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African Paradise Restaurant Opens in South Minneapolis

African Paradise Restaurant Opens in South Minneapolis

All week long, tantalizing aromas have been wafting from the doors of African Paradise Restaurant as they’ve rehearsed for their grand opening, Friday, March 20. The freshly painted walls and…

Money transfers cut off to Somalia

Money transfers cut off to Somalia

Pressured by the U.S. government’s anti-terrorism crackdown, a small Southern California bank is cutting off a crucial source of aid to families in war-ravaged Somalia — money wired from Somali…

IRS launches directory of federal tax return preparers

IRS launches directory of federal tax return preparers

The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new online directory of tax return preparers just as the tax filing season has kicked into gear. The searchable directory allows users to find tax…

From Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Bill Blazar: African immigrant entrepreneurs key to state’s future

From Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Bill Blazar: African immigrant entrepreneurs key to state’s future

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Somali Chamber of Commerce held its first annual celebration dinner Saturday at the Safari Restaurant in Minneapolis. Bill Blazar, interim president of the Minnesota Chamber of…

Low American gas prices means pain in Africa

Low American gas prices means pain in Africa

Falling oil prices are happy news for American car owners but disastrous news for Africa which was recently celebrating an “oil boom” around the continent. Some energy consultants see falling…

East African Business Forum features Tanzanian Ambassador

East African Business Forum features Tanzanian Ambassador

Tanzania’s U.S. ambassador, Liberata Mulamula, was busy on her May 7 visit to Minnesota.  After speaking at the Books for Africa annual fundraiser in St. Paul, she appeared at the…

Flamingo Restaurant: “We feel like we’re home”

Flamingo Restaurant: “We feel like we’re home”

In July 2010, six months after fulfilling their dream and opening Flamingo Restaurant (located at the intersection of Syndicate Street and University Avenue in St. Paul), Shegitu Kebede and Frewoini…

Registration for Rwanda and Tanzania Ambassadors’ visits to Minnesota now open

Registration for Rwanda and Tanzania Ambassadors’ visits to Minnesota now open

Registration for two key Africa focused events in May in the Twin Cities is now open. Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda and Ambassador Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania will headline two…

ARC sells Microfinance Bank to Liberian Diaspora

ARC sells Microfinance Bank to Liberian Diaspora

The American Refugee Committee, based in Minneapolis, has sold its Liberian Microfinance Bank, Liberty Finance, LLC to DCRB Investments. DCRB is a company registered in Liberia and includes former members…

BMO Harris is banking on Malagasy-born Ravelomanantsoa

BMO Harris is banking on Malagasy-born Ravelomanantsoa

The lady credited with making BMO Harris bank a successful mainstay on the now thriving Lake Street corridor in South Minneapolis, Felicia Ravelomanantsoa, has been elevated to Small Business Banking…

Nairobi chosen to host African Institute for Remittances

Nairobi chosen to host African Institute for Remittances

The African Union (AU) Executive Council, has selected the Republic of Kenya to host the African Institute for Remittances (AIR). The Council asked the African Union Commission to conclude the…