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Ariel Investments L.L.C.
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Cos. Inc., Starbucks Corp.

The African Americans Directing America’s Largest Corporations

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

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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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The Roses are applying a multistrategy approach to pay for college costs

The Business of College Planning

With college costs skyrocketing and many Americans still reeling from the Great Recession, paying for…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Homeowner and landlord Magda Brown

It Pays to Own

Landlord and homeowner Magda Brown uses her multifamily home to help defray the cost of homeownership

“My landlord owned a few buildings and I loved his lifestyle,” says Brown, now 30.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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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…

By Joel Lyons

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Refocusing Financial Goals

Sometimes, you need to rein things in a bit and refocus.

To maintain his lifestyle, Hoosier estimates he would need about $1 million in a retirement…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Heather Shaw's travels opened a new world of opportunities

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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Kerrie Holley, IBM Fellow and Global Business Services Chief Technology Officer

Lessons In Mastery

A technology strategist focuses on driving innovation

“I learned at an early age that the only way I was going to escape…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Oval Office Interview with President Barack Obama

President Obama sat down with Black Enterprise Magazine for an exclusive interview in which he talks about black businesses and unemployment.

In a 20-minute Q&A session with BE Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle, President Obama talked about…

By Derek T. Dingle

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2012 Best Companies for Diversity

This year, Black Enterprise focused on supplier diversity, because winning contracts to provide products and…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Ronald Hickland Jr., lead bowling ball designer, Ebonite International Inc. (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

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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Audrey Boone Tillman, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services for Aflac Inc.

Getting to the Heart of Business

As executive vice president for corporate services, Audrey Boone Tillman oversees operations for the divisions…

By Sonia Alleyne

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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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Marvin Carroll (Photo by Sheri O'Neal)

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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The Foy Family (Photo by Quantrell Colbert)

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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Rodd Herbert (Photo by Kevin Foley)

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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Creshinda Clark (Photo by Aaron Raymond)

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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Lt. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin (Photo courtesy of Lt. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin)

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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Jeremy McMullen (Photo by Brian Dressler)

Portfolio Repair

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

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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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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Michael A. Rashid (Photo by Nick Antony)

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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D. Michael Bennett (Photo by Kevin Allen)

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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Chantay Bridges (Photo by Kevin Foley)

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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Bryan Mitchell (Photo by Jerry Jack)

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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Otha Thornton, president-elect, National PTA and senior vice president of business development, Capital Commercial Development Group L.L.C. (Photo by Al Ferreira)

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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Photo by Rayon Richards

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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OpenForBusiness

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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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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