The 40 Best Companies For Diversity

Our second annual listing reveals the top performers in supplier, workforce, management, andboard diversity. A bonus: We identify the leaders in marketing spending to reach black consumers.

In the midst of marches, protests, and battles for equality, in 1969, D. Parke…

By Sonia Alleyne

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What To Expect At Closing

Knowing the process can take the mystery and fear out of owning real estate

When Tameka Jones and Demetrie Hylick were rushing to the meeting to close on…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Financial Fitness Contest Winner No. 71

The Evanses are learning how to budget properly, battle debt, and build wealth

José “J.M.” and Tara Evans have learned the hard way to live within their…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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The Value Of Appreciation

The Phillips family is using property as the foundation for reaching their financial goals

Brandon Phillips learned the value of being financially independent by watching his father, who…

By Nicole Lewis

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It’s All In The Mix

DiAunté Robinson's summer drink specials

What’s your favorite drink? Odds are you have more than one. And even if…

By Renee Brooks Catacalos

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Where The Old World Meets The New

Southwest England offers romance, nostalgia, and some little-known black history

Usually, London is the focal point for all news out of England. But if…

By Patricia Jacobs

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The Tea Spot

Lisa R. Campbell brews a perfect cup

Two flavorful international experiences sparked a passion for tea in Lisa Campbell. “You must…

By Sean Drakes

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A New Direction

Q: I work with the Department of Juvenile Justice, but I’ve had dreams…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Tune In To Yourself

When you listen to yourself, good things start to happen

For most of her adolescence, Asha Tyson was labeled a problem child by family…

By Feona Sharhran Huff

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Hitting A High Note

Accomplished composer overcomes dyslexia

Give Darryl S. Duncan three simple words such as “funky,” “mid-tempo,” and “urban,” and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Starting Ascholarship

Q: Where can I locate information regarding the “how-to’s” of starting a scholarship…

By Tanisha A. Sykes

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Making The Grade

New scoring system introduced by credit agencies

When you think about your credit score, Fair Isaac Corp.’s three-digit FICO score…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Living The Glamorous Life

How to look like a millionaire without breaking the bank

Everyone likes to live the glamorous life. But what if you don’t have a…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Seeking Science

Q: I currently attend Florida A & M University. I am majoring in…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Art Of Persuasion

How to get what you want from employers, clients, and staff

As a vice president at Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., Jerome Clark,…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Error-Proofing The Job Application Process

Attention to detail must start with the cover letter

When it comes to applying for a job, the experts all agree: Keep it…

By Brenda Campbell

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Leading The Orchestra

Conductor Michael Morgan creates beautiful music

Name: Michael Morgan
Career: Music director and conductor
Age: 48 Location: Oakland, CA
Salary: Assistant conductor: at…

By Sean Drakes

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Resources for E-Business Templates

Q: I have been considering starting a virtual business to provide technical services…

By James C. Johnson

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Avoiding The ‘Phishing’ Hook

New online scams and virus attacks undermine your business

There was a time when the biggest online threat was a virus that…

By Bridget McCrea

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Unleash Your PDA’s Power

Become more productive by tapping into your personal digital assistant

Like most personal digital assistant users, Anthony Griffin, the Beverly Hills plastic surgeon seen…

By Sandra Beckwith

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Watch Your Tone

Vernon Irvin says video will usher in the next wave of mobile content

Ringtones began as a novel way for cellular phone users to personalize their incoming…

By James C. Johnson

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Nonprofit Resources

Q: I am an African American woman and my business is Pillars of…

By James C. Johnson

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PEOs to the Rescue

Professional Employer Organizations help entrepreneurs get back to business

It’s no secret that the fun of running a company is not in…

By Fiona Haley

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Major League Baseball

Everything vendors need to know to hit one out of the ballpark

When Debra Harris, president of Especially for You Gift Baskets, was asked by Major…

By Nicole Lewis

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Balanced Learning

The key to the Primrose School franchise model is an innovative approach

In 2004, Angelo and Melissa Pettis called the Primrose School Franchising Co., hoping to…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Paving Her Way

Movie producer carves out a low-budget niche to make big strides in Hollywood

Being able to produce quality movies on tight budgets is a source of pride…

By Bridget McCrea

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Cake Man

Creating edible works of art for high-profile clients

It was a Friday afternoon in 1992. Raven Patrick De’Sean Dennis III was moving…

By Wendy Harris

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Financing Rental Property

Q: I am a 33-year-old female seeking to increase my wealth through real…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Midyear Money Moves

Sometimes staying ahead of the market means sticking with a proven investment plan

When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to slow economic growth and keep inflation…

By Marc Hopkins

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Think Long, Think Right

By relying on trend-setting firms, Larry Folmar realized positive results

In the year since he selected a portfolio of five stocks for BLACK…

By Nicole Lewis

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Capital Improvements

Michael Manns likes companies that benefit from corporate spending

In today’s market, high value growth companies with sustainable earnings are the best bets,…

By Philana Patterson

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Moving On Up

Equity from your first home can be your ticket to finding a place that's bigger and better

It’s easy to understand Brittie and Andrae Crawford’s excitement about buying a new house.…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Trade Schools Sapping Pockets Dry?

Those seeking associate degrees are racking up as much debt as those in four-year schools

African Americans graduating with associate degrees from for-profit institutions such as trade schools…

By Cliff Hocker

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NYC Burial Ground Declared National Monument

A slave burial ground in lower Manhattan has officially been declared a national…

By Kiara Ashanti

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Is Millennium Digital Media Calling It Quits?

Company sells off majority of cable subscriber accounts

Millennium Digital Media (No. 41 on the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 list with $102.3…

By Glenn Townes

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Concessions Miami Wins $150 Million Contract

Firm wins open-market bid to provide concessions at Miami International Airport

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted unanimously to award black-owned Concessions Miami a 10-year,…

By Alysha N. Cryer

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Unionization Decreasing Among Black Workers

Big fight brewing as companies cut pension and healthcare costs

Union membership among blacks has dropped by almost 50% in the last two decades,…

By Cliff Hocker

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Where’s the CBC Now?

Observers say Caucus has little power in Republican-controlled Congress

There once was a time when members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke and…

By Joyce Jones

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MV Transportation Loses Contract Bid

Awarding practices spark federal investigation

A federal investigation is probing whether a multimillion-dollar government contract recommended for a…

By Glenn Townes

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Top Designer Advances

Ralph Gilles speeds ahead at Chrysler

If Ralph V. Gilles were an off-road vehicle, he would be “Trail Rated,”…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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With Colin Powell

No longer on the world stage since his retirement in 2004, former Secretary of…

By Matthew S. Scott

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Tribute To A Trailblazer, Hero, And Friend

In April 16, 2006, a true hero went on to glory. With the death…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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