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Black Enterprise CEO Earl "Butch" Graves Jr. and 2014 Elevator Pitch winner Gwen Jimmere

Entrepreneurs Summit: Our 20-year Mission to Advance Black Business Achievement

This year marks the two decades of our annual small business conference, where you can…

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Women of Power: My Mother’s Legacy

How Barbara Graves spearheaded a platform that will touch lives for generations to come

We would have never launched the Women of Power Summit, though, if not for its…

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To Our Print Magazine Subscribers

We apologize for the delayed delivery of our print magazines. We are now making digital editions of Black Enterprise available to all print subscribers, at no additional cost.

We sincerely apologize for the lateness of the receipt of our print magazines. Effective immediately,…

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The Black Enterprise–ABFF Partnership: Why Black Businesses Need Scale

Aligning, joint venturing, and merging with viable black-owned businesses is vital

When I speak before a group of black entrepreneurs, I often challenge my audience by…

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How Diversity Drives Performance in Corporate America

We all benefit when everyone has access to a seat at the table

For far too long, much of corporate America has treated diversity as another exercise, disregarding…

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How Millennials Can Score in the Game of Wealth Building

Conserve your cash, increase your financial acumen, and invest money in vehicles that produce solid long-term returns

Millennials, when should you start planning for your financial future? Today. Here’s how.

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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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We Must Put An End To ‘Male, Pale, and Stale’ on Corporate Boards

'Its our responsibility to hold corporate America accountable'

An overwhelming number of boards of publicly traded companies still lock African Americans out of…

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Obstacles Are the Clothing of Opportunity

Entrepreneur and religious leader T.D. Jakes reminds us that success begins with a single thought,…

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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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What It Takes to Accelerate Your Business

I want to share with both newly minted entrepreneurs and established business owners that you…

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Daniel Milton Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is credited with promoting the "Rooney Rule," a requirement that NFL teams with head coach and general manager vacancies interview at least one minority candidate.

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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An Open Letter to My Daughters

What It Means to Be Women of Power

Both of you are fortunate that you need not look beyond our family for role…

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The Most Important Vote Is Reinvesting in Ourselves

Whenever I gain the opportunity to address a group of African Americans, I ask whether…

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Your Credit Score Is Your GPA for Life

I vividly remember my school days. It was a time when my parents relentlessly reviewed…

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Dream Big, Act Small

According to the Small Business Administration, roughly 90% of businesses fail in their first year.…

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Lessons From My Loving Mother

You were the anchor of our family. Although you had to contend with a testosterone-charged…

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You Can’t Spend Your Way to Building Wealth

Such shortsightedness is tantamount to aiming a heat-seeking missile at our financial future. Instead, we…

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We Are All Trayvon Martin

One tragic day in February, Trayvon Martin bought a bag of Skittles and a bottle…

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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!

We must do more than walk our kids to the end of the driveway to see them off to school

We must do more than walk our kids to the end of the driveway to…

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Reinvent Yourself by Firing Yourself

I embraced the concept of self-termination when I read a blog by Avon CEO Andrea…

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

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

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

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

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