The Best CEO in Silicon Valley

John Thompson has transformed Symantec into a multibillion-dollar security software juggernaut

On the occasional summer day when John W. Thompson manages to get away from…

By Alan Hughes


Extreme Makeover

How good do you look on paper?

By Laura Egodigwe
Catherine Mackel, an information technology expert, is employed, but her current resumé…




Your investments can provide signs that tell you the best time to unload them

Whenever Cynthia Basden is concerned over negative news reports about a company that she…

By Sakina P. Spruell


What to Do As Interest Rates Rise

Following these investment tips can help you keep pace with inflationary pressure

When Karim Webb goes to close his next real estate deal, he’ll try to…

By Patrice D. Johnson


10 Hottest Deals In Franchising

From food services to hospitality, we identify the best opportunities for African Americans

To be a successful business owner you have to take some risks. Perhaps no…

By Wendy Harris


Plotting A New Direction

Arthur Vaughn Is Rebuilding His Finances After Divorce

The process of divorce can be emotionally painful, especially if it’s a bad breakup.…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Community Crusader

Drunia Duvivier Is Purchasing Property To Help Revitalize Her Neighborhood And Her Lifestyle

Drunia M. Duvivier not only owns -but leases out and lives in -her three-level…

By Erin Straker


Fit To Be Tied

New York designer directs neckwear fashions

Anthony T. Kirby, the stylish haberdasher who caters to style needs of the…

By Laura Egodigwe


Ah! Spa

An Eastern European approach to wellness

According to the International Spa Association, American spas clocked more than 156 million…

By Joseph Dumas


Soul On Ice

William Douglas guards the crease

Most people are happy knowing they’ll never have a slice of vulcanized rubber…

By Laura Egodigwe


Music Ministry

Q: I’ve always been a writer. At first I wrote just poetry, but…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.


Listen Up!

Your life is trying to tell you something

Have you ever heard that little voice trying to tell you, “Uh oh,…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


Seeing Is Believing

Creating a vision to guide your team to success

King Solomon rendered sound business advice when he wrote Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is…

By Kimberly Hamilton-Wright


Secured Credit Cards

Recently, I obtained a secured credit card through my bank in an effort…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


Giving Freely

Volunteer your time at organizations around the country

Time doesn’t have to mean money when volunteering. For instance, you can cultivate…

By Jennifer L. Smith


Duped By Designer Doubles

Are knockoffs worth the price?

With two kids, Dorill Connell-Lake can’t afford a real Louis Vuitton bag. She…

By Lee Anna Jackson


False Alarm

Too many calls to your local police can cost you money

Many a homeowner resting safe and secure has been awakened by the deafening sound…

By Lee Anna Jackson


The Fashion Elite

They are tastemakers and style purveyors -- the power brokers behind the seams who put fashionable trends in motion

African Americans have long been associated with influencing fashion and its trends. It’s also…

By Walter Greene


Raw Deal

Avoid these consumer scams at all costs

We all know to beware of would-be thieves who rummage through garbage cans,…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


Focus On fundraising

I am a 32-year-old black woman with a business management degree, and I…

By Sonia Alleyne


While I’m Gone

Transitioning into -and back from -family and medical leave

With the birth of his son, Quincy, last spring, Phillip Williams took a…

By Carla Thompson


Resumé Face Lift

Tailor your experience when pursuing a major career change

As an attorney looking for work, Mary Lee Davis was actually changing gears.…

By Nkechi Olisemeka


Relax, Relate, Release

Yes, there's pressure on the job -but there's also a way to handle it

“This is our third [junior high school] administrator in the past four years. And…

By Lee Anna Jackson


Storageon The Go

I have a few of those key drives and they’re really good for…

By Dale Coachman


Big Mac Attack?

A wake-up call for OS X users

Macintosh users have had some bragging rights over their Windows counterparts for various…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan


A Little Business, A Little Fun

New Jersey family experiences a wireless tech boom

Derris Boomer says his family lives by their home network. And they certainly get…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan


Come Fly With Me

A few sites offer discounted airfare, but comparison shopping is the best strategy
The convenience…

By Tariq K. Muhammad


Loud And Clear

CEO hopes to find international audience for multimedia services

You might want to start looking for that soft spot on your couch, because…

By Anthony Calypso


Franchise Financing

Q: How can a regular guy like myself receive financing for a franchise…

By Alan Hughes


Quid Pro Quo

Bartering is a cashless alternative to conducting business

Bartering -trading what you have for what you want without using money -is…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin


Sisters In Fitness

Three siblings got their health club off the ground

When three sisters from Milwaukee decided to open a fitness center several years ago,…

By Glenn Townes


Business And Pleasure

Mixing work and fun makes for a motivated, productive workforce

Except for the fact that employees must wear company-made shoes, there is no dress…

By Bridget McCrea


Making Dough

Warren Brown is baking his way to success.

For the buzz it generates, Cake Love is tinier than one might imagine. Situated…

By Virginia Meyers Kelly


Same Markets, New Marketplaces

In a tough economy, black women find business opportunities in new regions

African American women are driving business to new frontiers. In a study titled…

By Malik Singleton


Ticker Symbol Search

What Websites do you recommend when looking for a company’s stock ticker symbol…

By Matthew S. Scott


Real Estate Reality Check

Authors of Ariel/Schwab survey say investing in property requires caution

Traditionally, African Americans have valued real estate as the best investment around, but…

By Matthew S. Scott


Asia Rising

Growth abounds as manufacturing and high-tech jobs shift to China and India

There are two emerging heavyweight world economies: China and India. Together, the two giants…

By Donald Jay Korn


Diversification Pays

Dawn Alston Paige of Piedmont Investment Advisors used large and small companies to stay ahead of the market

Last year, when it appeared that the bear market had ended but a bull…

By Rhonda Reynolds


Look At The Big Economic Picture

Ron Johnson says in a changing economy, company performance drives portfolio growth

Ronald A. Johnson, chief strategist at Smith, Graham & Co. Investment Advisors L.P., says…

By Nicole Lewis


A Step Toward Independence

A downsized IT professional looks to real estate for economic freedom

Rufus Samuels and his wife, Angela, have been married for three years and had…

By Patrice D. Johnson


Former B.E. 100s Clerk Faces Prison Time

A former employee of wireless data company TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (No. 37 on…

By Tamara E. Holmes


Lonely At The Top

Blacks are a fraction of top editors at mainstream magazines

When BLACK ENTERPRISE did its insider review of the magazine industry (“Changing the Face…

By Carolyn M. Brown


MBC Network Changes Name To Black Family Channel

The Major Broadcasting Cable Network, the only African American owned and operated cable…

By Hamil R. Harris


Jackmont Hospitality Acquires Four T.G.I. Friday’s Restaurants

Jackmont Hospitality Inc. is breaking new ground with the recent acquisition of four…

By Aisha I. Jefferson


La-Van Hawkins Linked To Philadelphia Corruption Probe

B.E. 100s CEO faces fraud, perjury charges

La-Van Hawkins, CEO of La-Van Hawkins Food & Entertainment Group L.L.C. (No. 13 on…

By Alan Hughes