Doing Business in South Africa: Taking Ethnic Haircare Back

J.M. Products is accomplishing what's been lost in the U.S.�ownership in the black hair industry

Mary L. Harris is doing her own thing and accomplishing in South Africa what was…

By Alan Hughes

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Beware of Census Scams

Fill out your form, but keep in mind these four tips to keep you and your information safe

It’s that time again. The deadline to submit your census form is drawing near–April 1,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Though the last few years have taken their toll on the auto industry, automakers remain unbowed. Though they've tightened their belts, shut down plants, and laid off workers, automakers have prepped some of their best and most innovative vehicles for the 2010 New York International Auto Show. Every major automaker that sells cars in the U.S. is exhibiting at the auto show. Here is a selection of vehicles that will be on display in New York and later in your local dealership—and a few that are still in the concept stages.  The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that gets 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway. (Image source: Hyundai)

Taking a Spin at the 2010 New York Auto Show

From electric-powered and hybrids to captivating concepts, check out some of the hottest wheels for 2011 and beyond

Though the last few years have taken their toll on the auto industry, automakers remain…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Women & Money: Don’t Forget to Plan

It�s time to consider exactly where are we going and how will we know when we get there

As we travel down the road to financial independence, it’s time to consider one huge…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Doing Business in South Africa: Call Him Mr. Flexible

Gizmos CEO Greg Marchand stresses thorough planning�and a willingness to adapt

Greg Marchand is founder and managing director of Gizmos LLC, a communication, computer and technology…

By Alan Hughes

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10 Things to Remember Before Applying for a Business Loan

Maximize your chances of getting one

It’s a well-documented fact that banks are less risk tolerant than in years past. But…

By Alan Hughes

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Yohance and Di Yonna Mitchell won a $25,000 grant for their company, Vision Tutoring, based in Rex, Ga. Their business provides high-quality, one-on-one instruction to students in grades 1 through 12. Their services are free of charge to qualified students at eligible schools through a contract secured with the Georgia Department of Education.

Urban Entrepreneurs Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary

2009 business plan competition winners earn $200,000 in grants, for decade total of $1.4 million

Celebrating 10 years of economic empowerment through it’s MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) and Business…

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BlackDoctor.org Makes Finding a Physician Easier

Site offers resources including expert bloggers and meal planner

BlackDoctor.org, an online healthcare database that includes referrals to black doctors nationwide, as well as…

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

CBC applauds passage of youth jobs bill; Congress may miss farmers' deadline

With the passage of the $5.7 billion supplemental appropriations bill (HR 4899) on Wednesday, members…

By Joyce Jones

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Atlanta Named Host City of 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Mayor Kasim Reed joins Black Enterprise CEO Earl Graves Jr. to make it official

The buzz among black entrepreneurs around the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference coming to Atlanta this…

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Utendahl Joins Deutsche Bank Americas as Vice Chairman

Utendahl Capital Partners founder will help increase presence of minorities on Wall Street

John O. Utendahl, founder of Utendahl Capital Partners L.P., has joined Deutsche Bank Americas Holding…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Bank of America Offers Bailout to Homeowners

Plans to extend $3 billion in loan forgiveness to 45,000 homeowners struggling to stay afloat

If you have a mortgage with Bank of America, and you’re extremely underwater, you just…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Brush Off Your Old Way of Thinking

Re-invention strategies to transform your business and boost profits

In an unsettled economy everyone must develop a brand new attitude to stand out from…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Kweisi Mfume Takes Helm of National Medical Association

Former NAACP chairman to lead healthcare organization at critical time

Kweisi Mfume, former chairman and CEO of the NAACP, was named the executive director of…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Cutting Edge: Free Resources for Navigating Web 2.0

No-cost classes and Website building services to get you up and running

Here are a few Websites and free resources to help you keep up with new…

By Renita Burns

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Oprah Winfrey Settles Defamation Lawsuit

Trial was related to sex-abuse scandal at her South African all-girls school

Oprah Winfrey has settled a defamation lawsuit brought by the headmistress in the wake of…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Urban League Report Offers Solutions to Economic Crisis

'State of Black America' details plan to offset effects of recession

In the 34th edition of the its State of Black America report, the National Urban…

By Joyce Jones

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Michael Jordan’s Purchase of Charlotte Bobcats Approved

Transforming the debt-laden basketball team will require NBA legend's presence and pocketbook

Now that Michael Jordan’s $275 million bid to buy the Charlotte Bobcats from billionaire Robert…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Build A Budget For Yourself—And Cousin ‘Pookie’

The term sounds restrictive, but budgeting is really an exercise in financial empowerment

The word itself sounds and feels restrictive. Budget. When you hear the term, you think…

By Eric D. Grant

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Doing Business in South Africa: One CEO’s Formula

Detroit native Christopher Whitfield shares key challenges for entrepreneurs

Detroit native Christopher Whitfield’s typical day is not unlike any other entrepreneur. He gets up…

By Alan Hughes

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Transcript of the President’s Signing of the Health Reform Bill

'I�m signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother'

The official transcript of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks at the…

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Healthcare Reform We Can All Believe In

When President Obama signed legislation enabling millions to gain access to health insurance, he achieved a milestone that eluded seven previous presidents.

When President Barack Obama today signed into law legislation that will enable millions of Americans…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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For some, medicine is a career, but for Fred and Milton Ochieng, it is a mission that has allowed them to bring health to their native Kenyan village where medical care was in short supply. Though that lack of medical care may have contributed to their parents’ premature deaths from AIDs, Milton and Fred turned their grief into a determination that others would receive adequate medical care and live. Fred (l.) and Milton (r.) Ochieng are fulfilling their dream of bringing healthcare to their hometown of Lwala, Kenya. Their inspiration stems from witnessing family members, friends, and neighbors suffer needlessly because there were no medical facilities nearby. “When I was a teenager, I’d see cousins or family members who were ill in the middle of the night,” recalls Milton. “Then, because the nearest hospital was over 10 kilometers away from the village, sick people would have to be either carried on a makeshift stretcher, on a mattress, or pushed in a wheelbarrow to the nearest paved road, four or five miles away.” Sometimes people suffered more than they needed to. Other times, the consequences were more dire. “We had people die before they could get to the hospital,” Milton says.

Images of Health and Hope

Ochieng brothers run healthcare clinic in Lwala, Kenya

For Fred and Milton Ochieng, medicine is a mission that has allowed them to bring…

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President Barack Obama's signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23.  (Source: White House)

Healthcare Reform in Pictures

Obama's historic journey to overhaul the health care system

Follow along with President Barack Obama on his historic fight to make health care reform…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Obama Signs Historic Healthcare Bill Into Law

With win under his belt, Obama has reestablished presidency

When President Barack Obama signed into law the healthcare reform bill Tuesday, he sealed his…

By Joyce Jones

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Journey to South Africa

We visit the country as it prepares for a new role on the world stage as host of the FIFA World Cup

It’s an interesting time to be in South Africa. Some 16 years after apartheid, this…

By Alan Hughes

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Women & Money: The Gender Wage Gap Could Cost You $2 Million

The financial consequences of working while female add up to many missed opportunities

For all of us who are guilty of WWF (working while female) we already know…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Southern University Wins Morehouse Biz Plan Competition

Proposal addressing need for low-income housing in New Orleans takes top prize of $10,000

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) won the Morehouse College 2010 Business Plan Competition on…

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Washington Report: Updates From Capitol Hill

President Obama signs jobs bill

President Barack Obama signed the HIRE Act into law and sent Congress a blueprint for…

By Joyce Jones

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Growing The Net Worth of Black Women

Don't just be alarmed that the median net worth of black women is only $100�do something about it.

Don’t be alarmed by the recent news that African American women only have a median…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Long-Term Investing to Create the Future You Deserve

Despite volatility, the markets will continue to offer the returns you need to reach your financial goals.

In today’s unpredictable environment, far too many of us operate in survival mode, suffering from…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Calling on a New Generation of Giants

Calling on the next generation of black leaders and courageous visionaries

I’m calling on the next generation of black leaders and courageous visionaries, dedicated soldiers in…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Protect Your Privacy

Once it's gone, it�s hard to get it back. Avoid these three common mistakes.

In this fast-paced, digital age, everyone is connected. Unfortunately, that makes it very easy for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Investing Rules for Women: Invest for Your Retirement

Once you start putting money in that retirement purse, don't take it out

There are countless resources available to help you learn the fundamentals of investing. This week,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Health Institute Launches Diabetes Campaign

Maryland doctor seeks to build awareness in black community

BlackEnterprise.com talked to Dr. Andrea Pennington to learn more about the impact of Type 2…

By Renita Burns

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Cutting Edge: Resisting the Credit Temptation

What to do when you can't say no

When saying no to that impulse purchase is just too hard

By Renita Burns

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Poll of the Week: 2010 Census

Are you offended by the word Negro on the Census questionnaire?

As 2010 Census forms begin arriving in mailboxes across the U.S., there has been some…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Investing Rules for Women: Don’t Go it Alone

Investing with a group lightens the workload

There are countless resources available to help you learn the fundamentals of investing. This week,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Jumpstarting Your Personal Brand After Mommy-hood

R&B Singer Monica shares her tips that keep her 'Standing� strong as she re-invents her career

In mommy-hood, how do you re-invent your personal brand to incorporate your new status when…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Black Jobless Rates Worsened During Recession

African Americans face longer stretches of unemployment than whites

The Joint Economic Committee delivered sobering—yet unsurprising—statistics on black unemployment rates in a report titled…

By Joyce Jones

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Retool For Career Success

Five ways to capitalize on business trends in 2010

New standards will drive business for 2010. Here’s how professionals can leverage them for…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Cyberwise: Belated Blogger?

Am I too late in the game?

I want to begin a blog for my event planning business, but every time I…

By Dale Coachman

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Hearing Set In Lesbian Teen’s Suit To Force Prom

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — School officials in a rural Mississippi county told a lesbian student…

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Pep Talk: Ready to be Debt-Free

How can I get on track if I am always in the hole?

I’m a 32-year-old mother of two and I’ve spent a great deal of time living…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Investing Rules for Women: Educate Yourself

Learning the ins and outs of investing, saving, and budgeting

nce you start investing, it’s important not to lose sight of your financial goals. Whether…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Healthcare Reform in the Final Stretch

Obama urges Congress to send him a bill

In his third campaign-style speech in a little more than a week, President Barack Obama…

By Joyce Jones

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Snap Out of the Career Rut

Five self-motivation steps to achieving success

A 2009 survey conducted by job search engine Careerbuilder.com found that 40 percent of employees…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Six Ways to Save

These tips will help you build a cash cushion in no time

Whether you need a professional financial plan or just a “Savings 101” refresher, these six…

By Keesa Schreane

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Wealth Gap is Greatest for Women of Color

Study shows wealth inequality is much greater than income gap

Women of all races experience a gender wealth gap compared to white men, but the…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Countdown to Reform?

Small business owners continue to struggle with employee health benefits as the healthcare bill hangs in the balance.

While the rush continues for Congress to deliver a cohesive healthcare reform bill, small…

By Brittany Hutson

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Why Financial Planning Ain’t Just For The Rich

Think professional help is too rich for your blood? A financial adviser comes clean.

Let’s say you’re a first year school teacher, with a Masters degree, and you’re making…

By Eric D. Grant

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From Tiger to Elephants, Lizards And Frogs

Has your image taken a hit? Take a cue from Accenture's new re-branding strategy

Accenture may have gotten lost in the “woods,” but they somehow ended up in the…

By Marshawn Evans

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Investing Rules for Women: Get Over Your Fear

Become familiar with the culture of investing

One way to get over your fear is to become familiar with the culture of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Recession Depression

Economic woes are taking a toll on the health of African Americans. Take these steps to protect yourself.

The worldwide economic recession has affected African Americans in more ways than meet the eye.…

By Dr. Andrea Pennington

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Investing Rules for Women: Start Early

Sure, investing can be intimidating. And if you’re averse to what can appear to be…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Food for the Journey

Budgets are necessary tools to help you reach your financial goals. Here's how to get started

According to Napoleon, an army marches on its stomach. On our journey we need something…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Ten Cool Products to Give Your Business a Boost

10 cool products to give your business a boost

A lot has been said about the benefits of social media, and it’s all true.…

By Dale Coachman

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Overlooked Tax Breaks

Don�t miss out on tax credits you might be eligible for.

Though you have three years to file an amended return if you missed out on…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Downturn’s the Right Time for Expansion

Four reasons small business owners should hire now

Dana Smith-Rogers, owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga in Maryland, has seen the effects of the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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To Save and Protect

Answers to the 10 most commonly asked questions about taxes and estate planning

Tax planning and estate planning are important—especially for women. Since 80% of married women will…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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Lessons From Her Father

Kimberly Allman learned savvy savings at an early age

It’s no surprise that 30-year-old Kimberly Allman has her finances in order. Her parents’ guidance…

By Jason Evers Roberson

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Let’s Talk About Money

If there’s one thing magazine editors love—more than writing and creating content—it’s talking. Whether it’s…

By Black Enterprise

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Drafting a Financial Plan

Dion and Sherrunda Adkins aim to build a solid future for their family

Dion and Sherrunda Adkins both grew up in families that struggled financially. “In our family…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Backtalk with Gloria Reuben

Accomplished singer and actress shares why she is an ardent champion of environmental causes

Gloria Reuben is not only an accomplished singer and actress, starring in popular television series…

By LaToya M. Smith

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A New Economic Agenda for Black America

President Obama sets a new economic agenda

President Obama Recently hit the reset button on his presidency with a renewed emphasis on…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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The Protector

EPA head Lisa Jackson�s mission: to guard human health and the environment while creating jobs for the new green economy

Lisa P. Jackson, in her job as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, may seem…

By Dale Coachman

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Tips From the Top of the Food Chain

Copreneurs offer three things every entrepreneur needs to know

Angela Cauley and Ian Blount discovered the perfect recipe for success. Mixing three tablespoons of…

By Renita Burns

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A Natural Advantage

How one entrepreneur educates consumers to forge a strong brand impression

Companies must do more than slap the words “organic” or “all-natural” on their packaging to…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Navigating the Abyss of Airline Customer Service

Steps for getting a complaint resolved

I flew the friendly skies for my honeymoon last month. The honeymoon was great but…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

Black farmers settlement; education enforcement; another jobs bill; aid for Haiti

National Black Farmers Association President John Boyd, Jr. fears that Capitol Hill lawmakers won’t meet…

By Joyce Jones

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Cutting Edge: Bank of America Ends Overdraft Fees

Customers may find relief in new policy nixing the extra charges

Bank of America customers say sayonara to overdraft fees.

By Renita Burns

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PR Guru Re-Invents With a Purpose

After dealing with depression, Terrie Williams fulfills her destiny to be the best

Terrie M. Williams
Somewhere along the way, we got a memo saying that we had to…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Light a Fire to Your Motivation

Steps to reignite your drive for success

The discontinuation of incentive plans, expensive job perks, and exorbitant employee benefits is leaving many…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Poll of the Week

A year after epic lows in the stock market, will the current economic rebound last?

One year ago this week, the Standard & Poor’s 500 hit a 12-year low of…

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Happy Anniversary, Investors!

One year into the financial market rally, will booming stock performance continue?

Financial experts weigh in on why the S&P 500 market has bounced back so powerfully,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Lee Daniels:  Director Lee Daniels, could be the first African American to take home the Academy Award for best director this weekend. His award-winning film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, about a physically, emotionally, and sexually abused, HIV-positive, 350 lb black teenager, elicited tears and feelings of outrage from audiences who saw the movie. Precious has been nominated for 60 different awards and won 53 of them. Despite its worldwide acclaim, the movie has only made $47.2 million at the box office. Now he is concentrating on production for the movie, Selma, about mid-century civil rights marches.  (Image source: Lions Gate Entertainment)

Black Directors, Their Movies, and The Money

A look at the top selling black directors and the movies they made popular

<p><strong>Lee Daniels</strong>: Director Lee Daniels, could be the first African American to take home…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How Do I Make Money Now?

It takes time to reach your financial goals, but you can take steps to ensure a smoother journey

Sooner or later there comes a time on every journey, real or virtual when someone…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

CBC lawmakers vote against jobs bill, saying it falls short

When the House votes on the $15 billion Senate jobs bill later today, it may…

By Joyce Jones

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A Technology Makeover

How technology helped to revamp a body care products company

Black Enterprise asked business owners one simple question: How have you used technology to make…

By Dale Coachman

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African American Unemployment Rate Shrinks to 15.8%

Overall joblessness remains steady at 9.7%

The unemployment rate among African Americans improved slightly in February, shrinking from 16.5% to 15.8%…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Our World with Black Enterprise Host Ed Gordon gets warmed up for his one-on-one interview with Spike Lee.

Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

To get an idea of the networking at the nation's largest annual gathering of black entrepreneurs, check out these images of the 2009 B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference.

The 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo will be held in Atlanta, May 16-19.…

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Cutting Edge: Check Yourself with Self-Checkout

How paying more attention can save you dollars

When it comes to budgeting your dollars, paying attention to every detail—from the coupons you…

By Renita Burns

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Ask Your Advocate: Winter Heating Bill Woes

How to lighten the load on your wallet

My heating bill tends to be very high each winter. What can I do to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Rangel Relinquishes Leadership of Ways and Means Panel

Amid ethics allegations, New York lawmaker temporarily steps down

After months of allegations that he violated ethics rules, New York Rep. Charles Rangel announced…

By Joyce Jones

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The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: Do it Yourself!

Today's lesson: Patching a hole in your drywall

From time to time, you may have to make interior improvements to your home such…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Misfired Desire

What you can learn from the �departure� of Desir�e Rogers

Let’s face it. An early “departure” from a coveted position in the White House…

By Marshawn Evans

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Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness

New campaign promotes awareness, discussion in black community

A new campaign by SAMHSA designed to raise awareness of mental health problems among young…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Poll of the Week

African American female achievements

Which 20th century African American woman made the greatest/most significant contribution to society?
Marian Anderson (Music)
Shirley…

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Greener Gadgets

A look at some of the products showcased at the 2010 Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City

Environmental enthusiasts, developers, and inventors anxious to show off their efforts toward sustainability made their…

By Renita Burns

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National Urban League Launches Interactive Tool

Organization celebrates 100 years of service

To mark its centennial, the National Urban League has ramped up its focus on…

By Renita Burns

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Building Paradise

Include these three strategies in the foundation of your success

Fleeing famine and communism in Ethiopia, Tadiwos Belete came to America in the 1980s for…

By Kingsley Kanu Jr.

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Lost in Emotions?

Gain better control by managing your feelings

Above IQ or expertise, a person’s ability to identify and manage his or her feelings,…

By Ayana Dixon

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The Best Places to Stash Your Cash

What�s the most advantageous vehicle for your emergency money?

Financial advisers constantly recommend this basic principle of fiscal management: Maintain an emergency cash fund…

By Donald Jay Korn

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A Selective Solution

Exclusivity helps a natural haircare system grow

Jane Carter has spent more than 20 years styling hair as a salon owner and…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Eunice Johnson, Co-founder of Ebony Magazine

Sixty-five years after the inception of the world’s largest black-owned publishing empire, Eunice Johnson, co-founder…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Recipe for Success

Copreneurs blend their knowledge and resources to produce $20 million company

It did not take long for Angela Cauley and Ian Blount to concoct an alluring…

By Renita Burns

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Delta Air Lines Launches New Online Tool for Diverse Suppliers

Delta seeks to increase its partnership with vendors through the launch of a new Web-based technology.

Delta Air Lines is seeking to increase its partnership with suppliers through the launch of…

By Brittany Hutson

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Ask Your Advocate: How To Get Your Unclaimed Tax Refund

How do I find unclaimed money?

I’ve moved a lot over the last five years and I sometimes don’t fill out…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Pioneering Businessman and Politician Percy E. Sutton

Paying homage to Percy E. Sutton

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

By Renita Burns

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Family Ties

How three generations of one family work together to build a financial legacy

Avery Allen isn’t your typical 12-year-old. Unlike most of his peers, he doesn’t see his…

By Bridget McCrea

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No Business Without Technology

You can�t credibly start any business today without having a strong online presence.

I received an e-mail recently from a pair of intrepid college graduates seeking my advice…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Talking Points: UNCF Colleges More Affordable Than Their Peers

The 39 HBCUs that are members of the UNCF cost less than comparable institutions.

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Savvy Solutions: Jumping Into the Toy Industry

The business of play

I have created a board game. I’ve gone to a variety of toy and board…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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A Better Way to Work

Ten cool products to give your business a boost

A lot has been said about the benefits of social media, and it’s all true.…

By Dale Coachman

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Changing for the Better?

Small Business Administration to strengthen its 8(a) program

For the first time in several years, the Small Business Administration has conducted a comprehensive…

By Joyce Jones

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Overcoming Gender Differences

A new report adds a different perspective to the glass ceiling discussion

As women of color continue to make strides in the workforce, the rate at which…

By Brittany Hutson

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Since You Asked: How to Break Into Marketing

Externships could be a key to changing professions

I recently completed my undergraduate degree in business marketing at 38 years of age. I’ve…

By Dale Coachman

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The 20-Bucket System

A nonprofit professional learns to streamline organizational leadership

Sustaining a nonprofit can be challenging in any economy, but in a recession it can…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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A Tech Makeover Story

Three entrepreneurs tell Black Enterprise how they are using technology to renovate their businesses in a tough year�and reaping the rewards.

Last year was no cakewalk for many Americans: The fallout from the near collapse of…

By Dale Coachman

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Investing Rules for Women

These tips will make your money grow

Sure, investing can be intimidating. And if you’re averse to what can appear to be…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Green Credit Cards

Is an environmentally conscious credit card right for you?

Everyone close to Chanté Evans, 30, knows
being “green” is a priority for her. Each year…

By Leslie E. Royal

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First Independence’s Sweet Song of Growth

With lucrative opportunities in �mortgage lending, Donald Davis plays a �profitable tune for his Detroit-based bank

For more than three decades, Donald Davis played the six string, performing on an array…

By Alan Hughes

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Where The Jobs Are: Information Technology

How and why IT jobs will dominate the 21st century

In 1992, when Rebecca Williams began working as a paralegal, she had every intention of…

By Brittany Hutson

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Money Matters: College Savings Vehicles

Sending a nephew to college

Last December, I became the primary caregiver of my late sister’s 5-year-old son. I’m currently…

By John Simons

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Color Me Bold

Jewelry designer paints a daring sense of style

Sabrina Thompson has a long history of putting contrasting things together and somehow making them…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Building Wealth

Ebony Smith seeks the tools to increase her net worth

Ebony Smith says losing her job was a blessing in disguise. In 2008, the former…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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A Classic Closet

Michelle Rose makes vintage shopping fashionably affordable.

Michelle Rose remembers a time when purchasing vintage clothing was loathed in fashion circles. “Today,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Pep Talk: Multitasking to Achieve Your Goals

How to manage your daily life while starting a business

I’ve always dreamed of opening a clothing boutique. With low overheard, I’ve launched it online.…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Investing Lessons From a Billionaire

Mega-investor Michael Lee-Chin espouses a unique philosophy

It’s one of the most basic ideas in investing: Diversify and spread risk along various…

By Alan Hughes

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Obama Signs Order Boosting HBCU Funding

Investment guarantees students access to low-cost federal loans

President Barack Obama signed the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, proposing…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Is Your Money Working For You?

Take time to set goals and prioritize where you want your money to go

So often, we live in the day-to-day, allowing the demands of the present to swallow…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Cents and Sensibility

Steve and Pamela Cromity teach their children about saving, spending, and giving

Steve and Pamela Cromity possess all the trappings of upper-middle-class comfort. But the key to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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