Own Your First Home Contest 2007

Meet Helen Flowers, a single mother and winner of the 2007 Black Enterprise Own Your…

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Expanding Her Empire

Sheila C. Johnson, CEO, Salamander Hospitality, discusses her latest business ventures and how she’s…

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Exotic Car Rentals

Gotham Dream Cars, premier car rental company offers “ultra-exotic” and luxury vehicles, such as Ferrari,…

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Dumas M. Simeus

Dumas M. Siméus, CEO, Siméus Foods International and former Republic of Haiti presidential candidate, shares…

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Investing in Fine Jewelry

Fine jewelry with Larry Barkley, President of George Jensen USA, shows our Lifestyles Editor Sonia…

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Sisters Investing Seriously

How the investment club Sisters Investing Seriously earned $21,000 in 10 years.

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R. Donahue Peebles

R. Donahue Peebles, CEO, The Peebles Corp., discusses how he transformed one of the hottest…

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For Men Only Day Spa

B. Braxton, exceptional grooming for men a Harlem-based salon that caters to African American men…

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Pre-retirement Financial Troubles

Victoria Reddic, a 50-year-old widow and single parent prepares for retirement while planning to pay…

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Thomas Moorehead

Thomas Moorehead, CEO, BMW of Sterling/Mini of Sterling, shares his secrets to success.

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The Art of Buying Fine Art

Loris Crawford, owner Savacou Fine Arts Gallery discusses how to purchase fine art.

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Life After College

Two Hofstra University graduates overcome some of their financial challenges as they plan for their…

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Tips to Dressing in Style

Features Nana Boatneg, a designer and stylist to the celebrities.

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Soldier’s Return to Financial Troubles

Iraq War verteran Brandon Curry came home to financial challenges.

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Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson, CEO, RLJ Companies, discusses his second act as a businessman and…

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Feeling the Pinch

Interest rates are up, real estate is down, and black financial services firmsare caught in the middle

The topic of most financial conversations changed in early February. Suddenly, all that investors…

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Black Men Benefit More From Marriage

Grooms report better finances and health than their brides

African American men are more likely to benefit from marriage than African American women,…

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Backtalk with Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith knows football. With more than 25 years of experience and a passion for…

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B.E. Honors Tinseltown’s Best

Hollywood power brokers gather in a celebration of business success

BLACK ENTERPRISE took an unabashed leap into Hollywood’s frenzied mix of pre-Oscar events to…

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Write This Way

Namiki pens (www.namiki.com) are more than writing implements; in the Yukari Royale collection, each…

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Chock-Full Of Chocolate

There are only two of its gourmet chocolate boutiques on the planet: Paris and…

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Honoring A Renaissance Man

Scholar, actor, classically trained singer, writer, and activist Paul Robeson (1898—1976) made significant contributions…

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ON a global fast track

An IT executive makes a cosmopolitan Swedish city her base

Michelle Greene was a service area manager for regional IS/IT at Sony Ericsson in…

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Old Money

Numismatist David Neita finds value in rare coins

Preservation, rarity, and demand comprise the elusive criteria of coin collectors and dealers. “When…

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Dental Denial

My wife saw a dentist for a cleaning, and he wanted to do an…

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Cutting Costs

Four savvy ways to save on everyday items

Few things in life are free, but some products and services can be bought…

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Soothing Indulgence

Frazzled from a long commute and 10-hour workdays? Maybe it’s time to go relax…

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Want Good Credit? Read On

Let’s face it: It’s easy to fall into credit card debt. Increasingly, those handy…

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New study shows debit card fees are costing consumers

It’s the day before payday and money’s tight, but that $5 latte is calling…

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Considering Long-Term Care

Having the right insurance can protect your assets

For years, Richard Payne, a neurologist and cancer specialist who lives in Durham, North…

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Worth the Rrisk?

For quite some time now, I have been thinking about leaving my current employer.…

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Support At The Top

A seasoned professional knows how to motivate employees

A number of people on your team are happy and excited to come to…

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Sounds Good

I am a classical musician and need an MP3 player that I can load…

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A Splash Of Color

Vibrant new imaging products from Canon, Epson, and Panasonic

When it comes to digital cameras more is better. But these days, consumers are…

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Where’s my data?

Online backup solutions come of age

The nine-person team at Fair, Anderson & Langerman knows the value of protecting its…

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Traveling light-years

World's most wired (and wireless) airports make travel a breeze

Free wireless is hard to find. It’s especially difficult at the airport, where rates…

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Internet Overdrive

Doc Chaney's Overweb3D.net breathes new life into Websites

In 2005, David “Doc” Chaney received the type of divine inspiration that kept him…

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Making Sense Out Of Energy Deregulation

What small businesses need to know to cut back costs and boost their bottom lines

In the last four years, business owner Abby M. Locke has seen her electricity…

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Growing Pains

JFG overcame staffing challenges to achieve success

Michael A. Johnson’s eight employees keep his company running like a well-oiled machine, but…

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Making faces, making money

Color Me Beautiful offers affordable, accessible kiosks

Crystal Findley’s eye for style is transforming women, not in America’s dressing rooms but…

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Through The Fire

Despite setbacks, spa owner Angela Black is in business and back on top

Angela Black had a slew of jobs since graduating from college. Initially, she worked…

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Time To Invest?

I am a 28-year-old college student with one more year left in my studies.…

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Avoiding the Tax Man

Be sure to assess the tax implications of your mutual fund investments

Now that tax season is over, are you kicking yourself for not having paid…

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The Young And The Restless

Tips for the new crop of college grads on how to travel the road to wealth

It’s been just a few years since Stephen Holmes was among the Yellow Jackets…

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Low On Fuel

Higher gas prices put the brakes on Cid Wilson's portfolio of auto parts retailers

When the cost of a gallon of gas began to average $3 last summer,…

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A Cautious First Step

Wall Street analyst Charles Payne says new investors should start with a few conservative picks

I cringe when I hear people say they know nothing about the stock market.”…

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Street Signs

When does it make sense to unload a stock?

As the year began, it seemed like investors on Wall Street couldn’t have asked…

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Med School to Open in Harlem

While many doctors shy away from underserved, minority communities, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine–New…

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Motor City Makeover

Black developer transforms Detroit waterfront

What was once an uninspiring view of several concrete silos will soon be a…

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Power Bracelets

The $125 Green Bracelet, the first piece from the Simmons Jewelry Co.’s Green Initiative…

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Raven On Alert For Missing Children

Raven Transport Inc. is one of about 80 trucking and transportation firms chosen to…

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The Evolution of Jay-Z

Hip-hop entrepreneur sells clothing line

Def Jam President and CEO Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is redesigning his business empire. The…

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Changing Lanes

Max Siegel to steer operation of Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Max Siegel, the new president of global operations for Dale Earnhardt Inc., a Mooresville, North…

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Founder’s Song Silenced

Walter Turnbull gave Boys Choir of Harlem something to sing about

With his students singing everything from Bach to hip-hop and globetrotting from Harlem to…

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Robert Van Securities Acquires Strategic Partner

Purchase of Blaylock & Co. joins two black-owned heavyweights

Oakland, California-based Robert Van Securities Inc. (RVS), a broker dealer, recently acquired New York-City…

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A Golden State Opportunity

Piedmont Investment Advisors snags investment from country's largest pension fund

Piedmont Investment Advisors L.L.C. is quickly moving up the ranks of the nation’s largest…

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Wall Street Comes Uptown

Deal brings investment services to black-owned bank

New York-based Carver Federal Savings Bank and Merrill Lynch recently announced an alliance in…

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We Must Take Back Our Race

There is a plaque in my office that contains a quote by the great…

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How To ‘Do You’

Tools from a hip-hop hero to help you succeed

Hip-hop and business mix very well; just ask Russell Simmons. The mogul took the…

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A force of one

Effective planning requires self-analysis and focus

At first glance, it appears that Joseph A. Tucker Sr., president and CEO of…

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Madd Dad

One father's fight following a devastating loss

As the first male and minority national president of Mothers against Drunk Driving, Glynn…

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25 Things You Need To Know

By adopting these vital skills, you can take your life to the ultimate level

What would it take to learn all you need to know in a lifetime?…

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Taking the Mystery Out of Hedge Funds

What every investor needs to know about the risks and rewards

When the dollar amounts AT stake are in the billions, even trillions, it should…

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Debt Overload?

7 ways to pay it off, plus warning signs that youre in over your head

A tinge of desperation lingers in Melanye Moore’s voice when she speaks about her…

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The Big Payoff

Three budgeting commandments that can help couples live richly ever after

Talking about money is never easy, but mixing romance and finance makes it that…

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Bob Johnson’s Second Act

Through a series of spectacular acquisitions and the creation of a new business empire, this billionaire entrepreneur is reinventing himself and reshaping black
business. He tells BE what drives him and what's next on the horizon.

Robert L. Johnson is always in search of the next big deal. In the…

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Risk and Reward

Newest CEOs to join the BE 100S each answered the call to entrepreneurship

Nicely tanned and fresh from his Caribbean vacation, Harold F. Mills, the 36-year-old CEO…

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Global Quest

At the helm of Advent Capital Management, Tracy Maitland prepares to take on worldwide competition

Sitting at a workstation on the trading room floor of Advent Capital Management L.L.C.,…

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Battling to Bounce Back

After a tough year in the advertising game, could a shake-up be ahead among African American agencies?

“Black agencies need to explore new and different business models to better compete,” says…

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Million-Dollar Service

Catering to clients' needs has driven BMW of Sterling/Mini of Sterling to the front of the pack

Thomas A. Moorehead was one of the lucky ones. When BMW decided to build…

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Desperate in Detroit

Black dealerships retune their businesses as consumer demands change

Few industries are as highly competitive as the automotive business. Changes in consumer demand…

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Wired For Success

Through unparalleled service to government agencies and groundbreaking joint ventures, Rodney Hunt has built RS Information Systems into a tech powerhouse

Rodney P. Hunt has a lot on his plate. His 14-year-old son, Bradley, has…

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Thriving In Unpredictable Times

Despite economic threats, the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100have found inventive ways to boost revenues and market share

Today’s CEO must operate his or her company in an unpredictable–and somewhat perilous–environment. It’s…

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Reinventing Black Business

At our inaugural CEO Roundtable, top business leaders offered their strategies on how to best transform today's BE 100s and develop tomorrow's crop of entrepreneurs

The history of the BE 100S has been carved from boom-and-bust business cycles, individual…

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Architects of Growth

CEOs redesign their companies to compete and grow in an ever-changing business climate

When BLACK ENTERPRISE first compiled its Top 100 in 1973, combined sales for the…

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The Next Generation

Corey and Chonda Olds look into extra safeguards for their sons

Corey Olds inherited something from his father–a love of real estate. More than a…

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At Home and Abroad

For Dr. Christopher Lewis, community service extends far and wide

Christopher Lewis believes it takes a village to raise a child. But for him,…

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Don’t Tell ‘Em Everything

I own a new online business. However, I need to work until my business…

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Can You Trust Your Boss?

A recent survey suggests that many employees feel betrayed by their supervisors

Tony Brown, a Web designer for a small firm in Montclair, New Jersey, felt…

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Meet and Connect

It’s not what you know but who you know, or so the saying goes.…

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