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Change Agent

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

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

Vista Equity Partners team prove themselves masters of rebuild and returns

In 2007, Vista Equity Partners (No. 1 on the be private equity list with $6.6…

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

In 2005, Aaron Walton and Cory Isaacson sat in a coffee shop in Chicago’s Gold…

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

There’s always another groundbreaking act for this billionaire entrepreneur

A few years back, BLACK ENTERPRISE profiled serial entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson, stating that he…

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

Stephen Hightower has never accidentally been in the right place at the right time. He’s…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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BE 100s: The Nation’s Largest Black Businesses

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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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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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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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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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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Home Tweet Home

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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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,…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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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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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…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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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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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

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…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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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…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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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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Black Enterprise CTIA Best in Show Awards

In addition to the standard cloud storage and file sharing tools, Box.com gives users the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Teen Investors Take Charge

Williams had no idea that a single $30 stock purchase would be the foundation of…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Strategies to Saving

5 tools and tips to help you save money to meet your financial goals

It was at the age of 47 that Cheryl Derricotte realized she needed to be…

By Bridget McCrea

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The Importance of Sleep

After a series of unexplained health scares—including loss of consciousness while driving, and breathing and…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Nowhere to Go But Up

Having overhauled more than 70% of the brand’s portfolio, Sheraton now leads the other brands…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Great Lessons from Great CEOs

Advice from Entrepreneurial Legends to Move Your Business Forward

What makes chief executives of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses great? When I wrote…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Sherri Shepherd Talks Return to Comedy, Launch of Wig Collection

If you thought marriage and 'The View' were it, you have something else coming

It doesn’t matter whether or not you respect Sherri Shepherd’s unadulterated opinions as a co-host…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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The $250,000,000 Mission to Preserve Black History

Lonnie Bunch’s mission includes raising $250 million in donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals for…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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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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Giving Back Against All Odds

The experience and memories of being left home overnight at the age of 5 to…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Improve Your Relationship … With Your Money

For the past few years, the media’s been having a field day discussing the marital…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Banking in the Digital Age

Alden J. McDonald brings his institution into the 21st century

“It’s not a matter of whether or not you’re going to get new business [using…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Why Black Media Still Matters

Perhaps more than any other Americans, we as black people need our own voice, to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Bringing Diversity to the Executive Suite

ELC President & CEO Arnold Donald is pursuing a bold mission to demonstrate that inclusion within corporate America's top ranks will drive innovation—and profits

When Arnold Donald took the helm as president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council,…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Preserve Our Rich History of Philanthropy

I’ve always had a love for history, spending countless hours in museums and libraries, and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Making the Switch

When and how to convert your bankruptcy status

When Alphonzo Kershaw fell behind on the mortgage of a second home last year, he…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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A Heart Attack Saves Lives

A community’s kindness inspires a daughter’s grateful response

In 2006, Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo received an urgent phone call from one of her uncles in…

By Brittany Hutson

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The Tea Spot

A holistic instructor creates a sexy new environment for an age-old beverage

Sunyatta Amen, founder and owner of SiTea
After water, it’s the No. 1 drink all over…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Capital Appreciation

McKenzie M. Slaughter views investing from an alternative perspective but she still has a feel…

By Frank McCoy

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Step Up Your 401(k) Investing

Latonda Henderson has been contributing to her 401(k) ever since she finished college and began…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Backtalk with Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer is bringing soul to TV Land. Since earning critical acclaim as a…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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We Are All Trayvon Martin

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

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Driving Force

B.E.’s 2012 nominees have the passion, vision, and momentum to take their companies far

There is no one given industry or type of business that will render any entrepreneur…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Moving Up, But Not Away

Tech CEO takes social talent search to a new level

The 2011 Employee Engagement Report conducted by BlessingWhite, a workforce development consulting firm, revealed that…

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small-business credit quality continues to improve as credit balances rise and delinquency rates fall

How to Negotiate a Line of Credit

For most construction companies, winning a bid on a contract is just the beginning, since…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Getting Clear

How ambivalence in the office hinders opportunities for success

According to a recent report by Catalyst, there are four specific and implicit behaviors necessary…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Building Healthy Relationships

After nearly a decade of managing supplier contracts and procurement in finance, Knightner transferred her…

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5 Hot Industries for Startups

These sectors offer strong projected revenue growth for new businesses

Every budding entrepreneur wants to find the next big growth sector. A recovering economy and…

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Design Drive

How one artist steers her creative interests

Crystal Windham, interior design director, passenger cars, at General Motors Co., integrates beauty and style…

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Auto Insurance Myths and Reality

Auto insurance coverage can be costly. The average annual expenditure for auto insurance came to…

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Spring Affair

For Your Wardrobe
Python is one of the most stylishly diverse leathers available and nobody demonstrates…

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Powered Up

Experience has taught Joe A. Gilbert, a portfolio manager at Integrity Asset Management, to be…

By Frank McCoy

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Talent Hunt

Companies still struggle to find the best employees

Jobs are scarce, competition is high, unemployment is staggering—all of these factors should contribute to…

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Inside Tavis Smiley Inc.

TV personality Tavis Smiley and his team were feeling the heat after a series of…

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Protecting Your Assets

Jefrey Jones’ 80-year-old widowed, childless aunt suffers with dementia. As the primary steward for her…

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The Right Image

5 ways you can get a job using Pinterest

With more than 10 million registered users, it’s hard to ignore the latest social media…

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Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Ariel Investments L.L.C.

Out of Sync

Why the stock market and the economy seem at odds

In February we saw headlines about the DOW JONES industrial average reaching its highest level…

By Mellody Hobson

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Space Encounters

What it takes to make a house your home

All of Angela Lee’s work begins with interviews. “The client may not know what they…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Upping the Numbers

How to be a great sales executive in a tough environment

During challenging times, you can expect the competition to be targeting your good customers. So…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Art of the Turnaround

Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel propels small petroleum company into a million-dollar logistics business

Sandra K. Walls became the sole owner of AVPOL in 2004 and turned the petroleum…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise

Choose Wealth, Not Style

I’m sure if you’ve read my column, heard my speeches, or had the chance to…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Backtalk with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Since retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1989, Kareem Abul-Jabbar continues making his mark…

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All Access: Women of Power Summit

If you’ve been keeping up with this year’s Women of Power hashtag (#WPS2012) on Twitter,…

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Get Excited About Your Money

Our Wealth for Life mission is to ensure that you become an active participant in…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Let’s Stop the Race to the Bottom

Appearance is still the first and most impactful way that you communicate who you are and determine how you are treated.

Despite the established acceptance of casual attire at many companies, there has never been a…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Mario Armstrong, digital lifestyle expert and Small Business University instructor.

New Lessons to Learn

Increase your productivity with technology

As a digital lifestyle expert on the Today show, CNN, and on my daily talk…

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On the Move

From the C- suite

Rosalind G. Brewer
New Position: President and CEO
Organization: Sam’s Club
Location: Bentonville, AK
Former Position: Executive Vice President…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Tools and Tips for Online Investing

Self-directed investment tools help you balance your portfolio and grow wealth

For years Hyacinth Tucker of Bowie, Maryland, thought investing was for the rich.

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Perfect Fit

A former boutique owner finds a good look in a new company

As one of the few master specialists at Brooks Brothers Made-to-Measure, Cooke oversees a custom…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Redesign Made Easy

How to build a better website

So you have a website—great. But so do your competitors. If you want your site…

By Ramon Ray

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Accessing Fresh Capital Sources

Right now, all sorts of nonprofit causes and entertainment projects can receive cash donations from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Cutting Back to Get Ahead

Daron Pressley enjoyed a six-figure salary and an extravagant lifestyle. That’s not to say money…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Fit for Business

When John L. Wright’s neighbor grew frustrated with the lack of progress she experienced while…

By Renita Burns

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Picture Perfect

Hanging out with her cousin, singer Grace Jones, at a photo shoot in 2001, Jacqueline…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Dawn Brown, Senior Financial Adviser, Altfest Personal Wealth Management

A Rally Is in Sight

Dawn Brown offers bond, dividend, and global funds to bolster investors’ portfolios

After a string of volatile years for stock mutual funds, 2012 could see a rally.…

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Socialology

To keep people engaged in her company’s social media presence, Dawn Fitch spends one to…

By Bridget McCrea

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Over 40 and Looking

A better approach to finding work for older job hunters

Dr. Stephen Laser is a little apologetic as he identifies age, appearance, and attitude as…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Where Is the Love?

Protecting and managing how consumers and clients respond to a company’s brand are naturally top…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Beyond Homeownership

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

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4 Apps to Boost Your Score

Michael Nolen was unhappy with his credit report. It was back in 2010 when the…

By Bridget McCrea

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All Access-March 2012

Black Enterprise had the pleasure of serving as a media partner for the 15th Annual Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit. Alongside Bank of America and Inner City Broadcasting Corp., be hosted “Positioning Your Small Business For Big Business” moderated by Alfred Edmond Jr. The panel featured Jeffrey A. Robinson, Deon Levingston, Maurice Coleman, and be Multimedia Content Producer Marcia Wade Talbert. The discussion included strategic methods needed to maximize opportunities for all small business endeavors. It was an enlightening experience for all business leaders looking to expand their horizons in any market.

Black Enterprise had the pleasure of serving as a media partner for the 15th Annual…

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Family First

New study underlines the importance of paid leave to working families

It may be no surprise that many American children grow up in a home with…

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Women of Power

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[WATCH LIVE] Women of Power Summit Events Streaming Video March 3

You can catch top moments from the Women of Power Summit via Black Enterprise’s live…

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Black Enterprise Launches New Events App for Women of Power Summit

Hosted by State Farm, Black Enterprise live streams highlights of its Women of Power Summit…

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