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It’s the 14th Weekend of the Dallas Summer Fun Series!

 

Hey there! As the new school season is getting into gear, summer is still in effect! It’s the 14th weekend of the Dallas Summer Fun Series, and only a few more weeks left to get it in for the summer! What are yoooo doin’ this weekend? All kinds of thangs are goin’ across the vast expanse of DFW, from the new social spots in Shops at Legacy like Flemings and Del Frisco’s Grille (sooo nice), to Top Golf and all kinds of day parties in and around Dallas Uptown and Downtown…and some “all the way up” night parties “for free” (with RSVP…Events page ). And for those who have jetted off to exotic destinations that include palm trees and beaches, let us know how it goes! Send pics and videos. For those still in Dallas Ft. Worth, capture some pics at swank and posh hotels like The Joule and Le Meridien, with those cool pools and world class interior designs.

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The DFW area is still one of the fastest growing major urban areas in the country, and with so many people moving here, someone’s gotta keep up with all the turn’t up and low key events and activities.

Be sure to follow us and bookmark our popular Events page today! Also follow us on Instagram as well (@affluentblacks). if you’re a venue, nice restaurant, event promoter or organizer, keep us posted and definitely let’s work out advertising stuff to support this new article series. From jazzy wine bars to exciting night clubs and lounges, we’ve got you covered this summer! 🎊 🌴 😎 👊

Some fun events you may be interested in (bookmark our event page to keep up to date on all the DFW summer fun):

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Celebrity DJ Duffey of Basketball Wives LA fame is bringing her official birthday celebration home to Dallas at Bungalow tonight (Fri, Aug 26)! Hopefully you got your RSVP cuz they had to add special tables to accommodate the crowd.

 

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Black Owned Tech Company Breaks into Inc Magazine 5000 at #484

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Jibril Sulaiman | President/Founder

Pay Sell Company (http://www.paysell.co/) is a nearly $10 million a year e-Commerce company owned by Jabril Sulaiman, is based in Pensacola, FL and was founded in 2011. In just a 3 year period, it grew nearly 800%! Now that’s success. And because of this incredible growth, the company landed at #484 on the well respected Inc 5000 fastest growing companies for 2016. Take time to read up on how this brotha did what he did.

It’s Finally Here! The 1st of Many ‘Dallas Lifestyles” Videos

Ask and ye shall receive! You asked for it, and we finally got it in. 14 minutes of lifestyle coverage, from our website and social media, to several lit and turn’t up nightlife spots around DFW, to dining and cultural activities, we got you covered!

The Dallas Ft. Worth area is the brightest economic engine of growth in the country. Many major corporations, and even smaller ones, continue to move here in big numbers. This in turns draws lots of college graduates and professionals seeking better jobs and better lives.

Black professionals are part of this movement. A few years ago when I started the AffluentBlacksOfDallas.com website, many of those professionals who were new to the area kept asking where other black professionals were socializing. From night events, to business networking events, we covered the topics they wanted to hear.

And now we launch this ground-breaking series of video compilations that spotlight what professionals are doing all across the massive DFW area. Stay tuned for our next video. Thank you for your time. Visit AffluentBlacksOfDallas.com and follow us on Instagram @affluentblacks! Now you have a happy hour buddy. We look forward to seeing you. Take care.

 

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Charles Schwab to open $100M campus to host 1,200 new jobs | Dallas Business Journal

Some job news to keep in mind for the future…

Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed Tuesday that Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) plans to develop a new $100 million regional campus in Westlake, which will house 1,200 new jobs upon completion, confirming last week’s Dallas Business Journal story about the move. “Texas remains the brightest beacon of free enterprise in the nation, and Charles Schwab’s decision to expand its operations in North Texas is yet another testament to the Lone Star state’s promising economic climate,” said Governor Abbott, in a written statement.

Source: It’s confirmed: Charles Schwab to open $100M campus to host 1,200 new jobs – Dallas Business Journal

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Having Fun Yet? 10th Weekend of the Dallas Summer Fun Series!

Hey there! It’s the 10th weekend of the Dallas Summer Fun Series, and only a few more weeks left to get it in for the summer! What are yoooo doin’ this weekend? All kinds of thangs are goin’ across the vast expanse of DFW, from the new social spots in Shops at Legacy like Flemings and Del Frisco’s Grille (sooo nice), to Top Golf and all kinds of day parties in and around Dallas Uptown and Downtown…and some “all the way up” night parties “for free” (with RSVP…Events page ). And for those who have jetted off to exotic destinations that include palm trees and beaches, let us know how it goes! Send pics and videos. For those still in Dallas Ft. Worth, capture some pics at swank and posh hotels like The Joule and Le Meridien, with those cool pools and world class interior designs. The W hotel has a swank, cool pool scene several floors up with sweeping views of downtown, and it plays host to the weekly SoundWave of the Summer series every Sunday, all while the DJ mixes the sounds you wanna hear. But hurry as this is a popular series: $20 for men and free for ladies with RSVP.

Similar to our other popular series such as Dallas Escape Series, this series brings you the hottest, most fun things to do across Dallas Ft. worth during the day and night. And why not? The DFW area is still one of the fastest growing major urban areas in the country, and with so many people moving here, someone’s gotta keep up with all the turn’t up and low key events and activities.

A notable new edition to this series is the “Lifestyles of the Glam and Curvy” series from CurveMonsters of Dallas:

It’s the Dallas Fun Series! What are you waiting for? Head to our buddies at CurveMonsters.org to view their “Lifestyles of the Glam and Curvy” video series, Summer Edition, right now! Be sure to follow their YouTube channel to stay up to date. And if you think you have a fun, entertaining video of you and you have that head turning look, message them on their site or Instagram (@CurveMonsters)

Be sure to follow us and bookmark our popular Events page today!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well (@affluentblacks). if you’re a venue, nice restaurant, event promoter or organizer, keep us posted and definitely let’s work out advertising stuff to support this new article series. From jazzy wine bars 🍷 to exciting night clubs and lounges, we’ve got you covered this summer! 🎊 🌴 😎 👊

On Instagram: @affluentblacks

Some fun events you may be interested in (bookmark our event page to keep up to date on all the DFW summer fun):

 

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K Michelle. Check our Events page for details.

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How Surprise Dress Codes Can Erode Customer Service

Every establishment that serves the public, whether it be a restaurant or a night club or concert venue, has the right to have a dress code. Don’t have a problem with that. Often, dress codes help maintain a certain ambiance. Some higher end establishments may often require a formal or semi-formal dress code that requires men wear a dress coat and women wear dresses at a certain length. Less stuff establishments won’t be this formal, but may require that customers not wear flip flops or bikinis at a dining table. That’s all fine. The problem comes when such establishments don’t clearly articulate their dress code policies or have it clearly posted at the front door. By asking someone to leave for violating a dress code they knew nothing about is very poor customer service.

 

Such is the case at Kona Grill in Plano

As many of you know, on most Fridays, you can find me at Kona Grill as a lot of professionals, many from our network, go to Kona Grill. Some call it “Black Friday” affectionately, though the ratio of brothas and sistas varies. But by and large, since at least February of this year, a growing number of black professionals frequent Kona Grill in Plano on Fridays, and we documented this trend very early. I’ve come to know the staff there pretty well, which is why I was surprised at what happened when a friend in my party of 5, and later my own son, got asked to leave because they were wearing tank tops on a very hot Friday, yesterday (July 22, 2016). Temperatures outside were at or above 100 degrees, so several guests, both men and women, were wearing tank tops. Not wife beaters, but nice, designer style tank tops. The women were allowed to wear tank tops, but the men are not permitted to do so (sounds like the basis for a sex discrimination complaint, but that’s not the objective of this post).

The first incident happened with the male friend in our group who I met through his fiancée, who also was part of the group and was wearing a tank top. They were at Kona Grill before I got there, and when I arrive, they told me he was asked to leave or go change his tank top. This was the first we ever heard of Kona Grill having a dress code. But fine, so be it. As we were talking about this, a lady over heard us and was also surprised there was a dress code that did not allow tank tops. So she asked her man if he had a shirt in the car to give him, and he did. But my friend instead went home (not far away) and changed. It was a huge inconvenience, quite obviously. To me, it makes more sense to provide a warning as the July heat in Dallas makes people wear less clothing. Just say something like “Hey, we know the dress code wasn’t posted anywhere or very well known, but for the next time, we don’t allow tank tops on men.” No problem. Next time, no tank tops.

We finally get seated after waiting, and some time later, my son, who was at home, came to join us, also wearing a tank top. We were seated at an inside patio bar table near the back door, and my son and I would usually enter through that door instead of going all the way around to the front, and my son entered through the back door. Not long after that, a manager, who I thought I knew well, came and informed him that they can’t serve him in a tank top, asking if he had a shirt in the car he can change into. Of course, who just happen to have an extra shirt in the car? Not common. Instead, my son decided to leave. No problem or anger, though it was inconvenient once again. My son was just going to blow it off as a misunderstanding and leave it at that.

But what happened next was the nail in the coffin of good customer service.

We overheard the manager lock the back door and tell the waiter “Don’t let him back in,” as if my son, who is in college, were a trouble maker or worse. That crossed a line and was clearly uncalled for. When I later told my son this (we ended up going to Blue Fish in Plano at 121 near Dallas Tollway), he was insulted by that and vowed never to return again. So I ask Kona Grill to revisit their dress code and common customer service to make sure this doesn’t happen again. It leaves a sour taste in the mouths of frequent customers like us who have been visiting that Kona Grill since it opened last year. I’m sure somewhere in all of this there is a misunderstanding. Time will tell.

So I am taking this opportunity to mix it up and visit other establishments for Friday happy hour. We’ve noticed Shell Shack has been having a vibrant happy hour, as does Ra Sushi, Truth, Prime Time Carrollton, Park Avenue Fridays, and other spots. Let us know of other spots we haven’t gone to that we should check out. And a word to the wise: Please be sure to clearly articulated either on signage or on a website or just warn people if not posted clearly anywhere. We’re pretty easygoing. Take care, and have fun this weekend, my friends.

 

How to Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business | Black Enterprise

T-shirts are contemporary wardrobe staples for men, women, and children today. Building an online T-shirt business can be profitable with relatively low startup costs. If you’re looking to become an entrepreneur, this may be an effective way to add an additional income stream in the next 30-60 days.

Know Your Audience

Who’s your target audience? Churches? Fraternities? Moms? Teams? Companies? Before you launch a business, the first step is always identifying a hungry audience. Otherwise, you may end up with boxes of T-shirts in your garage.

Choose the Right Business Model

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to start a T-shirt business you needed a bulky and expensive printing press and tons of inventory. Today, you don’t even have to “touch” your T-shirts…

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