They Got Game

Twins Dan and Dana Napier took a big gamble on careers in the gaming industry. They are now the highest-ranking African Americans at MGM Grand Inc.

Back in the mid-1970s, when Dan and Dana Napier opted to forge careers in…

By Caroline Clarke


Life of a Day Trader

Vanita Jones reveals the promise and peril of online investing

With the explosive growth of online brokerage firms, it seems that practically everyone is…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox


Doing Well By Doing Good

Here's how you can gain a solid return and stay socially responsible at the same time

Think socially responsible investing is for do-gooders who are willing to settle for lackluster…

By James A. Anderson


The Madison Avenue Initiative

Millions could be at stake as minority media outlets face an ongoing "blackout" from national advertisers

Let’s say you knew a corporation valued you significantly less than some of its…

By Matthew S. Scott


Supermarket Blackout

The lack of major food retailers is devastating African American communities. It's time to use your dollars to fill the gap.

Like some African Americans, Zelda Owens turned to buses, subways, taxis or car pooling…

By Monique R. Brown


Flex Your Financial Muscle

Whether you're buying a new car or a tube of toothpaste, make sure you spend your hard-earned money with companies that invest in your community

When Deborah Foster, a network administrator at Street Law Inc. in Washington, D.C., decided…

By Monique R. Brown


Train travel is getting faster-at least on Amtrak’s Boston-New York-Washington, D.C., route. Amtrak…

By Ann Brown


Search and seizure

Are U.S. Customs Service agents violating the rights of African American travelers?

Karra Duncan, a 25-year-old California resident, dreamed of seeing the Eiffel Tower. Late last…

By Nancy Huie


Become a people person…

...and increase the quality of your interactions

There are those who view interaction with office-mates only as a means to…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Ready to call it quits?

Read this before you give up

So, things aren’t going as planned. Maybe it’s your professional life. Perhaps it’s…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard


Do it now

There's no time like the present

"Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today?" Even if you’re…

By Robyn D. Clarke



Don't forget to relieve stress on the road

Face it. Sometimes traveling for business takes a lot out of you. The…

By Kellye Davis


FIT to be president

Joyce Brown is the first African American to head a New York City college of design

In the world of fashion and design, few people get to see the runway…

By Phaedra Brotherton


Through the grapevine

Network internally to further your career

You’ve purposefully avoided hallway corner conversations and navigated around the sea of complaints discussed…

By Marcia Wade Talbert


A Pregnant (Career) Pause

Can being visibly pregnant during a job interview hurt my chances of getting hired?

"Our fair labor laws say pregnancy shouldn’t affect a hiring decision," says Nadia…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Poor communication

Procrastination. Bureaucracy. Clinging to outdated modes of thinking. All of these can reduce…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Is this the end?

What to do when an employee quits

"I quit!" What do you do when a staff member shouts these words…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Entering the world of commodities

Here's how to make money by trading futures

If you’re looking for another potentially profitable-albeit risky-investment vehicle, you may want to…

By Camille Brown


…And nephew makes four

The Fosters try to plot the finances of a growing brood

Where there’s a will there’s a way" best describes Kelvin and Michelle Foster. The…

By Carolyn M. Brown


The right fund at the right price

Finding investments with high returns at low prices

Before you place your hard-earned dollars in a mutual fund, find out if you’re…

By Carolyn M. Brown


The dogs of summer

Cappy Price finds no value in small caps

Last year proved to be the worst of times for small caps. As of…

By Tania Padgett


Growing or not?

American Express' Manns reveals how to really identify earnings growth

We hear so much about earnings growth these days, you’d think we’d have it…

By James A. Anderson


Bonds continue bumpy ride

Investors contend with another seesaw market

Events-from the Fed chairman’s comments to the air strikes in Yugoslavia-have rocked the…

By Derek T. Dingle


Just the fax, please

Two e-mail fax services keep you connected, even on the road

There’s often no substitute for receiving a fax. E-mail doesn’t always do the trick,…

By Sakina P. Spruell


E-mail faux pas

Read this before you send that message to multiple addressees

Are you an e-mail fanatic, sending and receiving forwarded messages no matter how…

By Tariq K. Muhammad


Ballyhoo over broadband

If your Internet connection is too slow, check out these high-speed options

If you find that you do more waiting than work when you surf the…

By John W. Ellis IV


Squeezing dollars out of the Net

Be ready to reap the benefits as retailers realize the value of niche marketing on the Net

Since its inception as a commercial medium, the Internet has posed a persistent question…

By Tariq K. Muhammad


Save yourself from being sued

Learn about strategies to gain greater financial security

Would you know what to do if your business was sued? The Business…

By Gerda Gallop-Goodman


Financing option

More industries use factoring to capitalize small businesses

Ned Amos, owner of Amos Plumbing Co., was in a bind. As a subcontractor…

By Paula Lynn Parks


Want to play your cards right?

Business cards should work as hard as you do. Use these tips to create ones that sell.

What kind of response do you get when you pass out your business card?…

By Wendy M. Beech


Banking on books

The Afro-American Book Stop thrives at selling tomes

Michele Lewis was struck with the entrepreneurial spirit as a kid selling candy…

By Melba Newsome


Medicine for the masses

Phoenix Pharmaceuticals markets prescription drugs to underserved communities

Most urban dwellers who see black physicians probably aren’t aware that the money…

By Sonya Kimble-Ellis


Commercial or residential?

Check your zoning laws before hanging out your shingle

Picture this: you’ve worked hard to ready your home-based print shop. But within a…

By Wendy M. Beech


Saving is fundamental

Groups teach teens the value of financial responsibility

Remember receiving your allowance with a stern warning to save it rather than…

By Bevolyn Williams-Harold


Riding the Internet wave

Will e-commerce widen or narrow the gap in African American entrepreneurship?

In an increasingly electronic age, the question is a rather simple one: will electronic…

By Thomas Boston


The Wright move

Carver taps former head of Harlem empowerment zone to head bank

The nation’s largest black-owned bank recently ushered in a new era, announcing that Deborah…

By Kimberly Seals McDonald


A landmark appointment

Francisco Borges tapped as new head of investment management firm

The University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team weren’t the only Huskies who celebrated…

By Denise K. Douglas


Switching tech servers

John Thompson leaves IBM to take the helm of Symantec Corp.

They say things always happen in threes. In early April, John W. Thompson,…

By Cassandra Hayes


Express elevator to the top

Ken Chenault formally named CEO to lead American Express in 2001

Going up? If you’re Kenneth I. Chenault, the answer is an absolute yes.…

By Marjorie Whigham-Desir


Winters’ storm

United Energy CEO James Winters sues city of Portland, Oregon

Don’t tell James Winters you can’t fight City Hall. The CEO of United Energy…

By Cliff Hocker