Give Me A Tax Break

Legislators debate allowing households to deduct mortgage insurance payments

The Mortgage Insurance Fairness Act may enjoy bipartisan support in both the U.S.…

By Joyce Jones


Bush Administration Not Making The Grade

What has the government done for African Americans lately?

As President George W. Bush’s approval ratings continue to plummet, it seems like a…

By Joyce Jones


Firms Skid On Rising Oil And Gas Prices

CEOs struggle to find solutions to meet their bottom lines

Valerie Daniels-Carter runs her Burger King and Pizza Hut franchise business more than 1,000…

By Wendy Isom


A Historic Rite Of Passage

Nearly 18 years ago, I experienced one of the proudest days of my personal…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.


50 Most Powerful Black Women In Business

From the executive suite to the BE 100s, these dynamos are changing the direction of American business

Power. What is it and who has it? Corporate muscle is defined by an executive’s…

By Carolyn M. Brown


The Business of Art

Financially burdened, nonprofit institutions struggle to make dreams come true

Walter Turnball watched helplessly as the legacy that took him more than 30 years…

By Nicole Marie Richardson


Executive Education

How one BE editor survived an intensive executive education program

We had three hours to close a deal that would bring us $28 million…

By Alan Hughes


Finding A Niche Within A Niche

Discover an even more distinct market and then capitalize on it

Are you thinking about starting a business?
Before you do, here’s a pop quiz: Experts…

By Marcia Layton Turner


Teach Your Children The Building Blocks Of Finance

Starting young people on the right path to wealth is the greatest gift of all

As a 37-year-old single mother, Yvette Saul knows that the key to her financial…

By Sherie Holder


Stretching Dollars Further

The Adams family is striving to be more efficient on one income

Often, life is about trade-offs. Theresa and Tony Adams had to make a tough…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash


Setting Goals Together

The callaways are learning how to work through their different approaches to money

Robert and Tajuana Callaway admit that there were times when their financial beliefs collided…

By Nicole Lewis


Courting Contractors

Over budget and behind schedule, a first-time remodel finally gets on track

Hands down, I was sold on the house when I stepped onto the deck…

By Sean Drakes


Carnival — In Germany?

It's not New Orleans, Brazil, or Trinidad, but it is festive

Carnival celebrations are best known for bright colors, self-expression, and pulsating rhythms, thanks…

By Joseph Dumas


Rock Stars In The Making

Suzanne Le Mignot's jeweled creations

Displayed in a downtown Chicago jewelry store window was a stunning smoky topaz…

By Maureen Jenkins


Paying For School

Q: I am a single African American woman in my 30s who has…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


Credit Checkup

Five things you need to know now

Whether you are buying a home, improving your credit, or guarding against identity…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


The Doctor Will E-Mail You Now

Online visits increasingly covered by insurance companies

Whether she’s flying to Maryland to close on a million-dollar home or assisting a…

By Leslie E. Royal


The Clock Is Ticking…

Saver's Tax Credit to expire this year

Alvia Alexander is determined to provide a bright future for her 5-year-old son, Carlton.…

By Leslie E. Royal


Best Business Books

Q: I just finished my M.B.A. from Eastern University in Pennsylvania. I have…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


A Recipe For Success

Restaurateur blends business and community service

Hecky Powell, suburban Chicago’s barbecue king, has gained as much renown for his…

By Maya Payne Smart