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Posted: January 1, 2019

The NCA wishes you a happy and healthy New Year! 


The Art Of Craft: Ruth E. Carter Breaks Down Series Of Early Sketches For ‘Black Panther’ Costumes

Posted: January 1, 2019 

"With over 40 film credits and two Oscar nominations to her name, costume designer Ruth E. Carter took on superhero scope for the first time with Ryan Coogler’s Marvel phenomenon Black Panther. Following T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)—a superhero and King-to-be in the technologically advanced, African nation of Wakanda—the Marvel pic hinged largely on one central question. That question, for Coogler, was: What does Africa mean to me? “For Ryan, it was an exploration of his own ideas about Africa, what he knew and what he didn’t know. That aspiration, for him, was important, to delve into culture, into things that are mysterious about Africa to people, and dispel a lot of those mysteries,” Carter explains. “To tell the stories of the vast tribal customs and beautiful traditions that we see across the continent.”

Crafting and sourcing around 1500 costumes for the project, Carter’s work embodies the international nature of its ambitions. For a film that moves between a fictional African kingdom, South Korea and the United States, she sent shoppers out to South Africa and Ghana, had outfits made in South Korea and Busan, and had embroidery done in Thailand. “We went around the world,” she says. “We really, actually bought from the source.” In early conversations with Coogler and Marvel’s Nate Moore, the conversation was “about Afrofuturism, about how we grew up and what our lives were like, as far as how it fit within the consciousness of African Diaspora,” Carter shares. “Ryan shared with me a story about seeing Malcolm X with his dad at the movies when he was a little boy, and how he remembered [my] costumes, and was really happy to meet me.”

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Cash Flow Tips to Help Every Retail Small Business Grow  

Posted: December 26, 2018 


From evolving consumer trends to labor shortages and seasonal fluctuations, retail companies face unique challenges regardless of size. In fact, the industry has one of the highest concentrations of small businesses. According to the National Retail Foundation, the vast majority – more than 98 percent – of retail workers work for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.


For these smaller companies, getting access to capital in order to grow their business, and managing cash flow is a necessity. The fourth quarter is an especially critical time of year. Nearly 75 percent of retailers report that the fourth-quarter is their most profitable time of year. At the same time, more than half (65 percent of online retailers and 60 percent of brick-and-mortar retailers) report their costs increasing by 25 percent on average. To curb common challenges, here are tips that can enhance cash flow.


Maximize Your Deductions to Minimize Taxes


Many small business owners are generally familiar with some of the small business tax deductions that can help you save money at tax time, but did you know about Section 179? This tax break for small businesses is intended to make it more affordable for small companies to buy business equipment, such as furniture, vehicles, computers and other tangible capital investments. Small businesses can deduct the full value of qualifying business equipment purchases up to $1,000,000 in the same tax year that the purchases are made. This alleviates the pain of depreciating (or deducting the amount in portions) on a year-by-year basis over the useful lifetime of the equipment. To take advantage of Section 179, consider your long-term equipment needs and consider making purchases before year-end to save on your taxes later.


Consider Your Funding Options


Since banks often require old bank statements and dated tax returns it can be challenging for business owners lacking long credit histories to get access to funding. On top of this, small businesses are oftentimes overlooked by banks favoring bigger companies seeking larger loans.


Many small business owners have begun using online lending platforms that look at their live data to approve funding. These innovations allow for wider and more varied types of business loans, faster access to working capital, and evaluation processes that consider a company’s current business performance instead of dated documents.


For example, despite having 10 years of industry experience, Trish Dill, the owner of Desert Signs in Phoenix, Arizona was turned down by a traditional bank for a small business loan. Through an online lending platform, Trish was able to get the funding she needed to buy the equipment that helped her operate her business more efficiently and take on larger projects. The short-term loan also allowed Desert Signs to expand its advertising and increase its customer base."

Read the full article online at Retail Minded.


The 3 Coolest Marvel Comics Costumes This Week

Posted: December 26, 2018


As a regular feature in this series, Felicia Hardy knows what’s up. Here, she’s paired a contrasting white trench over a signature black jumpsuit. This one is fur-free though, for a sleeker look. Extra points for the daring cut!




Looks like Boom Boom got the trench memo. She changes it up with a slash of bright red and striking boots. Stand out!



It’s a Coolest Costumes 2-in-One! Sue Storm keeps it ultra-classic in a very Audrey-inspired black dress with minimal accessories. Alicia goes all out in bright pink rose fleurettes and a party hat. It’s all about balance, right?

Visit your local comic shop to read these issues and more today! And tune in next week for another edition of Marvel Comics Best Costumes!

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Why Set Up Your Own Online Retail Business?

Posted: December 12, 2018

"There are many people these days who would love to work for themselves and set up their own business. However, many are still in the mindset that in order to make lots of money you need to have lots of money to invest. Fortunately, in today’s digital era, this is no longer the case and you can set up a business with minimal capital and turn it into a roaring success.


We all know how popular online shopping has become over recent years, and those that set up online sales businesses often make a lot of money and enjoy huge success. There are many resources and tools to help you to do this and the good news is that you can run the business from your own home office. People go online to make money in various ways from making free money on survey sites through to offering services online to businesses and individuals. Online sales is yet another means of making great money thanks to the power of the internet."

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