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Small Business Predictions For 2015

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3 Tips on Getting Press

Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran shares 3 tips on using the press to brand a small business

Get Press with these 3 tips from Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran

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Marijuana Inc: Growing Opportunities For Black Businesses

Can African Americans cash in on legalized marijuana boom?

Wanda James and her husband, Scott Durrah, own Denver-based Jezebel’s Southern Bistro and Bar. They…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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9 Business Competitions for Young Entrepreneurs

Youth can sign up to win thousands in cash and prizes for their enterprise

These competitions encourage young enterprising innovators to show their talent.

By Raqiyah Mays

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New NSBA Survey Shows IT Cost, Security Major Concerns for Small Business

6 Ways to Monetize Your Brand Presence on Social Media

Entrepreneurs share tried-and-true strategy

Check out a few tips on how you can monetize your presence on Twitter, Facebook…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Ming Lee: Turning her Snoblife into a Successful Venture

'I would not be where I am today without social media'

Entrepreneur Ming Lee went from turning her website, Snoblife.com, into a million-dollar venture and continues…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Tips from a Winner: How to Come Out the Victor at Elevator Pitch Competitions

Gwen Jimmere, founder of Naturalicious, earned $10,000 at Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Gwen Jimmere shares tips on winning $10,000 and more at next year’s Elevator Competition.

By Raqiyah Mays

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Where Are They Now: Elevator Pitch Competition Winner, Precious Williams

Success has skyrocketed for this Curvy Girlz Lingerie CEO after the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

The 2013 Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition winner, Precious Williams, has found success since attending…

By Raqiyah Mays

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6 Reasons Working For Free Can Get You Paid

Sometimes it's worth the risk when you can get a return on your time investment

Working for free can be a gamble, but keeping these six things in mind will…

By Ella Rucker

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Last Man Standing: Entrepreneur Buys Building Where He Was Fired

Sequin City founder tells story of triumph over unemployment

Sequin City’s triumphant return is an African-American success story of an entrepreneur who triumphed over…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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8 Vital Components of a Winning Entrepreneur’s Pitch

How to create a great pitch deck to raise capital

In terms of raising capital and support for your business, the proof is in the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tips for Expanding Your Business in Another City

Do’s and don’ts to help set up shop in new locations

Branching out geographically is a way to grow a business. But small business owners who…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women of Power: 10 Entrepreneurs at the Top of Their Game

These female bosses are calling the shots and winning big

With research showing women as the leading forces in entrepreneurship, we rounded up a list…

By Courtney Connley

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4 Ways To Secure Funding For Your Startup

There's money out there if you know where and how to look for it

Check out this strategy to help you raise capital for your startup.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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This Entrepreneurial Inventor Raised Nearly $1 Million On Kickstarter

Check out six fastest campaigns to raise hefty funds in under 24 hours

These crowdfunding campaigns have been able to raise a million within 24 hours.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black Enterprise Publishes Exclusive Registry Of African Americans On Corporate Boards

Report lists 176 black corporate directors of America’s 250 largest public companies, identifies 74 Ccorporations with no black directors

BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) has released its latest exclusive report on African American representation on the…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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PayPal Offers Small Business Loans Up To $60,000

PayPal Working Capital program has funded more than $150 million in loans to 20,000 retailers

PayPal Working Capital program has funded more than $150 million in loans to 20,000 retailers

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Spotlight: Anthony Thurston Taking Flight with Social Innovation

'I’m glad to say that there’s been a recent resurgence in the African American community to frequent African American businesses'

Antony Thurston, CEO of Dream Flights International, talks social innovation, his rise in the aviation…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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EXCLUSIVE: Rick Ross Talks Empire Building & Rebranding

Rapper and entrepreneur opens up about franchising, conquering the business world

Rapper and entrepreneur Rick Ross opens up on conquering business world.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

5 Ways To Fund Your Startup Without Investors

With bank financing harder to come by, here are vital alternatives

What’s the alternative outside of self-financing? Here are five ways to fund your startup from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Expert Tips to Raise Startup Funds

Try these proven tips from entrepreneurs

Seven successful entrepreneurs offer advice on raising capital for your startup.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Home-Based Business Ideas

These types of businesses can grow and thrive in a home environment

It doesn’t matter if you’re hoping to kick-start a full-time business out of your home…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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ABC Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran Shows How To Pitch Yourself and Your Business

Real estate mogul’s online course offers fundamental lessons

What is your business and how would your pitch sound?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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FOUR RULES EVERY FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR SHOULD FOLLOW

Four Rules Every Female Entrepreneur Should Follow

Erica Nicole, Founder & CEO of YFS Magazine shares tips for female entrepreneurs

There are unique lessons that women entrepreneurs will face. Erica Nicole, provides owners with what…

By C. Daniel Baker

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4 Lessons Learned In ABC’s Shark Tank

Slawsa creator Julie Busha didn't walk away with a $150,000 investment but did gain valuable business insight

The advice she received was invaluable

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg Fails to Bring Parity to Minority Businesses

Push to diversify NYC contracting falls short of goals

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office, he hasn’t done much to help black and Latino…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Reality Checks For Entrepreneurs With “Can’t-Miss” Business Ideas

Try to get out of your own way every once in a while

A venture cannot survive on faith and passion alone

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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ABC Shark Tank’s Chef Big Shake Goes Up Against Major Brands With Crowdfunding

Shawn Davis launches his Shrimp Burger Revolution Tour

Big Shake is the originator of the original shrimp burger

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Former Army Cook Creates Recipe for Success with Edible Arrangements Franchise

Delivering fresh hand-crafted fruit turned out to be a million dollar business

One night while watching the television program The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Maurice Welton…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Ben’s Chili Bowl Celebrates 55th Anniversary with Bill Cosby

On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business.

On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business. 55 years later, the restaurant…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Morehouse College Students ‘Step’ Up Their Game with Footwear Business

Here's how these Morehouse students parlayed a love for athletic footwear into a shoe company

As a student at the prominent Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, Thabiti Stephens…

By Bridget McCrea

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Flavor Flav’s Chicken And Ribs Restaurant Facing Eviction

Landlord states that the reality TV star hasn't made any payments since November

Flavor claims he will take care of the mess

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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WorldStarHipHop CEO Shrugs Off Ethics, for Success

Videos of bad behavior make website a destination for viral trends

Videos of women in thongs and fights help make the controversial website a viral video…

By Aaron Morrison

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Entertainment And Media Entrepreneur Kevin Liles Announces New Venture, Go N'Syde

Kevin Liles Launches “Go N’Syde,” Official Beverage of “The Trip to Bountiful”

Exclusive flavor inspired by star Cicely Tyson's character Carrie Watts

As the official beverage of The Trip to Bountiful, Go N’Syde transports theater-goers to the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Robert L. Johnson And Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. Announce Alliance To End Payday Lending, Lower Minority Consumer Debt, And Promote Financial Education

Watch BET Founder Robert L. Johnson Honored at 12:30 at EC Live

RLJ Companies Chairman to be presented with A.G. Gaston Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement at 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

The Arthur G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to RLJ Companies Chairman, BET…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Small Businesses Like “Sweetie Pie’s” Rake in Cash After Reality TV Spots

OWN's 'Sweetie Pie's' is in its fourth profitable season

Even after three or four episodes, mom and pop shops see significant sales increase.

By Aaron Morrison

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The End of an Era? Vibe Magazine Sold, Likely to Become Online Only

Vibe was founded in 1992 by Quincy Jones and Time Warner

SpinMedia, a group of music and pop culture websites that includes Spin Magazine, has bought…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How I Made $100,000 From Home

Lower overhead and startup costs make these franchise options attractive

When Maxine P. Gill was laid off from her job as a sales and marketing…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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5 Ways Your Website Is Driving Away Customers

Tips to keeping consumers engaged on your site

The most common website mistakes that drive your customers away.

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10 Reasons Why People of Color Should Care About Sequestration

10 Reasons People of Color Should Care About Sequestration

If a deal isn't reached, Sequestration will hit Americans, hard.

African-Americans & Latinos will be affected by budgets cuts if the Sequester happens.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Bob Johnson and Tracy Edmonds Launch New Network, Alright TV

Alright TV debuts on Easter, March 31st

Edmonds and Johnson join forces to bring faith-based programming to the masses

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Nelson Mandela dies at 95

Mandela Family Launches ‘House of Mandela’ Wines

A portion of proceeds from the wines go to charity

South African statesman and reformer Nelson Mandela’s family launches fine wine company

By Makkada B. Selah

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The Game Changer Changes Everyday By: Marjorie Perry

4 Ways to Go From Bench Warmer to Game Changer in Business

Business advice on how to reinvent yourself, and your vision

In life and in business, the terrain is always changing. Here’s how you can adapt…

By Marjorie Perry

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Fox launches partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Fox Partners With HBCU’s to Encourage Diversity in Entertainment

Membership in the Alliance is open to all current HBCUs

Fox makes major steps to nurture and encourage diversity in the filmmaking industry

By C. Daniel Baker

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Chaka Khan debuts her 'Chakalates' Chocolate, 'Khana Sutra' Candle Line

Chaka Khan Debuts her “Chakalates” Chocolate, “Khana Sutra” Candle Line

In time for Valentines Day, Chaka Khan announces her new line of chocolates

Celebrating 40 years in the music industry, the 10 time Grammy Winner debuts chocolates and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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BP Accused of Manipulating Gas Prices, Ex-Employee Speaks Out

BP is accused of rigging the oil market for the third time in less than 10 years.

BP falls in hot water again as former head of gas liquids trading speaks out…

By Amber McKynzie

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NYC Comptroller: Lack of Minority Participation in City Contracts is a Plague

John Liu looks to bring inclusion into other branches of the city’s government

John Liu’s policies of inclusion and transparency has led to significant city bond underwriting deals…

By Alan Hughes

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Former NBA Player Jamal Mashburn Moves into Hospitality Industry

The former NBA all-star adds hospitality to his already impressive resume.

Highly successful entrepreneur and retired NBA professional Jamal Mashburn is expanding his entrepreneurial interests yet…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Hot Industries for Startups

These sectors offer strong projected revenue growth for new businesses

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Google Offers Free Services To Grow Your Business Online

Valuable consulting workshops at the Deal Makers Expo will empower attendees with custom SEO strategies, online training and tools, and more.

Google will conduct valuable consulting workshops at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference Deal Makers Expo,…

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Raise (and Balance!) Money for Your Business

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund, grow and lead your business to success!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

By Elayne Fluker

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How Entrepreneurship Can Fix Young America

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads through entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads…

By John Wilson

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11 Black Presidents Under 50 & Their Presidents’ Day Advice for Obama

Presidential advice for the Commander-in-Chief from men and women of color who hold similar titles in business

In honor of Presidents’ Day, 11 Black Presidents from the world of business share their…

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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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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