No. 29: Tyler Perry, The Hollywood Hitmaker

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Celebrity Side Hustle: Singer LeToya Luckett Talks Retail

The scoop on the entrepreneurial pursuits of athletes, entertainers and other stars

When it came to investing in a second store, finding the right location and having…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Obama Counters Critics of His Education Policies

Civil rights groups want programs that will have greater impact on minority students

President Barack Obama defended his administration’s education reform policies during a Thursday morning speech delivered…

By Joyce Jones

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The American Medical Association announced in June that 20% of medical claims are processed inaccurately by health insurers. Medical billing advocates say the number is even higher.

Fight Medical Billing Errors

Failure to look at bills closely could cost you thousands. Here's how to protect yourself.

When Beverly Browning of Mesa, Arizona, checked into a hospital for a biopsy in 2003,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Rangel Reaches Plea Deal on Alleged Ethics Violations

Lawmaker criticized for failing to pay taxes, improper solicitations for donations

Rep. Charles Rangel and lawyers for the House Ethics Committee have reportedly reached a plea…

By Joyce Jones

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This week's Social Media Connection, Felicia Joy, is a nationally recognized author, entrepreneur and business expert in Atlanta. The host of the Ms. CEO Show, a talk radio show for women entrepreneurs, she is passionate about entrepreneurship as a tool for the creation of jobs, economic value and positive social change. In her own words, she shares how she uses social media to meet her goals.

Social Media Connection: Felicia Joy, Ms. CEO Inc.

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

Felicia Joy, Entrepreneur, Atlanta, GA: Being successful and having fun on social media–especially for business–means…

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Shirley Sherrod: “I Will Definitely Pursue A Lawsuit”

At NABJ Convention, wronged former USDA employee talks about Andrew Breitbart, FOX News and the role of black journalists

Greeted by a standing ovation at the annual convention of the National Association of Black…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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There’s a mobile phenomenon subtly taking shape that may revolutionize business, just like traditional social networks have done over the latter part of the decade. Geolocation programs and services are slowly gaining popularity among smartphone users. But what providers are making headway in the geolocation space, and how will this medium affect the way you do business? Check it out.

Is Geolocation the Next Frontier for Small Business?

A look at growing geolocation services and how companies are using them

There’s a mobile phenomenon subtly taking shape that may revolutionize business, just like traditional social…

By Renita Burns

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Loop Capital Completes Near-Billion Dollar Deal

Firm underwrites general obligation bonds as senior manager for New York City

Loop Capital Markets L.L.C. along with co-book-running senior manager, Barclays Capital completed the issuance…

By Alan Hughes

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Green Insider: 7 Jobs That Could Be Green

Phillip O�Neil of Green DMV explains what makes a job green

First up, let’s address the green economy. There has been a lot of talk about…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Coverage of Michael Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death was third on the list with 5.7% of coverage. Thousands of news items focused on the King of Pop's unexpected death, his legacy, his enormous fanbase, the fate of his three children, his estate, funeral, and many lawsuits.

Black News Coverage Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

Despite a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the media

Despite having a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the U.S. mainstream news…

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Today, we spoke with Andrea Hence Evans, a former patent examiner and trademark examining attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She started The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans five years later because she wanted to help independent inventors who often didn't fully understand the patent process. Here are her seven tips for an inventor looking to patent a product.

Inventors Insider: 7 Things to Do Before Filing a Patent

Got an idea you want to patent? Here are some tips to help ensure your success.

Got an idea you want to patent? Here are some tips to help ensure your…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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40 Next: Julia-Feliz Sessoms

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

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No. 30: Henry Parks, The Pioneer

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Get Money: 5 Things to Know Before Seeking Venture Capital

Expert advice and resources for entrepreneurs who want to raise financing for their business

The old adage that it takes money to make money has always rung true. And…

By Alan Hughes

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Women are Taking Control of Their Finances

Women are handling their business when it comes to household money management

I recently attended a seminar on women and money. The seminar, moderated by personal finance…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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In 1910, Sarah “Madame C. J.” Walker is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first African American female self-made millionaire through the creation of a range of haircare products targeted to the African American community. Once asked about her secret of her success, Walker responded: “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success…If I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” (Image: Madam C.J. Walker)

PHOTO GALLERY: The Business of Black Haircare

A century of black entrepreneurship in the haircare industry

Even before the beginning of the 20th Century, African Americans were at the forefront of…

By Derek T. Dingle

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You Lost Your Wallet. Now What?

Here are a few things you need to do immediately

Losing your wallet is like losing a piece of yourself. Accompanying the panic that you’ll…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Introduction to Stocks

Prepare yourself for the cyclical nature of the stock market

Before you invest, take some time to understand all of your options beginning with the…

By Patricia Stallworth

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As Obama Talks Up Small Businesses, Vote on Lending Looms

White House hopes to boost confidence in the economy

With the Senate on the verge of taking a final vote on the Small Business…

By Joyce Jones

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UBR Morning Post: Voluptuous CEO Angela Samuels

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Angela Samuels,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Family Biz: 5 Tips on Working With Family

How to create a comfortable and fair environment for all employees

Working with family can be a catch 22. Make sure you employ these five tactics…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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No. 31: Don Coleman, The Multicultural Marketing Maestro

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40 Next: Roland Fryer Jr.

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By John Simons

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Building Business Beyond Tomorrow

Black Enterprise 15th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

Determined to stay competitive despite a harsh economic environment and to build businesses that endure,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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40 Next: Ninon Marapachi

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By Alan Hughes

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This is the first installment of the Tech Insider. Each week we will investigate new technology tools that professionals and small business owners can use to increase productivity,  security, and stay innovative in this Web 2.0 world. These days business information is conducted, stored, and created online more than ever before. Some people go through great lengths to keep that data secure, doing everything from purchasing expensive anti virus software to avoiding the internet entirely, thereby missing out on innovative ways to stay competitive in a digital world. Keeping your data protected from corruption and your identity guarded from unauthorized use may require more common sense and less cryptic technology. Here are five things you need to do to decrease the likelihood that your proprietary business transactions won’t be violated.

Tech Insider: Five Tech Tools for Protecting Digital Data

Keep your files and online profiles secure from intrusion

Keeping your data protected from corruption and your identity guarded from unauthorized use may require…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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No. 32: R. Donahue Peebles, The Real Estate Groundbreaker

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Biz Expert Q&A: 5 Things To Consider Before Starting Up

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

When starting out in business, small business coach Melinda F. Emerson believes there are five…

By Melinda F. Emerson

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Finding peace and fulfillment in the midst of life's demands.

What Will the Good Life Look Like?

For the last 40 years most of us have operated in acquisition mode. We gained…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Rolling the Dice on Relationships

Sheila Moss-Brown believes playing games is the best way to find love

She admits that she’s not a relationship expert, but after examining her personal courtship challenges…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Everyone’s a Critic

Heres how to deliver or accept feedback

Crystal Washington of Houston says she always welcomed feedback as a way to help improve…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Increasingly, We Must Disconnect to Reconnect

I could get used to pottery. The studio near my office offers a flexible schedule…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Future of Diversity: Cultural Inclusion Is a Business Imperative

As a Millennial—those born approximately between 1981 and 2000—I belong to a generation of 75…

By Annya M. Lott

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The Next Generation

Innovative and resilient, Millennials are a new breed of American workers

in 2008, eldridge Betts realized he didn’t have enough money to continue studying for his…

By Brittany Hutson

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The Future of Work

It’s not easy to predict how the workplace will change in the future. However, I…

By Dale Coachman

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Not Just for Spies

From nurses to lawyers to librarians, the CIA hires a vast array of professionals

As an officer in the United States Air Force, Cedric (his last name is being…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Motivating the Troops

A food network executive believes that finding the passionate makes for successful leadership

Named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable” in 2007, 2008, and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Shape Up!

Jamal Williams develops KIDFIT app to combat childhood obesity

In February, when First Lady Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” campaign to help end…

By Dale Coachman

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As Technology Changes, So Must African American Business

I can still hear the snickers and suppressed laughter when I first mentioned the word…

By Dale Coachman

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Go Green or Go Home

Time’s up. The green economy is making significant headway and will soon be woven into…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Tools of the Trade

Arm your business with ammunition to seize the spoils of exporting

Although 95% of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, the Department of Commerce…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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How Sweet It Is

A health hardship leads to cupcake commerce

For Andra Hall, entrepreneurship was a matter of medical necessity. In 2004, her 1-year-old daughter…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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How to Combat New Banking Fees

Banks continue to look for ways to make up losses

You might be breathing a sigh of relief after the recent changes to banking fees…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What the Future Holds for Consumers

In 40 years, �the customer is always right� will be more than a catchphrase

I remember how excited my husband and I were when we first ordered groceries online.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Amazing Savings

Secrets to scoring great deals on just about everything

Just because you’re keeping a close eye on your finances doesn’t mean you have to…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Building Wealth Requires Do-it-Yourself Investing

Increasingly, we must all fend for ourselves when it comes to living comfortably in our golden years

This year, my 6-year-old daughter, Ella, learned how to count money. I burst with…

By John Simons

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40 Next

Emerging business leaders who are shaping our future

Business is not limited to the boardroom. Social media helped reinforce this. Coupled with adaptability…

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Teach Them Well

Why nowmore than everits important to communicate financial lessons to your children

Last summer, 16-year-old Calvin O’Neal worked for the New York City Summer Youth Employment program…

By Robin White Goode

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The New ‘Back to Africa’ Movement

Larry Seruma, creator of the first actively managed mutual fund to focus exclusively on Africa, makes the case for investing in the motherland

By now, nearly every American investor knowsbout the potential opportunities in the emerging markets of…

By John Simons

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Ready to Take Your Business Global?

Are you ready to do business in the global economy?

When I moderated the global business panel at the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in…

By Alan Hughes

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Plan Well, Retire Rich

How Tony Gittens and Jennifer Lawson invested for a long, healthy retirement

If You were to accuse Tony Gittens and his wife, Jennifer Lawson, of being obsessive…

By Glenn Townes

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Making the Impossible Possible

Over the past 40 years, the mission of Black Enterprise has been demonstrated repeatedly by those who've graced its pages

As a 21-year-old assistant editor for black enterprise some 27 years ago, I was summoned…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Black Enterprise’s Extraordinary Journey

The modest monthly magazine I founded 40 years ago has become the uplifting force driving the ascent of African American entrepreneurs

Black enterprise was just a modest monthly magazine when I founded it 40 years ago—just…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Flying High

A former American Airlines division, American Beacon Advisors thrived by expanding its asset management business during the financial market meltdown

When Pharos Capital Group L.L.C. (No. 5 on the be private equity firms list with…

By Alan Hughes

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Black Enterprise’s Mission is Just Beginning

I believe it is fitting to pause to celebrate milestones during the course of a…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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40 Next: Robert Spencer

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By Dale Coachman

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7 Ways to Help Teens Start a Summer Business

With youth unemployment at an all-time high, instead of helping a young person to find a job, how about helping to create one?

As a business coach and someone who built a multi-million dollar company in my 20s,…

By Andrew Morrison

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No. 33: Maynard Jackson, The Great Equalizer

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In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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What Does Financial Reform Have To Do With Me?

Plenty. Here's a quick breakdown the parts of the bill that affect you.

After more than 8 million jobs were lost and hundreds of banks closed, financial reforms…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Black Farmers Want White House Involvement in Settlement

Without swift action, farmers may have to wait until next year

John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, is calling on the White House…

By Joyce Jones

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10 Things to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

Since no business opportunity comes with a guarantee, an entrepreneur�s best defense is information

Like any investment, buying a franchise requires a significant amount of due diligence. Not even…

By Alan Hughes

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Rangel Welcomes Chance to Respond to Ethics Charges

Failure to report income is one of many accusations the New York lawmaker faces

A House investigative panel announced Thursday a finding that Rep. Charles Rangel has violated congressional…

By Joyce Jones

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9 Steps for Working Smoothly With Friends and Family

What's the protocol for balancing business objectives with personal relationships?

Entrepreneurship is not an easy game – especially during an economic downturn. Most entrepreneurs are…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Backtalk with Daymond John

The "Godfather of Urban Fashion" shares key lessons on branding and entrepreneurial success

Businessman and self-made millionaire Daymond John is best known for his ’90s clothing line FUBU—“For…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Unemployment Benefits Extended

Millions of jobless will receive retroactive payments within a month

African Americans whose unemployment insurance checks stopped coming as Senate lawmakers engaged in weeks of…

By Joyce Jones

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40 Next: Ivy Grant

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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USDA Chief Offers Emotional Apology to CBC Over Sherrod

Tom Vilsack sought forgiveness, atonement for firing

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak participated in an emotionally charged meeting with several members of the…

By Joyce Jones

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Who are you connecting with on social media sites? Who's connecting with you? More importantly, why are you connected, and how are you using your presence in social media to advance your career, business, financial and lifestyle objectives? These are the questions we had in mind when we created this new BlackEnterprise.com feature, Social Media Connection. Lots of magazines, web sites, bloggers, etc. share all kinds of lists of who's who on Twitter and other social media sites. Our goal with Social Media Connection is to go a little deeper. Each week, we'll profile an entrepreneur, business expert, celebrity or other key influencer in a unique way: breaking down their presence on social media site by site—focusing on their favorites—and getting their insights on how they use that presence to achieve their business goals. Our objective is to give you insights and ideas from the most successful entrepreneurs, professionals and experts engaged in social media, insights you can use to achieve your own goals. To introduce this new feature, which will appear every Thursday, I've volunteered, as the editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, to be the guinea pig.

Social Media Connection: Alfred Edmond Jr.

The mission of our new weekly feature is to give you first-person accounts of how top entrepreneurs, executives and experts use social media

Who are you connecting with on social media sites? Who’s connecting with you? More importantly,…

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Middle-class African Americans are more likely than whites to have cut back on saving and investing in order to make it through the recession, according to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey. The data is not unexpected since the unemployment rate for African Americans (15.4%) continues to track higher than the overall jobless rate for all Americans (9.5%). “In times of economic hardship, people have to make difficult decisions,” said Mellody Hobson, Ariel president and columnist for Black Enterprise magazine. “Unfortunately, the resulting trade-offs mean many in our community are slipping even further behind.”

African American Investors are Down, but Not Out

Cutting back on saving and spending, helps blacks make it through recession

Middle-class African Americans are more likely than whites to have cut back on saving and…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Biz Plan Insider: Don’t Believe These Myths

"You don't need a business plan" and other commonly held beliefs you need to let go of

Beginning today and every Thursday here on the Small Business channel at BlackEnterprise.com, you’ll find…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Shirley Sherrod: A Rush to Judgment?

In the race to condemn Shirley Sherrod, everyone got it wrong

In the last 24 hours, Shirley Sherrod has gone from being portrayed as a racist…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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No. 34: Cathy Hughes, The Broadcasting Architect

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In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Irony of Sherrod Debacle: Still No Relief for Black Farmers

Perhaps now, Congress will finally move on distributing the $1.25 billion that it agreed to pay black farmers

The Shirley Sherrod story has an ironic twist. For years, black farmers were losing their…

By Kenneth Meeks

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Reverse Racism or Hatchet Job?

Was racism charge manufactured or was the USDA right to get rid of Shirley Sherrod?

In this highly polemic society, people/groups will too often resort to any mean necessary to…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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No. 35: Travers Bell, The Father of Black Investment Banking

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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CBC Demands Explanation from Agriculture Secretary

Caucus is angered by treatment of black official

After publically apologizing to Shirley Sherrod and inviting her to return to her job, the…

By Joyce Jones

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Financial Reform Bill: It’s About Time

These changes should have already been in place

I’ve been doing some soul-searching in the hours since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall…

By John Simons

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Get Money: 4 Keys to Raising Capital for Your Small Business

Expert advice and resources for entrepreneurs who want to raise financing for their business

Beginning today and every Wednesday afternoon here on the Small Business channel at BlackEnterprise.com, you’ll…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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40 Next: Darnell Henderson

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By Dale Coachman

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The CASHFLOW Not only can you apply for $10,000 in financing for your upstart but young entrepreneurs can find legal information, info on how to develop a sustainable business, and guides for ensuring great customer service. And there’s a step-by-step guide on how to launch your business.

Top Sites for Young Entrepreneurs

Sites that focus on the young CEO

While most young entrepreneurs are long on passion and short on wisdom, there are a…

By Renita Burns

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Eyes on the Prize

April McLemore wants to �retire by age 55. But will she have enough money saved in 16 years to live �comfortably?

Friends and family aren’t likely to find April McLemore shopping in stores such as Nordstrom…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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UBR Morning Post: Street Vendors to Empowerment Leaders

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Richelieu Dennis,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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10 Reasons You’re Still Broke

Does it seem like there's a perpetual hole in your pocket? Here's why.

I often hear people say, “I have a steady job, so why am I still…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Maximizing Global Transport Management Technology

Four tips to help automate your exports from the United States

Exporting can involve a ton of paperwork and require detailed financial audits to several different…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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40 Next: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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No. 36: Janice Bryant Howroyd, The Job Czar

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Putting Power Into Networking

Strategies to help you connect

Everyone tells you to network your way into job opportunities. What exactly does that mean?…

By Catherine Jewell

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What’s Your Nonverbal Communication Saying?

You use more than just words

Your nonverbal communications speaks louder than your words. “Over 90% of our communication is nonverbal,”…

By Gia Parker

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40 Next: Folu Okunseinde

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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No. 37: Comer Cottrell, The Trendsetter

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How to Remake Your Company Like Johnson Products

The maker of Ultra Sheen is once again minority-owned with a bold strategy to conquer ethnic haircare

Husband and wife team Eric Brown and Renee Cottrell-Brown seek to make history and profits…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How to Calculate Your Life Insurance Needs

Use this handy guide to determine how much coverage is right for you

If anything were to happen to you, what would your family need financially to continue…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The INs and OUTs of Exporting

Heres how to break into other markets

It has been a good year for businesses that are expanding the sale of their…

By Joyce Jones

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40 Next: Natalia Allen

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By LaToya M. Smith

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No. 38: Ernesta Procope, The First Lady of Wall Street

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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No. 39: Jesse Hill Jr., The Insurance Impresario

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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40 Next: Jamail Larkins

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Life is often a bit easier when you receive a word of wisdom to guide you along the way. Here, you'll read some wise words from financial planners on retirement, saving, investing, budgeting, and managing your finances.

5 Money Quotes to Live By

Heed these words and enrich your financial life

Life is often a bit easier when you receive a word of wisdom to guide…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Art of Business Seduction

Keys to convincing bosses, clients and colleagues that you are the one they want to do business with

In today’s ultracompetitive marketplace, succeeding in business has never been more difficult. “Every professional needs…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Diversity Knocking Hard on Corporate Doors

Exclusion of minorities becoming more and more of a liability

Corporate supplier diversity programs are coming under increased scrutiny as America’s minority groups steadily march…

By Alan Hughes

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Oil Spill Fuels Tourist Misconceptions and Fewer Visits

New Orleans tourism boards find it difficult to counteract spill images

In the wake of the BP oil spill in April, tourism in the Gulf region…

By Joyce Jones

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CBC Launches Attack on GOP Over Unemployment Benefits

Senate's continued roadblock of jobless benefits extension hurts blacks

Millions of Americans are losing their unemployment benefits because of the Senate’s stalled efforts to…

By Joyce Jones

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Prospects for Offshore Drilling Diminish in Wake of Oil Spill

Administration and oil industry continue feud over moratorium

In the wake of the BP oil disaster, 52% of Americans oppose offshore drilling…

By Joyce Jones

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No. 40: Eddie Brown, The Master of Mutual Funds

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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40 Next: Kelli Coleman

In celebration of Black Enterprise's 40th Anniversary, we recognize African Americans, ages 21-35, who are changing the world of business

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and…

By Dale Coachman

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This protester takes issue with Obama's family on his father's side. (Source: Pargon’s Flickr feed)

Signs of the Times: Tea Party Protests

Racist or not? A gallery of signs seen at Tea Party rallies nationwide

Decide for yourself: Is the NAACP right in calling on the Tea Party movement to…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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5 Guiding Principles on What Makes an Effective Leader

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's tenets to live by

What makes a good leader? Well, if check out the shelves of your local bookstore…

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Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Consumer Protection Bill

Legislation will protect blacks from discriminatory financial practices

The Senate voted Thursday to pass a Wall Street reform bill, which includes major reforms…

By Joyce Jones

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4 Steps to Taking Your Business Global

Take advantage of these resources to seize international opportunities

Here are four resources to help start your journey of accessing opportunities overseas.

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Consumer Protection vs. Financial Misdirection

Congress pushes banking reform but balks on unemployment benefits. Here�s what you should do.

There’s been a quite a stir in Washington these days. Depending on your status, the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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POLL: Financial Reform Legislation, Unemployment Benefits

Will your money be protected? Will unemployment benefits hurt us?

Today, on the Warren Ballentine Show, Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle, discussed the…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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The hardest part about being young and trying to navigate the sometimes confusing maze of personal finance is finding the right resources. While there are plenty of helpful books and Websites available, the hardest part is finding them. Check out these money sites that are sure to help Gen Y-ers get a handle on their finances.

Best Money Sites for Young People

Use these Web tools to help you save and budget

While there are plenty of helpful books and Websites available, the hardest part is finding…

By Renita Burns

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Oil Spill May Hasten Deterioration of Louisiana’s Ecosystem

As BP tries to cap the well, damage to Gulf region accelerates

Even prior to the April BP oil spill, the Louisiana and Mississippi coastal region was…

By Joyce Jones

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Comcast-NBCU Merger Presents Opportunities for CCP

Don Jackson will seek investments from churches to launch faith-based network

In an effort to sway FCC approval for a joint venture with NBC Universal, Comcast…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Cutting Edge: The Science of Booking Last-Minute Flights

It�s good to wait, but not too late

When looking for cheap flights, when is too late, well, too late?

By Renita Burns

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An Investment in Knowledge

Lifelong learners do something everyday to achieve their vision

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a corporate executive aspiring to higher levels of achievement…

By Mary Stutts

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Organic Brands in Demand

The EverGreen Home finds a foothold in the organic coffee market

Silver Spring, Maryland resident Sonia Marie Bunch always knew she’d invest in an organic food…

By Letita M. Aaron

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NAACP Condemns Racism of Tea Party Movement

Resolution asks Tea Party to repudiate its racist elements

The NAACP passed a resolution Tuesday to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, and…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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UBR Morning Post: Going Green With Majora Carter

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Majora Carter,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Gulf Coast Small Businesses Worried About Their Futures

Compensation process is riddled with distrust

In a four-part series, Black Enterprise.com is looking at how the oil spill is affecting…

By Joyce Jones

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Your Coworkers Are Not Your Friends

When a colleague lets you down at work, don�t get mad � or even. It�s nothing personal.

The goal for most individuals at work is advancement. How do you achieve that? It’s…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Johnson Publishing COO, President Resigns

More changes at the top for publisher of Ebony, Jet

Johnson Publishing Co. announced Monday that Anne Sempowski Ward has resigned as president and COO…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Learning the ABCs of CDs

Not all certificates of deposit are created equal

Most people tend to think of CDs as simple investments but they can get complicated.…

By Patricia Stallworth

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A Lesson from LeBron in Emotional Intelligence

Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert's response to James' exercising control over his NBA career amounts to a flagrant foul

Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage yourself and your emotions, and to understand and…

By Marshawn Evans

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How to Secure a State Contract

Sen. Kevin Parker offers entrepreneurs the keys to gaining successful access

New York State Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) took a trip to the NASDAQ in New…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Number of Black-Owned Businesses Increased by 61%

Economic parity remains elusive, but future is bright

The number of black-owned businesses increased by almost 61% between 2002 and 2007, according to…

By Joyce Jones

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LeBron James: Income Tax Genius?

Florida has no state income tax. See what James would have paid in New York, Chicago, or Cleveland.

With all the hysteria surrounding “The Decision” that was LeBron James’ choice to leave Cleveland…

By Dale Coachman

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NAACP: BP Gives Minorities Worst Clean Up Jobs

Civil rights group demands meeting with oil company

The NAACP is seeking a meeting with BP CEO Tony Hayward to address concerns…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Cooking Channel Exec Talks Appetite for Variety

Programming takes food from just meals to a lifestyle

For Michael Smith, General Manager of the Food Network’s Cooking Channel, food is a delicious…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Quiz: Is it Constructive Feedback or Hating?

Answer these questions to find out whether you know the difference

Constructive criticism from others can help us improve different areas of our lives, but sometimes…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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4 Ways to Give and Take Criticism

Master the delicate art of offering and receiving feedback

Criticism can be tough to take and give, no matter how constructive it is. How…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Are You Tired of Living Cheap?

Tips on how to prevent extreme frugality from pushing you over the edge

Depressed and worn down by constantly watching your bank account, you might have rebelled by…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Dartmouth Program Helps Entrepreneurs Avoid Fatal Missteps

Minority-focused sessions give black business owners tools for success

The hills of New Hampshire are perhaps the last place one would expect a minority-focused…

By Alan Hughes

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When it comes to innovation and downright efficiency, Google seems to be leading the pack among the competitive market of Internet-based services. In addition to the search engine and the seemingly limitless Gmail service, Google also offers a slew of plug-ins, widgets, and apps. But how can you integrate these services to make your life a little less chaotic? Take a look at some of Google’s more innovative functions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sorting Out Google

Which software is right for you?

When it comes to innovation and downright efficiency, Google seems to be leading the pack…

By Renita Burns

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Minority Children Face More Obstacles Than White Peers

Kellogg Foundation report underscores unlevel playing field for African Americans

Minority children have fewer opportunities than their white counterparts to be healthy, get a quality…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Numbers can impact your life for better or for worse. This is especially true when it comes to your personal finances. Many finance articles quote numbers that answer questions related to your money and how you should handle it. For example, how many months of savings should I have? How long does a bankruptcy stay on my credit report? Well, ask no more. Here’s a list of some of some of the most important numbers you need to know.

Numbers That Can Make or Break Your Personal Finances

Let these numbers help you navigate your financial life

Numbers can impact your life for better or for worse. This is especially true when…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Recycling 202

How to take your recycling to the next level

We all know how to recycle newspapers and water bottles. But when it comes to…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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How To Turn Your Business into a Franchise

Get started expanding your brand model

Becoming a franchisor can be a cost effective way to grow your business with a…

By Renita Burns

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Millennials: The New Breed of American Worker

Betts is one of 75 million people born after 1980 known as Millennials. And though…

By Brittany Hutson

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Help! I Can’t Open a Checking Account!

3 ways to get your check-writing privileges restored

If you’ve been reported to a consumer checking history database such as ChexSystems, you won’t…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Choosing a Legal Structure for Your Biz

What to consider when trying to set up your upstart

When starting a business, there’s an abundance of factors entrepreneurs need to consider. But none…

By Renita Burns

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Hall was the runner-up on Top Chef Season 5 in 2009, but before that she graduated from the Gaithersburg, Maryland-based L’Academie de Cuisine and served as an executive chef at several posh hotels. She started Alchemy Caterers in 2003, outfitting weddings, and corporate and private parties with food from the farms in Chesapeake Bay, and offering cooking classes that can run about $1,500 for eight guests.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Cuisine Scene

Five notable Chef-preneurs take food to the next level

In the last decade, cooking has taken a more prominent place in American culture thanks…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The First African-focused Mutual Fund

Larry Seruma creates the first actively managed mutual fund focusing exclusively on the motherland

By now, nearly every American investor knows about the potential opportunities in the emerging markets…

By John Simons

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Where the Jobs Are: Health Information Technology

Recession-proof jobs are in healthcare

The health IT sector is booming despite the economic depression. This is mainly because of…

By Dale Coachman

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9 Tips to Becoming the Next Terry McMillan

Yes, you can work full time and become a published author

Are you a novelist waiting to exhale? If so, it is time to make your…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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10 Questions to Ask a Debt Settlement Company

Understand what you�re getting into

Debt settlement might seem like an easy out, but there are many risks involved. Learn…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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UBR Morning Post: Business Mistakes to Avoid

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, I talk about how the difference between success…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Visibility as a Leader

Good leadership requires teamwork

Effective leadership is a team sport, not a solo experience. You can’t effectively lead “in…

By Patricia Perkins

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5 Job Hunting Mistakes Grads Can Avoid

Be open-minded about your employment options

The authors of Your Career Game (Stanford Business Books; $24.95), Dr. Nathan Bennett, professor of…

By Gia Parker

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