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Candice Cunningham, Chicago — What Are the Root Causes of Economic Hardship?

Economic hardship is defined as the inability or struggle to meet reasonable basic living expenses such as food and shelter. The astounding fact is that in recent years, over 72% of U.S. families had at least one serious economic hardship, which could include worries about food, rent payments, inadequate childcare, disconnected utilities and more, says Candice V Cunningham founder of the nonprofit organization The Black Ecosystem in Chicago.

Single-parent families, young workers and minorities are much more likely to face economic hardships, as are workers with less than high school educations.

Economic hardship is experienced by other sectors of the…


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Candice V Cunningham on the Difference Between E-Commerce and Online Shopping

E-commerce and online shopping are two terms that many people use interchangeably. However, they are both different concepts. According to Candice V Cunningham, founder of the nonprofit organization The Black Ecosystem in Chicago, e-commerce refers to all aspects of operating a business online, and online shopping refers to the online selling and purchasing of goods and services.

E-commerce has completely changed how the market operates, making it easier to discover and purchase products from anywhere in the world. In fact, e-commerce has created a worldwide market which was simply not possible in the traditional retail market. …


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Candice Cunningham on How Poverty Leads to Social Injustice

Social justice is achieved when all people have the right to a life of dignity, or a life free from poverty, violence, discrimination and human rights violations, explains Candice V Cunningham, founder of the non-profit organization The Black Ecosystem in Chicago.

Many people fail to realize how closely linked poverty and social injustice are, and how alleviating poverty can increase social justice for all.

Approximately 46 million Americans live below the poverty line. This increases their risk of mortality, disability, violence and much more. Impoverished persons have less access to healthy food and adequate medical care. Social injustice occurs where…


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Candice V Cunningham on What you Need to Know to Start an Online Store

It seems like everyone is opening an online store these days, and that is because there has never been a larger market of online shoppers. Additionally, with online store builder platforms, opening a store has never been easier; but if you have no prior experience with e-commerce, it can be tricky to make the right choices for your business’ specific needs. To give you everything you need to know about starting an online store, we teamed up with Candice Cunningham from Chicago, Illinois, an e-commerce consultant and entrepreneur who has successfully built and maintained over thirty online stores.

Candice Cunningham…


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Candice V Cunningham on How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur through E-Commerce

It is hard to describe how impactful the internet has been on culture, politics and business. The accessibility and democratization of information has allowed everyone the opportunity to become an expert, challenging traditional notions of 9-to-5 employment. Most people prefer to buy products and services online, so streamlining an e-commerce approach is crucial in maintaining success on this new platform. We spoke with e-commerce consultant, Candice V. Cunningham, to go over the top tips for how to become a successful e-commerce entrepreneur in 2019. …


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Candice Cunningham on the Mental Health Issues with Adolescents

We hear about mental health today more than ever, which is a testament to how far we have come in distilling the stigma and prejudices historically held against it. However, as rates of attempted and completed adolescent suicide in Western societies continue to rise, it seems we still have a long way to go. We spoke with Candice Cunningham to speak about adolescent mental health, how to identify it, and what you can do to help. …


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Candice V. Cunningham on the Benefits of Afterschool Programs for Students of All Ages

After school programs can help students of all ages learn important hands-on career skills and spend much needed time on homework and in closing essential skill gaps. These enrichment programs such as the ones offered by Candice V. Cunningham at The Black Ecosystem in Chicago, Illinois, have been shown to improve student test scores, decrease overall disciplinary actions, and connect students with the skills and experiences they need to be successful after graduation. Here are a few other ways well-funded, quality afterschool programs can benefit students, teachers, parents, and communities.

Safety and Security — In areas where students can experience…


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Candice Cunningham on the Long-term Impact of Neglectful Parents

Children who experience neglect don’t receive the important emotional, mental, and physical support from their parents or caregivers that they need to grow into stable and healthy adults. The kinds of neglect that can occur are numerous and varied, but the results are often similar, manifesting into long-term physical and emotional distress, which can reach far into adulthood. Even if a child did not realize he or she was experiencing neglect during childhood, the negative results can still be experienced throughout their lifetime. Candice V. Cunningham is the Founder of the non-profit organization — The Black Ecosystem in Chicago, Illinois…


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Candice V. Cunningham on Engaging the Next Generation of African American Entrepreneurs

Across the country, volunteers and organizations are stepping up to invest in our future entrepreneurs, business owners, inventors, activists, and leaders. They are engaging youth with programs from Atlanta to Los Angeles designed to target emerging African American entrepreneurs and connect them to hands-on opportunities in entrepreneurship, STEM education, and global business leadership. Candice V. Cunningham is the Founder of the non-profit organization — The Black Ecosystem in Chicago, Illinois lists a few examples of innovative programs making a huge impact.

The Black Ecosystem is a non-profit organization in Chicago that focuses on revitalizing struggling communities and empowering families in…

Candice V Cunningham

Candice Cunningham is an entrepreneur and philanthropist residing in Chicago, Illinois.

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