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New iPad App Square Register Turns Tablet Into Cash Register

Mobile payment company Square released a new iPad app on Monday, which allows brick-and-mortar merchants…

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Things to Ask Before Franchising

Franchise exec recommends a little self-assessment before investing in this business model

Starting a franchise is no small undertaking, author and franchise expert Bob Phibbs offers up…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Keys To Getting Your Startup Idea From Concept to Launch

Business development expert William Crowder shares how new entrepreneurs can attract start-up investment resources

Starting a great business begins with a great idea but not everyone knows how to…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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10 Twitter Accounts for the Social Media-Savvy Entrepreneur

Let social media take your business to the next level; follow these 10 Twitter handles

Ten ways social media can take your business to the next level

By Janel Martinez

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Atlanta V103 DJ Frank Ski Receives Community Champion Award at BE Entrepreneurs Conference

The legendary radio man and his wife are honored for their work with children through the Frank Ski Kids Foundation

Legendary Atlanta DJ Frank Ski receives honors for his community work with his organization Frak…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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What is Hybrid Entrepreneurship? (And Why You Should Consider It)

Tips on how to build a business while still working your day job from author Felicia Joy

Thinking about building your own business, while still working your full-time job? Check out these…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Monitor your progress.  Use the reports coming in from your distribution portals.  Amazon (via CreateSpace), Barnes & Nobles (via Pubit), and Smashwords all print sales reports.  When you run a promotion or have a flurry of activity, like a series of Twitter chats, be sure to go back and see what worked to spike sales.  Keep that in your arsenal and repeat that successful activity on a regular basis.

10 Steps to Self-Publish Your Next Book

Best-selling author L.A. Banks offers tips on how to forget the publishing houses and sell your book your way

Best-selling author L.A. Banks offers tips on how to forget the publishing houses and sell…

By Alan Hughes

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4 Social Media Tools for Your Small Business

Expert advice on how to promote your business and engage your audience

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There are a host of media experts, consultants, and mavens of media that are…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Getting Started: Launching Your Own Jewelry Line

Allyson Leak struck gold when her jewelry adorned celebs like Alicia Keys. Here, the young designer talks shop about her craft

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As Fashion Week heads…

By Arlice Nichole

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As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK ENTERPRISE's March 2011 issue highlights the digital media strategy of IMAGES USA (No. 6 on the BE ADVERTISING AGENCIES list with $86.5 million in billings). The agency managed to successfully integrate its digital media strategy seamlessly into its campaigns to stay relevant and help their clients reach consumers. Here, the experts at IMAGES offer advice on how small businesses without deep pockets can connect with and grow an audience.--Alan Hughes

Top 6 Social Media Tips for Entrepreneurs

How the right digital media strategy can help you connect with your clients

As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK…

By Alan Hughes

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After Johnson, 52, struggled to find a jean that fit just right, the denim duchess took matters into her own hands, launching CJ by Cookie Johnson, a premium jean enterprise catering to real women with curvaceous figures, in 2009. The wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson aligned herself with the best in the denim business: Michael Glasser, founder of 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.  Since starting her line, Johnson has made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2009 and is available in Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale's department stores across the country.

All-Star Basketball Wives: 5 Women Who Score Big in Biz

While their husbands make bank shots on the court, these enterprising brides make business moves you can bank on

All-Star Weekend is in full swing. What other way to celebrate the occasion than with…

By Janel Martinez

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12 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed in Marketing

Tina Wells continues dishing out invaluable advice with this 12-step program to a better business strategy

<ul> <li><em>(All Images: Thinkstock)</em></li> </ul> If you’ve taken a marketing class—whether it was at the…

By Tina Wells

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In the February 2011 "Power Issue" of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors--Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director, Business, and Tennille Robinson, Senior Multimedia Content Producer, Small Business--offer up these 10 power moves that will expand the businesses of new and established entrepreneurs.  (Images: Thinkstock)

10 Power Moves to Help Entrepreneurs Make Money

See how following these basic principles can turn your business from potential success to profitable

In the February 2011 “Power Issue” of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors–Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director,…

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How To Build Your Ultimate Small Biz Support Network

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small business

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small…

By Tina Wells

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WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass: Krista Barnett on Her New Invention

A wife-mom-businesswoman tells how her invention changed her life

Barnett, Boot Band inventor. Below, the Boot Band (Photos courtesy of Barnett)
In our video series,…

By Elayne Fluker

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Getting Started: ‘Men of Morehouse’ Create an Upscale Condom Line

Morehouse graduates found b condoms to combat the high HIV/AIDS rates in urban communities

That something was b condoms, a plush condom brand that merges style and sexual health.The…

By Janel Martinez

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Getting Started: How One Corporate Exec Went from Workdays to Doggy Daycare

Entrepreneur Robin Crawford shares three things small businesses can learn from Corp. America

Entrepreneur Robin Crawford shares three of her most valuable lessons from stints at such companies…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book, Eat People: and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs Andy Kessler takes a look at 12 of those new rules. Co-founder and president of Velocity Capital Management, an investment firm based that provided funding for private and public technology and communications companies, Kessler provided BLACK ENTERPRISE with four rules for not just profitability--but also how to identify the next big trend.--Alan Hughes (Images: Thinkstock)

4 Rules for Entrepreneurs Looking for the Next ‘Big Thing’

A venture capitalist tells you how to make your business profitable AND scalable

Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book,…

By Alan Hughes

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How To Make Your Small Biz Dreams a Reality

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells tells you how to go from idea to "open-for-business"

A few years ago, I took a class at my church on visions to strategy…

By Tina Wells

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WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass – Brenda Braxton on Starting Over

The entrepreneur opens up about her personal & professional reinvention

In our video series, Brand New You, our host, Karen Taylor Bass (founder of thebrandnewmommy.com)…

By Elayne Fluker

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Who’s your direct and indirect competition? Here’s a tip, you always have an indirect competitor; your customer can choose to simply not spend money. So there is always competition. It’s not impressive to investors to hear that you think you have no competition. We all have competition in business.

12 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Writing a Business Plan

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells gives you the questions (and answers) you should consider

While business plans can take all types of forms, they all share the following elements.…

By Tina Wells

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Be sure to also read these other tips for entrepreneurs... Want to pitch YOUR business at our Entrepreneurs Conference? Click here to enter! Top 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs 5 Mistakes Millionaire Entrepreneurs Make 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Business Internationally

7 Ways to Maximize Your Company’s Profits

Venture capitalist and author Mark Thompson shares the fundamentals of staying in the black

<li>One of the first rules in entrepreneurship is do whatever you do profitably. And when…

By Alan Hughes

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Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells knows a bit about being a young person with big dreams of launching your own business. At just 18, she launched her company to tap into the needs and interests of young people like her. Twelve years later, Wells and BMG have been recognized as leaders in the industry, having been featured in BLACK ENTERPRISE, Essence and Inc; winning the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award; and boasting more than 9,000 young people who serve as "buzzSpotters" around the country. Now, Wells brings her expertise to BE NEXTERs on BlackEnterprise.com with her weekly column filled with tips, advice and feedback for young entrepreneurs. See her on our site each week! And follow her at on Twitter @fashiontw. For her first post, Wells offers up 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs.

Top 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells joins BlackEnterprise.com as a weekly blogger offering up advice on how to succeed in business

<strong>Buzz Marketing Group </strong>CEO Tina Wells knows a bit about being a young person with…

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What You Can Learn from…Obama’s White House Shake-up

Three tips to help reposition your organization

When President Obama delivers the State of the Union within two weeks, our nation’s chief…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Entrepreneurs are known to have many qualities—persistence, leadership skills and a never-say-die attitude, to name a few. But even with those skills, even the most successful entrepreneurs have made their share of mistakes—and sometimes catastrophically. Robert Jordan, author of How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press $24.95) spoke with 45 successful entrepreneurs to gain an understanding of what it takes to successfully launch and grow a business. Among those featured is Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, who sold the company for $2 billion, Raj Soin, who launched Modern Technologies Corporation (MTC) before selling it to BAE Systems for $425 million, and others who have taken their companies public in billion-dollar transactions. To be included in the book, they had to launch, grow and sell a company for approximately $100 million or go public for at least $300 million and had to be self-made, according to Jordan. “So the range ended up so that at the low end, Viresh Bhatia sold InstallShield for about $78 million and the high end was Dane Miller, who took Biomet private for $12 billion.” But what mistakes did these multi-millionaires make along the way and what can be learned from them? Read on... —Alan Hughes

5 Mistakes Millionaire Entrepreneurs Make

Even some of the richest people make common mistakes on their road to financial success.

Entrepreneurs are known to have many qualities—persistence, leadership skills and a never-say-die attitude, to name…

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Workplace Security 101: How to Ensure a Safe Environment

Steps to safeguard your employees

In the aftermath of the recent shooting in Tucson, Arizona that left six people dead…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Getting Started: Opening a Business with Your Best Friend

Kandi Burruss and Peaches Chin tell how they never let being in business together get in the way of their friendship

A conscious decision to succeed and never let business get in the way of their…

By Arlice Nichole

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Getting Started: Turning Your Blog into a Business

How one enterprising woman went from blogger to entrepreneur

Hays tells how she went from blogger to businesswoman
From entertainment to politics to fashion, fascinating…

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In 1994 Curtiss Pope's first job was as a grocery store clerk. Only 15, he couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a document to show customers which aisle had the bread and which aisle had the dairy. “I had to be well versed in the store layout,” remembers Pope. Fast-forward to 2008; Pope, now a software engineer, was on a grocery run with his wife when he got a spark of inspiration. He wanted to create a mobile app to help customers navigate their stores. That's exactly what he did. The app, AisleFinder, helps shoppers find their grocery items based on their shopping list. It also provides users with coupons and collects information about shoppers’ habits. Pope’s wife, along with several of his friends and family, thought it was a great idea and gave him moral support; along with $22,000. Unfortunately, the national grocery store chains didn’t feel the same way. It took a year and a half before Pope, and his four-person staff, were able to get a pilot deal with national grocery retailer, Safeway Inc. After a lot of coaxing the store agreed that starting this January they would endorse his app in 40 of their stores across California. Although AisleFinder still has a long way to go, Pope says that the deal with Safeway is already opening doors to other retailers. Here are his 10 tips for closing a deal with a national brand.

How to Get a Deal with National Retailers

10 tips on pitching your idea to the big guys from someone who did it

Curtiss Pope created a mobile app to help shoppers locate their items in grocery stores.…

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So You’ve Been Fired… Now What?: The Accidental Entrepreneur

The CEO of My Golf Concierge LLC shares how he went from job seeker to accidental entrepreneur

Ty DeLavallade’s story is part of a larger trend, known to many as accidental entrepreneurship,…

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Women of Power

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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BE Launches New Women of Power Website

We can hardly wait for the Women of Power Summit in March, and judging by all…

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