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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%…

By Sonia Alleyne

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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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Looking for the Next Big Thing

Four new rules for entrepreneurs

Andy Kessler, author of the book Eat People: and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs,…

By Alan Hughes

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New Tax App

Thanks to SnapTax, a free app created by TurboTax, you’ll now be able to file…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What to Buy in April

If you’re in the market for a new laptop, April is the best time to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Soldier On

War veteran overcomes personal tragedy to continue a life of service

As a former teacher, preacher, and police chief, Anthony Smith lived to serve others. So…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Charging Ahead

Lonnie Johnson takes a different road to alternative energy

President Barack Obama’s administration has made it a priority to put 1 million electric cars…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Plus-size Profits

Entrepreneur finds clothing line for the full-figured woman to be a perfect fit

As a full-figured woman, Monif Clarke was frustrated by the lack of fashionable clothing choices…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Green Tax Credit Extension

If you missed the deadline for making energy-efficient home improvements in time for the 2010…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Prepare For an Audit

Here's what to do when the tax man pays a visit

Here’s how to handle this unpleasant surprise—along with pointers on avoiding an audit in the…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Keep It Moving

Recovery-minded investors can benefit from owning stock in select railroad and freight companies

Like most investors, Joe A. Gilbert pays close attention to a company’s business fundamentals and…

By John Simons

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Forget Fear

A new way to look at the classic tradeoff between investing risk and reward

Clearly, we’ve witnessed a strong rebound after a very difficult financial crisis. And yet, in…

By Mellody Hobson

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Why You Need a Living Will

This often-ignored estate planning component offers greater control over your future--and makes a difficult time easier on your loved ones

Studies suggest African Americans are largely unaware of living wills and their value. According to…

By Bridget McCrea

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Doing What You Love

To follow his newfound passion for teaching, William Hampton must learn to live on a smaller income

Last year, William Hampton, 27, decided that he’d rather shape young minds than build automobiles.…

By Jason Evers Roberson

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Is Franchising Right For You?

Not all entrepreneurs thrive on a predetermined business model

Money is at stake and risks are involved, but careful calculation, research, and preparedness can…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Green Home Improvement Guide

Use this blueprint to save money with eco-friendly renovations

Many American homeowners are finding they can save money over time by taking on a…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Educating the Workforce

Government contractor SoBran Inc. invests in its employees to boost its bottom line

“Workforce readiness” has become a buzz phrase to describe the ability—or lack thereof—of America’s current…

By Alan Hughes

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Buy Black

A circle of Atlanta professionals turns high-minded talk into community action

If there’s one thing Chandra R. Thomas knows for sure, it’s that you can support…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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One-on-One With Obama’s Money Man

In an exclusive interview with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle reality checks the White House's plan to save our economy

Job No. 1 for the Obama administration continues to be fixing the economy. The unemployment…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Trust Us, We’re Here to Help

As we were putting together our April issue, we learned that Black Enterprise has been…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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Backtalk with Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson can be found regularly providing his insightful commentary

By Derek T. Dingle

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Set Your Investments on a New Course

Experts tell you how to invest in today's hottest sectors without getting burned

While the U.S. economy continues its slow recovery from the financial crisis and recession, the…

By Donald Jay Korn

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

Simple Rules for Lifetime Investing

Many of us let a crisis go to waste. Yes, the Great Recession put a…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher, Black Enterprise

Let’s Get Back to Investing in Our Future

Live within your means. Put money aside for tough times. Save, don’t borrow, for the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Self-Made Miracle

Former addict finds her way out of a tough situation and helps others do the same

Stanice Anderson snorted heroin for the first time at the age of 19. By the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Clean Sweep

BidMyCleaning.com connects customers & service providers with minimal guesswork

While driving profits at an investment firm as a financial consultant and eventually a personnel…

By Renita Burns

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Backtalk with Swizz Beatz

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean has been producing music since the age of 16, crafting hit…

By Anslem Samuel

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About This Issue: Evolving to Innovate

When it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, women in particular aren’t…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Let Us Upgrade You

Four top tech moves to propel your business >>forward>>

Embracing technological advances to remain competitive in the global economy is imperative for smaller enterprises,…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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The Lowdown on Payroll Cards

When Janette Jones took a long-term contract position with a consulting firm in 2009, she…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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A New Financial Game Plan

While overcoming a debt setback, Jennifer Norman is on the right track to reducing her taxes and maximizing her investments

Norman’s debt struggles are typical of many young college graduates. The misuse of credit cards…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Websites That Save You Money

Buzzillions features consumer reviews of a wide range of products. You can get helpful feedback…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Thrifty Family Living

Terry and Tyra Johnson stick to a few simple practices to cut expenses and save more money

One of the first big changes Terry made: “We used to get large tax refunds…

By Glenn Townes

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Managing the Outdoors

Shannon Smith found a career that combined her love of animals and nature

Shannon Smith, project leader at Kaua’i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, oversees three refuges in Hawaii

By Sonia Alleyne

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IMAGES’ Digital Focus

CEO Robert McNeil leverages interactive media to build revenue and gain the competitive advantage

Robert L. McNeil Jr. was still living in a dormitory at Georgia Tech in 1989…

By Alan Hughes

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What to Buy in March

If you’re looking for savings on food and clothing, March is your month.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Healthcare on the Go

Making a doctor’s appointment just got a whole lot easier.

New ZocDoc allows smartphone users the ability to make doctor’s appointments from their mobile, revolutionizing…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Collaborative Leadership

How bottom-line management extends beyond the books for this CFO

It wasn’t long after Plummer accepted the position of CFO in 2008 that he and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Twitter for Your Finances

Make connections while growing your money

Twitter is much more than a communication tool to get updates from your favorite celebrities.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Rebound From Foreclosure

A guide to financial (and emotional) recovery

It’s no mystery to blacks living in middle-class enclaves such as suburban Atlanta, parts of…

By John Simons

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Hussein (left) and Hassan Iddrisu, co-owners of Roadstarr Motorsports (Photo: Lonnie C. Major)

Customizing The Car

Auto enthusiasts specialize in creating the ultimate ride

A passion for driving coupled with automotive and lifestyle experiences around the globe inspired fraternal…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Digital Tools with Huge Returns

black enterprise reviews the top online and mobile tools for savvy investors

Back in 2008, Natalie P. McNeal gave up some of her favorite luxuries. For a…

By Renita Burns

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Earl G. Graves Jr., President & CEO of Black Enterprise

Use Technology for Empowerment not Entertainment

I have always viewed technology as an empowerment tool. In fact, friends, colleagues, and employees…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Women In STEM

Though small in number, these women blaze trails in the science and technology fields

African American women earned only 0.34% of Ph.D.s in computer science and 0.58% in engineering,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Top Tech Products for 2011

These eight products are among our favorites from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

3-D televisions? Video games that use your body as the controller? Movie projectors that fit…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher of Black Enterprise

To Build Our Businesses, We Must Leverage Our Relationships

As you read these words, we at black enterprise are working enthusiastically and feverishly to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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All Made Up

Celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine paints a business style guide

Even if you are not familiar with his name, you have admired his work on…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Knowing When to Leave

Four signs you're in a dead end job

With more than 15 million people unemployed, many feel grateful to simply have a job—no…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Acing the Test

What you need to know before applying to business school

With the economic recovery stalled and seismic shifts in major industries keeping the unemployment rate…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Women on the Job Need Advocates, Not Advice

A recent study from Catalyst, a nonprofit organization that works to increase business opportunities for…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Legal Game

This attorney plays by a different set of rules in sports

After nine years working as an attorney in the sports industry, Eve Wright has learned…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Game Time

What will it take for black students to excel in math and science?

African American youth spend about 50% more time with media than whites but they make…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Get Your Child Engaged in Science

African American children are the most likely consumers of digital technology but are rarely exposed…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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On Their Behalf

Choose the best retirement plan for your employees

Only 18% of small business owners participate in a 401(k) or thrift plan according to…

By Renita Burns

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What to Buy in February

Timing your purchases can help you snag a great deal and save a ton of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Become an Empowered Patient

Here's how to actively manage your healthcare and speak up for your rights when you're ill

Your doctor’s office can be intimidating, but visits don’t have to be a daunting experience.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Rallying the Troops

AIG senior executive Jessica Isaacs finds there's a formula for managing a globally diverse team

When Jessica C. Isaacs began her international work with financial services company AIG 16 years…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Thinking In Threes

Eric Grant recommends a trio of funds that can work well in any portfolio

When helping clients configure their retirement portfolios, Eric Grant often likes to suggest mutual funds…

By John Simons

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Paying for College

College financing has changed since you went to school. In light of the dismal job…

By Robin White Goode

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Maximum Acceleration

Paramount Nissan shifts into expansion mode

John F. Stelly, CEO of Paramount Nissan was doing something a bit unexpected while the…

By Alan Hughes

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Marriage and Money: Getting on the Same Page

Lateshia Woodley and Alex Kelly must �balance their contrasting money styles to budget their finances and grow their assets

Lateshia Woodley, 35, and Alex Kelly, 33, of Ellenwood, Georgia, have come a long way.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Volunteer Your Way Out of Student Debt

SponsorChange.org rewards volunteer service with student loan payments

In April 2009, Raymar and Robert Hampshire started SponsorChange.org, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization that helps…

By Glenn Townes

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Hassle-Free Travel Tool

New fashion piece makes airport security checkpoints a breeze

If you dread going through airport security because you have to take everything out of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Keep Track of Recalls

A new way to keep you and your loved ones safe

Hearing about a product recall on television weeks after the product has been declared unsafe…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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How to Navigate Stricter Mortgage Lending Guidelines

Six tips to help you prepare for a home purchase

Now is the ideal time to purchase a home. Interest rates are at historic lows…

By Robin White Goode

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You the Consumer Have the Power

Black Enterprise's President/CEO reminds consumers of their financial power and right to great customer service

For decades, African Americans have been hit with what has been called the “Black tax.”…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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How to Negotiate the Best Deal on a New Car

Arm yourself with the right information and snag a great price

Here’s what you need to know and what you need to do to get the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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BACKTALK with Russell Simmons

BLACK ENTERPRISE caught up with the 53-year-old to discuss the motivation behind Super Rich, how…

By Caroline Clarke

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

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Nailing It?

Duo looks to make their polish a beauty industry best seller

With just $2,000 from their personal savings, H. Ginger Johnson and Sara “Liz” Pickett have…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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Learn the New Rules for Flexible Spending Accounts

Don't get your healthcare claims rejected

Changes are in store for your Flexible Spending Account. Here’s what you need to know.

By Brittany Hutson

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Top Executives in Advertising & Marketing

Our editors identify the innovators who drive sales of the world's leading brands

On the following pages, you’ll find a list of executives and entrepreneurs seeking to raise…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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The Many Faces of 50

Curtis Jackson proves he�s more than just music.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is worth more than most may think. The rapper turned entrepreneur,…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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The Great Outdoors

Brooklyn snowboarder brings adventure sports to the city

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Brian Paupaw always wanted to escape city life. Today,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Spices for the Palate

Culinary experts serve up appetizing ideas for healthier post-holiday entertaining

In the spirit of honoring New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, Gracia Walker and Vanessa…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Social Media Job Plan

A fashion professional used her interests and her network to land a new opportunity

Current position: Hired by ICED Media after a friend told her about an opening, Brown…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Assume Nothing

Budgets are tight, jobs are scarce, and unfortunately many employees are holding their breath, hoping…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Be Clear

To engage employees managers need to be deliberate in asking questions

How bosses communicate is a significant part of leadership. In their book Questions That Get…

By Sonia Alleyne

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No Need to Come In, We’ll Just Dial You Up

How to prepare for a Skype interview

When the International Seabed Authority based in Kingston, Jamaica, posted an editor’s position for their…

By Sonia Alleyne

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What Can Quick Response Codes Do For You?

Use these physical links to connect to the digital world

Fifteen years ago when websites started appearing in advertisements, store windows, in the media, and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Prepare Your Website for Mobile Phones

Mobile browsing is on track to eclipse desktop browsing by 2014. “Ultimately, every business small…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Square Biz

Geolocation is the right direction for small firms

Foursquare isn’t the only geolocation platform, but it’s one of the best known. So what’s…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Canine Chic

Robin Crawford uses corporate wit to put her pet clients in the lap of luxury

After working for firms like coca-cola Enterprises and WellPoint Health Networks Inc., Robin Crawford says…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Size Matters

Asset Manager James N. Nelson III likes big companies destined to grow even bigger

James N. Nelson III says do your homework and you’ll find low-risk investments that can…

By James A. Anderson

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A Suite Deal

UrbanAmerica hopes for happy returns for Orlando resort acquisition

Acquiring the Sheraton World Orlando Resort for $87 million may seem pricey at first glance,…

By Alan Hughes

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Ingredients for Success

A debt-free past and sound personal money management skills enable restaurateurs to grow

For more than a decade, restaurateurs Joshua Suggs and Coretta King have kept a vigilant…

By Glenn Townes

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Beware the Bond Bubble

Right now, bonds carry more risk than you realize

Three key factors have to be present before I consider an investment to be a…

By Mellody Hobson

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Your 2011 Debt Crisis Guide

If you're deep in debt and you've run out of options, use this guide as part of your plan of attack

It’s a New Year and time to make good on promises to order your finances.…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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How Bad Credit Can Hurt Your Career

If you think your employer doesnt care about how you handle money, think again

Here are four things to know about credit and your job

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Backtalk with Laila Ali

Black Enterprise caught up with the 33-year-old to talk about her inspiration for her line…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Money: January 2011 Reviews

A New Website for the Savvy Consumer
If becoming a more informed consumer is on your…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Taking Control

Kyla Acie knows how to save, but she needs to set investment goals for retirement and her child�s education

Investing for long-term goals is important to Acie. Many African Americans, regardless of age or…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Don Thompson’s Recipe for Growth

McDonalds president and COO reveals why innovation and diversity make the Golden Arches sizzle

As president and COO of McDonald’s Corp. for the past year, Don Thompson has been…

By Derek T. Dingle

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What to Count on in a World of Change

As we stand on the threshold of a brand new year, none of us knows…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Is it Time to Invest in Tech Again?

Financial experts get real about whether you should put money into dot-com stocks

Recently, venture capitalists have begun pouring money into a few bellwether dot-coms.

By Bridget McCrea

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BE Next: Your Money Questions Answered

BE canvassed our 21-35-year-old audience to solicit their most pressing questions about wealth building

Black Enterprise asked our team of experienced financial advisers to help answer some of your…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Make a Commitment to Invest in Yourself

This is the season when people ring in the New Year with champagne toasts and…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Paying for the High Cost of Higher Education

Brenda and Mike Lipscomb relocated from New Jersey to Maryland in 2007 for better employment…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How Tweet It Is

A mastery of social media landed this 24-year-old a $100,000 job with MTV

MTV announced in June that it was seeking its first “TJ” to “help amplify the…

By Alisa Gumbs

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With You in Thoughts

An eclectic mix of what to present for the holidays

Black Enterprise’s 2010 gift guide

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Whole World’s a Canvas

A repressed talent surfaces to ignite one artists creativity

For emerging artist Cynthia Burgos, who by day is an assistant director of childcare services…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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The Tireless Advocate

One mans personal battle helps fuel national fight against HIV/AIDS

Most people probably couldn’t fathom a doctor telling them, “You are HIV positive.” And during…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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The Color of Success

ELC focuses on making diversity work

Arnold W. Donald knows well the challenges of making it to the C-suite. He achieved…

By Sonia Alleyne

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What it Takes to Be an Effective Leader

Two experts examine how chief diversity officers effect real change

Redia Anderson and Lenora Billings-Harris, both of whom have a long and nationally recognized history…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Keeper of Records

Consider medical billing and coding as your next employment opportunity

Rising healthcare costs, an aging population, an overburdened medical system strained by increases in chronic…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Mission Accomplished

A media exec on what it takes to get the job done

Steve White, President, West Division of Comcast Cable in Englewood, CO. Power Play: Leading a…

By Karen Chambers

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Play By Play

These video products can add new life to a stagnant website

If you plan to let your competitors leave you choking on their dust, then by…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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You Got Served—Virtually

NetServe Systems provides inexpensive IT solutions with remote monitoring

Frustrated by the regularly failing e-mail system at G&C Equipment Corp. (No. 52 on the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The Outcome of an Organization Overhaul

Savvy business owners understand change is necessary and sometimes drastic measures are needed to ensure…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Is There a Doctor In the House?

How to choose the best health insurance plan for your small business

Health insurance is one of the most expensive lines in the budget for small businesses.…

By Renita Burns

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Lifesavers

For Dr. Omar Davis and Dr. Natarsha Grant business is a matter of life and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Credit Reporting Myths and Reality

Before making a major purchase, arm yourself with the right information

Garnell Shumate wants to buy a home in 2011, so she works hard to maintain…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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How to Get a Loan the Web 2.0 Way

As traditional banks remain tightfisted, more people are turning to online peer-to-peer networks for personal loans.

It took Karla Brazelton just three days to round up nearly 100 strangers willing to…

By John Simons

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Tapping The Global Markets

Boost your business by selling your product internationally

Home Style Foods, an Atlanta-based processor and distributor of turkey, pork, and chicken sausages, has…

By Alan Hughes

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Steering Toward Profitability

Auto supplier Systems Electro Coating looks to accelerate business following industry slump

When the wOEs of the domestic auto manufacturers came to light in 2008, they sent…

By Alan Hughes

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On The Road to Wealth

We revisit past Financial Fitness Contest winners to see how they used black enterprises advice to work toward their financial goals

At the end of each year, we dedicate Wealth For Life to past winners of…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Don’t Wait for Superman … Put On Your Own Cape!

it starts with across-the-board accountability. Educators have proved that poverty-stricken communities don’t produce failed schools;…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Year-End Financial Checkup

Use this guide to help you evaluate your financial health

Here are some guidelines to help you conduct your own financial checkup.

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Backtalk with John Legend

In his latest album, Wake Up! a collaboration with The Roots, six-time Grammy award-winning artist…

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Power Supply

These fierce young leaders demonstrate why energy is today's hot sector

On the following pages, we share with you four emerging leaders who are making their…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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We Must Never Surrender Our Hope

Since I founded my company more than 40 years ago, there have been seven recessions.…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Don’t Wait for Superman … Put On Your Own Cape!

We must do more than walk our kids to the end of the driveway to see them off to school

We must do more than walk our kids to the end of the driveway to…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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BLACK ENTERPRISE Associate Photography Director Lonnie Major (right) shows Woolery and Cato outtakes from the photo shoot.

Go Behind the Scenes of Our November Cover Shoot

Here's how inventors Elaine Cato and Andre Woolery's cover story came together

Here’s how inventors Elaine Cato and Andre Woolery’s cover story came together

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Help! I’m Desperate to Get Rid of Debt!

I really want to get out of student loan debt. I’ve been paying on my…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Obama Holds Nationally-Televised News Conference At White House

What’s Really Behind the Frustration With President Obama

Economic woes will only worsen if the President's effectiveness is crippled after only two years in office

President Obama has become the target of frustration from people who are truly suffering and…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Cruise Control

Automotive professional Benny Black makes sure his clients drive the very best

Like most successful businesses, Benny Black’s Platinum Motorcars was born out of desire. Black, who…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Lifetime of Giving

Food bank CEO fights hunger one mouth at a time

For Valerie Traore, giving back is a family tradition. “When most kids were in summer…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Diversity Continues to Challenge the Military

Branches work on extending outreach to targeted communities

In 2008, Congress formed the Military Leadership Diversity Commission to analyze promotion rates for minorities…

By Joyce Jones

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Finding Work That Makes a Difference

Opportunities in education offer more than just a job

Ky Adderley went from being a first-year teacher at age 26 to founding a charter…

By Laura Egodigwe

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Perfect Chemistry

An operations manager focuses on how to stand out in a competitive market

“Traditional product differentiators lose their effectiveness in overcrowded markets,” says Thaddius Ratliff. “Held hostage by…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Let’s Go Team

When a retail professional leads by example, everyone benefits

You oversee 450 stores that employ approximately 75,000 employees. How do you keep employees motivated…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Plug and Play

Tech gifts for people on the go

The words “step into my office” have taken on a whole new meaning. As responsibilities…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Human Capital

When change means terminating an employee

A company is only as good as its workforce. In the second part of our…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Where the Green Opportunities Are

Energy, agriculture, and manufacturing poised to reap the rewards

Two ideas converge in the term “green economy:” To increase efforts toward conservation and sustainability,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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In the Driver’s Seat

Full-service ground transportation business navigates through successes and over speed bumps

Passengers who take the backseat with W&T Travel Services L.L.C. are always in for a…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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What You Should Know Before Settling Credit Card Debt

Be aware of risks before hiring a company to handle negotiations

Many consumers have come to see debt settlement as a quick fix when they’re in…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Don’t Let Your Gift Cards Go to Waste

Exchange websites and new federal rules make them easier to manage

As the holidays approach, many well-meaning relatives will be doling out gift cards—often because they…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Media Savvy

Tuna Amobi believes investors should tune in to three of the entertainment sector�s largest companies

Tuna Amobi, senior analyst at Standard & Poor’s Equity Research, doesn’t like to mince words…

By John Simons

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Get Ready for Your Annual Insurance Checkup

Why you should review your policies and coverage every year

No one really enjoys shopping for insurance. So, for most people, once the task is…

By Bridget McCrea

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Do the REIT Thing

Why some investment advisers are recommending real estate investment trusts now

If you’re looking to diversify your portfolio, a real estate investment trust, or REIT, is…

By John Simons

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Code Name: Inventors

Go from golden idea to agent of invention

For most inventors, bringing their brainchild to market is a rewarding yet taxing process. From…

By Renita Burns

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Protect Your Financial Future

Faruq Hunter is on a mission to grow and preserve the financial stability of his family for generations to come

Faruq Hunter, an entrepreneur with a growing business and family, bought life insurance partly because…

By Dale Coachman

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Kicking Bad Money Habits

The Martins must come to an agreement on their financial priorities and change their spending habits to eliminate a mountain of debt

While on their honeymoon 12 years ago, Tamela and Omar Martin mapped out their lives…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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What’s Your Social Media Strategy?

If you�re not connected, you should be�with a plan. Here�s how to make virtual networking work for you

In less than five years, social media has revolutionized not only our communication culture but…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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The Giant Slayers

Loop Capital beats out big-name investment banks to land largest minority-led underwriting deal in recent New York City history

It was a collapse of epic proportions. The financial crisis in 2008 created an atmosphere…

By Alan Hughes

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Backtalk with Susan L. Taylor

Focusing on our children with National CARES Mentoring Movement

For nearly four decades Susan L. Taylor was the leading force behind Essence magazine. Today,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Midterm Elections: A Test of Our Commitment

Make your voice heard again

The commitment we made to support President Barack Obama as the right person to lead…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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5 Qs for Jamilah B. Creekmur: The Business Mind Behind AllHipHop.com

How she increased the company's value to $17 million

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Jamilah B. Creekmur about the business model behind AllHipHop.com

By Renita Burns

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Women of Power

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Female Leaders Winning: Bethann Hardison, a Leader in Fashion

Fashion industry leader Bethann Hardison talks her journey to diversify the industry.

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United Nations Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

On Nov. 19, the UN celebrates female entrepreneurs of 144 countries.

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