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Priceless Vol 8 Number 10

Personal and Professional Empowerment

Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006 Bryant &

Portsmouth's 2014 Memorial Day Parade

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Dr. Maya Angelou: A Phenomenal Woman Passes On

Stratton College Receives Award

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Free June 2014

Congressman Scott Reflects on the Passing of Raymond H. Boone, Sr.

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Pacifica Founders Named National Small Business Persons of the Year

WASHINGTON – Burning the candle at

both ends, an

Oregon couple is now experiencing the sweet smell of success. Hus- band-and-wife


Billy Taylor and Brook Harvey-Taylor, the founders of Portland, Ore. based company – Pacifica, have been named

today this BY MONÉE FIELDS-WHITE One of the United States'

most prolific and beloved authors and poets has died at the age of 86. Maya Angelou was a Renaissance woman whose life inspired six autobiographies, including

celebrated first memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Angelou was found unresponsive in her Winston-Salem,

N.C., home.

Her death comes just days after she canceled an appearance in which she was to be honored at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards luncheon in Houston.

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis on April 4, 1928, she was 3 years old when she

and her brother Bailey

were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Ark., after their parents divorced. In that small town, she saw the evil of racial discrimination as well as the richness and faith of African-American life, both of which would play critical roles

in her life and writing. Because

impairment, Bailey

of a speech struggled

her internationally

to pronounce his sister's name. He often called her "My" for "my sister." After reading a story about the Maya Indians, he began to call her "Maya"— an

stay with her and form part of her

appellation that professional

would name.

(She derived the second half of it from a former husband, Anastasios

Angelopulos, a

Greek sailor whom she married in 1952.)


At the age of 8, she was molested

by her

mother's boyfriend during a visit to Chicago. At the time, she could only tell her brother about what had happened. She would later learn that an uncle who found out about the assault killed her attacker. As a result she stopped speaking for five years because she thought that her words had caused the death.

By the time she spoke

again, in 1941, the young teenager

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year’s National Small Business Persons of

the Year at National

Small Business Week awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“We’ve always

had a lot of pride in Oregon businesses,” said District Director Camron Doss. “We are thrilled to see Pacifica representing the state and the nation as the Small Business Persons of the Year.”

“Pacifica is a true American success

story,” said Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “Billy and Brook started with just the two of them making candles and have

grown Pacifica to more than 100 employees and a thriving enterprise.”

With Billy’s entrepreneurial spirit and

Brook’s creative vision, the two founders started making candles in 1997. By 2008 they had reached $12 million in revenue. But, a change in distribution channels brought about a downturn that forced the couple to seek financing to reposition the


Saving and Investing for Your Future: Questions to Ask Yourself Now

to put

Finding money into


can seem difficult, but

and her brother strategies MAYA ANGELOU PAGE 3


make it easier. Start by asking yourself these questions.

goals? Knowing how much


Do I have savings you


save and why can help you stick to a plan.

For example, if you have a young child, ask yourself if you plan to help pay for college. Research indicates that children who have a college savings fund are more likely to go to college than those who don’t. Start by looking at "529 plans" sponsored by your state (typically with cost and tax benefits for residents) and compare them to other 529 plan options.

there are some that


U.S. Small Business Ad m i n i st r a t i o n (SBA),

William "Billy" Charles Taylor, CEO, and Brook Ann Harvey-Taylor, President, Pacifica Image credit: Pacifica

Learn more about college planning at www.

How can I spend less? Review how much you spent in the last month and consider


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