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From Storefront to Wall Street, Ernesta G. Procope Has Blazed Trails in Insurance and Real Estate BE 100s Billion-Dollar Club: Lessons from Top-Earning Black Business BE 100s: 5 Lessons On Attracting, Retaining Talent BE 100s: Winning Lessons from Top Companies of the Year BE 100s: Biblical Lessons to Achieve Business Success Meet The CEO Who Helped Reshape Atlanta’s Skyline How Going Green Made This Developer A lot of Green BE 100s: Nation’s Most Successful Black-Owned Businesses BE 100s: 5 Tips On How To Position Your Business BE 100s: Nation’s Top Black-Owned Businesses By the Numbers BE 100s: 6 Success Strategies for Beating the Competition Scale is King: Top Lessons From Nation’s Largest Black Businesses The Second Time Around Black Trucking Magnate Discusses Move into Industry and his Success Doing Business with a Smaller Government How this BE 100′s Company Survived Last Year’s Sequestration First Major Hotel to be Owned by Black Firm to Open in Philly Billion Dollar Businessman Dave Steward Shares Success Secrets 8 Steps to Keep Your Small Business on the Road to Success History! Black Owned Real Estate Firm Purchases NYC Building for $160 Million Slideshow: Black Enterprise’s 100 Most Powerful Executives Event [Photos] Banking on a New Model 13 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2012 Fire When Ready The Game Plan A Strategic Alliance Surviving the Meltdown Minority Firm Receives Historical Investment in the Big Apple Mad Science Firing the Boss Jackmont Hospitality Takes Flight Next in Line, but Don’t Say Nepotism

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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

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

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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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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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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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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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HERMAN RUSSELL

Meet The CEO Who Helped Reshape Atlanta’s Skyline

A.G. Gaston Award winner Herman Russell reshaped the city of Atlanta

BE spoke with Russell, who authored “Building Atlanta: How I Broke through Segregation to Launch…

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How Going Green Made This Developer A lot of Green

Why Cedric Franklin built a market leader by developing eco-friendly properties

Harley Stanfield’s projects go beyond real estate and include recycling plants in the Seattle and…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

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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.

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Leon Richardson, CEO of BE 100s company, ChemicoMays (Image: Black Enterprise)

BE 100s: 6 Success Strategies for Beating the Competition

Industry leader and ChemicoMays CEO Leon Richardson shares path to growth

Find out how you can grow your small business from industry leader and BE 100s…

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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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The Second Time Around

After selling his call center business, Anthony Chase builds another BE 100s company

Chase is an example of a serial entrepreneur who faced a daunting challenge that had…

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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…

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Doing Business with a Smaller Government

BE 100s exec talks the new realities of federal contracting

BE 100s exec from Capstone Corp talks the new realities of federal contracting

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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…

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First Major Hotel to be Owned by Black Firm to Open in Philly

Plans to develop black-owned boutique hotel at city landmark

Are you familiar with this area of Philly?

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Billion Dollar Businessman Dave Steward Shares Success Secrets

The founder of the nation’s largest black-owned business attributes SBA to his company’s growth at National Small Business Week

Steward gives credit to SBA for company growth.

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8 Steps to Keep Your Small Business on the Road to Success

One of the largest African American automotive moguls shares his secrets for success

Dorian Boyland, one of the largest African American automotive moguls, shares his secrets for success

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History! Black Owned Real Estate Firm Purchases NYC Building for $160 Million

Peebles Corp. to acquire iconic office building in downtown Manhattan

Transaction marks the first time an African American owned company has acquired a major commercial…

By Alan Hughes

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Slideshow: Black Enterprise’s 100 Most Powerful Executives Event [Photos]

A photo gallery of last night's gala of black executives

A photo gallery of last night’s gala of black executives

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Preston D. Pinkett III, President & CEO of City National Bank

Banking on a New Model

How City National’s new CEO is turning the institution around; using a rebranding campaign, and offering profitable, consumer-focused products and services

City National Bank (No. 8 on the BE BANKS list with $358.43 million in assets)…

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Company: Cannon Industries
Rank: No. 83 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Jack Cannon
Business: Metal fabrication, metal stampings, machining
Location: Rochester, New York


Company: Leader Communications Inc.
Rank: No. 95 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Michael Lyles
Business: Technology
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

13 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2012

Black Enterprise welcomes 13 new companies to our annual BE 100s list chronicling the largest…

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Fire When Ready

When Marvin Carroll’s Tec-Masters Inc. landed its first military contract—a $25,000 deal to support a…

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The Game Plan

Dorian S. Boyland revenues at his Orlando-based chain of dealerships expected to exceed $400 million…

By Alan Hughes

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Craig T. Williams, CEO and president of Pride Enterprises Inc. (right) and Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (Photo by Rayon Richards)

A Strategic Alliance

CEO and president of Pride Enterprises Inc. learned about how a young, black Iraq War…

By Alan Hughes

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B. Doyle Mitchell Jr., president and CEO, Industrial Bank and sister Patricia Mitchell, executive vice president, sales and operations, Industrial Bank (Photo by Kevin Allen)

Surviving the Meltdown

Mitchell, president and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Industrial Bank (No. 8 on the BE banks…

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Minority Firm Receives Historical Investment in the Big Apple

NYC Pension Funds invest $225M with Vista Equity Partners

NYC Pension Funds invest $225M with Vista Equity Partners

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Walton Isaacson founders Aaron Walton (l) and Cory Isaacson (Photo by Kevin Foley)

Mad Science

Walton Isaacson (No. 8 on the BE Advertising Agencies list with $12 million in revenues)…

By Alan Hughes

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Zycron founder Darrell S. Freeman (right) with CEO Steven Howard Smith (Photo by John Schweikert)

Firing the Boss

How Zycron CEO Darrell S. Freeman grew his company by replacing himself

As founder and executive chairman of Nashville-based Zycron Inc. (No. 86 on the BE Industrial/Service…

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Jackmont Hospitality Takes Flight

A master plan to build a chain of restaurant franchises has this Atlanta-based food empire soaring

Though strong performers, even these bustling locations were affected by the economy as business travel…

By Alan Hughes

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Next in Line, but Don’t Say Nepotism

Burgeoning BE 100s leader talks tools for success

Imagine being an integral part of an advertising company legacy that includes millions in billings…

By Janell Hazelwood

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REGISTER NOW: Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s 10th Anniversary

It will be a landmark year for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in…

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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