Blown Away By Katrina

Among the devastation were more than 60,000 black-owned businesses, including 19 B.E. 100s firms. Can these companies and the jobs they provided be restored?

In mid-September the Big Easy began to show the faintest signs of life. Floodwaters…

By Alan Hughes

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Rebuilding An Empire

Quintin Primo bought and sold billions in real estate assets. Now he's making moves into New York City's high-stakes gold coast.

On a flight from Chicago to New York, Quintin E. Primo III glances out…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Want To Be An Event Planner?

There are growing career opportunities in the meeting and event industry. Here's how to get in the door.

Monique O. Nero is often labeled a party planner. But as a certified meeting…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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From Concept To Customer

By Sakina P. Spruell & James C. Johnson

Most people have at least one idea for a business they’d like to start.…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Virtually Yours

The growing virtual assistant industry presents opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners alike

When the time came for Wendy Y. Bailey to promote her one-day coaching workshop…

By Bridget McCrea

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Topping The Charts

Brae is taking the music industry by storm.

Starting a record label is risky business. But with the right mix of music,…

By Wendy Harris

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Save Your Home From Foreclosure

If you're facing the nightmare of losing your home, these strategies can help

Lenwood and Denise Shaver were thrilled after the birth of their first child in…

By K. C. Camille

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Balancing Act

Alexis James is adjusting to the financial realities of working in corporate America and running her father's private firm

Alexis James has entered a new season in life. She recently turned 30 and…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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From Football To Financial Plan

With his pro career cut short, Forey Duckett has structured a serious plan for investing in his family's future

When defensive back Forey Duckett was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1993, he…

By Carmen Brown

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Caviar Dreams

David Mills offers a culinary delight of the finest quality

“Caviar tastes like a combination of an ocean’s spray, silk, and sushi,” says David…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Phoenix Rises

Joanna de'Shay shines in the Valley of the Sun

When you think of Phoenix, you’re likely to visualize red rock terrain, arid weather,…

By Sean Drakes

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A High-Performance Drive

Speed demons gain road skills and have a great time learning, too

Brakes screech, tires skid, and cars seem to spin out of control. They slide…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Top Dog

Mike Brown and the art of the canine pedigree

When he was roughly 11 years old and on a leisurely drive with…

By Sean Drakes

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Money Order Madness

Q: I used a money order to pay off my credit card bill.…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Vacation Research Made Easy

Thanks to the Travel Brochure Center a one-stop shop for ordering free travel…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Less Bang For Your Buck

How to stretch the dollar overseas

Thanks to the weakened dollar, over the past couple of years you’ll get…

By Siobhan Leftwich

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Rewarding Rebates

Save time and money with online rebates

Upon hearing the word “rebate,” forms and paperwork come to mind. However, you can…

By Stephanie Young

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Extend The Warranty Or Cut Your Losses?

Here's how to tell if the precaution is necessary

We all know the routine. In the final seconds of making purchases—both big and…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Fallen Soldier

Q: I am a 24-year-old man who joined the military immediately after high…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Enjoy The Silence

It has its place in effective communication

Denita Powell found herself getting annoyed while talking with a colleague. “While I…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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A Reason For Ranting

Vent your problems to find solutions

We’ve all started a conversation with comments that turned into hour-long gripe fests—about our…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Information Systems a Go

Q: I am a recent graduate of Nicholls State University with a bachelor’s…

By Sonia Alleyne

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It’s a Woman’s World

Miriam Muléy has the stats on the business of female persuasion

The phrase “the power of a woman,” draws inferences from a variety of…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Thinking About Going Back To School?

Here's how to find a program that's perfect for your needs.

Nontraditional students over the age of 25 currently make up 39% of postsecondary…

By Laura Egodigwe

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What Am I Worth?

How to increase your value to your company

At a time when companies are measuring every business initiative against how it affects…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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An Attractive Site

I have created a Website that makes it possible for me to network…

By James C. Johnson

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Pick Your Startup Tools

Find the right software for your new business

What’s the formula for business success? A killer idea? Good timing? Lots of…

By Dale Coachman

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Make Your Website Pop

Gurus explain how to distinguish your business online

Entangling the mystery of the World Wide Web can be a lot like walking…

By Bridget McCrea

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What’s in Your e-Wallet?

The smartcard is emerging as a major e-commerce tool

The EZ-Pass that pays tolls from a distance. A driver’s license with real-time information.…

By Fiona Haley

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Listen And Judge

Fluid Audio Networks brings American Idol to Internet

Just when you thought you had to wait for the next season of American…

By Bridget McCrea

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Location, Location, Location

I am trying to find some help in starting a Plus Size boutique.…

By James C. Johnson

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Retail Kiosk

Here's how to start a specialty cart for under $10k

Shoppers spend nearly $10 billion each year on retail products sold from carts and…

By Marcia Layton Turner

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Harlem Haven

Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe is establishing itself as an important part of the community's revival

Marva Allen says if she had a dime for every time she heard customers…

By Bridget McCrea

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Have A Talent For Sales?

Becoming a direct-selling consultant could be your ticket to financial independence

Sharon Howard recalls hanging out in the kitchen of a friend’s home in Dayton,…

By Eve Tahmincioglu

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From Drab to Fab

Multicultural wallpaper borders and home accents decorate spaces for people of color

When Cynthia P. Ham was six months pregnant, she began decorating the nursery for…

By Michelle K. Massie

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Should I close credit accounts?

I value my excellent credit rating. I have two major credit cards —…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Tougher Test For Bankruptcy

New law makes filing Chapter 7 more costly and complicated

If you’ve been thinking about filing for bankruptcy, perhaps you should think again.…

By Melissa S. Monroe

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Go Where The Money Is

Funds that focus on the financial services industry offer outstanding long-term performance

Sometimes a contrarian investment can pay off in the long run. Such is the…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Big Profits In Small Packages

Henry Jackson of Banneker Capital Management sees the value of undervalued stocks

Last year, Henry Jackson, chairman of Owings Mills, Maryland-based Banneker Capital Management, offered BLACK…

By Dwight Oestricher

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Follow The Corporate Insiders

Ty Burroughs of Burroughs Financial Group relies on stock purchasing patterns of executives to determine company fortunes

Rising oil prices, higher interest rates, and the continued threat of terrorism will not…

By Nicole Lewis

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Build A Relationship With Your Lender

Forging a bond with your banker makes your mortgage search easier

When Maurissa Stone wanted to refinance her Laurel, Maryland, townhouse in 2003, reports of…

By Janelle Williams

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Amy Barnett, managing editor at Time Inc.’s Teen People for the past two…

By Philana Patterson

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historic church in store for revival

Site of 1963 bombing to become a national landmark

Birmingham, Alabama’s 16th Street Baptist Church, a hallowed place where a 1963 bomb…

By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart

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Outcry for Redistricting Reform Picks Up

Civil rights groups fear redrawn districts will disenfranchise minorities

A growing movement to reform redistricting rules is taking shape across the country, as…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Report Reveals Best Lenders For Black Business

Findings lead to renewed calls for public analysis of SBA loans

Report cards are out, and lenders are learning whether they are making the grade.…

By Glenn Townes

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Are Race-Specific Drugs Unethical?

With BiDil on the market, experts weigh the moral implications

Since being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, BiDil, the…

By Ron Chepesiuk

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