…But Can You Walk The Walk?

These chief diversity officers say the best diversity practices are about more than good intentions -- they're about measurable results. How does your company stack up?

When we published our List of the “30 Best Companies for Diversity” in July,…

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20 Best Franchising Opportunities

Are you ready to own a proven business? Here's our list of the most promising franchises.

Marcia Mickle’s decision to open an Athlete’s Foot retail store with her husband, Fred,…

By James C. Johnson

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High Caliber Companies

Our Small Business Awards winners are growing their businesses by serving their niche

Entrepreneurship has long been viewed as one of the paths to achieving wealth. Our…

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Stolen Lives

Identity theft is the country's fastest growing crime. Here's how to protect your most valuable asset -- you!

When Tahira Scott moved in with her cousin, she was looking forward to saving…

By Stephanie Young

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Property Pitfalls

Veronica Stewart is managing her debt better To safeguard her real estate investment

Veronica Stewart isn’t dreaming of becoming a real estate mogul like Donald Trump. But…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Staying Cash-Flow Positive

Taught by grandparents who lived through the depression, Ayanna Goring knows how to hold on to money

Ayanna Goring is serious about managing her money. She has her grandparents, who told…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Posh Purses

Handbag designer has a handle on style and function

It was frustrating at first because I was used to drawing teeth, not handbags,”…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Island Cruising

Yachting through the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands offer many sea splendors, but the RMS Rhone, a British…

By Sean Drakes

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Journey To Adventure

Karl Domangue takes activity travel to new heights

Karl Domangue, 35, never saw himself as an adventurer, but he was a…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Money For School

Q: My boyfriend is about to graduate from dental school. He has accumulated…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Lost In Translation?

Interpretation Websites can help you learn a foreign language

Whether you have employees that speak a foreign language, or are preparing for…

By Leslie E. Royal

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The DMV Helps You Fight Fraud

New law prevents display of Social Security numbers on driver's license

Had your share of long lines at the DMV? Well, here’s an incentive…

By Raelyn C. Johnson

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Credit Cards Getting Costlier

Banks to double minimum payment fees within a year

If credit card debt has you struggling to make the minimum payments, brace yourself…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Renter’s Rights

What you should know as a tenant

A house is a home unless, of course, it’s an apartment. Then the rules…

By Damon Hodge

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Starting A Nonprofit

Q: I would like to start a nonprofit organ- ization to help build…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Find Your Keys, Make A Difference

It’s funny how your keys always seem to disappear when you’re running late…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Leading The Way

Discover what you need to be an effective self-leader

What does it take to become a self-motivator? Well, often it takes a…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Internal Stamp Of Approval

Self-validation should matter most

After working at Solomon Smith Barney for seven years, Wanda Thompson found herself at…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Finding focus

Q: I have three degrees in business, including an M.B.A. in business finance…

By Sonia Alleyne

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¿Habla Español?

Why Spanish should be your second language in business

Globalization and the growth of the Hispanic market in the U.S. are driving…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Can’t Shake It

Has career imprinting been good to you? Would you know?

Out of all the places I worked, IBM made the biggest impression on me,”…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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All Together Now

The importance of generating "buy in" from your staff

Carl Dickerson, president and founder of Dickerson Employee Benefits, knows it’s natural for his…

By Maureen Jenkins

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Website Objective

Q: I have an idea for a new business venture. I want to…

By James C. Johnson

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Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

It takes good legal advice to plan your will, but these software alternatives can help

Can will-making software replace a legal professional? The answer depends on whom you…

By Dale Coachman

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Earn Your Living Online

10 ways to increase your cash flow by becoming an eBay PowerSeller

More than 430,000 people earn part or all of their living selling products…

By Marcia Layton Turner

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Training Day

UNITECH develops cutting-edge battlefield simulation for the U.S. Army

A soldier aims across the battlefield at an enemy combatant. She pulls the…

By Cliff Hocker

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JUST DO IT

DIYNetwork.com Director Phillip Williams gives his home improvement Website an extreme makeover

It’s not often that employees make a significant impact on a company’s success…

By Bridget McCrea

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Plastic Debt

Q: If I use my credit card to cover my business’ startup costs,…

By James C. Johnson

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GROW BY REFERRAL

Create a buzz through word-of-mouth campaigning

You could break your small business bank account on flashy advertisements. Or, you…

By Stacy Gilliam

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bringing luxury to the masses

Distributor specializes in unique contemporary products

When Terry Phillips saw an opportunity to marry contemporary lifestyle with functional products, he…

By Bridget McCrea

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Another Man’s Treasure

Old vending machines turn new profits for Jackson State Student

What distinguishes a gold mine from ordinary junk depends on whom you’re talking to.…

By Michelle K. Massie

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CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

Husband and wife combine talents to deliver award-winning ad campaigns

After winning an Emmy for his “Follow The Dream” advertising campaign during the 2000…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin

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No 401(k) Plan

Q: The company I work for doesn’t have a 401(k) plan. I’m 33…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Is That House Overvalued?

Here's how to determine the true worth of your biggest investment

Buying a home is perhaps the biggest investment most Americans will ever make. According…

By Aissatou Sidime

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Bonds Without Borders

Funds holding issues from developing nations outpaced their stodgy cousins from the industrialized world

While stock funds have plummeted and bounced during the last five years, bond funds,…

By Donald Jay Korn

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AN ECONOMIC MOOD SWING

Ron Johnson's portfolio performance stalled although the economy gained speed

It could be said that the five stocks selected by Ron Johnson, the former…

By Nicole Lewis

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Looking For Competitive Advantage

Silas Myers of Roxbury Capital Management focuses on cash flow and competition for growth

While many analysts say the economy is still on the upswing, Silas Myers, senior…

By Nicole Lewis

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Riding The Highs And Lows

Experiencing tough times is teaching MMIC to be better investors

The More Money Investment Club was formed in 1997 by a group of nine…

By Vikki Conwell

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Workplace bias abounds

New study confirms the American workplace has much farther to go to achieve true diversity

The days of politically correct multiculturalism have not contributed to the end of…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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What’s Debra Lee Doing to BET?

BET President and Chief Executive Officer Debra L. Lee — Robert L. Johnson’s…

By Kasi K. Addison

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Blazing Trails In Conservation

Ringo named first black chairman of the National Wildlife Federation

Jerome Ringo, a veteran outdoorsman who spent decades fighting to preserve the nation’s…

By Hamil R. Harris

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Solomon Climbs MLB Ladder

Promotion reflects increased black presence in America's favorite pastime

Jimmie Lee Solomon Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball…

By Janelle Williams

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Take a Loved One for a Checkup

National campaign urges blacks to address healthcare disparity

One of the best gifts you can give a loved one is a…

By Brenda Porter

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Jackson Securities Grows With Merger

Union with Chicago-based Berean Capital combines business strengths and provides greater geographic coverage

Following a trend of expansion moves by other BE 100S companies, Jackson Securities…

By Philana Patterson

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Former Textile Maker Agrees To Fraud Plea

Terry Manufacturing CEO admits he lied about company's finances to obtain loans

Roy Terry, president and CEO of Terry Manufacturing Co., pleaded guilty to felony…

By Philana Patterson

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Can you still count on the eeoc?

Critics say reorganization may affect handling of discrimination claims

A member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the agency’s impending restructuring…

By K. Terrell Reed

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Georgetown Names Muir Director Of Athletics

But management positions in sports still lack an African American presence

College athletics added another African American to its list of top officials with…

By Erinn R. Johnson

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MDL Capital Fights Lawsuit Over $215 Million Loss

CEO says charges are politically motivated

Mark D. Lay is in for the fight of his life. His company, one…

By Alan Hughes

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B.E. Corporate Executive Of The Year

Darryl B. Hazel revived the Lincoln Mercury division. Now the 33-year veteran faces the greatest challenge of his career.

Surrounded by pristine forests, shimmering lakes and lush mountains, Darryl Hazel stands near the…

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