Use coupons for price reductions. Don’t miss out on a great deal--- compliments of a coupon---when you’re forced to purchase a brand new textbook. Sites like RetailMeNot.com and PromoCodes.com list the latest coupons and special offers by several major retailers that sell textbooks and other college supplies. A quick search is all it takes to find some attractive discounts on your next purchase.  Coupons are a good idea if you have any college courses that require you to purchase the latest edition of a book. Just be prepared for some serious sticker shock. It’s not uncommon for a new college textbook to cost $100 or more.

7 Ways to Save on College Textbooks and Supplies

Use these smart tips to save as much as 80% on books and supplies this year!

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives smart tips that could save you as much as 80% on textbooks…

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What If Every Ex-Con Could Get A Deal Like Michael Vick?

After paying his debt to society, the football star signs a $100 million dollar deal--and a second chance elusive to most

After paying his debt to society, the football star signs a $100 million dollar deal–and…

By Marc Lamont Hill

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Ladies, before you finalize your packing list for the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, check out a few of our favorite functional, fashionable, and, yes, very fun pieces for the green and the court. These wears are sure to impress your colleagues and potential business partners alike. —Daisy Lewellyn

7 Stylish Golf Fashion Staples for Her

Shine at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge with these style must-haves

Before you finalize your packing list for the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis…

By Daisy Lewellyn

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Are paper business cards extinct? As I travel to various interactive conferences I find there are more digital transfers of contact information than business cards changing hands. With the introduction of smartphones and tablets into the work environment, people have the ability to share their contact information digitally in real-time so the idea of a physical card may be a thing of the past for some. 	One of the major problems with traditional business cards is that we have a pile of them; we can never find the one we need when we need it and our pertinent business contacts need to be stored digitally. There are a host of technologies that can equip users to store contacts digitally that can be accessed from any mobile device at anytime and integrates a social layer to business networking and provides the context of the interaction. Still, I would argue that there is still value in paper business cards so don’t throw your cards away, yet. But here are five digital tools that can help you make the transition smoothly. —Hajj Flemings

5 Apps to Replace Your Paper Business Cards

In a digital world exchanging contact information means more than passing out business cards

With the advent of smartphones and tablets, physical business cards are slowly becoming obsolete as…

By Hajj Flemings

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UBR Spotlight: Top Auto Design Executive Ralph V. Gilles

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: visionary auto designer and executive Ralph V. Gilles,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Kevin Hart’s Record-Breaking Funny Business

The comedian raked in $15 million dollars in two days. Still, as he prepares to release his movie 'Laugh at My Pain,' he's just getting started

The comedian takes in $15 million dollars in two days. Still, as he gets ready…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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5 Steps To Creating Your Profitable Tech Start-Up

Position your company to become a future industry leader

Black entrepreneurs must be creative, however, to advance to the next stage in the Innovation…

By Derek T. Dingle

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10 Ways to Cope with a Job You Hate

If you don't have the option to quit, here's how to avoid a meltdown

Hopefully a few small changes in dealing with your job can make the difference between…

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For too long women have been forced to figure out how to survive on their own. I wrote my book, SKIRTS in the Boardroom to equip women with the tools necessary to chart their own course. S.K.I.R.T.S. is actually an acronym that represents the characteristics that today’s woman must have to thrive in the boardroom, which ultimately represents any place of power that is male-dominated---a place where decisions are made and where you have a chance to show what you're made of. While it may change at different stages of your life, the boardroom is your playing field. It's also a place where the good ‘ole boys' network has, and continues to, flourish. It is time for the ladies to take their seats in the executive suite.   So how do you position yourself to thrive in and out of the boardroom?  Here seven savvy qualities that today’s S.K.I.R.T.S. must possess to go to the next level. (Pay attention, fellas---you can learn some fabulous tips, too!)---Marshawn Evans

6 Keys to Becoming a SKIRT in The Boardroom

How women can smartly earn a seat in the executive suite

How women can smartly earn a seat in the executive suite

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In the News: Gadhafi Family Flees to Algeria; Alan Krueger, Economic Adviser Pick and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

By Janel Martinez

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Double Exposure: Tia & Tamera Mowry

The dynamic duo on marriage and parenting, why they’ll never be tabloid fodder and getting those hard reality (TV) checks

Black Enterprise talks to the dynamic duo about marriage and parenting, why they’ll never be…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Balancing Motherhood and Management

Can CEO moms have it all?

The common perception that women in positions of power have to choose between…

By Janel Martinez

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Hurricane Katrina: 6 Years Later

Part of New Orleans have changed; while other parts, sadly, remain the same

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As this weekend’s storm has reminded us, hurricanes can be a…

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5 Quick Tips for Creating a Successful College Business

How entrepreneurial college students can get started on building a smart business

How entrepreneurial college students can get started on building a smart business

By Felicia Joy

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There’s a little trick when it comes to the game of golf: the way you carry yourself on the green far outweighs how you play the game. Golf swagger, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, its authentic skills that will get you the W, but working towards that inevitably takes time and right now all you have is your reputation (possibly even a job offer) on the line. Don’t fret,  BlackEnterprise.com  caught up with Rodney Green, director of golf at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, who briefed us on the dos and don’ts of golfing—whether you’re a beginner or a well-seasoned golfer. You can catch the PGA professional giving one-on-one instruction at The Black Enterprise Pepsi Golf and Tennis Challenge this Labor Day weekend (August 30-September 3, 2012)--Janel Martinez

8 Dos and Don’ts of Golf Etiquette

Golf instructor Rodney Green schools golfers--new and old--on the code of the game

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Rodney Green, director of golf at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf…

By Janel Martinez

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Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge 2011!

Join us this Labor Day Weekend for a party you don't want to miss!

Join us this Labor Day Weekend for a party you don’t want to miss!

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Why Black Entrepreneurs Must Create the Next Google

How to succeed in the "Innovation Economy"

There’s a need for a business movement with a powerful, audacious mission: Ensuring African Americans…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

How the Facebook Privacy Adjustments Affect You

Be aware of changes to the social media site that affect who can see what

Facebook recently announced their new privacy settings and redesign they’re rolling out in the coming…

By Hajj Flemings

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MTV's first Twitter Jockey Gabi Gregg loves social media

Social Media Promotes Award Shows Like VMAs to Trending Topic Success

Experts explain how networks are incorporating social media into the viewing experience

From MTV’s VMAs to the BET Awards, the incorporation of social media into the promotion…

By Aliya Ewing

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A Dream Secured: BE Preview of Martin Luther King Memorial

Black Enterprise gets an early preview of the historical MLK Memorial site

Black Enterprise gets an early preview of the historical Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial site…

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In the News: Motown Exec Esther Gordy Edwards Dies; Hurricane Irene Gains Strength and More

Headlines around the web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

By Janel Martinez

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NBA Coach Avery Johnson’s Leadership Lessons

Nets coach offers insightful advice on inspiring and turning your team around

The NJ Nets coach tells how to take your team from worst to first

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So you've made it through the undergraduate experience and you're headed into the job market. You've done your internships, volunteered and built up a pretty nice professional and social network. As part of <a title="our Back-to-School coverage" href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/backtoschool/"><strong>our Back-to-School coverage</strong></a>, BlackEnterprise.com offers this step-by-step guide to finding career success, from the search, to the interview, to salary and benefits negotiations to keeping the job. <i> --- Janell Hazelwood </i>

From College Graduation to Career Success: Your Step-by-Step Guide

How to successfully transition from college student to working professional

Here’s a step-by-step guide for college graduates to finding career sucesss, from job search to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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6 Ways to Save Big on Back-to-School Shopping

Whether you’re shopping for a kindergarten tyke or a college kid, here are a few tips on how to get the best deal

Whether you’re shopping for a kindergarten tyke or a college kid, here are a few…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Mychal and Adrienne Connolly Mean Business, Baby

How one couple's passion for kids led them to launch their new home-based business

Stinky Cakes, a diaper and baby-goods company founded in 2009, is run out of their…

By Brian Dawson

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‘Basketball Wives’ Meeka Claxton Talks Business, Independence & Reality TV Drama

The famed wife of Speedy Claxton talks about her thriving real estate business

Meeka Claxton on her thriving real estate business, her marriage, and BBW

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Now is the time to start a business. Launching a business in college (See 5 reasons why you should here) — or collaborating on one — sets you up for a bright and successful future.  I’ve come up with 25 ideas college students can start for $200 or less.  Believe it! You can use one (or more) of these suggestions or come up with your own.  Some of these startup ideas may work better than others, or, depending on where you go to college, may not work at all, but it's up to you  so choose wisely and adjust quickly if the business you start isn’t advancing. So, college CEO, before you head back to school for the semester pick your money-making match.---Felicia Joy

25 Savvy Startups Students Can Launch for $200 or Less

College students can tap into their inner CEO with these smart startup ideas

College students can tap into their inner CEO with these smart startup ideas

By Felicia Joy

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UBR Spotlight: Food Service Mogul Warren Thompson

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Warren Thompson, the president and chairman of Thompson…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Find a Program Many returning and non-traditional students are not in the same position as first-year undergraduates. With families, full-time jobs, and various financial responsibilities to maintain, full-time programs aren’t always an option. Since finding a program that meets these prospective students’ needs is imperative, universities and colleges offer evening, part-time and weekend programs as great alternatives. For people just looking to improve their skills and not enroll in a degree program, institutions do offer non-degree options.

4 Tips You Should Know Before Heading Back to (Graduate) School

If you’re thinking about hitting the books (again), take a page from BE’s Back to School guide

BlackEnterprise.com has got you covered with these four easy-to-follow tips on returning to school.

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Whether you want to call it a recession or a slow recovery is irrelevant. As long as the unemployment rate remains at its current levels, corporations and consumers will be reluctant to spend. For entrepreneurs looking to do business with large corporations in this environment, it's critical that they understand the need to increase their financial literacy---for example, knowing when and how to use equity, versus debt. James H. Lowry, a senior counselor at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, also offers the following seven pieces of advice.---Alan Hughes

7 Steps for Small Business Success

Expert tips on how to position your business to grow in any economy and compete with the big dogs

Exert tips to help your small business compete with the big dogs

By Alan Hughes

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How to Create a Solid Financial Back-Up Plan

Why the Plan B tips can save you in tough economic times

Life never goes exactly according to plan. So what’s your plan B?

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Sick And Tired Of Your Money Problems? Try Hill Harper’s ‘Wealth Cure’

The actor and best-selling author's new book has The Wealth Cure for what ails you financially, and it's good medicine

The best-selling author and actor Hill Harper provides sound strategies for managing and investing your…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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NBA Lockout Inspires Dahntay Jones to Be Money Smart

The pending NBA lockout teaches players that even a millionaire has to save for a rainy day

The NFL lockout is over but the NBA lockout is still looming. Indiana Pacers guard…

By Andreas Hale

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Leaders of the New School: Top 10 Young Women of Power

The next wave of women leaders--from the boardroom to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs to executives, from finance to making history as “firsts”

We highlight the next wave of women leaders–from the boardroom to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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What Does Your Attitude Say About You?

Marshawn Evans tells how having a can-do-must-do-will-do attitude will win you business and advance your career

Like a signature scent, your attitude either emits an appealing fragrance, or, well… it stinks!…

By Marshawn Evans

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How to Handle Separation Anxiety: A Guide for Parents and Students

Whether it's parents worried about becoming empty-nesters or students becoming depressed, experts give advice on how to hold it together when going back to school

Whether it’s parents worried about becoming empty-nesters or students becoming depressed or homesick when they…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Golf Has Been Calling You. It’s Time To Give In

I thought the game was too slow, too dull and too expensive. Now I know just how wrong I was

If you’re a businessperson (I’m talking to you ladies, too) with ready-made reasons for why…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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2011 Fall TV Preview: 13 Shows Worth Watching this Season

With a batch of new and returning programs here's a guide of what needs your support

Every fall the networks release their fall TV lineups, which include a slew of new…

By Starrene Rhett

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Enough Already with Trashing ‘The Help!’

This is a film worthy of our praise. So why are black folks hating, as usual?

The Help is getting mixed reviews. Some praise the film and its cast—including Viola Davis,…

By Caroline Clarke

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Nivea Pulls Controversial Ad After Claims of Racism

The international skin care company apologizes for offensive ad

The international skin care company apologizes for its recent and arguably racist print ad for…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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In the News: Bank of America Cutting 10,000+ Jobs; iPad 3 Coming and More

Headlines around the web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

By Janel Martinez

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Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, Columbia and UPenn all have the distinction of being named Ivy League institutions of higher education. Since February 1954 these eight universities have been heralded for their academic excellence and standout athletic achievements. 	Almost 60 years later, those institutions are still recognized as the most prestigious centers of higher learning nationwide. While the general train of thought would be that the Elite 8 would solely produce cerebral types, some of today’s most notable and creative African American celebrities have walked their hallowed halls as well. With the back to school season in full swing, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 celebrities you probably didn’t know attended an Ivy League school. —Amber McKynzie

10 Black Celebrities Who Attended Ivy League Schools

Eight schools have the honor of being labeled Ivy League and—surprisingly—having these 10 celebrities as attendees

The elite eight of higher education are referred to as Ivy League schools. While most…

By Amber McKynzie

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3 Ways to Overcome Past Mistakes to Land the Job Today

How to explain criminal history and termination with honesty and dignity

How to explain criminal history and termination with honesty and dignity

By Aisha M. Taylor

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WATCH: Kelly Price on Reinventing, Gaining Confidence and Moving On

In this episode of 'Brand New You' with Karen Taylor Bass, singer Kelly Price opens up about other turning points in her life and her music

In this episode of Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass, Kelly Price opens up…

By Elayne Fluker

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This year I have the honor of attending the annual Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge on Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-5) in Miami. Now, all I have to do is figure out what to wear. The problem is I haven’t played golf in a decade, so for this edition of Suit Your Life, I enlisted the expertise of my golf fanatic friends (a.k.a the pros) to help me put together a stylish and functional golf wardrobe for my weekend under the Miami sun. As I hope for no rain (but am always "boy scout" prepared), here are some of my recommendations to be stylish on the links. See you in Miami. —Gardy V. Guerrier

Men’s Guide to Looking Good on the Golf Course

Golf isn't just for old timers, here's how the young and hip add some style to the green

Going golfing doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to a funeral. Spice…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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On the Rise: A Clean Slate, A Successful Business

How Elohim Cleaning Contractors CEO Sirena Moore started her commercial cleaning business and grew it to a multi-million dollar venture

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“As a teenage mother with no higher education and…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Who’s Next: BMX Star Nigel Sylvester

The global star talks bikes, branding and giving Back

The global star talks bikes, branding and giving Back

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Tupac and Biggie: The Business of Deceased Rappers

A look at the financial legacies of two of hip-hop's biggest artists

There are the very very select few for whom fame extends … even grows… into…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: B.E. on the Street – Essential Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom

New Yorkers tell how real-life experience prepped them for the workplace

New Yorkers tell how real-life experience prepped them for the workplace

By Janell Hazelwood

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A Lesson in Updating Your Resume for Job-Seeking Success

Nowadays, there's more to updating your resume than your work experience

Having an updated resume is vital in this economy but what details you include has…

By Caroline Clarke

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Your stroke is just as important as the golf course you’re putting on. And for many novice and more seasoned players who want to get a hole in one, ambiance is everything. Golf is what draws golfers to the crème de la crème in courses stateside and abroad, but when they want to organize a family staycation, a getaway for two or fun business outing, it’s something a little more like the spa services or exclusive perks for being a luxury car driver that seal the deal. BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s top golf resorts. See if your favorite made the list!

For more travel tips, destinations and best places to stay, eat and play,  visit blackenterprise.com/outofoffice

7 Stellar Golf Resorts in the U.S. and Abroad

Golf concierge Ty DeLavallade reveals his top golf locales

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s…

By Janel Martinez

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Russell Simmons’ “Super Rich”

Also: Financial educator Alvin Hall, the Garage Door Company, Porsche's driving school

Legendary hip-hop music and fashion mogul, philanthropist and author Russell Simmons is the featured Power…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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The Right Way to Use Coupons for Big Savings

The process can be worth the time investment to cut costs

Here are four tips on how to work those coupon savings in your favor.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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WATCH: Trey Songz on Branding & ‘Evolving’ with Rocawear

The R&B star extends his brand into fashion and Hollywood without losing his integrity

R&B star Trey Songz has signed on to be the face of Rocawear Evolution, Jay-Z’s…

By Anslem Samuel

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Smartphone’s are changing the way college students order textbooks, purchase gas and experience the world. In a technology-driven society, these devices can be educational and lifestyle tools that use and share data in very cool ways. Mobile apps can help tech savvy students with data discovery that enhances their college experience inside and outside the classroom. Just in time for back to school season, here are six great apps that can help complete basic tasks and enable busy college students to track, capture, and pull data from anywhere to be more productive. —Hajj Flemings

6 Mobile Apps Every Busy College Student Needs

Every college student is on a budget and these apps can keep your pockets and health on track

College students are always on tight budgets and deadlines, these simple mobile apps can alleviate…

By Hajj Flemings

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With 140 characters or less, social media regulars receive the latest deets on everything from the advertures of their favorite celebs to up-to-the minute info on their close friends’ whereabouts to a blow-by-blow account of the Arab Spring. But Twitter is more than a news feed, it's also a professional tool, and following people who interest and inspire you can enhance your college experience. Instead of only following your celeb obsessions or BFFs, try useful college resources, prominent organizations and established leaders. To help you get started for back to school season, BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights 9 Twitter accounts that will help   keep college students in the know. Let us know your  favorite Twitter account (on or off this list) below!

9 Twitter Accounts That Can Enhance Your College Experience

From influential organizations to young leaders making a difference in their community, these 9 Twitter accounts will keep you in the know

Back to school season is upon us and BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights…

By Damaris Skelton

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UBR Spotlight: World Wide Technology Chairman David Steward

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young talks with David…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How to Be Your Own Boss

These five steps will help you decide if you're ready to sit at the head of the table

These five steps will help you decide if you’re ready to sit at the head…

By Alan Hughes

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Swizz Beatz Signs on As Creative Consultant for Lotus

The mega producer gets in the driver's seat thanks to a new appointment from Lotus

The mega producer gets in the driver’s seat thanks to a new appointment from Lotus

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In the News: Google to Buy Motorola for $12.5 Billion;Obama Approval Rating Slips and More

Headlines around the web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

By Janel Martinez

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Your Cheat Sheet: A Quick Guide to Student Loans for College

Student loans may be your only option for college. Here are tips for understanding (and repaying) your college loans

Taking out a student loan may be the only way to make college affordable. But…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Get it Together, Diva: Plans B, C, and D are Always a Good Look

Proper prioritizing and preparation can help to cushion life's bumps

When it comes to life, prioritizing and practicing due diligence in all aspects is def.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Who’s Next? (We Have the Answer!)

Visit BlackEnterprise.com/BENEXT to see what's next for the 35 and under leaders of the new school

Black Enterprise launches BE NEXT site for the 35 and under crowd highlighting young leaders…

By Elayne Fluker

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5 Reasons Every Student Should Launch a Startup Business While in College

How getting a head start as an entrepreneur could change your future

Small business expert Felicia Joy tells how getting a head start as an entrepreneur while…

By Felicia Joy

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When it comes to success in getting and making a living from freelance work, the more resources, the better. Here are 6 resources every independent worker should know about, from health insurance information to getting your next gig.  --- Starrene Rhett

6 Resources Every Freelancer Should Know

From health insurance to job opportunites, these will ensure your career success

When it comes to success in getting and making a living from freelance work, the…

By Starrene Rhett

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Conflict Free: How to Become Emotionally Intelligent in the Workplace

See how managing your emotions can help you (and the people around you) become more productive

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to perceive, assess, manage and positively influence your own…

By Marshawn Evans

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Don’t Go There: What Not to Ask a Recent Graduate

If you plan on having a one-on-one with a new grad, beware of these three feather ruffling questions

Let’s pump the brakes a bit and look a little closer at this yearly Q&A…

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WATCH: will.i.am Pushes Youth Education in the Sciences with TV Special

The Black Eyed Peas frontman looks to make science and technology cool for kids

Entrepreneur/artist will.i.am advocates STEM education for young people so America can remain competitive in the…

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In the News: Minorities Choose Bottled Water Over Tap; Obama’s Health Care Law and More

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Obama Criticizes Capitol Hill Partisanship

The president asks voters to tell Congress they’ve had it with the infighting.

In a speech delivered at a Michigan battery plant Thursday afternoon, President Obama said he…

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We’re already in mid-August and I just cannot figure out how this summer went by so fast. If you’re like me, you want to try to get as much out of these last few summer weeks as possible (officially, there’s only six left!!). This means attending every great to decent open air concert, BBQ, rooftop cocktail party, sailing excursion, pool party, beach day, and anything that sounds even remotely summer. 	In this installment of Suit Your Life, I’ll focus on those key summer items and garments I’ve used and plan to pull out again for every worthwhile activity we have left, including the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge on Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-5) in Miami. It also doesn’t hurt that most stores are having their end of season sales so you’ll be able to rack up on most of these great items for up to 75% off. Thank me later. —Gardy V. Guerrier

End of Summer Menswear Guide: Fashionable & On Sale

There's still a few weeks left in summer so get your look together with these last minute sale items

As the final days of summer begin to slip away it’s the perfect time to…

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Can Public Schools be Fixed?

Gates Foundation president Allan C. Golston discusses plans to help solve the education crisis

The US educational system is in turmoil but thankfully the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which…

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5 Surefire Ways to Ruin Your Chances of Getting the Job

Don't make mistakes that could disqualify you from being hired

Aisha Taylor details 5 ways job seekers can disqualify themselves from getting employed after the…

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FACEBOOK:   I’m a pretty late bloomer on the Facebook-for-business bandwagon, as opposed to just family and friends. But a good friend recently educated me on how you can add layers of security and privacy for people you know casually, while allowing good friends total access to your page. Be sure to do this, and include business updates and links to any press or promotions you’re doing. Facebook is still the best way to spread a message virally.

In the News: Amy Holmes Joins GBTV; FaceBook Denies Harvesting Cell Numbers and More

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Every entrepreneur wants to build a brand that inspires confidence, quality and reliability, knowing that customers’ belief in your product or service translates into revenue. In short, people put their money where their trust is. But trust can be a fickle thing. It can be difficult to earn and even then, requires constant maintenance. And if that trust is shattered, it can mean the end of an enterprise. 	In his book, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line, author and business strategist Dave Horsager discusses the correlation between trust and profits. “I think it's the key bottom line indicator even though someone might think at first glance it's a soft skill,” he asserts. “I prove out how it really does affect the bottom line and of course it affects impact and everything else.” He also offers what he refers to as the “8 pillars of trust.” —Alan Hughes

8 Ways to Build Trust in Your Brand

One of the keys to running a successful business is having a strong and reliable reputation

There’s more to branding than simply having a catchy name and logo, any entrepreneur looking…

By Alan Hughes

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Channel Your Inner Kanye, and Stop the Second-Guessing

Being your own biggest fan can ensure you don't let success pass you by

Don’t let the insecurity of second-guessing yourself hinder your opportunity to shine, whether in your…

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7 Things You Should Be Doing After a Job Interview

Remain proactive to find job-seeking success

Madame Noire details what a job seeker should do after landing the interview to remain…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Pastry’s Vanessa & Angela Simmons

Also: Power Player Ian Clarke; expert estate planning advice

Vanessa and Angela Simmons, co-founders of the Pastry’s urban fashion enterprise, are featured in the…

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In the News: Lionsgate May Launch Tyler TV; Police Force Beefs Up in London and More

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Lessons in Money Management from My Mom

Knowing how to handle money should start in the home from our first teachers

Saving for the future should start at childhood and that responsibility fall son our parents…

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Studying Abroad Still an Option for College Students of Color

Despite the hurdles preventing many African-American students from studying abroad, resources and a little perseverance make it a possibility

According to the latest Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange, a study run by…

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7 Tips for Job-Seeking College Students on Social Media Etiquette

Big Brother is watching and what you do and say online could cost you that job

Social networks have become part of the job search process so prospective college students and…

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6. Go to boring lectures. That’s right. That boring speaker that you have no interest in seeing? Go see them. You never know what they can do for you. Whether you’re in high school or college, you need to take advantage of networking with people your school brings in for special programs. Always have your business cards available. Which brings me to my next point…

How to Transition from Full-Time Worker to Full-Time Student

Take these steps to successfully go from the 9-to-5 to the classroom

In the midst of a recession, many people are choosing to turn in their work…

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UBR Spotlight: Toasting the Success of Black Vintner Jerry Bias

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Jerry Bias, founder and CEO of Sugarleaf Vineyards,…

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In the News: LeBron Restores Boys & Girls Club; US Interest Rates Lowered and More

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On July 31, the National Bar Association held a panel to discuss the impact of the foreclosure crisis on communities of color at its 86th annual convention and exhibits. Black Enterprise spoke with two of the panelists—Yolanda D. McGill, senior counsel of the Fair Housing and Lending Project with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Vicki King Taitano, director of the Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau—to get their thoughts on this growing problem. McGill noted the rise of scammers as one. "The overrepresentation of minorities in our scam database is very troubling and likely has many causes, such as the wealth gap that leaves struggling homeowners no savings or family funds to lean on and drives them to seek foreclosure rescue and modifications more often,” she says. “We also know that scammers tailor their marketing language to ethnic minorities, and there are organizations trying to determine if this activity is in violation of the law." With that in mind, here are five signs of a foreclosure rescue scam. —Sheiresa Ngo

5 Signs of a Foreclosure Rescue Scam

If someone makes you an offer that sounds too good to be true it probably is

One problem that often crops up during the process of fighting foreclosure is the rise…

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There was a time when Steve Harvey was just another successful comedian, but today he’s much more. The West Virginia native carries titles like author, entrepreneur and businessman as well and is laughing his way to the bank in the process. Harvey stays busy as host of his popular self-titled radio show and Family Feud, author of several best-selling books, his own television program on Centric TV, and a charity foundation. This week, Harvey and Ford will co-host their Ninth Annual Hoodie Awards, a community-oriented awards show that honors top businesses, schools, and leaders. Based on Harvey’s ever-growing brand, BlackEnterprise.com decodes Steve’s funny money. —William E. Ketchum III

Steve Harvey Decoded: A Brand Suited for Success

The enterprising funny man is no joke when it comes to business and brand extension

More than a comedian, Steve Harvey has built a profitable brand that spans across various…

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Secure your computers.  It’s vital that you keep your computer with you and lock it down during a move. You don’t want to give your computer to the movers because your desktop or laptops likely contain a treasure-trove of important data for identity thieves.

5 Steps to Getting Started as a Freelancer

Here's how to begin and maintain a living as an independent worker

Freelancer-turned-entrepreneur Cameron Moore, of Random Order NYC, gives 5 steps to beginning a successful career…

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Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, while you're traveling is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in your reading list. The staff here at Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com compiled a few of our top summer reads to help whittle down your choices. Over the course of the next few pages, you'll see books that range from autobiographies on Black history icons and manuals for success to financial guides and examinations of our social media culture, all aimed at giving you some food for thought. —Kahliah A. Laney

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8 Black Authors Who Went from Prison to Lucrative Careers

How these enterprising entrepreneurs used literature to pave a better path

Here, the Atlanta Post features eight urban authors who were once or are still incarcerated,…

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In the News: Dow Plunges More Than 600 in Sell-Off; $10 Internet Access and More

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WATCH: How to Raise Venture Capital for a Tech Start-Up

August cover subject, Chuck Baker, discusses his strategy for raising money in Silicon Valley

Fileblaze CEO Chuck Baker shares his three tips for successfully getting funds to launch a…

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3 Ways Men & Women Communicate Differently at Work

How to become a more effective communicator when dealing with the opposite sex

They say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, well the differences…

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Fighting the Freshman 15: How to Keep the Weight Off

Weight gain is a common reality for the college students. Here's how to stay fit mentally and physically

College freshman not only have to adjust to a new environment but also new eating…

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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Investments As Nation Deals With Debt Downgrade

Even though investors are reeling from the toughest market since 2008 you can still build your portfolio & protect your assets

Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ AAA credit rating to a AA+ could…

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Recent Grads, Keep Your Head (And Morale) Up

It’s not the world you thought you’d graduated into, but, trust, you can make it work

Recent grads should remain optimistic yet realistic about finding a job post-graduation

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How to Get a New Job While Still at the Old One

Follow these five steps so you won't end up taking a major career loss instead of a career change

Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your…

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Nightlife: How to Budget When Out on the Town

Your after-work leisure doesn't have to break your pockets

Madame Noire details how to save your wallet while enjoying nightlife.

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Alexis Herman Delivers Message of Smarts and Success

The former secretary of state motivates students at Kaplan University

Alexis Herman, 2007 Black Enterprise Women of Power honoree and former secretary of state delivers…

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In the News: NYC Mayor Bloomberg Invests $30 Million in Minority Youth; Stocks Down Over 4% in Global Sell-Off…

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WNBA President Laurel Richie Steers League in New Direction

The marketing executive reveals her winning strategy for leading women's athletics in to the future

As the WNBA’s first African American woman president, Laurel Richie brings her marketing experience and…

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Working Your Nerves: 8 Co-Worker Habits That Make Us Cringe

How you can deal with interoffice incidences that make the workday hell

From sloppy bathroom etiquette to an unnecessary use of slang, we call it, the things…

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Happy 50th Birthday, Mr. President!

President Obama is only the third president to turn 50 while in office

President Barack Obama turns 50 Thursday, but began celebrating the birthday milestone yesterday in his…

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Employees are the New Corporate Brand Ambassadors

When it comes to social media, branding is a 24/7 job that benefits you and your boss

There was a time where corporations relied solely on corporate brand ambassadors to raise awareness,…

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Cannon on being taken seriously as a young mogul on-the-rise

Preview B.E. Business Report: TeenNick Chairman Nick Cannon

Also: Entrepreneur of the Week Margo Lewis; taking on student loan debt.

Multi-talented actor, comedian and entertainment industry executive Nick Cannon shares his story with Host Caroline…

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In the News: Comcast-NBCU Falls Short of Diversity Promise; Biracial Spider-Man Unveiled and More

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How Obama and the Democrats Dropped the Ball…Again

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill says America is left with the burden of paying for the embarrassing ineptitude of Obama and the Democrats

With the passing of the debt-ceiling bill, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill says America is left…

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WATCH: Same-Sex Marriages Prove Good for Business

The New York wedding industry finds an unlikely new consumer base in the LGBT community

The legalization of same-sex marriages in New York has revealed a new consumer base for…

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Many African Americans have made strides in the world of aeronautics, from Dr. Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first black female astraunaut in space, to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. Here we take a look at the seven black power players in the boardrooms and behind the business of the aeronautics industry. --- Janell Hazelwood

7 Black Power Players In Aeronautics

A look at the top black professionals in the aviation industry

Here’s a look at the top African American professionals making strides in the aviation industry

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Relationships are a lot like doing business in that they require a considerable amount of time, commitment and good credit to succeed. Nowadays individual credit scores determine virtually everything, including employment status, car insurance rates and if a person is eligible to get a bank loan to start a home. Whether you’re in business or in love, your partner has to be able to pull his or her weight if you plan on having an emotionally and financially secure partnership—platonically or romantically. So before you make your next relationship official, be sure you look out for these seven warning signs that the person you’re dating is potentially a bad investment. —Souleo

7 Signs the Person You’re Dating is a Bad Investment

Whether you're in business or in love, choosing the right partner is essential to your success

The same care that goes into choosing a business partner should go into selecting a…

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UBR Spotlight: Stephanie Chick Sets Your Genius Free

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, Stephanie Chick, owner of the professional coaching firm…

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In the News: Christina Norman Lands HuffPost Black Voices Position; Debt Ceiling Bill Becomes Law and More

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Pseudo Phenom: It Takes More than Bragging to be a Boss

Cars, clothes and uh... that ... isn't enough to win the title of head honcho

As with any pop culture concept that takes on a life of its own, the…

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5 Boutique Hotels Worth Checking Into

When you're looking for a unique experience in a cozy setting, go off the beaten path and opt for a boutique hotel

Summer travel is about more than just where you go, but where you stay. Boutique…

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How much do you think you need to save for retirement? According to a survey of registered investment advisors (RIAs) commissioned by Scottrade Services, the average American believes they need around $1 million to retire comfortably. However, many advisors say that most couples could need two to three times this amount to make sure they don't outlive their money. (Use this calculator from cnnmoney.com to estimate how much you need.)  Regardless of whether you’ll truly need $300,000 or $3 million, The cold, hard truth is that many baby boomers and pre-retirees simply will not save enough money to retire comfortably. Thus, retirement in the traditional sense is simply out of the question. If you’re one of those people, what choices do you have? Here are some options to consider.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

What to Do If Retirement is No Longer an Option

Times have changed, and so have dreams of an early retirement. Use these tips to make sure to make sure you prepare for your future

Times have changed, and so have dreams of an early retirement. If you’re close that…

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Wedding season is in full swing with some states like New York getting a few extra brides and grooms this year thanks to the recent passing of the same sex marriage bill. Regardless of your orientation, starting a life together generally comes with a hefty price tag. However, you don’t have to break the bank just to say, “I do.” In fact, BlackBridalBliss.com features weekly profiles from real brides, who share their first-hand advice on ways to save money when planning the big day as part of the popular Tie the Knot Tuesdays series. Whether you’re in the process of planning or still dreaming of the day, here are 11 practical ways to save money on your wedding day. —Bridgette Bartlett

11 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Day

It may be your "big day" but that doesn't mean you have to spend in a big way

Weddings can get expensive fast, but there are cost-effective ways you can save money while…

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Branding Lessons Learned from Suze Orman

Critical lessons women can take from Suze Orman’s playbook for branding success in the marketplace

Critical lessons women can take from Suze Orman’s playbook for branding success in the marketplace

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Chris Tucker Gets Back to the Business of Making Funny

After a long hiatus, the actor and comedian embarks on his first comedy tour in years

After a long hiatus, the actor and comedian embarks on his first comedy tour in…

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More Options in Insurance

Insurance was among the industries hardest hit by the Great Recession of 2008. Downsizing and…

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Geeked!

Tech entrepreneurs check in to Silicon Valley hoping to cash out

Raissa Nebie has always been a risk taker. The intrepid nature of this Côte d’Ivoire…

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What Female Attorneys of Color Want

The legal profession continues to be one of the most challenging industries for black women.…

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Weather Watch

How one student used an internship to secure a TV gig

Marcus Walter grew up in the Midwest fascinated by weather patterns and spent his time…

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BOOTSTRAPPING 2.0

Digital optimization on a budget

Sure, your website is up and running; you have accounts set up on the major…

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Hungry for More

Couple rebounds from failed restaurant to serve up a side dish business

A failed chicken wing restaurant left husband-and-wife team Claude and Crystal Booker with a heap…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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White House & Congressional Leaders Reach Debt Deal

CBC Chairman calls agreement "Satan Sandwich"

With a federal budget ceiling deadline looming, President Obama works out a deal that satisfies…

By Derek Dingle

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Layers of Security

Bakery uses technology to protect data and monitor the shop

Bakery owner Warren Brown has had his share of security scares since establishing his business,…

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Tablet, Netbook or Laptop: Which Should I Buy?

The tablet market is getting interesting. After being dominated by Apple’s iPad for more…

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Stop Burning Cash!

In three real-life situations, experts show how to create a workable budget so you can take control of your money and meet your short- and long-term goals.

Do you smell the odor of burning currency? If you ever find yourself wondering where…

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Last-Minute Family Vacation Deals

It’s never too late to get a great price on a vacation. You just have to know where to look

Timika Lane wanted to take a last-minute trip with her 10-year-old daughter, Tori, “for some…

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Born to Build

Entrepreneur Sundra Ryce’s gutsy leadership has cemented SLR Contracting’s reputation as a player in the construction industry

When Sundra L. Ryce finished college, she planned to join the family contracting business. But…

By Alan Hughes

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It’s A Small (Cap) World

Investment manager Eugene Profit offers his favorite small-cap stocks in healthcare, technology, and clothing retail

During recoveries, there’s a rule of thumb in investing: Small-cap shares—stocks of companies with a…

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3 Ways to Get Your Warranty Extended for Free

Don’t pay if you don’t have to

Extended warranties are expensive. Extra coverage on a new car, for instance, can cost an…

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Leaders of the New School

Music insiders use hip-hop’s global reach to empower youth worldwide

Hip-hop has come a long way from its New York City to become a cultural…

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You Hold the Keys to Your Economic Destiny

Our nation is still struggling with creating enough jobs to restore our economy to health…

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Facebook to Offer Consumer Deals

If you thought the folks over at Facebook were done making changes, you’re wrong.

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Home for Rent

How to lease your home when selling isn’t your best option

Ericka Newsome-Hill’s wedding was right around the corner and she wasn’t sure what to do…

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Overcoming Life’s Debt

Ever growing liabilities keep the Brookses from enjoying their life

With $158,000 in debt outside their mortgage, Kenric and Christina Brooks of Charlotte, North Carolina,…

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Why Trading Commodities Isn’t a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

If you must invest in commodities, here’s how to do it the right way

I get worried when I start seeing signs that people think they can make a…

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Airline Passenger Rights Updated

New regulations strengthen protection for fliers

Philippa V. Ellis logs 60,000 to 80,000 miles per year in air travel as a…

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Backtalk with Lil’ Jon

For most of his career Jonathan “Lil’ Jon” Smith has been known as a rambunctious…

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A Professional Branding Model

Los Angeles attorney says use your talents to create multiple streams of revenue

His early aspirations were to be an international opera star. But after graduating in 1985…

By Sonia Alleyne

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What to Buy in July

July is chock-full of bargains.

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A Summer Soiree

Items for a special home gathering

A Central American Special
Camacho was founded in 1961 by a Cuban in exile who decided…

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All Access

The 2011 Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis was…

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When A Homeownership Dream Becomes A Nightmare

By now, you’re all familiar with this story. It’s the one about how too many…

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Blending Families and Finances

When Julia Hamilton and her life partner Keesha Gipson Monroe committed to each other they vowed to raise money-smart kids

Adhering to sound money management principles requires substantial discipline for most individuals. So imagine…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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