Don’t Charge Away Your Benefits

Reward programs that allow consumers to invest while they spend have limitations

When Tabeier Shine finished graduate school in 2002, she was so fed up with…

By Erin Straker

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Closing The Gap

Our economists agree that homeownership and retirement planning are a potent pair when it comes to building net worth

Maisha And Eric Davis made a major move last year, literally and financially. “We…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Squeeze Play

Is America's offshoring movement hurting black businesses? Many are applying innovative strategies to buck the trend.

It is nothing less than the hot-button labor issue of our times. The unions…

By James A. Anderson

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Save Now For Later

Here are 7 everyday strategies to put more cash in your coffers

It may seem hard to believe, but purchasing that 40-inch plasma tv for next…

By Siobhan Leftwich

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Student Loan Survival Guide

Drowning in student loans? Save yourself from debt using our simple step-by-step plan.

Philip Jones wanted nothing more than to marry his fiancĂ©e, fly away to Costa…

By Chandra M. Hayslett

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Open After Dark

Starting a nightclub is tough, but with the right location, look,and a little bit of luck, you can make millions

On a typical Saturday night, Gregory Bowyer can be found moving swiftly and inconspicuously…

By Wendy Harris

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Ready for Takeoff

Sound strategies and high risks boost entrepreneurs to the other side of sacrifice—better known as success

What is an astronaut feeling as he’s sitting on the rocket launch pad strapped…

By Nicole Marie Richardson

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Funds Of Fund

Fairview Capital used a razor-sharp strategic focus and high-powered talent to build a $1.6 billion private equity enterprise

Fairview Capital Partners was getting ready to face its greatest competitive challenge — and…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Holding Their Ground

To win today's turf wars, BE financial services firms must develop new products and find strategic partners

Squeezed by increased competition and the crucial need to grow customer base, increase capital,…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Growth from Within

E. Morris Communications Inc. gained market share in a less than stellar environment by turning to existing clients

Eugene Morris’ firm was nearing death’s door. Billings at Chicago-based E. Morris Communications Inc.…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Winds of Change

Amid shifting dynamics, black ad agencies are adapting to stay alive

When it comes to operating an African American-owned ad agency, change is good.
Perhaps no…

By Wendy Harris

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Billion-Dollar Dealer

Prestige Automotive is the first black-owned auto dealership to achieve this earnings milestone. Behind the wheel is a CEO focused on maximizing profits while grooming future business leaders

On a sunny springtime morning just outside of Detroit, Gregory Jackson makes his rounds,…

By James C. Johnson

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Changing Lanes

In a tough market, auto dealerships make quick moves to boost the bottom line

For black-owned auto dealerships, business in 2004 was a two-way street. While the auto…

By Cliff Hocker

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Critical Mass

When Dimensions International acquired fellow BE 100S firm SENTEL Corp., it created a new force in the homeland security sector

High above the court at Washington, D.C.’s MCI Center, Russell Wright watches the action…

By Alan Hughes

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Finding The Right Formula for Growth

From joint ventures to divestitures, the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 used a mix of strategies to beat the competition

It was good to be African American and a business owner in 2004. With…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Bold Players New Strategies

Staking a claim in the mainstream

Today’s business environment moves at lightning speed. For the chief executives of the nation’s…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Sheltering His Business

James Wiley Uses Tax Strategies To Build Wealth

After nearly 10 years, James Wiley walked away from corporate America. Now he’s on…

By Nicole Lewis

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Best Of Bermuda

Sun, sights, and a gourmet taste of the tropics

A rooster crows, symbolically signaling the start of the day for the 65,000…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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A Northern Crown

For Keith Baker, Toronto reigns

Keith Baker, a native of Jamaica, has made Toronto his home since age…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Changing Spaces

A Georgia couple renovates their new home

Last year, Americans spent an estimated $192 billion on home renovation, according to…

By Maureen Jenkins

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The Hot Spot

Diann Valentine on how to make your party a summer hit

After hosting a social gathering this summer, what you want to hear from happy…

By Sonia Alleyne

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In Black Face

The good, the bad, and the ugly is the history of her collection

Mary Ella Williams Willis packs a flashlight, magnifying glass, comfortable shoes, and solid…

By Sean Drakes

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Protecting Your Credit Rating

Q: I have been reluctant to make an offer on the home I…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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The Big Sell-Off!

Tips for a successful yard sale

If you have yet to tackle your seasonal cleaning, here’s an incentive to…

By Raelyn C. Johnson

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What’s The 411?

Privacy concerns at center of wireless telephone directory

This year, two of the nation’s six largest wireless carriers — T-Mobile and Nextel…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Sour Auto Power

Think you've bought a lemon? Here's where you can go for help.

In 1995, newly independent college graduate Jamila Kinsey was excited about her first major…

By Leslie E. Royal

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The Road To Self-Sufficiency

Q: I’m a 36-year-old, unmarried, single parent. I was wondering what it takes…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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First Impressions,Lasting Impressions

“You never get a second chance to make a good …” We all…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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From Here To There

What does it take to get from one point in your life to…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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St riving For More

Gwen Moore worked her way from welfare to Washington

At first glance, Gwendolynne S. Moore looks like a schoolteacher. Her trademark stylish glasses…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Get To The Point

Learn to communicate concisely

When it comes to exchanging information, time is truly a precious commodity, and…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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It’s A New Day

Q: I have been seeking employment in marketing communications in Chicago since 2001…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Count On This

New report on the number of blacks on corporate boards

A company’s commitment to diversity is defined not only by how many minorities…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Straight And To The Point

The new focus of executive education is job-specific

As a new team leader at a major pharmaceutical firm, engineer Lionel Edlam was…

By Laura Egodigwe

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Don’t Give Up Your Day Job

E.M.B.A.s offer a degree -- and work security

Every month, Shawn Young travels more than 2,000 miles in pursuit of an executive…

By Laura Egodigwe

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Legal Laptops

Q: In the fall, I will be entering law school and need to…

By James C. Johnson

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Rubbing Elbows In Cyberspace

More professionals are connecting through online networking

As executive producer of hive.media, an independent television production company based in Dallas,…

By Karen Jones

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To Tell The Truth

Voice-stress technology analyzes angry customers, wayward spouses, and everyone in between
person’s voice can reveal…

By Fiona Haley

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Reshaping The Telecom Landscape

COMTek executive delivers new broadband option

The next innovation in broadband Internet access has just turned an interesting corner. Some…

By Anthony Calypso

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Secondhand Start

Q: I’m 28 years old. I have been considering the idea of opening…

By James C. Johnson

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Up To Par

Inventor tells how he got a patent for his new golf game

Three years before his November 2002 release from Folsom State Prison in California,…

By Robert Janis

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Getting The Right Mix

Independent record label finds success by representing a diverse group of artists

The fact that Lunden De’Leon truly loves what she does has helped her skip…

By Bridget McCrea

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Power Up Your Proposal

Here's what it takes to get a potential client to say yes to your pitch

You’ve got a top-notch product, superior manpower, and enough business acumen to rival your…

By Stacy Gilliam

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Generating Buzz On The Street

Guerrilla marketing street teams serve as the eyes and ears of urban consumers

As an intern at Bad Boy Entertainment, Shawn Prez did not view the other…

By Michelle K. Massie

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Retire On $3,000 A Year?

Q: I’m 37 years old, just started my retirement plan, and need to…

By Matthew S. Scott

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High Yields, On The House

If you're worried about rising interest rates, Ginnie Mae funds are safe

If you’re concerned that higher interest rates will devalue bonds this year, Uncle…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Insurance And Healthcare Revival

Kila Weaver's focus on out-of-favor industries delivered solid returns

When Kila Weaver, senior managing director and financial analyst at Capital Management Group Securities,…

By Nicole Lewis

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Going For Growth

SBK-Brooks Investment Corp. CEO says sector selection is key

For Eric L. Small, president and CEO of Cleveland-based SBK- Brooks Investment Corp., selecting…

By Nicole Lewis

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Managing Your Home Equity Line

Todd Brown used credit to build his real estate business

Todd Brown, 28, stumbled onto his now full-time career of buying, rehabilitating, managing, and…

By Wayne Devonish

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No Parallels Between Buying Power And Wealth

Blacks have more money available but should save, not spend

In 2004, black buying power rose to $723 billion, up from $585 billion…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Former Publisher Turns To Travel

Essence magazine co-founder and president emeritus Clarence O. Smith launched Avocet Travel in…

By Glenn Townes

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Cochran’s Legacy Extends Beyond Courtroom

Brilliant legal mind who succumbed to brain tumor inspired hope and changed lives

Most Americans identify Johnnie L. Cochran’s career with the Dream Team, the legal team…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Amendment Seeks $78m In Sba Loans

The Senate passes budget measure to restore critical programs

The U.S. Senate gave entrepreneurs hope that the future of 14 programs, either…

By Joyce Jones

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Is Aids Awareness A Paradox?

Despite programs, record numbers of blacks are infected or dead

Makgatho Mandela, 54, died of AIDS on Jan. 6, 2005. Just six months…

By Meredith Davis

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Health Plan Query Hurting Or Helping Us?

Insurers that ask about race claim knowledge will help close gaps in healthcare

Managed-care plans are asking members to identify their race on forms or trying…

By K. Terrell Reed

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Update: The 75 Most Powerful Blacks In Corporate America

Holding true to their titles, some of these movers and shakers have made power moves recently, while others were less fortunate

BLACK ENTERPRISE compiles a list of the highest-ranking executives from the 1,000 largest domestic…

By Kasi K. Addison

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Bush Slashes Funds For Key Programs

The growing budget crunch may squeeze the middle class and business owners

As the fight over the federal budget intensifies, policy analysts forecast that deficits and…

By David C. Ruffin

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