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Obstacles Are the Clothing of Opportunity

For those small business owners out there who were unable to attend our Black Enterprise…

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SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

Stand Up and Be Counted for True Diversity

Diversity, amongst the worst practitioners, is nothing more than a diversion from effective corporate governance.

For American industry to be globally competitive, it must offer unfettered access to those who…

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Why You Must Join Our Small Business Revolution

We must stop embracing a survival mentality instead of focusing on a growth strategy

To succeed in today’s environment, business owners must first change their mindset

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What Playing Sports Can Teach You About Business

I participated in basketball during my high school and college years, embracing and enjoying that period of play and comradeship

As long as I can remember, I have been involved in organized ball as a…

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Embrace Your Power: Claim Your Financial Independence!

Adopt the theme of our Women of Power Conference for your financial life

Despite significant career and entrepreneurial success, a large percentage of African American women do not…

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Black Corporate Directors Must Do More Than Occupy a Seat

Being selected is only the beginning of the job

When I was invited to serve on the board of AutoZone, the nation’s leading auto…

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Why the NFL’s Rooney Rule is a Sham

Even though more than 65% of NFL players are Black, currently only three head coaches and five general managers are African American.

Owners of the 32 NFL franchises have essentially disregarded the Rooney Rule – the decade-old…

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To Our Subscribers: Welcome to the New Black Enterprise

Everything is changing: How you do business; how you acquire information; how you invest…

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Choose Wealth, Not Style

I’m sure if you’ve read my column, heard my speeches, or had the chance to…

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There’s More to Tech Than Social Media

On a number of occasions, you’ve probably heard me refer to technology as “the great…

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The Power of a Positive Attitude

It’s another year and I’m sure a good number of you have been engaged in…

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Make a Financial Commitment to Yourself

Our mission at Black Enterprise is Wealth for Life, providing our audience with the information…

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Your Health is Your Wealth

I recently read a powerful quote that has stuck with me. It was a statement…

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An Open Letter to My Children: Why You Must Choose Public Service Over Politics

I’m writing this letter to offer all of you a deep apology on behalf of…

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Why Living in the Moment May Sabotage Your Future

I can’t fathom why so many people are content with sabotaging their retirement plans. Yet…

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When A Homeownership Dream Becomes A Nightmare

By now, you’re all familiar with this story. It’s the one about how too many…

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Make Money Management a Family Affair

For those who believe the days of spending with reckless abandon will return, I have…

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A New Way to Keep Score: Giving Back

Those words have served as a guiding principle of my life. In our 24/7, pressure-cooker…

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Simple Rules for Lifetime Investing

Many of us let a crisis go to waste. Yes, the Great Recession put a…

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Use Technology for Empowerment not Entertainment

I have always viewed technology as an empowerment tool. In fact, friends, colleagues, and employees…

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You the Consumer Have the Power

Black Enterprise's President/CEO reminds consumers of their financial power and right to great customer service

For decades, African Americans have been hit with what has been called the “Black tax.”…

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Make a Commitment to Invest in Yourself

This is the season when people ring in the New Year with champagne toasts and…

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Don’t Wait for Superman … Put On Your Own Cape!

it starts with across-the-board accountability. Educators have proved that poverty-stricken communities don’t produce failed schools;…

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Women of Power

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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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