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Financial Services Careers Should Get a Second Look

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A field filled with opportunities

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My Bad: How to Recover After Big Office Mistake

Four steps to ensure you don't end up with a pink slip

Here are four important steps to help you save face after making a major office…

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5 Things We’ll Miss About Windows Live Messenger

R.I.P. to the instant messaging service

R.I.P. Windows Live Messenger, here is what users will miss about Microsoft’s forgotten messenger service.…

By Winston Ford

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Groupon’s Growth Slows, Stock Falls

Shares tumble for No. 1 online deals service

Groupon, the pioneer in subscription-based online deals, has investors wondering if it can keep the…

By Yannique Benitez

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What the Fiscal Cliff Means for Small Business

Can the president & Congress work together to avoid the upcoming crisis?

Can the president & Congress work together to avoid the upcoming crisis?

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The Fiscal Cliff: What You Need To Know

A primer on the sequester

The fiscal cliff, explained

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10 U.S. Cities Your Smartphone Is Most Likely to Get Jacked In

Smartphone theft is most prevalent in Philly, as well as LA, NY, and Chicago

Gadget-insurance company Protect Your Bubble released the “The Worst Cities for Smartphone Loss & Theft”…

By Janel Martinez

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Robert Fitzgerald Receives SBA 2012 Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award

Robert Fitzgerald Receives Small Business Association Award

Fitzgerald was named "Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year"

Fitzgerald was named “Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year”

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Style Suite: Rock That Office-Friendly Fur

Whether faux or real, don't shy away from this hot trend

Here’s how you can wear fur to work, professionally chic and warm at the same…

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Where Marijuana is Legal, Dealers prepare to battle Corporate Cannabis

Marijuana’s Legalization is Complicated for Business Owners

Even with new laws business owners still face hassles & red tape

Dave Schwaab ran a dispensary named “Abundant Healing” in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2009, a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ace That Interview … Without Even Leaving the House

Success tips for wowing prospective employers on the phone

Here are four tips for wowing prospective employers without leaving your home.

By Jamie Harrison

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Smartest Mobile Phone:


Samsung Galaxy S3


As smart phone manufacturers go, the men and women at Samsung must be geniuses because the Galaxy S series keeps getting better and better. The Galaxy S3 has so many great features it's hard to say where to start. There's the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display, and the multitask feature that lets you continue to watch a video while texting, but the S Beam has got to be the best feature in my book. It allows you to place two S3's back-to-back and you can transfer pictures, music, videos and more.

Move Over Apple, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Is the World’s Best-Selling Smartphone

Short lived or not, the Galaxy S3 is the title-holder in Q3

According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S3 is now the world’s best-selling…

By Janel Martinez

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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

3 Quick & Easy Side Gigs For Busy Professionals

No matter what industry, you can find the time for these money-makers

Any professional in any industry can try one of these side gigs to bring in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Apple Rumors Swirl, iPad Mini 2 to Arrive in Fall 2013

Not even weeks into iPad Mini release, the next-gen device said to be in the works

Although the iPad Mini has only been on shelves for a few days, the company’s…

By Yannique Benitez

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Did Hurricane Sandy Ruin Christmas for Some Businesses?

Hurricane Sandy created holiday time shipping delays

Hurricane Sandy created holiday time shipping delays

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Online Community Makes ‘Going Natural’…Well, Natural

Embracing your hair—short, long, natural or straight—championed by online hubs

Emergence of an online community centered around hair care makes “going natural” simple.

By Janel Martinez

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Keep Your Head Up: Staying Motivated During Your Job Search

Don't be discouraged. Remain focused and strategic while looking for work

Here are tips on how to keep your cool and remain encouraged while looking for…

By Jamie Harrison

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Lauren Doggett of ‘Whipped Body Goods’

See what made her take the leap into entrepreneurship and how her business is going

Lauren Doggett, Creator of Whipped Body Goods, offers entrepreneurial advice to our business audience

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

What’s Obama’s Second Term Means for Small Businesses

What do the next four years hold for small business owners?

Many small business owners watched the presidential election with great interest, some even delaying plans…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Know the Steps to Effective Networking … Through E-mail

Learn the ways to make a solid online connection

An underused method of networking that could be helpful is through e-mail, and here are…

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5 Mistakes That You Shouldn’t Make on Your Resumé

Blunders that will send your resumé straight to the trash

Here are 5 resume mistakes to avoid when job seeking.

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Obama Calls for Unity to Meet 2nd Term Agenda

Obama's second term will determine his legacy

Obama’s second term will determine his legacy

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Obama’s Social Media-Savvy Campaign Lands Most Popular Tweet in History

The president wins in the world of social, making presidential and Twitter history

President Obama’s victory tweet was retweeted more than 350,000 times and favorited over 120,000 times,…

By Yannique Benitez

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The Obama Mojo: How Will You Re-Invent and Upgrade Your Professional Swagger?

As we look to the President to push further, so should we

As the president prepares for his 44th and second term in the White House, think…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mike Muse: The Music Man and The Political Provocateur

How does a music man with no major label backing become a major finance player for the president?

How does a music man with no major label backing become a major finance player…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Style Suite: 5 Must-Have FLOTUS Fashion Pieces

As Election Day nears an end, tap into your inner First Lady with these pieces

As we all await the decision on who will lead the United States, tap into…

By Kéla Walker

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Hiring an Ex-con could be right for your business

Hiring an Ex-Con Could be Right for Your Business

Why hiring an ex offender might be beneficial for your business.

Why hiring an ex offender might be beneficial for your business.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Mindblown Labs’ Educational Game Scores Over $75K on Kickstarter

Educational tech startup furthers initiative through crowdfunding

Mindblown Labs raised $77,522 for the company’s financial literacy game, Mindblown Life (MBL).

By Janel Martinez

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Job Fair Ninja: How to Walk Out With a Winning Gig Today

Three steps that will ensure you aren't wasting precious time

Cindy Billington, career advisement professional at Texas A&M University, shares tips on how to conquer…

By Jamie Harrison

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Obama’s Last Campaign

President Obama used his last campaign appearance to make the closing argument for the next four years.

President Obama used his last campaign appearance to make the closing argument for the next…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Negotiating Your First Salary

Are you being a pushover or a power player?

Sometimes getting what you deserve at your first gig can be daunting. Check out these…

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You Tried It: Top Most Ineffective Responses to Twitter Job Opps

Stay away from mistakes that could cost you a prime opportunity

Here are the top most annoying, off-putting ways to respond to a job opportunity presented…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Style Suite: Vote in Style with Michelle Obama-Inspired Work Wear

Embody the FLOTUS flair with these key fashion elements

For Election Day, keep in mind these five stellar elements of Michelle Obama’s style campaign…

By Kéla Walker

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College vs. Career: Get the Dream Job Without the Degree

How experience can sometimes trump the paper

With the cost of education continuing to rise it may be feasible to reassess how…

By Sasha King

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Life After the Yard: Professionals Talk Career Benefits of Pledging

Question remains: Is being a soror or frat member vital to advancement?

When choosing whether to be in a sorority or fraternity, the question remains: Is it…

By Jamie Harrison

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Video the Vote and UStream Push Voters to Document Election Day Injustice

Voters encouraged to press record on mobile device

Video the Vote and UStream are encouraging you to use your phone to spread the…

By Yannique Benitez

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Using Hip-Hop to Make a Difference: A Talk With Tamekia Flowers-Holland

Tamekia discusses her journey to shine a brighter, more positive light on Hip-Hop and help youth at the same time

Tamekia discusses her journey to shine a brighter, more positive light on Hip-Hop and help…

By Arlice Nichole

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I'll add 100 Jobs if Mitt Romney Wins

Small Business Owner: I’ll Invest In 100 New Jobs…If Romney Wins

Frank Duffy says he will still create jobs if Obama is re-elected

Frank Duffy says he will still create jobs if Obama is re-elected

By C. Daniel Baker

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Democratic Poll Watchers to Use New App

Campaign launches new poll-watching app

Democratic election technology provider NGP VAN announced on Monday a mobile tool for poll watchers…

By Janel Martinez

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Watch Out for These Changes at Your Bank

Consumers will have increased mobile access to information

Changes are on the horizon at some banks

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Groupon continues to acquire Small Businesses

Can Groupon Win Back Small Business Owners?

Groupon launches 2 new products to win back merchants

Groupon launches 2 new products to win back merchants

By C. Daniel Baker

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90% of U.S. Companies Say They’ve Been Hacked in Past Year

Study by private research organization reveals stunning stats

In a survey that looked at 583 U.S. companies, 90% had been hacked in the…

By Janel Martinez

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Who’s Hiring in the Key Swing States?

Healthcare and education industries winning, but jobless rates still major issue

As Election Day nears, spotlight zeroes in on key swing states and their jobless rates,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Woe is Sandy: 5 Steps to Stress-Free Return to Work

You can make a seamless transition after the mess of the storm

Hurricane Sandy left a mess, and with the rebuilding, we all have to clean up.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women More Likely to Use Payday Loans Than Men

Predatory lending practice popular among whites, women

The parasite of the lending community attacks women significantly more than it does men

By Ashley R. Harris

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Profit With Purpose: A Talk With Teneshia Jackson-Warner

Award- winning multicultural marketing expert, Teneshia Jackson-Warner, details in her book, the tools to success in her field

Award- winning multicultural marketing expert, Teneshia Jackson-Warner, details in her book, the tools to success…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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How to Start Your Emergency Fund Now

Plan for the unexpected to avoid financial hardship

Tips for starting an emergency fund

By Ashley R. Harris

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4 Steps to Go From Small Fry to Big Cheese

Position yourself to become the top boss in charge today

Here are four steps to the ultimate of boss moves: top boss in charge.

By Jamie Harrison

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Black Enterprise & The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Presents: Today’s Business Crisis: Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce

Due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, we are unable to receive phone calls…

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This Week in Politics: Hurricane Sandy Halts Campaigns, Bloomberg Endorses Obama

A tragic week for many Americans on the east coast

A tragic week for many Americans on the east coast

By Ashley Calloway

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Thank You For Being a Friend: How Sandy Unites Coworkers

It's never a good look to be Ms. Annie Anti-Social, especially in the workplace

Hurricane Sandy taught me one vital lesson: Connecting with those you see most during the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Style Suite: Step Up Your Casual Friday Looks

Incorporate nontraditional pieces into your look for a polished, leisure vibe

Incorporate pieces traditionally known as casual into a polished office look.

By Kéla Walker

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Small Business Resilient in the Face of Harsh February Weather, According to Direct Capital Lending Index

A Look at the Catastrophic Economic Impact of Sandy

The hurricane's damage has long term effects

Millions have been affected by the storm and its aftermath

By Ashley R. Harris

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Free Wi-Fi Seekers Unite: Don’t Be Ashamed to Scrounge for the Service

Whether in need or not, take advantage of free wireless

Check out where you can get online for free.

By Janel Martinez

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Black Enterprise & Dell ‘Small Business University’ Winner Puts Business Lessons to Good Use

The program helped her push her business forward.

Lisa Marie “Phoenix” Jackson draws daily on the inspiration of her mother

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Banks Give Customers Fee Reprieve in Sandy Aftermath

For a short time customers will avoid banking fees

Customers finally get a break from hurricane storm

By Ashley R. Harris

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

Twitterverse Weighs In During #Cyberbully Chat

Recap from BlackEnterprise.com cyberbullying conversation

“Behind the Screen: Bullying in the Age of Technology,” which featured guest experts Frederick J.…

By Janel Martinez

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Shoppers Have More to Spend This Holiday Season

Consumers plan to budget, turn to mobile this season

Consumers will turn to mobile, budget more this season, analysts say

By Ashley R. Harris

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5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill Right Now

A penny saved is a penny earned in the grocery aisles

How can you maximize your hard-earned funds in the grocery store?

By Ashley R. Harris

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After Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help

A few ways to give immediate assistance to those in need

Millions are still in need of essentials in the aftermath of the storm

By Ashley R. Harris

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One Year after Superstorm Sandy, Many Small Businesses Aren't Prepared for the Next Disaster

#Sandy and #HurricaneSandy Generate Over 3 Million Tweets

Social insights company releases stats on Sandy tweets

In the first 24 hours, Twitter users produced more than 3 million tweets with #sandy…

By Janel Martinez

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Small Business Owners predicate a bounce in Holiday Sales

Small Businesses Predict an Increase in Holiday Sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

By C. Daniel Baker

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Fedex supports Small Business Saturday

FedEx is Giving You $25 to Support Small Businesses

America’s small businesses are a unique & vibrant part of their local communities

America’s small businesses are a unique & vibrant part of their local communities

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Webinar Series Part II: Top Reasons for Returns and Declines of Applications

Small Business Index Shows a Decline in Employment

The October decrease in employment continues a mild decline that began in May.

The October decrease in employment continues a mild decline that began in May.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Administration Ready to Assist Businesses Hit by Hurricane Sandy

SBA Ready to Assist Small Businesses Hit by Hurricane Sandy

Small Business Administration has loans and other assistance for small businesses hit by Hurricane Sandy.

The disaster assistance program provides low-interest emergency loans to homeowners, renters and non-farm small businesses.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Style Suite: Don’t Let Rain Steal Your (Fashion) Shine

Even in bad weather, you can step out refreshed and refined

Kéla Walker gives quick tips for chic office fashion even in wet, dreary weather.

By Kéla Walker

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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.

By Demetria Irwin

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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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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…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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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

By Derek T. Dingle

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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.

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By Makkada B. Selah

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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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

By Darralynn Hutson

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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…

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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

By Shavonne Tate

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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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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Mellody Hobson and Judy Smith to Speak at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Leading female CEOs Mellody Hobson and Judy Smith will serves as keynote speakers at Black…

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10 African Women of Power

From global ambassadors to young international leaders, these 10 African women have truly showcased what…

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