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Black History Month Free Web Seminar: Paving Paths: Cultivating Black Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 10-11 AM
In celebration of Black History Month, SCORE RI and the SBA are honored to present five extraordinary Black business owners who have cultivated entrepreneurial success.
Join us as we delve into their inspiring journeys - from humble beginnings to overcoming obstacles to achieving their dreams. These trailblazers will share their personal stories, hard-won wisdom, and practical advice.
Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or established business owner, their powerful stories will motivate and empower you. After gaining insights from their unique perspectives, you'll have the opportunity to ask them your most pressing questions during an open Q&A session.
Don't miss this chance to be inspired by these successful leaders as they reveal their secrets to cultivating Black entrepreneurial excellence. Register now for what's sure to be an unforgettable event.
Our Panel of Entrepreneurs
Yemi Sekoni, Moderator - President, Donahue Creative Group
Pearl Farquharson, Owner & Creative Director, Designed by Delsie
Pearl "Delsie" Farquharson, the innovative mind behind Designed by Delsie, orchestrates luxury event experiences for discerning couples, seamlessly blending tradition and innovation. With a fusion of Jamaican heritage, culinary expertise, and a keen eye for design, Pearl leads Delsie to prominence as a trailblazer in contemporary event planning, while championing diversity and investing in under-represented businesses.
Amina Victoria Uyisabye, CEO, Amina Prince's Place
With a focus on supporting refugees, Amina Prince’s Place offers comprehensive assistance such as securing safe and affordable housing, financial management guidance, and transportation for medical visits and grocery shopping. Their goal is to innovate refugee services by identifying and addressing their needs in ways not traditionally explored within social service networks.
Vennicia Kingston, Owner, Eagle Eye Post Construction Services
Vennicia, a seasoned tradeswoman since 2014, launched her business in post-construction cleaning, securing major contracts with prominent general contractors like Gilbane. With notable achievements such as representing women in the trades nationally and receiving accolades like RIBBA's Member of the Year award, she remains dedicated to advancing gender diversity in traditionally male-dominated industries, exemplifying leadership and advocacy in her field.
Anthony L Sanders, Snr, CEO, Awoken Apparel
Awoken Apparel is a collection of top-tier accessories, featuring both custom-crafted pieces and unique selections. The underlying objective is straightforward: aWoken Apparel is characterized by exceptional and personalized attention, coupled with an unwavering focus on the finest details.
IRS announces special Saturday hours for face-to-face help; more than 50 Taxpayer Assistance Centers open across the nation
IR-2024-41, Feb. 14, 2024
WASHINGTON — As part of a continuing effort to improve service this tax season, the Internal Revenue Service today announced special Saturday hours for the next four months at specific Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) across the country.
The special Saturday openings will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Feb. 24, March 16, April 13 and May 18. Offices in dozens of states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be open during this special four-month event, with no appointments required.
Currently, more than 50 locations plan to be open on Feb. 24, and more than 70 offices are scheduled for the March 16 event. The IRS encourages taxpayers to visit the special Saturday hours for participating TAC locations.
“We are laser focused on delivering the best service possible for taxpayers. These Saturday hours are designed to help those with busy weekday work schedules get the help they need at a time more convenient for them,” said IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel. “Funding from the Inflation Reduction Act has enabled us to expand our services, tools and resources for hard-working taxpayers, including these special Saturday openings.”
The IRS encourages everyone to first check IRS.gov for information about these special openings before traveling to an office. They may even find an online resource, such as the Interactive Tax Assistant tool, to answer their question or resolve their tax concern and avoid traveling to an office.
At TACs, people receive in-person help from IRS employees. Ordinarily, these centers are only open Monday through Friday, with appointments normally needed. However, during these Saturday hours, people can walk-in for all services routinely offered at an office, except for making cash payments. To make an appointment during regular hours, call 844-545-5640.
Professional foreign language interpretation will be available in many languages through an over-the-phone translation service. For deaf or hard of hearing individuals who need sign language interpreter services, IRS staff will schedule appointments for a later date. Alternatively, these individuals can call TTY/TDD 800-829-4059 to make an appointment.
Please come prepared
Individuals should bring the following documents when they visit these offices:
During the visit, IRS staff may also request the following information:
Many TACs extend office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Another option for people to get face-to-face help outside of a TAC’s normal operating hours is to visit before or after regular operating hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Many TACs around the country have extended their office hours on these days until April 16. To see if a nearby TAC is offering the added hours, view its listing at IRS.gov/taclocator.
Tax return preparation options
While tax return preparation is not a service offered at IRS TACs, information will be shared about available local free tax preparation options. Help is also available using the following services:
Help available 24/7 at IRS.gov
The fastest and easiest way for people to get the help they need is through IRS.gov. Go to www.irs.gov for more information. Available resources include:
For additional information on available services, see IRS Publication 5136, IRS Services Guide.
On Monday, January 8, 2024, Governor McKee announced that President Biden approved the State's request for federal disaster assistance in Providence County, Rhode Island to support those impacted by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes from September 10 to 13, 2023.