The Power of Negative Thinking

Pessimistic by nature? Make the most of a 'realistic' outlook without bringing everybody down.

If there’s one thing happy, successful people always seem to have in common, it’s…

By Caroline Clarke

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The New Rules for Wealth Building

Our economists offer strategies on building your enterprise, increasing your earning power, and protecting your portfolio in a volatile market

Our economists offer strategies on building your enterprise, increasing your earning power, and protecting…

By Alan Hughes

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The Fruits of Discipline

John W. Rogers Jr. and Ariel Capital Management have harvested huge returns through a 'slow and steady' approach to asset management

Every weekday, from his offices on the 29th floor of the AON building in…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Banking on Diversification

From investment banks to insurers, B.E. financial services companies are discovering that they must diversify to achieve the competitive edge

Over the last few months, Christopher J. Williams has been accumulating a great deal…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Born to Transform

The Burrell Communications Group bursts out of the ad agency box to become bigger, better, and bolder

Do you remember the Transformers craze of 1984? Transformers were a toy lover’s dream:…

By Monique R. Brown

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Crossing the Color Line

African American advertising agencies fight to prevent mainstream firms from taking their most prized possession -- the urban market

Brown is the new black. In fashion, that trend might last only a season,…

By Cassandra Hayes

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Steering Toward Profits

One of the year's automotive growth leaders, Wintson R. Pittman Sr., found the right formula for success: a mix of domestic and import models, a crackerjack sales team, and multigenerational management

Survey the spacious, burgundy-carpeted, second-floor office of Winston R. Pittman Sr., and one will find…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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The Road to Recovery

B.E. auto dealers cope with a sluggish economy by using incentives and other measures to drive traffic in their direction

To say that 2001 was a rough year for African American auto dealers would…

By Lloyd Gite

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Tax Tips for Tough Times

If you've changed jobs or are unemployed, you can avoid a high tax bill

If you’re in the midst of a job change, there may be some tax…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Looking for Long-Term Trends

James Francis' 'trendy' picks need a little more time to blossom

Last year, when we spoke to James Francis, CEO of New York-based Paradigm…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Bargains Galore

Money manager Howard Morris has a number of ways to find a cheap stock

It’s not enough that value investing is suddenly in vogue. Howard Morris, a 15-year…

By James A. Anderson

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Look to Asia for Growth

Funds that focus on Asian markets excelled last year and could do well in the future

If you’ve read the newspapers or looked at broadcast news lately, you might not…

By James A. Anderson

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A Congregation of Clubs

Salem Baptist Church of Chicago has made investingpart of its gospel of economic empowerment

In 1998, the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago came up with a five-year plan…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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A Decade of Growth

B.E. 100s companies weather the test of time

In celebration of the 30th year of the BE 100S, the largest black-owned…

By Alan Hughes

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Top Dealers

General Motors hosted a brunch saluting its top-performing African American dealers at the…

By Monique R. Brown

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Making the Grade

Black congressional members pass NAACP test

The African American members of the House of Representatives are making the grade —…

By Cliff Hocker

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Condition Critical

Urban HMOs are struggling to stay afloat

Medical Care Management Co. is one of many African American healthcare organizations on the…

By Alan Hughes

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Sins of the Past

Activists seek reparations from U.S. government and corporations with ties to slavery

In what could be the most serious effort to get the U.S. government and…

By K. Terrell Reed

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Good As new

Q: I am 26 years old and recovering from a recent job loss.…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Silent is Golden

Prayer group's got you covered

It’s a nondenominational ministry that’s been in continuous prayer for over 100 years…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Bulk May Be Better

Warehouse Shopping is big on savings

After healthcare worker Leila Tomlinson bought a co-op in the Bronx, New York,…

By Carmen Brown

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Burial Rights

Know the facts about cremation

How to Choose a Crematorium
Few funeral homes actually have their own crematorium; they contract…

By Marie Evan

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With icing on top

Pastry chef is designer of desserts

Name:
Newton Pryce

Age:
40

Occupation:
Executive Pastry Chef

Location:
New York, New York

Duties:
Creates desserts, supervises

 
production of all pastries,

 
manages the cost of…

By Monique R. Brown

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In AManner of Speaking

It really is how you say it

Journalist and communications executive Marquita Thomas currently lives in Washington, D.C. and has written…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Defender of the free world

McNeil Technologies lands top secret contract

Virginia-based McNeil Technologies Inc. has landed a $10 million contract with the U.S.…

By Dale Coachman

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Slow and Steady

Tech firm surviving in a tough economy

Roosevelt Giles has shuttered his online distance learning portal and publishing house, SkillLearning.com,…

By Pittershawn Palmer

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Information is Key

Q: I’m looking for venture capital for my business. Is there any advice…

By Alan Hughes

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The Cost of Doing Business

Rising regulatory fees putting the squeeze on entrepreneurs

In some cases, the smaller you are, the more it costs to do business.…

By Michelle Buckley

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Don’t Lose the Lessons

Q: When I attend conferences and hear motivational speakers, I am really energized…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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What works for you?

Whether you are a positive or negative thinker is beside the point. The…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Opportunities to Excel

Clara L. Adams-Ender, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (retired), the first nurse to command…

By Clara L. Adams-Ender

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Going Against the Grain

Newcomers to the B.E.100s prove it's not where you start but where you end up that matters

There’s no doubt about it: 2001 was a tough year for Americans, economically and…

By Dale Coachman

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Phat Profits

From entertainment to apparel, Rush Communications has become the leader in urban-focused products by moving to its own beat

From entertainment to apparel, Rush Communications has become the leader in urban-focused products by…

By Alan Hughes

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Finding The Right Prescription for Growth

Many B.E. 100s were hurt by last year's ailing economy. Their remedy: Tighten operations and find creative ways to boost revenues.

Many B.E. 100s were hurt by last year’s ailing economy. Their remedy: Tighten operations…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Ready to Rumble

30 years of the BE 100s

During the last year, the B.E. 100S were fighting for survival. Successful firms won…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Working for the BE 100s

This is our nod to the people who make the presidents and CEOs of the BE 100s Companies look good.

The B.E. Industrial/Service 100 employs more than 60,000 people. Meet eight of their best…

By Kenneth Meeks

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Marathon Men Revisited

The veterans. The godfathers. The cornerstones of the BE 100s

It’s not easy to reach the ranks of the BE 100s. In winning that…

By Lloyd Gite

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Engineering A Solid Future

Alton Moss and Catherine Charles are learning that a blueprint for financial success starts with common goals and full disclosure

Twenty-three-year-old Alton Moss JR. is on the right path to building financial wealth. Even…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Education Pays Dividends

One woman shows how investing in children's education can produce a windfall

If you’ve ever wanted to know what the power of compound interest can do,…

By Matthew S. Scott

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No-load Funds

Q: M. Mitchell, Amarillo, Texas
A: No-load mutual funds are available for purchase without…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Race-Biased Premiums

African Americans receive reparations for years of disparaging insurance practices

The practice of charging African Americans as much as 35% more for life insurance…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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A Head Trip

Q: I am 30 years old, working in management for a large retail…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A world leader

Cecilia A. Mowatt's international rite of passage

Name:
Cecilia A. Mowatt

Age:
41

Title:
President

Company:
GVA Worldwide

Education:
A.B., Stanford University; J.D./

 
M.B.A., University of California,

 
Berkeley

Marital status:
Single

“I am just beginning and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Cut the Cord?

Q: I have a small consulting business and my client list is growing.…

By Dale Coachman

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Always Connected

Palm has unveiled its newest product in the quest for mobile connectivity: the…

By Dale Coachman

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Taking care of business

Accounting software takes a byte out of bookkeeping chores

Ignorance is bliss, so the saying goes. But when it comes to managing your…

By Robert S. Anthony

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One Man’s Trash…

Entrepreneur is finding treasure in waste management

For Deontay Potter, trash is a valuable commodity. His venture, AMW Inc. of…

By Glenn Townes

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Looking to Uncle Sam

Increased government spending means lucrative contracts for small businesses

In the wake of last year’s terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush increased funding…

By Arlene McKanic

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