Diversity in Dining

PDJ January 11, 2013 0

How Darden Restaurants is Leading Diversity in the Casual Dining Industry

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In the trendy world of designer eyeglasses and corporate do-gooding, there has been a convergence of companies offering stylish glasses and touting “buy a pair give a pair” philosophies (when a customer buys a pair of glasses, someone less fortunate receives a pair).

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Most women are well-acquainted with the pain that comes along with following the latest trends in high heels. A day’s worth of walking in pumps or wedges can leave feet covered in blisters and sores. Katie Shea and Susan Levitt loved wearing their strappy heels to work and social events, but it grew difficult for them to tolerate the wear and tear to their feet. The women worked together to come up with a creative solution to their love/hate relationship with heels. In doing so, CitySlips was born.

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In a new era, social media provides marketing benefits for small businesses and young online retailers.

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Designed to aid young entrepreneurs, Startup America Partnership (SAP) hopes to provide jobs and put America at the forefront of innovation by encouraging young entrepreneurs with their small businesses.

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Dwayne Hayes, President of Exalt Integrated Technologies LLC, is an African-American, service-disabled veteran who was named on of the top five entrepreneurs in Atlanta by Business to Business.

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Hispanic mobile usage is growing four times faster than the general population. The demographic currently represents twenty-five percent of total U.S. iPhone ownership. Two tech entrepreneurs have attempted to capitalize on these demographic changes with a new “lifestyle” mobile application that caters to the Hispanic business and consumer market.

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Train! specializes in skills development training and coaching negotiation techniques to Spanish speakers at many of the leading companies across the U.S. and Mexico. Rafael González Montes de Oca, the company’s founder and CEO, presents workshops at companies to provide the Spanish-speaking employees with knowledge that will allow them to improve their professional development, both in management abilities and in relation with others.

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“Female entrepreneurs currently account for approximately a third of all entrepreneurs worldwide, and the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2025, the share of women entrepreneurship in that country will increase to more than 55 per cent.” The Global Legal Post, April 2012.

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