Mad Marketing Skills

Your guide to cashing in on the young, urban market

When the manufacturers of Converse sneakers wanted to investigate the consumer appeal of entertainment…

By Melba Newsome

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New Millennium, New Funds

B.E. finds 12 of the best bets for the new year-and beyond

For Sharon and Darryl Ward, the road to wealth-building is paved with mutual funds.…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Thrills! Chills! Spills!

Fasten your seatbelts: entertainment stocks can take investors on a roller-coaster ride

To Colvin W. Grannum, CEO of Bridge Street Development Corp., a church-affiliated community development…

By Ivan Cintron

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A Sound Investment

Here's a step-by-step guide to building your own home studio and tips on turning a profit

Michael Borneo, 42, always loved music and dabbled in it whenever he could find…

By Dawn Norfleet

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Raising A Superstar

Your child may have what it takes to be a star, but are you prepared to make the right decisions for his future?

Sonja Norwood remembers the exact moment when she realized that her daughter Brandy’s career…

By Shawn E. Rhea

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Hip-Hop Moguls: Beyond The Hype

As rap music has exploded, so too have the fortunes and businesses of some of today's hottest young music executives

I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast, but we’re like hot…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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Top Non-Entertainment Careers In Entertainment

You don't have to sing, act or dance to be in showbiz

Lights, camera, action! The glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry lures thousands of…

By Keisha Anderson

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New N’awlins hotel has black investors

The debut of New Orleans’ International House wasn’t just another hotel opening. It’s…

By Ann Brown

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A gift guide

Monique R. Brown
It’s that time of year again. If you’re worried about selecting…

By Monique R. Brown

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Benefit from overbookings

Q: What rights do I have if I am involuntarily bumped from my…

By Monique R. Brown

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It’s just a number . . .

But your age may be the key to travel discounts

When it comes to travel, your date of birth is more than just a…

By Monique R. Brown

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Plug into the post office

Now you can purchase postage over the Internet

If you hate waiting on long lines at your local post office, then…

By Sherri McGee

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A sure-fire plan

Guidance is often the missing ingredient in making a dream come true. But…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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The truth about failure

It's not as bad as you may think

Failure is not only a necessary part of doing business, it’s a part…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Count your blessings…

They're not just the ones you think

If you rely on television or other mass media outlets to define what…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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The congenial colleague

Gain the emulation of your co-workers

This project would be so much easier to finish if only he/she were…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Focus on your goal

Charting a course of action is key to developing a career plan

Having a personal career plan is essential to surviving the merger, acquisition and spin-off…

By Iris Randall

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The price is right

Employee referral programs increase your company's stable and boost your earnings

Undeniably, a tight labor market affects companies looking to expand their talent pool. But…

By Phaedra Brotherton

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Which way do I go?

I want a career change, but I have no direction. How do I…

By Korey A. Wilson

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A little R&R-very little

Vacation: an experience most working people look forward to every year. A chance…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Managing mail madness

Get a handle on it before you get swamped

As if opening your daily pile of snail mail wasn’t enough, now there’s…

By Steven W. Brown

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Before investing, learn about foreign stocks

What are the best opportunities in foreign stocks?
–Mephime
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You can invest in…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Diamonds, Spdrs and Webs-oh, my!

Invest in market indices with these stocklike instruments

For most of this decade, actively managed mutual funds have lagged behind the…

By Ivan Cintron

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A Treasury bond by any other name

There are different kinds of government securities

If you follow the financial markets even peripherally, you know that one of…

By Ivan Cintron

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Making a list, checking it twice

It's time for some end-of-year financial housecleaning

At this time of year you’re probably making a list and checking it…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Sacrifice now, benefit later

Aaron and Vonda Green, both physicians, stash away their money to secure their future

Drs. Aaron and Vonda Green believe in approaching life with measured, stealthy steps. They…

By Carmen Brown

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The company you keep

There are pitfalls and rewards in establishing an investment club with co-workers

If you’re thinking about starting an investment club at work, your future partners could…

By Olayinka Fadahunsi

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Mixed results

Some of Quinn Stills' neglected stocks have legs, others don't

Searching for value among downtrodden stocks sometimes results in a mixed bag of…

By L.D. Saunders

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Waiting in vain?

John Rogers of Ariel Capital picks stocks that could be loved

It’s not easy picking small-cap stocks. Just ask John W. Rogers Jr., president and…

By Ivan Cintron

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Fair-to-middling

Performance of midcap stock funds on the rise

Not too big and not too small, midcapitalization stock funds can offer diversity and…

By Dwight Oestricher

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Bringing up the rear

Small-cap stocks still lagging behind the rest of the market

Each year for nearly the last nine, small-capitalization market gurus have been predicting…

By Ivan Cintron

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Websites 101

Where can I get a business plan (including hardware, software and the necessary…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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Rent-a-server: the latest trend in business software

Application service providers hope you'll turn to the Web for more than surfing

The saying “the Internet changes everything” may not be too far a stretch. Paradigm…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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Make your Web experience sing and dance

Multimedia plug-ins let you see and hear the future of the Internet

Today’s Internet is a far cry from the less-than-engaging bulletin boards of yore. Internet…

By John W. Ellis IV

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Technology that will change marketing on the Web

Is your site ready for the next era in Internet computing?

Almost as fast as you can say digital download, the ways and means of…

By Tariq K. Muhammad

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Marketing know-how

Q: I’ve developed a line of African American ceramic statues and cloth dolls…

By Gerda Gallop-Goodman

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Work to the music

Soothing strains can increase productivity

Do you think an office has to be quiet in order to be…

By Terri P. Guess

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Productive postcards

Contact clients by mail

Did you know that postcards are useful for telling others about your business…

By Gerda Gallop-Goodman

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A global perspective

Fara Fina Collection turns profit from African art

A predominantly white, affluent beach community may seem like an unlikely place for…

By Melba Newsome

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Marketing maven

Icon Media strikes gold in urban marketing

David Watkins, president and CEO of Icon Lifestyle Marketing in New York, is the…

By F. Romall Smalls

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Getting your financial house in order

Here's how you can get the tax deductions you're entitled to

For some business owners, paying taxes can be a bitter pill to swallow. But…

By Wendy M. Beech

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‘Tis the Reason

African Americans spend their holiday dollars conscientiously

Tis the season to give. And during the holidays, African American consumers are…

By Bevolyn Williams-Harold

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She’s in the driver’s seat

Nissan names first black owner of Infiniti dealership

She’s come a long way since being a legal secretary for Motown Records…

By Hamil R. Harris

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Coleman partners with True North

New venture poised to target black, Hispanic and Asian American markets

One of the nation’s leading African American advertising executives has been tapped to head…

By Hamil R. Harris

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Rebuilding urban America

New venture capital team to focus exclusively on inner city

What’s old is new again. Areas once cast aside as economically depressed are now…

By Monica C. Fountain

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