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Cigar Essentials

“The cigar is not a cigarette and should not be ashed after every puff. As…

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How to Preserve Wealth Through Good Health

Amiya Alexander is helping to save her community from the costly disease of obesity

Amiya Alexander has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and got the idea…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Change Agent

Former political fundraiser now focuses on policies affecting LGBT people of color

After a decade as a political fundraiser for members of Congress, Aisha Moodie-Mills shifted her…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Black Super Bowl Vendor Achieves Business and Financial Success

Vonda McPherson’s financial savvy landed her a five-figure contract

Do you have dreams of taking your business to the big leagues?

By Glenn Townes

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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…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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EY offers global mentoring opportunity to entrepreneurs

[Part 5] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

In this fifth and final part, successful global entrepreneurs talk more about booming sectors in…

By Cristie Leondis

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[Part 4] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

This is a special feature on conducting business in one of the …

By Cristie Leondis

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[Part 3] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

In the third part of the feature ‘Doing Business in Africa’ successful entrepreneur Tony Elumelu…

By Cristie Leondis

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Scale is King: Top Lessons From Nation’s Largest Black Businesses

How CEOs of Black Enterprise's BE 100s have remodeled firms for expansion

What will boost your business’ bottom line? Learn from the top black-owned businesses in the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Are Investment Motifs Good for Your Portfolio?

Explore whether idea-based investing is a viable strategy

What if you could invest in an idea, instead of a specific company, industry, or…

By Bridget McCrea

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What You Should Know About the Roth 401(k)

Determining when to pay taxes could make all the difference in your retirement nest egg

While the Roth 401(k) resembles the Roth IRA as far as the tax situation, the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Should You Do a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Using Crowdfunding for College Financing

Students think like entrepreneurs to meet school expenses

Troutman decided to tap into her social media network on Twitter and Facebook, creating a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Getting Focused on Finding Work

Four common mistakes that sabotage job seekers

The thought is that years of experience equals relevance in the market. “Many have 30-plus…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Best-Selling Author Frans Johannsson: ‘Why Hard Work Alone Doesn’t Guarantee Success’

Frans Johansson and The Medici Group are new-school innovators looking to bring their solutions to the world of business

It’s hard to believe that before the launch of the iPhone, telecom leaders predicted that…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Hampton University Inc.

How Pres. William R. Harvey’s business approach produced an HBCU set for sustainable longevity

Hampton University president William Harvey gives candid insights on HBCU management efficiency and entrepreneurial innovation.

By Janell Hazelwood

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FTC Updates Online Complaint Site

Changes are coming to FTC complaint features

Complaints are entered into the Consumer Sentinel Network database, and are made available to federal,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Money Matters: Finding Financing for a Fixer-Upper

How to get the money for a home makeover

My husband and I are looking to buy a home, but all we can find…

By John Simons

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4 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

Eric and Monta Baskerville knew the house they bought in 2009 was a good find,…

By Tory Parrish

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Have you ever searched Google, stood in line to purchase the latest iPhone, bought products on Amazon.com or bought plane tickets through Priceline.com? Have you shopped at the Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy or made purchases at CVS using your Visa or MasterCard? Do you plan to watch the Sunday football game on Fox Sports? Well, none of these companies value your consumer dollars enough to have African Americans sit on their board of directors.
The browning of America hasn’t extended into the boardrooms of some of America’s largest publicly traded corporations—a number that benefit from black consumers to gain market share. 


In our research to create the black enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors, our listing of black board members from the 250 largest companies on the S&P 500, we discovered that 75 companies—30% —currently do not have any blacks on their boards including quite a few household names. We did not include Dell, which included former Congressman and UNCF President and CEO William H. Gray as a board member until his death in early July. And at presstime, Sprint Nextel and Softbank were in the process of completing merger talks.


As we developed the following list, our editors reached out to the executive offices or investor relations departments of every company with a series of e-mails and phone calls to gain explanations for the absence of black representation as well as the lack of recruitment effort. We found that 58 of these companies, however, failed to provide us with any response.


*We incorrectly identified Edison International as one of our “75 Companies Without Black Board Members.”  In fact, Peter J. Taylor, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of California (UC) system, is an African American and has served on the board of directors of Edison International since December 2011.

75 Companies Without Black Board Members

Here is our list of major public corporations that do not have any black board members

When will diversity settle in?

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The Value of a Black Life

To paraphrase Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert B. Taney in the landmark Dred Scott decision…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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The Turnaround Kings: BE 100s Financial Services Company of the Year

Vista Equity Partners team prove themselves masters of rebuild and returns

By applying its proprietary operating principles (the details of which were not fully disclosed), Vista…

By Alan Hughes

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The Magicians of Madison Avenue: BE Ad Agency of the Year

Walton Isaacson combines analysis and creative wizardry to fuel company growth

According to Walton, it takes a particular mindset to succeed at the firm. “I would…

By Alan Hughes

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Robert L. Johnson And Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. Announce Alliance To End Payday Lending, Lower Minority Consumer Debt, And Promote Financial Education

The Curtain Never Falls on Bob Johnson (A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award)

There’s always another groundbreaking act for this billionaire entrepreneur

No, I have no desire to eclipse BET as the brand under which I fly.…

By Caroline Clarke

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Pipeline to Power: BE’s Industrial/Service Company of the Year

By fueling sales with integrity, teamwork, and healthy competition, Hightowers Petroleum has doubled its earnings over the past five years

“Bad times are great times for small, innovative, and emergent businesses to take advantage of…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Diving Deep

After losing her job, a medical professional finds satisfaction in her passion

Davis, who had enjoyed recreational swimming with her family since she was a child, learned…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Winners ot the black enterprise small business awards

Entrepreneurs Conference: Celebrating Small Businesses Revved Up for Growth

B.E.’s 2013 small business award nominees know what it takes to develop a vision into a scalable enterprise

Every business venture starts with a vision. But it takes the right plan and momentum…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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High Velocity: Black Enterprise’s African American Auto Dealer of the Year

Quality of service and dealer-owner operations helped March Hodge weather the storm and speed past the competition

Game changers: March (L) and Hodge combined their dealerships to help grow a top auto…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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BE 100s: Accelerate Your Business

41st Annual Report On Black Business

Get ready to take your company through a business environment that promises to be even…

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A Great Place for Marketing

Samplesaint’s geo-fencing service gets customers in a shopping frame of mind no matter where they are

Essentially, consumers can receive push notifications from a brand when they physically enter geographic locations…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Teaching Financial Literacy

Here’s a quick guideline for teaching your child about money management.

By Leslie E. Royal

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Keep Track of Rewards Points

With this tool, you can manage points, miles, family memberships, and loyalty programs in…

By Leslie E. Royal

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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…

By Earl Graves, Jr.

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Magic’s Touch

Lessons from the entrepreneurial journey of this former NBA star

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has scored big by creating a business fiefdom that serves urban America.…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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A Good Job Is Just the Beginning

With a combined six-figure income, Christopher and Genevie Jones seek advice for long-term success

“Christopher and Genevie aren’t the stereotypical young couple who buys first and asks questions later,”…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Ensuring a Legacy of Wealth

David Harris learned firsthand how to avoid a common mistake that can derail estate planning

When Harris’ stepmother died, his father could not find information about prepaid burial arrangements, nor…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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NOOK Simple Touch, $79

For the Reading Mom: The NOOK touts having the longest battery life, offering 2 months worth of energy based on half an hour of daily use. The non-glare factor makes it easy to move from indoors to outdoors. The adjustable font and text size makes it simple for Mom to read whichever way is most comfortable for her. Ultra light is an understatement. The NOOK weighs in at less than 7.5 ounces. With access to over 2.5 million book titles and free newspapers, as well as the ability to borrow library e-books, she'll never run out of reading material.

10 Mobile Gadgets for Business

Gifts for those on the go

Being ultra-mobile gets easier each year as laptops and tablets get thinner and lighter yet…

By K. T. Bradford

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Why Gay & Lesbian Couples Pay More

Same-sex couples seek marriage rights and legal protections, from accessing health benefits to transferring wealth

It was a day many couples dream of for Mignon R. Moore, 42, and Elaine…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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House Rich, Cash Poor

Njeri Barrett was off to a good head start, but when divorce and layoffs came knocking, her financial plans got derailed

“As a family we were making great income and we took the money and invested…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Strategies for Success

Lessons from our 8th annual Summit

In its eighth year, the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit focused on getting women…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Steer Clear of the Safety Bubble

Don’t let fear rule your investment choices

There are two connected objectives in the world of investing: Make a good amount of…

By Mellody Hobson

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Get a 529 Plan Boost

You may be able to get a match for your 529 college savings plan

You know about the possibility of your 401(k) contributions being matched (typically by an employer),…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Classic Notes

Coming to terms with her voice’s extraordinary potential was initially difficult for Cooper. “In the…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Work With Me

A business unit manager says that not collaborating is not an option

Even after completing studies for a bachelor’s in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Taking Advantage of Homeownership

Rufus and Jenny Triplett make one smart move after another

Using their home as a place of business has provided the Tripletts several tax advantages.…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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You Got the Merger Done … Now What?

6 tips on how to integrate an acquired company

Mergers and acquisitions have long been touted as a strategy for small businesses to gain…

By Alan Hughes

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Why It Pays to Invest in Stocks

If you have read my columns over the past few years, you know by now…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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5 Reasons Your Website #Fails

Entrepreneur Erica Robinson is in the process of marketing her Harlem-based yoga studio, Asali Yoga.…

By Jacqueline Harris

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Step by Step

Morehouse students parlay a love for footwear into a shoe company

Stephens first came up with the idea in 2010, a week after high school ended.…

By Bridget McCrea

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Why You Must Always Invest in Stocks

Five strategies that will produce the best long-term results for your portfolio

Bouncing back, in fact, is something that stocks have been doing for decades. Even before…

By Donald Jay Korn

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The U.S. Auto Industry’s Unfinished Business

To boost employment as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for African Americans, automotive manufacturers and the…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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The Feedback You Need

A communications executive learns important lessons about workplace relationships

As chief diversity officer for the global French communications behemoth Publicis Groupe, Sandra Sims-Williams, based…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Finding Money to Go Back to School

Looking to change careers or boost your earning power? Here are tips to help you fund your next step

A recent layoff might have you thinking about returning to school in hopes of finding…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Auto Industry Tune Up

Consumer demand and innovation are driving the sector's rebound. But is diversity a top priority?

And black auto buyers tend to be more brand loyal than other groups. For instance,…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Helping Veterans Win the Financial Battle

Here’s a rundown of programs that will sharpen your money skills and prepare you for civilian life

Life after the military can be overwhelming. Many veterans are thrust into the role of…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Getting Social with Coupons

New coupon app allows users to include Facebook friends

To use this free app, you’ll have to first go to the RedPlum Facebook page…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Journey to a Book Adventure

An information technology professional finds his real passion in storytelling

Because Parr didn’t have an itinerary for his travel, he promised to stay in touch…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Education Reform: It’s Time for Us to Step Up to the Plate

The mission is as simple as it is powerful and necessary: to get African American…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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The CES 2013 Best in Show Awards

These 17 products represent the cream of the crop in electronics, software, and accessories

The International Consumer Electronics Show, held every January in Las Vegas, showcases technology from all…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Networking for Success

Charles Griggsby built his business one relationship at a time

Charles Griggsby can often be spotted at minority business conferences. Whether it is a local…

By Alan Hughes

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How to Prepare Your Business for Succession

Here’s five steps to passing on your business

When their father died in 2008, Jessica and Charles Johnson Jr. were left with the…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Ninja Innovation

Warriors? Yes. Turtles? No. Changing the World? One Gigabyte at a time

A ninja, a Jedi, and a rock star walk into a bar. They take one…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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More Than a Side Hustle

Honoring and marketing your talents for secondary revenue streams

So, calling the work outside of your nine-to-five a side hustle is really a slight…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Living On Less

Al and Lesia Riddick say that with a little forethought and planning it is possible to survive on one income

Thirty-eight-year-olds Al and Lesia Riddick of Fairfield Township, Ohio, have practiced disciplined money management since…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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How I Made $100,000 From Home

Lower overhead and startup costs make these franchise options attractive

When Maxine P. Gill was laid off from her job as a sales and marketing…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Raising Our Girls

Black women who understand the importance of supporting and encouraging the next generation of leaders

Several organizations run by women are committing their efforts and resources to helping young girls…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Body Double

What it really means to be the hardest-working woman in Hollywood

Angela Meryl never thought that football, karate, gymnastics, and childhood roughhousing such as crashing her…

By chrisena_coleman

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Bank Rewards Deals

Bank of America has rolled out its cash-back rewards program nationwide. Compatible with mobile applications,…

By Leslie E. Royal

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5 Things You Need To Know Before Going Global

How to avoid an international incident when taking your business abroad

“The deeper cultural roots of how business is conducted varies so much from country to…

By Alan Hughes

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Getting It Right the Second Time Around

Retirement was short-lived for Don King but he and his wife, Patricia, are working on a plan to make sure he’s ready in three years

In 1996 when Patricia King’s husband, don retired from the Army, she says they didn’t…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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5 Things You Should Know About Professional e-Portfolios

These electronic portfolios will increasingly become the preferred reference tool for employers seeking talent,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Small Biz Toolkit for Budding Women Entrepreneurs

From seed money to mentoring programs, here’s a resource guide for new enterprises

Finding startup and growth capital, managing economic fluctuations, and learning the ropes of business management…

By Bridget McCrea

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Stop Scams in Their Tracks

According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers target just about every demographic—single, married, male, female,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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New Tenant Risk-Assessment Tool

CoreLogic has introduced the website MyRental.com to assist independent landlords in lowering tenant risk. Having…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Stay Cool During a Market Shutdown

A stock market close doesn’t necessarily spell trouble for equities

You can buy and sell stock five days a week in most cases, but being…

By Mellody Hobson

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4 Steps For Starting a Successful Investment Club

Here’s how to get on the right foot

“Investment clubs are a great way to learn about investments and to get more knowledgeable…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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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…

By Earl Graves, Jr.

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Hollywood’s Most Bankable Black Producers

Black Enterprise decided to take a look at the highest-grossing African American producers—those who, according…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Mix It Up

At Houston’s Wealth Development Strategies, President and CEO Cheryl D. Creuzot says the key to…

By Frank McCoy

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Interesting facts about Anthony Anderson

Backtalk with Anthony Anderson

Whether he’s busting guts in cult classics like Two Can Play That Game and Me,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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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How Reginald Lewis Changed Business Forever

Twenty-five years after the TLC Beatrice deal created the first black-owned billion-dollar business, African American entrepreneurs use its lessons to drive deal-making on a global level

It was the summer of 1987, and Christophe, who had left Citibank, was in his…

By Gregory S. Bell

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Business Opportunities for Wounded Warriors

Programs exist to help disabled service veteran-owned enterprises

The jobless rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is 9.7%. The rate of unemployment is…

By Cliff Hocker

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Lessons From the Battlefield

A Gulf War veteran leads Dell’s front lines with teamwork and diversity

Mel Parker, vice president and general manager of the North America Consumer and Small Office…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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In the Pursuit of Wealth, Don’t Forsake the Treasure of Family

I believe that economic development is vital to the black community, and that more African…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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Your Professional Story

Here’s how to improve your LinkedIn profile

More than 175 million professionals currently use the professional networking and social media site LinkedIn,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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5 Great Online Money Management Tools

Use these sites to get a handle on your cash

One advantage of using online management tools is that they allow you to more efficiently…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Taste of the Holiday

Turn this season of meeting and mingling into an adventure to savor

Even the most serious connoisseurs will concede that at the end of the day, truly…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Tax Tips for the Unemployed

Plan ahead to avoid trouble with the IRS

It’s important for the unemployed to be organized, proactive, and informed. If you’re looking for…

By Tory Parrish

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Diversification Is Fundamental

Mixing up the assets in your portfolio can protect you from substantial losses

The goal of diversification is to reduce risk, says Eric McKissack, CEO of Channing Capital…

By Donald Jay Korn

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The Value of Job-Hunting Support

Study shows professional help may increase salary offers

Although there are a variety of services available to help job seekers, many people don’t…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Directing Harmony

How a music man to the stars makes every performance look effortless

Having discovered his passion and talent for music at an early age, Ray Chew has…

By chrisena_coleman

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Lights! Cellphone! Action!

How to make great videos with your smartphone

A smartphone is all you need to make a great web video, so long as…

By Mario Armstrong

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Accounting for Disaster

After a mobile restaurant catches fire, black enterprise gives it a software makeover that puts it in the fast lane

Calculating and reporting payroll taxes, tracking sales, managing expenses, and safely storing all of these…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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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How to Buy Black

Spending with economic self-help as a goal takes more than good intentions. Here are 14 strategies for conducting your own empowerment experiment

When Chicagoans John and Maggie Anderson made a pledge to spend all of their income…

By Maggie Anderson

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Small Business University–Making the Grade

“I had a great business plan, but I didn’t have a day-to-day plan,” says Lisa…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Building, Planting, and Moving Ahead

Three stocks that may raise investor optimism and return on investment

At Darda Financial Services L.L.C., a fee-based wealth management services firm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,…

By Frank McCoy

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Résumé Workshop

How to effectively present your experience and skills to a prospective employer

In recent years, social media has presented a variety of opportunities for professionals to brand…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Black Enterprise and Dell ‘Small Business University’ Winner Puts Business Lessons to Good Use

The program helped her push her business forward.

Jackson used personal savings of $2,500 to cover startup costs for Web design, photography, marketing…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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More Than Talk

A seasoned TV professional focuses on longevity

When Lowe was contacted about the prospect of hosting The Better Show in 2007, the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Winning Battles for Vetpreneurs

Returning GIs access capital and other support to grow thriving businesses on the homefront

“Military service itself is excellent preparation that provides many of the ingredients necessary for business…

By Cliff Hocker

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Backtalk with Randy Jackson

Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2003, Jackson, now 56, will discuss how he manages…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Holiday Treasures

For the connoisseurs, enthusiasts, and eclectic professionals on your list

1. Eco-friendly Essential
Stylish and environmentally chic, the A2B Metro e-bike by HeroEco (www.heroeco.com) provides a…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Playing on a New Court

Basketball legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier is developing his chops in the restaurant business

When Walt “Clyde” Frazier retired from the NBA in 1980, he had been living between…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Bountiful Careers in Agriculture

How four professionals found lucrative opportunities in a growing field

These are professional positions that cater to scientists, lawyers, and people with MBAs, with starting…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Don’t Run Out of Money in Retirement

5 tips to make sure you don’t fall short and outlive your savings

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, “early” baby boomers, meaning people 58 to 64,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Let’s Honor Our Troops With the Support They Deserve

Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves Sr., former Green Beret, says we must invest in veterans' success

Thousands of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have either come home, or…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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The Value of Business Partnerships: 1+1=3

I urge us all to adapt, take calculated risks, and, most importantly, check our egos…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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5 Keys to an Effective Credit Report Dispute Letter

Here’s how to get your complaints addressed in a timely fashion

If you find a mistake on your credit report, a letter disputing the error should…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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In Memoriam: Dean of Black Economists Dr. Andrew F. Brimmer

The son of a sharecropper, the University of Washington graduate became a highly respected macroeconomist…

By Cliff Hocker

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The Real Cost of Adoption

It’s not cheap to adopt a child from a private agency. Here’s how to finance the growth of your family

Private agency adoptions can range anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000-plus, according to the U.S. Department…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Managing Safety

A former special agent transfers his skills to corporate security

Four months after graduating from St. John’s University in 1974 with a degree in criminal…

By Sonia Alleyne

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney Talks Black Unemployment, Voters and Entrepreneurs

Republican presidential challenger details platform to strengthen nation’s economy

Although polls show that his support from African Americans is almost nil, the former Massachusetts…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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Young Wealth Builders

Here's a look at three thirtysomethings making strides toward building their nest egg

Young adults are taking care of business when it comes to personal finance. Despite reports…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Three apps to help real estate agents and house hunters seal the deal

When it comes to real estate, location is everything—not just the location of the home,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Backtalk with Iyanla Vanzant

Is it true that at one point you had Eminem as your ringtone?
“Lose yourself in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Buying What You Know

There is a difference between admiring a company for its remarkable products and buying its stock

I think one of the most-repeated pieces of investment advice—“buy what you know”—can be quite…

By Mellody Hobson

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Seeking Healthy Returns

David Lopez sees consistent returns and portfolio safety as having equal weight

Lopez believes that the securities industry’s rollercoaster ride of 2010 and 2011 has ended and…

By Frank McCoy

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Success at Work is Your Choice

A senior executive writes the book on how to get out of your own way

“When I joined Hudson’s department stores in Detroit, I remember being told that I would…

By Sonia Alleyne

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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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Keeping Up With the Jacksons

Rather than finding new ways to spend, Portia and Kyron Jackson discover new ways to save

While some people define disposable income as the money they have left over to spend,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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5 Best Buys in Home-Based Franchises

Here are some of the most promising franchise businesses to own from travel agencies to commercial cleaning services

In addition to low startup costs, what makes franchises operated out of the home appealing…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Backtalk with T.I.

Since his meteoric rise, the lyricist, husband, and father of five has become a household…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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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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Protect Your Mobile Money

Here’s how to guard your digital wallet against would-be thieves

The mobile payments industry is expected to reach $214 billion by 2015, up substantially from…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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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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The Digital Demo Tape

New social network helps aspiring artists get heard

Blazetrak founders, (l to r) Harrison, Casey and Stanford
When Jayou Productions, a music production team…

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How To Raise a Scientist

What teachers, parents, and schools can do to increase African American participation in science, technology, engineering, and math

“It is not an achievement gap, it is an exposure gap,” says Magloire, a former…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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5 Ways to Save on College Tour Costs

Turn your child’s campus visit into an affordable trip

Touring colleges does not have to cost an arm and a leg. And if planned…

By Leslie E. Royal

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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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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

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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Preston D. Pinkett III, President & CEO of City National Bank

Banking on a New Model

How City National’s new CEO is turning the institution around; using a rebranding campaign, and offering profitable, consumer-focused products and services

City National Bank (No. 8 on the BE BANKS list with $358.43 million in assets)…

By Alan Hughes

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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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Backtalk With Jordin Sparks

What was it like working with Whitney Houston?
Amazing, because I grew up singing her songs.…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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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

Young Holley excelled in math and science and quickly realized that he could change the…

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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President Obama’s Big Plan for Small Business

As President Obama goes into full campaign mode, he must cite such examples to make…

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About This Issue: Inside the Oval Office

It was the call I’ve been waiting for my entire career. “Derek, you have your…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Gains in Retail

Macy’s exec points to diverse industry job opportunities

At Macy’s, we have employees who come from many different professional experiences, some with vast…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Sylvia Woods, Soul Food Queen, Dies at 86

Woods was an entrepreneur from the very beginning. She started out as a beautician, opening…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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2012 Best Companies for Diversity

Thompson worked as a vice president for McDonald’s in both operations and supply chain, so…

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How We Compiled the 40 Best Companies for Diversity

Our survey measured companies against four key categories:

Our editors and B.E. Research sent surveys to the top 1,000 publicly traded companies as…

By Cliff Hocker

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A Less Taxing Investment Approach

Trudy Turner shows investors how to lower risks and derive greater returns

Trudy R. Turner, a director at Robertson, Griege & Thoele
Trudy R. Turner knows that everyone…

By Frank McCoy

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Finding the Big Idea

A young developer lands an enterprising position in the world of venture capital

Name: Tristan Walker
Current Position: Entrepreneur in Residence, Andreessen Horowitz, also known as A16Z
Age: 28
Education: In…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Duty. Honor. Education.

Sgt. Maj. James Grady's college degree and 3.73 GPA earned him a peak promotion and hefty pay raise

“I wouldn’t have received the promotion without my degree,” says Grady. “Once you reach a…

By Donald Jay Korn

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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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