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Live, On the Air, and in Your Store

Will Lucas customizes content for retailers

About a year ago, Jayson Rogers, a second-generation operator of McDonald’s fast-food restaurants, found out…

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Too Young to Think About Retirement? Think Again!

Just ask today’s retiring boomers whose retirement plans have fallen short. Even for those with…

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Committed to Black Business

Darrius and Meagan Peace realized the full benefit that participating in a black expo could…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Getting On Track

White, who at one time had a credit score of 710 before filing for Chapter…

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Can Bill Gates Save Our Schools?

As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates (who remains chairman of Microsoft)…

By Alan Hughes

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Meet Kelley Williams-Bolar: Prosecuted for Protecting Her Children’s Education

Although pardoned by Ohio Governor John Kasich, Kelley Williams-Bolar is still on probation while others game the system with impunity.

Although pardoned by Ohio Governor John Kasich, Kelley Williams-Bolar is still on probation while others…

By Robin White Goode

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Feast on This

A smorgasbord of ways to profit from your passion for food

Americans spent more than $1.6 trillion on food last year. That translates into millions of…

By Alisa Gumbs

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7 Excuses That Are Delaying Your Retirement

Time is the most vital element in building your nest egg. Start now, or pay later

Time is the most vital element in building your nest egg. Start now or pay…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Backtalk with Antonio “L.A. Reid

Antonio “L.A.” Reid has stayed professionally in tune since the 1980s, when he was part…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Wealth: The Great Divide

The greatest divide in this country is not health, education or digital … it’s wealth.…

By Earl Graves, Jr.

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The Time to Plan Your Retirement is Now

You’re 30 years old. Do you have any idea how much money you’ll need to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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We Have the Power to Serve You

Since our inception, Black Enterprise has accessed some of the most powerful business and political…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Negotiating Beyond the Salary

Money’s important, but other factors affect the total employment experience—even after you’re gone

“This climate is a salary negotiation game changer. Countering salary offers won’t be nearly as…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Public Education: A State of Emergency

American education is in crisis. And public schools, especially those populated by black and brown…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Holding the Purse Strings

Community developer helps small businesses get access to loans

Hicks’ job is to manage the client intake process, which entails researching what the potential…

By Dale Coachman

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Effortless Training

One instructor makes the jump fun

When Mario Godiva Green hops into his Kangoo Jumps boots he might be heading out…

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Destination: Happiness

You have more control over getting there than you think

A diagnosis of cervical cancer at the age of 25 changed Tamika Felder’s perception of…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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How’s Your Résumé Doing?

Professionals offer advice on what might be hurting your job search

Job forecasts for 2011 have been encouraging. But competition is still steep. And job seekers…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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7 Ways to Avoid a Cash Flow Crunch

Dodging these pitfalls can help your small business finances

Too often, small businesses end up in a cash flow crunch because the need to…

By Alan Hughes

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Pure Success

Careful planning and research are the right mix for makers of all-natural hair and skin products for children

There are plenty of products on shelves geared toward African American adult women with natural…

By Malecia S. Walker

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All Access – The Hottest Golf & Tennis Lineup ever!

Ne-Yo, Wyclef Jean, Ledisi, Mint Condition, Anthony Anderson, Kim Coles, Mark Curry, Chris Spencer, Michael…

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All Access – New Season of Black Enterprise Business Report!

This September, we’re coming back even stronger with Black Enterprise’s 2011 Corporate Executive of the…

By Monique Myles

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What to Do if a Debt Collector Tries to Sue You

The phone rings and it’s a call about a credit card debt you forgot about…

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Texting to Africa

Entrepreneur connects South Africans to the world with free SMS mobile messaging

The African continent is becoming the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, according…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What You Should Know About Credit Card Hardship Plans

Four years of careless spending led to $8,000 in credit card debt for Wilmington, Delaware,…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Portfolio Protection

Professional investors hunt for new opportunities for all kinds of compelling reasons. For one, new…

By James A. Anderson

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Getting a Break for Funding Your Kid’s Education

Many parents and grandparents are aware of the benefits of 529 college savings plans. Earnings…

By Donald Jay Korn

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

An Open Letter to My Children: Why You Must Choose Public Service Over Politics

I’m writing this letter to offer all of you a deep apology on behalf of…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Backtalk with Quincy Jones

Renowned musician and producer Quincy Jones started his six-decade career as a trumpet player before…

By Marc Lamont Hill

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Our Major Franchise: Education

Among my most enjoyable assignments is writing the weekly Power Moves blog that appears on…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How To Get A+ Credit

Follow these tips and get the best credit score you can

When Simone Griffin was young, she would watch her grandmother pay the bills on the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Property Ladder

Jumoke Dada--young, single and a successful real estate investor

“The rent is too damn high,” is not just the campaign slogan of former New…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Living Solo in the Big City

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

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

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Re-Think Business

BLACK ENTERPRISE’s 16th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

More than 1,400 entrepreneurs, professionals, and other small business hopefuls absorbed advice from renowned professionals,…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Jackmont Hospitality Takes Flight

A master plan to build a chain of restaurant franchises has this Atlanta-based food empire soaring

Though strong performers, even these bustling locations were affected by the economy as business travel…

By Alan Hughes

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Finding Your Professional Passion

Changing careers may seem daunting, but with careful planning you could create the business life you want

Joining the Chrysler Group in the late ’80s W. Alvin Jackson flourished for nearly 35…

By Brittany Hutson

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Prescription Pipeline

A10 Clinical Solutions’ CEO Leah Brown turned her pain into a thriving enterprise

It was early in her career, but Leah Brown was doing well. At age 24,…

By Alan Hughes

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Senior Vice President of IBM Systems and Technology Group and 2011 Black Enterprise Corporate Executive of the Year, Rodney Adkins (Photo by Rayon Richards)

Powered By Success

Rodney Adkins transformed IBM’s Systems and Technology Group into an $18 billion revenue generating machine

A few months before its centennial anniversary celebration, IBM faced one of its greatest challenges.…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Friday at the Movies

How this champion of black films keeps diversity on the screen

Jeff Friday sees a lot of movies. This year alone he’s screened roughly 500 films…

By Pamela K. Johnson

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How to Negotiate a Better Financial Aid Package

Use these tips to get the best deal on college financing

In addition to buying a home, funding a college education is probably one of the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Tackling a Prosperous Retirement

Business investments are paying off for ex-football player Tony Jones and wife Kamilla

Retired NFL offensive tackle Tony Jones and his wife, Kamilla, have heard the horror stories…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Digging Out of Debt

Nearly drowned by credit card debt, Joseph McKinley needs a solid savings and investing plan to make up for lost time

Joseph McKinley got into credit card debt the way a lot of people do—using plastic…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Black America’s Education Crisis

... and what you can do about it

In January, Kelley Williams-Bolar served nine days in jail and was sentenced to two years…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Fearlessly Forward

World champion swimmer uses his journey past fear to motivate others

Sabir Muhammad understands the crippling effects of fear. At 3, he jumped into a lake…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Addressing the Uncomfortable

How to handle interview questions about your career setbacks

With about 14 million Americans out of work, many job applicants may be lacking the…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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On Pointe

How a classically trained ballerina moved her career from the stage to the classroom

Ayisha McMillan, who took her first creative movement class at age 2, realized by age…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Peek into African American Tech Usage

When, where, and how blacks use new technologies

Roughly 31% of African American discretionary spending dollars, or $39 billion, goes toward the purchase…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Juggling It All

How an IT firm uses project management software to build a collaborative timeline

Before using project management software, Tony Williamson, co-founder and CEO of Ajasa Technologies Inc., used…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Baked to Perfection

Entrepreneurs make second attempt to open cupcake shop but due diligence must be the main ingredient

When women with a love for food, friends, and good conversation joined forces after losing…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Watch Out For Business Credit Cards

Don’t put your personal finances at risk

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a study showing that millions of individuals and small business…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Lending Score You’ve Never Heard Of

It takes more than a good credit score to get the best terms on a loan

If you thought a great credit score was all you needed to get the best…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Experience Required

Financial adviser Dawn Brown chooses three mutual funds with a proven history of strong performance and seasoned management

Dawn Brown has a very methodical approach to choosing mutual funds, no matter what direction…

By James A. Anderson

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Backtalk with Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams has touched the lives of many with her angelic voice and inspirational songs.…

By Veronica Buapim

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Why Living in the Moment May Sabotage Your Future

I can’t fathom why so many people are content with sabotaging their retirement plans. Yet…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Beyond Self-Employment

Earlier this year, much was made—by everyone from the Obama administration to minority business advocates…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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All Access-20/20 Vision Jobs Forum

In June, at the W Hotel in New York, professionals flocked to the 20/20 Vision…

By Monique Myles

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Whether you want to call it a recession or a slow recovery is irrelevant. As long as the unemployment rate remains at its current levels, corporations and consumers will be reluctant to spend. For entrepreneurs looking to do business with large corporations in this environment, it's critical that they understand the need to increase their financial literacy---for example, knowing when and how to use equity, versus debt. James H. Lowry, a senior counselor at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, also offers the following seven pieces of advice.---Alan Hughes

7 Steps for Small Business Success

Expert tips on how to position your business to grow in any economy and compete with the big dogs

Exert tips to help your small business compete with the big dogs

By Alan Hughes

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More Options in Insurance

Insurance was among the industries hardest hit by the Great Recession of 2008. Downsizing and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Geeked!

Tech entrepreneurs check in to Silicon Valley hoping to cash out

Raissa Nebie has always been a risk taker. The intrepid nature of this Côte d’Ivoire…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What Female Attorneys of Color Want

The legal profession continues to be one of the most challenging industries for black women.…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Weather Watch

How one student used an internship to secure a TV gig

Marcus Walter grew up in the Midwest fascinated by weather patterns and spent his time…

By Sonia Alleyne

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BOOTSTRAPPING 2.0

Digital optimization on a budget

Sure, your website is up and running; you have accounts set up on the major…

By Renita Burns

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Hungry for More

Couple rebounds from failed restaurant to serve up a side dish business

A failed chicken wing restaurant left husband-and-wife team Claude and Crystal Booker with a heap…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Layers of Security

Bakery uses technology to protect data and monitor the shop

Bakery owner Warren Brown has had his share of security scares since establishing his business,…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Stop Burning Cash!

In three real-life situations, experts show how to create a workable budget so you can take control of your money and meet your short- and long-term goals.

Do you smell the odor of burning currency? If you ever find yourself wondering where…

By Bridget McCrea

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Tablet, Netbook or Laptop: Which Should I Buy?

The tablet market is getting interesting. After being dominated by Apple’s iPad for more…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Last-Minute Family Vacation Deals

It’s never too late to get a great price on a vacation. You just have to know where to look

Timika Lane wanted to take a last-minute trip with her 10-year-old daughter, Tori, “for some…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Born to Build

Entrepreneur Sundra Ryce’s gutsy leadership has cemented SLR Contracting’s reputation as a player in the construction industry

When Sundra L. Ryce finished college, she planned to join the family contracting business. But…

By Alan Hughes

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It’s A Small (Cap) World

Investment manager Eugene Profit offers his favorite small-cap stocks in healthcare, technology, and clothing retail

During recoveries, there’s a rule of thumb in investing: Small-cap shares—stocks of companies with a…

By James A. Anderson

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3 Ways to Get Your Warranty Extended for Free

Don’t pay if you don’t have to

Extended warranties are expensive. Extra coverage on a new car, for instance, can cost an…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Leaders of the New School

Music insiders use hip-hop’s global reach to empower youth worldwide

Hip-hop has come a long way from its New York City to become a cultural…

By Seimond London

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You Hold the Keys to Your Economic Destiny

Our nation is still struggling with creating enough jobs to restore our economy to health…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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Facebook to Offer Consumer Deals

If you thought the folks over at Facebook were done making changes, you’re wrong.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Home for Rent

How to lease your home when selling isn’t your best option

Ericka Newsome-Hill’s wedding was right around the corner and she wasn’t sure what to do…

By Bridget McCrea

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Overcoming Life’s Debt

Ever growing liabilities keep the Brookses from enjoying their life

With $158,000 in debt outside their mortgage, Kenric and Christina Brooks of Charlotte, North Carolina,…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Why Trading Commodities Isn’t a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

If you must invest in commodities, here’s how to do it the right way

I get worried when I start seeing signs that people think they can make a…

By Mellody Hobson

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Airline Passenger Rights Updated

New regulations strengthen protection for fliers

Philippa V. Ellis logs 60,000 to 80,000 miles per year in air travel as a…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Backtalk with Lil’ Jon

For most of his career Jonathan “Lil’ Jon” Smith has been known as a rambunctious…

By Anslem Samuel

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What to Buy in July

July is chock-full of bargains.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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A Professional Branding Model

Los Angeles attorney says use your talents to create multiple streams of revenue

His early aspirations were to be an international opera star. But after graduating in 1985…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Summer Soiree

Items for a special home gathering

A Central American Special
Camacho was founded in 1961 by a Cuban in exile who decided…

By Sonia Alleyne

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All Access

The 2011 Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis was…

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When A Homeownership Dream Becomes A Nightmare

By now, you’re all familiar with this story. It’s the one about how too many…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Blending Families and Finances

When Julia Hamilton and her life partner Keesha Gipson Monroe committed to each other they vowed to raise money-smart kids

Adhering to sound money management principles requires substantial discipline for most individuals. So imagine…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Tech Guide for Baby Boomers

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

With age comes experience, wisdom, retirement, and eventually senior discounts. Nevertheless, many baby boomers (46-…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Black and Gay in Corporate America

How a growing number of African American LGBT managers are breaking through isolation and fear within their companies

Sabin D. Blake, 34, has navigated the professional obstacles of being African American and gay…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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About This Issue: Coming Out At Work

We’re not going to pretend this was an easy topic for Black Enterprise to consider...

Being Black in corporate America is hard enough but being Black and gay almost career…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Business Lessons From a Titan

Money manager Eddie C. Brown offers entrepreneurs advice on how to grow your company and preserve your business legacy

The title Eddie C. Brown chose for his recently released autobiography, Beating the Odds, serves…

By Derek T. Dingle

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A Working Online Presence

A former hospitality professional’s LinkedIn profile leads to an opportunity with a workforce management firm

In February 2009, Naiema Thomas was laid off from her position as senior director of…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Blacks Losing Ground on Corporate Boards

The number of blacks serving on the boards of the nation’s 100 largest publicly traded…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Above the Clouds

How one law firm used cloud computing technology to save 55% on operating costs

The challenges of the recession took a toll on delancyhill, a Miami-based full-service law practice.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Change of Mind!

Large-scale corporate change is never easy. And it can be further challenged by individuals who…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Women-Owned Businesses On The Rise

Despite the recession, women business owners have managed to weather the storm better than their…

By Black Enterprise

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Backtalk with Iman

Physically flawless at 55, Iman is still best known as a supermodel. So it might…

By Caroline Clarke

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5 Situations When It’s OK to Close a Credit Card

Sometimes it’s all right to go against the grain

Whenever Macy’s announced a sale on Jones New York suits or high-heeled sandals, Deanna S.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Climbing to the Top

Roofing materials provider uses price and persuasion to get a seat at the table

When Rodney D. Hughes and Tony McGee decided to go into business together, they were…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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What to Buy in June

Once summer winds down, you might begin to think about items you’ll buy to spruce…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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4 Circumstances That Qualify You for a Free Credit Report

Knowing the facts will allow you to get the information you need

If you think the only time you can get free credit reports is when you…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Getting That First Job

There is some good news for new GRADS in this challenging economy.

By Sonia Alleyne

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Money in the Bank

Raymond Stewart, founder and chief investment officer of RASARA Strategies, picks three banking stocks destined to lead the sector’s resurgence

In many ways, the cloud of worry surrounding financial companies at the onset of 2009…

By James A. Anderson

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Building a Better Website

The pros and cons of three do-it-yourself solutions

Today’s small business owner may be budget-conscious but he or she still wants a site…

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Take Your Kids To Money School!

How to find a workshop, after-school program, or camp that’s right for your child

The program Brendan attended, the Youth Investment Club, is jointly run by the Lanham, Maryland-based…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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All in the Family

How to keep a family-owned business thriving from one generation to the next

Nina Jones has no problem keeping up with the Joneses.

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Watch Out for Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Don't let the promise of a lower interest rate ruin your finances.

If you receive a pre-recorded message promising a lower interest rate on your credit card,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Make Money Management a Family Affair

For those who believe the days of spending with reckless abandon will return, I have…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Selling Change

It would be wonderful if good ideas could simply stand on their own, assert…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Knowing When to Sell a Stock

How to create an exit strategy for your investments

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when money is involved. But when Jared Murphy…

By Renita Burns

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Breaking the Cycle

V. Kenneth and Justin Johnson are on a mission to help family, friends, and clients protect and transfer wealth

One of V. Kenneth Johnson’s most pressing goals in life is to “break the cycle…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Growth by Reinvention (2011 BE100s Ad Agency of the Year)

Through creative collaboration, research, and technology, Burrell Communications Group L.L.C. takes the lead

A company’s success and influence are defined by its leader’s ability to identify a need,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Life is often a bit easier when you receive a word of wisdom to guide you along the way. Here, you'll read some wise words from financial planners on retirement, saving, investing, budgeting, and managing your finances.

9 Essential Tips Every Investor Should Know

Financial professionals offer advice for market-watchers young and old

Crystal balls are pretty hard to come by particularly when it comes to investing in…

By Bridget McCrea

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Re:Thinking Business (2011 BE100s Overview)

BE100s CEOs revamp their companies to reap profits through global business strategies, emerging technology, and training a more competitive workforce.

Against a sluggish recovery, a rough-and-tumble business environment, and a ferocious battle for revenue growth…

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Good Entrepreneurs Make Money. Great Ones Make a Difference.

Among the things that come with the territory of being a reasonably successful and visible…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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4 Ways to Bounce Back

Hard times remain for entrepreneurs but there are ways to beat the burden

Though the recession may technically be over, continued lack of financing and a slow rebound—including…

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Precautionary Measures

Malkia McLeod needs to organize her finances to help carry her through an uncertain job market

In the fall, the 37-year-old could be out of a job. A public affairs specialist,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Expanding Horizons

Atlanta couple exposes youth to new lands, new ideas, and new options

When Tanya Rodriguez was in high school, a European trip with her mother and aunt…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History

How paying your rent on-time is a new way to build good credit

If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or don’t own a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Taking a New Approach to Building Your Business

Each year, Black Enterprise ranks the largest black-owned businesses in the nation. While a monumental…

By Alan Hughes

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Trading Places: Undercover Bosses

Five B.E. 100s CEOs who bravely stepped into their employees' shoes

Everyone has dreams of calling the shots. But a company CEO does more than tell…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Navigating the Curves (2011 BE100s Auto Dealer of the Year)

Surviving tragic losses and industry turmoil, Jenell Ross repositions the family dealership to speed past the competition

Business is slowly picking up at Bob Ross Buick/GMC and Mercedes-Benz (No. 30 on the…

By Alan Hughes

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The Smartest Guy in the Room (Financial Services Company of the Year)

Bernard Beal leads investment banking firm M.R. Beal & Co. to bigger deals and becomes the 2011 BE100s Financial Services Company of the Year

In 1988, Bernard Beal put forward a rather outlandish proposal to his wife, Valerie Lancaster-Beal.…

By John Simons

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Tweets for Good

Atlanta pastor transforms microphilanthropy with celebrity Twitter auctions

Social media comes naturally to Shaun King, an Atlanta pastor with a penchant for technology.

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tools For Professional Challenges

Authors provide a collection of game-changing strategies

Much has been made—and rightfully so—of the need for America’s institutions to embrace diversity and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Driving Force?

When Damon Gadson’s mobile auto-detailing business generated $35,000 in sales in a single day, he knew his venture was cruising down the right road

When Damon Gadson’s mobile auto-detailing business generated $35,000 in sales in a single day, he…

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Just Say No?

Five reasons to dump your customer

When you’re a business owner, you’re not your own boss; you actually work for your…

By Alan Hughes

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Thrill Ride

How a theme-park executive handles the ups and downs of business

Last year, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment company, which operates 10 theme parks in five states,…

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Top Executives in Diversity

Our editors identify the leaders of corporate inclusion

True diversity happens at the top—that’s why Black Enterprise focused on this select group.

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Driven By Diversification

To spur growth, CEO Leon Richardson is steering ChemicoMays from relying mainly on the auto industry

Richardson, CEO of ChemicoMays L.L.C. (No. 100 on the BE Industrial/Service list with $25 million…

By Alan Hughes

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How to Negotiate the Best Deal on a Home

Learn when to buy, what to say, and how to secure a great price

Standard & Poor’s noted at the end of 2010 that six markets—including Atlanta, Miami, and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Say a Good Word

How to really work your references

At the end of many résumés there is a line that reads “References furnished upon…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Savings Lesson Well Learned

Parental tough love set Emmanuel Twum on the path to responsible spending

One of the toughest lessons Emmanuel Twum learned his freshman year in college had nothing…

By LaToya M. Smith

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What to Buy in May

If you need new patio furniture, May is the best time to buy it.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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A Special Craft

Regional beers are taking an old favorite to new heights

Many think of beer as a great complement to pizza or barbecue for an informal…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Family-Friendly Tool

The summer travel season is just around the corner. If you’re traveling with your family…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Runner’s High

Marathoner uses sports as a training ground for life

Like many entrepreneurs during the recession, Temeko Richardson felt pressures on all fronts. A slowdown…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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A Fun Way to Track College Savings

Make college savings fun and personal with My College Fund Journal.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Can the Stock Market Rally Continue?

We asked eight experts whether the Dow’s two-year upswing will last another year

The stock market rally that began in the wake of the financial crunch marked its…

By John Simons

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How to Buy Like Buffett

Blogger and financial adviser Mark Riddix makes three mutual fund picks to help you invest like his idol, Warren Buffett

Mark Riddix, a Baltimore-based financial adviser, has recently been making waves online.

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MoneyTips for New College Grads

Five ways to manage your cash so you’re equipped for the “real world”

When Sharece Hall, 25, was a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she, like…

By Brittany Hutson

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Backtalk with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Widely known as senior pastor of the Potter’s House, a nondenominational megachurch in Dallas, Bishop…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Life on “The Street”

How Lamont McMillan turned an after-school internship into his dream job as a bond trader

Raising a young man in New York City isn’t easy. But Glenn Lamont McMillan Sr.…

By John Simons

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A Conversation on Diversity

One of the most rewarding rituals at Black Enterprise is our cover shoots.

By Derek T. Dingle

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Expanding Your Inner Circle

How to network on LinkedIn—outside of your immediate connections

LinkedIn is saturated with some of the world’s top decision makers, and the company says…

By Marcia Wade

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Drinking is the Job

How a former bartender is creating the opportunity of a lifetime

Financially strapped in the midst of the Great Recession and with one semester left to…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A New Way to Keep Score: Giving Back

Those words have served as a guiding principle of my life. In our 24/7, pressure-cooker…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Playing Catch-Up

To reach their retirement goals, Lee and Tayo Ferguson must save more and spend less

Lee and Tayo Ferguson have all the trappings of middle-class success: two stable careers, a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Interviewing the Interviewer

What to ask before you accept the job

“So many people are desperate to find work, that they are more focused on selling…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Holding the Ad Industry Accountable to Black Consumers

When most people consider the importance of black-owned media, they tend to focus on the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Keeping Employees Happy

What companies should anticipate as workers become restless

“Talent is increasingly the only sustainable differentiator organizations have,” says Douglas Matthews, president and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Relocation is Down

The recession and slump in the housing market continue to hinder the process of moving to find work

Only 7.6% of job hunters relocated last year, down from 13.3% in 2009 and 11.6%…

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Excitement at Sea

An engineer helps create a magical experience for travelers abroad

Having begun his career in Detroit as a civil engineer who focused on plans for…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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REGISTER NOW: Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s 10th Anniversary

It will be a landmark year for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in…

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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