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

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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

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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

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A Historic Rite Of Passage

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

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Paying For School

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

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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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

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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

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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

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Best Business Books

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

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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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

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Make Up Your Mind

Seven steps to making better decisions

Each day, Donna Thompson, CEO of Chicago-based Access Community Health Network, the nation’s largest…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Age On Your Side

Q: I am a 54-year-old man with a bachelor’s in business administration, and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Fixing Diversity-Challenged Companies

Corporations learn the difference between minority representation and true inclusion

Two years ago, at a professional meeting, a fellow stood up and said, ‘I’m…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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It’s Cheaper To Keep ‘Em

Losing a good employee is going to cost you

Compared to my mom and dad, who stayed with one employer for more than…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Relax Your Grip

Learning the fine art of delegating

As director of U.S. external communications for Avon, Cassandra Hayes oversees all print and…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Sew What?

Can I operate a sewing business over the Internet? Customers can send me…

By James C. Johnson

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Recognize This Voice?

Speech recognition reduces keyboard tedium

In recent years, advancements in computer memory, processing speeds, and PC microphones have…

By Nicole Lewis

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Showcase Your Talent

Emerging artists get exposure on TapItFame.com

The artists have names like Miki Vale, Richard Shade, and Nire, none of which…

By Bridget McCrea

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Fulfilling Audiovisual Dreams

Accessories are a sweet spot for electronics resellers

As Suzette Kelly spouts off the latest must-haves in audiovisual equipment, it’s clear she’s…

By Stacy Gilliam

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Righting The Digital Ship

Network Solutions executive spearheads customer service makeover

When Champ Mitchell took the helm as chairman and CEO of Herndon, Virginia-based Network…

By Bridget McCrea

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Food For Thought

Q: I have a snack food product that I created and would like…

By James C. Johnson

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How To Open A Successful Coffee House

Society Coffee starts with the ideal location in Harlem

Lively activity inside a small restaurant catches the attention of a young couple…

By James C. Johnson

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Getting Paid Faster

Government suppliers receive quicker payments with purchasing cards

Everywhere Mirinda Jackson turns she sees minority small business owners who don’t realize the…

By Bridget McCrea

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Your Story Here

Dante Lee's online black news portal is a leading destination for press releases

For small business owners, publicity is one of the best forms of marketing…

By Kenneth Meeks

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Rating I-Bonds

Q: I’ve been purchasing Series I savings bonds from the U.S. Treasury to…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Invest Small Sums Online

Opening an Internet account can be the doorway to financial success

Desmond Keyes was introduced to the world of investing when his father gave him…

By Tory Parrish

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Strictly By The Numbers

Some funds use only statistical data to avoid risk

Mutual fund managers move billions of dollars of investors’ money each year. They’re a…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Growing With Demand

Steve Singleton's picks met consumer needs and outpaced competitors

Last year, Steve Singleton, senior vice president and director of research at Robert…

By Nicole Lewis

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Stick With The Trends

Ralph Mitchell of Carthage Financial Group relies on stocks that capitalize on current events

Ralph Mitchell is a portfolio manager who strikes while the iron is hot. The…

By Nicole Lewis

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Heal Thy Finances

After divorce, Camille Graham found the right prescription to eliminate debt and secure her retirement

When her marriage ended, Camille Graham continued to pursue one of her biggest dreams…

By Carmen Brown

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Working Hard For The Money

Experts cite black women putting in more hours than their counterparts

Black women with bachelor’s degrees are edging out white and Hispanic women with…

By Brenda Porter

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The U.S. National Slavery Museum, the only museum dedicated to the study of…

By Shannon Gibney

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Black Males Locked Out Of Jobs

White ex-cons more likely to find work than black counterparts

New York City is the land of opportunity — as long as you’re…

By Brenda Porter

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Bob Johnson Makes Hotel History

BET founder leads all-black $100 million real estate deal

Robert L. Johnson, CEO of RLJ Development L.L.C. (No. 40 on the BE INDUSTRIAL/ SERVICE…

By Wendy Isom

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