Lessons From The Top

Three of 11 Titans of the B.E. 100s share their trials and triumphs on the climb up

Who runs the nation’s largest black-owned companies? Bootstrap entrepreneurs. Master dealmakers. Innovative inventors. High-risk…

By Marjorie Whigham-Desir


The Right Stuff

When it comes to selecting an advisor, options. Here's how to make the best choice.

Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to dig yourself out of debt,…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox



From May 2 to June 6, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (520 North 16th…

By Ann Brown


Safeguard your health services

Take steps to keep managed care insurance plans in line

Seven out of 10 employers now offer managed healthcare plans to their employees, and…

By Monique R. Brown


Compounded purchasing power

Savvy consumers turn to "Closeout News" for big product savings

In the market for name-brand quality athletic gear, evening wear, electronics, jewelry, gadgets…

By Sherri McGee


Avoid top auto repair rip-offs

Short-circuit the scam to get the car service you need

Auto repair rip-off is among the most common ways consumers are separated from their…

By Jay Koblenz


Words of wisdom

Sometimes, it's the little ones that count

In 1989, I decided to leave a 25-year career in corporate America and…

By David Crocker


Ergonomically correct

Make your office work as hard as you do

You knew that cradling the phone receiver between your neck and head would…

By June Smith Bryant


(Self) image is everything

But only when you define it

Labels are a part of life. Throughout it, we are constantly confronted with…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Dealing and dining

Win them over with great table manners

Would you like to join me for lunch?” For most salespeople, this question…

By Nashad L. Warfield


Surviving scams

Tips for identifying frauds targeting small businesses

Did you know that one out of three frauds target small businesses? Call…

By Gerda Gallop


Customizing solutions

Interface Teknologies provides personalized information technology consulting

For a young, growing business like Dallas-based Interface Teknologies, competing in the fast-paced…

By Gerda Gallop


Snack food success

GUBA competes against larger firms for market share in peanut business

Roscoe Allen wasn’t sure what type of business he wanted to start until…

By Wendy M. Beech


A TV guide for entrepreneurs

A few coaching tips to avoid on-air errors

An appearance on local or national television is a great opportunity for a small…

By Roz Ayres-Williams


Trains, planes and automobiles

Ernesto Butcher keeps New York/New Jersey travelers on schedule

If you want to enter or exit New York City, you’ll have to go…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Meantime manager

Lease your expertise as an executive temp

When Karen Hoy, an accounting manager and controller, was downsized in 1997, she used…

By Phaedra Brotherton


Great Expectations

Q: I want to submit my résumé to an executive search firm. How…

By Tamara Feaster


Your scores are ready

If you’re preparing to apply to business school, you already know that the…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Dress up your office

Pay special attention to details

You take great pains to pick out clothes and accessories that project a…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Finding value in a sky-high market

Bargains can be found in out-of-favor industries

When it comes to investing, one of the rules of thumb is to…

By Donald Jay Korn


Designing a new life

What one family should do with their lump-sum retirement package

Like many American workers, Debra K. Gay is trying to ride out the tumultuous…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Cash in on low mortgage rates

B.E. helps you find the best deals around

The interest rate environment continues to be favorable for mortgage borrowers. Thanks to the…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Bullish on Europe

MSF's Marcus Smith seeks big gains with foreign shares

Even though emerging markets have been ravaged over the past 18 months, Europe has…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Will tech stocks short circuit?

Wall Street interprets shifts in the Nasdaq

Investors will continue to absorb tech shocks. Major indices will go haywire based…

By Derek T. Dingle


The new sound of music

MP3 lets you download your favorite songs from the Net

Record companies are always looking for clearer and more efficient ways to distribute music.…



The art of convergence

Combining computer technology with consumer electronics

Far from just a workplace phenomenon, the rapidly changing face of computing is affecting

By Tamara E. Holmes


The true measure of success

Keeping track of your visitors can help you make your site even better

Throughout this series we’ve guided you from the conception of your Website to its…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan


Meet the 1999 nominees

The B.E. Small Business Awards honor excellence in black entrepreneurship

This year, more than 1,200 African American entrepreneurs and executives are expected to attend…

By Gerda Gallop


The hues behind the news

Is diversity really alive in America's newsrooms?

Despite some progress, newsrooms across the country still have a long way to…

By Bevolyn Williams-Harold


Making money on the Web

New Website targets African American investors

At a time when the ranks of African Americans investing in financial markets…

By Paula M. White


Log on to blackcyberspace.com

Venture seeks to create world's largest black community in cyberspace

At least one be 100s CEO is looking to the next millennium by…

By Cliff Hocker


Home sweet home

Homeownership, long an integral part of the American dream, has eluded too many…

By Sufiya Abdur-Rahman


Fast Layne to profits

Sports financial planner tries the franchise route

In the span of 30 years, Earl Layne has gone through many incarnations.…

By Mark W. Wright


Hank Aaron goes to bat for BMW

Famed baseball player signs on as luxury auto dealer franchisee

Hammering Hank Aaron is at bat again. This time he’s swinging for the corporate…

By Bevolyn Williams-Harold


Is less more for Parks Sausage?

Sale of the Baltimore plant marks last-ditch effort to keep company afloat

They came in amid much ballyhoo and fanfare in 1996 — set to chalk…

By Cliff Hocker


Choose Your Own Adventure

The islands definitely have the action. Here are a few ways to increase your heart rate and your excitement level.

Are you planning to vacation in the Caribbean-again? If you’ve been to any of…

By Lisa Tabb


Going Global

It may not look like the best time to invest overseas. Think again.

These days, it seems that you need a strong constitution, a bottle of aspirin…

By James A. Anderson


Fifteen Fabulous Foreign Fellowships

Get work experience in a distant land while keeping your day job

You’ve paid your dues as a fledgling in your field. Now you want to…

By Keisha Anderson


Emerging Markets

BE Green Lights Four Foreign Business Propects

By now, you’ve heard of the BEMs, Big emerging markets. While some of these…

By Monique R. Brown


The Magic Touch

Earvin Johnson has worked his wizardry on his urban movie theater chain. But will his mastery continue as he seeks to become the country's leading entertainment entrepreneur?

Earvin “Magic” Johnson personifies celebrity. He wears it with style and a casual ease,…

By Eric L. Smith