News Roundup

Robert Johnson in bid for Aqueduct Contract; Poitier, Bishop Tutu among Medal of Honor recipients

JohnsonHard Rock International announced a strategic alliance with entrepreneur Robert L.  Johnson, and also said…

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Managing Remote IT Security

How to protect your IT network from your home base

You’ve managed to shave costs in this tough economy by hiring more remote workers who…

By Bridget McCrea

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 4

We must take control of our destinies

When all is said and done, we have the ability to take control of our…

By Ryan Mack

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My Beef With Black Business

Black-owned companies need to spend more money with black-owned media

Our businesses leave BE and other black media hanging. When Forbes, Business Week or The…

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Using Web Analytics to Boost Your Company’s Online Presence

Take advantage of a critical tool for marketing

You wouldn’t hire a new salesperson, train him, give him a customer route and never…

By Brent Leary

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 3

We must take stock of how we spend

Many African Americans are more concerned with what we are wearing, what we are driving…

By Ryan Mack

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Cutting Edge: Four Tips for Understanding A Mortgage

Using due diligence can help you avoid pitfalls

Despite the housing crisis that helped submerge the nation leagues under troubled financial waters, homeownership…

By Renita Burns

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Spend Less Money on Your Startup Budget

Programs can help you stretch your business dollars

There are a plethora of organizations, universities, and companies that provide pro bono or professional…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Takes Healthcare Reform to AARP

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. (Applause.) I am just…

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Committee Weighs Options to Improve Access to Capital

Small businesses seek more lending choices in tight market

A Congressional panel convened a hearing last week to explore ideas about how to improve…

By Joyce Jones

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 2

It's time to take care of business

Yes, we have been oppressed, but we can do much more to help ourselves. Why…

By Ryan Mack

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 1

We must work on taking the poverty out of the people

No, we haven’t had the best of times since arriving to this country. It…

By Ryan Mack

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After The Recession: Now What?

What to do when we don't have the economy to kick around any more

Sooner or later our economy will recover and this latest recession will be a thing…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Obama on the Record: China-U.S. Relations

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Good morning. It is a great honor to…

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How to Find Lucrative Financial Institution Stocks

Companies who avoided danger are an attractive option

The recent economic and stock market meltdown started with the implosion of a handful of…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Weekly Address: Health Insurance Reform

I recently heard from a small business owner from New Jersey who wrote that he…

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Wendy Williams Talks Departure, State of Urban Radio

Some say the market in NYC is done

Williams’ departure creates a gap on urban radio as the industry faces declining ad revenue…

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News Roundup

Small businesses struggle; black blight seen on boards

News Roundup

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Multimillion-Dollar Grant Competition Funding New Job Training

Recovery act to pay for training, job placement

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday a $220 million competition to fund projects training…

By Shahdai Richardson

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Obama on the Record: Healthcare Reform Town Hall

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Thank you. Thank you. Thank, please, everybody…

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Saving the Green While Going Green

How energy efficiency can help your bottom line

You’ve probably heard proponents pushing the case for everything green – from organic cosmetics to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Black Enterprise Stock Picks Collectively Outperform S&P 500

Expert selections make gains for first half of 2009

Black Enterprise’s stock-picking experts for the first half of 2009 are experiencing higher gains than…

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Obama Takes Case for Healthcare Reform to the Airwaves

CBC lawmakers want to do it right, not do it fast

President Barack Obama held his fourth primetime press conference to make the case to the…

By Joyce Jones

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Obama on the Record: News Conference on Healthcare Reform

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Please be seated. Before I take your questions,…

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Obama, Iraq’s Maliki Discuss Peace in the Region

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. I am very pleased to welcome Prime Minister…

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Using ‘Buy Local’ to Your Advantage

In filling niche, entrepreneurs fill coffers

Twain Belgrave had been a dog groomer for 10 years when he looked around his…

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The Cutting Edge: Why I Paid $180 for an $80 Auto Repair

Failing to maintain your car could cost you time and money

Misty BleuIt was a dark and stormy night – well, it was by no means…

By Renita Burns

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Appleton Estate Rum’s Summer Soiree

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Planning for the End

Four steps to take toward preparing a will

In the wake of the sudden death of Michael Jackson, his fans are likely questioning…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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News Roundup

Blacks have higher prevalence of obesity; credit card use declining; racial achievement gap persists

News Roundup

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SBA’s 8(a) Program Promotes Equal Opportunities

Combat discrimination by taking advantage of viable option

Small business owners who feel that discriminatory practices have prevented them from successfully growing their…

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Obama Addresses Range of Issues Facing Black America

Black Enterprise takes part in exclusive news conference on Air Force One

President Barack Obama fielded questions from black journalists regarding his administration’s plans to tackle pressing…

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Obama on the Record: NAACP Centennial Convention

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. What an extraordinary night, capping off an extraordinary…

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On Air Force One with President Obama

This is bigger than once in a lifetime. It's first in forever.

The pinnacle for a journalist with a passion for politics is to cover the White…

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Investing in Africa and a New U.S.A.

Senegal president pushes for global recognition

While strife and instability may mark much of world’s perception of Africa, the continent is…

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The Changing Roles of the Chief Diversity Officer

As diversity recruitment is threatened by record layoffs, CDOs must strive to be strategic partners

Many a chief diversity officer (CDO) finds themselves watching the dismantlement of succession planning models…

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Increase Your Chances of Getting a Federal Contract

Certification programs can help you meet requirements

Theresa Walker, executive director for the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, encourages small businesses hoping…

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In Disaster, Cash Is King

Be prepared with an in-house emergency fund

If you lived in or around New York City during the summer of 2003, surely…

By Renita Burns

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David Hinson Named MBDA Administrator

Financial adviser to lead minority business federal agency

David Hinson, president and CEO of Wealth Management Network Inc., was named the new administrator…

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Small Businesses Struggle to Offer Healthcare

Some say government should offer helping hand

Small businesses still find it difficult to offer employees healthcare.

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Small Business Owners Speak Out on Healthcare Reform

Entrepreneurs want lower costs, better benefits

As every small business owner worth their bottom line has long known, the ability to…

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For Loan Modification, Don’t Fall Behind

You don't have to become delinquent to get help

When Jamie Arthur heard about President Barack Obama’s Making Home Affordable plan, a sense of…

By Renita Burns

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A New Century, a New NAACP?

Jealous seeks to build a movement for people of all colors

Benjamin Todd Jealous Gov. David A. Paterson opened the first plenary ceremony of the NAACP’s…

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Standing Out Among Competitors

How to make your mark in a saturated industry

When Mahisha Dellinger set out to launch her Elk Grove, California-based hair care company Curls…

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Is the NAACP Relevant? It’s Up to You

Vast legacy continues as organization tackles today's issues

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‘One Size Does Not Fit All’

NAACP panelists want more diversified healthcare approach

At two forums on healthcare reform at the NAACP’s Centennial Convention Saturday, panelists presented a…

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News Roundup

Blacks wages decreasing; Leaders honored; More science funds

News Roundup

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Green Summer Toys

Eco-friendly toys for the eco-conscious kid

Goodbye schoolbooks and teachers, hello ice cream and sand. Summer is here, and parents may…

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Vacationing for Less

Internet remains go-to source for deals

Thinking of skipping the family vacation this year because of a tight budget? Don’t. There…

By Ann Brown

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Invest in Hot TIPS

Explore a way to guard investments against inflation

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the investment landscape has been long on turbulence and short on…

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Obama Administration to Develop Action Plan for Minority Business

Minority entrepreneurs continue to be stymied by lack of financing as well as public and…

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The Credit Card Fee Hustle

Minimum purchases on credit cards are a violation

It’s a shared feeling among many debit and credit cardholders. You head to the local…

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Stellar Performances at the 2009 Golf & Tennis Challenge

WyclefThe Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge is one of the most popular Labor Day…

By Sonja Mack

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Why America Needs Uncle Sam’s Financial Lessons

Is it government�s job to convince more Americans to save and invest?

One of the arguments conservatives are leveling against President Barack Obama’s proposed Consumer Financial Protection…

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Obama on the Record: Russia’s Economy

Good morning. It is an honor for me to join you at the New Economic…

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How Economic Uncertainty Can Spark Entrepreneurship

Know whether you're prepared to take the leap

There’s no doubt the economic downturn is sparking a lot of anxiety as people worry…

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Joint Statement by President Barack Obama and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev on Nuclear Cooperation

The United States of America and the Russian Federation confirm their commitment to strengthening their…

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Unemployment Hits 26-Year High

Signs of shoring up economy slow as joblessness jumps

Employers cut 467,000 jobs from the economy in May, pushing the unemployment rate to a…

By Renita Burns

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Are Online Classes the Right Fit For You?

Discipline key when completing coursework

The obvious advantage to enrolling in an online school is the flexibility that it allows…

By Benice Atufunwa

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A Perfect Fit

How a finance professional found his dream job and is making it work

After reading about Vocation Vacations online, Charles Turner, a finance professional, turned a dream of…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Natural Progression

Realizing its niche, an ethnic haircare company curls its focus to include others

Mahisha Dellinger, president and founder of CURLS L.L.C., says she found her niche providing products…

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Moving the Numbers

What must be done to prepare African Americans for opportunities in STEM fields

Ramsey Smith, Ph.D., is a space scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,…

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Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Income-Based Repayment plan reduces monthly minimum payments

College graduates facing mounting student loan debt may find relief in the new Income-Based Repayment…

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Darryl Strawberry Opens Up

Baseball legend discusses overcoming depression

Last week I had the opportunity to attend 1050 ESPN Radio’s “Lunch with a…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Negotiating What You Want

A Wall Street vet explains what it takes to close the deal

In a fast-paced, high-stakes, and high-risk environment, negotiation is everything and everything is negotiable.

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Rules of Engagement

These days, to gain an increase in productivity and profitability, ? entrepreneurs must boost employee morale

“It was very difficult for me to fire people because we are like a ­family…

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What’s In A Brand?

To help his transition from client side marketing to agency side, Jeffery Bowman used a…

By Maya Yette

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A Chat With a $100 Million Man

Ecopreneur talks Detroit, going green, and growing in a downturn

Calling all small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Visualize with me for a second.
Imagine finally getting out…

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Why Talent Matters Most

A corporate leader offers advice on staying competitive through this economic downturn

Talent is the one sustainable competitive advantage that corporations and institutions have, if companies want…

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Be Financially Fit!

Retirement planning is not just for the wealthy, says author Aaron W. Smith.

By LaToya M. Smith

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The Secret to Their Success

The Ward family makes money management a top priority

Phyllis Holly-Ward and her husband, Jorey Ward are enjoying the fruits of responsible money management.…

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5 Ways to Build Your Budget

Prior to November 2008, JaQuetta Garrison and her family enjoyed an annual household income of…

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College-Educated Blacks Hardest Hit by Unemployment

College-educated white workers still had a relatively low unemployment rate of 3.8% as of March…

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Black Girls 50% More Likely to Be Bulimic Than White Girls

The eating disorder bulimia, characterized by reoccurring episodes of binging and purging, has been perceived…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Grad Rates Higher for Black Athletes

Athletic departments are graduating black students at higher rates than universities as a whole, according…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black Colleges Graduating Fewer Students

Roughly 37% of black students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) finish a degree…

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Surviving the Storm

The economy may be stagnant, but to overcome it, you cant be

Toward the end of 2007, Jacqueline Jackson, a realtor in Orland Park, Illinois, was struck…

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Is Now the Time to Buy Real Estate?

The pros and cons of purchasing distressed properties

If you believe in the investment philosophy “buy low and sell high,” then you’re probably…

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Small Is Beautiful

Why community banks are suddenly a big hit with consumers

When it came time for Mell Monroe and his wife, Angela Higginbotham Monroe, to refinance…

By Donald Jay Korn

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A Perfect Fit

How a finance professional found his dream job and is making it work

Charles Turner used to daydream about owning a shoe store, a dream that would have…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Dropout Epidemic: A Crisis of Human Capital

s this issue of black enterprise arrives in homes and offices and hits newsstands…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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A Commitment to Self-Preservation

A year ago, I attended the funeral of a close friend. The 44-year-old former college…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Backtalk with James Pickens Jr.

Acclaimed actor and star of Grey's Anatomy shares his passion for cattle roping

Perhaps best known as Chief of Surgery Richard Webber from ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy,…

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Top Talent Need Apply

Each month, the American public has met the U.S. Labor Department’s unemployment reports with a…

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The Globetrotter

Portfolio manager Kenneth Holley sets his sights on foreign companies, looking for a combination of growth and value

Kenneth Holley cringed last winter every time he heard someone on the television news compare…

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SkystheLimit

Sky’s the Limit

Four aviation specialists keep pace with industry changes at incredible heights

The air in the aviation industry rarely has a calm moment. Shortly after 9/11, roughly…

By Sean Drakes

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Taming A Wild Economy

To fix a broken America, Roger Ferguson was one of the experts President Obama tapped. Now, this TIAA-CREF CEO and former Fed vice chairman shares his views about the financial markets and prospects for an economic rebound

Roger W. Ferguson Jr. has answered the call at a time when our
nation needs him…

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I’m No Fortuneteller

So, don't ask me where the markets are heading tomorrow. What I do know: Dollar-cost averaging doesn't require a crystal ball

One of the odd things about being a financial specialist is that I have a…

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40 Best Companies For Diversity: Where the Jobs Are

Massive cuts and layoffs continue but as companies restructure, opportunities for job seekers will increase. Do you have what these organizations are looking for?

Massive cuts and layoffs continue but as companies restructure, opportunities for job seekers will increase.…

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