Thursday
Aug302012

  

Liberty Tax Service~Una Famila Sin Fronteras is ready to assist communities across the nation with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 

Past tax returns, financial records can aid in demonstrating eligibility 

 

VIRGINIA BEACH (August 22, 2012) – Liberty Tax Service continues to expand its Hispanic market educational initiative by providing support for members of the immigrant community seeking to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which began accepting requests on Wednesday, August 15th

One of many requirements of the application process is to provide documents as evidence of your residency in the U.S. for at least 5 years.  A complete list of requirements and procedures can be obtained at www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.  Working in synch with Liberty’s Hispanic Initiative and Foundation, Una Famila sin Fronteras, over 4000 offices nationwide can assist in preparing/obtaining past tax returns and other financial documentation which may be needed as part of the application process.

John T. Hewett, CEO of Liberty Tax Service, commented, “Our firm has processed over 218,000  ITIN application forms over the last couple of years, all free of charge, facilitating fulfillment of fiscal responsibilities in the U.S. We realize how important these programs are to our immigrant community and we continue to be committed to helping them fulfill their fiscal responsibilities. Liberty Tax Service is here to help all members of the community not just during tax season, but throughout the year.”

Martee Pearson, Director of Diversity Programs & Executive Director of Liberty’s Una Familia sin Fronteras Foundation, added, “The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is a very exciting program and a great opportunity for young people. Through our FREE fiscal and financial education programs offered through our Foundation in Spanish and English, Liberty has reach hundreds of thousands of Hispanics across the U.S. with vital information that is needed to help them enter our mainstream economy. Working with our 400+ partners that include school districts, nonprofits and governmental institutions, we are poised to continue our directive to assist the immigrant communities by facilitating access to the important financial documentation that will help them qualify for this program.”

About Liberty Tax Service

Liberty Tax Service is the fastest-growing retail tax preparation company in the industry’s history, founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, a pioneer in the tax industry. To date, Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 10,000,000 individual income tax returns and over 218,000 FREE ITIN applications. With 43 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt is the most experienced CEO in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. JTH Holding, Inc. the parent company of Liberty Tax Service (NASDAQ:TAX), listed shares of Class A Common Stock on the NASDAQ Global Market on July 2, 2012. Each Liberty Tax office offers customers audit assistance, a money-back guarantee, and free tax return reviews. An elite group of Hispanic Services Seal of Excellence Certified offices also provide assistance in Spanish and offer many special services geared toward our Hispanic population across the nation, free-of-charge.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Roselyn Castillo

404.350.0200

RCastillo@LanzaGroup.com

www.LanzaGroup.com

Sunday
Aug192012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fields Jackson - Named a Community Choice Honoree in the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards

 

Cleveland, OH, [8/19/12] -  Fields Jackson, Jr, Founder and CEO, Racing Toward Diversity magazine has been voted a Community Choice honoree in the 2012 Small Business Influencer  Awards.  Fields Jackson achieved the designation as the result of receiving top votes in the popular voting segment of the Awards, from the small business community.  Fields was one of the top five popular vote getters in the category of Leaders.

The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market. 

The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. 

There are two different Award designations within the Small Business Influencer Awards:  (1) Community Choice,  and (2) Top 100 Champions. The Community Choice designation recognizes those whose communities have supported them with top votes.

Says Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and one of the co-founders of the Awards, "Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background.  Many of the Community Choice honorees are themselves small business owners, entrepreneurs or small businesses. “

Awards co-founder Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology.com notes, “Being recognized by the community as a Community Choice honoree also reinforces with employees that their dedication and hard work has paid off.   The Awards are intended to provide that added boost in motivation and morale that can make a big difference in results."

BlackBerry is the title sponsor of the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards.  Other sponsors who leant their support include Infusionsoft, Vocus and GetResponse. 

About the Small Business Influencer Awards

The Small Business Influencer Awards, now in their second year, enable the small business community to nominate and show their support for those that influence and support them. The Awards have an open nomination period, followed by community voting, and then a judging period by a group of industry-knowledgeable judges. 

The Small Business Influencer Awards initiative is produced by Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, serving over 4,000,000 small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, and SmallBizTechnology.com, a media company that produces online content and live events educating small and mid-sized companies on how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their businesses.  The Awards can be found on the Web at:  SMBInfluencers.com.

 

CONTACT:

Anita Campbell, CEO

Small Business Trends LLC

admin@smallbiztrends.com

Twitter hashtag:  #SMBInfluencer

Wednesday
Aug152012

An Athlete's True Strength: Ray Lewis

by Mark Shreve 

How do you measure an athlete’s strength? How much they can put up on the bench? How quickly they can sprint the 100m? Or swim the 400m IM?  Let’s talk numbers:

9.58 – the number of seconds it took Usain Bolt to run 100m in Berlin, 2009.

243.84 – the number of seconds it took Michael Phelps to swim the 400 IM in Beijing, 2008.

15,400 – the total number of miles Lance Armstrong biked to win the Tour de France. Seven times in a row.


Now let’s talk some different numbers:

2,889,187 – the number of Jamaicans that Usain Bolt empowers every time he steps onto a track

211,000,000 – the number of Americans who watched Phelps win in Beijing.

 

Athletes carry more on their shoulders than their last names. They show their strength on and off the field. They empower their communities – whether those communities be their neighborhood, town, city, or country. A handful inspire the worldThe United Athletes Foundation (UAF) is a non-profit organization that leverages the inspiration professional athletes give to their communities by focusing on giving back. Their mission is to improve the lives of the athletic fraternity and society in its entirety. These aren’t small goals. But these aren’t small problems. And these aren’t small athletes.

 

A few more numbers:

66 – the percentage of people beneath the poverty line in the Southeastern District of Baltimore.

71,008 – the number of seats in the M&T Bank Stadium in the Southeastern District of Baltimore.

52 – the number on Ray Lewis’s Ravens jersey. This will be his 17th season wearing it.

 

Lewis is a Baltimore institution. He sees the needs of his community first-hand when he drives to the stadium every Sunday. He’s also the Vice Chairman of the UAF. Lewis and the UAF’s President and Executive Director Reggie Howard (who played seven NFL seasons) are currently running an initiative in partnership with Consumer Education Services Inc. (CESI), Builders of Hope & the Ameri-I-Can Foundation to revitalize blighted communities. They’re developing quality, safe, affordable housing and teaching financial literacy to the new homebuyers and renters moving into the renovated houses. 

The crucial aspect of this project is its emphasis on not only building houses and filling them with families, but on providing education on financial literacy so that they can improve their circumstances. It’s a project that will be paying returns for generations. A donation today will still be helping in 20 years when the kids in these families buy and fill their own homes.

The UAF have put together an all-or-nothing campaign to raise $10,000 in 45 days. As of today, they have 26 days left to raise $7,435. We show support for our communities’ athletes every time they step on the field and get to work. Let’s show our support for the work they’re doing off of it. Donate hereThen share the campaign with your friends so that they can contribute too.

Tuesday
Aug142012

Let’s Put Our Heads Together

Two heads are better than one.

– English Proverb

Gene StoweMany members of the dominant group in a society might consider the focus on diversity an unwelcome imposition, a superfluous “right thing to do” that interferes with the efficient functioning of institutions, and a burdensome layer of politically correctness that hampers the once-easy flow of camaraderie among themselves. Like the tree-hugging sector of the environmental movement, some diversity advocates exacerbate the problem with moralistic attempts at motivation, appealing to emotions and “values” that they imagine all human beings share. But like energy sustainability, diversity offers high returns on an investment that is vital for our economic and social future – the countdown is close for the day when we become a majority-minority country – far more important than the self-satisfied or annoyed feelings it might now engender. Diversity is as critical for the well-being of the dominant group and of the society as a whole as it is for the well-being of the minority groups included.

The benefits for minority groups are perhaps more self-evident. In many cases, they have been systematically marginalized, their pressing needs and their potential contributions ignored. The long American history of oppression and exclusion of the Other – Native Americans, African-Americans, Chinese, Irish, Japanese, Mormons, Catholics, Muslims – by the dominant northern Europeans has deprived those people of basic rights and dignities, including the dignity of opportunity to make a positive impact on the larger society. Ending segregation and discrimination, treating each person as an equal citizen, is worthwhile in itself. But it is far from the only benefit of embracing diversity.

The dominant group has much to gain from interacting with minorities. Learning happens in an exchange of ideas – new answers come from new questions, and new questions from encountering new perspectives. When a single group dominates the society with its ideas unchallenged, without the occasion to develop and deliver a fresh account of its enduring identity in each generation, those ideas fossilize and atrophy. The hierarchy of importance in a set of beliefs begins to collapse, and issues that might have been considered trivial in the presence of vigorous challenged become outsized. Try to imagine Jesus or Paul, in the face of Jewish and Roman opposition, contemplating how many angels could dance on the head of a pin, as their claimed successors did in a Europe where basic beliefs, unchallenged, had become wallpaper. Over time, unquestioned authority becomes the source of its own rot, as restless and bored minds warp the original values all out of proportion, pursuing ever more hairsplitting topics for argument because the arguments for vital ideas have long been settled. Intellectual stimulation from the outside – inclusion of the Other in the dialogue – can help maintain perspective. Even if the men standing next to the elephant are not blind, they do not have the ability to see the whole in the way that the observer at some distance can describe. The creature is not only not wall, spear, snake, tree, fan or rope – it is also not all side, tusk, trunk, leg, ear or tail. The handlers can gain much by talking to each other, and they can gain another dimension by talking to the observer who is both disinterested and interested.

The society as a whole has much to gain from embracing diversity, and not only because both the minorities and the dominant group benefit individually. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The modern world faces challenges too big and too complex for any one person or any one group to solve. No mind, no perspective, no set of experiences should be excluded from the conversation – all must be given a fair hearing, even when the eventual solution lies elsewhere. Failure to include is a luxury we can no longer afford.  The problems are global, the solutions must come from all over the globe, and the benefits of discovery must be distributed globally. The United States has a strong competitive advantage in this enterprise: we are the closest to a microcosm of global diversity of any country on Earth, both because of our breadth of citizenship and because of those we welcome to our universities and workplaces. Leveraging that diversity, putting those persons together in an environment of respect and dialogue to understand each other and the world in new ways, would unleash creativity and innovation that would go a long way to solving our problems, and the world’s.