Spending $ Abroad

The advent of ATMs worldwide has made getting cash on the road easier.…

By Ann Brown

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Overseas Bargains

Think you’re getting a steal of a deal on that Rolex watch you…

By Ann Brown

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Choosing The Right Wine

Your professional and consumer lifestyle guide Take the confusion out of decidingwhat to bring to your next dinner party

When someone takes the time and effort to invite you into their home for…

By Herb Boyd

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Festival Time In Gambia

Your Professional and consumer lifestyle guide Twenty years after `Roots,' a country invites African Americans home

When Alex Haley wrote his best-selling novel, Roots, two decades ago this year, it…

By Lloyd Gite

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Breaking Into The Fashion Biz

It's an industry cloaked in glamour, yet black designers need more than just talent to thrive.

Internationally known fashion designer Jeffrey Banks knew as a child growing up in Washington,…

By Lloyd Gite

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First-Time Homebuyer’s Guide

The hurdles are high, but here aretips for making your first move your best

If you’re thinking of buying your first home, now’s the time. Housing starts are…

By Michelle Webb

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Sow Entrepreneurship Reap Employment

Black business growth over the last decade hasbeen substantial, but is it enough to change thelarger employment picture for African Americans?

Over the last several years, Nathaniel Goldston, CEO of Atlanta-based Gourmet Companies, has watched…

By Eric L. Smith

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Now That The Smoke Has Cleared…

The year-long repositioning of Black investment banks has produced some unexpected winners andlosers. Here's how the new landscape shapes up.

Sunday evening, september 29: Napoleon Brandford III meets Muriel Siebert over dinner.
There is little…

By Yolonda Gault Caviness

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Liberty And Profit For All

By stepping in when other banks gave up, Liberty Bank & Trust has created a profit centera profit center for Louisiana's black community

Alden J. Mcdonald Jr. has the look of a man being sold a bill…

By Eric L. Smith

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United We Stand

The cooperative economics of consolidatingresources is the trend helping black-ownedbanks capture new customers in new markets

It appears that black-owned financial institutions learned some significant lessons in 1996. The conservative…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Freshman Class Of ’97

This year's neophytes include an operator of convenience stores, a technical services contractorand a former football pro turned sausage magnate

Excuse their swagger. But breaking into an exclusive club such as the largest listing…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Selling Into The Stratosphere

With an empire anchored by four of the covetedSaturn dealerships, Martin Automative Group CEO Cornelius Martin is flying rings around the competition

Growing up on a farm in greenville, kentucky, taught Cornelius Martin that hard work…

By Cassandra Hayes

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The Branding Of Bet

First, Robert Johnson created a black cable programming company. Then he took BET Holdings public. Now he has alliances with such major players as Microsoft. What will he do for an encore?

It seems appropriate that bet holdings inc. Is headquartered in Washington, D.C., Chocolate City.…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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Pursuing A Strategic Vision

B.E. 100s CEOs are focused on maintainingtheir competitive edge today, while positioningtheir companies for tomorrow's opportunities

The chief executives of the Black Enterprise 100s, the nation’s largest conglomerate of black-owned…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Marathon Men

These CEOs have led their companies to perennial status on the B.E. 100s list. Here are their predictions for the next quarter century.

Many businesses have made the BE 100s over the 25-year history of the list. Several…

By Marjorie Whigham-Desir

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Milestones Of The B.E. 100s

A look at a quarter-century of major events which shaped the growth of the nation's largest black-owned businesses

Whether they’ve used conservative or risky strategies, BLACK ENTERPRISE is proud to have chronicled the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Running To Win

John W. Thompson leads the pack at IBM

In January, IBM’s John W. Thompson was handed a very big baton in what…

By Hal Karp

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Unspoken Rules

If the resounding thud of your head hitting the glass ceiling has become…

By Denolyn Carroll

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Lead The Way

Your career strategist

Since 1980, the Leadership Education And Development Program in Business (LEAD) has partnered…

By Cassandra Hayes

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Selling Million-Dollar Turf

Occupation: Real estate broker
Job description: Helps clients buy or sell real estate. Manages…

By Cassandra Hayes

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Networking Notebook

Black films in Mexico

The Black Filmmakers Foundation and UniWorld Group Inc. will resent the first annual…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Surviving A Merger

Your career strategist How to make the cut and thrive after corporate matrimony

Welcome to the age of merger mania. In 1996, corporate mergers hit a record…

By Cassandra Hayes

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Legal Backing

Q When do I need an employment attorney?
A You should build a relationship…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Need Money Fast?

Your business consultantConvert accounts receivables to cash to finance your business

Your business is amassing an impressive list of clients and receivables are growing.…

By Sheryl E. Huggins

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Dollars In Dirt

Your business consultantDeborah Sawyer clears the air and heftyprofits with environmental consulting firm

In the grimy business of toxic and hazardous waste management, rarely do you…

By Ann Brown

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A King Of Copies

Your business consultant Office Evolutions markets Xerox equipment and supplies

After working for Xerox, the multibillion dollar copier company, for 13 years as…

By Lloyd Gite

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Riding The Technology Wave

Growing numbers of small business owners–particularly minority business owners–are optimistic about the future…

By Bevolyn Williams-Harold

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Jackie Robinson Goes Gold

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Jackie robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s…

By Eric L. Smith

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Positive Energy

Deregulation in the utility industrycould spell opportunity for entrepreneurs

When entrepreneur Ronald E. Russell served as a commissioner for the Michigan Public Service…

By Joyce Jones

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Oil Slick Revisited

Two more oil companies come under fire for racial discriminations

Does this sound familiar? A corporate oil giant is being sued for millions…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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The Big Payback

Terry Manufacturing donates $100,000 worth of preferred stock to Morehouse College

Who says alumni don’t give back. At least not Morehouse College, which was…

By Tomika DePriest

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Well-Furnished In The Motor City

GM awards $50 million contract toblack-owned office furniture distributor

Talk about starting out on the fast track. Just weeks after Detroit- based…

By Joyce Kelly

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Sleeping With The Enemy

Hotel industry first target of NAACP payback initiative

Money talks. And when you represent some $200 million of it, you can be…

By Joyce Jones

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Dataline… Dataline… Dataline… Dataline… Dataline

The National Portrait Gallery (Eighth and F Sts. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-357-2700) is…

By Ann Brown

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Decoding A Plane Ticket

Your professional and consumer lifestyle guideThose letters and numbers really do mean something

If you’re like most people, reading a plane ticket is about as easy…

By Gil Robertson

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Keeping Fit On The Road

Great places to get a fabulousworkout when you're away on business

You’ve finally gotten into shape but constant business travel threatens to thwart your…

By Ann Brown

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In Search Of Justice

Your professional and consumer lifestyle guideA study of race and the law in the United States

In the epilogue to In the Master of Color, his first volume on…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Inside Leimert Park

Your professional and consumer lifestyle guideThis three-sq.-mile commercial center isan example of a community recycling its dollars

With its clean streets, well-kept homes, good schools and central location, Leimert Park is…

By Gil Robertson

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Taking The Mystery Out Of Buying African Art

Commanding record auction prices, art from the Motherland has grown in popularity and profitability.But how can you tell the authentic from the faux?

Art connoisseurs had an extraordinary opportunity last June when the largest collection of African…

By Judith Oringer

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Tour of corporate duty

Military veterans are entering the job marketin record numbers. Developing the right job-searchstrategy is key to a successful transition.

“My first job interview was scary,” admits Don Spears, a 30-year Navy veteran, who…

By Pamela McBride

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Electronic Commerce And The Future Of Money

Hello, How may I help you?Would you like to start a new transaction?As more methods of electronic commerce are developed, will we see the demise of cold hard cash?

Are you ready to live in a world where the sense of security proffered…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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Freelance!

Karen Gutloff

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Charlene Boudreaux was enjoying the fast-paced life of corporate finance until she was downsized…

By Karen Gutloff

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Taking Your Company Public

Raising money via the capital markets offersrewards as well as risks. Here's what to considerbefore making such a move.

After years of playing the lead role of entrepreneur, inventor, marketing guru or titan…

By James A. Anderson

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Domestic Partners Benefit

Your career strategist

More employers are responding to today’s evolving “family” and bringing domestic partners under…

By Cassandra Hayes

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WISE WORDS

CHERYL D. BROUSSARD, AUTHOR, FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND PRINCIPAL AT PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA-BASED BROUSSARD…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Black Enterprise Online

blackenterprise.com

If you haven’t been to the Black Enterprise Web site in a while,…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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DVD Ushers In A New Era In File Storage

Your guide to the information superhighway Latest storage device promises tohold seven times as much data as CD-ROMs

Chances are, by now you’ve heard of DVD technology. Initially pushed as a consumer…

By Ron Evans

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Stock Quotes Anytime, Anyplace

QuoteXpress delivers real-time quotes directly to your pager

Today’s merger and acquisition mania has left almost no quarter untouched. Banks, entertainment conglomerates…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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Businesses Get Help Going High-Tech

Your business consultant Microsoft and Compaq partner withSBA to introduce new technology program

Since 1991, the Small Business Administration’s Business Information Centers (BICs) have provided on-site counseling…

By Wendy M. Beech

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Jewels And Tools For The Soho

Software to help grow your small office into a big business

Running a business from a SOHO (small office/home office) is no easy task. It…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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GOOD PRESS IS ON THE RISE

Your business consultantLow start-up costs and fast returnscreate opportunities in public relations

With an ever-changing marketplace, well-planned, effective communication is critical to the success of today’s…

By Ann Brown

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About To Go Bust?

You can turn your business around

If your company is in trouble, no one’s going to hold your hand…

By Sheryl E. Huggins

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Controlling Employee Theft

Your business consultant Knowing the signs can help protect your company against pilfering workers

Employee theft is probably something you’d rather not think about, but here are…

By Deidra-Ann Parrish

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WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE

Your career strategistGet the most out of teamwork and team-based pay

As companies seek to empower employees, work teams have fast become the latest…

By Cassandra Hayes

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Go For What You Know

Your financial advisorThe best stock picks are the ones you recognize

Getting a group of like-minded folks together to form an investment club is the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Profiling The Black Investor

Your financial advisorA long-neglected market begs to be tapped

We’ve all seen evidence of African Americans’ collective spending power, if merely from the…

By Olayinka Fadahunsi

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Patience Pays Off

Your financial advisor Contrarian investor Thomason always stays calm

It’s times like last summer when a cool temperament comes to the aid of…

By James A. Anderson

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Midwest Maneuvers

Your financial advisorMercantile's stock rises during buying spree

A year ago, when we recommended Mercantile Bancorp (NYSE: MTL), the St. Louis…

By James A. Anderson

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Premium Performance

Your financial advisorGive your vehicle the coverage it deserves

In our continued quest to give you tangible tips on making the most of…

By Lisa M. Hamilton

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Coloring At Home

Your guide to the information superhighway Affordable new printer brings photo-quality images into the home

If color printing is what you need for either your home office or…

By Glenn Jeffers

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The World Wide Web On A Shoestring Budget

Putting your company online doesn't have to be expensive

If you think setting up shop on the World Wide Web requires deep pockets…

By Cheryl Coward

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