Bernard Madoff’s Sentencing Ends Period of Secrecy

Welcome to the era of sunlight

After hearing that Bernard Madoff received one of the highest-ever prison sentences for a white-collar…

By John Simons

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Vibe Magazine Folds

Troubled publication slipped too far into financial ruin to continue

ibe Media Group, which publishes Vibe magazine, announced Tuesday that it was shuttering its…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tackling the Black-White Wealth Gap

Intergenerational assets may be key to combating inequality

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies convened a group of economic, community, and…

By Joyce Jones

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How Legitimate are Online Schools?

Be informed before exploring a convenient, viable option

For professionals looking to advance their career, earning a certificate or even an advanced degree…

By Benice Atufunwa

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How Your Performance Review Can Help Save Your Job

Set yourself apart with a shining assessment

Performance reviews and self-appraisals are used by companies to judge your performance, but they’re also…

By Benice Atufunwa

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Transition into Your Career of Choice

Explore your options when finding a new occupation

Darlene Proctor had never planned to be a nurse for the rest of her life.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Historic Energy Legislation Survives Narrow House Vote

Cornerstone bill would cut greenhouse gases, carbon emissions

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an historic energy bill Friday night during a nail-biting…

By Joyce Jones

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Why I Don’t Plan to Watch ‘Tributes’ to Michael Jackson

We all love Jackson's music, but we all did not and do not love him.

They know that they’ll get ratings and make money off of Michael Jackson’s death. But…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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CBC’s Towns Leads Tense Questioning of Bernanke

House investigation may impact Obamas financial reforms

Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke spent an extremely tense session Thursday before the House…

By Joyce Jones

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News Roundup

Tour offers homeownership resources

News Roundup

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Remembering Michael Jackson

With chart topping success, Michael Jackson made his presence felt on a worldwide stage. As…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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School Daze

Getting a Ph.D. left Laquita Blockson with dizzying debt. Now, she seeks a financial plan to pay it all off

Borrowing money to further your education—and by extension, your earning power—is what most financial…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Activists Rally for a Public Health Insurance Option

Reform measures face harsh criticism from conservatives

Thousands from across the nation representing labor unions, community organizations, healthcare professions, churches, and other…

By Joyce Jones

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Remembering a Pop Icon: Michael Jackson

World still mourns as death is investigated

A single sequined glove, gravity-defying dance moves, and transcendent music videos were Michael Jackson’s trademarks…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Turn Your Restaurant Into an Eco-eatery

Tips good for the Earth and your bottom line

For restaurateurs looking to attract the eco-conscious palate, turning your eatery green can help take…

By Renita Burns

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Why Reginald F. Lewis is Important to the Future of Black Capitalism

As my crackerjack editorial staff completes our August issue—which marks the 39th anniversary of BLACK…

By Derek T. Dingle

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

Lesson 4: Think outside the box when exploring your options

In the closing portion of this crash course, we encourage parents and students to be…

By Donald Jay Korn

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

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It’s great that you’re still basking in the warm, proud glow of your child’s high…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Money Planner for Teens

Cash Cache helps create goals and develop financial plan

Between iPods, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and text messaging, getting your teen’s attention long enough to…

By Renita Burns

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

Lesson 3: Home purchase may save money in the long run

To save on room and board, consider a housing purchase. One way to trim this…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Making Concessions For Customers

Giving more for their money could lead to solid relationships

As business owners struggle with today’s economic reality that many customers can’t or won’t pay…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Obama Pushes for Health and Energy Reform

President Barack Obama discusses the uprising in Iran during his opening remarks at a White…

By Joyce Jones

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

Lesson 2: Borrow wisely when exploring loan options

Most students finance their education with borrowed funds. According to FinAid.org, 65.6% of students graduate…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Doing Business in a Down Economy

Entrepreneurs share advice on facing tough times

For entrepreneurs whose businesses are less than eight years old, this is the first time…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Unpaid Furloughs Instead of Pink Slips

How both employees and employers can benefit

At the quarterly faculty/staff assembly at Stillman College last August, several employees expressed concern about…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

Ways to cut costs in paying for higher education

It’s great that you’re still basking in the warm, proud glow of your child’s high…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Dividends: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Why investing in companies that share profits--especially now--is a wise move

Think dividends don’t matter? Think again: Since 1926, dividends have accounted for more than 40%…

By Ilana Polyak

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Stocks for the Long Run

Ted Parrish of Henssler Equity Funds believes you can find buy-and-hold bargains amid the market rubble

The market’s message is mixed. A gloomy winter gave way to an early spring rally.…

By James A. Anderson

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Talking Points

Blight of blacks in news, religion's role in politics

The big picture is that minorities are still underrepresented in broadcast news, according to results…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Obama Promotes the Importance of Fatherhood

President Barack Obama delivered a poignant and candid speech on the importance of fatherhood and…

By Joyce Jones

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News Roundup

Apology for slavery; discrimination report

The U.S. Senate Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution apologizing for slavery, and sent the resolution…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Obama Launches Conversation on Importance of Fatherhood, Personal Responsibility

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama kicked off a national conversation on fatherhood and personal responsibility…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Background on Fatherhood Town Hall and List of Expected Attendees

Michael Strautmanis, Chief of Staff of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Obama on the Record: Juneteenth

On this day in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Father’s Day Proclamation

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
The journey of fatherhood provides…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Here Comes the Wedding Day

How one planner helps couples celebrate their big day without big spending

Since starting his self-titled business, Events by André Wells, six years ago, André Wells has…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Negotiating in a Volatile World

U.S. trade official seeks to open new markets for U.S. business

When South Korea President Lee Myung-bak came to the United States earlier this week, he…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Pipeline Crisis for Black Boys and Early Education

Organization hopes to show that teaming up with private industry is in the public good

Charles J. Ogletree and Deborah C. Wright talk before the Pipeline Crisis/Winning Strategies luncheon.Early childhood…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Unveils Historic Financial Regulatory Reforms

Plan seeks to protect investors, consumers but faces opposition

President Barack Obama revealed Wednesday a series of initiatives that he described as “the most…

By Joyce Jones

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Guests at the Regulatory Reform Meeting

Expected attendees at the President’s remarks on regulatory reform in the East Room today:
Members of…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Obama on the Record: Financial Reform

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.
Since taking office, my administration has mounted what I…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Web Resources for Teenpreneurs

Online tools for young adults

While attending the 100 Black Men of America’s 23rd Annual Conference in New York last…

By Renita Burns

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Customer Service: A Cut Above the Rest

Strategies to boost retention with top-notch service

Many have heard about it or experienced it time and time again. You enter a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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U.S. Africa Command Leader Talks ROTC, Piracy

Gen. William 'Kip' Ward working to develop security programs

Two years of mandatory participation in Reserved Officers Training Corp. at Morgan State University in…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Going Micro

Leverage your Web presence to target key customer groups

Many companies use a broad brush when it comes to the Internet, opting to create…

By Bridget McCrea

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A Plan for Black America in the 21st Century

100 Black Men pushes empowerment through achievement, education, and community development

Over the past few days, the venue for dialogue and action focused on black America’s…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Weekly Address: More on Healthcare Reform

Last week, I spoke to you about my commitment to work with Congress to pass…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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100 Black Men Press Education Secretary for More HBCU Funding

Attendees at annual meeting express concern for the state of black colleges

Education was front and center at the 100 Black Men of America Inc.’s annual conference…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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When Applying to College, Branding Is Key

Five tips to transition from 'student' to 'brand'

Oprah Winfrey and Coca-Cola are probably two of the most recognizable brands in the…

By renita burns

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A Bird in the Hand

Annuities have become popular among investors who fear they'll outlive their assets

Even the best prepared seniors enter retirement facing a dilemma: Is it possible to live…

By John Simons

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News Roundup

Billionaire answers call to action, invests in Liberia; Wolfe to head creative team in Atlanta

Two years ago, billionaire Robert L. Johnson was inspired by a call to action from…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Ready for the Rebound

Preparing for a post-recession business start-up

The U.S. economy has already hit the bottom. That’s the consensus among economists. They expect…

By Cliff Hocker

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How to Save $66,000 on Your Mortgage

Bi-monthly loan payments save money and time

What if you could pay off your 30-year mortgage in 22 years?
Would you do it?
Consider…

By Renita Burns

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Fair Access to Mortgages Still Illusive for Minority Women

Report finds disparities by race widened as income levels increased

African American and Hispanic women continue to receive disparate treatment in the mortgage lending process,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Healthcare Town Hall

President Barack Obama addresses a Wisconsin audience on his plans for healthcare reform. (Source: White…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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The SEC’s New IDEA to Help Investors

New system will be an essential tool for investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission will unveil a new financial reporting system that it claims…

By Vicki Lee Parker

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Electrifying Rides — If You’ve Got The Green

Cars that help the environment, your image, and your wallet

Rap musician Will.i.am drives one. So does actor Matt Damon. It’s the Tesla…

By Cliff Hocker

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Mandatory Digital TV Transition Becomes Official Friday

Young minorities the least prepared for the change

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, all full-power television stations in the U.S. will start converting…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Lawmakers, HHS Seek to Redress Healthcare Disparities

Legislation to combat alarming disease rates in minorities

Racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and AIDS than whites,…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Parents, Back Away From the Piggy Bank!

Tapping into kids' funds in hard times a bad idea

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? It may be mom or dad, according…

By renita burns

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Chrysler Wins Plea to Shutter 789 Dealerships

Judge makes dealer closings and Fiat sale a done deal

Fiat gained ownership of most of Chrysler L.L.C.’s assets Wednesday, a day after a bankruptcy…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama on the Record: ‘Pay As You Go’

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you all for joining us here in the…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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NAACP to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

President Obama expected to address the convention

In keeping one of the many promises made on the campaign trail last year, President…

By Renita Burns

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White House Accelerates Stimulus Pace

Roadmap to Recovery to create or save 600,000 jobs

Faced with mounting unemployment figures and criticisms that the administration’s economic stimulus plan is moving…

By Joyce Jones

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Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings to Begin July 13

Conservative opponents say nominee racially biased

Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice…

By Joyce Jones

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Black Banks Are Feeling the Pinch

Recession pushes profits to nine-year lows

Profits at the nation’s black owned banks last year plunged to a nine-year low, newly…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Key White House Recovery Projects

Monday, Vice President Joe Biden said the “Roadmap to Recovery” initiative is an ambitious effort…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Obama, Biden Announce Roadmap to Recovery

Kick Off Summer of Accelerated Recovery Act Activity, Set Key Targets for Second 100 Days
Washington,…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Young Activists Honored At Apollo Theatre

Outstanding leaders lauded for social change

More than 1,000 supporters gathered at Harlem’s Apollo Theater June 4 to honor five…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Weekly Address: Healthcare Reform

Over the past few days, I’ve been traveling through the Middle East and Europe working…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Obama on the Record: Anniversary of D-Day

President Barack Obama (L-R), Britain's Prince Charles, Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canada's Prime Minister…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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News Roundup

John Hope Franklin memorial, civil rights wax museum, mulitracial americans

News Roundup

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Unemployment Hits 25-Year High

Healthcare sector sees boost despite bleak climate

The nation’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.4% in Ma, marking a 25 year high, according…

By Renita Burns

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Winning Advice From Michael Jordan

Former NBA great stresses teamwork at Wal-Mart annual shareholders meeting

The Wal-Mart Annual Shareholders Meeting is part business meeting, part awards show and part People’s…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Minority Businesses Eager for Stimulus Contracts

But some companies are left out of bidding process

Vice President Joe Biden announced this week that in the 100-plus days since the administration’s…

By Joyce Jones

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What You Can Learn From the Wal-Mart Way

Business lessons from the nation's largest retailer

Black Enterprise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle and Alfred Edmond Jr., editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, traveled…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Minority Dealers May Be Slammed by Closings

Advocates say some could be left holding the bag

Gregory Jackson, owner of five General Motors dealerships believes that as GM whittles down the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How New Credit Card Reform Affects You

Consumers gain rights with new provisions

A bipartisan group of lawmakers applaud after President Barack Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability,…

By Renita Burns

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Automakers See May Sales Slump

Executives hold hope for revival of battered industry

The auto industry is experiencing the roughest financial period in its history, with the Big…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Uh-Oh, I Can’t Repay My Student Loans

Four tips for grads struggling to avoid the perils of default

The parties are over, Thirsty Thursdays are a mere memory, and early morning wake-up calls…

By Renita Burns

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When Bankruptcy is Best

Know when to consider Chapter 11 protection

Chrysler and General Motors have done what was previously unthinkable – filed for bankruptcy. Even…

By Cliff Hocker

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FAQ: GM’s Restructuring

Answers to frequently asked questions about GM's bankruptcy, restructuring

Information for Consumers and Investors

Is GM going out of business?
GM has entered chapter 11 bankruptcy…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Get Back on the Road

Reclaim your drive and leave uncertainty in the dust

After two years of developing a collaborative art space in the heart of Chicago, Maya-Camille…

By Kenrya Rankin Naasel

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Voice of Reason

One young mans mission to help his generation see the importance of education

It all started as a challenge. Jordan Coleman, the voice of Tyrone the Moose from…

By Benice Atufunwa

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Through the Fire

One of black enterprise’s most enduring franchises has been the be 100s—our listing of the…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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Breaking The (Glass) Concrete Ceiling

A new report examines whats keeping black professional women from high-level positions

“Being in corporate America is about playing team ball 100% of the time,” says Nicole…

By Dale Coachman

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Preparing Our Sons for the Game of Life

I have often been amazed by the amount of time and energy many parents invest…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Marcus Alexis Dies at Age 77

Noted economist had passion for mentoring blacks in field

Marcus Alexis, one of the nation’s most distinguished economists, died Wednesday from complications during surgery.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

Sam Balark fields complaints about faulty voicemails and downed phone lines from discontented customers—even when…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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The Strong­—and Smart—Survive

There’s nothing like an economic downturn to separate the pretenders from the contenders in business.…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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What President Obama’s Economic Agenda Means for You

In his first three months in office, President
Barack Obama has transformed government into an…

By Dale Coachman

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In Perfect Alignment

Leadership and professional development are a high priority for us. We’re focused on specific competencies,…

By Laura Egodigwe

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Mr. (or Mrs.) Fix It

Mistakes—we all make them, but in an economy this tough, even a small misstep can…

By Kenrya Rankin Naasel

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Helping Hands

In a recession, it’s tempting for small business owners to close ranks, slash spending, balk…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Funny Business

Comedy is the catalyst for J. Anthony Browns family-owned empire

Comedian J. Anthony Brown has been doing what he does best for nearly 40 years.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Here Comes the Wedding Day

Since starting his self-titled business, Events by André Wells, six years ago, André Wells has…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Boost the Value of Your Home

A few simple renovations can make your dwelling a hot commodityno matter what the housing market looks like

You don’t have to tell Charisse Workman about the housing bust. As a real estate…

By Chris Taylor

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