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10 Black Business Power Couples In Black History

The Carters (Shawn “Jay-Z” and Beyoncé , the Smiths (Will and Jada), the Wests (Kanye…

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Carver Bancorp’s CEO Deborah C. Wright To Retire

President and COO Michael T. Pugh named her successor effective January 1, 2015

Source: Carver
After 15 years of service at Carver Bancorp, Inc. (holding company for Carver Federal…

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Black Enterprise 100s Business Icon Herman J. Russell Has Died

Business legend built the nation's largest black-owned real-estate and construction firm, and much of the Atlanta skyline

Herman J. Russell, who built the nation’s largest black-owned construction and real estate firm, died…

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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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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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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Monica Walker

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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BE 100s 2014: Top Black-Owned Businesses in the U.S.

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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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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?

By Alan Hughes

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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

By Alan Hughes

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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)…

By Alan Hughes

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Building Capri Capital Brick By Brick

Orchestrating deals from housing to shopping malls, Quintin E. Primo III has hatched a plan to transform one of the nation’s largest black-owned real estate investment firms into a global powerhouse

Nestled between Baldwin Hills Estates—one of the country’s wealthiest majority African American neighborhoods—and Crenshaw—the location…

By Alan Hughes

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BE 100s: Behind the Names

How the nation’s black-owned businesses develop household products we can’t do without

Long lines at tollbooths are becoming a thing of the past for motorists using E-ZPass.…

By Alan Hughes

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Full Throttle

No longer in neutral, Bill Perkins has shifted his retooled dealership into high gear to zoom past the competition

It looks as if the domestic auto industry has got its mojo back. “I think…

By Alan Hughes

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Service Leadership

Janice Bryant Howroyd created the largest black female-owned business based on exceeding client expectations

In 30 years Janice Bryant Howroyd has created a billion-dollar juggernaut using a business model…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Freshman Class of CEOs

Meet six newcomers to the B.E. 100s who are at the top of their game

They oversee more than $550 million in combined revenues and employ more than 1,000 people…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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The Winner’s Edge

Emerging from our generation’s toughest downturn, the BE 100s seek to recapture the innovative spirit that will position these companies for unparalleled growth

Just like “Trouble Man,” Marvin Gaye’s anthem of determination, the BE 100s at 40 share…

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A Succession Story

Jimmy Walker had left Laurel Ford Lincoln Kia Inc. (No. 59 on the BE Auto…

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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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Great Lessons from Great CEOs

Advice from Entrepreneurial Legends to Move Your Business Forward

What makes chief executives of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses great? When I wrote…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Banking in the Digital Age

Alden J. McDonald brings his institution into the 21st century

“It’s not a matter of whether or not you’re going to get new business [using…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Marvin Carroll (Photo by Sheri O'Neal)

Fire When Ready

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

By Alan Hughes

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Dorian Boyland (Photo by Ryan Ketterman)

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…

By Alan Hughes

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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

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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