Never too late

Q: I’m 42 and want a career in commercial property management. I’ve been…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Your real net worth

The stock market is performing at an all-time high. If ever there was…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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One weak notice

Q: What are the downfalls of resigning without giving a full two weeks’…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Key it in

Q: While I love my Palm organizer, I don’t always like using the…

By L. Britton

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Show me the money

Q: While we were able to personally finance our business during this, our…

By Gerda Gallop-Goodman

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Buying stocks direct

Q: I’m very interested in playing the stock market through payroll deduction. How…

By Ivan Cintron

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Convention Connection

Your next job may be as close as a professional conference. Here's how to work it on the job fair circuit.

Gino Carr lets out a humph as he recounts the tale of a job…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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The Most Home For Your Money

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO GETTING A MORTGAGE YOU CAN LIVE WITH

Midway through last year, Deirdre Brown-Postell discovered the house of her dreams–or so she…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Log On and Profit

A beginner's guide to online investing

Brandon Ledyard buys and trades stocks such as JDS Uniphase (Nasdaq: JDSU), TriQuint Semiconductor…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Hip Hop on Top

Urban Fashion Designers Rule

Walk down any street in urban America–or suburbia, for that matter–and you’re bound to…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Going Solo

Black designers unveil the trials and triumphs of business ownership

You may call them hardheaded, obstinate, inflexible or just plain stubborn. These labels are…

By Monique R. Brown

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Employed by Design

Today's climate dictates that high-end black designers choose employment over entrepreneurship

You’re probably familiar with Giorgio Armani. He was arguably the best-selling designer in the…

By Monique R. Brown

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Fashionably Speaking

Experts discuss emerging industry trends and how these changes impact African Americans

Who decides what’s hot and what’s not in the fashion business? Nowadays, consumers determine…

By Monique R. Brown

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BE Financial Fitness Contest

Winner #7 Theodore & Darlene Mathis

For many couples, the quest for their dream house is like Ulysses’ odyssey-a never-ending…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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investing on the homefront

How to use your time and money to build wealth in your community

Nearly 20 years ago, a group of frat brothers and graduates of Atlanta’s Morehouse…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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A presidential touch

Send well - wishes from the White House

Before President Bill Clinton leaves the White House, make sure he sends well-wishes…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Rio de Janiero

A Brazilian destination with nonstop adventure

Rio de Janeiro (or Cidade Marauihosa, as the locals say) has a striking…

By Ann Brown

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On the run!

CEO takes her mark in marathons

Beep!” “Beep!” “Beep!” At five o’clock in the morning, the alarm clock sounds. It’s…

By Monique R. Brown

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Dealing with debt collectors

Q: I keep getting harrassing phone calls on my job from creditors. Is…

By Monique R. Brown

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Home buying 101

Free government guides to mortgages

Although buying a home is usually the largest single purchase in a person’s…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Reap the Rebates

Check these places for valuable cash-back bonuses

So you’re ready to buy a shiny new car, a refrigerator or a…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Free Money!

Locate your unclaimed property for extra cash

Imagine that one of your relatives or friends has telephoned to say that while…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Objection!

Get past reluctance and close the deal

If you are a salesperson who hasn’t heard the word “no,” then chances…

By Nashad L. Warfield

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Mental Mastery

Your success climb starts in the mind

Want to take over the world? Okay, that’s a little overambitious. What about…

By Hasani Pettiford

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Blowin’ up "The Boondocks"

Aaron McGruder is taking the comic strip industry by storm

When The Boondocks, a sometimes irreverent and brash comic strip, debuted in newspapers last…

By F. Romall Smalls

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Perfect your Follow-through

You've got the business cards; now learn how to use them

Okay, so you’ve bitten the bullet and attended your professional organization’s monthly meeting. You’ve…

By Phaedra Brotherton

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The bearer of bad news

Here's how to do it right

It has happened in virtually every office. A boss calls an employee into…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Net Alliance

African American portal to appear on Internet-ready phones

Recognizing the buying clout of the African American market, major corporations have been…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Messenger

Build your customer base with an electronic newsletter

Most folks frown on getting unsolicited commercial e-mail, mainly because it has become associated…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan

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A Fund for Female Ventures

Count-Me-In to create economic opportunities for women

When you consider the statistics of women-owned businesses, the numbers are astounding. Women…

By Gerda Gallop-Goodman

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Natures Remedy

Adventure International Inc. stakes a claim in the health products industry

When starting their company in 1997, Albert Locke, 46, and Terry Triplett, 38,…

By Paula Lynn Parks

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When opportunity comes knocking

Know when to ask for the business

Let’s face it. Competing for customers is tougher than ever these days. Few recognize…

By Victor M. Nichols

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Creating clear connections

IBS succeeds through customer service and firm relationships

Intelligent Business Systems Inc. (IBS), a Philadelphia-based firm, has built its business on…

By Joyce E. Davis

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Tap into expert input

Learn how a board of advisors can benefit your firm

Entrepreneurs are often faced with making decisions regarding employment policies, insurance coverage and strategic…

By Craig Owen White

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Putting all your eggs in one sturdy basket

Unit investment trusts a way to play risky sectors

When you invest in a traditional mutual fund, the next chapter of the story…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Single-income Family Buckles Down

The Browns pave the road to the future

For Sonya and Jerry Brown, the road to financial security has been bumpy recently.…

By Christine Albano

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Playing the mortgage game

Homeowners still in it despite higher rates

The Federal Reserve may be trying to cool down a torrid economy by raising…

By Kelli D. Herd

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Earnings growth redefined

Michael Manns' picks benefited from real expanding businesses

With the recent meltdown of some formerly red-hot technology shares, investors have come…

By Luisa Beltran

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Stretching the meaning of Value

Lester Blair favors dominant players with profitable track records

It hasn’t been easy being a value investor over the past few years, unless…

By Ivan Cintron

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Balanced account

For hybrid stock and bond funds, asset allocation is crucial

Brokerage firms have a recommended asset allocation mix for average investors: 60% stocks, 35%…

By Ivan Cintron

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No Margin for Error

Buying stocks with borrowed money hurts investors

Borrowing money is a time-honored tradition, as average folks take out mortgages to…

By Ivan Cintron

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Urban Outfitted

How much do African Americans gear up?

Apparel is the sixth largest retail category, according to a recent report from…

By Christine Verdi

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A marriage of convenience

Williams Capital sells 15% stake to German bank

One of the country’s largest African American-owned investment banks is teaming up with a…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Not Just a Black Thing Anymore

African American ad agencies grab major, mainstream clients

Mike O’Driscoll has a point to make. As president of Jaguar North America, O’Driscoll…

By Hersch Doby

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Spin Control

Clive Davis is out, "LA" Reid is in at Arista

There’s been a changing of the guard in the music industry. Germany-based Bertelsmann Music…

By George Alexander

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