Presidential Proclamation: National Ovarian Cancer Month

President Barack Obama proclaims September 2009 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

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MED Week Attendees Connect With Bonding, Lending Sources

Small firms get advice on how to secure additional funding

As most small business owners who attended the Minority Business Development Agency’s MED Week knows,…

By Joyce Jones

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Are You Properly Insured?

Five steps to determine the right amount of coverage

Pushing a pencil to add up just how much life insurance you need isn’t easy.…

By James A. Anderson

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Tribute to a Titan of Public Service

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy carried the torch of social justice for all Americans

During a legislative career spanning five decades, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was a powerful, often…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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MBDA Reports Findings to Improve Business Programs

Recommendations include blueprint to help minority firms

The Minority Business Development Agency hosted a summit where stakeholders made recommendations on how to…

By Joyce Jones

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News Roundup: Week of Aug. 24-Aug. 30

More minorities taking SATs; SBA unveils YouTube channel

News Roundup

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Mission: Prosperity

Commerce Sec. Locke and company aim to help minority firms gain access to contracts, capital and new industries

The collective goal of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Commerce’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior…

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Q&A: Commerce Department’s Rick Wade

Commerce Department's Wade discusses advancing the Obama agenda

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with the Commerce Department’s Rick Wade in…

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Q&A: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

Commerce secretary discusses the recovery and minority participation

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in an…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Making the Right Moves on the Net

Use social networking, new media to boom your business

When Candi Carter launched a line of educational DVDs for children in March, she had…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Top 5 Strategies for Diverse Supplier Success Tips allow organizations to more competitively seek contracts and growth opportunities

Tapping Supplier Diversity To Energize Your Business

Key advice for entrepreneurs who want to establish and grow business with major corporations

Black Enterprise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle led an insightful panel for Minority Enterprise Development…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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MED Week Begins With Government Contracting 101

Experts talk competition, following the rules

In these tough economic times, federal contracting can provide the perfect opportunity for small businesses…

By Joyce Jones

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Q&A With MBDA’s David Hinson

MBDA national director discusses achieving parity for minority businesses

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) National…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of a Short Sale

Though an attractive option, due diligence is key

As many distressed homeowners await relief from the White House’s loan modification and refinancing program,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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MEDWeek Kick-off Celebrates Business Achievement

White House reception underscores excellence, economic importance of minority-owned companies

The Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference, better know as MED Week and hosted by the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Small Business Check-up

An examination before you move to the next level

Once entrepreneurs successfully surmount the difficult process of building startup capital and writing out a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Your Back to School Shopping — Made Affordably Easy

Find the best deals through proper planning

There’s something about the August air that stirs a sense of uneasiness and excitement among…

By Renita Burns

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A Call to Serve

Four steps to starting a no-nonsense nonprofit

Terri J. Brown, 33, came out of a troubled past involving drugs and truancy and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Contender

Billions of dollars are available in government contracting. Are you ready to do business?

During these times of economic duress, there’s actually room for growth—you just have to know…

By Brittany Hutson

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Our Choice: To Empower

Can a middle-class, professional, suburban black couple lead a Black Power movement?

My family made a choice, publicly, to spend as much money as possible with Black…

By Maggie Anderson

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Cash Stuck in Clunkers Traffic Jam

Black auto dealers like the business, not the bureaucracy

Customers have been coming back again into automobile showrooms. Vehicle sales have jumped by double…

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News Roundup: Week of Aug. 17 – Aug. 23

Gerber fined for discrimination; Nursing school gets grants

News Roundup: Week of Aug. 17 – Aug. 23

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Small Businesses Struggle Against Government Contract Fraud

Some believe firms must expand to combat abuse

More than two years ago, the African American owner of a southwestern engineering and construction…

By Joyce Jones

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Take Your Dream From Concept to Company

Six ways to make your vision a reality

Every aspiring entrepreneur maintains a vision of what professional success looks and feels like for…

By Bridget N. Armstrong

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Going Green? Get Government Help for Your Business

Four programs to get your company on the green scene

With the abundance of databases to search, eligibility requirements to meet, and forms to fill…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Credit Card Companies Go On the Defense

Issuers hike rates as CARD Act set to take effect

1231_CostCuttingBlogCreditCardLooks like credit card issuers are playing a tough game of defense against sweeping legislation…

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Consumer Advocates Fighting Against ‘Legal Loan Sharking’

Payday lenders face regulation, congressional scrutiny

Take a walk through any predominantly black or Latino neighborhood and the signs are unavoidable:…

By Renita Burns

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Making Long-Term Care Plans for Elderly

Six steps to usher aging relatives into their golden years

People who want to help aging parents can use common sense and a little bit…

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Appleton Estate Rum’s NY Sports Mixer

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How Creative Planning Can Help Beat Costs of Elder Care

Handle the financial pinch with diligence, understanding

Just five years ago Jan Bryant, an executive for a non-profit television network, CoLours TV,…

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To Be the Best, Recruit the Best

Great leaders aren't afraid to hire people who are smarter and more talented than they are

If you are the smartest, most talented, most expert on a team that YOU assembled–YOU…

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News Roundup

N.Y. county settles suit; FAMU Law gets accreditation

News Roundup

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Banking on Our Own

Investing in black-owned financial institutions is investing in ourselves

It’s expensive to be black in America. Recent studies and lawsuits prove we are overcharged…

By Zachary Raynell Rinkins

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How I Got My Opportunity

Executive's lessons helped take him to majors

Derrick Godfrey in his last position was a Vice President at Lehman Brothers Holding Inc.…

By Shahdai Richardson

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Continuing Education

Kristan Murray boosts her income by earning a master's degree

A recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that master’s degree recipients earn…

By Donnell Suggs

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How Recent Graduates Are Navigating the Job Market

Young jobseekers talk challenges, alternatives

The “Class of 2009” balloons have long since deflated and that graduation bouquet is now…

By Renita Burns

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Preparing for the Future

Jason and Carol Wooden are expecting a bundle of joy. Will they be able to quit their day jobs early and enter semiretirement?

Herb White, a certified financial planner and founder of Life Certain Wealth Strategies in Denver,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Oh, the Mumbo-Jumbo

Don't let jargon lead you into a bad deal

At the behest of my landlord, I alone signed the lease on our first post-college…

By Renita Burns

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America’s Top Corporate Counsels

How these legal eagles protect and advance the nation's largest companies

Corporate America is under siege. In addition to the harsh economic climate and relentless global…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Is Obama’s Recovery Plan Working?

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Is the U. S. economy on the mend? As the Obama administration marked its first…

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Hey, Mr. President, How About A Holiday?

Let's give homeowners the option of not paying their mortgages for one full year

I am talking about a one year Mortgage Holiday where homeowners will not be required…

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News Roundup

Jobless rates for blacks declines; Twitter use high

News Roundup

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Federal Fund Targets Investments in Underserved Communities

Where mainstream financial institutions fail CDFIs give hope

In 1990, when Willie Murriel received a loan from Sunrise Bank to purchase the building…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Green Growth, Green Renewal

Developments offer eco-friendly alternative in revival of communities

Several green housing developments have cropped up across the nation in urban and inner-city areas…

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Five Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

Your big day can look like a million buckswithout the huge price tag

When Aubrey Whitten and Major LeGrand started pricing their wedding options, they got sticker shock.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Public Relations

A bad representative can tarnish your business rep

In today’s difficult economic climate, hiring the right representation for your business can be the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Clear the Way

The power and purpose behind developing a vision board

To take her career to the next level, Lindsey C. Holmes decided to create a…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Team Spirit

In this environment, it may be hard to figure out which employees are coping better—those…

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Opportunities in Supplier Diversity

Innovation drives a business model for finding new companies

Despite the tentative economy, Karen Blackwell, manager of supplier diversity and development for Nestlé Business…

By Derek T. Dingle

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A Unique Consumer Market

Study reveals African immigrants may be an attractive, lucrative segment

Traditionally, marketers see black people as a monolithic group. Few studies examine black diversity in…

By Brittany Hutson

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Authentic Networking

How you can build and maximize your contacts in todays economy while remaining genuine

How strong is your network? If you’re planning on a change in employment status, voluntarily…

By Brittany Hutson

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Lessons in Leadership

A seasoned executive shares a proven philosophy for any environment and culture

Today, it’s becoming more common to see corporate professionals running nonprofits. What in your corporate…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Microsoft Hopes to Elevate America

Program provides vouchers for tech training, certification

Microsoft’s Elevate America to offer free technology training for up to 2 million people over…

By Dale Coachman

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Let’s Talk Money

Social networking sites focus on personal, business finances

For those too terrified to look at retirement accounts, a group of chatty (and free)…

By Sandra Beckwith

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How to Work for the Federal Government

As the largest employer in the country (excluding the U.S. Postal Service), the federal government…

By Benice Atufunwa

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2009 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

Everything you missed!

Highlights from the 2009 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

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Entrepreneurs Conference: No Excuses

Everything you need to know now!

More than 1,000 professionals, business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs ventured to Detroit for the 2009…

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Morningstar analyst Imari Love gives the 411 on international telecom stocks

Imari Love keeps his eye on as an international telecommunications analyst for Chicago-based investment research…

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Have No Fear

TIPS offer a way to hedge against inflation

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

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College Finance 101: A Crash Course for Parents

Deciding on a college because of its generous financial aid offer is one strategy parents…

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African Americans Love to Tweet

What you need to know

Twitter is the leader of the pack among African American social networkers, according to a…

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In the Spirit

Great tastes, cool packaging, and a spot to indulge. Here are summer suggestions for toasting the good life

Brian Duncan and his business partners Dan Sachs and Executive Chef John Caputo offer a…

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The Winner’s Circle

Perseverance, determination, and resilience are attributes that entrepreneurs have had to wear as armor to…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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