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Web Series ‘Lenox Ave’ Debuts, Explores The ‘New Harlem’

The "new Harlem" looks good online.

The “new Harlem” looks good online.

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Entrepreneurial Studies Increasing at HBCUs

Entrepreneurial programs are gaining traction at HBCUs across the country.

Entrepreneurial programs are gaining traction at HBCUs across the country.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Gigs That Never Sleep: Even Hurricane Sandy Can’t Stop the Hustle

As a major storm looms, some of us still have to put in work

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When it comes to hurricanes or any other disasters that could hinder work, some…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Google Unveils Crisis Map for Hurricane Sandy

As “Frankenstorm” makes its way to the coast, the tech company maps out path

Tech giant Google has launched interactive maps to track the course of Hurricane Sandy. …

By Janel Martinez

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Public Speaking Nightmare? Here’s How to Become a Hit

Use these quick tips to upgrade your skills

Get a quick brush up on upgrading your public speaking and presentation skills with these…

By Jamie Harrison

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Life is Good: Amanda Seales, Renaissance Woman and Free Spirit

What does Amanda Diva do? She creates and she lives

What does Amanda Diva do? She creates and she lives

By Demetria Irwin

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Co-Pay? No Way, Healthcare Changes Looming

Companies dropping co-payment for co-insurance

Could your industry be the next to be affected?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Office Space Rental guide for small businesses

Need Office Space? Here’s What to Look for During the Search

They are many factors to consider, from hiring a real-estate broker to finding the right location and price

They are many factors to consider, from hiring a real-estate broker to finding the right…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Need Some $? Win $10k from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The 2013 "DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award" is now accepting nominations and applications.

The winner of the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award will receive…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Accessing Files: File sharing and allowing team members to access content remotely and for co-located teams during meetings is critical.  Two recommended tools are Dropbox mobile app and Google Docs.

10 Tips to Amp Up Your Dropbox User Experience

Things you didn’t know the file hosting service could do

Ten tips to enhancing your Dropbox user experience.

By Janel Martinez

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Need Quick Cash? Look Around the House for Unused, Broken Electronics

A little cleaning up around the house can help line your pockets

A little cleaning up around the house can help line your pockets

By Ashley R. Harris

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3 Hottest Food Trends Sure to Eat a Hole in Your Wallet

Tightening your budget may mean you don't have to loosen your belt

Will you be able to avoid the popular trends in favor of a fatter wallet?

By Ashley R. Harris

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‘Sparkle’ and ‘Jungle Fever” Actress Lonette McKee Prepares for New Show

The original "Sister" in "Sparkle" is still performing

The original “Sister” in “Sparkle” is still performing

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WATCH: Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Second Screen Viewing in ‘60 Seconds of Social Media’

The chief executive explains the connection between social buzz and TV ratings

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos explores the second screen experience and highlights Portland-based startup Chirpify in…

By Janel Martinez

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London-Based Marketing Pro Finds Success in Entrepreneurial Expansion

Founder of branding and trends companies tells how she made an exciting transition

Samantha Clarke, founder of branding and trends companies, talks making an exciting transition from career…

By Octavia Goredema

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Harlem-Based Education Group Prepares Youth for College—and Graduation

Many of us found adolescence difficult to navigate but got through it, not just with…

By Robin White Goode

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Are you ‘Extreme Couponing’ or Just a ‘Hoarder’?

Are you spending more than you're saving with coupons?

Is extreme couponing a healthy concept?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Starting at $1,199, the Samsung Series 9 ultrabook is thin, light and has a neat backlit keyboard (Image: Samsung)

Review Roundup: Two Ultrabook Picks for Mobile Professionals

See whether a business or consumer ultrabook suits your needs

In this week’s Review Roundup, we’re taking a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon…

By K. T. Bradford

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From Street DVDs to Reviving Battle Rap: How Tony ‘SMACK’ Mitchell Monetized Both

SMACK has been able to carve out his own niche without all the glitz and glamour associated with Hip-Hop

SMACK has been able to carve out his own niche without all the glitz and…

By Black Enterprise

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Step 1: How to Set Financial Goals You Can Achieve

Here's part one of three easy steps designed to help you reach more goals in record time

Here’s part one of three easy steps designed to help you reach more goals in…

By Patrice C. Washington

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3 Early-Morning Habits of Winning Young Bosses

Consistency with routines is key to setting tone for successful day

Take a cue from three leading young bosses on how they start their day and…

By Jamie Harrison

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Stop the BS Stunt and Show: Top 5 Cliche Job Titles

Yes, there are reputative professionals wearing these shoes, but others have no receipts

Some so-called occupations have prompted a side-eye and skepticism, whether warranted or unwarranted.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Hey Small Business Owners: Do You Have a Nest Egg?

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Factors to Determine Value on the Relationship Market

Are you being realistic about your worthiness?

On the relationship market, think of yourself as an asset that requires investment.

By Kenny Pugh

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Don’t Sleep On Microsoft: How the Tech Corp. Is Re-emerging As a Stronger Brand

The global tech brand is inching toward top spot

With the Windows 8 operating system on the tip of techies’ tongues, here are 3…

By Janel Martinez

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Don't be afraid to step out of the box a bit with your work attire, whether you're the corporate chica or the start-up stylista. Consider these key pieces (with two bonuses this week) to add timeless trends to your work wardrobe. ---Kéla Walker Check out out to style these looks here.

Style Suite: 7 On-Trend Pieces to Upgrade Your Fall Look

From leather to oxblood, these hot items ensure your look is timeless

From leather to oxblood, this hot apparel keep on trend at work but can stand…

By Kéla Walker

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WeMontage: Interior Design with Photo Wall Art

Create custom designer wallpaper sections from personal photo collections

Create custom designer wallpaper sections from personal photo collections

By C. Daniel Baker

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WATCH: R&B Songstress Alicia Keys On Storytelling App for Kids

Singer-songwriter and producer launches “The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee”

Loosely based on her relationship with her Nana, R&B singer Alicia Keys unveils an interactive…

By Janel Martinez

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Tonya Lewis Lee Wants a Healthy You Now

Best Selling Author and former Producer discusses her mission to help women of color maintain healthy lifestyles.

Tonya Lewis Lee is on a mission to make the word a healthier place. In…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Style Suite: 5 Fall Fashion Staples Perfect for the Office

These key trends can be incorporated into any look for timeless polish

These key fall fashion must-haves will stand the test of time and can be incorporated…

By Kéla Walker

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Record-Low Mortgage Rates Don’t Mean You’ll Get Approved

Some struggles persist for would-be first-time homebuyers

Do low mortgage rates across the board make one more or less worthy?

By Jennifer Streaks

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That Ain’t Hot: 3 Not-So-Boss Celebrity Moves You Don’t Want to Emulate

Stay away from mistakes that could ultimately derail your career

Celebrities can be role models, but some make moves that are certain to lead millennials…

By Jamie Harrison

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ColorComm Offers Something New for Professional Women of Color

For ladies who lunch, work and want to continue on the road of success

For ladies who lunch, work and want to continue on the road of success

By Demetria Irwin

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Small Business Administration Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week

9 Tips for Job-Seeking Veterans

Here's how to parlay your military skills into a career in corporate America

Here’s how to parlay your military skills into a career in corporate America

By Alan Hughes

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Local Businesses Warming up to Facebooks Ads

Local Businesses Embracing Facebook’s New Ads

Small businesses are enjoying Facebook's new simpler ad system.

For years, Facebook has been trying to teach small and medium-sized local businesses how to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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iPad Owners Upset Over Timing of iPad Mini Launch

Nearly half of iPad owners polled are angry about the latest Apple release

According to a new study conducted by Toluna QuickSurveys, loyal iPad owners are angry about…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Ways to Be the Best Leader When All Hell Breaks Loose

Crisis management is a top trait of effective leadership

Learn 5 steps to effective crisis management and gain respect of your team.

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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4 Great Reads to Jump Start Your Career

These books will enlighten and inspire

These reads will give you the insight and inspiration you need whether you’re a recent…

By Jamie Harrison

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5 Reasons Entreprenuers Should Buy An iPad Mini

See why small business owners should invest in the fifth gen iPad

See why entrepreneurs should add the iPad Mini to their list of must-have digital tools.

By Terrance Gaines

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Cool Jobs: Young Senior Mobile Tech Exec Talks Passion and Profits

Chance Cheesecake Factory meeting led to opportunity of a lifetime

Erdolo Eromo (@Erdolo) is, at 31, one of the country’s youngest leaders in the world…

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Yelp helps small businesses estimate online revenue

Buy a Review on Yelp, Get a Mark of Shame.

Yelp punishes businesses attempting to game their review system

Yelp punishes businesses attempting to game their review system

By C. Daniel Baker

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Disconnected: 3 Surefire Signs Your Web Presence Isn’t Cutting It

Key red flags to stay away from on the Internet

Here are key red flags that you need to upgrade your Internet profile.

By Jamie Harrison

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LinkedIn Etiquette: Why Random Invites to Connect Are a No-No

Rule of thumb: Stick with who you know when it comes to connecting on the social networking site

Experts say LinkedIn users should refrain from connecting with anyone and everyone on the network…

By Janel Martinez

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Income-Based Student Loan Repayment Complicated, Overlooked

Confusion could be root cause of non-payment in many cases

According to the New York Federal Reserve, nearly 5 million people are behind on payments.…

By Ashley R. Harris

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3 Steps to Avoid Getting Swindled for Your Money

Don't let your money disappear from you, now.

These three steps can help keep you in the black

By Ashley R. Harris

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Style Suite: Show Your Coworkers Who’s Really Wearing the Pants

Spark major office glam with matchstick pants

Matchstick pants, in a variety of prints, colors and fabrics, are flattering on most body…

By Kéla Walker

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Does AIG Deserve a ‘Thank You’ From the Public?

Insurance giant was bailed out by the U.S. government, but one opinion suggests it was an obligation

Insurance giant was bailed out by the U.S. government, but one opinion suggests it was…

By Ashley R. Harris

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EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney Talks Black Unemployment, Voters and Entrepreneurs

Republican presidential challenger details platform to strengthen nation’s economy

President Obama’s Republican challenger talks about his platform to advance America

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‘Horses and Bayonets’ Win Social Media: 11 Best Romney Memes

Obama's zinger goes viral with unforgettable memes

Obama’s zinger goes viral with unforgettable memes

By Terrena Carriman

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Top 5 Takeaways from the Final Presidential Debate

Who won the final debate?

Who won the final debate?

By Zerlina Maxwell

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SBA sponsors program connecting inner city entrepreneurs to investors.

SBA Sponsors Program Connecting Inner City Entrepreneurs

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

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Webinar: Making and Receiving Electronic Payments for Your Business

Small Businesses Slow to Adopt Direct Deposit, Still Using Checks

46% of paper checks written in the U.S. involve a small business

46% of paper checks written in the U.S. involve a small business

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Do We Really Have to Give Up Culture for Ultimate Career Success?

I'd beg to differ, but in reality, it's up to us to choose the yay or nay

Whether it’s our name, mannerisms, interests, or values, is it necessary to sacrifice the cultural…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Is Morehouse College in Financial Trouble?

Enrollment has dropped while faculty and staff furloughed

Enrollment has dropped while faculty and staff furloughed

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Shooting video to promote your small business isn't as hard as it seems.

Getting Started: Best Practices for Online Video Marketing

Expert says length of video, content, and SEO make a big difference in conversion rates

Want to learn how to market with video? Derrick Guest, CEO of Griot’s Roll Film…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Leadership in Africa: How One Drifter Strengthened Adaptability and Ingenuity

Take a cue from this traveler on how to role with the punches

Take a cue from this traveler’s trip to Equatorial Guinea on how to adaptability and…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Using Criminal Background Checks in Small Businesses

Criminal Background Checks in Small Business Employment

Here are some guidelines for using criminal background checks in hiring

Here are some guidelines for using criminal background checks in hiring

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What Type of Social Media User Are You?

Incyte Group identifies four types of consumers on social media

According to market research conducted by The Incyte Group, there are four major types of…

By Janel Martinez

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If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit

How to find not just any job---but the right career move

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Ninety thousand. That’s amount of hours the average person spends at work over a…

By Jamie Harrison

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Five 2012 Campaign Themed Commercials by Major Brands

The airwaves have seen a blitz of election-based clips

The airwaves have seen a blitz of election-based clips

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Twitter’s Founder Offers up Some Small Business Advice

Advice for entrepreneurs from Biz Stone, founder of Twitter

Advice for entrepreneurs from Biz Stone, founder of Twitter

By C. Daniel Baker

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Harlem Small Businesses Contemplate the Future

As gentrification changes the face of Harlem, small business owners meet to discuss the future

As gentrification changes the face of Harlem, small business owners meet to discuss the future

By C. Daniel Baker

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Vote with Friends Facebook App Makes Sure You (And Your Pals) Hit the Polls

Advocacy group launches new app to incite positive peer pressure to vote

Launched by Internet advocacy organization Fight for the Future, Vote with Friends makes sure you…

By Janel Martinez

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Reality Show Star(s) Businesses: Where Are They Now?

They aren't just television stars, they are entrepreneurs as well

They aren’t just television stars, they are entrepreneurs as well

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Super Producer Invests Capital to Empower Youth Through Music

Atlanta hitmaker talks music business, hard-knock past, and community advocacy

Kevin “Khao” Cates has crafted hits for heavyweights, from TI to R. Kelly. Now he’s…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Small Businesses return to “Do-It-Yourself” over cost concerns

Small Businesses Return to “Do-It-Yourself” Over Cost Concerns

Small businesses embrace “Do-It-Yourself” to save money, time & effort

Small businesses embrace “Do-It-Yourself” to save money, time & effort

By C. Daniel Baker

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British Retail Designer Deborah Millington Combines Creativity and Commerce

Power women of the diaspora finding career success across international borders

In a special series, BlackEnterprise.com highlights black women in the diaspora who make their passions…

By Octavia Goredema

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WATCH: Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Facebook Brand Pages in ‘60 Seconds of Social Media’

The chief executive explains the decline in reach of brand page posts

Freshwire’s CEO Shawn Amos dives into the reported decline in Facebook brand page reach on…

By Janel Martinez

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Review Roundup: Pico Projectors Add Portability to Big-Screen Video

See how the 3M Streaming Projector powered by Roku and Optoma PK301+ compare

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at how the 3M Streaming Projector powered by Roku and Optoma…

By Robert S. Anthony

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Sherri Shepherd Talks Return to Comedy, Launch of Wig Collection

If you thought marriage and 'The View' were it, you have something else coming

If you thought marriage and ‘The View’ were it, you have something else coming

By Kenya N. Byrd

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This Week in Politics: Obama Makes Comeback, Poll Shows Romney Leading

Did Obama do enough to close the gap in your opinion?

Did Obama do enough to close the gap in your opinion?

By Ashley Calloway

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7 Ways to Avoid a Culture Clash When Conducting Global Business

Here’s how best to avoid an international incident when taking your small biz global

For good or bad, globalization is here to stay.

By Alan Hughes

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People of Color Feel ‘Increasingly Uncomfortable’ at Work

A Duboisian double-consciousness persists

A Duboisian double-consciousness persists

By Makkada B. Selah

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Small Businesses Seek Alternative to Pay-Per-Click Advertising

As costs increase, small businesses seek alternatives to pay-per-click advertising

As costs increase, small businesses seek alternatives to pay-per-click advertising

By C. Daniel Baker

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Backed By the Tech Community  

With promises of tax breaks and a laissez-faire approach to regulation, many in the tech community favor Romney. In a recent poll, 64% of chief executives, CFOs and other company officers at tech companies as well as venture capitalists, tech entrepreneurs and consultants felt a Romney administration would be more prosperous to their industry. 

Well-known venture capitalist and Facebook investor Marc Andreessen has contributed more than $100,000 to the Romney campaign. He’s also been victorious in tapping Silicon Valley heavyweights for super PACs. We’re talking key tech backers such as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Meg Whitman; Howard Cox, advisory partner at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners; and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel, who gave over $4 million to conservative super PACs this year.

Mitt Romney’s Top Tech-Savvy Moves

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at what GOP nominee Mitt Romney is doing to gain tech…

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Surviving the Grunt: How to Put Short-Term Pride to the Side for Long-Term Wins

Want to end up the top dog? Bite that bullet and do the work

Sometimes grunt work is your stepping stone to gaining trust and respect, leading to major…

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Reasons Newsweek’s All-Digital Model Is a Business Win

The iconic magazine is making a smart business move with new model

With Newsweek set to be all-digital everything early next year, let’s take a closer look…

By Janel Martinez

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2. Reduce debt

Consumer Reports has found that in late 2011, 14 million Americans were still paying off their holiday bills from 2010. If you haven't been able to get out of credit card debt on your own, try boosting your financial fitness by joining a free financial boot camp offered online like MyMoneyCircles.com. This practical, step-by-step program, which I help lead with a team of experts, will help you reduce debt, figure out how to save money and reach a host of financial goals, including all of the financial New Year’s resolutions on this list.

It’s Time to Escape Slavery—From Debt

Free your mind, and your finances will follow. You can't achieve wealth if you won't change the way you think about money.

Too many of us are living beyond our means and pursuing a poverty lifestyle.

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International Artist, Charles Jean-Pierre, on Quest to Push the Culture Movement Forward

Haitian-American artist, Charles Jean-Pierre, strives to change perception of black Americans globally

Haitian-American artist, Charles Jean-Pierre, strives to change perception of black Americans globally

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Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media

How to Achieve Small Business Success Using Social Media

Steps for Small Business success using Social

Steps for Small Business success using Social

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Are Debt Collection Agencies Skirting Laws?

Debt collectors push the envelope, experts say

Some agencies push the envelope when it comes to lawful activity.

By Ashley R. Harris

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President Obama’s Top Tech-Savvy Moves

Here, BlackEnterprise.com, takes a closer look at what President Obama has done to advance the…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Campaign to Eliminate a Billion Dollars in Debt To Launch This Weekend

The Billion Dollar Challenge initiative website goes live October 19th

The Billion Dollar Challenge initiative website goes live October 19th

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#RiseAbove: Keys to Setting Yourself Apart in Business

Join the author on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. for our #RiseAbove Twitter chat

Join the author on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. for our #RiseAbove Twitter chat

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Five Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Small Business Bank Loan

Are Micro Loans Right for Your Small Business?

Micro loans are a good option for small businesses that can't get traditional funding.

Micro loans are a good option for small businesses that can’t get traditional funding.

By C. Daniel Baker

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THE PHILANTHROPIST: SARAN KABA JONES After fleeing Liberia at age 8 and returning 20 years later, Jones was touched by the impoverished, post-conflict environment. She soon founded FACE Africa, a nonprofit provides access to clean water to tens of thousands living in rural Liberian communities, using a social enterprise business model, and seeks to alleviate the epidemic of extreme poverty in Liberia and the rest of Africa.


Are you a Woman of Power? Then Join us for the annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm, Feb. 15–18, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando,  FL. This exciting, executive leadership summit is your chance to focus  on YOU. Network with industry leaders, learn career strategies, find  work-life balance, and start creating—and living—the life you really  want! Register now and use code DGED12 to receive a $200 discount off the price of registration!  (Cannot be combined with other offers).

Building Global Business Leaders: 3 Power Women Who Rock

Empowering female entrepreneurs through financial and community advocacy

Take a page from the success play books of these power women to learn how…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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NYC Officials Pump Brakes on Taxi-Hailing App Uber

Uber doesn't work for New York City regulators

Uber, a car service that connects drivers and passengers via app, text messages and the…

By Janel Martinez

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DJ Jon Quick: From Social Work to DJing For Obama

Entrepreneur DJ Jon Quick culls his skills for political gain

Entrepreneur DJ Jon Quick culls his skills for political gain

By Cedric 'Big Ced' Thornton

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Top 5 Takeaways from the 2nd Presidential Debate

Binders full of women, Libya and pensions were among the most talked about things in this debate

Binders full of women, Libya and pensions were among the most talked about things in…

By Zerlina Maxwell

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6 Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Steps to stay safe when shopping and banking online

Steps to stay safe when shopping and banking online

By Sheiresa Ngo

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AMEX Offers Small Businesses Support With 3rd Annual ‘Small Business Saturday’

Show support on Saturday November 24th for Small Businesses

Show support on Saturday November 24th for Small Businesses

By C. Daniel Baker

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Cool Jobs: Doctor Puts Patient and Consumer Advocacy First

Author and physician has passion for caring about your health---and your wallet

Author and healthcare expert says not only does she care about her patients but about…

By Gil Robertson

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BREAKOUT STARTUP OF THE YEAR: 

The NewMe Accelerator. The first minority-led tech accelerator launched in June 2011 with the first class of 11-startups and helped shine national light on the fact that there are African Americans making strides in the tech sector

NewME Accelerator Pops Up in Miami

The startup incubator to run “pop-up” program in Magic City

NewME Accelerator, the startup incubation program geared toward underrepresented minorities in the tech world, has…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Tips to Becoming a Fearless Female Tech Entrepreneur

Founders of Women Interactive Festival explain how to create using technology

Women Interactive is an inaugural technology festival with a special focus on women of color.…

By Yoli Ouiya

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Giving This Holiday Season? Don’t Get Duped.

GuideStar report highlights key planning strategies

GuideStar, the database and website that vets and provides information on non-profit and charitable organizations,…

By Darren Sands

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Red is a power color perfect to wear in the office. Everyone, from Hollywood starlets to First Lady Michelle Obama, has sported a little red dress from time to time, so let go of those age-old notions related to the hue and wear it with confidence! Here are a few pieces to help you do that: ---Kéla Walker

Style Suite: 5 Little (Red) Dresses for the Office Under $50

Go bold and confident in your next power meeting

Try these crimson hot picks for a bold and confidence look in the workplace.

By Kéla Walker

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SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Crowdfunding Success

New Foundation Launched to Support Minority and Women Owners

Small business owners can overcome the challenges they face and play an important role in building the U.S. economy.

Small business owners can overcome the challenges they face and play an important role in…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Style Suite: Go Red and Wear the Color of Confidence at Work

Make a bold, yet polished statement with crimson

Crimson is not only a color of confidence, but it can be worn in the…

By Kéla Walker

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Facebook Addict: 6 Reasons You’re Web Surfing Instead of Working

Kick that habit so you can keep your job and boost productivity

Your addiction to the “Like” button could cost you your job. Here’s how to kick…

By Jamie Harrison

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In-House Stylist for P.Diddy, Alicia Keys and Others Discusses Career

Inspired by the streets, dressed for the red carpet

Inspired by the streets, dressed for the red carpet

By Demetria Irwin

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Marriage: Still the Ultimate Investment?

The roles we play in relationships today and how commitment can teach us a lot

What can commitment values teach us about investment?

By Black Enterprise

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How to Save Money When Going Out on the Road

Here's how to prepare so you can save money on your next trip

Here’s how to prepare so you can save money on your next trip

By Ashley R. Harris

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Hundreds applied to the FOCUS100 Pitch-It Competition, but only four made the cut. These four promising start-ups founded/co-founded by black women proved to be the main attraction, not only because of their live products, but because of their experience, education, passion, and business acumen under pressure. All of the winners received coaching sessions with Jeanne Sullivan of Starvest Partners and Lauren Maillan Bias of Gen Y Capital. But only one stood victorious. The winner walked away with:


- Finalist status for TechStars NYC 2013 session


- A Non-Pitch Meeting with Andreessen Horowitz, and


- A Meeting with Comcast Ventures.


Can you guess who won?
Marcia Wade Talbert

Women Tech Startups Win Big at Pitch Competition [Gallery]

Four finalists lay it all on the table for VC Investors at the DigitalUnDivided #FOCUS100 Pitch Bootcamp & Symposium

Four female finalists from the #FOCUS100 Pitch-It competition demonstrate their unique mobile and new media…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Paperless Post Releasing Paper Stationery Line

Online stationery startup unveils hybrid solution

Paperless Post announced Monday that it is launching a printed stationery business called PAPER.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Benjamin Lamson and Sulaiman Sanni, co-owners of WeDidIt, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based web-based, online crowd-funding platform for non-profit organizations, earned a $25,000 grant in the MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series Business Plan Competition last year. (Image by Clifton Henri/Courtesy of MillerCoors)

Being a Not-For-Profit is Not a License to be Unprofitable

Non-profit leadership requires disciplined entrepreneurship. For sustainability, you must plan for profitability.

Please, don’t take this the wrong way. But the non-profit industry does not need more…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Lost Time, Lost Money: 4 Ways You Tend to Waste Both in the Workplace

Steer clear of these productivity leeches during your work day

Here are four ways you’re wasting time— and money— while in the office and how…

By Jamie Harrison

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Black Thought Goes GrassROOTS For Healthy Girls

The Roots' lead man takes initiative in the health of young girls and women

Tariq’s on a mission to help improve the health of women and young girls across…

By Cedric 'Big Ced' Thornton

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How to Maximize Mobile Productivity

Try these apps for less procrastination

Try these apps for less procrastination

By Sasha King

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Users Push Back On Racially Charged Etsy Merchandise

What do you think of these products?

What do you think of these products?

By Black Enterprise

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Majority of Workers Don't Have What They Need to Make Informed Health Coverage Decisions

Where are the Best Health Insurance Plans?

Try the app to search in your state

Try the app to search in your state

By Sasha King

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This Week in Politics: Unemployment Down, Vice Presidential Debate a Draw

Record job numbers and the Biden-Ryan showdown were the focus this week

Record job numbers and the Biden-Ryan showdown were the focus this week

By Ashley Calloway

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Small Business Lending to Increase, FICO Says

Lending to small businesses will rise soon say bankers who are optimistic that the current lending climate will accelerate in next six months.

Lending to small businesses will rise soon say bankers who are optimistic that the current…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Small Business: 3 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty, Fast

Get on the fast track to building customer loyalty today

Building brand loyalty is a key to success in business, and it starts with getting…

By Darren Sands

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How Mexicue’s CFO Keeps Fast Growing Company Rolling [Q&A]

Julia Collins tells Black Enterprise how she helped turn a single NYC food truck into a multi-million dollar business

Mexicue’s Julia Collins, a rising industry star, on making a popular NYC food truck into…

By Darren Sands

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Wyclef’s Haiti Charity Goes Belly Up, With Little To Show For It

What do you think of Wyclef after this Yele report?

What do you think of Wyclef after this Yele report?

By Black Enterprise

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Are employers sick of feeling the crunch when it comes to healthcare premiums?

Could Healthier Living Mean Healthier Pockets?

Companies now tying incentives to healthier lifestyles

Companies now tying incentives to healthier lifestyles

By Ashley R. Harris

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Style Suite: Peplum Accents Give Your Work Wardrobe Life

Flattering to any figure, it's a must-have for your power look

Add a little peplum to your step with these looks, perfect for the office, whether…

By Kéla Walker

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Author, life coach and professional matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson.

Q&A: 7 Minutes With ‘It’s Complicated’ Author Paul Carrick Brunson

Love and relationships expert on his new book, shared values and when a first-date Groupon is fair game

Paul Carrick Brunson’s new book gives easy steps about how to simplify dating and relationships.…

By Darren Sands

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Headline News Network Anchor Richelle Carey Breaks Barriers

She's more than just an anchorwoman

She’s more than just an anchorwoman

By Sasha King

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SBA and US Black Chamber Host Matchmaker

New partnership seeks to help black-owned small businesses to form joint ventures with big businesses and access federal contracting

New partnership seeks to help black-owned small businesses to form joint ventures with big businesses…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top Tools for Fact-Checking Debates

Want to clarify information from a debate? These tech tools will give you the facts

Take a look at several fact-checking websites and apps that will keep you in the…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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COMMITMENT: People believe in those who are committed and stand through adversity, according to Horsager. For a business owner looking to build a loyal customer base must also demonstrate loyalty to his or her employees, as well as clients. He says the US automakers showed bad judgment with regards to this pillar. “All of our great-grandparents that worked there for 40 years and then they got fired two years before their pension kicked in,” he says. “You lost commitment in these people; how are [customers] going to stay committed to you?”

Multiple Personalities: How to Lead a Diverse Team to a Common Goal

Use these management tips to unify staff with diverse traits

Amy Gallo, management consultant and Harvard Business Review contributing editor, offers tips to managing multiple…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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Ignorance Linked to Lack of Bank Accounts Among Blacks

Rate of Americans with no bank accounts is startling

Rate of Americans with no bank accounts is startling

By Sakina P. Spruell

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With 140 characters or less, social media regulars receive the latest deets on everything from the advertures of their favorite celebs to up-to-the minute info on their close friends’ whereabouts to a blow-by-blow account of the Arab Spring. But Twitter is more than a news feed, it's also a professional tool, and following people who interest and inspire you can enhance your college experience. Instead of only following your celeb obsessions or BFFs, try useful college resources, prominent organizations and established leaders. To help you get started for back to school season, BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights 9 Twitter accounts that will help   keep college students in the know. Let us know your  favorite Twitter account (on or off this list) below!

‘Like’ It or Not, Study Shows College Applicants’ Social Presence Affects Acceptance

Kaplan Test Prep confirms admissions officers are making decisions based on online presence

A recent study released by Kaplan Test Prep reveals that many times what an admissions…

By Janel Martinez

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Ambitious Girl: Are Women Now More Career Oriented Than Men?

Study says young female professionals more likely to be on fast track

Study: Two-thirds of young women age 18-34 reported that having a successful career was at…

By Jamie Harrison

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Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton at a Monday press conference.

Carolina Panthers’ QB Cam Newton Launches Clothing Line

The line, inspired by Newton's personal style, will be available in 133 retail stores early next year

The line, inspired by Newton’s personal style, will be available in 133 retail stores early…

By Darren Sands

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Def Jam Names The-Dream Exec. Vice President of A&R

The-Dream Appointed Executive Vice President of A&R at Def Jam

From Complex
Recording artist, producer and songwriter Terius Nash, AKA The-Dream, has been named Executive Vice…

By Cedric 'Big Ced' Thornton

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Tech Whiz Jeff Belizaire Redefines Urban Culture Through Marketing

Working with brands such as Coca-Cola and heavy hitters like Swizz Beatz, the entrepreneur is the brains behind well-known marketing campaigns

Young entrepreneur Jeff Belizaire has been a key behind-the-scenes player in spearheading the marketing strategies…

By Danielle Hester

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To Do or Not to Do?: Talking Politics in the Workplace

What to do when everyone's political two cents ends up in your piggy bank

The general rule of thumb is to stay mum, but what happens when everyone’s two…

By Jamie Harrison

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In the tech industry, less than 1% of founders who have received venture capital funds are African American. Black women compose only a fraction of that 1%. But, you would never guess that walking into Ogilvy & Mather World headquarters in New York City for day one of the FOCUS100 Symposium and Pitch Bootcamp. 

The one thing many of these women had in common was the passion and drive to create their own dream, and become employers in today’s high-growth innovation economy. Founded by Kathryn Finney, the FOCUS 100 symposium was designed to not only connect black female thought leaders and tech innovators, but arm them with the skills needed to make an impression on the mostly white, male-dominated world of tech startups. Here’s a glimpse at what transpired: --Marcia Wade Talbert

#FOCUS100: Black Women’s Tech Conference Becomes Trending Topic

Highlights from the FOCUS100 Pitch Bootcamp

Founded by Kathryn Finney, the FOCUS 100 symposium was designed to not only connect black…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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3 Ways to Think Big About Starting Your Small Business

These steps can take the mystery out of how to come up with your next big idea

Want to make your side-hustle a full-time deal?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Cool Jobs: Stylist to the Stars — From Beyonce to Angela Bassett — Took Risks for Winning Results

Prime positioning, humility and raw talent key parts of path to success

Roger Brasley, celebrity makeup artist, hair and brand stylist, counts prime positioning and elite talent…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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5 Rappers With Interesting Claims to Fame [Photo Gallery]

Enjoy this eclectic list of hip hop firsts and record breakers. Any surprises?

Enjoy this eclectic list of hip hop firsts and record breakers. Any surprises?

By Demetria Irwin

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President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney don't exactly see eye-to-eye on the small business economy.

Small Business: Cutting Through Political Rhetoric This Election Season

Misinformation colors some key facts in the debate on small businesses and how to strengthen them

Misinformation colors some key facts in the debate on small businesses and how to strengthen…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Last Week in Politics: Obama Wins and Loses in the Same Week

Campaign cash and the presidential debate were last week's highlights

Campaign cash and the presidential debate were last week’s highlights

By Ashley Calloway

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Will Technology Run Greeting Card Makers Out of Business? No, Says Etiquette Expert

Over the past decade, the number of greeting cards sold in the U.S. decreased by a billion annually

Over the past decade, the number of greeting cards sold in the U.S. decreased by…

By Janel Martinez

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Anti-Style Rut: For her 'locs, Utuk likes to pump up the style often with updos and other creative looks, as to avoid a style rut. And the skies the limit for adding a little pop to your 'locs for in and out of the office.

Naturally Chic: Haute ‘Locs, Curls & Transition Styles for the Office

Power looks that can go from office to after-five

Whether you have lovely ‘locs, curls or are transitioning, here are options to take your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Credit Cards: No Interest, No Problem?

Now that the economy appears to be on the rebound, what does that mean for the credit card industry?

Now that the economy appears to be on the rebound, what does that mean for…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Get Into This: Job-Seeking Gains for Women Means Keep Pushing Ladies

Take advantage of prime moment where unemployment is declining

Now is a prime time to take advantage of what experts are saying is a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You: How to Handle Job Rejections

Every 'no' leads to an eventual 'yes,' so stay positive and persistent

Here’s three simple ways to ward off the Job Seeker Blues. You’ll get your dream…

By Jamie Harrison

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Penny Hardaway Joins Ownership Group for Memphis Grizzlies

Hardaway joins group that consists of Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake, to name a few

Hardaway joins group that consists of Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake, to name a few

By Black Enterprise

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Conde Nast Hires Another Black Editor, Elaine Welteroth

Times are changing at magazine publisher

Times are changing at magazine publisher

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7 Ways to Maximize Your Conference Experience with Social Media

How to use social media at conferences

Before you attend your next conference, here are seven tips to maximize your conference experience…

By Hajj Flemings

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Yandy Smith: Good Credit Equals Bigger and Better Boss Moves

Hustlepreneur talks importance of building a good financial rep early

Reality TV star and hustlapreneur Yandy Smith talks good credit with beauty entrepreneur Sabrina Carson…

By Yandy Smith

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Review Roundup: Two Clever Videoconferencing Solutions from Logitech

Take a look at how these high-quality videoconferencing devices compare

Two new Logitech webcams, the $200 TV Cam HD and the $250 BCC950 Conference Cam,…

By Robert S. Anthony

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Top 3 Inadvertent Job Interview Flubs by Young Professionals

Stay away from these not-always-so-obvious employer turn-offs

Stay away from these not-so-obvious flubs that could turn off a recruiter or prospective employer.

By Jamie Harrison

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Presidential Debate Generates a Record 10.3 Million Tweets

Last night’s debate was the most-tweeted event in U.S. political history

The presidential debate amassed a record 10.3 million tweets over the course of the 90-minute…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Top 5 Takeaways from the First Presidential Debate

Who do you think won?

Who do you think won?

By Zerlina Maxwell

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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

By Sasha King

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In a world where connections and deals can be made over email and social media platforms, it’s always nice to get that real-time interaction. Real time, as in face-to-face time (not to be confused with Apple’s Facetime option) of course. Well, newbie-to-seasoned bloggers and social media enthusiasts come in droves to Blogalicious where they can get just that. From September 28-30, the 4th annual conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Red Rock Resort & Spa. Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com compiled a photo gallery highlighting tech enthusiasts and innovators who attended Blogalicious Weekend 2012.—Janel Martinez and Marcia Wade Talbert

Blogalicious Attendees Talk Takeaways and Tools to Stay Productive On the Go

Here's a photo gallery highlighting the attendees of Blogalicious Weekend 2012

Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com…

By Janel Martinez

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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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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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