In the 25 years since the first reported cases of AIDS significant progress has been made, yet a quarter century into the epidemic there is much more we can do to stop the spread of the disease. National Black AIDS Awareness Day, celebrated on February 7th, is a perfect opportunity for us to identify and implement needed improvements that will adequately provide effective care and treatment to HIV patients across the country. On this day, it is imperative that each of us contemplate the enormity of what this epidemic has wrought, particularly in the African American community. It is essential that we pledge to do our utmost to stop HIV/AIDS in our communities.
Read more: Let's get Serious about HIV/AIDS
You see, one of the original four Tuskegee Airmen graduates was my father-in-law.He, more importantly, conceived and raised the most beautiful woman to ever walk this earth – my Kay.His blood runs in the veins of our two sons.
Everyone knows of the need for Capital Access when it comes to business development.What many don’t fully appreciate is the need for surety bonding capacity.What is a surety bond?It is a form of insurance or guarantee for a buying entity such as a public school board, city, county, federal government, etc. which is responsible for public funds that are used for procurement purposes.A contractor must provide a bond for his work and if he fails to meet specifications or finish the job, the bonding company steps in and replaces the contractor with a competent entity and finishes or corrects the job with no increase in costs.Most Black contractors around the nation are not adequately bondable.
Read more: A Bonding Program for Contractors