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Hotel Industry Offers Opportunities For Black Small Businesses

Performance outlook for the lodging is positive, with rising demand

The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers recently announced plans to boost…

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CAMAC Holdings Inc. was the second black-owned enterprise to gain membership into the BE 100s billion dollar club when it reached the No. 1 slot on our 2003 INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100. In fact, the Houston-based oil and gas exploration, consulting and engineering company was only a hair away from achieving the milestone when it made its debut on our industrial/service list in 2002 - - gross sales for 2001 were $979.5 million. Operated by Nigerian-born Kase Lawal, CAMAC (which stands for Cameroon-American) grew through its ability to integrate upstream services, the production of oil and gas, and downstream operations, which included trading and refining of its products. CAMAC, which reported its highest level of revenues-- $2.43 billion-- on the 2009 list, left the BE 100s in  2011 after shifts in operational structure, management and ownership.

BE 100s Billion-Dollar Club: Lessons from Top-Earning Black Business

Check out the eight companies who have surpassed $1 billion in revenues

Over the past four decades, only eight black-owned companies have surpassed $1 billion in revenues.…

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10 Worst States For African Americans Without Jobs

Southern states dominate list

Take a look at the worst states, in terms of jobless benefits and other factors,…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Microsoft To Cut 18,000 Jobs

More than 12,000 will come from Nokia, which was acquired by Microsoft

Microsoft announced it is laying off up to 18,000 workers over the course of the…

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BE 100s: 5 Lessons On Attracting, Retaining Talent

Commonground founders share insights on diverse staff and collaborative environment

Operaters of one of the fastest-growing BE 100s agencies, Sherman Wright and Ahmad Islam of…

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Once you’ve made your list of must-have items, find out which retailers carry them in the sizes you will need. Don’t wait until the day of to start your search for the perfect gift. One of the perks of shopping online is that you can window show 24/7 so get to browsing so you don’t waste time later searching a site with great sales for everything but what you’re looking for.

Consumer Tip of the Day: Diversify Online Shopping Sources to Find Deals

Website finds that Amazon may not be saving you money all the time

A recent report from Savings.com reveals that Amazon doesn’t always have the lowest prices, therefore,…

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EXCLUSIVE: Rick Ross Talks Empire Building & Rebranding

Rapper and entrepreneur opens up about franchising, conquering the business world

Rapper and entrepreneur Rick Ross opens up on conquering business world.

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Timeline: What Has Obama Done Lately For The Country?

More than 40 actions the president has taken since January

Since January, the president has taken more than 40 executive actions to help families succeed…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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NBA Hires Pamela El as Chief Marketing Officer

Former Nationwide Insurance executive will start her new position in August

Former Nationwide Insurance Executive, Pamela El, is hired by the NBA to become their latest…

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Not only did BLACK ENTERPRISE select Harpo Inc. as the 2008 Industrial/Service Company of the Year but it was the first time that billionaire entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey spoke to the press in detail about her business empire. At the time, the dynamo was still developing Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN, asserting that  divine inspiration, not strategic planning, drove her company’s success. She also admitted that it took a solid business team and sound financial controls to grow her entity from a five-person production company to a 430-employee multimedia conglomerate. Moreover, she owns every piece of her franchise: the content, name, brand and studio.

BE 100s: Winning Lessons from Top Companies of the Year

Best of the best talk leadership, capital and longevity

For more than 40 years, Black Enterprise has identified the best of the best in…

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Google Offers Small Business Owners Free Cloud Storage For A Year

Google enters cloud storage provider war, offers biz owners free space

Google is taking the fight for cloud-computing services in the small business market to the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Top 5 Highest Banking Crowdfunding Campaigns

LeVar Burton’s 'Reading Rainbow' and Veronica Mars projects make list

LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow among the highest-funded Kickstarter campaigns at more than $5 million in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Dr. Barry Jordan Talks Merging His Love of Sports and Medicine to Practice Neurology

Interests in traumatic brain injury came through involvement with boxing and football

Dr. Barry Jordan, chief Medical Officer of the New York State Athletic Commission discusses career…

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BE 100s: Biblical Lessons to Achieve Business Success

Take heed to tips from one of the world's best-selling books of all time

Successful BE 100s CEO Pamela Rodgers, of Rodgers Chevrolet, says the Bible’s book of Ephesians…

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Black Celebs Dominate Forbes’ ’10 Most Powerful’ List

Who are the most powerful celebrities in the world at the moment?

Black celebrities dominate Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful List’ which includes Floyd Mayweather, Beyonce, Oprah and Dr.…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Black Mt. Rushmore: What African American Leaders Are On Yours?

Who are the top leaders that would be immortalized in granite?

If there were a Black Mt. Rushmore, what African-American faces should be sculpted and chiseled…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Tim Howard: The Safest Hands in America

U.S. Goalkeeper cements legacy with 2014 World Cup performance

In the line of fire: How U.S. soccer goalie Tim Howard nearly single-handedly saved our…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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BE 100s: Nation’s Most Successful Black-Owned Businesses

Check out the full list for the best of the best in auto, financial services and more

Black Enterprise ranks the most successful black-owned businesses via its 42nd annual BE 100s list.…

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BE 100s: 5 Tips On How To Position Your Business

Holland Capital's Monica L. Walker is delivering top financial performance in a male-dominated industry

Holland Capital offers 100% equity portfolio management, mainly to institutional investors, with $4.9 billion in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[VIDEO] Have The Roots Gone Pop In New Kellogg-Themed Concert?!

Their latest partnership is the tipping point for a new audience.

There was a time when fans of The Roots were the only ones interested in…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Black Enterprise Publishes Rankings Of Nation’s Largest Black-Owned Businesses

42nd Annual B.E. 100s Report On Top Industrial/Service Companies, Auto Dealerships, Financial Companies and Ad Agencies

The 42nd Annual Black Enterprise 100s report on top Industrial/Service Companies, Auto Dealerships, Financial Companies…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Bobby Womack Legacy: Top Music Stars He Influenced and Inspired

From Stevie Wonder to Kelly Rowland to 50 Cent, here are highlights of great music moments

In remembrance of the soul singer’s legacy, check out music greats influenced by Bobby Womack…

By Janell Hazelwood

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BE 100s: Nation’s Top Black-Owned Businesses By the Numbers

Take a look at the top black-owned industrial/service and auto businesses

Black Enterprise breakdown by the numbers of the nation’s top black-owned auto and industrial/service companies.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Follow the Lita: How One Bodybuilder is Living Her Dream

Fitness expert and motivator says, 'I must continue to build with integrity'

Lita Lewis, fitness trainer and motivator, talks how she got started in body building and…

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Scale is King: Top Lessons From Nation’s Largest Black Businesses

How CEOs of Black Enterprise's BE 100s have remodeled firms for expansion

What will boost your business’ bottom line? Learn from the top black-owned businesses in the…

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Google’s Biggest Announcement at I/O? More Women

More than 1000 female programmers present at smartphone giant's developer conference

Google’s SVP of Android, Sundar Pichai, announced that 20% of conference attendees were women at…

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NFL Removes Cap on Concussion Damages for Players

Revised agreement provides wide range of benefits to retired NFL players and families

The agreement also states that the NFL will set aside $10 million for education on…

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Small Biz Spotlight: Google Gets Into Domain Name Game

Search engine giant taking on GoDaddy and other Web-hosting companies

Google, which has launched Google Domains, says 55% of small businesses still don’t have their…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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6 Ways To Land A Partnership With A Major Corporation

The right deal could jettison your company

Try this strategy to get partnerships for your business and boost success.

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Microsoft Doubles Cloud Storage, Slashes Prices To Match Google

A terabyte of storage for seven bucks is just what Microsoft needs to become the go-to cloud service

Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service will soon offer 15GB of free cloud storage, and increase Office…

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Obama Hosts Inaugural White House Maker Faire

Inventors and scientists from around the country showed off 3D printed homes, low-cost incubators, and even mechanical animals.

A passenger-ready robotic giraffe was one of the many incredible inventions shown by students around…

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Report: McDonald’s America’s Least Favorite Fast Food Chain

The Golden Arches aren't liked that much by Americans

The Golden Arches aren’t really appreciated, as McDonald’s is voted America’s least favorite fast food…

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Maryland No. 1 State For Innovation And Entrepreneurship

Study reveals the nation’s most enterprising states

Maryland has retained top rankings in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s annual “Enterprising States”…

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Mayweather Tops Forbes List

Floyd Mayweather Tops 2014 List Of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

Pulled in an astounding $105 million in 2013

Floyd Mayweather is the top earning athlete on Forbes’ 2014 List Of The World’s Highest-Paid…

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Shonda Rhimes Offers Three Key Life Lessons to Dartmouth Graduates

Scandal creator talks about the need to do more than showcase activism on Twitter

Shonda Rhimes returns to her alma mater, Dartmouth College, to give the graduating class three…

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Top 5 Cool Jobs for the Fashion Crazed

If you have a knack for style and flair, these options are for you

Love shopping or all that is fashion? These cool jobs are right up your alley.

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Hollywood Insider #2

Will Packer is staying busy and find out which two new Bille Woodruff projects are coming to screen

What does it really take to successfully release a black film overseas?

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Top 5 Cool Jobs for the Free-Spirited

If you fancy flexibility but still must pay the bills, these options are for you

Some of us like to live a life unconfined and full of flexibility. Here are…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Top 5 Cool Jobs for Social Media Fanatics

These options are perfect for the Web savvy

If you love being on the Web and have a knack for social media, these…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Google Announces Driverless Cars In Less Than 10 Years

The SEO giant plans to revolutionize how the world drives its car.

Search engine juggernaut Google is hoping to alleviate the issue drivers feel when they’re brought…

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Jadeveon Clowney Signs Rookie Contract

Jadeveon Clowney Signs Contract with Houston Texans

Becomes the first of this year's top three picks to sign

Clowney gets $22.272 million guaranteed, including a $14.518 million signing bonus.

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Malcolm Jenkins: Charting the Course Between Work, Entrepreneurship and Charitable Efforts

'I know what it means to invest in others and how that investment can be life changing'

I have a responsibility to our youth to be a positive role model. I’m…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Hollywood Insider

What really happened at the Arsenio Hall Show? Where did Oprah make an appearance recently?

Filming is underway in Trinidad and Tobago on the upcoming comedy “GROWN GIRLS GETAWAY,” starring…

By Gil Robertson

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Small Biz Alert: Guarding Your Intellectual Property: Trademarks & Service Marks 101

Learning to pick the right trademark can make or break your business

Learning to pick the right trademark can make or break your business. Here’s how.

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Forbes names Michelle Obama in their top 100 most powerful women

Michelle Obama Lands in Top 10 on The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

The First Lady comes in at number 8

Michelle Obama is the highest ranked Black woman on this year’s list.

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Charles Payne Lands New Show on Fox Business Network

"Making Money with Charles Payne" to debut Monday June 2nd, First African American prime-time lead anchor on Fox Business Network

"Making Money with Charles Payne" to debut June 2nd at 6 PM ET
On Monday, June…

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President Obama cut in half patent fees for small businesses and entrepreneurs. For entrepreneurs working on new technologies, consumer products and other inventions, this is an automatic 50% savings. (Source: White House and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

Small Biz Alert! Protecting Intellectual Property: Patents 101

Tips on guarding your Intellectual Property and everything you wanted to know about Patents

3. Not fully appreciating the full financial value of its intellectual property. Often, people focused on…

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Risk and Reward: Clay Donahue Fontenot, One of the Most ‘Sought-After’ Stuntmen in the Business

Award-winning professional belongs to rare breed

Award-winning stuntman belongs to rare breed of professionals paid to risk personal safety during a…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Top 10 Works of Maya Angelou

Here's a list of the literary icon's best work and must-reads in poetry and autobiographical books

All over the world people are mourning the death of a literary icon, Dr. Maya…

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Maya Angelou: Top 10 Boss Moves of a Global Renaissance Woman

Novelist, actress and educator laid the groundwork for female bosses of color around the world

Remembering her legacy, here are the top 10 most daring and inspiring career moments of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk – To Become Entrepreneurial Giant, No Degree Required?

Majority of college dropouts struggle to find success as business owners, abandoning college rarely leads to economic prosperity

While there are prominent entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded as college dropouts, most entrepreneurs have a harder…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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My Desk Job is Better Than Yours? Research Explores the Topic

Survey finds employees equally happy whether working from a desk or not

Recent survey by CareerBuilder finds employees at desk and non-desk jobs equally happy. Check out…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Wendell Scott: First African-American Inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

Scott was the first African-American driver to win a premier series race at NASCAR in 1963

He was the first African-American driver to secure a victory at NASCAR’s top level

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Life in the ‘Fast Lanes’: How New FCC Vote Could Harm Small Businesses

Federal Communications Commission Vote Could Mean trouble for the "little guy"

The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) vote last week to allow the new so-called fast lanes…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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’180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School” Wins Coveted Peabody Award

Teenager defies enormous odds, accepts award on behalf of filmmakers for PBS series about "failing" school

The National Black Programming Consortium documentary series 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High…

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Update: U.S. Deploys Troops to Chad in Search of Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls

President Obama: These personnel will support intelligence, surveillance missions

#bringbackourgirls campaign rallies continue in Nigeria
The United States has deployed 80 troops to Chad to…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Enforcing Public Dress Codes: Discrimination, Health Issue or Just Plain Nonsense?

Fashion freedom and style censorship are expanding beyond the office. Is it fair?

Cities are banning sagging pants, with a recent alleged arrest in South Carolina for the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Facility Interiors CEO Charles Griggsby

More on entrepreneurs, strategies and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: BE 100s CEO Charles Griggsby; Wells Fargo executive…

By Pepper Miller

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Entrepreneur’s Conference, Day 3: Brand Your Company With Social Media

Amanda Littlejohn's online branding consulting service shows that a few selfies can go a long way when connecting with your audience

Amanda Littlejohn thought her social media profiles would remain stagnant, but some authenticity and engagement…

By Patrick Austin

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Rising Star? Michael Hyacinthe: 2014 Grad of “Workshop at Macy’s” ultra-exclusive program

Hyacinthe, founder of Fashion has Heart, turns wounded vets' ideas into designs, also created app for badly wounded veterans

The fourth class of Macy’s prestigious and ultra-exclusive minority and women-owned business development workshop…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Beyond Nollywood: New Band of Africa’s “Hottest, Brightest Stars” Sparkle in NYC

Directors, Stars of Africa's hottest new Films descend on New York's Lincoln Center for 21st New York African Film Festival

Mahen Bonetti founder of NYAFF with new band of Africa's stars
After lighting it up at…

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Jay-Z Drops $20 Million Extortion Case

The rapper decides against pursuing legal action against former engineer who has master recordings since 2002

Jay-Z drops extortion case versus former engineer

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Entrepreneurs Conference Day 2: Kick-Off One-on-One with Valerie Daniels-Carter

Attendees set to be inspired and empowered by queen of franchising

The second day of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference kicks off with a one-on-one with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Join Magic Johnson at the Entrepreneurs Conference

Magic Sets Record Straight on Sterling in CNN, TMZ Interviews

"Not once, even today, has he ever apologized to me or the other minorities he offended."

Magic Johnson responds to Donald Sterling's attack
In a telephone interview with TMZ and an interview…

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12 Highlights and Career Lessons from Diddy’s Howard University Speech

Best quotes from the entertainment mogul's highly-anticipated speech

The entertainment mogul delivered a Howard University commencement speech filled with career and life lessons…

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Preferred Companies for Teens: What the CIA, Walt Disney Co., & Apple Have in Common

National Society of High School Scholars' research reflects youth career aspirations

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), conducted Annual Career Survey, reflecting preferences of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Vanished Without a Trace: Where are Nigeria’s “276″ Missing Schoolgirls?

Nearly a month after girls went missing still more questions than answers

#bringbackourgirls protest, Borno state, Nigeria. Courtesy: Nigerianeye.com
As we honor and pay tribute to mothers across…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The NFL Draft

The '10 Fact' series takes a turn towards the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft, which takes place in New York City, gives a long list of…

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Throwback Thursday: Money Tips for New Grads

You're out of school and (if you're lucky) on the job. Next: a plan to manage your cash

If you’re among the young adults who have just graduated from college and landed their…

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Wells Fargo To Create $100 Billion In Small Business Loans

Bank sets five-year lending goal to help more companies succeed

Wells Fargo has set a goal of lending $100 billion to small business owners over…

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IOC Awards Olympic Games To NBCUniversal Through 2032

The deal gives them the broadcast rights in the US starting in 2021

According to Sports Business News, The International Olympic Committee has awarded the broadcast rights in…

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The First Lady of Wall Street, Ernesta Procope

From Storefront to Wall Street, Ernesta G. Procope Has Blazed Trails in Insurance and Real Estate

Celebrating this year's Black Enterprise A. G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

History-makers seldom have an example to follow; they make a path for others to follow…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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How “Money” was the First Round of the NBA playoffs? Nothing but Net.

How the NBA 2014 Playoffs First Round become must-see TV

How the NBA 2014 Playoffs First Round become must-see TV

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Carter Takeover: Jay and Bey’s Biggest Career Moves of 2014

The Carter's newly-announced joint summer tour proves that the couple's empire is continuing to expand into a lane of its own

The power couple continues to make chart-topping power moves in the music business and beyond

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BE Entrepreneurs Conference, May 14th- May 17th, Columbus, Ohio

Butch Graves joins Columbus, Ohio mayor, Michael B. Coleman, at press conference announcing BE Entrepreneurs Conference

Black Enterprise and the City of Columbus held a press conference the other day to…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on All American Meats CEO Shawn Buchanan

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: All American Meats CEO Shawn Buchanan; Life Coach…

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Apple's MacBook Air retains the same slim design, but has slightly updated internals, as well as a lower price.

Apple’s New Macbook Air is Faster and Cheaper

$100 off doesn't seem like much, but now you can buy Apple's thinnest laptop starting at $899

Apple’s MacBook Air retains the same slim design, but has slightly updated internals, as well…

By Patrick Austin

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Verizon Report Shows How Criminals Breach Your Data

Web app attacks, the most common breach, were to blame for 35% of data breaches last year

The report found that about two-thirds of data breaches involved stolen passwords

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Magic Johnson to Buy Clippers Away From Donald Sterling?

The former NBA star has set his sights on purchasing the team from Donald Sterling

Johnson has been trying in earnest to become an owner of a NBA team and…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Have Lunch With Apple’s CEO (If You Can Afford It)

If you've got $67,500 to spend, you could have lunch with Tim Cook and support human rights

You can’t buy love, and you can’t buy friends.
But you can buy lunch with Apple…

By Patrick Austin

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5 Healthy Habits to Increase Your Success

The more healthy you are, the more wealthy you can become

Healthy ways that entrepreneurs and professionals can increase their chances of success

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One Entrepreneur’s Love of Pork Skins Led to a Lucrative Deal With Walmart

Stephen Gilchrist found an inventive way to place his favorite snack food on the shelves of the world's largest retailer

One of the most powerful sessions you’ll discover at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Sports Agent Bill Strickland

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Veteran Sports Agent Bill Strickland; learning to be…

By Pepper Miller

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5 Hottest Industries To Start A Business Right Now

These high demand and fast growing sectors present the greatest money making opportunities for start-ups

IBISWorld has identified the following top industries with low barriers to entry and strong revenue…

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Google’s Hiring Manager Reveals How To Land The Job

Google's Laszlo Bock on how to frame yourself as a valuable potential employee, at Google or anywhere

There are loads of interview tips online, from how to respond correctly to questions to…

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Virtual Tellers Might Be Coming to a Bank Near You

This cutting-edge technology is being used more by financial institutions looking to reduce costs

The virtual tellers do have some limitations, however

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Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office – from AM to PM

Life coach and Author Stacia Pierce, offers tips on staying on top of the health game during the workday

Sitting at a desk for hours on end each week for an extended number of…

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Payment Startup Square Posts Losses Despite Multi-Billion Valuation

Despite being one of the most popular mobile payment systems, the company posted a hefty loss

Mobile payment startup Square has posted a $100 million loss for 2013, according to the…

By Patrick Austin

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How Floyd Mayweather Jr., Became Boxing’s “Money King”

Boxing’s undisputed champ headlines our list of the most influential in sports

An empire built with a team of 11

By Alan Hughes

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Why You Must Join Our Small Business Revolution

We must stop embracing a survival mentality instead of focusing on a growth strategy

To succeed in today’s environment, business owners must first change their mindset

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson to be Honored at Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO Central City Production will be presented with the Trailblazer Award

Reverend Jackson has been called the “Conscience of the Nation” and “the Great Unifier,” challenging…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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America’s Highest Paid CEOs Average Salary Earnings Over $10 Million

Here’s the top 10 executives bringing home the fattest paychecks

The media compensation of CEOs of the top 100 U.S. corporations last year was $13.9…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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T.D. Jakes: Sowing the Seeds of Prosperity

T.D. Jakes has grown a bountiful brand as a media mogul with a business enterprise encompassing film, books, music, and live events

Jakes hails from four generations of entrepreneurs. He asserts, “I was entrepreneurial before I was…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Financial Education Champion Ryan C. Mack

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment President Ryan Mack…

By Pepper Miller

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Office isn't just for Windows devices. Starting at $6.99 per month, you can get it on almost any device.

Office 365 Gets Cheaper with $6.99 Personal Edition

You can now use your iPad to edit documents, presentations, and spreadsheets for $6.99 per month

Office isn’t just for Windows devices. Starting at $6.99 per month, you can get it…

By Patrick Austin

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2014 Entrepreneurs Conference: Capital Raising Moves to Help Start, Grow Your Business

This CEO secured a $5 million line of credit as a result of attending last year's event

In addition to accessing capital, conference topics will run the gamut from how to get…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How Amazon’s Fire TV Beats Roku, Apple and Google

Amazon's media takeover plan has gone from the tablet to the television with the Fire TV.

Which one of the three do you prefer?

By Patrick Austin

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Shark Tank: 8 Business Tips for Pitching the Judges on ABC Show

Contestant gives her advice on how to get in the show and succeed

“Getting onto Shark Tank is a process,” she says. “Just because the casting directors call…

By Alan Hughes

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The company formerly known as Research in Motion makes big announcement, unveiling a new operating system and new devices (Image: BlackBerry)

BlackBerry, Red Lobster, and Four Other Big Brands That Could Go Out of Business

Six companies in dire need of reshaping their business models

Did you ever think these brands would close their doors?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Couple Who Survived Hurricane Katrina Help People Unwind With New Business

Painting With a Twist expands its 'Paint and Sip' franchise

Kermie and Algy Irvin Jr., own two Painting with a Twist enterprises in the Greater…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top MMA Light Heavyweight Contender Emanuel Newton Talks Bellator 113

"Bellator's home for right now," Newton says

Newton says he has proper mindset entering fight

By Darren Sands

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Black Enterprise, Toyota to Host ‘Hackathon’ for Black Techies in NYC

Join us on March 29th and 30th for this historic Hackathon

Leaders of the technology and innovation communities will judge which team was most successful

By Patrick Austin

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Why This Executive Invests Her Own Money to Help Women Open Their Businesses

Lorine Pendleton is leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs

She currently serves as the US director of business development at the global law firm,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Entrepreneur Preserves Our History

The HistoryMakers enlightens, entertains and educates the public, helping to refashion a more inclusive record of American history

For 20 years, the mission of Julieanna Richardson, HistoryMaker’s passionate, energetic founder and executive director,…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Identity Theft Listed as Top FTC Consumer Complain in 2013

Fraud and identity theft combined for almost 70% of complaints last year

More than half of the complaints were fraud based

By Sheiresa Ngo

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So Who Is North Carolina Central Coach Levelle Moton, Anyway?

Former N. Carolina Central player led alma mater to MEAC title, first-ever NCAA appearance

Levelle Moton could be on his way to a new job.

By Darren Sands

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Radio Shack, J.C. Penney, Staples and 6 Other Retailers Shutting Their Doors

RadioShack and other retailers' brick-and-mortar stores struggle under pressure of online retailers and weak economy

Why are all these stores closing?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Thomas J. Burrell, the Dean of Black Advertising, Received the First A.G. Gaston Award

The industry visionary was the first awardee

At the first Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in 1996, BE…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Avoid Burnout! 5 Tips to Keep Your Weekends Workfree

Regularly working 10- or 12-hour days is a recipe for burnout.

Everyone needs time to disconnect from the job, unwind and recharge their creative battery. Simple…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneurs Conference Countdown: A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award Salutes Top Guns of Business

Each year, a major event highlight has been the presentation of the A. G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award

When more than 1,000 entrepreneurs convene at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Survey Reveals 1 in 5 Workers Participate in March Madness Pools

Companies set to lose billions due to unproductive work hours during NCAA

Nineteen percent of workers participate in March Madness office pools, with financial services being top…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Boston Columnist Notes Record Graduation Rates for Black Players in NCAA Men’s Basketball

Rates improve for athletes, columnist finds

Black graduation for players in the tournament is no longer March Madness.

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Young Leader Talks Creating International Network of Women

How Lilian Ajayi seeks to take power networking to the next level

Lilian Ajayi, founder of Global Connections for Women (GC4W), discusses why connecting women for empowering…

By Kandia Johnson

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SBA to Award Grants to Support R&D, Small Business Innovation

SBA to Award Grants to Support R&D, Small Business Innovation

25% of R&D Magazine's Top 100 Innovations come from SBIR-funded small businesses

Companies supported by the SBIR and STTR programs often generate some of the most important…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Advice For Athletes: Invest in Your Future, Not Your Fame

Spend less time, money, and energy getting into the VIP room at the club, and more gaining access to the C-suites and executive boardrooms

Will the cycle of athletes ending up broke after their playing days end?

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Black Trucking Magnate Discusses Move into Industry and his Success

Investor explains why he acquired niche trucking company

It’s a scalable business. It’s a very large business. It’s a business you can build…

By Alan Hughes

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The Need To Read: Neglect It At Your Own Risk

To reject or forgo reading books is to embrace mediocrity—period.

To reject or forgo reading books is to embrace mediocrity—period.

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Brooklyn photographer Daniel Arnold has earned over $5,000 so far in his Instagram photo sale.

Instagram Made This Man $15K in One Day

By selling some 4 x 6's on Instagram, Daniel Arnold went from being a poor artist to a pretty well-off photographer.

Brooklyn photographer Daniel Arnold has earned over $5,000 so far in his Instagram photo sale.
Talk…

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How this BE 100′s Company Survived Last Year’s Sequestration

Your daily money bite

When the government shut down last year, it created a very challenging business climate for…

By Alan Hughes

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New Museum's NEW INC program is the first tech incubator created by a museum.

New York’s New Museum is Opening a Tech Incubator

The first class will have 100 spots open for year-long residencies

The New Museum is starting up an interesting technology project

By Patrick Austin

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7 Keys to Rebranding Your Business

Executing a new company identity must be done strategically

Blue helped his 60-year old company successfully implement a corporate rebranding effort

By Alan Hughes

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$7,000 Intern: Highest Paying Opportunities Found in STEM Industries

Companies seek to attract and retain top young talent

Glassdoor ranked top companies that offer interns high salaries, including Twitter, Linked In and Chevron.

By Janell Hazelwood

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The actor Brandon Dirden depicts Dr. Martin Luther King in the new Broadway play 'All the Way'.

Dr. King, the Politico: On a Grand Stage, an Awakened Truth

Brandon Dirden plays Dr. Martin Luther King, 'architect of peace', in Broadway's 'All the Way'

For Mr. Dirden, that audiences learn the significance of Dr. King’s political role in helping…

By Darren Sands

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Black History Month: 5 Lessons From 5 Business Legends

Check out the 5 business legends who paved the way for many of the world's black business leaders

Guess who is on this list

By Derek T. Dingle

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Women of Power: Don’t Divest From Our Daughters; Invest In Our Sons

The ultimate success of black girls hinges on ending the assault on black boys

But we must invest in our sons–not just in their survival–but their success

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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White House Salutes Champions of STEM Diversity

The White House today will salute a group of professionals, entrepreneurs and educators it calls…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Why There Are So few Blacks In Pro Hockey

Ex-goaltender, first black NHL announcer talks business, race and sports

An entrepreneur, Weekes, launched his lifestyle apparel company ‘I Have No 5 Hole’ in 2012…

By Alan Hughes

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Inside the Health and Fitness Regimen of BET’s 106 & Park, Free

In the second installment of the Dream Job, Dream Body Series, the radio personality shares her tips and challenges on staying fit while being busy

After BET, she has been a radio personality, speaking at colleges across the country and…

By Deanna Jefferson

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The all-electric luxury sedan scored a near-perfect score in Consumer Reports' tests.

Tesla Model S Named Best Overall Car of 2014

The all-electric sedan is pricey, but Consumer Reports says it's a "technological tour-de-force"

It’s the first all-electric vehicle to win the coveted spot

By Patrick Austin

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The White House Emphasizes the Importance of Enrollment in Affordable Health Care

Millions will have access to coverage

Nearly 6.8 million African Americans in the United States are uninsured

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Join IBOM LLC and Black Enterprise for a conversation on using social media to take your business global.

#SMW14: ‘Advances in Global Entertainment Technology’

Join IBOM LLC, Black Enterprise, and Jason Njoku for a conversation on using social media to take your business global

Moderating the panel will be Black Enterprise’s own Associate Producer Janell Hazelwood

By Patrick Austin

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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.

Remote Worker: How to Stay Top of Mind When You’re Out of Sight

Ensure everyone knows you're a value-adding member of the team

Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you don’t want to be seen as…

By Jaimee Ratliff

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BLACK ENTERPRISE WOMEN OF POWER FEB 2014

Women of Power: Rebels, Revolutionaries, Rule Breakers

As part of our focus to help our attendees – and members of the BLACK…

By Derek T. Dingle

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George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match with DMX: Canceled

Promoter said he's missing out on million-dollar pay day

It’s off

By Darren Sands

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Tech Companies Pledge More Than $750 Million to Obama Education Campaign

Fewer than 30% of schools have broadband connectivity, among other tech necessities

President Obama announced Tuesday that technology leaders pledged more that $750 million in computers, cash,…

By Janel Martinez

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NFL, CBS Partner to Broadcast Thursday Night Games

Package to feature 14 Thursday contests

Package to feature 14 Thursday night contests.

By Darren Sands

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Jason Kidd was named head coach of the Nets this past spring.

Nets’ Jason Kidd Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

It has been a trying year for Kidd

Will it get better?

By Darren Sands

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What to Know Before Applying for a Small Business Loan

Here's what business lenders look for before approving a loan

Community banks are lending. They never stopped lending through the financial crisis

By Alan Hughes

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Best-Selling Author Frans Johannsson: ‘Why Hard Work Alone Doesn’t Guarantee Success’

Frans Johansson and The Medici Group are new-school innovators looking to bring their solutions to the world of business

It’s hard to believe that before the launch of the iPhone, telecom leaders predicted that…

By Sonia Alleyne

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iUrban Teen Tech Founder Deena Pierott Introduces Teens to STEM Disciplines

White House Champion of Change honoree invests in tomorrow’s tech leaders

BlackEnterprise.com honors Pierott as Innovator of the Week for her dedication to bridging the achievement…

By Janel Martinez

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New Balancing Act: Juggling Your Day Job, Side Hustle and Life

Millennials: Five steps to juggling it all

If you’re like many enterprising millennials, you have a side hustle or two, plus your…

By Jaimee Ratliff

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The New Alchemy: Engineering Grammy Gold

Alchemists creating Grammy hits with latest studio technology

As the 56th annual Grammy awards approaches, BlackEnterprise.com contributor Carolyn Malachi takes a look at…

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4 Ways to Improve Your App’s SEO

Tips to improve your app's search engine optimization

How to improve your application’s search engine optimization.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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10 Employee Training Mistakes to Avoid

Tips to avoid wasting time and money on ineffective group training

Most of the money and time companies spend on training is wasted because companies use…

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Think a Career in Financial Services is Not For You? Think Again

For high-ranking African American professionals at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), the 162-year-old insurance…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Career #Selfie: How to Take Assessment of Your Professional Goals

Three vital questions to determine your next professional steps

Millennials love posting selfies on social media, but there’s one that affects your happiness and…

By Jaimee Ratliff

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10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

Are you willing to digitally declutter in 2014?

BlackEnterprise.com provides you with a few ways to declutter your digital life in 2014.

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The Official Day to Clean Off Your Desk: 7 Steps to Get Organized

Declutter .... lest you risk peace of mind---and that promotion

Clutter has been associated with productivity loss—and even loss of promotion—so use today’s recognized occasion,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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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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…

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