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Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The rapper-turned-businessman can deem a product cool or passé simply by how he flips it in a verse. But does Jay-Z co-signing a brand in rhyme necessarily equal a boost in its respective sales? Here, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some products that have been name-checked by the influential orator over the years, and how they fared in the aftermath. —Alvin Blanco (Images: Getty)

Jay-Z’s Marketing Power Decoded

Some people merely speak things into existence, but the influential music mogul speaks brands into profits

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Who’s your direct and indirect competition? Here’s a tip, you always have an indirect competitor; your customer can choose to simply not spend money. So there is always competition. It’s not impressive to investors to hear that you think you have no competition. We all have competition in business.

12 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Writing a Business Plan

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells gives you the questions (and answers) you should consider

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By Tina Wells

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When it comes to salary, know your worth: Wait to discuss salary after you’ve been made an offer. At that point, don’t walk into the situation thinking you should accept the base rate or what the company is offering you. You’ve done your research and know your skill set, so now you can gauge what’s appropriate for you in comparison to your industry. Present a salary range to your employer. They may decline your rebuttal, but chances are they will try to reach a middle ground with you.

Two Deals? One Choice. How to Negotiate So You Make the Right Decision

The founder and CEO of Full Circle NY offers tips to making the best career decision for you

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Karen Nethersole, Esq., founder and CEO of Full Circle NY, about ways…

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In the News: Will.I.Am Inks Tech Deal; Single Mom Jailed; Fired for Football

A few noteworthy headlines from around the Web that you may have missed

Will.I.Am. Shows His Inel-Lect with New Tech Deal
Intel Corporation named The Black Eyed Peas frontman…

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Russell Simmons is a lover of books. Not only did he recently release Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All, but the mogul (who is featured in the February 2011 issue of Black Enterprise) keeps his bookshelves jam packed with interesting reads. I took a peek while waiting for the crew to get the lights set for our Power Player interview with Simmons for the Black Enterprise Business Report and took note of what was there. Along with three Buddha statues, an ’80s hip-hop bobble head (complete with pseudo-Kangol and Adidas), a photo of his daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, with Oprah, and a bonsai tree that’s seen better days, Simmons’ office shelves offers a window into his soul—and his favorite reads. Here are 10 great books on Russell Simmons’ shelf. Tastemaker that he is, if Simmons loves it, it’s almost guaranteed to please!--Caroline Clarke

10 Great Reads From Russell Simmons’ Bookshelf

You can tell a lot about a person by what they read. Here's a window into the mind of the music mogul and businessman.

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The Statute of Limitations on Debt

Make sure you know the rules of how to deal with long-term debt

The statute of limitations. You’ve most likely heard the term before, but you may not…

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Do You Have a Way with Words? Then Lift Your Voice!

Calling all poets! Black Enterprise wants you to be a part of our WOMEN OF POWER Poetry Jam!

Calling all female poets, spoken word artists and lyricists! BLACK ENTERPRISE wants you. BE is…

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In the News: Want to Check Your Refund Check Status? There’s An App For That

The IRS launches a smartphone app for iPhone and Android users

The Internal Revenue Service is changing with the times, launching IRS2Go, an app for iPhone…

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Be sure to also read these other tips for entrepreneurs... Want to pitch YOUR business at our Entrepreneurs Conference? Click here to enter! Top 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs 5 Mistakes Millionaire Entrepreneurs Make 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Business Internationally

7 Ways to Maximize Your Company’s Profits

Venture capitalist and author Mark Thompson shares the fundamentals of staying in the black

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UBR Morning Post: Urban Fashion Innovator Daymond John

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with urban fashion…

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Obama’s Plan To Win The Future

State of Union calls for innovation, education and reform to move the nation

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama sought to rally the nation as…

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All Hail the King–Regina King

The actress on longevity, investing, wisely managing her finances, and why she's leery about putting her personal biz on Front Street

Regina King (Photo by Kirstin Knufmann)
Regina Rene King is no stranger to most of us.…

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Career Gear Gives Men of Color the Confidence (and Clothes) They Need to Move Forward

Thanks to donations from celebs and everyday folks, one organization helps men in need dress for success

For many, it’s hard enough to line up a job interview in this down economy,…

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Earl Butch Graves and Ne-Yo

WATCH: The High Life: Ne-Yo Talks about His New Ventures & Partnership with Black Enterprise

Tai Beauchamp interviews BE CEO Earl Butch Graves & Ne-Yo, who's so serious about business

Black Enterprise CEO Earl Butch Graves and Ne-Yo talk business for the High Life

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Want to Earn a Man’s Salary? Negotiate Like Him

How women can get what they're worth in the workplace by manning up!

African American women earned about 62 cents for every dollar white men made in 2009,…

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New Bank Fees? No Problem. You Can Still Get Free Checking

Look for the loopholes and don't get charged for accessing your own money

You might see a new addition to your checking account in a few weeks. No,…

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Bad Business: The Problem With Fried Chicken

An honest look at the politics of poultry and what role this Southern delicacy plays in the negative image of Black folks

Perhaps I’m being too sensitive and reading too much into the politics of poultry but…

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In the News: At Least 35 Killed in Moscow Airport Explosion

Investigators believe possible terrorist attack connection to today's bombing in Russia

Russia’s largest airport became the scene of destruction and death when a bomb exploded late…

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Let Your Voice Be Heard at Women of Power 2011

Participate in this years Women of Power poetry jam contest for your chance to win the grand prize

Black Enterprise is searching for a poet to bring down the house at the 2011…

By Janel Martinez

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Don't cough or sneeze into your hand-- Sneezes and coughs can creep up instantly and before you know it you’ve expelled millions of droplets into the air (or your hand). Always have tissues on hand making sure you cover your mouth and nose when you feel one of these actions coming on. Dispose of the tissue immediately after.

Top 10 at 10: Ways to Avoid Getting the Office Bug

These 10 tips will help you stay safe in your office space

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Pete D. Williams, MD from Northeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Gainesville,…

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