The Independent Contractor’s Survival Guide

Following these tips can boost the finances of the self-employed

A trip to the fax machine changed Charmaine Davis’ life. At the time, she…

By Philana Patterson

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In Too Deep

Americans have nearly $800 billion in credit card debt. Is debt consolidation the answer to your financial woes?

Over the last decade, Larry Williams, 46, and his family have lived a good…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Preparing To Buy A Home

A little planning can make the process smoother

When Kimberly Davis-Howard bought her first home as a rental property in Las Vegas,…

By Keesa Schreane

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A House Is Now Our Home

James and Kimberly Papillion are the first winners of the Black Enterprise Own Your First Home Contest.

The call came on Thanksgiving Day. Like millions of Americans, James and Kimberly Papillion were…

By Matthew S. Scott

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High Hopes

Gena Jefferson wants to pursue her dreams of property ownership in a very expensive housing market

At age 43, Rev. Gena Jefferson has accomplished a great deal, but she wants…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Freedom Through Entrepreneurship

Rohan hall is teaching others the joy of owning a business

When Rohan Hall founded vConcepts in 1996, he opened up a new world for…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Ocean Attractions

Enjoying star treatment on Celebrity Cruises' Summit

I was seated at the wall of windows that wrap the Waterfall Grill, enjoying…

By Sean Drakes

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Working That Fabric

Jazz Armstrong on the threaded essentials

For most, it’s the look and the feel of a garment, how it…

By Sonia Alleyne

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L.A. Confidential

Brad Johnson dishes it up in the City of Angels

Dining is important business in Los Angeles. For restaurateur Brad Johnson, success in fine…

By Sean Drakes

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Timeless Vintage

Terrance Nathaniel Shelton discovers what's old can be so fashionably new

Classified by time, vintage clothing includes garments from the turn of the century…

By Sean Drakes

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On a Budget

Q: I am 55 years old, and I had a problem spending. Now…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Want to lower your auto insurance?

Here are some inventive ways to save

Dan Lewis gets a migraine when he thinks about the $3,000 he pays…

By Leslie E. Royal

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The Mysterious Underwriters

Unearthing the elusive people behind the money

If your loan application is rejected or you’re approved at an interest rate higher…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Listen Up!

Q: I am 51 years old and I was recently downsized out of…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Rewards Of Risk Taking

How to move out of your comfort zone

The cliché is true, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Sitting back and waiting for opportunities…

By Robyn D. Clarke

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Brave Heart!

Four strategies for living courageously

While living in Japan, Antoinette Jackson got a divorce and had to find her…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Hidden Bias

Study shows women of color held back by discrimination

With an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a reputation as a top performer, Penny…

By Wendy Harris

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Ready To Move

Q: I am Haitian-American with an M.B.A. and M.S. in management. I live…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The employee field trip

What executive retreats can do for your team

Todd Brown knows the challenges of promoting teamwork among a group of professionals. When…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Supply Lines

Q: I am very interested in opening an online golf store. I currently…

By James C. Johnson

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No Booth Required

Set up an exhibit at a virtual trade show without leaving your office

Going to trade shows can be exhausting and expensive. First, there’s the travel: the…

By Fiona Haley

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The Missing Link

Young entrepreneurial team rides the new wave in mobile electronics

Imagine being able to watch a television show, access the Internet, use Microsoft Office…

By Bridget McCrea

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Building Materials

Architectural firms embrace technology solutions

When Ronald Lipford started Arel Architects Inc. in 1991, he had accrued a solid…

By Karen Jones

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Turning Business Cards Into Opportunities

CardScan developer helps professionals leverage their contact lists

You’ve had a successful week at a trade convention. You’ve collected dozens of business…

By Michelle K. Massie

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Pay Yourself

Q: When starting a franchise, do you continue to work or do you…

By James C. Johnson

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Finger-Licking Profits

A franchise owner fulfills his entrepreneurial dream

It’s midnight and you’re a hungry college student. Given the abundance of take-out…

By Lisa D. Franklin

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Be Nimbo, Be Quick

Developer of new fitness device advances his invention with a corporate partnership

Rob Lee Johnson has plans to help sharpen today’s athletes into first-class sports figures.…

By Stacy Gilliam

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Concierge Service

Opulent Lifestyle specializes in catering to the whims of the wealthy

When the rich and famous need access to the most exclusive nightclubs in New…

By Stacy Gilliam

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Labor Of Love

How one entrepreneur adds a little motherly love to maternal fashions

Long gone are the days when expectant mothers grew frustrated with the lack of…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin

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Saving For A Home

Q: I’m a 35-year-old married sales rep with a 7-year-old. My ultimate goal…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Recovery Work

Eric McKissack more than doubled the gains of the Dow and S&P

If 2005 confirmed anything for Eric McKissack, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of…

By Nicole Lewis

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Hedging Without Getting Clipped

Some funds offer the benefits of hedge funds without the high fees

Some people would have you believe that in order to get investment profits in…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Rely On The Analysis

Tedd Alexander of Credo Capital Management thoroughly scrutinizes financial fundamentals

For Tedd M. Alexander, III, president of the Baltimore-based Credo Capital Management L.L.C., analyzing…

By Nicole Lewis

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Better Choices, Better Mortgages

Try these options when searching for an affordable home loan

One of the keys to purchasing a home is securing the right mortgage. “It’s…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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How Will You Retire?

Whites and blacks far apart on investment and retirement strategies

Results from a recent survey found that there continues to be a gap…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Prestige Explores New Territory

Prestige Automotive (No. 1 on the BE AUTO DEALER 100 list with $1.07…

By Kiara Ashanti

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Tug Of War For Sba Funding

Amendment passed but funding still $123 million less than last year

For the last five years, doing more with less has been a recurring…

By Joyce Jones

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Johnson Taps Into Hedge Fund Of Funds

Venture with Deutsche Bank meant to help blacks grow wealth

Billionaire and Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson has formed a new…

By Wendy Isom

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Bath Club Puts Peebles Back On The Map

Real estate mogul looking to diversify geographically and add business lines

The recent completion of the $225 million Bath Club in Miami Beach, Florida,…

By Philana Patterson

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Ceo Invests In Underserved Urban Market

Capri Capital Advisors' new $287.5 million fund targets commercial development

Capri Capital Advisors L.L.C., led by Quintin E. Primo III, is hoping to…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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What’s Happening With Our Healthcare?

Prescription drug benefit comes with complication, few benefits

Time is ticking for the 3.9 million African Americans who are eligible to…

By Alexis McCombs

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Firms Energized Over Billion-Dollar Deal

Partnership provides scale and know-how to accommodate DOE contract

The Department of Energy has awarded a $1 billion information technology contract to Energy…

By Hamil R. Harris

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One Prize, But Hundreds Of Winners

One of the greatest rewards of publishing BLACK ENTERPRISE is the opportunity to move…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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