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Helping hand for minority dealer hopefuls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Bill Perkins knows how hard it is to get a dealership and to succeed. He lasted one year in his first store. But when he later acquired a dealership in suburban Detroit, other dealers helped him. That made the difference. Perkins has picked up the mantle, mentoring and training others, mostly African Americans, to become dealers. Perkins believes in minority dealers training other minorities to create a mutual support system....
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A mission to add, keep minority dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Fiat Chrysler and General Motors, whose minority dealer ranks suffered huge losses during the recession, say they are working hard to add more minority-owned dealerships to their networks and keep the ones they have....
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Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year....
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Minority supplier council names former retail executive as new leader

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has hired Michelle Sourie Robinson as its new CEO. She will succeed Louis Green in the nonprofit's top post, starting January 5....
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Minority suppliers get Tier 1 help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Canny minority suppliers, who typically lack the global size and cutting edge r&d for competitive technology, are forming partnerships with Tier 1 companies to handle major production contracts. And some have formed multiple partnerships with major companies....
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GM plans to build on growth of minority-owned stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
General Motors added 21 minority-owned dealerships to its network so far this year, with plans to add a "couple more" this month and perhaps more by year end, said Eric Peterson, GM's U.S. vice president of diversity dealer relations....
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Irma Elder, first woman to own a Ford dealership in Detroit area, dies at 84

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Irma Elder, CEO of Elder Automotive Group and the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the Detroit area, died today. She was 84....
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Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year....
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Minority dealers are adding import brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
After taking a disproportionately big hit when General Motors and Chrysler closed more than 1,600 dealerships in 2009, minority dealers have been adding import franchises. Still, the total number of minority stores remains inadequate, the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers says....
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Maserati could benefit from Chrysler minority dealer program, exec says

5:54 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
A Chrysler Group minority dealer development program can help diversify Maserati’s dealer network, the head of both companies’ dealer networks said Thursday....
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Top black dealer groups' sales up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The nation's 60 largest black-owned dealership groups increased revenue 11 percent last year from 2012 to $7.99 billion, Black Enterprise magazine reported....
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Minority dealers buy stores with Ford loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is adding to its minority-dealer ranks through a program designed to help dealers and individuals with dealership management experience to buy Ford and Lincoln stores....
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Rainbow PUSH targets new imbalance with Japan

11:36 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Mention trade deficits with Japan, and the phrase usually conjures the 1980s trade wars with Tokyo over the flood of made-in-Japan imports to the United States. But for civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, there is a new trade gap with Japan....
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Jesse Jackson leads minority trade mission to Japan's automakers

7:02 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Jesse Jackson is leading a Rainbow PUSH Coalition trade mission to meet with the heads of Japan's leading automakers later this week, in order to increase the representation of minority interests in management, suppliers and dealerships....
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