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Priceless Vol 13 Number 2


Personal and Professional Empowerment www.hamptonroadsmessenger.com


Dr. Britt to Help STOP Inc. Celebrate 53 Years


Page 2


Rep. Richmond and Elaine Luria Tour Norfolk Small Business


Hampton University Homecoming Photos


Pages 8-9


Free November 2018 Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006


See 'Hidden Figure' Christine Darden at Hampton


History Museum Page 11


Virginia Begins Accepting Applications for Expanded Health Coverage Nov. 1


Eligible adults will receive services beginning January 1, 2019


Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02), Congressional candidate Elaine Luria and Dan Banister. Photo courtesy of Elaine for Congress


BY HRM STAFF VIRGINIA BEACH —


Elaine Luria, a former Navy commander and small business owner running for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District,


Richmond (LA-02), chair of the Congressional


tariffs


and Rep. Cedric Black


Caucus, toured Banister Nissan of Norfolk to focus on the impact of the Trump Administration’s on local


During the visit,


small businesses. Luria and


Richmond interviewed Dan Banister, dealership owner and community leader, about the issues affecting his small business.


Banister Nissan, a family


business, is one of the largest African American-owned car dealerships in the country. There are also locations in Norfolk and Chesapeake.


Luria confirmed, “As a


small business owner myself, I always want to hear from other small business owners and talk about their challenges. One of those problems is the uncertainty


created by the


threat of tariffs. Talking to Mr. Banister, I learned that if there is a 25% tariff on materials in his cars, that could lead to a big reduction in sales. That will hurt his business and hurt his customers.”


Rep. important Richmond added,


“I’m out here with Elaine because


members of Congress who listen to business owners and listen


to their constituents.


When we get outstanding candidates who are willing to talk to people, beat the streets, and get the facts, it’s important. That’s what Elaine represents, and I wanted to make sure


TRUMP'S TARIFFS PAGE 4 This Edition’s Highlights


Health Editorial Education


Interventions to Prevent Type II Diabetes Unused Will Your Vote Count, or Not?


Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


$4 Million Grant for HU STEM Students Apply for a Free House in Newport News Empowerment for Girls Workshop American Essay Contest


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BY FTC.GOV allegedly


The owners of four companies that bilked


consumers services trying to start


online businesses from home have been banned from selling purported business coaching or development


under court-approved


settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlements, which resolve an FTC case brought in the District of Utah, also require the corporate defendants to turn over the remaining funds in their bank accounts to the FTC.


According to the FTC complaint, the


scheme took $8.4 million from consumers interested in starting an online business. The defendants bought the contact information of these consumers and then tried to sell them a series of business coaching and related


BY GOVERNOR.VIRGINIA.GOV RICHMOND—Governor from Virginia adults Ralph


Northam today announced that beginning on November 1, 2018, state agencies will accept applications


newly


eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion. “When both sides of the aisle came


together earlier this year to pass Medicaid expansion, the Commonwealth set a realistic,


aggressive timeline for implementation and I’m proud to report the remarkable progress we’re making on these goals in close coordination with our federal partners,” said Governor Northam. “Virginia will begin accepting applications for expanded health coverage on November 1. I encourage all Virginians to get acquainted with the new eligibility rules and learn how they and their


EXPANDED COVERAGE PAGE 4


that we have Owners of Business Coaching and I think it’s very


Development Service Scam Banned services, each of which cost thousands of dollars. In lengthy phone calls, the complaint alleges the defendants’ sales representatives sold the high-priced services by promising consumers


they could make thousands


of dollars a month online. In one call, a salesman touting a program that cost $10,000 claimed it was “almost impossible” to make less than $3,000 to $5,000 a month using defendants’ foolproof methods: “[W]e don’t have any students we’ve built the business for that have ever failed. There’s just – there’s literally no way to fail.” The FTC submitted an audio file to the court that contains this portion of the call.


often received


According to the complaint, consumers little


more than basic


information about how to list products on websites like eBay as part of defendants’ programs. As a result, according to the complaint, most of the consumers who purchased these programs did not end up with a viable business, earned little or no money, and ended up heavily in debt.


After consumers purchased the series of


business coaching sessions, the defendants often tried to sell them an additional business


BANNED SCAM PAGE 10


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