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Be Aware: 4 Hiring Practices Set to Increase in 2014

'Off-shoring' jobs among employment trends to take a lead

From ‘off-shoring’ jobs to hiring more part-time than full-time workers, employers detail plans for 2014…

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Menswear Brand Ikiré Jones Mixes High Fashion with African aesthetics

Menswear Brand Ikiré Jones Mixes High Fashion with African Aesthetics

Ikiré Jones is best described as "Brooklyn meets West Africa"

Wale Oyejide, one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Men in America,” launches his high…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Philadelphia Rapper Inspires Change Among Inner City Youth

Celebrating the recent release of his first album, "On The Other Side," the activist hopes to inspire youth to escape beyond the city limits to achieve their dreams

Have you listened to him before?

By Kimberly Wilson

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Intoxicake NYC infuses liquor and cupcakes

Intoxicake NYC Liquor Infused Cupcakes Are Serious Business

Ashleigh Fitzwilliam is the owner of Intoxicake NYC, a fast rising brand that mixes cupcakes and liquor.

Intoxicake NYC is featured in “Mob Wives” and “Hip Hop Gossip Girls”

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2014 Jobs Forecast: Employers Plan to Be Cautious with Recruitment

Salaries for highly skilled workers set to become more competitive

According to Careerbuilder’s annual report, employers plan to be cautious in 2014 with hiring, and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Swap your gift cards and get things you'll actually want.

How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Gift Card

Don’t panic if your gift card goes missing

If you can prove you purchased a gift card, or received one as a present,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Africa-America Institute Launching Speaker Series for Global Leaders

Networking, advocacy and panel events to start in January

Starting in January and ending in November 2014, the Africa-American Institute will begin its speaker…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How NOT To Make Business Requests

I would absolutely LOVE for you to take my advice!

Please, don’t lead with what YOU’D love

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Subscribe to Julibox and everything you need to make two tasty cocktails will be at your front doorstep each month.

Julibox Founder Courtne Jones Dishes on How to Drink at Home on New Year’s Eve

You don't have to be complicated to be good, our expert says

In short, Julibox is fantastic — and, by the way, a great way for guys…

By Darren Sands

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3 Reasons You Should Continue to Use Email Marketing in 2014

Email marketing is still alive and well; see how you can leverage the service

Email is not going anywhere. It’s neither dead nor dying. In fact, as you’ll see…

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Startup Lessons from an NFL Coach

The Pete Carroll Rules: How to Apply NFL Leadership to a Startup

Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks shares his leadership skills

Running a business and running an NFL team are very similar. Pete Carroll of the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Cool Jobs: Music Manager FlyKix, the Man Behind Trindad James

A thriving businessman, music manager talks fashion and career path

Fly, the man responsible for Trinidad James and Rich Homie Quan, shares how music and…

By Amber McKynzie

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Sal Masekela joined NBC Sports in 2012 after a long stint at ESPN/ABC.

Sal Masekela Will Join NBC’s Coverage of the Sochi Olympics

Masekela to host 'The Olympic Zone'

According to NBC, Masekela spent 13 years at ESPN and ABC hosting the X Games.

By Darren Sands

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Snoop Lion Partners With League Of Young Voters

Rapper discusses ongoing efforts with No Guns Allowed campaign and solutions to end gun violence

Can Snoop help curb violence in urban communities?

By Timothy P. Tukes

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Tender Greens

California Restaurant Chain Exposes At-Risk Foster Youth to Culinary Skills

Charitable program offers paid internships at company’s 12 locations

Oberholtzer decided to put it under the umbrella of Tender Greens instead of establishing a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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"How will my business make money if no one wants to pay?"

Tips on Overcoming and Surviving a Financial Crisis

The best time to overcome a financial crisis is before there is one

Karl Hardesty, CEO of Hardesty LLC, offers tips for overcoming a financial crisis and avoiding…

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5 Most Popular Options Used to Finance a Startup

These are the more common ways entrepreneurs are accessing cash to launch their enterprises

Methods like these can get your business the cashflow it needs

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Small Business Job Numbers Show Growth in October

1.3 Million Americans Set to Lose Unemployment Benefits

White House urging Congress to extend program

More than 1 million unemployed will lose benefits Dec. 28, with far-reaching implications for economy.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Social Media Fanatic? These Are the Jobs For You

Gift of gab, Web savvy and marketing experience are key

If you’re savvy with the Web, have gift of gab and marketing mojo, these top…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Fresh Start: 7 Smart Actions for the First Week on the Job

Get a good lead at the new gig with this checklist

If you’re ringing in the new year with a new gig, take this checklist with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

How To Build a Real Connection With Customers

Tips to gain customers, grow revenue, and grow your business using real connections

How to organically create real relationships with your customers and turn them into repeat buyers

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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It's About Interactions

Tips to Leverage Business Relationships and Convert Them Into Paying Clients

Opportunities to create enduring client relationships present themselves daily

Whether your company is a start-up or well established, these basic initiatives can build credibility,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Rejected For a Business Bank Loan…Now What?

Currently about 60% of small businesses will be denied a bank loan

Small businesses need access to working capital to grow. But how can they obtain this…

By C. Daniel Baker

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ATM Fraud Explosion Might be Looming

Experts say fraudsters could be set to target ATMs

Skilled criminals are able to attach a skimmer to an ATM in less than a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph was fined $25,000 for criticizing referees following a 100-92 loss to Houston.

Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Fined $25,000 For Criticizing Refs

Comments came after frustrating eight-point loss

Zach Randolph is back in the news — for all the wrong reasons

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

12 Hot, High-Paying Jobs to Look Forward To In 2014

If you're looking to upgrade your career---and your salary---these are the jobs for you

If you’re looking to upgrade your career—and your coin—in the new year, these are the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Tell-Tale Signs You Should Turn Down a Job Offer

Don't just take any gig. Here are the dealbreakers

When being strategic, you don’t want to take just any job offer. Here are signs…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Make These Holiday Credit Mistakes

Don’t let these blunders ruin your holiday

Pay very close attention to the fine print and exercise self-control

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Dissolve Your Inactive Business Before Dec 31st to Avoid Penalties

When a business is no longer active, it's important to dissolve the business

Leaving an inactive business open without properly dissolving it leaves the owners of said business…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Nominate a Business for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards

Are you a small business owner with a success story to tell?

Submit your nomination!

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Small Businesses turning to Government Contracts and GSA Schedule to find success in tough economy

GSA Broadens Outreach & Expands Opportunities For Small Business

This marks the 2nd year in a row that GSA has received an A+ from the SBA

The GSA has expanded its opportunities for small businesses by hosting small business training &…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How Small Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

In fiscal year 2012, HUBZone firms received $8.01 billion in federal contracts

The SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone programs provides contracting opportunities to small businesses located…

By C. Daniel Baker

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BlackEnterprise.com partner The Shadow League considers the weighty legacy of Kobe Bean Bryant.

TSL: The Incredible Life and Trying Basketball Times of Kobe Bryant

As Kobe heals from yet another injury, we lament the legacy of a true NBA legend

What is it about Kobe Bryant that has allowed him to will himself into this…

By The Shadow League

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John Sweet’s 10 Lessons On Baking Success Into Your Small Business

10 Lessons on Baking Success Into Your Small Business

John Sweet reflects on lessons learned after 10 successful years in business

For 10 years, John Sweet & his wife Angela turned Niedlove’s Breadworks into a Chattanooga…

By C. Daniel Baker

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6 Ideas to Turn Your Customer Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

How to Turn Your Customer’s Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

Simple steps to help you retain clients using holiday gifts

Make your holiday gifts do double duty—not only as a “thank you” business, but also…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Why Are Jamba Juice Franchieses Growing In Popularity?

Behind the Growing Popularity of Jamba Juice

A Jamba Juice franchise generates an average of $700,000 a year

Jamba Juice mixes an easy to create product with low overhead, making it a very…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Black Enterprise Financial Fitness Contest: Rodd Herbert Talks 1 Year Later

A look back at contest winners from the Black Enterprise 2012 Financial Fitness Contest

Herbert strives to manage finances in the face of declining health

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With Christmas around the corner, time is running out to gift your favorite techie that high-tech item on the top of his/her wish list. Whether it’s a big-ticket gadget like Xbox One or PlayStation 4, or easier on the wallet such as Logitech Washable Keyboard K310, here are a few of our favorite tech things this season:

11 Gift Ideas for the Tech Enthusiast in Your Life

Here are a few of our favorite tech things this season.

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Job Hopper: How Young Professionals Can Explain Short Employment Stints

Six steps to best market your diverse experience

Many millennials will have worked several jobs within five years. But how do young job…

By Jaimee Ratliff

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4 Savvy—and Easy—Ways to Connect With Powerful People

Take these steps to upgrade your career in 2014

If you want to expand your network or upgrade your coin next year, try this…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How Text Messages and Social Media Devalued Personal Communication

Let’s use social media and mobile devices to facilitate, instead of replacing, authentic personal communication

Our increasing reliance on less-than-personal communication has resulted in less civility, courtesy, and consideration of…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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How to Keep Your Business Lean and Profitable

How to incorporate the stay lean movement in your business

Staying lean in business requires examination and retooling to find and wipe out inefficiencies

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ex-Im Bank Annual Report Outlines Record Year for Small Businesses

Ex-Im Bank Annual Report Outlines Record Year for Small Businesses

$27 billion in export financing supported more than 200,000 U.S. jobs

Nearly 90 percent of the banks transactions in FY 13 were for small businesses –…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Sisters Prep to Take Over $28 Million Black Construction Business

The Lynn's family 29-year-old mom-and-pop business has grown to be one of the nation's largest black-owned firms

Louis B. Lynn’s family tree is rooted in entrepreneurship

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IBM Helps Women's Cooperatives in Tangier Become More Profitable

IBM Helps Women Entrepreneurs in Africa Develop Business Strategies

Teams developed strategies for cultural preservation & sustainable development

IBM’s Corporate Service Corps deploys IBM employees from around the world to share their expertise…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

Start now to plan your holiday retail marketing campaign

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the time is now to make sure you…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Black Enterprise’s Financial Fitness Contest Recap: Lachelle Metcalf Talks 1 Year Later

A look back at 2012 contest winners

Metcalf has made moves toward her financial goals

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3 Quick Steps to Prep for Job-Seeking Boss Moves in 2014

Use this easy checklist to see new and better employment in the new year

Millennials and young professionals, use this quick guideline in prepping for new and better employment…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Friend Recommendations: Three Questions to Ask Before Putting Yourself on the Line

Don't put your reputation on the line before considering key things

You may want to help that unemployed family member or friend but not so fast.…

By Jamie Harrison

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#NPRBlacksinTech Twitter Chat Series Spotlights Blacks in STEM

NPR’s ‘Tell Me More with Michel Martin’ hosts Twitter chat with innovators of color

From Dec. 2 through Dec. 20, NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin is chatting…

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First Management Job? Here’s How to Rock It Out

5 steps to transition without a hitch

You’ve paid your dues, done stellar work, and brought revenues to the company. Now you’ve…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Ex-Im Bank Annual Report Outlines Record Year for Small Businesses

FedEx & The Export-Import Bank Join Forces to Empower U.S. Businesses to Export

Ex-Im Bank's total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export sales

Alliance that will help U.S. small and medium-sized businesses reach the 95% of the world’s…

By C. Daniel Baker

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‘Jazz In The Gardens’ Returns For Its 9th Year Featuring D.L. Hughley, Kelly Rowland and More

Attendees will get to indulge in three days of a jam-packed weekend with a star studded lineup and the Bad Boys of Comedy himself, D.L. Hughley as host

It’s back!

By Kimberly Wilson

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Report: Houston Texans Have Interviewed Lovie Smith

Smith, 55, was fired after the Chicago Bears went 10-6

Reports say up to three teams are expected to call Smith about their head coaching…

By Darren Sands

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Entrepreneur of the Week: PR Expert Suzan McDowell Takes Miami by Storm

McDowell discusses the growing success of her agency, how her Jamaican heritage has impacted her professional career and evolving the challenges of entrepreneurship

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with McDowell to talk about the success of her agency

By Kimberly Wilson

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Cool Jobs: ‘Branding Queen’ Talks Creative Career Path and Juggling Entrepreneurship with Day Job

Tola Lawal, founder of SixOne7Creative makes it happen

Tola Lawal, who has worked behind the scenes for brands including BET and Blue Flame,…

By Kimberly Wilson

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How I Turned Failure Into 30,000+ Newsletter Readers

See how an entrepreneur turns a failure into a major marketing success

One entrepreneur shares her account of turning a failure into a major success.

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Beware Toxic Employess

One-Third of Employees Are Unclear About Company Business Goals

Most workers have no idea what their companies corporate goals are

Workers at small companies may be less aware of the strategic vision than their peers…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Growing Your Business At the Right Pace

5 Essential Things to Consider Before Starting a Business

Your background, experience and education must align with you business

Successful people aren’t measured by how many ideas they have, but by their ability to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Don’t Just Make New Year’s Resolutions. Commit to Esteemable Goals.

Deciding what you want to achieve in the new year takes honesty and faithfulness, not just idealism and hopefulness

My objective is not to make resolutions, but to set what I call esteemable goals

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Patti Labelle to Headline 15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

Over the course of fifteen years, Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has brought together amazing performances and special guests

If in New York City area, would you consider attending?

By Kimberly Wilson

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How to Start Your Retirement Planning in an Intelligent Manner

Tips for planning for your golden years

Here’s how to make sure you’re on the right track for retirement

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Hot 97’s ‘Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation’ Hosts “Lift ‘Em Up” Night of Service

The night provided an outstanding feast and holiday market for 200 New Yorkers in need

During the meal, participants enjoyed performances by many different acts

By Kimberly Wilson

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Give1 Project Inspires Young Women at Global Women’s Empowerment Summit in Benin

A delegation of 10 women leaders traveled to Benin to strengthen the leadership, increase the empowerment and community engagement of 60 young Beninese women

The trip to Benin brought together powerful, diverse women from the United States who are…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Hampton University Inc.

How Pres. William R. Harvey’s business approach produced an HBCU set for sustainable longevity

Hampton University president William Harvey gives candid insights on HBCU management efficiency and entrepreneurial innovation.

By Janell Hazelwood

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U.S. Global Business Solutions Initiative To Increase Small Business Exports

U.S. Global Business Solutions Initiative to Increase Small Business Exports

Initiative aims to add 50k small businesses to the nation's exporter base by 2017.

The U.S. Global Business Solutions (USGBS) is an interagency initiative to expand the reach of…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Lowdown on Investment Rewards Credit Cards

Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision

Investment rewards credit cards are touted as a savings tool

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Boxer Andre Ward on Floydmania, His Deal With Brand Jordan and Boxing Exit Strategy

In our exclusive interview with Andre Ward, the 29-year-old answers if he's OK with being No. 2 to Floyd Mayweather Jr

On doing television: “I feel confident knowing I can do the job not just from…

By Darren Sands

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Saturday Night Live to Hire a Black Female Comedian After a Seven Year Gap

NBC plans to add new member in January to diversify the cast

Who will join the ranks of SNL?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Your Year-End Small Business Accounting Checklist

How to best manage your small business for success in the new year

Tips to help you best manage your company finances and position your small business for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving Irving won the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest earlier this year.

Long Partners, the NBA and Foot Locker Expand Marketing Deal

Retailer will continue as title sponsor of 3-point contest

The NBA reached a deal with Foot Locker that extends its status as an official…

By Darren Sands

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Rihanna Adds Balmain to Her Career Portfolio

Pop star becomes face of luxury Parisian brand

Pop start Rihanna has become the new face of luxury Parisian fashion brand Balmain, adding…

By Janell Hazelwood

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T.I. Celebrates Launch of Coffee Table Book ‘Book of Kings Vol. 1’

This coffee table book, shot exclusively by photographer Mark Atkinson, was designed to celebrate fashion, art, photography, music and lifestyle

Will you be picking this up?

By Kimberly Wilson

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IRS Announces 2014 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

Updates for the new year

Updated rates are coming for the costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical…

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Know The Flow: Cash Is Critical To Small Business Survival

1 out of every 3 small businesses fails within the first two years, often due to poor financial management

PNC Bank offers tips to help

By C. Daniel Baker

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Golf Channel Gets New Logo, Extends Partnership with NBC

New branding is latest stage in media partnership

With the new multi-year partnership between the Golf Channel and NBC, a change was probably…

By Darren Sands

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5 Reasons Why You Need Life Insurance

Why you should make this option a permanent part of your financial life

Do you have life insurance?

By Jennifer Streaks

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When will Rajon Rondo be back for the Boston Celtics?

Does Rajon Rondo Have a Future as an NBA Coach?

All-star guard says coaching could very well be in his future

Is Rondo a future coach in the NBA? His teammates seem to think so

By Darren Sands

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Degree Inflation: More Employers Raising Minimum Education Requirements for Job Candidates

In some industries, this practice reaps bigger revenue wins

A new study found that more employers are raising their candidate standards and that the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Behind the Scene of TV One’s Unsung with Bushwick Bill

An inside look at the life of Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys for TV One's Unsung

TV One’s Unsung delves into the life of artists who have been out of the…

By Sasha King

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Scandal Season Cut Down By 4 Episodes

Kerry Washington's pregnancy makes it hard for Olivia Pope to strut

Did you catch the finale?

By Sasha King

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

SBA Webinar Part II: How Small Businesses Can Gain HUBZone Certification Today at 2PM EST

Part 2 of the SBA's HUBZone Certification Webinar

The webinar will focus on Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone contracting requirements

By C. Daniel Baker

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Give1 Project Launches Entrepreneurship Incubator in Dakar

The official launch of the program took place during the opening ceremony of the new office headquarters in Dakar, Senegal on December 12th

Incubators

By Kimberly Wilson

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

How Are You Evaluating Your Clients?

In a service business, picking the right clients can mean the difference between success and failure

How to avoid the bad clients and attract the good ones

By C. Daniel Baker

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Serena Williams Appears in Beats by Dre Color Solo Commercial

Can you guess which color headphones she wears?

Williams is gearing up for the Australian Open

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Hello: Jon Jones is one of the biggest names in UFC.

Foe Alexander Gustafsson to Join Jon Jones on EA Sports UFC Cover

Game to launch next spring

Jon Jones finally has a partner on the cover of the new EA Sports game

By Darren Sands

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Insurance Agency Owner Shares 5 Tips for Entering the Business

Are you interested in a career switch to insurance?

Smith offered 5 tips for anyone interested in becoming an insurance professional

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FTC Updates Online Complaint Site

Changes are coming to FTC complaint features

The FTC has redesigned its online Complaint Assistant

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Bey Bold: 5 Savvy Lessons on Power Moves from the Queen

Superstar's surprise album release screams 'Don't talk about it. Bey about it'

Beyonce’s surprise release lends a nod to the boss move of all boss moves: Power…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cicely Tyson to be Honored at Women of Power Awards

Black Enterprise to present its highest recognition of women's achievement at the 2014 Women of Power Summit in Boca Raton, Fla

Black Enterprise will present the Legacy Awards, its highest recognition of women’s achievement, at the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

Discussing Supplier Diversity From a Diverse Perspective

How to make improvements in the current state of corporate supplier diversity affairs and your supplier

Let’s talk about the benefits of diverse business owners

By C. Daniel Baker

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Andrew McCutchen is the first Pirates player to win the MVP award since Barry Bonds in 1992.

Watch Andrew McCutchen Propose to His Girlfriend on National TV

Star proposes on 'Ellen'

It’s great to be Andrew McCutchen

By Darren Sands

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6 Pointless and Utterly Ineffective Recruitment Habits

Bad habits that can lead to defeated candidate-seeking efforts

Bad habits that can lead to defeated recruitment efforts and how to avoid them

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Mental Motivation: How to Train Yourself to Be Successful

5 steps to enhancing your capacity for bigger boss moves

You an train your mind to make bigger boss moves. Here’s five steps to help…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Get More Flex Time at Work

Try this strategy to get your ideal work schedule

Don’t know how to approach your boss to get flexible hours? Try this smart strategy.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Avoiding Cultural Missteps and cultural appropriation

Avoiding Cultural Mishaps, A Lesson from Paul Frank

What to do to surivive a cultural miscue

The Paul Frank Brand hosted a offensive Native American-themed party. What your brand can learn…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NESN Hires Atlanta Sports Personality Elle Duncan

Host and reporter to be based in Boston

She could join a shortlist of women who have arrived at the network and moved…

By Darren Sands

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6 reasons to say i do to a fellow entrepreneur

6 Reasons to Say “I Do” to a Fellow Entrepreneur

There are many advantages to marrying a fellow entrepreneur

Marrying a fellow entrepreneur can lead to success and happiness. A special guest article from…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Instagram Direct: Photo-Sharing Platform Lets Users Send Pics and Videos Directly to Friends

Instagram unveils direct messages

Instagram announced Thursday Instagram Direct, a feature that will let users share photos and videos…

By Janel Martinez

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Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg Fails to Bring Parity to Minority Businesses

Push to diversify NYC contracting falls short of goals

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office, he hasn’t done much to help black and Latino…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Local First Chicago Launches 2013 Unwrap Chicago Campaign

Unwrap Chicago Campaign Hopes to Pump $100 Million Into Chicago’s Economy

Shopping at local businesses could pump more than $100 million into Chicago's economy

Local First is launching a year-long program called Eat, Drink & Buy Local 365 to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Healthy Competition Will Keep Your Business Growing

Expert Richard Duncan explains why businesses perform best when there's competition near

Do you have competition in your business environment?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Leap of Faith: A Millennial’s Story of Saying Goodbye to the 9-to-5

Journalist Dontaira Terrell's journey to call her own shots and take back her independence

Millennial Dontaira Terrell quit her Corporate America job to pursue calling her own shots in…

By Dontaira Terrell

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Jordan Brand Unveils Jordan Melo 10

New shoe slated for Jan. 4 release

This go ’round, a clean classic look for Melo

By Darren Sands

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Ways to improve your startup pitch deck

How to Keep Startup Pitch Materials Up to Date

Steps to draw attention to the information investors want the most

As an early-stage entrepreneur, you must constantly keep your pitch materials up to date

By C. Daniel Baker

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What Investors Want to Know

What Investors Really Want to Know

How to pitch your business to venture capitalists

Your potential investor is asking why your business — as compared to others vying for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is Mixing Business and Pleasure Worth the Risk?

Workplace love can be magical--or a complete disaster

It’s up to two responsible adults to make wise decisions so they don’t jeopardize their…

By Kenny Pugh

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PR Expert Karen Taylor Bass Talks Public Relations on a Small Budget

You don't have to spend much to get some good PR

Karen Taylor Bass explains how to accomplish good PR on a shoestring budget

By Sasha King

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Dodd-Frank Act Includes Creation of Office of Minority and Women Inclusion

The federal banking agencies establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion

Each company’s organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion

By C. Daniel Baker

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Do you have any career advancement or job seeking issues you'd like addressed? E-mail questions to careerquestions@blackenterprise.com. Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.

How to Kick Your Email Addiction

Five steps to kicking the habit

Chris Hunter, co-founder of Phusion Projects, LLC, delves into email addiction.

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Josh Gordon, picked by the Browns in the 2012 Supplemental Draft has emerged as one of the league's top receivers.

Flash Forward: Browns WR Gordon Picks Marketing Agency

After overcoming off-field distractions, Gordon's brand primed to take leap

Josh Gordon and NCLUSIVE Sports is the duo

By Darren Sands

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Power OOTD: Spring-Hued Coats to Warm Up Winter Looks

Make a statement with pastel outerwear

These picks from Ebony.com contributor Kela Walker will give you plenty of options to top…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Dueces: A Millennial’s Guide to Career Clean-Up for 2014

9 professional habits, people, and ideals I'll be giving the boot in the new year

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I love a good purge —(Pause. Not going there.)—from getting rid of clothes…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Venus Williams, Shaq, and Other Star Athletes Scoring with Franchise Businesses

A new class of entrepreneurs like Venus Williams are taking advantage of opportunities in franchising

Grand Slam tennis pro and four-time Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams is looking to ace…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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When will Rajon Rondo be back for the Boston Celtics?

Watch Rajon Rondo on Fox Sports 1′s Crowd Goes Wild

Says he'll be back when he's '100 percent'

When will he return is on everyone’s mind

By Darren Sands

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Kollective South’s Sian Morson Introduces Atlanta Community to Tech

Tech entrepreneur establishes co-working space in historic district in Atlanta

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the Kollective Mobile founder to discuss the inspiration behind Kollective South,…

By Janel Martinez

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Vince Young Settles Lawsuit With Former Agent, Advisor

Trial was set to begin

Vince Young is a free agent

By Darren Sands

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In the Zone: How to Get Through Struggle of Career Burnout

Sometimes you can't just quit. Here's how to work past it

Here’s how to overcome career burnout without totally shutting down.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Pop-Up Shops Open Across the Country for Holiday Shopping Season

Temporary stores are great for testing new products and drawing new customers

Have you ever been inside a pop-up shop?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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TSL Conspiracy Theorists: The Braves Aren’t Going Anywhere

They can't really be leaving ... can they?

Are the Braves really leaving Atlanta?

By The Shadow League

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Beats by Dre’s ‘Hear What You Want’ Campaign Features Colin Kaepernick

Endorsements continue for likable QB

The endorsements are still coming in for Colin Kaepernick

By Darren Sands

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DECIDING BETWEEN AN LLC OR S CORPORATION: 6 KEY DIFFERENCES

Deciding Between An LLC or S Corporation: 6 Key Differences

LLC vs S Corporation. Which is right for your business?

Rachel Rodgers walks us through the benefits and differences between 2 common business structures: LLC…

By C. Daniel Baker

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7 Indicators of an Exceptional Digital Brand

How well are you branded online?

Seven indicators will assist you in measuring how well you’re branded online.

By Lisa Nicole Bell

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Artist and Fitness Buff Talks Social Media’s Role in Career Advancement

Keaira LaShae uses Web to merge professional interests

Artist and fitness enthusiast Keaira LaShae has used social media to fuel her day job…

By Sasha King

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Survey: Many Employers Get Generous, Plan Holiday Bonuses

More than 40% expect to add extra coin to workers' pockets

A new Careerbuilder survey shows more than 40% of employers are planning to give employees…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Answer the Toughest Question at a Job Interview

You don't want to flub this one, lest you miss out on your dream gig

You’re acing the job interview until your prospective employer asks one of the most difficult…

By Janell Hazelwood

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On his first meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela   "The new South Africa needs us. To be specific, if a truly, multiracial state will grow out of apartheid’s ashes, it needs contributions of African American skills and financial resources. That was the message President Mandela delivered to a gathering of prominent black American business and political leaders when he visited BLACK ENTERPRISE’s offices a year after he gained his freedom. Black America has created, sustained and grown its own businesses and sent executives to the nation’s largest corporations. South Africa needs this knowledge."

Nelson Mandela: A Global Hero Goes to Glory

Earl G. Graves, Sr., the Founder and Publisher of BlackEnterprise talks the legacy of Mandela

Nelson Mandela left this mortal plane on Dec. 5, 2013, 22 years almost to the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Growing Your Business At the Right Pace

Growing Your Business at the Right Pace

If not prepared, scaling too quickly can be dangerous and lead to failure

Scaling is certainly a goal for businesses at some point, but scaling as soon as…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Personal Income and Savings Rate Dip, Report Says

Consumers show slight declines

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports a slight drop in savings and income

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

6 Reasons to Launch Your Business Now

There's no better time than the present when it comes to launching a business

A struggling economy presents opportunities for ambitious entrepreneurs — you just have to know where…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Kanye Who? Drake Signs With Brand Jordan

Nike drops the drama and moves on with another rapper/shoe designer

With marketability of rappers, it’s a new day in the sneaker world

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5 Ways to Boost Your Mood in the Workplace

Holistic Nutritional and Green Living Expert, Coach P shares ways to stay upbeat while at work

Before you panic and make yourself more anxious or sad try these mood-enhancing solutions

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Is Money “Dripping” From Your Wallet Because of Drip Pricing?

Beware of hidden fees

Avoid getting hit with fees that weren’t in the original price quote

By Tory Parrish

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Bank of America Aims to Improve Financial Literacy with Campaign

Small, simple steps can build money smarts

Many Americans are still not confident when it comes to some aspects of money management

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The New Yorker’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela Is Pretty Fantastic

Image was released Thursday night via Twitter.

Image was released Thursday night via Twitter.

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Hero for the World: The Death of Nelson Mandela [Obituary]

Mandela was revered as the father of the "Rainbow Nation"

Obama said he was especially impressed by Mandela’s efforts to reconcile blacks and whites during…

By Cliff Hocker

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Global Icon Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

Mandela had been battling various illnesses

A hero for the world

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8 Brands That Excel on Snapchat

Brands are using the time-sensitive image-based social media app to their advantage

Eight brands that prove time-sensitive images are an asset to marketers.

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

Finding Capable Employees Still A Hurdle for Small Businesses

Finding a highly skilled team of employees is crucial. But it isn't always easy

In a recent survey,60 percent of small business owners said the biggest challenge in hiring…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How Criminal Background Checks Prevent You From Getting the Job

Find out how you can take action

Are you being discriminated against because of your criminal background? Find out how you can…

By Sasha King

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

How to Hire Only the Best Talent for Your Startup

Five tips for attracting talent that will support your vision

Hiring the right talent is one of the most important aspects of building a thriving…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How To Keep Your Startup Customers Smiling

A large number of people are jaded from poor customer service experiences

At a startup and arguably at a large company too – there is nothing more…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Nike Unveils ‘Kobe Prelude Pack,’ Kobe 9 Elite Shoe

Almost back from injury, Bryant releases new shoe

Introducing the new Kobe 9 Elite.

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SCORE Launches Video Contest to Help Small Businesses Increase Productivity

The BizClips contest is part of SCORE's 50th anniversary celebration

Since 1964, SCORE has assisted over 10 million small businesses, and looks to continue with…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

‘Tis the Season: The Best Temp Jobs and How to Maximize Them

Be sure to make the most of your time with holiday employment

Seasonal work can be favorable to your future career advancement if you choose wisely. Here’s…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Songstress and activist Kaissa, a native of Cameroon, gave a riveting performance for the audience, along with ADA award honoree Blitz the Ambassador.

Applause Africa Honors Global Leaders at African Diaspora Awards

Honorees include Nobel Laureate and Hopstop founder

Check out this photo recap of Applause Africa’s African Diaspora Awards honoring global leaders in…

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5 Reasons To Get Real With Your Holiday Spending

It's okay to believe in Santa Claus, as long as you never forget that he won't be paying your bills

Reminders to avoid financial choices that detract from the true spirit of the season

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Show You How to Do This: Jay Z’s Top 10 Moves in Sports Business

On his birthday, a not so serious take on Jay Z's approach to the business of sports

Happy Birthday, Hov

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Inside the Health and Fitness Regimen of President Barack Obama and The First Lady

The First Family's chef and personal trainer share tips on staying fit in this first installment of #DreamJobDreamBody

Here’s details on the health and fitness regimen of Barack and Michelle

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5 People You Need to Have in Your Entrepreneurial Network

Who you know is just as important as what you know

One of the most direct ways to build up your network and add new members…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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