By  on October 23, 2012

NEW YORK — A message of inclusion reverberated through the Black Retail Action Group Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner at the Chelsea Piers on Friday, where five individuals were honored for “breaking barriers” while many in the crowd of 400 said career opportunities are still often closed to people of color — and that’s bad for business.

Diversity in the ranks of retailing leads to better decisions and bigger revenues, including more effectively targeting the African-American market, which is expected to exceed $1.2 trillion this year.

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