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To Love or to Loathe?

Value yourself despite the circumstance

Back in 1990, Kim Coles was on top of the world. But her excitement was…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Recruiting From the Military

Wal-Mart offers management opportunities to former members of the armed forces

Michelle Terry enjoys a challenge. It’s what led her to attend the United States Military…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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A Way In

Media remains a closed industry for minorities. The Emma Bowen Foundation offers student interns an opening

Named after the New York community activist herself, the Emma Bowen Foundation was founded in…

By Arlene McKanic

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Ready For the Business at Hand

A federal executive stresses the benefit of training employees

Why should a company spend the money to make sure its employees are properly trained?

By Dale Coachman

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Healthcare IT on the Rise

With $20 billion in stimulus funding, the job opportunities are limitless

A high school fascination with technology led Michael Mathias into a fast-paced, fast-growing career in…

By Laura Egodigwe

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Going Green? Start With Your Carbon Foot-“Print”

Three all-in-one inkjet printers to help you save money and the environment

The only true eco-friendly way to print is to not print at all. But in…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Discovering the Next Big Idea

How one inventor developed idea management software to fuel business innovation

Howard Rasheed, Ph.D., the founder of the Wilmington, North Carolina-based Institute for Innovation Inc. believes…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Perfecting the Process

Creating a more efficient organization on your terms

Now more than ever, for a business to thrive it must embrace change. Entrepreneurs have…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Pulling No Punches

Former boxer and retired ballerina turn innovative fitness approach into business success

Michael Olajide Jr. and Leila Fazel offer a unique approach to fitness that melds the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Free Mobile Apps That Can Save You Money

Tools to help you manage debt, score deals, and save hard-earned cash

If you own a smartphone, you probably have dozens of apps and can’t wait for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Fight Medical Billing Errors

Looking closely at your bills could save you thousands

When Beverly Browning of Mesa, Arizona, got the results of her breast biopsy in 2003,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Change We Can Believe In

Over the past few years, the toughest issue executives and entrepreneurs have grappled with can…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Don’t Just Leave a Legacy, Live Your Legacy

We all spend a lot of time thinking about and dealing with how the world…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Why a Crisis Can Be Good for Your Finances

Ariel Investments 2010 survey of African American investors reveals surprising new post-recession money trends

As I read over the results of Ariel Investments 2010 Black Investor Survey recently, I…

By Mellody Hobson

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The High Cost of Death

A death in the family can drain your emotions. Smart strategies can keep it from draining your wallet.

When Clara Bell received the news in June that her beloved 27-year-old nephew had died…

By Bridget McCrea

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Retooling for Recovery

Morningstars Daniel Holland explains why business is starting to boom among industrial equipment makers

We’ve all heard plenty about how consumers drive the U.S. economy. They generate two-thirds of…

By James A. Anderson

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All-Star Advice 2010

Our favorite financial experts share their best tips on real estate, investing, taxes, insurance, and debt management�in their own words

Black Enterprise talked to some of the wisest financial planners, investment advisers, real estate professionals,…

By Renita Burns

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Syncom’s New Frontier

How negotiating a gravity-defying deal for a $5 billion satellite system helped put this private equity firm in orbit

It was one of the biggest deals that almost didn’t happen. As part of an…

By Alan Hughes

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Troubled Waters

The oil leak was stopped, but the taint remains for the Gulfs struggling black-owned businesses

Life on the bayou isn’t easy for the black fishermen who make their living…

By Joyce Jones

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Attacking Student Loan Debt

Bryan Mitchell pledges to eliminate his $120,000 college debt

Mitchell’s debt is a combination of money he used for UNH’s tuition and fees,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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What Financial Reform Means For You

Heres what you can expect

In response to the financial meltdown that began in the United States more than two…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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My Money Makeover

What you can learn from expert makeovers of real-life investment portfolios

To protect yourself from future market turbulence, it’s wise to hold a mix of various…

By Donald Jay Korn

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There’s No Place Like (A New) Home

Doliviera and Angela Henry take advantage of a nonprofit program to buy their first home

“We had to start building a future for ourselves, for our children, and that starts…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Backtalk with Ginuwine

Multiplatinum recording artist talks about his bout with depression and his commitment to helping others suffering from it

Elgin “Ginuwine” Lumpkin rose to stardom after his 1996 debut, but just four years later,…

By Veronica Buapim

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Backtalk with Ray Nagin

Five years after Katrina, the former New Orleans mayor weighs in on the recovery and the impact of the BP oil spill

Katrina was one of the costliest natural disasters and one of the five deadliest hurricanes…

By Joyce Jones

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Celebrated or Not, Mediocrity Won’t Cut It

Straight talk from Earl G. Graves, the visionary founder and publisher of Black Enterprise

Excellence is a personal code of conduct that demands that, every day, you strive to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Get a GPS for Your Life

Principles of success from Black Enterprise CEO Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

Time and again, I chat with people, young, old, and in between, who don’t have…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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In the Raw

Karyn Calabrese brings healthy dining to a new sophisticated level

Most people can’t believe that the stylish and youthful Karyn Calabrese is 63 years old.…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Dos and Don’ts of Delegating

Handing tasks over to others lets you accomplish more by doing less

When Juliet Okafor started her sales and marketing business in January 2009, she handled all…

By Dale Coachman

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Learning How to LEAD

Marcus Allen’s original plan was to join the military after college, but he changed his…

By Brittany Hutson

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Unemployment Still ‘Uneven’

Report finds that African Americans more likely among the jobless despite education

It’s no surprise that, compared with other groups, African Americans have been hardest hit by…

By Benice Atufunwa

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New Opportunities in Finance

Recovery means Americans must rebuild and need financial advice to do so

Drew white first knew he wanted to go into the world of finance when he…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Boosting Profits

An international CFO shares the benefits of zero-based budgeting

Power Play: Clarke’s modification of the budgeting policy at MLSE, which comprises several sports franchise…

By Alan Hughes

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Maximizing Employee Value

Wal-Mart executive leverages human capital for profits

Arvetta Powell, the senior human resources director at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., supporting the realty division,…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Speaking in Tongues

Rosetta Stones TOTALe adds social to language learning

As business continues to become more globalized, fluency in multiple languages is increasingly important to…

By Dale Coachman

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Getting Rid of Global Glitches

Choosing software for trade compliance

When he first started shipping products overseas in 2005, Alex Ayalew, owner of Joint International…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Accelerated Advancement

Construction contractor parlays relationship into financial success

MAXI-CON2 (www.maxi-con2.com; 301-931-3206), a construction contractor in Beltsville, Maryland, is turning into an impressive do-over…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Avoiding Fatal Missteps

Dartmouth College program helps educate minority entrepreneurs

The hills of New Hampshire are perhaps the last place one would expect a minority-focused…

By Alan Hughes

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Recycling 202

How to take your recycling practices to the next level

We all know how to recycle newspapers and water bottles. But when it comes to…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Should You Get Your Degree in Three Years?

The tight economy has some schools offering a short-cut to a bachelors degree

The pinch of tuition has some students balking at the idea of a traditional four-year…

By Renita Burns

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Producing Success

For 40 years, Central City Productions has broken barriers in syndicated television

In the late 1960s, a colleague approached Don Jackson who was then an advertising sales…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The 40 Best Franchises for African Americans

Black Enterprise provides you entrepreneurial options that promise growth in any business environment

When Donald King retired from the Army in 2002, he looked at starting his own…

By Alan Hughes

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The Meaning of Life Insurance

Which kind of insurance coverage is right for youwhole-life or term? B.E. explains

Life Happens and so does death. Although most of us would prefer not to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Who You Gonna Call?

Seven financial friends everyone should have on speed dial

Here are seven financial “friends” to add to your personal, business, and social media networks.

By Vicki Lee Parker

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Mixing the Right Ingredients for Growth

CEO Tilmon Brown�s turnaround plan transformed New Horizons into a lean, mean baking machine

Operations are humming at the 56,000-square-foot Norwalk, Ohio, bakery. The facility’s 160 employees, nearly all…

By Alan Hughes

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Different Strokes

Mark Watson of Chicagos Keel Asset Management L.L.C selects inexpensive stocks that set him apart from the Wall Street pack

It isn’t easy to be a nonconformist in the staid, buttoned-up world of finance.

By John Simons

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Life After Death

Jannis Briggs Milhouse must adjust her financial outlook after losing her spouse

A death in the family is always emotionally demanding, but it can have lasting effects…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Cleaning Up At Whirlpool

How Michael A. Todman applies innovative tactics and powerful communication skills to achieve the home appliance giants goal: global dominance

On Jan. 1, 2009, Whirlpool corp. Chairman and CEO Jeff Fettig told its 70,000 employees…

By Sonia Alleyne

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7 Books That Will Enrich Your Life

B.E. editors share their favorite financial, business, and career reads

It’s back-to-school time again. Whether you’re a student or the parent or guardian of one,…

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Leading a Thrifty Lifestyle

André and Yohancé Jackson routinely attended a movie and purchased the latest CDs and DVDs…

By Glenn Townes

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Get Paid!

With unpredictable shifts in the stock market this year, it’s a good time for investors…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Teens Don’t Understand the Importance of Budgeting A quarter of teens say they are unsure if they will be able to effectively budget their money during their lifetime, according to the results of a Junior Achievement/Allstate Foundation survey. Of the 22% who currently don’t use a budget, almost half admit they just aren’t interested in money management.

Talking Points: Interracial Marriage, Budgeting, Vacations

What people are discussing this month

A record 14.6% of all new marriages in the U.S. in 2008 were between people…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Building Business Beyond Tomorrow

Black Enterprise 15th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

Determined to stay competitive despite a harsh economic environment and to build businesses that endure,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Finding peace and fulfillment in the midst of life's demands.

What Will the Good Life Look Like?

For the last 40 years most of us have operated in acquisition mode. We gained…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Rolling the Dice on Relationships

Sheila Moss-Brown believes playing games is the best way to find love

She admits that she’s not a relationship expert, but after examining her personal courtship challenges…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Everyone’s a Critic

Heres how to deliver or accept feedback

Crystal Washington of Houston says she always welcomed feedback as a way to help improve…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Increasingly, We Must Disconnect to Reconnect

I could get used to pottery. The studio near my office offers a flexible schedule…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Future of Diversity: Cultural Inclusion Is a Business Imperative

As a Millennial—those born approximately between 1981 and 2000—I belong to a generation of 75…

By Annya M. Lott

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The Next Generation

Innovative and resilient, Millennials are a new breed of American workers

in 2008, eldridge Betts realized he didn’t have enough money to continue studying for his…

By Brittany Hutson

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The Future of Work

It’s not easy to predict how the workplace will change in the future. However, I…

By Dale Coachman

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Not Just for Spies

From nurses to lawyers to librarians, the CIA hires a vast array of professionals

As an officer in the United States Air Force, Cedric (his last name is being…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Motivating the Troops

A food network executive believes that finding the passionate makes for successful leadership

Named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable” in 2007, 2008, and…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Shape Up!

Jamal Williams develops KIDFIT app to combat childhood obesity

In February, when First Lady Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” campaign to help end…

By Dale Coachman

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As Technology Changes, So Must African American Business

I can still hear the snickers and suppressed laughter when I first mentioned the word…

By Dale Coachman

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Go Green or Go Home

Time’s up. The green economy is making significant headway and will soon be woven into…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Tools of the Trade

Arm your business with ammunition to seize the spoils of exporting

Although 95% of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, the Department of Commerce…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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How Sweet It Is

A health hardship leads to cupcake commerce

For Andra Hall, entrepreneurship was a matter of medical necessity. In 2004, her 1-year-old daughter…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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What the Future Holds for Consumers

In 40 years, �the customer is always right� will be more than a catchphrase

I remember how excited my husband and I were when we first ordered groceries online.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Combat New Banking Fees

Banks continue to look for ways to make up losses

You might be breathing a sigh of relief after the recent changes to banking fees…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Amazing Savings

Secrets to scoring great deals on just about everything

Just because you’re keeping a close eye on your finances doesn’t mean you have to…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Building Wealth Requires Do-it-Yourself Investing

Increasingly, we must all fend for ourselves when it comes to living comfortably in our golden years

This year, my 6-year-old daughter, Ella, learned how to count money. I burst with…

By John Simons

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40 Next

Emerging business leaders who are shaping our future

Business is not limited to the boardroom. Social media helped reinforce this. Coupled with adaptability…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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Teach Them Well

Why nowmore than everits important to communicate financial lessons to your children

Last summer, 16-year-old Calvin O’Neal worked for the New York City Summer Youth Employment program…

By Robin White Goode

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The New ‘Back to Africa’ Movement

Larry Seruma, creator of the first actively managed mutual fund to focus exclusively on Africa, makes the case for investing in the motherland

By now, nearly every American investor knowsbout the potential opportunities in the emerging markets of…

By John Simons

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Ready to Take Your Business Global?

Are you ready to do business in the global economy?

When I moderated the global business panel at the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in…

By Alan Hughes

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Plan Well, Retire Rich

How Tony Gittens and Jennifer Lawson invested for a long, healthy retirement

If You were to accuse Tony Gittens and his wife, Jennifer Lawson, of being obsessive…

By Glenn Townes

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Making the Impossible Possible

Over the past 40 years, the mission of Black Enterprise has been demonstrated repeatedly by those who've graced its pages

As a 21-year-old assistant editor for black enterprise some 27 years ago, I was summoned…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Black Enterprise’s Extraordinary Journey

The modest monthly magazine I founded 40 years ago has become the uplifting force driving the ascent of African American entrepreneurs

Black enterprise was just a modest monthly magazine when I founded it 40 years ago—just…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Flying High

A former American Airlines division, American Beacon Advisors thrived by expanding its asset management business during the financial market meltdown

When Pharos Capital Group L.L.C. (No. 5 on the be private equity firms list with…

By Alan Hughes

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Black Enterprise’s Mission is Just Beginning

I believe it is fitting to pause to celebrate milestones during the course of a…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Backtalk with Daymond John

The "Godfather of Urban Fashion" shares key lessons on branding and entrepreneurial success

Businessman and self-made millionaire Daymond John is best known for his ’90s clothing line FUBU—“For…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Eyes on the Prize

April McLemore wants to �retire by age 55. But will she have enough money saved in 16 years to live �comfortably?

Friends and family aren’t likely to find April McLemore shopping in stores such as Nordstrom…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Your high school graduate (age 18) should grasp enough about finance to … --Apply systematic decision making to a long-term goal --Schedule bill payments, write a check, reconcile checking or debit account statements, and monitor statements for accuracy --Explain how a negative credit report can affect a person’s future --Identify appropriate investments for accumulating money for a four-year college education, a wedding, a business startup, a house down payment, and retirement For more information on financial literacy benchmarks, and additional suggestions for money-related home-learning, visit the Credit Union National Association’s “Thrive By Five” Website and the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy. Look for the full version of this article in the August issue of Black Enterprise.

What Kids Should Know About Money—and When

These benchmarks can be a guide as you share vital lessons with your child

Tips on what your child should know about managing their finances

By Robin White Goode

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8 Ways to Improve Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect your pitch with these tips

Crafting the perfect elevator speech is both an art and a science in which the…

By Alan Hughes

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Mix and Match

Entrepreneurs find the right combination to move their hair products forward

As biracial women, Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge couldn’t find haircare products for their curly…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Do You Know Your Business Credit Score?

Whether managing or repairing it, understand how it affects operations and the bottom line

In the current economic environment, business owners understand that a good personal credit score is…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Savvy Solutions: Franchise Deal Too Good To Be True?

What questions do I need to ask so I don't get taken advantage of?

I am looking into a franchise opportunity. They’re offering a special program where I would…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Ask Your Advocate: Can I Be Taxed On a Canceled Debt?

The IRS has a few stipulations

I had a portion of my debt canceled after working out a debt settlement. A…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Money Matters: Do I Need This Type of Insurance?

Or was I duped into spending more money than I need to?

Along with monthly mortgage payments, I pay an additional $16 for insurance that will automatically…

By John Simons

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News You Can Use

Boston investment banker Arnett Waters sifts through recent events to locate out-of-favor stock gems.

Arnett Lanse Waters is a bit of a news junkie. His best investment ideas, he…

By John Simons

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Free Your Mind

Its OK to be bullish again, but dont run blindly with the herd

Creating a dependable forecast of the economy is notoriously difficult. Tons of variables connect to…

By Mellody Hobson

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Research Stocks Like a Wall Street Professional

Learn that one special thing the pros look for before making an investment

The key to making good stock-picking decisions is cold, hard research. When you make individual…

By Renita Burns

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Take A Stand With Your Dollars

While we are often conflicted about immigration issues, Arizona's anti-immigration law has everything to do with us

As most people know, given the generous amount of purple and gold items in my…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Though African American men and white men smoke cigarettes at roughly the same rate—25.5% compared with 23.6%—black men are 37% more likely to develop lung cancer and 22% more likely to die from it. For black women, lung cancer occurs at roughly the same rate as it does in white women, according to an American Lung Association report. Though the reason for the disparity is unclear, it appears to be the result of a confluence of factors such as genetics and access to healthcare.

Talking Points: What You Need to Know

Though African American men and white men smoke cigarettes at roughly the same rate—25.5% compared…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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The Truth About Our Differences

Two diversity experts� feedback about challenges of race and gender in the workplace

Cultural Anthropologists Thomas Kochman and Jean Mavrelis have worked as diversity consultants since the inception…

By Dale Coachman

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United Healthcare's Dr. Reed Tuckson is a frontline warrior in the battle against to end the obesity epidemic.

Being of Strong Mind and Body

One of life's greatest tragedies is a talented person cut down in their prime by preventable health problems

One of life’s greatest tragedies is witnessing a talented professional or entrepreneur about to reach…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Investing In Education

Dwayne Thomas is �getting his finances in order for life after law school

Dwayne Thomas learned all about the stock and bond markets as a finance major at…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Celebrating Black Business

Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton crusade to raise awareness with a month of recognition in August

Frederick E. Jordan didn’t have many financing options when he started his engineering and construction…

By Jason Evers Roberson

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The Entrepreneur in You

Before becoming a business owner, you have to think like one

There are no easy short-cuts to successful, sustainable entrepreneurship: being your own boss takes lots…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Backtalk with Kirk Franklin

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist talks about life lessons and his new book

When Kirk Franklin assembled a 17-member vocal ensemble of neighborhood friends and associates he dubbed…

By Shenelle Wallace

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40 Best Companies For Diversity: They Want YOU!

The organizations on our list know that hiring diverse employees and leveraging differences sharpen their competitive edge.

Regaining its footing after one of the worst economic downturns in our nation’s history, corporate…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Job Seekers Readiness Guide

Unemployment�s high and competition is tough. Here are five key areas that can give you the edge in the job market

At a time when many job seekers are asking if résumés are still relevant, Jewell…

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You Better Shop Around

Four steps to getting the best deal on a home loan

Some 92% of homebuyers finance their purchase with a mortgage, according to the National Association…

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Find the Best Summer Travel Deals for Your Family

Vacations don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here's how one family saves and still has fun

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups– don’t have to be expensive to be…

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For most, travel is a favorite pastime. For Henry Watkins, it’s his livelihood. And while an increasing number of professionals are logging more time on the road, Watkins, 49, has enjoyed a hectic travel schedule for more than 20 years as a sales executive in various media businesses with a focus on business and leisure destinations. Currently, as a travel media consultant for Voyages North America Inc., Watkins travels roughly 15 to 20 days a month and visits about 50 countries a year. He offers us a glimpse into how he manages his schedule.

PHOTO GALLERY: On the Go

A busy executive is always well-equipped for travel

For most, travel is a favorite pastime. For Henry Watkins, it’s his livelihood. And while…

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Giving the Gift of Life

Leukemia patient's search for a bone marrow donor highlights low black representation on the national registry

Jennifer Jones Austin thought she just had a stomach virus. The married mother of two…

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Pep Talk: How Can I Boost Morale at Work?

What to do during tough times.

How do you maintain motivation within your organization during times of doubt?

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Breaking Bad

3 steps to rid yourself of negative habits

Bad habits are tough to shake. Left unchecked, these repetitive actions can hinder professional advancement…

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Cutting Through the Red Tape

A state director learns how to re-engineer his team using Six Sigma methodology

Like every other sector in this slow economic recovery, government must learn to do more…

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A Lasting Engagement

A consumer products professional works to create the ultimate brand experience for buyers

Cooper is responsible for developing new consumer engagement models and marketing programs tailored to such…

By Brittany Hutson

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Since You Asked: Can’t Find a Job in My Field

What am I doing wrong?

I’m so discouraged trying to find a position in my field of human resources management.…

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The Business of National Security

Once shrouded in mystery, the DIA opens up in search of new employees

While serving in the United States Air Force, L. Eric Patterson was introduced to the…

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Social Media: Things That Make you Go “Oops!”

Our experts offer these tips for getting the most out of your digital media tools.

Don’t be these people: The Joiner who hops on every social network with no clear…

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Cyberwise: How Can I Manage My Time Better?

Digital tools to help you keep your life in order

I have a difficult time managing my schedule and tasks. What are some really good…

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Marketing in the Digital World

Here�s how to craft a smart online strategy

For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, the term “social media” conjures up the image…

By Dale Coachman

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Adding Diversity Into the Equation

Minority chemists face barriers in the pipeline between academia and the workplace

Less than a year after Teri Quinn Gray began working as a research manager for…

By Brittany Hutson

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St. Louis Entrepreneurs Get New Help Launching Businesses

PHOTO GALLERY: St. Louis’ Big-City Feel

An entrepreneur finds opportunity and support in the Midwestern city of St. Louis

As Devin James (above) sought to expand his portfolio of businesses, the native of Memphis,…

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Favorite suit designer Martin Greenfield hand-tailored suits. He’s made suits for the best of them. They’re American made, and you know the suit will still be perfect 30 years from now. They are expensive, quality suits but worth every dollar.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hello, Brooklyn

Ouigi Theodore cultivates a timeless sense of style

Ouigi Theodore, inspired by distinctive fashion that transcends time, sells items in his boutique that…

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Pep Talk: Be Clear About Your Role

You can't fulfill your responsibilities if you don't know what they are

When the roles and responsibilities in a current position aren’t clear, how do you ask…

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Outrunning Fate

Track coach defies doctors� expectations to live, walk, and coach again

Award-winning track and field coach Beverly Kearney defies doctors’ expectations to live, walk, and coach…

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Since You Asked: Free Professional Training

Educational and career development resources for the unemployed at the right price: nothing

While I’ve been unemployed for quite some time, I’m aggressively seeking full-time employment in a…

By Dale Coachman

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Are You Sticky?

An executive learns how to create messages that resonate in the workplace

Élan Corp. plc., a neuroscience biotechnology company specializing in biopharmaceuticals and drug technologies that support…

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Nonprofit: Doing Well by Doing Good

Ted Trabue knew he was ready for a career change. In 2002, his company, Washington,…

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Making a Connection

A telecommunications professional utilizes innovative strategies to advance company growth

We recognized that the marketplace was saturated so we opened the network to unleash a…

By Brittany Hutson

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Cyberwise: Live-Streaming Advice

Adding a new dimension to an event planning business.

I have a small events planning business and would like to do some events that…

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e-Reading is Fundamental

Making sense of the electronic book reader marketplace

It’s no secret that in the past year, the e-reader market has witnessed a flood…

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Chill Pill’s Mobile Speakers ($49.99); let you have big fun along the way. The speakers pack a powerful sound in a tiny, portable 2- by-4-inch form. Retractable USB cables (included) mean they won’t get tangled—and you can use the cables to charge your iPod and iPhone from the speakers. Chill Pill’s Rapcap Mini Microphone ($14.99) for the iPod lets you capture and save in WAV format for easy playback.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tiny Tech Tools for Traveling

Traveling for business or pleasure? These tools will help you take a load off

April might have been the “cruelest month” for poet T.S. Eliot, but when it comes…

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Savvy Solutions: Starting A Record Company

You can sign artists and put out your own music, but you can't do it alone

It isn’t impossible to put out signed artists or your own music. You just can’t…

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Doing Business In … South Africa

Be aware of the risks and rewards this country offers

About 9,000 miles from American shores, Georgia native Mary L. Harris calls the shots. As…

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Standing Firm

Getting the most from customers without lowering your prices

Gray Haile, a corporate law firm in Washington, D.C., ended 2008 on a high note,…

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Right on Track

An unconventional venture and smart partnership open doors for two brothers

For brothers Jamon and Taj Jones, entrepreneurship is in the blood. “Our grandfather started a…

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Ask Your Advocate: Charge, Credit, Debit—What’s The Diff?

They're all plastic, but the features are not the same

I recently got an offer in the mail for a charge card. How is this…

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Bank of America Offers Bailout

Help is on the way for burdened homeowners

If you have a mortgage with Bank of America, and you owe more on your…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Who Should Have Your Social Security Number?

Protect one of your most valuable pieces of information

Last July, Harrine Freeman was at a gas station when thieves busted her car window…

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Money Matters: Books to Boost Your Financial I.Q.

5 selections that offer valuable lessons on all things related to money

What books would you recommend I study to increase my financial I.Q?

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Charge Up Your Portfolio with Small Caps

Dawn Alston Paige of Piedmont Investment Advisors recommends stocks that are benefiting from�and helping to power�economic recovery

Like all portfolio managers, Dawn Alston Paige uses complex formulas and algorithms to identify stellar…

By John Simons

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College Aid 101

How to save the most money for college and still remain eligible for the best financial aid package

If your children are destined for college, one thing is certain: You can expect to…

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Credit Where It’s Due

As large banks fall out of favor, more consumers are turning to credit unions. Here�s why.

When Jeremy Treadwell needed a car loan, the recent college graduate turned to the financial…

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Talking Points: Poll Says Retire ‘Negro’

African Americans unemployed longer; minorities not encouraged to pursue STEM education

In a BlackEnterprise.com poll on whether the 2010 Census form should have used the word…

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The B.E. 100s: Bloodied, But Unbowed

A year ago, I told you that our most recent economic downturn, one of the…

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Building Strong Bonds

How Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. L.L.C. became Wall Street�s fastest-growing public finance firm

It’s a little after 7 a.m. on A mild April morning, and Suzanne Shank is…

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The Business of Green

Opportunities (still) exist. You just have to know where to look and how to seize them.

Jeffrey Taylor earns a living creating 2-D and 3-D animations to illustrate engineering processes and…

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Fighting Diabetes One Cut at a Time

Dr. Bill Releford leads a barbershop-based effort to screen Black men for the potentially deadly disease

Dr. Bill Releford's community outreach is saving lives
Many black men will go years before scheduling…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What Healthcare Reform Means for You

President Obama recently signed historic legislation to make healthcare available and affordable to millions of Americans. Here�s how the new law could affect you.

After more than a year of political wrangling, searing debate, and vitriolic protests, President…

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ACTION!

A new generation of black filmmakers has been fighting to get their movies to the big screen. Through innovation, guerilla marketing, and new technology, this group of directors that has raised the curtain in Tinseltown

As 41 million people tuned into the 82nd Academy Awards, a segment of viewers wondered…

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Sizzling Returns

After a near-death experience and strategic transformation, Thompson Hospitality proves it�s cooking up the right recipe for diversification and growth

Thompson hospitality was in crisis mode. Founded a few months earlier in 1992 when CEO…

By Alan Hughes

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Escaping the Boomerang Life

If tough times have forced you to fly back to your parents' nest, take heart. B.W. shows you how you can fly back out�for good.

Tondalah Stroud never imagined that as a 37-year-old married mother she’d be sleeping in her…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Making Cultural Connections

With its bold strategic vision, GlobalHue produces a powerful and profitable campaigns for clients seeking to reach a multicultural world.

Donald A. Coleman isn’t concerned about his daughter taking over the reins of his business.…

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Lessons From the Front Lines

B.E.100s CEOs deploy a new battle plan to combat an unforgiving business environment

Legendary Chinese military general Sun Tzu once said, “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” …

By Alan Hughes

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Letting Go

Nobody wants to walk away from a dream, but sometimes you just might have to

Despite the mantras of “Never give up” and “Keep fighting” that many achievers subscribe to,…

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Women of Power

Venus Williams

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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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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