The Most Powerful African Americans In Corporate America

Meet 75 executives who hold tremendous clout in the world of business, including the 18 who earned CEO positions

Consider them the corporate eliteā€”an exclusive club of high-powered black executives who determine the billion-dollar…

By Kenneth Meeks


How Networking Really Works

Debunking the myths that prevent professionals from moving ahead

As a first line manager at Prudential in Atlanta, Gregory Morrison made sure he…

By Laura Egodigwe


Finding Cash For Your Business

Entrepreneurs who are shut out by bankers and venture capitalists can stay in the game by finding alternate sources of financing

Karen Tappin Saunderson has been an entrepreneur ever since she was a college student…

By Donald Jay Korn


Choosing The Right Investment Properties

There's more to creating a profitable real estate portfolio than just buying what's available.Here's how to make the best choices.

Ronald Phillip Ellison Jr. has been investing in real estate since he was a…

By Donald Jay Korn


Reinvest Your Raises

Gloria Brown makes it a point to live on the same salary she made in 1992

Few people can say they are living on the same amount of money they…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash


Madame C. J. Walker: Breaking New Ground

This daughter of slaves built a haircare empire and created a model for financial empowerment

Every day, millions of African Americans engage in the ritual of grooming. It may seem…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Not Just Window Dressing

The art of hanging a great curtain

A softer option to blinds and shutters, draperies are an accent with considerable…

By Sonia Alleyne


Coming In From The Cold

Warm and inviting Swedish cuisine

When tracking the world’s best destinations for gastronomic pleasures, Sweden tops the list. Who…

By Chana Garcia


Deep Sea Diva

Rebecca Hunter holds her own under water

Her logbook reads like the diary of a National Geographic adventurer: “battled murky…

By Sean Drakes


Honor Thy Self

Q: I am a 38-year-old African American woman who is married with three…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


Memos From The CEOs

Marked urgent: Richard Parsons, Ann Fudge and Ken Chenault offer powerful lessons in leadership.

When BLACK ENTERPRISE Editor-At-Large Caroline V. Clarke set out to write the powerful success book,…

By Caroline Clarke


A ‘Dash’ To The Finish

Young doctor overcomes battle with life-threatening illness

As a second-year medical student at Howard University, Dr. William Dash faced a daunting…

By Wendy Isom


Starting Over

Q: I am rebuilding my credit with Capital One and would like to…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


High-Speed Web Access

Getting the best deals for your personal or business use

Time is money for business owners like Antuane Barnes. The principal of Some…

By Leslie E. Royal


Travel Plans Gone Awry

How to prepare for emergencies

Before you take that next international business trip, family vacation, or Caribbean cruise for…

By Jennifer L. Smith


No Credit? No Problem!

Here's how to get good credit if you don't have any

These days, having good credit is far more important than simply having the ability to…

By Siobhan Leftwich


Chapter 7 Or Chapter 13?

What filing for bankruptcy really means

In 1994, Mia Conyer of Baltimore had dug herself into a financial hole. “I…

By Tamara E. Holmes


Back To School

Q: I am turning 40 in a couple of months and I have…

By Sonia Alleyne


Charmed, I’m Sure

Proper business etiquettegoes beyond the salad fork

After eight months as the marketing manager at a major book-publishing house, Wayne…

By Lee Anna Jackson


A Mannequin Model

Shay Taylor is a perfect fit

Name: Shay Taylor, Career: Fit Model, Age: 38, Salary Range: $100,000 part time…

By Joseph Dumas


Setting Up Shop

I’m considering a startup business that markets and sells urban apparel over the…

By James C. Johnson


Surfing Stand-ins

These three browsers are reliable alternatives to Internet Explorer and Netscape

When it comes to looking at Web pages, most people are accustomed to using…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan


Entering A Hot Zone

Philadelphia's mayor wants to make his city a wireless hot spot

All eyes are on Philadelphia these days as the City of Brotherly Love makes…

By Anthony Calypso


Leading the Way

This trailblazer in the field of high-tech logistics is drawing lots of attention

By Bridget McCrea
As the first African American woman to graduate from Ohio State University’s…



Protecting Ideas

Q: I am in the process of trying to patent my idea. What…

By James C. Johnson


Maximizing Employee Performance

Grow your business by empowering your workforce

It wasn’t enough that Rockwell Collins, an aviation and information technology systems provider…

By Arlene McKanic


popping perfection

How one businessman's gourmet popcorn became a recipe for success

Popcorn has never tasted so good to Lavonne Sanders, an entrepreneur who has turned…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin


Seeing Face Value

Cosmetic medical spa captures ethnic skin care market

When Drs. Eliot F. Battle and Monte O. Harris opened the doors to their…

By Bridget McCrea


A trainer’s retirement plan

Q: I am a 41-year-old ex-felon. I’ve been out of the workforce for…

By Matthew S. Scott


Stay Out Of Foreclosure

Here's what to do if you miss a mortgage payment

Perhaps the biggest fear any homeowner can have is foreclosure. A foreclosure occurs…

By Naeemah Khabir


Peach State Slow To Ripen …

Porter Bingham's focus on Georgia-based companies needs more time to bear fruit

Last year, when BLACK ENTERPRISE invited Porter Bingham, president and CEO of The Malachi…

By Nicole Lewis


Focus On Expansion

Steven Singleton of Robert Van Securities looks for companies with accelerated growth

During his nine-year tenure at Robert Van Securities Inc., Senior Vice President and Director…

By Nicole Lewis


Investing With Kin

Family Tree Investment Club is building togethernessand financial futures

At the annual Clinton family reunion in South Carolina, there’s plenty of food, fellowship,…

By Vikki Conwell


The Youth Vote: Gaining Clout

Post election surveys show record turnoutamong young adults and black voters

Vote or Die! That was the battle cry of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Tavis Smiley Renounces National Public Radio

Talk show host Tavis Smiley bids farewell to National Public Radio. Smiley, 40,…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Miami’s Royal Palm Sells For $127.5m

The Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort, a black-owned luxury Miami hotel, is changing…

By Tamara E. Holmes


Food Industry Veteran Has It His Way

Chuck James seals whopper deal, becomes Burger King's largest black franchisee

Food industry veteran Charles H. “Chuck” James III is now Burger King’s largest African…

By Latif Lewis


Fighting Irish Fire First Black Coach

Despite compiling a 21-15 record, including a standout inaugural year with a 10-2…

By Carolyn M. Brown


NAACP’s Mfumesteps Down

Nation's oldest civil rights group mayface internal turmoil

When Kweisi Mfume took the reins of the NAACP as president and CEO in…

By K. Terrell Reed