With Hill Harper

He’s at the top of his game. In 2005 he garnered an NAACP Image…

By Kenneth Meeks

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The Future Of Black Business

One billion dollars. Not long ago, that sum resided in a distant constellation of…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Roberts Brothers Cash In Big On Alamosa Deal

Sale provides revenue to purchase upscale hotels across the country

Siblings Michael Roberts Sr. and Steven Roberts Sr., owners of Roberts Cos., based…

By Glenn Townes

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Women + Power = Success

Our Women of Power Summit provided a venue for power networking, strategic advice, and spiritual rejuvenation

Know your corporate DNA, realize that risks are necessary for extraordinary achievement, always know…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Exit Gracefully

Follow these safeguards to make sure wealth is transferred to the next generation

“Once you have kids, you can’t be a kid any more,” says Dahari Brooks,…

By Donald Jay Korn

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The Right Way To Do A Home Inspection

The Joneses had their home inspected to make sureit was radon-free.

When Tony Jones and his wife, Nikkia, bought their first home in Atlanta in…

By Cherie L. Berkley

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Can Young Black Men Be Saved?

Our Board of Economists examines the lost potential of African American males and develops a prescription to improve their fortunes

Before David Muhammad graduated from elementary school, he was well on his way to…

By Matthew S. Scott

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A Prescription For Success

Finding career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry

Lonnel Coats began his career as a sales rep for a beverage company in…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Top Chefs

Six culinary greats take the fine dining experience to the next level

The artistic presentations are too mesmerizing to disturb, but the aromas of these creations…

By Renee Brooks Catacalos

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Growth & Opportunity

Though new to the BE 100S, these CEOs made moves to create multimillion-dollar enterprises

Change is inevitable. That’s what Tilmon F. Brown realized in 1994 as he stared…

By Nicole Marie Richardson

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Through the Fire

Now that Carver is out of the woods, Deborah Wright is out to make this community bank compete withbig-city players

Deborah C. Wright’s office doesn’t have a Park Avenue view. Instead, she looks down…

By Philana Patterson

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Financial Services Eligibility

B.E. Banks
These are commercial banks or savings and loans that are classified by the…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Command Performance

Spurred by a strong consumer demand for luxury cars, the Fitzpatrick Dealership Grouprules the road with its foreign imports

At 8:21 a.m. on an overcast friday, Ed Fitzpatrick is putting his black 2006…

By James C. Johnson

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Black Gold

Kase Lawal's business prowess, along with a spikein oil prices, is fueling CAMAC International's riseto the nation's second-largest black business

Kase L. Lawal approaches the podium with his usual serenity. He looks at the…

By Alan Hughes

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Down for the Count

In business, there are always casualties. Some will remain on the canvas while others position themselves to fight another day.

For every legendary pugilist, there’s a string of would-be challengers who never reach boxing…

By Alan Hughes

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Full-Service Business Help

The Fitzgeralds are among many black entrepreneurs turning to an incubator to ensure their success

It has been said that small businesses are the engine of the American economy.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Contenders

These companies are battling with competitors to move up the ranks and, possibly, get a title shot

There’s a fine line separating the champions from the rest of the pack. To…

By Alan Hughes

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Champions

Some companies are knocking out the competition by gaining new clients and market share

What do all prizefighters have in common? Proficiency in the sweet science, of course.…

By Alan Hughes

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Fighting To Win

34th Annual Report On The Nation's Largest Black-Owned Businesses

Champions. Contenders. Down For the Count. These categories best characterize the companies that constitute…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Future Plans In Real Estate

Chris Butler is positioning his finances to become a property owner

Chris Butler’s vision for his life is clear: to become a homeowner and landlord.…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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World-Class Designs

Everick Brown's modern classics in home furnishings

Increase the style quotient of your living room with Indonesian end tables or…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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On The Right Footing

Samanta Shoes offers more than just a good look

In the Guyanese household where Samanta Joseph grew up, she was expected to…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Much Ado About Munich

Thomas G. Jefferson is on assignment in southern Germany

For Thomas G. Jefferson, affectionately called T.J., Munich feels like home. Fluent in German…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Destination Information

George Davis' international readers collection

George Davis loves to travel. But traveling is about much more than just…

By Jermine Benton

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A Seaworthy Credit Card

Q: I read in the February issue that late payments and delinquencies can…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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When It Rains, It Pours

Umbrella insurance shields individuals from the storm

Most people have a great deal of assets, such as a secondary home,…

By Leslie E. Royal

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With the ever-changing airline industry, your miles may not be there when youneed them

Are Your Frequent-Flier Miles Friendly?

The airline industry is experiencing a little turbulence of its own. Independence Air is…

By Alexis McCombs

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Support For A Songstress

Q: I am a 27-year-old gospel singer who would desperately like to become…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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The Perpetual World Of Change

Book discusses how to embrace life's constant motion

Change is often difficult, even for the most resilient among us. It usually…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Still Living In The Past?

How to overcome regret and move on with your life

Mia Woodard, 28, of Bowie, Maryland, experienced the thrill of success when she landed…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Go Ahead, Be A Mentor

Q: I’m a new, first-time director. I’ve been at my company for about…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Getting A Smart Start

Prep program puts students in B school and in jobs

Business school seemed like the natural next step for IT consultant Marsha Anderson. She…

By Laura Egodigwe

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The Negotiator

In life and death situations, he's a lifesaver

Name: Anthony McQueen
Career: Detective and crisis negotiator
Age: 39
Location: Pasadena, Texas
Salary: Pasadena police officer/negotiator:
$38,000-$55,000…

By Sean Drakes

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Start The Presses!

Q: I am interested in starting a magazine in my city but I’m…

By James C. Johnson

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Home Delivery

Actor Morgan Freeman teams up to distribute first-run movies over the Internet

If Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman gets his way, home viewers will enjoy…

By Bridget McCrea

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Creating Connections

From restaurants to retail stores, small businesses are turning to wireless solutions

In a bustling restaurant in downtown Taylor, South Carolina, waiters are connected via…

By Bridget McCrea

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Enter The Middleman

Alternative online payment options take the pain out of e-merchant accounts

These days, a good online company embraces the latest technology. E-merchants have long taken…

By Anthony Calypso

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On A Higher Mission

NASA's first black flight director executes International Space Station expeditions and space shuttle flights

Kwatsi Alibaruho is stationed firmly on the ground at Johnson Space Center in…

By Cliff Hocker

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Starting A Bakery

Q: I am a 19-year-old college student, and I want to open my…

By James C. Johnson

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Harnessing The Deal Flow

The Marathon Club promotes investment opportunities in the emerging domestic market

The chances of survival increase for minority-owned startups when the fledgling companies partner…

By James C. Johnson

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Flower Shop

Harlem-based florist offers secrets for combining creative designs and distinct flowers

Car horns blare over the crowded stoops on the corner of 112th Street and Seventh…

By Ericka Blount

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Constructing A Life That Works

Former sportscaster makes the right calls for his construction company

During his 15-year career, Malcolm Briggs held several high-visibility spots in broadcast media. He…

By Wendy Harris

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Open Lane

Harlem entrepreneurs tap local resources to launch bowling alley

As Sharon Joseph and her aunt Gail Richards strolled down Harlem’s famed 125th…

By Michelle K. Massie

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Buy A Home Or Set Up A Retirement Plan?

Q: I am a 43-year-old married woman who has $25,000 in my savings…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Long-Term Care Policies Preserve Wealth

Advisers recommend insurance policies, special savings plans to offset costs

When Leandra Ollie saw her sister rack up a $33,000 bill following a…

By Marc Hopkins

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Help For Former Foster Children

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative offers matching funds for down payments

Establishing roots is a little easier for former foster children, thanks to a national…

By Vikki Conwell

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Positive Trends, Positive Growth

By cherry-picking industries, SBK-Brooks' Eric Small beat the markets

For Eric Small, investment success is about establishing a competitive edge.
His philosophy of…

By Nicole Lewis

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Pole Position

Cid Wilson sees auto aftermarket industry as a growth driver

Until an indestructible car is invented, Cid Wilson, analyst and director of research at…

By Philana Patterson

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Focused On The Fundamentals

20/20 Investment Club sought information before investing

Preparation and education are essential to 20/20 Investment Club’s vision for success. For the…

By Vikki Conwell

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Blacks Saddled With High-Interest Loans

Study shows disparity in subprime lending

African Americans are more likely to receive subprime mortgage loans than Latinos and…

By Cliff Hocker

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The Harlem Auto Mall

The Harlem Auto Mall, comprised of Chevrolet-Saturn and Cadillac-HUMMER dealerships, opened in March.…

By Meredith Davis

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NCML Expands To Offer Health Insurance

Medicare Part D Program may spell profits for new plan providers

North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company jumped into the fray of companies fighting…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Douglass National Bank CEO Resigns

Federal probe concerning housing agency may have led to departure

Lester W. Johnson, head of the only African American-owned bank in the Kansas…

By Glenn Townes

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He Raised The Glass Ceiling

Darwin N. Davis Sr. was one of the first blacks to navigate the ranks of corporate America

Darwin N. Davis Sr. broke through the glass ceiling at a time when most…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Masters Of The Deal

Military contract will boost the company's bottom line by 20%

Huntsville, Alabama-based Tec-Masters Inc. recently landed a two-year, $26.8 million service contract with…

By Glenn Townes

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OPRAH EXPANDS EMPIRE

Media maven inks $55 million deal with XM Radio

Oprah Winfrey is already the queen of multimedia, with a syndicated television show…

By Kiara Ashanti

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