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Speaking Truth About Black Men

African American males face many challenges. However being black and male is not among them.…

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Mentoring Pays Off

A study shows the importance of giving back

In the report “Mentoring: Necessary But Insufficient for Advancement,” we found that women have followed…

By Sonia Alleyne

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How to Use Life Insurance To Protect Your Wealth

Find the right policy to ensure security at any age

Being financially prepared for a breadwinner’s death saves families from the added grief of losing…

By Cliff Hocker

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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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You Have Only One Chance to Make a First Impression

A great reputation, once destroyed, can be incredibly costly to rebuild. Vigilantly protect the brand—and the business—of YOU

You have only one chance to make a first impression, and it can take a…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Corporate Executive of the Year: Kenneth Frazier Shares Prescription For Growth

Merck’s Chairman & CEO has a bold strategy for this $44 billion pharmaceutical giant

Merck Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier seeks to expand the pharmaceuticals giant by extending its…

By Derek T. Dingle

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BE 100s: Biblical Lessons to Achieve Business Success

Take heed to tips from one of the world's best-selling books of all time

Successful BE 100s CEO Pamela Rodgers, of Rodgers Chevrolet, says the Bible’s book of Ephesians…

By Alan Hughes

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BE 100s: 6 Success Strategies for Beating the Competition

Industry leader and ChemicoMays CEO Leon Richardson shares path to growth

Find out how you can grow your small business from industry leader and BE 100s…

By Alan Hughes

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The African Americans Directing America’s Largest Corporations

Our exclusive list of the most powerful guardians of shareholder value

We created our exclusive BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors to place a spotlight on…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Estate Planning With Your Children in Mind

Leaving money to pay for burial costs as well as to heirs is just part of the estate planning process.

Life insurance payouts can be used to pay off debts and loans, making it possible…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Chicagoland

How competitive collaboration and political dvocacy makes “the City of Broad Shoulders” a model for growing black business

No single industry truly dominates the Chicago landscape. So while Detroit is rebounding alongside the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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New Hope for Mortgage Relief

Struggling homeowners are benefiting from efforts by the government and nonprofits to provide permanent loan modifications, refinancing, and other solutions

Because of the complexity of the mortgage market and the agreement, which will be executed…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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New Leader’s Success Plan

How to win at your job in the first 100 days

Almost half of all new hires fail in their first 18 months on the job,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Breaking Out of the Box

New media platform Qubeey offers entertainment and interactivity around every corner

Built with several programming languages including Flex, hypertext preprocessor (PHP), and C++, Qubeey’s application interface…

By Terrance Gaines

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Peak Performance

Entrepreneurs use custom training programs to secure financing and spur business growth

The Count Me In Business Accelerator Program is designed to help business owners hit the…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Drink to Your Health

A naturopath offers a program of healing

DeLuz received her wakeup call in 1987 when multiple health problems nearly left her bedridden.…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Hot Retail Spot

Enterprising mother and daughter scouted out the ideal location for their baked goods biz

Finding the right spot for Classic Cobbler was painstaking. Key criteria included an affordable lease…

By Bridget McCrea

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Financial Aid Programs for Breast Cancer Patients

Defray crippling costs with these programs

“Just yesterday a woman was telling me her house was in foreclosure because of the…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Don’t Forget Your Digital Estate Plan

Make sure directives for online accounts are in place before you die

You might have key estate planning documents such as a will, trust, power of attorney,…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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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…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Where Are Our Next Leaders?

The next Maynard Jacksons and Constance Baker Motleys are out there. Serving in Afghanistan. Struggling…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Be Promotable

Insider secrets for moving up in your company

But simply delivering good work won’t be enough, she warns: “Professionals will have to do…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Boys to Men

Making a commitment to improving lives

As campaign manager, Dove and his philanthropic team of six dole out grants ranging from…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Digital Life with Mario Armstrong: Stay Powerful

These 3 easy gadgets will keep you charged and revving to go

While smartphone and tablet technology has had a profound effect on how we do business…

By Mario Armstrong

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The Mobile Retail Habits of African Americans

The Integer Group, a brand marketing and retail promotions agency, recently reported that African Americans…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tracking Minority Contracting

Has Dodd-Frank helped black-owned businesses land more deals with federal agencies?

All told, the agencies allocated nearly $700 million in providing new contracts to minority and…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Smart Choice

How this healthy school provider turned his business around and drove revenues

The Harlem-based business cooks from scratch; packages; and delivers breakfast, lunch, and snacks to public,…

By Renita Burns

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Building Up Your Cash Cache

Here’s how to develop a reserve fund to cover emergencies and unexpected expenses

When the National Foundation for Credit Counseling in Washington, D.C., conducted its 2012 Consumer Financial…

By Bridget McCrea

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A Winning Trifecta for Investors

Mark Riddix III counsels investors on where to look for value, income, and growth

Mark Riddix III, founder and owner of New Horizons Financial Management L.L.C.
Mark Riddix III is…

By Frank McCoy

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There Are Still Peaks to Reach in Corporate America

African Americans still represent only about 2% of executives at the top echelons of the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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We Must Make Our Kids’ Education Our Top Priority

Most of our kids are barely literate: 70% of all American eighth graders cannot read…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Rosalind Brewer’s Second Act

Changing jobs at the height of her career led to the CEO spot at Sam’s Club

“What she’s been able to accomplish is huge,” says Marlon Cousin, managing partner for The…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Paper Chase

Diversification helped this distributor through hard times and has positioned it for future growth

When Smith, Baptiste, and the original management team came up with the business plan for…

By Alan Hughes

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Facing Debt and Winning

After letting credit card bills pile up for years, Casandra Roache mustered the courage to face her financial fears

“I kept putting paying the debt off because I kept saying to myself, ‘He’s going…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Small Business is Big Business

Black Enterprise’s 17th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo Where Deals Are Made

EC panels and presentations hit the mark in addressing the needs of business owners in…

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What it Takes to Recharge Your Career

Two professionals learn that a strong network and a willingness to take risks can lead to stellar career opportunities

What does it take to recharge your career? A big part of it is re-evaluating…

By Brittany Hutson

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How to Get Ready for Golf School

PGA Pro Rodney Green’s advice on how best to prepare for your next golf lesson

“If you have ever thought about picking up a club, either again or for the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Destination: Luxury

A Caribbean hotelier sets a high standard for his guests—and the industry

All visitors receive a personal letter signed by Hopkin thanking them for their stay. When…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Bridging the Gap

An Ivy League academic hopes to influence education policies where they matter: at the ground level

Name: Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Age: 38
Bridwell-Mitchell always had a…

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Working Class

Students in Clemson University’s computer science program get real-world experience designing apps for entrepreneurs

So what makes this program so special? Research shows that minorities gravitate to social science…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Fast-Track Your Business

Boot-camp accelerator programs help entrepreneurs start and grow their enterprises

Business accelerators offer similar assistance and services, but tend to provide an intense, shorter experience—a…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Artful Owners

Houston-area franchisees find their niche helping people unwind with a paintbrush and a glass of wine

The concept pairs instructional art with friends, drinks, snacks, and a lively instructor to produce…

By Bridget McCrea

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The Lowdown on Medical Sharing Plans

Consider the risks before spending money on this health insurance alternative

But when you get sick, there is no guarantee your ailment will be covered in…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Getting on Track

What college graduates need to know when looking for jobs

The site’s Branding U toolkit specifically focuses on helping graduates with the process of standing…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Help! My Co-worker Is Psycho!

How to work with a manipulative and conniving colleague

The difference, however, between a psychopath and someone operating on the periphery is based on…

By Brittany Hutson

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Blue Chips Poised for Share Growth

Michael McGee sees value plays in three big company brands

Michael McGee is a hopeful pragmatist. During 2012’s second half, the Detroit-based independent financial adviser…

By Frank McCoy

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When a Company Like Facebook Goes Public

Should you invest in initial public offerings?

Does the Facebook price saga indicate that individual investors should shy away from IPOs? Not…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Presidential Politics: What’s at Stake

Unlike the 2008 presidential election, the history-making novelty of a black candidate earning the nomination…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Dream Big, Act Small

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

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Scotch Discoveries

A whisky connoisseur gives a primer on a classic spirit

Often considered a “man’s drink,” the spirit of choice in professional circles and at cigar…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The 2-Hour Job Search

Stop wasting time and focus on where you can get results

“The online job application process is inefficient,” insists Dalton. “Online job postings have destroyed the…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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A Healthy Business

Natural pet food company leverages mobile delivery and e-commerce to help maximize canine wellness

Cook says this business model made sense because not only did e-commerce eliminate the overhead…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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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…

By Darcel J. Church

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The Eternal Love of My Life

On the many nights I came home exhausted, beaten, bloodied, and bruised from the daily…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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A Designer Venture

Young entrepreneur promotes economic growth in Africa through fashion

So, in 2009, to assist African designers in having an international presence in the industry,…

By Brittany Hutson

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Quiet Power

Manny Halley finds business success through faith, family, hard work, and ownership

Halley is far from the typical image or behavior of what many might expect of…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Learning From Experience

A creative experiment helps land a job at a major tech firm

In 2010, Foy created a concept video promoting the virtues of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Blogging Your Professional Brand

Want to be thought of as an industry expert? Become a blogger

Don’t think of blogging as writing several paragraphs per day. Keep it as fluid, dynamic,…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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How Is Your Relationship with Your Boss? Do You Know?

Tips for maximizing your standing with your manager

A relationship that seems amicable may not adequately reflect how a manager feels about the…

By Brittany Hutson

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Digital Life with Mario Armstrong: Group Economics

Three tips to successfully “crowdfund” your idea or dream

Crowdfunding is a radical new form of fundraising that happens online and helps you leverage…

By Mario Armstrong

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Ultra Thin, Ultra Fast, Ultra Light

Intel’s ultrabooks take on the future

Ultrabooks are a new breed of portable laptop that is gaining popularity in consumer circles…

By K. T. Bradford

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Have Music, Will Travel

With one foot in music and the other in technology, Dennis Jeter makes software that jives

Jeter, a musician who holds a degree in classical trumpet, started programming computers when he…

By Darcel J. Church

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Winning Government Bids

Minority business owners are making small inroads in getting more federal contracts

Small minority-owned firms are winning as many federal contracts as their mainstream counterparts, but are…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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E-Learning for Entrepreneurs

Dell and Black Enterprise team up to provide courses and solutions to startups

SBU is a free eight-week online video course. Topics include establishing a brand, hiring a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Brewing an Empire

Martin Ekechukwu’s passion for wellness and tasty beverages helps push growth of international tea brand

But getting tea suppliers to take him seriously was a major barrier starting out. “I…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Should You Prepay College Tuition?

Weighing the pros and cons of paying tomorrow’s college costs today

However, prepaid tuition plans may not be backed by the full faith of the state.…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Bullish on Consumer Brands

Lazetta Rainey Braxton favors companies in health, automotive, and footwear

Braxton believes that the U.S. economy will continue to grow slowly as the lingering housing…

By Frank McCoy

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When Opportunity Comes Knocking

Over the last decade, the Bradleys, with their two sons, Che, 12, and Antonio, 8,…

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson

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Building Capri Capital Brick By Brick

Orchestrating deals from housing to shopping malls, Quintin E. Primo III has hatched a plan to transform one of the nation’s largest black-owned real estate investment firms into a global powerhouse

Nestled between Baldwin Hills Estates—one of the country’s wealthiest majority African American neighborhoods—and Crenshaw—the location…

By Alan Hughes

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BE 100s: Behind the Names

How the nation’s black-owned businesses develop household products we can’t do without

Long lines at tollbooths are becoming a thing of the past for motorists using E-ZPass.…

By Alan Hughes

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Full Throttle

No longer in neutral, Bill Perkins has shifted his retooled dealership into high gear to zoom past the competition

It looks as if the domestic auto industry has got its mojo back. “I think…

By Alan Hughes

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Service Leadership

Janice Bryant Howroyd created the largest black female-owned business based on exceeding client expectations

In 30 years Janice Bryant Howroyd has created a billion-dollar juggernaut using a business model…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Winner’s Edge

Emerging from our generation’s toughest downturn, the BE 100s seek to recapture the innovative spirit that will position these companies for unparalleled growth

Just like “Trouble Man,” Marvin Gaye’s anthem of determination, the BE 100s at 40 share…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Hooking Investors

ABC’s Shark Tank co-stars share tips on pitching your business to private financiers

Al Nelson landed a deal with two of the investors on ABC's Shark Tank.
Al…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Debt Snowball Method

How Cornell and Jammie Brooks paid off $54,200 in debt in 13 months

By February 2011, they started eliminating credit cards with the smallest balance while continuing to…

By LaToya M. Smith

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A Succession Story

Jimmy Walker had left Laurel Ford Lincoln Kia Inc. (No. 59 on the BE Auto…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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A Champion for Black Business

For educator Isha Edwards, strengthening minority-owned businesses is a personal and professional goal

Whether she’s teaching, consulting, or mentoring a minority entrepreneur, Edwards’ philosophy remains the same. “While…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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My Cool STEM Career

The truth is that a STEM degree is whatever you make of it. If you’re…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Don’t Just Retire Cash Rich, Retire Wealthy

If you start with a $200 monthly contribution at age 25 that earns 6% interest,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Fire When Ready

When Marvin Carroll’s Tec-Masters Inc. landed its first military contract—a $25,000 deal to support a…

By Alan Hughes

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Slow & Steady Savings

Their portfolio is a mix of long- and short-term investments that also include domestic and…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Adriane Brown, President & COO, Intellectual Ventures (Photo by Rick Dahms)

Disrupting the Status Quo

Adriane Brown left her position as president and CEO of Honeywell’s transportation division, but when…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Maria Hannah, owner of The Clean Dog Inc. (Photo by Craig Bromley)

Out of the Doghouse

Failure to upgrade hardware can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance of antiquated…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Cindy McField-Asamoah, a vice president with the Corcoran Group (left) and Robin A. Young, president of Women Behaving Wealthy (Photo by Rayon Richards)

Peek In Your Purse

“A woman behaving wealthy spends on the basis of what is important to her on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Dorian Boyland (Photo by Ryan Ketterman)

The Game Plan

Dorian S. Boyland revenues at his Orlando-based chain of dealerships expected to exceed $400 million…

By Alan Hughes

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Elsie MCabe Thompson (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

Leading While Learning

It’s McCabe Thompson’s ability to harness perceived challenges as strengths that led her to the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Coping With Unexpected Health Issues

“When you’re 40 and the doctor tells you that you may not be able to…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Think Like a Woman … Manage Your Money Like a Man

According to sociologist Mariko Chang, women’s earnings are currently at about 78% of men’s, yet…

By Bridget McCrea

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Craig T. Williams, CEO and president of Pride Enterprises Inc. (right) and Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (Photo by Rayon Richards)

A Strategic Alliance

CEO and president of Pride Enterprises Inc. learned about how a young, black Iraq War…

By Alan Hughes

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COO: Commander of Operations

Currently deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Gaskin has a leadership role…

By Alan Hughes

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Portfolio Repair

Many people would love to be in Jeremy McMullen’s shoes. At 30, he has little…

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Create Your Own Financial Recovery

Although the unemployment rate among workers 55 and older is relatively low at 6.4%, it…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Hiring the Least Likely

When Michael A. Rashid joined AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, he grew the organization from…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Monique Harps (Photo by Jeremy Charles)

Debt-Free Diet

Four years ago Monique A. Harps contended with more than $104,000 in debt. Although the…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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B. Doyle Mitchell Jr., president and CEO, Industrial Bank and sister Patricia Mitchell, executive vice president, sales and operations, Industrial Bank (Photo by Kevin Allen)

Surviving the Meltdown

Mitchell, president and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Industrial Bank (No. 8 on the BE banks…

By Alan Hughes

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Selling Without a Store

According to a new report by Forrester Research and Shop.org, e-commerce sites continue to snag…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Business of Broadway

Alicia Keys, Kenny Leon, Lydia Diamond and others represent the new look of Broadway

This current season may be historic because three African American female playwrights—out of six shows…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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System Upgrade

Younger people may be more instinctive about technology, but it’s not rocket science and it’s…

By Caroline Clarke

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The Team You Need for Your Year-End Financial Checkup

At a time when it’s about the parties and festivities, it can be hard to…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Financial Fitness Performance Review

With $2,000 to get them started, our previous winners managed to navigate a volatile market…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Education Means Business

To paraphrase an old maxim: In the 21st century, the business of America is education.…

By Robin White Goode

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3 Capital Raising Ideas

Every artist faces the daunting task of scraping together enough money to finance their pet…

By Pamela K. Johnson

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Walton Isaacson founders Aaron Walton (l) and Cory Isaacson (Photo by Kevin Foley)

Mad Science

Walton Isaacson (No. 8 on the BE Advertising Agencies list with $12 million in revenues)…

By Alan Hughes

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Living Solo in the Big City

Erica Horne braces for unexpected expenses as she becomes a homeowner in New York

New York native Erica Horne, 35, wonders how she will continue to make ends meet…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Inflation-Proof Your Portfolio

How you can craft an investment plan that keeps pace

Short-term signs of inflation are easy to spot, from the higher tab to fill the…

By James A. Anderson

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5 Tips for Revving Up Your Business

Innovation and value are among the major revenue drivers

Jamilah Barnes Creekmur earned her stripes leading business development efforts for AllHipHop.com (and won the…

By Renita Burns

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Women of Power

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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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