Wall Street Rogues

Fast cars, women, and cash. These financial whizzes had it all. But some of them crossed the line to get rich and ended up serving hard time, creating scandals that continue to affect the black investment community.

Alan Brian Bond had it all. He lived an opulent lifestyle that included shopping…

By Alan Hughes

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Not Just Singing the Blues

Depression is a serious medical affliction that can alter quality of life, or in extreme cases, end it.

In 1995, Rene Ruballo noticed a troubling change within him. This now retired New…

By Keisha Anderson

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The life of a landlord

Acquiring the building is just the beginning. Maintaining tenant relations is critical to becoming a successful property manager.

If you think that landlords have little to do after the first of each…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Reputation Equals Profits

The power of your reputation can be a tangible business strategy

Soul Food: 52 Principles of Black Entrepreneurial Success by Robert L. Wallace is a…

By Robert L. Wallace

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Getting the Corner Office

How to avoid the mistakes women make that put them outside the power circle

G. Arlivia Babbage Gamble is used to being the only female or African American…

By Maureen Jenkins

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Getting It Right The Second Time Around

Early retirement proved costly for Shirley Malone

Early retirement sounded like a good idea to Shirley Malone two years ago. She…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Making Their Own Money

The Alphonsos created a currency system to teach their children how to handle finances

Friday is payday in the Alphonso household. That’s when Ryan, 10, and Brianne, 8,…

By Lisa Armstrong

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Auto Dealer Dilemma

Q: I purchased a new minivan, [however], I did not ask how much…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Enhance your mind, body, and space with a variety of free educational resources!

An extensive multilingual tool that includes a dictionary with more than 7 million…

By Jennifer L. Smith

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Spam Could Be A Scam

Internet tricks are becoming high crimes

These days, every computer should come with a warning: User beware! Internet surfers…

By Siobhan Leftwich

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A New Money System

Daily organization is the key to financial fitness

If your money management system has you drowning in piles of receipts, bills,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Watch Out For The ATM Caper

Thieves are setting up shop at your local cash machine

You’re running low on cash and there’s not a bank in sight. But wait,…

By Siobhan Leftwich

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Champagne toasts

Brian Nembhard schools us on the best of the bubbly

Champagne is the festive wine par excellence, says Brian Dalkeith Nembhard, president and…

By Sean Drakes

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Northern Exposure

Copenhagen is Kenneth Smith's home court

Icy winters don’t prevent Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city, from being one of Scandinavia’s…

By Chana Garcia

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A Royal Send-off

The Queen Mary 2 launches in style and splendor

The echo from a past era could be heard for 10 miles. It was…

By John Simons

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She’s Got A Brand New Bag

TV producer's designs express her inner child

Unable to find the bag she was looking for — one with a…

By Maureen Jenkins

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Get Serious About Saving

Q: I am a 31-year-old, newly divorced mother of four. I have an…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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After-school Program transforms Lives

Earnestine Russell-Drumgold struggled to create a safe haven for kids

Dave Jones was a 17-year-old self-described street hustler in Baychester, New York, when…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Steps to Success

Faith can lead the way

Business and religion can coexist, according to David L. Steward in his book Doing…

By Stephanie Young

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Business Dining Etiquette

Beat your competition with winning table manners

“I could not believe it. Several peers and I were out to lunch with…

By Kimberly Hamilton-Wright

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Pay Checks

Q: When searching for a job, how do you find out salary information…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Relocation Tools

What you need to know about moving to a new town

The promotion you wanted will now take you halfway across the country. Or…

By Keisha Anderson

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Past the Prestige

What career options does your Ph.D. offer?

Twenty-two years ago, Debra Banks, then director of career services at Chicago State University…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Cruise Control

Yacht captain charts luxury liners

Age: 46
Occupation: Merchant Marine captain
Location: Chicago
Duties: Operates yacht; supervises crew; oversees safety; coordinates…

By Maureen Jenkins

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Can You Hear Me Yet?

Q: I have a small company and I’m looking for an inexpensive (not…

By Dale Coachman

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Smart Tech Solutions For Small Businesses

Cutting costs doesn't have to mean cutting corners

Is your small business in need of a big tech makeover? Are you…

By Schuyler K. Esprit

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Finding God Online

Churches tap into the Internet to reach congregants

Don’t feel like getting out of bed to attend church? Can’t reach the church…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Business On Her Own Terms

This entrepreneur works hard to create a company with a conscience

Faye Coleman throws herself into everything she does — including her business. As president…

By Bridget McCrea

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Self-Publishing For Profit

Q: I’m interested in self-publishing a children’s book. What are some good sources…

By Alan Hughes

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House Passes Healthcare Bills

Will the Senate sign off on AHPs before Election Day?

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation by a 252-162 margin in May…

By Alan Hughes

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For The Love Of The Game

How one woman scores in the sports entertainment industry

Cydni Bickerstaff is no rookie to the sports arena. As the daughter of…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin

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The Urge To Merge

More small to mid-sized companies considerM&A as a growth strategy

In a June 2003 Trendsetter Barometer survey of more than 400 CEOs of high-growth…

By Bridget McCrea

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The Buddy System

These longtime friends formed a growing CPA firm

Friendship is the glue that binds Benford Brown & Associates L.L.C. Alyssia Benford-Lee,…

By Robert Janis

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What About Debt Management?

Q: What is your opinion of debt management programs? What are the pros…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Investing To Maintain A Lifestyle

Jerone Buchanan hopes to buy a home, secure her retirement, and travel the globe

W hen she immigrated to the United States from the Caribbean island of…

By Carmen Brown

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Big Returns In The Smallest Packages

Micro-cap funds can produce an oversized payoff for investors

Over the years, stocks have been great investments. Ibbotson Associates in Chicago calculates that…

By Donald Jay Korn

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A Focus On Firm Profits

Keeping a keen eye out for companies with the potential to grow quickly paid off for Trevon Hunt

Trevon Hunt, a former adviser for the Chicago stock market firm Zacks Investment…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Offensive And Defensive Stock Picking

Walt Clark of Clark Capital Financial sets his game plan to outperform the market

Like other money managers who analyze stock market cycles, Walt L. Clark, president and…

By Nicole Lewis

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Managing Without Medicare

With experts projecting bankruptcy by 2019, how will you handlefuture medical expenses?

Lorna Huie, a 49-year-old business analyst, is worried that Medicare will run out by…

By Rene Brinkley

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Black Women A Key Vote In Election 2004?

This bloc is poised to play a decisive role on Election Day

Women are likely to cast the majority of black votes that John Kerry…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Rev. Al Sharpton signs on with CNBC

Civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton is joining CNBC…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Soap Opera star Takes Up LegislativeFight For Foster Care Reform

It’s not until the news reports that a child has died or been…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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John deere Named In Discrimination Suit

Former employee alleges that his application to buy two shops was unfairly rejected

Kenny Edwards understands that business ownership is key to building wealth. That’s why, after…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Pioneering Black Ad Agency Closes Doors Forever

Ending 27 years of operation as one of the nation’s leading African American-owned…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Coke Loses Top Black Executive and General Counsel

After a challenging three years at The Coca-Cola Co., where he directed the…

By Grace George

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A failing Grade For No Child Left Behind

Is President Bush's key domestic programliving up to the promise of better education?

School systems have been scrambling to produce results ever since 2001, when Congress passed…

By Cliff Hocker

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What’s Brewing at Starbucks?

Sipping coffee while enjoying stimulating conversation, reading a good book, or just plain…

By Ann Brown

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Burrell CEO Steps Down

Succession plan will help maintain the vision of this pioneer's advertising firm

Early in his career, Thomas J. Burrell set out to create an advertising firm…

By Dahna M. Chandler

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