A commitment to quality

Alliance Relocation Services strives to perfect customer satisfaction

The logistics of moving to a new city can be daunting, but one…

By Jayne Cubbage


In the dough

V&J Holdings acquires 41 more Pizza Huts

Yes, she’s truly raking in the dough now. Valerie Daniels-Carter, president and CEO…

By Nyasha Laing


Back From the Brink

B.E. Board of Economists member David Swinton leads charge in salvaging black bank

Swinton led a group of investors to purchase some of the assets of Victory Savings…

By Sandra R. Bell

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Windy City theater owner looks to expand

Donzell Starks now controls 20% of movie screens in Chicago

His name might not be Magic, but Donzell Starks seems to have the city…

By Cliff Hocker


Reuben named to Fed

Black Enterprise Board of Economists member Lucy J. Reuben was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Reuben is currently a dean and professor at South Carolina State University School…

By Femi Lewis


Going for a bull ride

Citizens Trust becomes third publicly traded black bank

Another black-owned bank just went public. Well, sort of. In truth, Citizens Bancshares Corp.,…

By Paula M. White


Gore on deck

As he eyes the presidency in 2000, Al Gore casts an eye toward black America

After seven years in the background, Vice President Al Gore is ready to take…

By Eric L. Smith


Let’s make a deal

Your ability to negotiate will determine the salary and benefits you get

So how much money are you looking to earn?” It’s never the first question…

By Phaedra Brotherton


Moving your business

Tips on negotiating a lease agreement

Q: I’m in the market for new office space. What do I need…

By Gerda Gallop-Goodman


Not Just Kid Stuff

Putting your child through private school takes more than lunch money

James and Patty Ballentine live in Prince George’s County, Maryland, one of the nation’s…

By Joyce Jones


Shooting Stocks

Follow the clues growth managers look for to pick stocks that are ready to soar

As far as investing styles go, growth has been the most popular choice since…

By James A. Anderson


TLC’s Final Act

For a decade this billion-dollar behemoth was among the most successful leveraged buyouts. Its curtain call serves as a model for black wealth creation.

Enter the midtown Manhattan offices of TLC Beatrice International Holdings Inc. these days and…

By Derek T. Dingle


5 Hot Business Fields For Women

Thinking of starting a company? These sectors are proving to be particularly lucrative for entrepreneurial sisters.

Marina Grant, president of Grant Communications Inc., initially started her business out of a…

By Roz Ayres-Williams


Look Before You Leep

Ready to take your first entrepreneurial steps? Consider these tips to find the right venture for you.

Do you have an idea for a business that you’ve always wanted to explore?…

By Wendy M. Beech


15 Great Low-cost Franchises

If you thought buying a franchise operation was out of reach, think again. We offer profitable ventures that will make you, not break you.

In 1984, Agnes Davis made a decision that would change her life. Armed with…

By Gerda Gallop-Goodman


Leadership Has Its Rewards

Ken Chenault's low-key yet competitive style has pushed him up the executive ladder and to the CEO's chair

It’s a warm evening in May, and once again Ken Chenault is being honored.…

By Marjorie Whigham-Desir


2000 travel trips

It may be the ultimate party. An estimated 2 billion people worldwide plan to…

By Ann Brown


A comprehensive educational tool

Help your child choose the right college

The African American Student’s Guide to College offers a wealth of information for…

By Monique R. Brown


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


Give injuries the one-two punch

Safety tips for Tae-Bo and other martial arts enthusiasts

Have you kicked your way into the latest exercise craze? If not, the hype…

By Monique R. Brown


Flea market havens

Visit these shopping happenings for great bargains

Autier Allen-Craft decorates her home with flea market finds. “You never know what you’ll…

By Ann Brown


By the sweat of her brow

Fitness guru persevered and perspired her way to success

Donna Richardson, Weekend Today fitness correspondent and co-star of ESPN2′s Crunch Fitness, is easily…

By Melba Newsome


Working with purpose

It can lead to greater fulfillment

I joined Bell Communications Research Inc. (Bellcore) in 1986 as a computer engineer.…

By Douette O. Cunningham


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


The specialist

Parlay your knowledge and experience to become a recognized authority

Looking to get that next big promotion and salary increase? Your success may not…

By Joanne Charles



Q: My new boss and I have a mutual dislike for one another.…

By Sonja


None of their business

These questions have no place in an interview

You’re probably like most job hunters. You know that if a prospective employer…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Options plays

Using puts and calls can help you ride out volatile markets

On Thursday, May 13, a series of favorable economic reports and news of takeovers…

By Donald Jay Korn


Road map for a cautious investor

Novice looks to achieve her goals gradually, but needs to take on more risk

At age 27, Naeemah K. Abner is reaping the returns from a modest $3,000…

By Carmen Brown


Credit check

It's still possible to get good deals and favorable terms

Credit card holders today are more likely to live fast, max-out young and leave…

By Olayinka Fadahunsi


Primer for first-time investors

I am interested in investing but I don’t know where to start. I’ve…

By Ivan Cintron


Steep decline

Russell 2000 beats Kenneth Johnson's small-cap picks

As the stock market continues its meteoric rise, small-capitalization stocks have been like…

By L.D. Saunders


Holding out for growth

Maceo Sloan says he's not fazed by the latest growth stock sell-off

A strange thing happened to growth stocks this spring. Shares of companies that had…

By James A. Anderson


Gimme shelter

Housing is on a roll despite rising mortgage rates

For months, investors dealt with a bad case of the jitters. The cause of…

By Derek T. Dingle


It’s mostly the voice

Three leading speech-recognition software companies want you to talk to your PC

Speech-recognition software has gotten more powerful recently, but it still won’t make your computer…

By John W. Ellis IV


It’s free, but it’ll cost you

Internet service providers will give you the PC gratis, but not the access

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But a free PC? Now that’s…

By Tariq K. Muhammad


Expand your mind and your projects will follow

Organizational software tool increases productivity by engaging both halves of your brain

Science has proven that most of us don’t use nearly as much of…

By Tariq K. Muhammad


Straight from the source

Sheila Talton, CEO of Unisource Network Services, has taken the Windy City by storm

If you had to describe Sheila G. Talton in one word, it would be…

By Tariq K. Muhammad


Fabulous frozen fruit operation

Happy & Healthy Products allows franchisees flexibility

Mention a franchise opportunity and many people envision the golden arches, burgers and fries…

By Bernadette Adams Davis


At home with the kids

Balancing babies and your home business can be difficult. Set ground rules for success.

If you’re like many home-based business owners, you have more than calls and customers…

By Wendy M. Beech


A focus on fitness

Workout Partners tones you up without tapping you out

Pierre R. Romain, 31, has worked to become a business mogul since he was…

By F. Romall Smalls