Financial Wake-Up Call

From advice on homeownership to unemployment, our economists offer strategies on how to secure your financial future

When Lori Porcher, 40, was laid off from her job as an account supervisor…

By David C. Ruffin

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Stand And Deliver

Kevin Cohee turned OneUnited into the nation's largest black banking institution one acquisition at a time. And he's not finished yet.

When Kevin Cohee, chairman and CEO of OneUnited Bank, looks at One Lincoln Street…

By Matthew S. Scott

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United Colors Of Global Hue

Don Coleman has positioned his agencyto make a play on markets of every stripe and color

On a blustery March afternoon Don Coleman, 51, sits behind his spacious desk in…

By Alan Hughes

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Massacre On Madison Avenue

In the toughest year everfor advertising firms, African American agencies struggled to hold on to business and meet the bottom line

The Barbies were stacked high in local supermarkets last August. Little girls clamored around…

By Cassandra Hayes

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A Tale Of Four Freshmen

By Sonya A. Donaldson

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was…

By Dale Coachman

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Maximum Overdrive

Boyland Auto Group increased revenues and profits through restructuring and a take-no-prisoners attitude

Dorian S. Boyland is taking care of business as he bustles about his 29,000-square-foot…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Pumping The Brakes

B.E. auto dealers used cost cutting and customer service to avoid being wrecked by a tough economy

Purring engines and showroom shine ignite a spark in new car shoppers — but…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan

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The House Always Wins

Don Barden rolled thedice when he anted up millions for a Las Vegas casino. It turned out to be a sure bet.

Sounds of electronic bells, buzzes, pings, and zaps fill the air as Don H.…

By Alan Hughes

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Operating In Rough Waters

B.E. Industrial/Service 100 companies seek to grow earnings by battening down the hatches

For the captains who helmed America’s largest black-owned businesses, managing those businesses in 2002…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Reinvention Through Innovation

Despite the sluggish economy, a number of B.E. 100S companies are winning the battle for market share and profits by retooling their enterprises

If there were a slogan to describe the attitude and activity permeating America’s largest…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Have We Lost Harlem?

Harlem is renewing its reputation and its landscape, and is currently the hottest piece of real estate in new york city. But at what cost?

The scenery in Harlem is changing. Take a stroll uptown and you’ll find great…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Organizing A Life Together

Eric Worley and his fiancée, Kimberly Palmer, are crafting common financial goals for their future

When a couple says “i do” on their wedding day, it’s not just two…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Financial Knowledge Is Freedom

Sterling Investment Management is educatingthe financially challenged and disadvantaged

Money is never just about money. If it was, we would all be rich.…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Collar This

Enjoying a 300-year-old history, the Oxford collar’s most fashionable period was during the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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It’s Your Move

Mike Givan takes chess to new heights

ike Givan likes a challenge, whether it’s work or sport. So it’s only…

By Sonia Alleyne

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For The Golden Years

Q: What can you tell me about long-term care insurance? I am in…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Hiring An Attorney

Prevent legal questions from becoming legal problems

In the past, Sophia Jones (not her real name), a former accounts manager in…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Help A ‘Sista’ Out!

Q: I am a 36-year-old divorced mother of two. I work full time…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Sweet Freedom

Ex-convict Shakoor Watson overcame a heroin addiction to build a thriving bakery

When you step into Shakoor’s Sweet Tooth, you’re immediately conflicted. The cakes that line…

By Caroline Clarke

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Choose Smartly

Q: I am 33 and about to complete a B.S. degree in management…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Just Checking In

How to effectively communicate with an executive recruiter

Although you may be the one in need of a job, an executive…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Fight Of Their Lives

B.E. financial services firms were locked in mortal combat with tough competitors and a bruising

After taking blows from a sluggish economy and volatile financial markets, Ronald E. Blaylock…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Animated Tale

Graphic artist brings characters to life

Lyndon Barrois
AGE: 39
TITLE: Animator director/supervisor
COMPANY: ESC Entertainment
DUTIES: Scheduling production of shots, overseeing budgets, and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Up, Up, And Away

African American women business owners on the rise, continue to soar to the top of the BE 100s

Madame C.J. Walker, the daughter of slaves, became the first widely reported self-made…

By Latif Lewis

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The Federal Budget Battle

Buy now-pay later proposals too costly for African Americans, says economist

African Americans, haunted by double-digit unemployment rates and federal deficits to cover policy makers…

By William E. Spriggs

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Wireless Options

Q: I’m interested in a wireless solution for my small business, but I’m…

By Dale Coachman

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Risky Business

Is cyber insurance worth the cost to business?

Recent high-profile Internet attacks and security breaches have rekindled a debate over the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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PictureShow and tell

If you’re looking for a creative way to show off those vacation photos,…

By Dale Coachman

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Quickbooks Has The Midas Touch

If everything you touch turns to gold, you need a good counting house…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan

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Let The (Web) Music Play

Despite growing audience, fledgling Internet radio stations have a tough, uphill battle

Two years ago, when Neil Blake started an Internet radio Website out of the…

By Anthony Calypso

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Compromising Position

Q: I am interested in opening a janitorial company part time while working…

By Alan Hughes

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A Joint Venture

Husband-and-wife team builds thriving printing business

Bob Nicholas, Houston’s first African American anchorperson, spent 30 years reporting the news.…

By Lloyd Gite

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In Case Of Emergency

Entrepreneurs should be prepared when disaster strikes

It doesn’t take a natural disaster or terrorism to bring a business to its…

By Bridget McCrea

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The Power Of Networking

This entrepreneur made the right connections to grow her firm

If the devil makes work for idle hands, Vaneese Johnson wants everyone to work…

By Nicole Lewis

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Retirement Vs. Property?

Q: I have a retirement account through a government job that I started…

By Matthew S. Scott

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The Trouble With Fees

How can you protect your portfolio from the rising cost of mutual funds?

As the stock market continues to spiral downward and investor losses mount, mutual fund…

By Kelli D. Herd

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Still Searching For Bargains

Howard Morris' focus on value couldn't fend off the bear market

Conventional wisdom dictates that investors should buy low and sell high. As the…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Ripe For A Recovery

F. Douglass Lewis Jr. of FDL Financial Services looks to forecast trends that will lead the economic rebound

F. Douglass Lewis Jr., president of Washington, D.C.-based FDL Financial Services, is focused on…

By Nicole Lewis

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Investing During Turbulent Times

What type of investment strategy should you adopt while the country is rebuilding Iraq?

Now that the United States and Iraq have finished their war, what’s an investor…

By Maya Nettles

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Lee-Chin & Cochran Team Up

Michael Lee-Chin (pictured above), founder of Canadian mutual fund company AIC Ltd., and…

By Alan Hughes

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Moseley Braun & Sharpton Eye Presidential Nominations

Funding is likely to be a big challenge for both campaigns

Nine candidates are preparing campaigns to win the Democratic presidential nomination and challenge President…

By David C. Ruffin

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