Obama on the Defense Against Black Politicians

Members of Congress and political pundits have grown louder in their frustration with the White…

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High Hopes

Jason Gray aims to focus his goals and map out a wealth plan.

Jason Gray has big plans. He wants to be the first of his five siblings…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Say Buh-Bye to Your Bank?

Why you might want to join a credit union

If you’re thinking about giving your bank the old heave-ho, joining a credit union may…

By Renita Burns

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Tyra Banks Ending Talk Show

Media mogul plans to start movie studio

Supermodel-turned-entrepreneur Tyra Banks has announced that the current and fifth season of The Tyra Banks…

By Sonja Mack

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Cut Small Business Costs

Make ends meet without sacrificing profit

Today, Tricialee Riley, 35, applies the skills she learned managing MAC stores to her New…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Start Your Business on the Right Foot For 2010

Essential steps to protect your brand, ideas

Running your own business is an exciting but challenging prospect. In addition to wearing…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Percy E. Sutton: A Titan Worthy of Emulation

Memorial service for iconic business leader to be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Manhattan's Riverside Church

Percy Sutton never met a challenge too great for his boundless energy and intrepid spirit.…

By Renita Burns

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Reinvent Your Business

A first-hand account of a companys rebirth

Randal D. Pinkett and Lawrence M. Hibbert watched their educational training firm MBS Educational Services…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

Dispatches from Capitol Hill: Healthcare reform

By Joyce Jones

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Credit Cardholder Scorned

Consumers use power of closure to fight rate raises

Oh geez, you’ll never guess who decided to take up arms and join the civil…

By Renita Burns

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Hide & Seek

The first step in accessing capital is to identify internal cash

“Cash is always king,” says entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace. “If you have cash, it doesn’t…

By Maya Payne Smart

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A Helping Hand

Major corporations are mentoring small businesses to become competitive suppliers

Mentoring programs help small minority companies learn about a company’s culture and expectations, develop a…

By Brittany Hutson

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Poll: Majority Says Bonuses for Bailed Out CEOs Unfair to Taxpayers

Job creation cited as a better option

Poll results: If you were an executive at a Wall Street firm that received government…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Houston: The Green Frontier

The oil capital of the U.S. looks to greener pastures

Houston is transitioning into the green space, diversifying its energy sources and creating green opportunities…

By Renita Burns

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Rev Up Your Startup

Get a little help from a business incubator

Here are five tips on how to find a reputable incubator that can give your…

By Brittany Hutson

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Lincoln University Repeals Controversial Health Requirement

School will promote fitness class for all students

After Lincoln University received widespread media attention and negative criticism, faculty voted this month to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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A View to a Killer Business Model

Gen2Media helps companies add video to Web 2.0 marketing strategies

In the last three years, Web 2.0 technologies have brought innovations to the entrepreneurial and…

By Dale Coachman

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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Renting vs. Buying

The pros and cons of both options should be considered when shopping for a home

In today’s market should you rent or buy? “Your decision to buy or rent depends…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Value vs. Growth: Which Way of Evaluating a Stock’s Potential is Better?

Investors should use a mix of both philosophies.

Though objective experts believe neither philosophy is better than the other, each school of thought…

By Renita Burns

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Knowledge-Sharing is King

There is no question that social networking sites have begun to reshape the business landscape.…

By Dale Coachman

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We Can’t Forget the Poor in the Climate Change Debate

Initiatives must benefit the impoverished across the globe

As international climate talks conclude in Copenhagen, it is clear that we are on the…

By Dale Coachman

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Obama on Global Warming: ‘Time For Talk is Over’

President urges action, transparency at climate change conference

President urges action, transparency at climate change conference

By LaToya M. Smith

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BE Next 2010: Blazing a Path to Success

Meet the sophomore class changing the game

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the 2010 BE Next subjects and talked about everything from their…

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

Dispatches from Capitol Hill: House passes jobs bill; small business owners get a lifeline; Obama…

By Joyce Jones

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Through New Doors

EMC's chief diversity officer says going beyond what's familiar could lead to your next opportunity

Jackie Glenn, chief diversity officer and senior director of human resources for EMC Corp., a…

By Brittany Hutson

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BE Next 2009: Where Are They Now?

Young, fearless business leaders staking their claim

In January 2009, Black Enterprise launched BE Next, introducing the world to the new face…

By Renita Burns

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Giving at the Office

Tokens of appreciation bring holiday cheer

Office gifts to show appreciation and bring holiday cheer

By Sonia Alleyne

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Obama on the Record: ‘We Can Act Boldly’ About Climate Change

Full transcript of the president's remarks at the climate change conference

Full transcript of the president’s remarks at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Secure Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Brand

Invest in the necessary steps for protection

When Homer Bair and his partner, Susan Kreitman, conceptualized a T-shirt and screen-printing venture on…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Can COP15 Be Trusted in Your Neighborhood?

How will decisions at climate change conference affect local communities?

As crucial agreements are made in Copenhagen, we should question how these decisions will directly…

By Andre Williams

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words in the New Year

Set your goals into motion today

It feels good to have goals, doesn’t it? I mean, to really have something that…

By Renita Burns

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Need a Job Boost? Try the Healthcare Industry

Solid pay, diverse options provide prime opportunities

As the nation’s economy begins to recover from its dramatic tailspin, industry prognosticators are forecasting…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Identity Theft on Campus

Protect your good name from thieves

You can’t prevent identity theft, but you can take precautions. Here are four ways to…

By Brittany Hutson

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With Tight Budgets, Creativity Key in Tipping for Services

Show your gratitude without breaking your bank

BlackEnterprise.com’s tips for holiday tipping

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Finance a Fixer-Upper on a Modest Budget

The house you want to buy needs some work, but you don�t have the money for repairs. Here�s one option.

A reader recently wrote to me asking about options for financing the purchase of a…

By John Simons

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Reflections on the Way to the Climate Change Summit

The solution to our climate crisis and poverty are one in the same, says Green for All CEO

As she heads to Copenhagen for the Climate Change Conference, Green for All’s Phraedra Ellis-Lamkins…

By Dale Coachman

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GlobalHue Named Multicultural Agency of the Decade

AdWeek lauds agency's evolution into mainstream

GlobalHue, the largest multicultural advertising and marketing agency in the U.S., was named Multicultural Agency…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Make Your Network Work for You

Build a winning Rolodex to expand your success

CAR_WinningRolodexThe public relations business is not so much about what you know as it is…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Poll: Sponsors Snub Tiger Woods, but Consumers Remain Loyal

Purchases not influenced by golf phenom's infidelity

Results from a BlackEnterprise.com poll reveal that the majority of respondents won’t let the infidelity…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Census Numbers: The Golden Ticket to Millions of Jobs

Recovery Act legislation creates jobs in the bureau

With the advent of Census 2010 looming, the U.S. Census Bureau has put in place…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Tweak Your Social Media Strategy

Goals, standards vital in using a valuable tool

For business owners hoping to cash in on social media, consistency is the key. “Think…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Resilience and Recovery

Lisa Nichols helps you bounce back from a setback, no matter what

Resiliency—the ability to get back up after a setback knocks you down—is a trait we…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Get Ready For Your 2010 Upgrade!

Help beta-test drive the latest enhancements to BlackEnterprise.com

In 2010, Black Enterprise will celebrate its 4oth anniversary as the nation’s No. 1 multi-media…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Blacks Getting a Seat at the Green Table

Leaders discuss inclusion at Copenhagen conference

BlackEnteprise.com spoke with Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green for All, and the Gina E. Wood,…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Phone Tag

Matt Carter moves Boost Mobile from a noncontender to a leader in its category by making all the right calls

In 2004, the “Where You At?” campaign distinguished Boost Mobile from other prepaid companies in…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: How Your Credit Score Adds Up

Understanding and protecting your credit score is an important key to homeownership

Do you request your credit report every year? Admittedly, I have to say I don’t.…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Don’t Just Toss Those Credit Card Notices

Be mindful, active in managing contract changes

Here’s what to do when your credit card issuer wants to change your terms, raise…

By Bridget McCrea

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Control Your Credit Card Spending

Ryan Mack offers tips to control your credit card spending.

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Earl Lucas

Earl Lucas is the first African American Lead Exteriors Designer in the history of Ford…

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Holiday Planning

Juliette Senior of Unison Event Planners offer tips to help create the perfect holiday event.

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Anika Noni Rose Dare to Dream Pt. I

Anika Noni Rose talks about The Princess and The Frog, the voice of Disney’s first…

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Anika Noni Rose Dare to Dream Pt. II

Anika Noni Rose talks about ‘The Princess and The Frog, the voice of Disney’s first…

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Make Your Meeting a Success

Simple etiquette can help you seal the deal

You’ve made contact and are hoping to acquire a new client, get more business from…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Reaching the Next Level

B.E. takes a look at the 2008 Financial Fitness contest winners to see if they're closer to a secure financial future

This year has been tough for almost everyone. Belts are tighter and wallets are opening…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

Washington Report: Week of Dec. 7-11

By Joyce Jones

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Slideshow: Hot-Selling Merchandise Fit for a ‘Princess’

Princess and Frog-inspired items for royal sensibilities

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of “The Princess and the Frog” merchandise that has…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Anika Noni Rose Adds Diva Glitz to Disney

Tony-winning actress hopes to empower a generation

Anika Noni Rose, Disney’s first African American princess, talks to BlackEnterprise.com about why “The Princess…

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Review: Tiana Sparkles, but ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Dims Disney Legacy

Racism a vital theme missing from animated fantasy

There is a lot to love about Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” but in…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Location, Location, Location

Choose a commercial retail space that suits your business

Finding the right location for your small business may seem as simple as finding a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize

President acknowledges critics at ceremony

Amid criticism, President Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize.

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Obama’s Nobel Acceptance Speech

Official transcript of the president's remarks

Full transcript of President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

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DOT Partners With Carver Bank in Loan Program

Small, disenfranchised businesses gain access to contracts

The United States Department of Transportation announced that Carver Bank has been selected as New…

By LaToya M. Smith

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5 Credit Repair Tips for the Recent Grad

How to clean up the fallout of bad credit card use

You made it! The tassel has been moved to the other side of the cap…

By Renita Burns

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Avoid Holiday Party Snafus

Rep-saving tips from style expert Fonzworth Bentley

Style expert Fonzworth Bentley discusses how to avoid making this year’s holiday party one you’d…

By Janell Hazelwood

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White House Says It’s Planting Seeds for Jobs of Tomorrow

Economist Jared Bernstein talks new plan for job creation

“These new programs are targeted at getting the quickest and the biggest bang for the…

By John Simons

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Beyond Our Borders

Professionals step out of their cultural comfort zone and find opportunities in international business

It’s clear we no longer live in an American-centric society but in a global economy.…

By Dale Coachman

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Carrying the Load Together

Cooperative buying gives businesses a competitive edge

During periods of economic uncertainty, people tend to find ways to band together and minimize…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Poll: Was the Jobs Summit Political or Productive?

Majority said it was necessary to boost the economy

Majority of respondents to a BlackEnterprise.com poll said the White House Forum on Jobs and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Unveils New Job Creation Plan

President outlines a new effort to spur job growth

President Barack Obama unveiled a package of new enhancements to his administration’s efforts to revive…

By John Simons

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Obama on the Record: Job Creation and Economic Growth

Full text of the president's address at the Brookings Institute, as prepared for delivery

Full text of President Obama’s plan to increase job creation and spur economic growth.

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Developing a Social Media Hiring Strategy

How to use social networking sites to find employees

Leveraging social media as an effective hiring tool may be an attractive choice for companies,…

By Bridget McCrea

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Fighting For Recovery With Jobs

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett talks strategy, teamwork

Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle conducted a one-on-one interview with White House Senior Adviser…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: Building Financial Security

Owning a home should be part of a larger commitment to gaining financial security

Over the Thanksgiving break I became addicted to a show called Till Debt Do U$…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Don’t Miss the Tech Stock Revival

Voice, video, and data are breathing new life into tech stocks. Richard Shaw identifies tomorrows winners

The economy will always have its booms and busts—and the same goes for financial markets.…

By John Simons

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Transforming Web Traffic into Foot Traffic

Turn online prospects into paying customers

It’s the holy grail for bricks-and-mortar businesses with a Web presence: The online prospect who…

By Bridget McCrea

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Paul Williams

Paul Williams, Executive Director, Dormitory Authority State of New York.

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Special Icons Edition Pt. I

Special Icons Edition with George Benson & Bill Withers.

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Best Holiday Gifts

Holiday gift ideas to brighten up your Christmas season with Robin Harmon Myers.

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Valerie Daniels-Carter

Valerie Daniels-Carter heads V&J Holding Companies, one of the nation’s largest African American- and woman-owned…

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Special Icons Edition Pt. II

Special Icons Edition with George Benson.

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Special Icons Edition Pt.III

Special Icons Edition with Bill Withers.

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Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs

Increase agility and save money with virtual resources

As the Internet has become a fundamental resource for many small businesses, there are more…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Washington Report

Updates from Capitol Hill

Washington Report: Week of Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

By Joyce Jones

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Reviving Your Credit Score

Four steps to rebounding after foreclosure

Foreclosure can be the scarlet F, branding your credit report and docking up to 200…

By Heather Boerner

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Multiple Rights Deals Changing How Record Labels Make Money

Evolving '360' model allows companies to gain more revenue

A burgeoning business model is changing the way record labels do business and forcing musicians…

By Renita Burns

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Black Unemployment Still High Despite Rate Decrease

Men, youth share disproportionate burden of joblessness

While the unemployment rate seems to be taking a slight turn for the better, in…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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White House Forum Seeks Strategies to Put America Back to Work

Obama, CEOs present ideas to reduce unemployment

The White House brought together 130 business leaders, entrepreneurs, labor officials, economists and mayors Thursday…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Why I Hate The Hookup

Want to support black entrepreneurs? Stop hitting them up for freebies

One of the biggest drags on black economic empowerment is the “hookup”: black people expecting…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Quick Tips: What to Ask Yourself Before Applying for Financing

The right questions to ask, financing options to try

While most business owners are at least familiar with some common forms of financing –…

By Renita Burns

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Should You Have Faith In A Good Faith Estimate?

When mortgage shopping, break down the costs and make sure you are comparing apples to apples

I was speaking with a client yesterday who was thoroughly confused by the good faith…

By Kirk Charles

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FDIC: Black Households Don’t Use Banks Regularly

Report highlights need for resources for minority families

Minorities and low-income households are less likely to have a bank account or more likely…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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National Urban League’s Green Jobs Summit Focuses on Minority Inclusion

Group's solutions include awareness, education

It is very trendy these days to talk about being green. The greening of America,…

By Joyce Jones

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Monetizing Memories and Personifying Brands

Prop master talks passion and being his own boss

If one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, then Kenyan Lewis has made a living…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Things You Should Know Before Applying for an ARC Loan

In addressing difficulties, be aware of the qualifications

For struggling small business owners, there may be help with the government’s ARC Loan Program.…

By Renita Burns

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Things to Know Before Applying for an ARC Loan

For struggling small business owners, there may be help with the government’s ARC Loan Program.…

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A View to a Killer Business Model

Gen2Media helps companies add video to Web 2.0 marketing strategies

In the last three years, Web 2.0 technologies have brought innovations to the entrepreneurial and…

By Dale Coachman

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Reaching the Next Level

BE takes a look at the 2008 Financial Fitness contest winners to see if theyre closer to a secure financial future.

This year has been tough for almost everyone. Belts are tighter and wallets are opening…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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A Helping Hand

Major corporations are mentoring small businesses to become competitive suppliers

Margaret Garner, president of Broadway Consolidated Cos. Inc., a general contracting firm based in Chicago,…

By Brittany Hutson

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Who Wants to Be a Landlord?

Earlier this year, Jahmal Pullen and his wife, Angela, spent much of their spare time…

By Vicki Lee Parker

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Seeking the Sweet Spot

Ask any number of investors what they want out of a particular stock, bond, or…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Don’t Miss the Tech Stock Revival

Voice, video, and data are breathing new life into tech stocks. Richard Shaw identifies tomorrows winners

Which companies are positioned to prosper in the Internet’s latest voice, data, and video revolution.

By John Simons

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Backtalk with Justine Simmons

In an episode on the hit MTV reality show, Run’s House, Justine Simmons’ sons jokingly…

By Siobhan Dixon

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Hide & Seek

The first step in accessing capital is to identify internal cash

“Cash is always king,” says entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace. “If you have cash, it doesn’t…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Hunting Season

Five ways to position your company for Recovery Act dollars

As the economy continues to struggle, the federal government is working to dole out procurement…

By Brittany Hutson

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Phone Tag

Matt Carter moves Boost Mobile from a noncontender to a leader in its category by making all the right calls

In 2004, the “Where You At?” campaign distinguished Boost Mobile from other prepaid companies in…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Stress-Free Work Results

How a manager restores team morale during challenging times

Already familiar with managing a full plate,the ongoing economic crisis has created a more intense…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Online Adventures

New Websites offer engaging travel logs and something special for African Americans

After a frustratingly tough economic year, the incentive to travel is inspiring, particularly with the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Resilience and Recovery

Lisa Nichols helps you bounce back from a setback, no matter what

Resiliency—the ability to get back up after a setback knocks you down—is a trait we…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Social Networkers for Hire

Companies are increasingly looking to social media specialists to market their brand and connect with consumers

The last thing Aliya S. King expected to find in her inbox back in May…

By Brittany Hutson

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The Difference Is President Obama

The battle cry that swept Obama into the White House was not “Yes, He Can”, but “Yes, We Can.”

As 2009 draws to a close, it’s safe to say that the year will be…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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In the Fast Lane

Despite the rocky economy, quick-service restaurants are holding their own. In the U.S., sales for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Do You NO?

Theres some wear and tear involved in successfully launching a T-shirt company

Ten years ago, New Orleans resident Ayo Y. Scott and three college friends each put…

By Letita M. Aaron

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Failing Forward

Lawrence M. Hibbert and Randal D. Pinketts first line of business didnt survive the recessionthank goodness

Every recession has its casualties. But if the story of Newark, New Jersey-based BCT Partners…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Get Off the Sidelines and Find Your Job

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t receive scores of phone calls…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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The Ex(pectation) Factor

Adjust your thinking and reduce disappointment

However one defines success—love, the freedom and ability to do as you choose, the path…

By Ayana Dixon

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Discover the Possibilities and Potential of Going Global

In our December 2008 issue, we published a special editorial package, “The Next Big Thing,”…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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Identity Theft on Campus

Protect your good name from thieves

You can’t prevent identity theft, but you can take precautions. Here are four ways to…

By Brittany Hutson

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How to Choose a Financial Planner

Professional advisers operate in a variety of ways and get paid differently too

The key to finding the right financial planner is to find a competent, qualified professional…

By Bridget McCrea

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Online Adventures

New Websites offer engaging travel logs and something special for African Americans

After a frustratingly tough economic year, the incentive to travel is inspiring, particularly with the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Through New Doors

EMC's chief diversity officer says going beyond what's familiar could lead to your next opportunity

Jackie Glenn, chief diversity officer and senior director of human resources for EMC Corp., a…

By Brittany Hutson

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Social Networkers for Hire

Companies are increasingly looking to social media specialists to market their brand and connect with consumers

The last thing Aliya S. King expected to find in her inbox back in May…

By Brittany Hutson

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Giving at the Office

Tokens of appreciation bring holiday cheer

Office gifts to show appreciation and bring holiday cheer

By Sonia Alleyne

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Making Your Words and Actions Count After Workplace Gaffes

How to rebuild your reputation and trust with coworkers

Most of us have been there. From unwittingly mispronouncing someone’s name to accidentally sending a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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