Most Powerful African Americans in Sports

Think you know who the real players are? Forget those who earn millions on the field. Here's our all-star list of entrepreneurs and executives (OK, and a couple of athletes) who drive the sports industry.

Unlike other sports lists, BLACK ENTERPRISE approached The 50 Most Powerful African Americans in…

By Alan Hughes


Why You Need A Mentor

Mentors are the most important resource for success on the job. Finding them can be a task; positioning yourself to be selected as a menteeis another. Here's how to accomplish both.

Connie Lindsey can testify to getting by with a little help from her friends—those…

By Maureen Jenkins


Growing Pains

We'll show you how to deal with a sudden expansion or an unforeseen slowdown in your business

Economic recession and world events led to the downfall of Brown’s thriving firm.
Kevin Brown…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Essence of the Deal

What does time inc.'s takeover mean forthe popular black women's magazine?

For 35 years, Essence magazine has been a household name, projecting the image and voice…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Aiming For Financial Readiness

Maj. Frank Davis needs improved fiscal maneuvers to secure his family's future

Maj. Frank Davis of Stockbridge, Georgia, knows what it’s like to sit in an…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash


Progress Through Properties

After being laid off, Stephan Jackson enhanced his family's wealth by investing in real estate.

When Stephan Jackson, a product manager for Hewlett-Packard in Newark, California, lost his job…

By Patrice D. Johnson


Shirt Savvy

A perfect thank-you gift for a star executive — male or female —…



Great Getaways

A retreat guide

With the line between business and lifestyle almost indistinguishable, it’s becoming more important to…

By Patricia Jacobs


Master Of The Game

Chess whiz Maurice Ashley

After being crowned the first black International Grand Master of Chess in March…

By Sean Drakes


Over The Limit

Q: My husband and I filed bankruptcy in 1999. Unfortunately, we have not…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


New Venture

Q: I have been a paralegal for 24 years, and I am at the…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


Now Hear This

Want to become a better communicator?Shut up and develop your listening skills

Are you having a hard time being heard at work? Do you find yourself…

By Siobhan Leftwich


Market Watch

A: I am an upcoming senior majoring in marketing and I am unsure…

By Sonia Alleyne


Is Being The Best Good Enough?

Surviving the double standard in your organization

It often seems that black executives must be supermen and superwomen just to remain…

By Sonia Alleyne


PC Revival

Q: I recently purchased a new PC and now I don’t know what…

By James C. Johnson


Upgrading Mobile Technology

A smart investment for more efficient and faster business operations

It is important to periodically update your technology to enable your business to produce…

By Ramon Ray


Mixing Business With Pleasure

This Microsoft executive is spearheading Windows media and entertainment initiatives

Perfectly positioned to help usher in the next wave of digital entertainment, Cassandra…

By Karen Jones


Spread The Word

Q: I have a cosmetics store located in Cincinnati, in the largest mall…

By James C. Johnson


Make Me A Match

SBA program brings big buyers face-to-face with small vendors

According to the Small Business Administration, the fastest growing segment of small businesses…

By Robert Janis


Breaking New Ground

Find the right location for your business and the customers will come

When Will Gist went searching for a location for his new Maui Wowi Fresh…

By Bridget McCrea


Selling The Brand

A willingness to adapt helps an embroidery designer expand beyond uniforms

When UPS needed someone to make reusable vinyl bags to sort small goods in…

By Bridget McCrea


School Fees Vs. Investing

Q: I recently moved to the U.S. from the Caribbean. I have $5,000…

By Matthew S. Scott


Getting Large

Big company stocks could be ready to roll

With interest rate hikes scaring money out of the stock market, consumer spending rising,…

By James A. Anderson


A Sound Rebound

Long-awaited economic growth helped Barbara Bowles' stock selections prosper

Last year, Barbara L. Bowles, founder and CEO of The Kenwood Group, a Chicago-based…

By Sakina P. Spruell


Buy And Hold Is Back

Eric McKissack of Channing Capital Management waits for good companies to recover from bad times

For Eric McKissack, CEO and chief investment officer of Channing Capital Management L.L.C., when…

By Nicole Lewis


Don’t Be Alarmed If You Have An ARM

Homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages should carefully reassess their situation before refinancing

With economists projecting several interest rate hikes through 2006, financial advisers say now is…

By Aissatou Sidime


Social Security Myth vs. Reality

True or False? African Americans bear the most cost but receive the least benefits

Social Security isn’t just for retired seniors; it also provides protection for workers…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Ed Gordon To Host Show On NPR

Former BET Tonight host and Emmy Award-winning journalist Ed Gordon heads to National…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Paying Homage To A Political Icon

March is National Women’s History Month, and no woman is more deserving of…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Privatizing Social Security

Do African Americans stand to gain from President Bush's controversial plan?

One of the biggest debates brewing on Capitol Hill this year involves President George…

By Joyce Jones


Franklin Raines Steps Down From Fannie Mae

Was the former CEO right to shoulder the blame for accounting irregularities?

At the tail end of last year, Franklin Raines, chairman and CEO of Fannie…

By Joyce Jones