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Robert L. Johnson And Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. Announce Alliance To End Payday Lending, Lower Minority Consumer Debt, And Promote Financial Education

45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 23: America’s First Black Billionaire Buys NBA Franchise

Billionaire Bob Johnson makes another slam dunk in black business history by breaking the ownership…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 24: A.G. Gaston Amasses $130 Million Fortune

He began life in a small log cabin

Born the grandson of a slave in a log cabin on July 4, 1892, Arthur…

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Military Background Helps Black Veterans Run BE 100s Companies

Businesses run by African American veterans growing in number

There were 13,170 firms with paid employees owned by male or female black veterans in…

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45 Black Corporate Directors Who Power the Tech Industry

They have oversight of S&P 500 tech companies

We have decided to share with you the segment of corporate directors with oversight of…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 25: Black Investment Banks and Facebook’s $104 Billion IPO

Yet, they didn't benefit as much as majority-owned investment firms

The Facebook IPO served as a catalyst for more BE 100s black investment banks to…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business–No. 26: Parks Sausage Returns to Black Ownership With $4 Million Buyout

The iconic sausage company was started by an African American

Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. and the management team of Parks Sausage Co, launched by the…

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Robert F. Smith

Black Billionaire’s Investment Firm Buys Leading IT Services Company

The acquisition is slated to add more to his $3.3 billion net worth

Vista Equity Partners, one of the world’s most successful investment firms founded by black billionaire…

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Iconic Black-Owned Construction Firm, H.J. Russell & Co., Launching New S.P.A.C.E. Division

The BE 100 company generates over $200 million in revenue

An iconic BE 100s company, H.J. Russell & Co. is launching a new division that…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 27: Don Barden’s $149 Million Acquisition of Three Vegas Casinos

The black business icon was a trailblazer in America's gaming industry

Rising from meager beginnings to become a self-made multi-millionaire African American entrepreneur, the late Don…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 28: Berry Gordy Sells Motown Records

The iconic record label is a pillar of music history

In 1988 Berry Gordy sells Motown Records, which created “The Sound That Changed America” and…

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Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments

45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 29: Ariel Investments’ $16 Billion Milestone

The black-owned investment firm achieves a major milestone

Ariel Investments, No.1 on the BE ASSET MANAGERS LIST is the first black money manager…

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Cummings is running for president of Liberia

This Coca-Cola Executive May Be Liberia’s Next President

Alexander Benedict Cummings has an audacious plan to rebuild Liberia

“I think that we can tap into Silicon Valley to discover ways in which Liberia…

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Black-Owned Investment Company’s $700 Million Project Will Redevelop South Central, LA

Mixed-use project still needs final approval from Los Angeles City Council

Calling its approval a “milestone,” Capri Investment Group has the green light to proceed with…

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Hurricane Harvey

BE 100s CEO Steps Up to Assist Harvey Victims With $62 Million Fund

Funds will provide, food, childcare, healthcare, and more

Tony Chase, chairman and CEO of ChaseSource L.P. (No. 87 on the BE 100s with…

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Chicago’s Last Black-Owned Bank Gets $20 Million Cash Infusion

Some say the transaction could help alleviate the violence plaguing The Windy City

To spark economic development activity within the black community, Chicago deposits $20 million into ISF…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 30: Earl Graves Sr. and Magic Johnson Close $60 Million Deal to Create Largest Black Pepsi Franchise

The publisher and athlete made for an all-star business team

BE Publisher Graves and Earvin “Magic” Johnson partner with Pepsi-Cola to establish Pepsi-Cola of Washington,…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 31: John H. Johnson’s Enduring Lessons on Growing Black Businesses

Business lessons from the Ebony and Jet founder

John H. Johnson is named the first BE Entrepreneur of the Decade, having built Johnson…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 32: Black-Owned Investment Bank Smashes Multibillion-Dollar Corporate Finance Barrier

Finance whiz demonstrate black firms can produce superior performance on Wall Street

John O. Utendahl, a 36-year-old Columbia University MBA and former bond trader for venerable financial…

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B.E. 100s

Lessons from the BE 100s: The 2017 Auto Dealer of the Year

Jessie Armstead and his team win big by focusing on perseverance, teamwork, and customer service

While working on the Black Enterprise Auto Dealer of the Year story (in our May-June…

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 34: How R. Donahue Peebles’ Historic Real Estate Deal Became A $127 Million Payday

A boycott gave this African American an incredible business opportunity

Peebles makes history in 2002 when his BE 100s real estate firm completes development of…

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How To

Apply to More Than 50 HBCUs at Once With the Common Black College Application

Students can apply to 52 of the more than 100 HBCUs by completing just one…

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Password Protect Your Flash Drive In Two Simple Steps

Flash drives, thumb drives, USB sticks: whatever you want to call them, they’re more than…

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