8 Ways To Change Your Financial Life

These basic but powerful strategies can boost your net worth

These are tough times for the sort of scrimping and saving required to boost…

By James A. Anderson

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Mid-Year Maneuvers

With these astute approaches, the second half of 2004 can be less taxing than the first half

Summer time is neither lazy nor hazy for Brigitte Johnson Herron, 46, of Silver…

By Donald Jay Korn

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What The Next Election Means For You

Our economists review the impact of bush's economic policies and offer their outlook on the presidential race

Carolyn Samora’s future is uncertain.
After working 14 years as a teachers’ aide at the…

By David C. Ruffin

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Remembering Maggie Lena Walker: The Making Of A Black Bank

Walker became the country's first woman president of a financial institution and founded one of the nation's oldest surviving black-owned banks

Maggie Lena Walker’s story, and the organization to which she dedicated her life, begins…

By Gertrude Woodruff Marlowe

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Time To Venture Abroad

Exporting is a multibillion-dollar industry that can be extremely lucrative -- if you're properly prepared

Michelle E. Wilson’s star was on the rise. A model since the age of…

By Alan Hughes

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They Pay You To Do What?

They're not your typical 9-to-5, and that's what makes these jobs fun

Many children dream of becoming firemen or doctors or lawyers when they grow up.…

By Christina Morgan

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Full-Contact Finance

Paul Viera's take-charge approach to business has him at the top of the money game

Talk about managing money with Paul Viera, CEO of Atlanta-based EARNEST Partners (No. 2…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Merger By Design

In an economic environment with shrinking profit margins, the key to survival is growth by acquisition

You might think that coming out of a year when the Dow Jones Industrial…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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The Magic Touch

Carol H. Williams Advertising conjures up winning campaigns and huge billings using an enchanting mix of business savvy, creative talent, and unbridled passion

The agency is illuminated by color and and light — a blend of the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Now that black is in, are black agencies out?

The African American market surges, but black agencies battle mainstream shops for the opportunity to deliver their message.

Whether it’s the halftime show at the Super Bowl or the entry of words…

By Cassandra Hayes

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What Lies Beneath

Scratch the surface of these new entrants to the B.E. 100s list and you'll find smart planning, successful growth strategies, and a strong commitment to quality

What lies beneath the surface of a successful African American firm? Hard work? Definitely.…

By Dale Coachman

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The New Frontier

Auto dealers are rethinking the way they do business and finding new solutions to old challenges

Vision and intellect were two strengths that African American auto dealers exploited to stay…

By Cliff Hocker

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The Prince Of South Beach

R. Donahue Peebles has built a real estate empire with the posh Royal Palm Hotel and a pipeline of deals in South Florida. And he's not finished yet.

R. Donahue Peebles sits at the head of a conference table in a makeshift…

By Alan Hughes

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The Tough Get Going

In a merciless business environment, the B.E. INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 produced a number of casualties -- and winners

Whether the blame falls on the sluggish economy, take-no-prisoners competition, or poor business management,…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Only The Strong Survive

The 32nd Annual Report On Black Business

In today’s environment, B.E. 100s companies must be fit, fast, and inventive to not…

By Derek T. Dingle

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A Life Pursuing Real Estate

After being laid off from his job, John Young is shifting to a career managing properties

When John Young was downsized from his job last year, he didn’t throw a…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Giving While You’re Living

By Carmen Brown

When Brenda Brandle, a cafeteria manager in the Los Angeles Unified School District, decided…

By Carmen Brown

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Pipe Dreams

Musician blows smoky grooves

Peterson, Castello, Savinelli — blue-chip pipe brands. They are the favorites of saxophonist…

By Joseph Dumas

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On Tokyo’s Terrain

Eric Prideaux's Asian exchange

Home to 12 million residents, metropolitan Tokyo is vast, unruly, and spreads across…

By Joseph Dumas

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In the Bag

Madeleine Moore is packed and ready to go

When experienced traveler Madeleine Moore takes monthly business jaunts around the country, she…

By Laura Egodigwe

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Nature

Challenge

By Lee Anna Jackson
In the eastern coastline of Central America, natural untarnished treasures…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Space Change

Tammy Berry works on interior angles

When a team of decorators suggested hanging heavy silk drapery over a window…

By Carla Thompson

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Bad Debts

A: I am starting the process of clearing a couple of charge-offs from…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Hot fun in the summertime

The best deals on your favorite lawn products

Is your lawn the laughingstock of your neighborhood? Before you throw in the…

By Siobhan Leftwich

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Comparison Shopping

PriceGrabber.com offers pricing info for you

Compare prices on office supplies, music, movies, books, and other items at PriceGrabber.com,…

By Jennifer L. Smith

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Fair Credit Reporting Act Tweaked by Congress

Legislation gets a new name and a facelift

In November 2003, Michael A. Chester was set to begin the process of…

By Leslie E. Royal

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First-time visit to a resale shop?

Here are some terms you should know

Entering the shop, there’s the wonderful aroma of just-brewed coffee and freshly baked cookies,…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Freedom to Switch

FCC hopes new cell phonerules benefit customers

When Lounise Williams, a student at Baruch College in New York City, wanted to…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Peer Pressure

Q: I am in college. I don’t have a credit card yet because,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Get Time on Your Side

Accomplish more using less energy

We all wish we had more time to develop a new idea, to…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Achieving your lifelong goals

Once you identify them, it's time to act

How many times have you verbalized a cherished goal, even written it down, only…

By Keisha Anderson

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Engineer Trades Machines For Manuscripts

Brian Egeston sacrificed income to follow his passion

Write on brother! In 2001, Brian Egeston walked away from a high-paying job…

By Kimberly Hamilton-Wright

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From Dream to Reality

It's simple: Take baby steps to success

Attorneys Julianna Yasinski and Nedy Williams were on the fast track at the…

By Leslie E. Royal

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To a Degree

Q: I am a middle-aged woman with a master’s in human resources and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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How’s your Performance?

Workplace evaluations can work to your benefit

Terri Dean knew that she found a place to call her own the moment…

By Carla Thompson

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HR Growth

What you need to know about the changes in HR

“I loved it,” says Yvonne Jackson, senior vice president of human resources at Pfizer,…

By Milca Esdaille

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Small Office Solutions

Q: I have a small office and a small budget, so I’m looking…

By Dale Coachman

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Is Eight Enough?

It seems so long ago now that 5-megapixel digital cameras were all the…

By Dale Coachman

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Under the Radar

Anonymous surfing: Are you really invisible?

Would you be embarrassed (or worse) if Websites could personally identify you as…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan

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Now, Ear This

Cardo Systems says that it has a solution to a problem that has…

By Dale Coachman

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Geeks rule!

Tech-support firm helps entrepreneurs focus on business

An attorney who billed clients at $300 an hour was spending an afternoon…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan

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Getting Paid

Collections firm make debtors an offer they can't refuse

There are many reasons a company may not hit projected revenues. But one that…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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A tradition of success

A legacy of business ownership drives tech security pioneer

Lurita Doan’s drive to succeed is in her blood. Inspired by three generations of…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Insurance Inquiry

Q: I am starting my own firm. My biggest struggle in making the…

By Alan Hughes

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Rebuilding Iraq

Will small business be allowed to get the job done?

Deleted from the $87 billion Iraq/Afghanistan emergency spending bill President George W. Bush…

By Cliff Hocker

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The Doctor Is In

Derek Suite's holistic approach to medicine has his practice thriving

Dr. Derek Suite, a clinical psychiatrist, loves his profession — especially when it’s…

By Nicole Lewis

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Seeking New Streams

Multiple revenue sources are critical to small businesses

From small streams, mighty rivers can flow. Solomon Thompson Jr. learned this shortly after…

By Bridget McCrea

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Cracking the RFP Code

It takes more than paperwork to effectively bid on contracts

Many companies take a dartboard approach to land corporate or government contracts, grasping at…

By Bridget McCrea

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The New Look on the Greens

How one entrepreneur merged hip-hop with golf apparel

Ever since Tiger Woods entered the golf circuit, the sport hasn’t been the same.…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin

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Saving For College And Retirement

Q: I’m a single mother with three kids age 10, 9, and 7.…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods

If Kenneth Wade has his way, over the next few years he will…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Scandal-Free Mutual Funds

Exchange-traded funds can shelter investors from mutual fund abuses

For a while late last year and early this year, it seemed that one…

By Donald Jay Korn

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A Solid Recovery

F. Douglass Lewis Jr. focused on value stocks to produce positive returns

Selecting companies that were ripe for growth once the economy began picking up steam…

By Rhonda Reynolds

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A Niche In Time

Kila Weaver predicts large returns from healthcare and financial sectors

Financial services and healthcare sectors will yield outstanding returns in 2004, says Kila Weaver,…

By Nicole Lewis

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From Speculation To Structure

North Carolina dentist adjusts his portfolio to a proven asset allocation model

Dr. Edward J. Clemons, 44, was doing well operating his dental practice in Durham,…

By Carmen Brown

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Moving To Mutual Funds

For Raven Enterprise, volatile times require a shift in investment style

Plenty of attention has been paid to the mutual fund industry’s alleged unethical trading…

By Nicole Halsey

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Advancing African American Women in the Workplace

New study finds challenges remain despite push for diversity

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth has become a household name to millions of Americans who watched…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Obama Closing In On Senate Seat

Illinois state senator and Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer Barack Obama is one step…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Predatory Lending Still Plagues Minority Homebuyers

African American and Latino home buyers are still the victims of predatory lending,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA Loan Faces Uncertain Future

There are many words to describe the reactions of small business owners to…

By Joyce Jones

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Oprah Gives Morehouse$5 Million

Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey has given Morehouse College a $5 million donation…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Minority Firm To Seal $500 Million Deal

Detroit-based auto supplier Bridgewater Interiors, a BE INDUSTRIAL/ SERVICE 100 company, scored a…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Carver Acquires Independence Federal Savings

Deal could create largest black-owned bank in the U.S.

In a deal that promises more than 1 million new customers in the nation’s…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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