American Express Commits $2.5 Million to "100 for 100" Program for Black Women Entrepreneurs

Continuing their commitment to supporting small businesses, this week American Express announced the 100 Black women entrepreneurs that have been selected to participate in the "100 for 100" program. Not only will the chosen women receive $25,000 in grants will also be able to utilize 100 days of business resources. These resources include business education, mentorship, and more. The 100 for 100 program was launched in partnership with IFundWomen of Color,...

Three-Quarters of Americans Plan to Shop Local This Holiday Season

Good news for small businesses: consumers are ready to shop small this season. A new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Mastercard found that 77% of Americans intend on shopping at local retailers for their holiday gifts. What’s more, 75% report that they’re being more conscious about where their shopping this season, prioritizing minority-owned and women-owned businesses. Additionally, more than half of those surveyed suggest they’d rather receive...

Money at 30: My Top Holiday Shopping Tips For 2020

Even though we're still in mid-November, I think we can all agree on fast-forwarding to the holiday season this year. Of course, 2020's festivities are bound to look a bit different in many ways. Nevertheless, shopping will surely still play a big role in the next several weeks. With that in mind, I figured I'd highlight some of my top holiday shopping tips — including some tailored to our current...

American Express Reportedly Pursuing Kabbage Acquisition

It looks as though American Express could soon be expanding its small business portfolio by purchasing a top FinTech lender. According to a report from Bloomberg, Amex is in "advanced talks" to buy small business lender Kabbage. Currently it is expected that the price tag on the deal could reach $850 million and would be an all-cash transaction. Bloomberg's unnamed source suggests that a final proposal could be hammered out...

Mastercard & Bank of America Announce "Grow Your Biz Contest" Winner

Back in September, Mastercard and Bank of America announced the start of the second annual Grow Your Biz Contest. Promoting the fact that 60% of U.S. small businesses say they plan to grow their operations in the next five years, the contest asked a simple question: "How?" Entrepreneurs were invited to answer that question in videos of up to one minute in length for a chance to win $25,000 as well as...

3 Tips for Giving and Getting at the Same Time

Shopping at retailers with special deals on gift cards or offer bonuses from your credit card, you can help stretch your gift budget and reward yourself.

Saving on Airfare: The Best (and Worst) Times to Fly

No matter where you head on vacation it seems that airfare is still one of the most expensive parts of the entire trip. Even if you stick to coach (or economy), pack lightly to save on checked bag fees, and choose discount airlines you can still end up spending a fortune. However part of the problem may be the time of year you travel or even the day.As Catey Hill of...