Quality Leather Shoes

We review what to look for when picking out a pair of high-quality, leather shoes.

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Distressed Property

Ty Foster, Managing Partner, Foster, Lynch, Thomas LLC, and John Simons, Senior Personal Finance Editor,…

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Legacy Bank

Margaret Henningsen and Deloris Sims, co-founders of Legacy Bank, tackle economic discrimination in their community…

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Finding Love Online

A look at the rise of Internet dating among African Americans with panelists Ladawn Black,…

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Wyclef Jean the man with a Passion

Wyclef Jean talks about his career in music and plans for Haiti.

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Washington Report

Washington Report: Week of Oct. 26

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Young Entrepreneurs Take Front Seat Navigating Road to Success

How they stay motivated, keep the gears moving

With a penchant for making money and a grasp of their life’s passions, these young…

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The Y(awn) Generation? I Beg To Differ

Is Gen Y less motivated than its predecessors?

We only buy designer duds. The latest smart phone is No.1 on our priority list…

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White House Discusses Nation’s Economy

Economic weatherman, Orszag, gives encouraging forecast

The nation’s economy grew during the months of July, August, and September, after a year…

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Teen Tips for Entrepreneurship

Young business owners give insight on finding balance

In this, the third article of a four- part series about youth entrepreneurship, three teens…

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Lesson Plans for Young Entrepreneurs

Teach your children and teens to become business minded

In part two of BlackEnterprise.com’s four-part series on youth entrepreneurship, we’ll be looking at resources…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What To Do Today to Prepare For This Year’s Taxes

Don�t let Uncle Sam catch you off guard

It’s not tax season yet, but by the time you finish feasting on turkey and…

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Obama Announces Plans to Boost Small Business Lending

Credit lines to be made available under TARP

Flanked by thousands of boxes of paper records stored by Metropolitan Archives, a Maryland-based business…

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Youth Use Entrepreneurship as a Pathway to Success

National business plan competition nurtures dreams

Running a successful business is not an easy feat no matter what your age. Yet…

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Motor City Overhaul

When Black Enterprise announced its decision to have its 2009 Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in…

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Can Detroit Be Saved?

The Motor City struggles to rise from the ashes of economic depression and reinvent itself as a center for entrepreneurship and industry

Detroit is known by many names: The D, Motor City, and Motown, among others. But…

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Automakers Optimistic About Constant Progression

Detroit's largest industry getting gears turning after fallout

The woes of the auto industry have dominated business headlines all year – which has…

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Aerotropolis Is Expected to Help Revive Detroit’s Economy

Travel can help boost commerce in rebounding region

In the November 2009 issue of Black Enterprise, Can Detroit be Saved? highlights the industries…

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Tourism Industry Holds Prime Opportunities

How Detroit can capture a booming segment

The tourism industry is big business. The Detroit metro area alone took in about $5…

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A Voyage into the Black Diaspora

BlackAtlas.com provides network for minority travelers

In many respects when African Americans travel, they are no different than travelers from every…

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Natural Born Hustler

Is entrepreneurship learned or innate?

Is entrepreneurship learned or innate? While working on a young entrepreneurs package slated to run…

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The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: Getting Started

How to know if you're ready and what banks are looking for

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming. I feel your pain, I’m there…

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Personal Pet Care

Super Shmuttle Pet Service company, takes care of dogs for the busy executive on the…

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Cornel West on What Matters Part I

Cornel West discusses his new book, politics, and President Barack Obama

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Cornel West on What Matters Part II

Cornel West’s new book, “Loving and Living Out Loud” and what matters.

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Washington Report

Tax credits; healthcare; consumer protection

Homebuyers Tax Credit May Be Too Popular

In response to abuses and fraud uncovered by the…

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How to Choose a Financial Planner

Six vital questions to ask before doing business

Having the right questions for a planner is critical. Here are six questions to ask…

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An Affinity for Philanthropy

Resource groups aim to give back to communities

More recently affinity groups are asking their employers to return that favor by investing in…

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Yes We Can Make Local Elections Count

The change we voted for in 2008 can't happen if we don't vote locally in 2009

On November 4, 2008, Americans of all race, creeds and colors voted for change –…

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Talent Agent Uses Perseverance, Savvy to Represent Hollywood’s Elite

Acquiring mentors, paying dues key to success

Tracy Christian not only represents a talented client list which includes celebrity entertainers like actors…

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Yeah, I Got It On Layaway. What About It?

I applaud the return of installment payments as a shopping option. There's just this one thing.

The buy-now, pay-later mentality of credit cards has been a major factor in reckless and…

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Down But Not Out

Resources for when the ends stop meeting

If you find yourself in need, or someone you know is in need of home,…

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An App a Day

Tools to help you manage your finances

Here are seven noteworthy applications you may want to phone a friend about.

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Finding the Sweet Spot of Investing

Reduce a portfolios risk without giving up on high returns

Here is a collection of investments that can help to minimize the chance of losses…

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Gen. Colin Powell

Retired Gen. Colin Powell discusses his mission to bridge corporate executives with the next generation…

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Inside the Black Corporate Directors Conference

Organizers of the Black Corporate Directors Conference discuss the challenges of increasing the number of…

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Women on Corporate Boards

Mary Winston, Senior Vice-President & CFO, Giant Eagle talks about the challenges and solutions that…

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Diversity in Corporate America

Carl Brooks, President/CEO, Executive Leadership Council, fights for diversity at the highest levels of Corporate…

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Lynn Whitfield Takes on Breast Cancer

Emmy-Award winning Actress Lynn Whitfield tells us why breast cancer prevention is personal and why…

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Washington Report

Updates from Capitol Hill

Washington Report

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Hold On To Your Wallet

Airlines impose holiday surcharge for winter flights

With domestic holiday airfares as much as 15% lower than last year, carriers are making…

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Dare to Take a Chance

With one risky move, an entrepreneur scores big

One executive with Waterlicious, a Marina Del Rey, California-based water manufacturer found an unconventional way…

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Seven Things to Know Before Investing in Rental Property

Now can be a good time to be a landlord

For potential investors who have good credit, savings, and a dose of patience, the time…

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What Dow 10,000 Means—This Time

A search for significance in the financial market's rally

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average powers through the 10,000-point threshold today, millions of investors…

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Tools to Help You Track Your Dollars

Take the stress out of money management

I recently tested three programs, Microsoft Excel, Mint.com, and Google Docs, to find the pros…

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Getting Connected In Tough Times

LinkedIn helps members tap into their professional network

Although networkers and jobseekers are flocking to LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) in droves, author and motivational speaker…

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Navigating an Awkward Interview

How to dodge inappropriate questions with savvy

Most interviewers stick to job-related questions. But let’s face it: Some are socially awkward, untrained,…

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How to Benefit from a Business Incubator

Resources to help you get your startup off the ground

Incubators are mentoring centers that provide coaching, networking opportunities, and even affordable office space, says…

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Paula Boggs

Paula Boggs, EVP & General Counsel, Starbucks Coffee. As the head of the Law and…

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Fine Creole Taste

An old-fashion New Orleans culinary tour with Creole to Soul.

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Planning for Retirement

Jacquette Timmons, President & CEO, Sterling Investment Management, and John Simons, Senior Personal Finance Editor,…

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The Controversy of Good Hair, Part 1

An inside look into the talk of good hair vs. bad hair in the Black…

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The Controversy of Good Hair, Part 2

An inside look into the talk of good hair vs. bad hair in the Black…

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Chris Rock & Nia Long talk Hair

Chris Rock and Nia Long discuss his new movie, “Good Hair”.

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Don’t be Afraid–Twitter Won’t Bite

What some think is a beast can be consumer's best friend

There’s a monster lurking in the shadows. The million-headed beast reveals itself from the midst…

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Washington Report

Updates from the Capitol

Washington Report

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Political Pundits Give Their Take on Obama’s Nobel Prize

Is giving hope and capturing a world audience enough?

Just nine months in office and only the third sitting U.S. president to win the…

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News Roundup: Week of Oct. 4 – Oct. 10

Small firms remain resilient; Wives show more money savvy

News Roundup: Week of Oct. 4 – Oct. 10

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Know the Facts: Precautions for Swine Flu

Experienced doctor talks symptoms, vaccinations

Dr. Mark Johnson, chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Medicine…

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If Diversity Is America’s “Secret Weapon”…

...The Executive Leadership Council's mission is to get corporations to use it to full effect

Over the past two days the Executive Leadership Council has been holding its annual series…

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Taxing Times for Charles Rangel

In better times, New York Rep. Charles Rangel—better known as Charlie around the Hill—can be…

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Understand Your Healthcare Privacy Rights

A new guide breaks down your access to records

When it comes to your medical records, privacy is probably one of your top concerns.…

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Scam Alert: Cash For Home Offer May Not Be What You Think

Tempting offer proves to be fool's gold

“Sell you home for cash” signs are ubiquitous, and unfortunately, sketchy, says Manny Alvarado, operation…

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Will Obama’s Year-end Challenges Define His Presidency?

To carry momentum into the new year, he'll need a strong finish to 2009

As we enter the final quarter of a historic but tumultuous year, I can’t think…

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I’m Not Rosa Parks. He’s Not Dr. King.

But they are The Empowerment Experiment

Dr. King tells me that even though he and Rosa Parks and all the other…

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When Two Becomes One

How to rebound when your income has dwindled

Pat Houston, 38, remains one of the 14.5 million unemployed, according to the July 2009…

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The Master Builder Strikes Again!

If the flames that forge successful, resilient enterprises are the fires of adversity and contention,…

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Jalen Rose; Athletes & Social Responsibility

Jalen Rose talks about life on and off the court.

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Economic Recovery Act, Pt. 2

Gary Locke, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, lays out the government’s commitment to…

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Economic Recovery Act, Pt. 1

Leon Richardson, CEO, Chemico System, and Alan Hughes, Editorial Director, BLACK ENTERPRISE, discuss if minority…

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Economic Recovery Act, Pt. 1

Rick Wade, Deputy Chief of Staff, Dep. of Commerce and David Hinson, National Director, Minority…

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Economic Recovery Act, Pt. 2

Joe Watson, CEO, Strategic Hire, discusses job opportunities in emerging industries. (Part 2)

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Black Athletes as Role Models, Part 1

A discussion on Black athletes taking their place as role models with panelists Stephen A.…

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Black Athletes as Role Models, Part 2

A discussion on Black athletes taking their place as role models with panelists Stephen A.…

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Washington Report

Updates from Capitol Hill

Updates from Capitol Hill

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News Roundup: Week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

Businesses feel healthcare pinch; Global warming top issue

News Roundup: Week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

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Investing in the Future

Larry and Brenda Breland devised a savings plan that funded their retirement and put their children through college

Educating young minds for some 30 years is no small feat. But it was a…

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Are You Properly Insured?

Five steps to determine the right amount of life insurance coverage

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

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How to Prepare for Any Crisis

Georgetown University teaches leadership

Following the collapse of Wall Street, the swell in national unemployment, and the meltdown of…

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How to Close the Savings Gap

What business and government can do to address racial disparities in retirement investing

When it comes to retirement savings plans, African Americans and Hispanics participate less often, contribute…

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Hitting the High Notes

Renowned music director shares what it takes to succeed in the creative arts

Contemporary musical director, Ray Chew, talks about his long career as musical director of the…

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This Old House

The pros and cons of buying foreclosures and short sale properties

Compelling as they may sound, foreclosures and short sales can present unique challenges.

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Get an Online Radio Show

Seven steps to creating a successful program

Online shows are seeing a surge in popularity thanks in part to two heavyweights: Live365.com…

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Learning the New Rules of Today’s Job Market

The current economic crisis has forced college students to think strategically about career options. Most…

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Stick With Your Core Values in Good Times and Bad

Although some economists claim the recession is over, it certainly doesn’t feel like it for…

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Publish, Not Perish

Sites help DIY entrepreneur/authors get their words out

With an increasing number of sophisticated and professional online services, ordinary entrepreneurs can now create…

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Tribute to a Titan of Public Service

The above scripture was often quoted by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy to his children, to…

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Breast Cancer Survivors

A fathers diagnosis helps spare his daughters life and together they learn how knowing their familys medical history would save others

Arnaldo Silva gave his daughter Vanessa the gift of life twice, the second time by…

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Backtalk with Wendy Williams

Radio Hall of Fame inductee and best-selling author takes a stand against youth violence

Radio personality Wendy Williams talked to black enterprise about her passion to reduce youth violence…

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Knockout Branding Techniques

Former champ turned multi-venture entrepreneur hits the right target

George Foreman’s name USED to be synonymous only with heavyweight boxing, but since hanging up…

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The Department of Transportation

Rail programs among the business opportunities at the agency

Belinda P. Coleman neither paves streets nor
builds bridges, but her company does serve as…

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Step It Up

A young shoe designer creates a custom strategy

After leaving corporate America to follow her passion for embellishing and designing shoes, Candra Palmer…

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Great Place for a New Start

Milwaukees Midwestern Welcome

Milwaukee mixes cosmopolitan flair with small-town hospitality.

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Choosing a Contractor

This home improvement guide will show you how to choose the best person to work on your dwelling

After experiencing a home break-in this summer, Atlanta residents Jamilia and Charles Smith decided to…

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Sunny Side Up

Gordon Johnson, alternative energy analyst at Hapoalim Securities, sees a bright future for a handful of solar energy stocks

The solar technology industry is a hot field (pun intended) that’s generating plenty of buzz…

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All Star Advice

Financial Planners, investment gurus, realtors, tax advisers, and insurance agents share their best advicein their own words

Now that the world’s economic outlook appears less gloomy than in months past, black enterprise…

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Show Me the Money!

Unusual places to find small business funding

Getting new and growing companies financed has become difficult in today’s business environment. Economic conditions…

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Decisions, Decisions

Be firm in tackling indecisiveness

Indecisiveness can be attributed to fear and conflicting messages, but life and career coaches can…

By Ayana Dixon

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Survivor’s Guilt?

Being successful and a good friend are not mutually exclusive. Dont let success ruin your relationships

While everyone around you is getting pink slips, don’t let guilt and anxiety ruin your…

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Rethink Your Retirement Plan

What you can learn from expert makeovers of real-life retirement savings strategies

There are few guarantees in life—especially when it comes to planning for your golden years.…

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A Diversity Focus for the Armed Forces

The U.S. Military attempts to address advancement concerns of African American personnel

When President Harry S. Truman signed into effect Executive Order 9981 in 1948, he envisioned…

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Balancing Act

Shelly Robertson works to maintain financial health

After Shelly Robertson’s nine-year marriage ended in 2006, she quickly adjusted her lifestyle. As part…

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Investing in the Future

Larry and Brenda Breland's savings plan funded their retirement andput their kids through college

Educating young minds for some 30 years is no small feat. But it was a…

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