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Q&A: 7 Minutes With ‘The Butler’ Director Lee Daniels

On a black president, artistic obligation and the film's success

The Butler is already getting Oscar buzz.

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Williams and Stephens will square off Sunday in one of the most anticipations of the matches of the US Open.

Sports Biz: 5 Thoughts to Consider From Serena vs. Sloane 3.0

Another look at Sunday’s showdown

For all of this weekend’s anticipation, we’re taking a long view at what’s at stake.

By Darren Sands

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IBM Innovation Center Opens in Kenya Center will serve as regional ICT and business development hub

IBM Innovation and Business Development Center Opens in Kenya

Center hopes to fuel growth and innovation in the region.

The goal of the new IBM Innovation Center is to nurture and grow startups and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Back to School Lessons for Growing Your Business

You're never too old for some schooling

As children go back to school, what they do is a reminder for business. Consider…

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Racist Big Brother Contestant Aaryn Gries Gets Evicted

Gries claims that although she made racist comments she is in fact not a racist.

The CBS reality game show Big Brother evicted Aaryn Gries on the Thursday night show.…

By Sasha King

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Hallmark Movie ‘The Watsons’ Takes us Back Into The Civil Rights Movement

A middle class African-American family takes on racism in the 1960s.

A new Hallmark movie highlights the civil rights movement through the eyes of a middle…

By Sasha King

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White Supremacist Hopes to Build Town in North Dakota

Neo-nazi Craig Cobb hopes to get enough white supremacists to his settlement.

A community in North Dakota is rallying together to prevent one of their neighbors from…

By Sasha King

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8 Personality Traits Top Employees Have in Common

Indispensable employees tend to share eight common traits

Find these eight traits in the talent you bring on, and your organization will be…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Alan Mulally, Ford President and CEO, celebrates with team members during the Fusion Job One event at Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

Ford Adds 1,400 Jobs to Struggling Detroit After Shifting Manufacturing from Mexico

Move adds 1,400 jobs to Motor City metro area

The automaker invested $555 million into the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, adding added a state-of-the-art,…

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IRS Says Same-Sex Couples Can File Joint Returns

Treasury Department to treat legally married gay and lesbian couples the same as other spouses no matter where they reside

The new IRS ruling creates some complications for the 24 states that do not recognize…

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SBA HUBZone Webinar Part II: How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

Deadline to Apply for Pennsylvania DEP’s Small Business Grants Extended Due to Popular Demand

Due to popular demand, Small business have more time to apply for grants

Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire…

By C. Daniel Baker

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RHYTHM & BEATS: Grammy-nominated balladeer Charlie Wilson and world-renown percussionist Sheila E.

Charlie Wilson, Sheila E. Headline Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge Labor Day Weekend

20th anniversary event features Hip Hop Icon Doug E. Fresh, Actor Anthony Anderson, Comedian Chris Spencer and more at PGA National Resort

R&B Legend Charlie Wilson and World-renown Percussionist Sheila E. will join the nation’s top African…

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Naithan Jones (r) got angles to invest $1.5 million in his meat business

How NewMe Accelerator Landed This Entrepreneur $1.5 Million

With the right idea and pitch, individual investors will give your business the financial boost it needs to spread its wings

Quitting a stable job in a tight economy and selling all your belongings to start…

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If banks turn down your request for financing, consider a factor

Start Small, Grow Towards Financing Your Business

Patience is essential when starting a business

Friends and family are the No. 1 source for financing of new businesses

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With a 7-5, 6-3 loss at the US Open, Sachia Vickery bowed out of her first Grand Slam tournament.

With US Open Loss, Sachia Vickery Caps Surprising Show in First Grand Slam

Buoyed by first win, junior says she's done playing junior tournaments

18-year-old junior won her first match in a grand slam this week.

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

Access to Capital is Still a Challenge for Minority Business Enterprises

Have you confronted barriers in trying to raise capital for your business

For new businesses having access to working capital could mean the difference between the success…

By C. Daniel Baker

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There’s an app for practically everything. Whether you need to check the weather, your route to work, or the calorie count for all three meals of the day, you can do so instantaneously with the numerous downloadable apps for mobile devices. While the luxury of having access to almost anything is one of today’s greatest perks (thank you, technology!), the expected glitches can turn a loving relationship with applications into an annoying one. 

HuffPostTech compiled a list of the “least favorite, constantly crashing, glitch-prone apps or phone features that we use nearly every day.”

6 Things You Should Know About Mobile Video Advertising

Infographic details all you need to know about this sector of advertising

Check out the infographic for more things you didn’t (but should!) know about mobile video…

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5 STEPS FOR CALCULATING YOUR STARTUP COSTS

5 Steps for Calculating Your Startup Costs

Calculating startup costs is more than a simple exercise in addition

You can’t create a realistic business plan without knowing how much it will cost to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Rep. Joe Walsh Wants His “Dream” For Black America to Be Realized

Walsh punctuates his speech with an emphasis on the black family.

Not everyone was pleased by the strides that Black America has made in the 50…

By Sasha King

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson

Did you know this about the King of Pop?

The “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson, would have been 54 today

By Sasha King

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Does the NBA Have a Drug Problem?

Marijuana allegedly among the drugs used most heavily in the league.

With the recent news of Lamar Odom’s alleged drug use TMZ has begun to speculate…

By Sasha King

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From the Mouths of Hiring Managers: The Real Deal on Getting the Gig

Learn more about the process in order to master your strategy

Hiring managers share the inside scoop on the applications process and how they choose the…

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ABA Offers Tips for Small Business Owners: Assessing Your Banking Relationship

Assessing Your Small Business Banking Relationship

Seven key questions small business owners should ask themselves about their bank

Now that tax season is done, it’s a good time for small business owners to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Victoria Duval has captured the attention of the sports world with her outstanding play this week.

Victoria Duval’s Play at the US Open Is a Sight for Four Eyes

Youngster's 'funky' signature contrasts weighty backstory

There’s only one thing cooler than Victoria Duval’s play at the US Open: her glasses.

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US Economy Growing Faster Than Expected

While not entirely positive, signs are pointing towards continued recovery

The economic outlook continues to be a mostly positive, albeit not entirely. Americans filing applications…

By Alan Hughes

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Nonprofit Helps Social Entrepreneurs Grow Ideas with Seed Money

Resources are out there to help grow businesses that want to change the world and make a profit

Since 2007, there’s been an increase in the number of young people starting for-profit social…

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March On Washington 50: We Must Ring The Bell Of Economic Freedom

At the ceremony, President Obama shared names of casualties of foot soldiers on the front lines of the movement.

The speakers at “Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call To Action” used the event…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Jeanne Hulit to Replace Karen Mills as SBA Administrator

The head of the agency's Office of Capital Access to serve as acting Administrator starting next month

Karen Mills was sworn in as the 23rd Administrator of the Small Business Administration in…

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Work-Life Balance Woes: The Study That Justifies Being Too Tired For Chores After Work

According to a study, women in male-dominated industries do less chores

According to a recent study by a Notre Dame sociologist, what you do for work…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The NEA Awards Returns to New York to Honor Who’s Who in African Entertainment

Top talent from U.S. and the Diaspora will perform and attend

On Sept. 1, the Nigerian Entertainment Awards return to New York in the heart of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Not Enough Time for All Your Boss Moves? Wake Up Earlier

You'll gain five extra hours to do more during the week, writer says

One writer says you can gain five extra hours for more boss moves if you…

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DECIDING BETWEEN AN LLC OR S CORPORATION: 6 KEY DIFFERENCES

How to Know When You Need A Contract

A guest column from Rachel Rodgers Esq., from the Young Entrepreneur Council

When you show clients that you are professional and serious about your business, they will…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The rapper Meek Mill and NBA guard Dion Waiters -- both Philly natives -- are taking to their backyard for the first-ever Dreamchasers Summit. Their goal? Help young people realize what it takes to help realize their potential.

Why Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers Summit Really, Really Matters

In the 26-year-old Philadelphia native few observers will see anything but just another rapper

Temple University is hosting the first-ever Dreamchasers Summit on Aug. 30.

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What to Do When Your Email Account is Hacked

Lower your chance of being victimized by email hackers.

Hackers are waiting to get your digital information. Here’s how to reduce your risk.

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Many Family Businesses Struggle to Survive Past the Second Generation

More than a quarter of family-owned businesses do not have a board of directors

By creating a governance and succession strategy, a family-owned business is much more likely to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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President Obama Delivers March on Washington 50th Anniversary Speech [Live Stream]

President Obama speaks at the 50th Anniversary ceremony of the March on Washington.

Will you be tuning in?>

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Johnny Gill Sues Four Seasons Hotel Over Racist Attack

Do you question Johnny because he's filing suit two years later?

White man allegedly assaulted and insulted Gill

By Sasha King

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Will Manufacturing Jobs Return to the US?

Higher wages, energy prices overseas could increase American exports

By 2020, higher US exports, combined with production work that will likely be “reshored” from…

By Alan Hughes

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About The March on Washington

20 historical facts that are not so common.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march

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We reveal whether African Americans have made significant progress 50 years after the March on Washington


As thousands travel to the nation’s capital to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom , we continue to grapple with the question of whether African Americans collectively has made significant progress worthy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic “I Have A Dream” Speech.  It’s true African Americans no longer suffer the injustices of Jim Crow and that we have made significant political achievement – most notably, the election of America’s first African American president, Barack Obama, for two terms – but we still confront the nagging problems of poverty, unemployment and racism. 


And the fact that such challenges continue to persist has never been more evident than the failure of a jury to hold George Zimmerman accountable for slaying Trayvon Martin as well as the Supreme Court’s decision in June to dismantle the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Revealing data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau  as well as information from the Pew Research center’s recent report on the economic, political and social status of African Americans,  Black Enterprise – using the design talents of our Creative Director Terence Saulsby – provides a graphic snapshot of where we stand as a people today compared to that historic day in 1963. Have we realized the dream? You decide.

March on Washington Infographic: Black America 50 Years Later

The differences between Black American then and now highlighted in our infographic.

The numbers show change, but is it enough?

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August Wilson’s American Century Cycle to be Recorded at Greene Space

The series kicked off Monday, August 26th bringing together many longtime Wilson collaborators and interpreters.

Will you be checking out the show during its limited run?

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Lamar Odom Returns Home to Wife

Lamar Odom returns to Khole after speculation about separation

Odom has reportedly been taking hard drugs

By Sasha King

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Expect Higher Prices at the Pump

Possible Syrian conflict expected to drive up gasoline prices

According to MarketWatch, the average national price for a gallon of regular gasoline stood at…

By Alan Hughes

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The Root Hosts ‘March on Twitter’

Online news site will commemorate 50th anniversary of March on Washington with digital forum on Twitter

The Root is tapping into that viral vigor with the launch of #MarchOn Twitter, a…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Construction Company CEO Mamon Powers Jr.

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Powers & Sons Construction CEO Mamon Powers Jr.,…

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Seasoned Investment Manager Bullish on Investing in Energy Sector

Expects changing landscape to lead to greater opportunities

There will be periods of innovation, but also periods of disruption. Cycles will also be…

By Alan Hughes

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Black Twitter Responds to Fast Company’s ’25 Smartest Women On Twitter’ List

#SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter dominates Twitter timelines

BlackEnterprise.com tracked the #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter hashtag.

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Job-Seeker Rejection Files: When Keeping It Real Goes Right

Entrepreneur's letter to denied applicants details hard, but valid truths

Gawker published one man’s rejection letter to 900 job applicants, citing his insensitivity in keeping…

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6 Innovative Ways to Get Recruiters to Notice You

Add this strategy to your job-seeking plan for ultimate success

So, you see so many lists with creative ways to get noticed in the job…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Soldier of Finance’ Book Supplies You With Marching Orders on Your Finances

Review of certified financial planner Jeff Rose's new book, "Soldier of Finance"

If you feel out of control when it comes to your finances, a few simple…

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A Lifelong History: It used to be acceptable to chronologically list every job you ever had on your resume. However, today’s hiring managers are more concerned about the relevance of your experience rather than the length of your experience. For an experienced professional, listing your first job out of high school isn’t really necessary unless it’s the only job you’ve ever had. While 10 years of work history is the standard, it’s okay to list older experience if it is relevant.

7 Reasons Your Brand Should Start Podcasting

Why you should leverage the audio content opportunity

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie outlines why your brand should begin podcasting today.

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SBA Creating Access and Opportunity for Women-Owned Small Businesses via ChallengeHER

How You Can Gain Greater Access to Federal Contracts

Small Business opportunities in America's federal supply chain.

SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and, over the…

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How Your Business Can Profit From the New Industrial Revolution

American manufacturing is poised to enter a new era of explosive growth

It is imperative that African American companies, large and small, fully participate in this new…

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These African American Juniors Are the Future of American Tennis

Young players poised to take a major step forward

These teens are poised to be the next great American champion.

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A tearful James Blake on Monday announced his retirement from tennis. Known for his heavy forehand and steady serve, Blake has also raised over $3 million for cancer research.

James Blake to Retire After 2013 US Open

Despite injuries and hardship, Blake's was a career full of moments that made him a fan-favorite

One of tennis’ favorites James Blake is retiring.

By Darren Sands

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How to Create a Successful Podcast

Seven tips for launching a winning podcast

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie walks you through the steps necessary to create a successful podcast.…

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Study Finds 38% of Small Businesses Offer Customer Loyalty Programs

Are you part of a customer loyalty program?

Customer acquisition promotions like coupons & daily deals will generate 17.7% of total business this…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Department of Commerce Seeks Nominations for the 2013 Minority Enterprise Development Awards

Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs

MBDA is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Are You Trying to Maintain a Reality Show Lifestyle?

Are reality stars really paying for the lavish lifestyles they live on TV?

If you are trying to keep up with the reality show lifestyle, stop it.

By Jennifer Streaks

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You Lost Your Social Security Card. Now What?

Tips for replacing a lost card.

Here’s what to do if your Social Security card is lost or stolen.

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March On Washington, Realizing the Dream

Demands of five decades ago realized in some areas but remain unfulfilled in others

Organizers of the 2013 march have called for reforms to criminal justice issues

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Postal Service Issues March On Washington Stamp

Postage commemorates demonstrators on National Mall for 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom

The 1963 March on Washington limited-edition Forever commemorates the 50th anniversary of the historic milestone.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tech Startup of the Week: WeDeliver, Helping Local Businesses Deliver Excellence

Chicago-based startup helps local merchants provide white glove service

With technology changing the way the courier industry operates, WeDeliver’s co-founder Jimmy Odom talks to…

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Talk Entrepreneurship

Today's youth need to pursue STEM education, mentoring programs and business ownership

They spoke before an audience during the Kingonomics Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment Conference.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Business Continuity Tips Discussed at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery

Get Your Business Ready For Any Disaster With Free SBA Webinar Series

40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.

When disaster strikes, having a plan can mean the difference between staying open for your…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Net Worth: You Can Control Your Value in Both Love and Money

Be the captain of your own ship

Unfortunately, like financial net worth, some people struggle to understand how net worth translates to…

By Kenny Pugh

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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Adds “Hang w/” Platform to Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Popular app has already been downloaded nearly 400,000 times

Curtis Jackson announces partnership with the Hang w/ platform which has already attracted more than…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Manage the Email Madness: Tips for Overwhelming Email

Get your inbox under control with these tips

Try these tips to get a handle on your work inbox.

By Janell Hazelwood

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6 Savvy Ways to Make Your Job Easier

Take these steps to take the stress out of your day

Try these steps to make your job that much easier.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Be Inspired: Top Successful Women Who Got the Axe and Thrived

From Kerry Washington to Oprah Winfrey, these ladies shined after defeat

From Kerry Washington to Star Jones, these power women of color used temporary losses as…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Beware of These Dirty Credit Card Tricks

Steer clear of these credit land mines.

Be on your guard when free credit offers come your way.

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7 Ways B2B Marketers Can Get Started on Facebook

How B2B marketers can benefit from the popular social networking site

Keep the following seven items in mind as a B2B marketer using Facebook so you…

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Leadership: The Art of Storytelling & Influence

Use this strategy to upgrade your communications and marketing skills

Key professionals often overlook the power of storytelling, not only in communications but in the…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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New Job Blues? How to Transition With Ease

Try these tips to cope and overcome challenges

Getting a new gig can be both exciting and frightening. New experiences, a better paycheck…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Small Business Owners are "Happy" Despite Concerns about Healthcare, Retirement and Customer Acquisition

Small Business Owners are “Happy” Despite Concerns about Healthcare and Retirement

Study also shows dissatisfaction with government support

A new study of small business owners reveals they’re generally happy about the future, but…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ben’s Chili Bowl Celebrates 55th Anniversary with Bill Cosby

On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business.

On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business. 55 years later, the restaurant…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Civil Rights for a New Generation: Rescuing the Abandoned

The 50th Anniversary March on Washington is an opportunity to begin paving a way to freedom and equality for the “least of these” of black America.

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is an opportunity to refocus the civil…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Startup Culture’s Lack of Diversity Stifles Innovation

By aiming the bar of entry high and at more affluent customers, Startup culture is missing a chance to diversify

If you’re young and poor in America, odds are you use a smartphone.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Kijafa Vick and Blair Sandlain, Owners of PNK Elephant

Learn how these boutique owners hustle hard to keep their business thriving

BlackEnterprise.com interviewed the duo about their entrepreneurial journey.

By Candace Myers

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Spike Lee Talks About His Kickstarter Campaign

Lee clears the air on his controversial campaign

As you have probably seen, some controversy has come about regarding Spike Lee and his…

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Creative Industry: Tips for A Better Resume

Wow your prospective employer without going overboard

If you already work (or are seeking work) in a creative field, the pressure to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Millennial Mojo: Young Chamber of Commerce CEO Share Tips for Success

Natalie Cofield talks young professional advancement & corporate turnaround

Powerhouse CEO and entrepreneur Natalie Cofield shares tips for young women professionals on climbing up…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Allow ‘Free’ Online Offers to Make You ‘Go Broke’

If you really want to control your spending, recognize that there is no such thing as something for nothing, no matter what marketers say.

There is no such thing as something for nothing, no matter what marketers say.

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Video App Vine Hits 40 Million Users

Video-sharing app proves to be a viable social contender

Vine announced via Twitter that it now has more than 40 million registered users.

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Facebook Partners With Phone Companies to Launch Internet.org

Initiative designed to bring affordable Internet access to 5 billion people

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Internet.org, a partnership aimed at…

By Janel Martinez

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Housing Market Continues Improving as Sales Rise in July

Housing recovery continues with solid numbers in every region

The housing market continues to improve as the national median existing-home price for all housing…

By Alan Hughes

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10 CyberSecurity Tips for Small Business

Protect Yourself from Medical Identity Theft

Tips for keeping your health information away from thieves.

If you have health insurance, you could become a victim of medical identity theft.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Civil Rights and LGBT Leaders Join Forces for 50th Anniversary March on Washington Events

Jobs, immigration reform, voting rights, and LGBT equality are top priorities

Will you be there in support?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Study: Many Workers Leaving Money on the Salary Negotiation Table

On opposite end, more employers expecting wage increases for new hires

CareerBuilder reports 49% of workers don’t negotiate salary, and many of those who don’t are…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Steps to Stellar Personal Branding on the Web

Make an excellent professional impression on the Web

Use these quick steps to get started on the right path to establishing your professional…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Bernice King Defends Herself against gay comments

Bernice King Defends Herself Against Anti-Gay Remarks

MLK’s youngest child struggles with separation of church and state

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, defends herself after making Anti Gay comments

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Citizens Bank President Pushes for Workforce and Industry Diversity at Chamber

Citizens Bank Pennsylvania remains committed to building the region’s economy, workforce and diversity.

Because Citizens is actually over capitalized, its business loan business is up 20 percent when…

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Shawntae Spencer is one of a Wingstop's investors with deep roots in the National Football League. He partnered with the Richardson, Texas-based chain to open 15 restaurants in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

In Role as Entrepreneurs, NFL Players Specialize in a Familiar Fowl

The chicken business is booming. Determined to succeed in business, some football players hit their stride in a new formation -- with quality results

Sometime before the start of last football season, his ninth in the NFL, Shawntae Spencer…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: NuJak’s Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: NuJak Companies Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson, MSNBC…

By Pepper Miller

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Is an MBA Necessary? On the Need for More Black Women to Go the Extra Mile

Building a supporting can help you reach your goals

In review of the educational component, the coursework is already established. It is up to…

By Dr. Claudia Barnett

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More Americans to Travel This Labor Day Weekend

Improving economic indicators are expected to fuel US travel spending

The study looks at a variety of factors and how they impact travel.

By Alan Hughes

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Google Glass Will Use Built-In Trackpad

The mystery surrounding Google glasses is finally starting to dissipate. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom wore the high-tech specs on his Current TV show. During the interview, you can hear Google co-founder Sergey Brin warning Newsom “don’t touch the pad on the side.” (Click here to watch the video.)

Google Announces 2014 Release Date for Glass

Internet company pushes Glass release date back to next year

Google has pushed back the shipping date for Google Glass.

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Boss Moves: Top 10 Must-Haves for Power Men

Essentials for every professional man for his first day at the office

You’ve graduated and landed your dream gig. Well, here are must-have items, from gadgets to…

By Joshua Perrin

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Senior Leadership: 5 Steps To Help Millennials Get There

Keith Wyche shares keys to advancement for young professionals

Want to reduce your obstacles and fast-track your senior leadership success? Check out these tips…

By Antoine Moss

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What to Do if You’ve Ever Been Denied a Bank Account

Not to worry, you still have options

Ever been denied a bank account or had a check declined? If so, here’s why…

By Jennifer Streaks

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10 Professional Picks: Forbes ’100 Best Websites for Women’

Check out the career-focused standouts that made the list

Forbes released its fourth annual list of best sites for women. Here’s a snapshot of…

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Housing Market Recovery Good News for Home Depot

The housing market rebound has been a boon for Home Depot

Retailer reports higher earnings, revenues for second quarter

By Alan Hughes

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Big Mistake: Top 4 Terrible Reasons to Choose a Career

Jumping into an industry for the wrong reasons can lead to long-term unhappiness

If you don’t choose wisely, you may have to undo years of wasted time and…

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Apple iPhone 4 (16GB, $199; 32GB, $299, with apple.com)  Thin build: check. HD video recording: check. And nearly 40% longer talk  time: double-check. A personal favorite, this phone is one you can tote  with you poolside (or to the beach) to shoot a few summertime flicks, enjoy a good read via the iBooks app or show off your new tan with  FaceTime, a video calling option signature to the iPhone4.Carrier: AT&T or Verizon Wireless

Next iPhone May Come in Gold

Gold will be the first new color since iPhone debut

Apple’s popular smartphone will reportedly come in gold.

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Startups Still Rely Heavily on Family for Funding

Few Americans invest in businesses belonging to strangers despite high hopes of crowdfunding supporters

Did a family member fund your business?

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Carolinas Supplier Development Chief Tackles Challenges

The Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council focus is helping both communities develop strategies to improve their bottom line.

The organization needs an infusion of programs

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Be a resource for customers  

If you have a service-based business, consider pinning visually-appealing short tutorials and how-to items. Pin the photos from media coverage or blog posts and link back to the full story.   

Remember aim to inspire and connect with others who are on a similar journey. If you have a business-to-business (B2B), you can use the online pinboard to share infographics, charts, slideshows, or even your latest book or e-book cover. Include the link where customers can find or purchase the book, as well as a brief description of the book.  Don't forget that Pinterest is great for accumulating inbound links and search engine optimization, so that's another way you can increase your web traffic and drive business.

How To Attract, Influence & Keep Customers

Rely on customer feedback to make enhancements to products, services, and online experiences

No business—small-, medium-, or corporate-sized—stays on top by being complacent. Increasingly and across many sectors,…

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The 10 Best Cities to Start a Business

New York, Los Angeles and Chicago rank among the top 10 entrepreneurial hot spots from around the world

New York can claim to be the global capital for female tech entrepreneurs.

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

8 Simple Split-Testing Tools to Try

Optimize your website with these tools

Eight simple split-testing tools to try.

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The Toughest Career Questions and How to Gain Clarity

One writer says this process helps her become clear on her next big steps

Questions and answers are part of self-evaluation, but some are backed by fear and insecurity.…

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9 Advancement Goals for Smart Working Women

This checklist will help keep you on track for success

If you’re a working woman who seeks success, this checklist will help you stay on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Tips on How to Negotiate Your Credit Card Debt

Advice on how to successfully negotiate credit card debt.

If you’re struggling to pay down credit card debt, you can negotiate more favorable terms.…

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LinkedIn Targets Students With New University Pages

Professional networking giant is targeting a younger demographic with latest offering

Starting September 13, LinkedIn will let college administrators set up profiles, which will allow students…

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Number of People seeking Unemployment drops to 2008 levels

National Unemployment Rate Drops While Most States Hemorrhage Jobs

The jobless numbers in 28 states worsened.

States continue to struggle.

By Alan Hughes

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US Manufacturing Industry Making a Comeback

Research shows pick-up in American factories

Major US manufacturers are reporting opening or expanding US operations in what could help ease…

By Alan Hughes

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Morehouse College Students ‘Step’ Up Their Game with Footwear Business

Here's how these Morehouse students parlayed a love for athletic footwear into a shoe company

As a student at the prominent Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, Thabiti Stephens…

By Bridget McCrea

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7 Smart Qualities of an Awesome Startup Employee

Thinking of working for a small business? Check out these positive traits

Working for a startup is totally different from working for an established Fortune 500. Check…

By Janell Hazelwood

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President Obama to Meet with Financial Regulators

Dodd–Frank progress will be focus of talks

President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with financial market regulators to discuss progress

By Alan Hughes

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Cash Money Records Co-CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams And Bravado Launch Two Unique Apparel Brands At Agenda: Rich Gang & YMCMB With Lil Wayne

Cash Money Records Co-CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams Launches New Clothing Lines

Birdman's Cash Money Records has sold over 500 million units globally

Since 1991, Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams have built Cash Money Records into…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Leaked Documents Reveal Managers Struggling to Manage Diverse Teams

Target's Diversity Scripts empower leaders to address difficult and real-life diversity situations

The scripts present a long list of possible scenarios in which managers and employees discuss…

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Founded by James Oliver, Jr., WeMontage allows users to design wallpaper with their own photos (Image: Source)

Tech Startup of the Week: WeMontage, Unwrapping Interior Design for the Consumer

James Oliver, Jr. solves design issue through technology with his startup

James Oliver, Jr. of WeMontage caught up with us to talk about WeMontage

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Large Franchisees Lead The Growth In Franchising

Nation’s Largest Restaurant Franchisees Grew in Size & Scope in 2012

The 200 largest restaurant franchisees recorded $26 billion in sales in 2012

Combined, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees recorded $26.3 billion in sales and operated 20,331 total…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Young Professionals: How to Cope With Tough Career Moments

Experienced your first career flop? Try this strategy to rebound

Professional life going sour? Don’t be so hard on yourself. Here are a few tips…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Video Interviews: How to Use Body Language to Land the Gig

You can land the job via the Web with these tips

Tips on how to land the gig via the Web through video interview.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Hiring Need Spurs CEO Push for Diversity from General Electric, Xerox

Big corporations such as GM are realizing that hiring more women and minorities is good for profits

Is diversity essential for every company?

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Do Diverse Teams Make Better Decisions?

The topic is diversity in London

How are companies handling diversity in Europe?

By C. Daniel Baker

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UPS Foundation Gives $7.6 Million to Diversity and Veterans Causes

UPS Foundation continues its efforts helping out communities

UPS will donate close to $8 million

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How to Tell if You’re a Disgruntled Worker

Are you in an abusive work environment? Recognize the signs and get out!

A bad job could be more dangerous to your health than a bad lover. If…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Professional Longevity: Are You a Future-Proof Employee?

Here's what employers will be expecting from their workforce

Companies are increasingly looking to attract professionals who possess a range of interpersonal and networking…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Paula Deen Race Discrimination Suit Dismissed

Southern culinary cook off the hook as a judge rules white staffer cannot sue over racial discrimination against black coworkers

Race discrimination claims and a lawsuit filed by a former Savannah restaurant employee against Paula…

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Rain, Rain, Go Away: USTA Announces Arthur Ashe Stadium Will Get a Roof

Widow of Arthur Ashe expresses pleasure with project

The firm ROSSETTI has undertaken the project.

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New NSBA Survey Shows IT Cost, Security Major Concerns for Small Business

9 Awesome Certifications to Make You More Marketable

What better way to become more competitive than upgrading your knowledge?

Nothing like more knowledge to boost your resume. Here are a few options to get…

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The Art of the Cold Call: How Mastering It Can Lead to Gigs

Entrepreneurs share tips for success

Cringe at the thought of just calling someone you don’t know, only to get the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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SoMoLend Crowdfunding Site Faces Fraud Charges

Ohio state regulators threaten to shut down the website for making false claims and financial projections

Klein said that SoMoLend is in discussions with the state, and stressed that that state…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Investment Banking Firm Trains, Hires Returning Soldiers

Investment banking firm helps returning soldiers land jobs

It’s been well documented that veterans returning home after serving the country often struggle to…

By Alan Hughes

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Workplace Drama: 10 Reasons You Aren’t Getting Ahead

These behaviors hinder prolonged professional success

If you’re constantly in office drama, you could be shortchanging your chances for professional success.…

By Antoine Moss

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Emerging Opportunities: Job Growth Potential in the Land of Logistics

In-demand skills for new professional journeys

Apparently, one in-demand skill is logistics, a base of knowledge that includes managing goods distribution…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Gerome Sapp created Fluencr, a marketplace that gives individuals the same access to their favorite brands and initiatives that athletes and celebrities have and get rewarded for their influence.

Former NFL Player Gerome Sapp On His Journey from Athlete to Tech Founder

Former football player creates platform where influencers gain endorsements from brands

By aggregating algorithm’s of social actions generated by an individual to a specific brand, Fluencr…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Lawmakers Criticize IRS for Targeting Small Business Owners

Agency wants to take a second look at last year's tax returns to uncover underreported income

IRS officials say the letters do not constitute an audit and that they are simply…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Starting an Investment Club

Here’s how to get on the right foot.

Investment clubs provide a great way to learn about investments and the stock market.

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Award-Winning Architect Phil Freelon

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: The Freelon Group CEO Phil Freelon, HBCU Connect…

By Pepper Miller

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Former JPMorgan Chase Employees Charged

Two former JPMorgan Chase employees have been charged with trying to cover up last year’s…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Daymond John and Mark Cuban to Attend First Shark Tank Audition For Minority Businesses

ABC’s co-stars will join executive producer Mark Burnett

Companies that register for the conference also will have the opportunity to participate in a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Don Peebles spoke before a gathering at a economic forum for New York City's mayoral candidates Tuesday.

In Harlem, NYC Mayoral Candidates Spar On Economic Growth for Minorities

Candidates detail economic plans, articulate challenges of minority businesses

Made up of some of New York’s most powerful minority firms and entrepreneurs, the newly-formed…

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Apple iPhone 4 (16GB, $199; 32GB, $299, with apple.com)     The lecture hall isn’t the time to be on your phone, but after class, why not? This thin-build smartphone is a fan (and personal) favorite. It's easy-to-maneuver design, extensive app options, and camera and HD video capabilities outshine that of its competitors.  With 40% longer talk time, students have no excuse not to call home. It’s carried in black and white; through AT&T or Verizon Wireless.

iPhone 5S: 5 Things to Expect From the New iPhone

Given what we know from the rumors and iOS 7, here’s what you can expect

Five features you can expect from the next gen iPhone.

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The Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Mara Foundation Enter Partnership to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

Mara Mentor: Supporting Young Entrepreneurs Across Nigeria

Support services are expected to transform business ideas into profitable and thriving business

Mara Foundation is a social enterprise focusing on African entrepreneurs working to create sustainable economic…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Carla A. Harris to be Named Chair of the National Women’s Business Council

Business expert to lead independent counsel to the President, Congress & SBA.

President Obama today announced his intent to appoint Carla Harris to be the Chair of…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Roth IRA Still a Mystery for Some

Fear and lack of knowledge are holding some investors back.

Some investors are giving the Roth IRA the cold shoulder.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Social Influence: Nas Raises Over $60,000 on Crowdtilt for Family Stranded By Fire

Rapper uses his celebrity and fame to raise funds for family in need

Queens-bred rapper Nas started a Crowdtilt campaign, urging others to help raise funds for the…

By Janel Martinez

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Obama To Honor Oprah and Gay Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin

Four African Americans among 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama will award 16 recipients with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, of which…

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