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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Johnnie Cochran

Today's quote of the day comes from the legendary lawyer.

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 9th

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with…

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CHRIS GARDNER: Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist Chris Gardner overcame homelessness to become a self-made millionaire. Gardner chronicled his challenges of being a single father and an ambitious businessman living below the poverty line in his New York Times' bestselling autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness. His rags to riches story also served as inspiration for the 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.

Black Birthdays for February 9th: Chris Gardner and More

Are you a Pursuit of Happiness fan?

Check out today’s birthdays.

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The Embrace of Black History Month in Canada

Not just significant for Americans

s we continue to celebrate the accomplishments and innovations of the black race for Black…

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Blacks vs White Women in Executive Suite, Sept. 1980

Check out one of our historic Black Enterprise Magazine covers which focuses on white women and African Americans in corporate America.

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Spike Lee

Today's quote of the day comes from the legendary director.

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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GARY COLEMAN: Before becoming a prominent child star, playing adoptee Arnold on the hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, Coleman knew a thing or two about it in real life, having grown up with adopted parents since birth. He would go on to appear in many hit TV series, from Martin to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and then on to reality TV fame as a cast member on The Surreal Life 2. He even ran for governor of California in 2003, and placed 8th in a field of 185 candidates during the infamous recall election. Though he suffered from an autoimmune kidney disease that stunted his growth, and would later die from complications of it, Coleman is one of the most well-known figures in pop culture, spanning generations.

Black Birthday for February 8th: Gary Coleman, Alonzo Mourning and More

Check out who else is celebrating today

Happy Birthday and rest in peace to Gary Coleman!

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 8th

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on CBS commentator Andy Rooney and actor Gary Coleman.

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with…

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Black History Month: Valerie Jarrett Talks Obama, Career in ‘Impact Players’ Series

Jarrett addressed the improved relationship between the White House and big business

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 7th

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on Alcorn A&M College and Carter G. Woodson.

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with…

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Black Birthdays for February 7th: Chris Rock and More

Check out who else is celebrating today

Happy Birthday Chris Rock!

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Anne Fudge

Today's quote of the day comes from the former CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising.

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Blacks in Record Industry, December 1979

Check out one of our historic Black Enterprise Magazine covers which focus on the record industry, and the affect blacks had on it.

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Herman J. Russell

Today's quote of the day comes from Herman J. Russell

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Black Supermodels who Paved the Way

Chanel Iman and Sessilee Lopez are the model industry's reigning black queens

Check out the black models who paved the way for today’s stars.

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: The Beauty Care Industry, August 1978

BE covered how these firms were battling majority companies like Revlon for the then-$750 million black hair care and beauty aids market.

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 6th

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact.

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Black Birthdays for February 6th: Bob Marley, Natalie Cole and More

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists, athletes in our community.

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Black Birthdays for February 5th: Bobby Brown, Hank Aaron and More

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists and athletes.

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The First 5 African-Americans to be Featured on U.S. Stamps

Many wonder who were the first group of African-Americans to get their own stamp.

It’s no secret that African-Americans have contributed to the development of the United States; more…

By Jonathan Hailey

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Black-Owned Farms, May 1978

The editors of BE developed a groundbreaking cover story on the “black land drain."

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: BE Entrepreneur of the Century

Today's quote of the day comes from the Black Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Century

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 5th

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact.

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: American Express’ Kenneth Chenault

Today's quote of the day comes from the AMEX executive

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Black Birthdays for February 4th: Rosa Parks and Lawrence Taylor

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists and athletes.

Check out whose birthday it was today.

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Black Comedians Who Paved the Way for Today’s Stars

Which of these 7 old school comedians is your favorite?

Had it not been for comedians like Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx, comics like Kevin…

By Jonathan Hailey

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Has Black History Month Been a Failure?

Should this month still exist?

Young black school children don’t learn that our people mapped, calculated and erected some of…

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Ernesta Procope, August 1974

BE devotes an entire issue to expose the unique challenges as well as celebrate the achievements of black female executives.

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 4th

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact.

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth.

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 3rd

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Russell Simmons

Today's quote of the day comes from legendary entrepreneur Russell Simmons

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: BE 100, June 1973

BE unveils its list of the Top 100 – the nation’s largest black-owned companies

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Black Birthdays for February 3rd: Sean Kingston and Julio Jones

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists, and athletes.

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Vietnam War, February 1971

At the height of the Vietnam War, BE was the only national publication to deal with the plight of returning G.I.s.

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: John H. Johnson

Today, February 2nd, we have a quote from the founder of Johnson Publishing, John H. Johnson.

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 2nd

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

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Black Birthdays for February 2nd: Donald Driver and Gucci Mane

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists and athletes.

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Black Birthdays for February 1st: Rick James, Big Boi and More

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists and athletes.

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Black Enterprise Founder Earl G. Graves, Sr.

Today, February 1st, our first quote comes from Black Enterprise Magazine Founder & Publisher, Earl G. Graves.

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Charles Evers, August 1970

Charles Evers, then-mayor of Fayette, Mississippi served as the magazine’s first cover subject.

He typified black entrepreneurs that emerged from the Civil Rights Movement

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 1st

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on the great Langston Hughes and countless other individuals…

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Does Black History Month Represent All Blacks?

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time for the nation to highlight achievements and contributions of black Americans

The origins of this month began in 1926

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The Men Behind Dr. Martin Luther King: Where Are They Now?

They say behind every great man is a great...man?

While he has become the face of the Civil Rights Movement, he had some equally…

By Jonathan Hailey

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Cornel West: The Building of a Black Intellectual Empire

West has had an unprecedented influence on this generation of colored people both rich and poor.

Dr. Cornel West is a towering intellectual respected by the academic and hip hop community.

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Justin and B.J. Upton will both play in the same outfield as members of the Atlanta Braves.

On Anniversary of Historic Jackie Robinson Deal, the Braves Have an All-Black Outfield

On Jackie Robinson anniversary, Atlanta now has the most exciting outfield in baseball

Braves recently acquired Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks.

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Bicycle Playing Cards Launches Negro Leagues Baseball Deck

Each deck sold contributes $0.15 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

US Playing Card company presents the Negro Leagues Baseball Deck in conjunction with museum

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The 5 Most Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A recent study ranked these as the friendliest states to do business in

Did your city make the list?

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The 5 Least Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A study rated these the least friendly states for entrepreneurs

Check out the findings from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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Antone Barnes: From Once Designing Music Careers to Home, Interior Design

Along with partner, San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis, Barnes creates his own path while living his dream

You may have found your next home or interior designer, folks.

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5 Hottest US Cities for Startups

A recent study identified the following cities as the hottest American cities to build a startup

Do you live in any of these?

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Progress Report

Let’s take a look at last year’s Financial Fitness contest winners and see what steps they have taken toward financial freedom

Black Enterprise identified past Financial Fitness Contest winners to find out if they followed our…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Planning My Financial Future

After digging herself out of credit card debt, Brandy Williams is taking advantage of a clean slate

As a college student at the University of Cincinnati, Williams used her eight cards to…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Five Steps to Becoming a Supplier for America’s Largest Retailer

The following lessons will help companies seeking to serve Walmart.

The following lessons will help companies seeking to serve Walmart. The tips, however, can…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Escaping the Paycheck to Paycheck Life

Talisha White seeks to change behavior that will sabotage her financial future

“I shouldn’t be struggling,” admits White, who works as an office assistant for the chief…

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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National Minority Supplier Development Council

NMSDC Honors Top Regional Minority Suppliers

The 16 outstanding Asian, black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses represent a broad range of industries

The 16 outstanding Asian, black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses represent a broad range of…

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Duane and Tisha Campbell Martin: From TV & Movies to Opening a Restaurant

The Martins' new restaurant is one of the new hot spots in Los Angeles

The Martins’ new restaurant is one of the new hot spots in Los Angeles

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Black Enterprise’s 100 Most Powerful Executives Honored

Check out the list

Some of corporate America's business elite from BE's 2012 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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Plan the Life You Want!

After reading the August 2012 Black Enterprise Financial Fitness Contest winner’s story, Michael McElroy, 34,…

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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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Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Yet)

Before Lachelle Story can fulfill her lifelong dream of running a business, she must first get her personal finances in order

She believes running her own business is in her blood. Her retired father runs an…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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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…

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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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Refocusing Financial Goals

Thirty-one-year-old Curtis Hoosier of Decatur, Georgia, believes he has outgrown his 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home that…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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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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The 15 Best Companies for Workforce Diversity

They raised the bar in diversity recruitment, retention, and inclusion

Every July, Black Enterprise magazine identifies the “40 Best Companies for Diversity” (on newsstands now).…

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Field of Legends: Honoring Players at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

NLBM President Bob Kendrick (Image: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum)
On July 8th, Major League Baseball players…

By Mia N. Hall

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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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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

When couples come together, they must undergo the unromantic process of figuring out how to…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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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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Jhanay Harris' house is in financial order (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

How to Keep a Good Financial Start Going

“My parents were both teachers. They always taught me to save and the value of…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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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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On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Black Enterprise teamed up with Walmart to host 20/20 Vision: Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century, a forum to explore opportunities with corporate entities and the City of Chicago. The economic forum was designed to explore how entrepreneurs can best position their ventures to form profitable partnerships with large corporations as part of their supply chain. The day long event, which was held at the Chicago Hilton, covered topics like “Navigating the Procurement Maze” and “Scaling Up To Meet The Right Contract.” Here are some of the highlights from the program:

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Highlights from the 2012 Vision 20/20 Forum hosted by Black Enterprise and Wal-mart

Black Enterprise and Walmart hosts the Vision 20/20 Forum to help small businesses become more…

By Derek T. Dingle

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7 Black Female Trailblazers in Medicine

Pioneering physicians, researchers and surgeons

Take a look at black women making big strides as physicians and researches.

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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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Brian and Robin McLean and daughter Autumn (Photo by Paul Nurnberg)

Beyond Homeownership

Military benefits gave Brian McLean, 27, and his wife, Robin, 29, a great head start…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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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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Speller is all smiles at her ballooning business

Entrepreneur Follows Her Passion & Finds Ballooning Success

Shanta Speller finds success with Bunch of Balloons, her balloon decorating company

Juggling a full-time job with her passion, Shanta Speller launched Bunch of Balloons, her own…

By Jenisha Watts

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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…

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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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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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