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The business of tipping

The business of tipping
A huge part of a restaurant’s success is the ability to maintain great wait staff.  This becomes a major challenge when customers do not adequately compensate the waiters. 
 
In some states, waiters are paid a base salary that is a fraction of minimum wage, with the expectation that tips or gratuity will make up the difference. The lack of appropriate tipping is the primary reason excellent waiters move on to better-paying gigs. Soon after great staff leaves, the service begins to suffer and customers wonder why.
 
So many situations call for tipping that it is easy to become confused.  Sit-down restaurants, buffets, bars and hair salons are only a few of the locations where tipping is not only desired but expected. Tipping is considered a part of etiquette, according to the experts at the Emily Post Institute. How much to tip and how often are the questions that perplex many.

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A trailblazer’s view of ‘Building Atlanta’

A trailblazer’s view of ‘Building Atlanta’
ATLANTA – Atlanta businessman, construction management mogul, philanthropist and now author Herman J. Russellhas released his book, “Building Atlanta: How I Broke through Segregation to Launch a Business Empire.”
 
 Award-winning broadcast journalist Angela Robinson recently hosted a book signing and interviewed Russell on his life, struggles, and how he broke through segregation to launch his business empire. The interview was serious and at times brought memories that provoked tears and laughter. 

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The BE 100s

The BE 100s
 
NEW YORK – (PRNewswire) – In the 42nd annual report on black business under the theme, “Scale Up Your Business,” Black Enterprise (BE) editors found scores of BE 100s CEOs who have remodeled their companies for opportunity and expansion.
 
BE reports that scalability has been the foundation of growth for the five billion-dollar revenue leaders – World Wide Technology Inc., ACT-1 Group, Bridgewater Interiors L.L.C., Modular Assembly Innovations L.L.C., and RLJ McLarty Landers Automotive Holdings L.L.C. – and BE’s 2014 companies of the year.
 
“The BE 100s – the nation’s largest black businesses – continue to be the standard bearers for all American enterprises, demonstrating that sustained business growth comes when ideation and innovation is wedded to execution and excellence,” says Black Enterprise Senior VP/Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle. 
 

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Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. named NNPA interim president and CEO

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. named NNPA interim president and CEO
 
PORTLAND, ORE, – (NNPA) – Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., a global business leader, educator and longtime civil rights activist, was elected interim president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the group’s annual meeting here Wednesday, NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell has announced.
 
Chavis is president of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp.), the premier provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He is also president, CEO and co-founder with Russell Simmons of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives. He serves on numerous boards, including the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).

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GM’s Eric Peterson loves dealing in diversity

GM’s Eric Peterson loves dealing in diversity
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – After working 37 years for General Motors, it is not unusual for Eric Peterson, vice president of Diversity Dealer Relations, to walk into an African-American dealership and be introduced to one of the owner’s children.
 
“See that man there,” a dealer recently told his son, pointing to Peterson. “He helped me get started. And if you do what you’re supposed to do, he’ll help you, too.”

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‘Mr. Gotti the Restaurateur’

‘Mr. Gotti the Restaurateur’
As a foodie, I enjoy experiencing new restaurants, concepts, dishes and atmospheres. Memphis has a winner in the Privé Restaurant, thanks to Mario Mims, aka Yo Gotti. Privé is French for private and the Privé Restaurant can only be described as incredible dining.
 
Hailing from North Memphis, Gotti, embraces his background and upbringing in his recordings and music.  Rapping since the age of 14, he has come a long way. One of his most popular mainstream songs is “5 Star Chick” and Privé has all the elements of a 5-star restaurant. 

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