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Mentors help minority companies accelerate growth

Mel Gravely, president of TriVersity Construction, poses in his office in front of some paintings of work his company has done, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Cincinnati. Gravely’s company joined a program called a minority business accelerator even before he bought a controlling interest in the Cincinnati-based company in 2006. It helped the company get started and win contracts that have helped Triversity’s revenue double. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Gravely says his construction company might not exist today if he didn’t have mentors to guide it.

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US retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March

In this March 24, 2014 photo, a pedestrian passes a J.Crew store in the Shadyside shopping district of Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department reports on retail sales for March on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.

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Tribe banks on syrup for sweet relief from poverty

In this photo made Friday, March 21, 2014, Leah Moffitt, right, and Roger Socabasin drill holes while tapping maple trees on land owned by the Passamaquoddy tribe near Jackman, Maine. The impoverished tribe hopes to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

PRENTISS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it’s the forest that will be the first to deliver as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine.

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Savers beware: Fees may be shrinking your 401(k)

In this Sept. 24, 2013 photo, freshly-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The average 401(k) fee _ a modest-sounding 1 percent _ can wipe $70,000 out of the typical retirement account compared with lower-cost plans that are widely available, according to a new study by a Washington think tank. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

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