Driver’s license Internet scam

If your driving record is less than perfect, don’t be lured by Internet…

By Ann Brown

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Help your kids buy smart

Teach your child healthy spending habits

Kids have more discretionary income than ever before, so it’s important that you…

By Monique R. Brown

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Don’t get taken for a ride

Everything you need to know to purchase a used car

Are you in the market for a car? If so, here are three good…

By Jay Koblenz

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Power tripping

Stay alert to avoid a nasty fall

Power struggles are a part of life. And while the game to achieve…

By Kirk Charles

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Three no-fix mistakes

Fall into these snares and kiss deals good-bye

For advice on how to be a top-notch salesperson, you could easily pick…

By Nashad L. Warfield

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Laugh a little

Don' t take your work so seriously

With so much pressure to do more in less time, it’s easy to…

By Phaedra Brotherton

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Getting to know you

Understand your personality and improve your work role

Brian Lawrence is an account supervisor for a New York City-based company that provides…

By Sonja Mack

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A follower’s guide

In the business world — and society at large — there are two…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Born to shop

The process is threefold. First, she sets up a consultation. “I meet with…

By Terri P. Guess

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A piping hot career

Cuba Wadlington Jr. is striking up deals in the natural-gas industry

When the Williams Group decided to spend $3 billion to buy Houston-based Transco Energy…

By Lloyd Gite

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Mind your manners

Good behavior makes meetings run more smoothly

If you’re like most professionals, meetings are the bane of your existence. But in…

By Phaedra Brotherton

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Cover Story

Do you need a cover letter when you submit your résumé online?

“You should never send a résumé through any medium without a cover letter,”…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Find your market value

Don’t know how much your job is worth? Forget about generic, outdated salary…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Give praise

First, learn how to use it effectively

If you’re like most managers, you know the importance of rewarding employees for…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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It takes money to make money

How you can gain a sizable return from currency trading

From mid-July to late August 1998, the major stock market averages dropped about 20%,…

By Donald Jay Korn

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School daze

How a Gen-Xer seeks to maintain her portfolio while in grad school

Kimberly Felder knows she has time on her side. Over the past three years,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Evaluating annual reports

How to separate fact from fluff

A man’s best friend is his dog, but the investor’s best buddy is the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Job search expenses

You can deduct certain costs when looking for a new job

Q: The company I worked for recently relocated to another state. Instead of…

By Black Enterprise

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Standing on shaky ground

Green's portfolio produces spotty returns

The market may have recovered from last year’s seismic third quarter, but some…

By Tania Padgett

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Scavenger hunt

Dawn Alston Paige of Loomis Sayles looks for undervalued mid-caps

It’s Dawn Alston Paige’s job to conduct a daily stock market scavenger hunt. Instead…

By James A. Anderson

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The Dow tops 10,000

How the market milestone will affect your portfolio

Boy, what a climb. In last year’s June issue, black enterprise predicted that…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Blame it on Rio

Diamond Multimedia's giant killer MP3 player

Music lovers have always searched for the perfect way to listen to music…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE MAGAZINE

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Information Age griots

E-mail newsletters and discussion groups create community despite distance

Before the advent of the printing press, telegraphs and telephones, the responsibility for transmitting…

By Ron Cadet

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Save real dollars with a virtual network

Using the Internet for secure transmission of your company's data

In today’s business environment, timely access to information is paramount. Whether it’s sharing accounting…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan

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It’s a family affair

www.blackfamilies.com

While working as a marketing manager at Cox Interactive Media, a Website management…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Is telecommuting right for you?

Know the pros and cons before you choose an office with a backyard view

Have you just about had it with your two-hour commute? Need to spend more…

By George Alexander

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Expanding business horizons

African American and African security firms join forces

Safety has always been a con-cern here in the U.S. and in post-apartheid South…

By Sonya Kimble-Ellis

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Wedding bells ring up big business

Entrepreneurs thrive in bridal industry

For many of us, weddings represent the promise of enduring love and commitment, but…

By Deidra-Ann Parrish

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Talented tycoons

Young entrepreneurs head successful firms

Some of the most profitable business ventures have been started by people under…

By Ann Brown

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A zesty pursuit

Luther Dryers Lemonade profits from family recipe

Patrick M. Steptoe grew up enjoying the icy, sweet and refreshing lemonade made…

By Sonya Bernard

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Recovering losses

D&R Recovery makes sure clients are repaid

Debt collectors often have an ominous and forbidding image. But if Alvin D.…

By F. Romall Smalls

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There’s no place like home

Ready to flex your entrepreneurial muscle? Try setting up shop right at your kitchen table

Although many entrepreneurs first start their businesses from home, many don’t take into…

By Wendy M. Beech

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Where credit is due

Low-income credit unions make the most of megabank mergers

The recent spate of merger mania in the banking industry has often hit…

By Bevolyn Williams-Harold

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Smoke and mirrors

Clinton announcement of $6.5 billion mortgage discrimination settlement in dispute

Well, it certainly sounded like good news at the time. The question now is…

By Joyce Jones

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He’s got game

Cosby gets all 'net' with the NBA

He shoots and scores. The New Jersey Nets now have a new courtside…

By Ann Brown

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In with the big boys

Aetna adds Chapman to investment grab bag

Starting in May, as many as 1.5 million private and government employees will…

By Denise K. Douglas

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Inking a deal

As national advertisers come under increasing scrutiny for their reluctance to advertise in…

By Eric L. Smith

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A strong bond

Minority underwriters have corporate bond issuers buzzing

Minority-owned investment banks have Wall Street buzzing. But it’s not because of a…

By Denise K. Douglas

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Royalties ‘R’ Us

Are intellectual bonds a smart money move?

So how’d you like to own a piece of Ashford & Simpson? Or, to…

By Ann Brown

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Protecting Your Parents’ Finances

Now is the time to get a handle on Mom and Dad's money matters. It could make the difference between a comfortable retirement or tarnished golden years.

Elsie Darby has been a homemaker for most of her life. The 72-year-old has…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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What It Takes To Be A Landlord

The ins and outs of buying and managing your rental property

When Linda Graves, a design engineer at Ameritech, purchased her two-family brick home in…

By Laura Washington

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Making the Best Mid-Year Tax Moves

Following our plan will help you trim your federal, state and local obligations

Like most taxpayers, you probably receive tips from your accountant when you have your…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Presto Change-O!

On average, you will have at least three careers in your lifetime. With the right preparation, the transitions can be like magic.

I’ve always thought it absurd that people were expected to make a decision early…

By Cassandra Hayes

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Tech Boom in the Beltway

This long stretch across Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., has rapidly become the new hot spot for burgeoning tech companies

Silicon valley is widely recognized as ground zero of the information technology (IT) boom.…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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Money Talks

The time has come to adapt the old civil rights agenda to a new economic power strategy. The NAACP and the National Action Network are leading the charge.

It’s hard to believe that nearly four decades have come and gone since the…

By Eric L. Smith

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Strength In Numbers

By sharing equity with employees and snaring lucrative corporate-bond deals, Christopher Williams has propelled his firm into the big leagues

It’s hard to tell by looking at Christopher J. Williams that he’s a chameleon…

By Kimberly Seals McDonald

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Turf War

As megabanks make a grab for market share, black institutions hold their ground via joint ventures and new financial products

Black-owned financial institutions are going on the offensive. Instead of waiting for monolithic megabanks…

By Donald Jay Korn

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No Longer Business As Usual

A new breed of investment banker is aggressively pursuing corporate accounts and strategic alliances

African American investment firms faced a curious paradox in 1998. On the one hand,…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Not Just An Ol’ Boys Club

Strong enough to compete with the establishment, Carol H. Williams Advertising isn't a secret anymore

The lobby of Carol H. Williams Advertising looks more like an art gallery than…

By Cassandra Hayes

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Dogfight On Madison Avenue

Advertising firms zero in on new niches while they battle mainstream firms for accounts

Forget the days of yore when black-owned advertising agencies just targeted the African American…

By Cassandra Hayes

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You’ve Got it Made!

Now that your vision has been realized, make sure no one steals your thunder

While attending the French Culinary Institute in New York in 1995, John Waters was…

By Bevolyn Williams-Harold

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Degrees of Excellence

Get the bottom line on top minority business executive programs for entrepreneurs

Donna Allie, president and CEO of Team Clean Inc., a $5.2 million, full-facility maintenance…

By Gerda Gallop

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Seeking A New Policy For Growth

With their numbers dwindling, black insurers map out a plan for survival

Last October, in a quiet ceremony, Nathan A. Chapman Jr., founder of Baltimore-based Chapman…

By Joyce Jones

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The New Blood

Meet the latest movers and shakers in the exclusive B.E. 100s community

Ordinarily, no one likes to be the new kid on the block. But the…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Bigger Is Better

Anthony March and Ernest Hodge have joined forces and dealerships to make March/Hodge Holdings an auto powerhouse

When Anthony March met Ernest Hodge in January 1998 in Atlanta, it was a…

By Marjorie Whigham-Desir

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The Loaded Sticker Price

When it comes to import cars, black dealers still find themselves stranded by the side of the road

In the ever-evolving auto industry, bigger is better — especially now. The effort to…

By Bevolyn Williams-Harold

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On Top of the World

David Steward, CEO of World Wide Technology, has propelled his company by focusing on internal growth

David Steward is a firm believer in the power of faith and perseverance. Yet…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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And Still They Rise

Through partnership, acquisition and synergy, the ascent of the B.E. Industrial/Service 100 will not be denied

After more than a decade as the nation’s largest black-owned company, TLC Beatrice International…

By Eric L. Smith

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New Power Generation

From dealmakers to urban marketers, B.E. 100s companies are redefining business as usual -- and American industry will never be the same

As the century draws to a close, we find many of the be 100s…

By Eric L. Smith

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