Tau Beta Sigma Bigger & Better Business Committee
Phi Beta Sigma believes that the improvement and economic conditions of minorities is a major factor in the improvement of the general welfare of society. It is upon this conviction that the Bigger and Better Business Program rests. Since 1926, the Bigger and Better Business Program has been sponsored on a national scale by Phi Beta Sigma as a way of supporting, fostering, and promoting minority-owned businesses and services.
Bigger and Better Business serves as an umbrella for other national initiatives involving business. The program’s goals include supporting minority businesses, increasing communication with Sigma brothers involved with business, and instilling sound business principles and practices to members of the community.
Project S.E.E.D. (Sigma Economic Empowerment Development) is the foremost Bigger and Better Business Program. The program was developed to help the membership focus on two important areas: Financial Management and Homeownership. Our Government relations vision is to promote the Fraternity and its work on the Congressional Level. Our target audience is members of Congress, Congressional staff members, the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional black associates.
The Bigger and Better Business Committee of the Tau Beta Sigma Chapter Of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of business by adhering to and supporting the National Bigger and Better Business Programs, such as Project S.E.E.D., the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union and the newly established partnership with Liberty Mutual Group. Furthermore, the Committee shall be a conduit for information for the betterment of the Fraternity and the Community at Large. To that end, our mission statement is:
“CONTINUALLY TO EDUCATE AND HELP WITH ADVANCEMENT OF MINORITY BUSINESSES IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR A BETTER FUTURE“
IRS Partnership Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
With so many tax benefits available today, taxes can serve as the starting point leading to greater prosperity for many people. In 2000, the IRS changed its approach to meeting individual taxpayers’ needs for tax education, awareness and assistance by establishing an office called SPEC (Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication). In 2008 IRS-SPEC cultivated a partnership with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and shared mutual goals in three key areas:
* Promoting tax understanding and awareness
* Preparing tax returns for free for low-to-moderate income people
* Encouraging personal asset building and self-sufficiency through tax incentives
Mission Statement: To assist taxpayers in satisfying their tax responsibilities through collaborative efforts with IRS-SPEC and thus creating and sharing value by informing, educating and communicating with members of the community.
Individuals earning $58,000 or less annually can file federal, state and multi-state income tax at no cost.
The Sigma Economic Empowerment Development Project (Project SEED)
The Sigma Economic Empowerment Development Project (Project SEED) is a Bigger & Better Business program developed to focus on two important topics of interest: Financial Management and Home Ownership. This focus provides useful information in both areas and benefits Phi Beta Sigma members, families, and communities. Project SEED is designed to be implemented at all organizational levels, by alumni and collegiate chapters. Each of the program’s components are economically viable and relevant, current concerns of our membership.
For college students today, financial management is a vital and necessary skill to be mastered in the new millennium. With the rising cost in campus living, tuition charges, books, and transportation, coupled with the decreasing funding sources for scholarships, loans, and grants, financial management is no longer optional. It is required. Helping more low and moderate-income Americans become homeowners is a national priority. Phi Beta Sigma seeks to play a more important role in sharing positive information about the advantages of home ownership to our members.
Tau Beta Sigma Chapter host workshops call “BLUE 101” to educate and help communities with financial management and home ownership.