The 30 Best Companies For Diversity

When it comes to minority representation, these corporations mean business

–Additional reporting by Carolyn M. Brown, Kenneth Meeks, Matthew S. Scott & Sakina P.…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Rewards and Risks of Forming a Partnership

Millions of people co-own privately held companies, family businesses, and business partnerships, but establishing them–and keeping them together–is never easy. You might want to read this before you say "I do" to your next partner.

“Partnership” is a seductive buzzword in the business world today. My phone company wants…

By David Gage

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Online Banking: Are You Ready?

Taking the leap is as easy as point, click, and save

When Vanessa and Cyril Bright married last year, they merged their banking styles. For…

By Krissah Williams

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Midyear Investment Strategies

Savvy investors monitor their portfolios all year long. Here are some adjustments to consider now.

Whether preparing income taxes or squeezing in last-minute charitable contributions, most financial planning occurs at…

By Ilana Polyak

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Game On!

Video games are a multibillion-dollar industry where few african americans manage to get at the controls. Some insiders are taking aim at this sector's invisible hurdle.

As a boy, Mike Chubb was intrigued by computer-generated special effects. Whether watching Star…

By Wendy Harris

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Never Too Soon To Save

Megan J. Stewart is committed to staying on the fast track to early retirement

Megan J. Stewart is unlike many of her associates who have a closet overflowing…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Exotic Blooms

Francis Queeley makes a grand floral statement

Designing hundreds of floral arrangements for productions such as the Trumpet Awards and…

By Sean Drakes

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Bella Figura

Florence makes its best impression

With a history steeped in the arts, Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region,…

By Maureen Jenkins

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An Intoxicating Retreat

American seeds sow a Tuscan experience

For a pampering, Italian-style getaway, embrace la dolce vita in northern California with a…

By Patricia Jacobs

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Sky Writing

Astrophysicist has a pen collection that is out of this world

Whenever the universe flinches, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson fields a barrage of calls from…

By Sean Drakes

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Increasing A FICO Score

Q; My FICO score is 698. Last year, I paid off a debt…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Don’t Go Phish

New Internet scam is no game

By Raelyn Johnson
It’s hook, line, and sinker: Phishing — a new high-tech scam…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Cleaning Up Your Credit

Here is a new book to help you get there

So you wanna know about credit but don’t know the first place to…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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One Man’s Trash…

Donating your unusual household treasures

Don’t know what to do with grandma’s antique grand piano or that 1985 Chevy…

By Keisha Anderson

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Homeowners Associations

Breaking the rules can cost you more than the monthly fee

In 1992, Connie Cross was excited about purchasing her first home, a townhouse in…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Finding Your Passion

Q: I’m a 23-year-old single mom and I’m completing my degree this fall.…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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What Part Of ‘N-O’ Don’t They Understand?

Learn to decline with finesse

It’s tougher to turn down an offer, an invitation, or an assignment when…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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A Defining Moment

Deborah C. Wright of Carver Bancorp sayssuccess goes beyond the surface

In February 2005, Deborah C. Wright, president and CEO of Carver Bancorp, holding company…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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‘Yes’ Can Lead To Stress

Here's how to say no without feeling guilty

Thank goodness it’s Saturday! Your workweek was scheduled to the hilt, and you are…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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A Travel Bug?

Q: I am trying to establish a career as an independent consultant in…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Ready To Go?

Assess your position, develop a strategy, then decide if it's time to leave

It’s Monday morning, and the thought of facing that pile on your desk…

By Siobhan Leftwich

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Fly Safe

An aviation investigator sets some ground rules

Name: Beverley Drake
Occupation: Senior Aviation Accident
Investigator/Analyst
Location: Washington, D.C.
Duties: Manages investigations and evaluates probable cause…

By Sean Drakes

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You Can’t Do It Alone

Building an effective team brings bottom-line results

Kathryn Block’s first — and perhaps most important — challenge as the newly appointed…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Distant Helper

Q: I started a real estate business earlier this year and it’s starting…

By James C. Johnson

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Creating An Online Newsroom

Now, you can direct a reporter to a Web URL where your dynamic press kit awaits

For a business owner who rarely uses a publicist, Johnny May has certainly managed…

By Bridget McCrea

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Tuning In To Podcasts

Audio shows are catching on with listeners who own iPods and other digital players

Independent recording artist Eric Cire sold 1,000 units of his debut album, “ericcire.com,” in…

By Michelle K. Massie

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Answering The Call

Lockheed executive brings efficiency to government systems

If there’s one moment that sums up Linda Gooden’s commitment to her work,…

By Nicole Lewis

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Training Day

Q: My partner started a cleaning business but it has gone beyond cleaning…

By James C. Johnson

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Creating Competition Or Customers?

Hair-weaving maven gives away her trade secrets to gain more clients

Marcella Ellis, a 15-year hairstylist, doesn’t mind divulging her salon secrets. In fact,…

By Stacy Gilliam

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Sweet Aspirations

How these friends came together to make country juices

Life tastes a little sweeter for James Harris, president and cofounder of Ensemble Beverage…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin

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Indulge Yourself

Entrepreneur manages a successful boutique spa while keeping her day job

For Tonya Edmonds, launching Skin Savvy Spa Express started as a means to protect…

By Robert Janis

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Transfer Or Pay It Off?

Q: I currently have a Visa card with a $1,500 balance and a…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Creating Your Investment Plan

Here are some simple steps for those developing a financial strategy

Shaundra Patterson knows that achieving financial freedom requires having a plan. Unfortunately, like…

By Rene Brinkley

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Foreign Intelligence

Ron Holt of Hansberger Global Investors delivers positive returns from overseas stocks

Although the portfolio of stocks Ron Holt recommended to BLACK ENTERPRISE readers a year…

By Dwight Oestricher

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Rely On Long-Term Trends

In uncertain times, Larry Folmar of Folmar Financial Group chooses consistency

Larry E. Folmar, president and chief executive officer of Southfield, Michigan–based Folmar Financial Group…

By Nicole Lewis

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Get The Loan You Deserve

African Americans can avoid being steered into bad loans by following these tips

Real estate industry experts are warning that the increase in subprime lending has opened…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Emergency Adjustments

The Asante family has learned to change with their financial realities

When the stock market bubble burst in 2000, Randy Asante sought professional help managing…

By Carmen Brown

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Black Business Stability

Strong direction and specialized business plans increase the chances of surviving

Survival is a more urgent issue for black businesses than for other minority-owned…

By Cliff Hocker

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Marriott Steps Up Diversity Efforts

Marriott International Inc. has pledged $1 billion to minority- and women-owned suppliers and…

By Kristin Vaughan

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CBC Member Helps Blacks Gain Access To Homeland Security Contracts

Securing small business deals for minorities a priority for Rep. Bennie Thompson

A member of the Congressional Black Caucus has taken a leadership role on…

By K. Terrell Reed

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Mcguire To Join Citigroup

Top Wall Street banker leaves Morgan Stanley

Raymond J. McGuire resigned from his position as co-head of global mergers and…

By Nicole Marie Richardson

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Hawkins Found Guilty Of Perjury

B.E. 100s CEO awaits sentencing in connection with Philadelphia corruption scheme

Self-made restaurateur and politically connected millionaire La-Van Hawkins, who built an empire ranging…

By K. Terrell Reed

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Bankruptcy Law Gets Tough On Debtors

Latest legislation seeks big payback for creditors

For decades, declaring bankruptcy has been a last-resort measure to re-establish financial standing…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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