you most proud of in your business?

Andria Lewis: That I have built my company after literally losing everything I owned in Hurricane Katrina. I didn't have a car, I barely had clothes and I had no place to live. I lived with family for two months after moving to Memphis. I am most proud that I survived a significantly emotional battle.

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McDonald’s to launch egg-white McMuffin

McDonald’s to launch egg-white McMuffin

In a bid to reach health-conscious consumers, the iconic fast food franchise McDonald's is going to try and bolster its faltering sales with a lean, new egg-white sandwich.

McDonald's will release the Egg White Delight, an egg white version of the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, nationwide on April 22, said company spokeswoman Danya Proud.

The new sandwich, which contains bacon and white cheddar on a whole grain English muffin, totals 250 calories, according to Proud. That's compared to the classic Egg McMuffin, which has 300 calories. She added that egg whites will also be offered on the other breakfast sandwiches sold at McDonald's.

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  • Written by Aaron Smith/CNNMoney

For event planner Andria Lewis, it’s all about details

For event planner Andria Lewis, it’s all about details

Whether pulling together a wedding for 300 or handling a corporate event for 5,000, Andria Lewis Events has demonstrated what professionalism and attention to detail looks like at the highest levels. Lewis' signature events, which are known for vibrancy and color, have been featured in Essence and Ebony magazines.

Carlee McCullough, Esq.: Tell us a little bit about Andria Lewis.

Andria Lewis: Andria Lewis is a survivor, literally and figuratively speaking. I think that is a trait that enables me to juggle so many things at once with my clients. I find a way to make it all work.

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Considering the costs of long-term care

Considering the costs of long-term care

It may not be pleasant to think about the possibility of being unable to take care of yourself, but about seven out of ten people over age 65 are expected to need some form of long-term care during their lifetimes.

Many people might be able to stay in their own homes and receive care from family members or friends. But a surprising number – 20 percent to 49 percent, depending on the study – may need expensive full-time care in an assisted-living facility or a nursing home.2

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