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6 Tips For A Better Company Website Entrepreneur Unites Passion for Food and Marketing with Caribbean Cuisine Business 4 Important Tips For Landing A Major Client Top 5 Highest Banking Crowdfunding Campaigns Entrepreneur Describes Risks, ‘Antics’ Of Some Franchisors Winning Results: Restauranteur Went From Pizza Joint to Expanded Franchise Are You Contemplating Franchising? Starbucks to Help Thousands of Workers Pay for College Education Black America In New Legal Marijuana Industry Former Def Jam CEO Partners Go N’Syde Beverages With The 40/40 Clubs Small Biz Alert: Guarding Your Intellectual Property: Trademarks & Service Marks 101 T.D. 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Last Chance To Enter to Compete for $10,000 Wal-Mart Testing Online Delivery Using Lockers in Stores Is Herbalife A Scam or a Way to Success? Entrepreneurs Conference: Get Your Product On The Shelf and Into Major Retail Stores 10 Reasons People of Color Should Care About Sequestration Marijuana Entrepreneurs Face Excessive High Tax Rates Due to Old Laws Fox Partners With HBCU’s to Encourage Diversity in Entertainment Karen Mills to Step Down as Head of Small Business Administration Lessons in Freelancing: How to Diversify Your Client Base “666″ on Tax Form Causes Christian Worker to Quit His Job Swizz Beatz Announces Co-Ownership Of A “Monster” Headphone Company Lifestyle Entrepreneur Mariah Huq Turns Her Dream into a “Reality” Syleena Johnson’s Premium Hair Extensions Coming to a Store Near You Entrepreneur Sells Millions of Cans of “Fresh Air?” 5 Crucial Steps for Surviving a Brand or Product Crisis New Owner of Lenox Lounge Plans to Preserve the Iconic Jazz Club 5 Tax Benefits Small Businesses Should Take Before January 1st Gun Stores See Increase in Business after Newtown Shooting Would you Move your Startup to St. Louis for 50k? 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6 Tips For A Better Company Website

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Entrepreneur Unites Passion for Food and Marketing with Caribbean Cuisine Business

'You have to build your team, relinquish some control and enlist others to help you'

Annette Davidson runs Icon Food Marketing, a boutique food marketing company that specializes in bringing…

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4 Important Tips For Landing A Major Client

Competition is fierce but here’s how you can hold your own and win

Use this strategy when you want to upgrade your business clientele.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top 5 Highest Banking Crowdfunding Campaigns

LeVar Burton’s 'Reading Rainbow' and Veronica Mars projects make list

LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow among the highest-funded Kickstarter campaigns at more than $5 million in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneur Describes Risks, ‘Antics’ Of Some Franchisors

Franchise vet talks lessons learned from bad experiences

At the International Franchise Expo, one entrepreneur who’s a vet in franchising talks business lessons…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Winning Results: Restauranteur Went From Pizza Joint to Expanded Franchise

FUEL Pizza founder talks winning strategy at International Franchise Expo

FUEL pizza owner explains why his pizza spot does so well in urban communities and…

By Courtney Connley

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Are You Contemplating Franchising?

Industry senior vice president discusses challenges, gives tips for success

Industry’s top official gives the low-down on breaking into franchising.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Grey’s Anatomy Actor & Starbucks Battle for Small Coffee Chain

Starbucks to Help Thousands of Workers Pay for College Education

Seattle-based coffee company agrees to help workers further their education

Starbucks is rolling out a new program in partnership with Arizona State University to help…

By Courtney Connley

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The Green Goldmine of the Legal Marijuana Industry

Black America In New Legal Marijuana Industry

The Drug Policy Alliance's Sharda Sekaran talks about how white big business, not black businessmen, are cashing in on selling weed

Public opinion has taken a dramatic turn when it comes to marijuana prohibition.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Former Def Jam CEO Partners Go N’Syde Beverages With The 40/40 Clubs

Kevin Likes uses mobile augmented reality platform to push pop culture

Former CEO of Def Jam and Founder of KWL Enterprises, Kevin Liles has formed a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Biz Alert: Guarding Your Intellectual Property: Trademarks & Service Marks 101

Learning to pick the right trademark can make or break your business

Learning to pick the right trademark can make or break your business. Here’s how.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Business and faith leader T.D. Jakes sat down for a one-on-one conversation with Black Enterprise's chief content officer at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. (Image: Shellee Fisher)

T.D. Jakes: 20 Tips to Tap Into Your Divine ‘Instinct’ for Business Success

Successful pastor and entrepreneur has expanded his brand and earned millions

Business leader T.D. Jakes shared his insights on his new book and business success at…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entrepreneurs Conference Day 2: Kick-Off One-on-One with Valerie Daniels-Carter

Attendees set to be inspired and empowered by queen of franchising

The second day of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference kicks off with a one-on-one with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Meet The 2014 Small Business Award Finalists

These 12 nominees represent America's best small black businesses

Innovation, perseverance, and resilience are some of the attributes entrepreneurs need to weather any storm.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Why You Should Care: BE Enterpreneurs Conference, NATL Small Business Week Share Week

America's progress driven by pioneers who take risks, and work hard

The National Small Business Week and the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference will be in…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Lessons to Learn From the ‘Shark Tank’

Here's how one successful entrepreneur received an investment

By the time Tim Talley, founder of Rochester, NY-based U-Lace appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank,…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Healthy Habits to Increase Your Success

The more healthy you are, the more wealthy you can become

Healthy ways that entrepreneurs and professionals can increase their chances of success

By Jamila Payne

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Small Businesses Investing Big In Digital Marketing In 2013

Digital Trends That Can Help Your Business Go From Fledgling To Thriving

Understanding current trends driving business sales and success

In large part, it comes down to understanding the opportunities and trends that present…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Mama Glow Author and Entrepreneur, Latham Thomas Shares Secrets to Her Success

This Wellness Expert is all about spreading the Glow

Wellness entrepreneur, Latham Thomas defines the title of her book Mama Glow as a “certain…

By Suncear Scretchen

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‘brownbelle’ Entrepreneur Gets Customers — and Creatives — ‘Tied’ up in a Lifestyle

Washington, D.C.-based brownbelle is helping to redefine what's possible for creatives and customers alike

brownbelle creator Mariama Bramble at Fashion Bomb Daily’s ‘Cocktails with Claire’ event in Washington, D.C.
For…

By Darren Sands

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Call For Nominations: 2014 Black Enterprise Small Business Awards And Elevator Pitch Competition

Here’s a chance to compete for $10,000 to launch and grow your business

Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate yourself or someone you know who embodies the BLACK…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to get a small business bank loan in 2014

Make 2014 the Year Your Small Business Gets a Bank Loan

How small business owners can best position themselves to obtain small business bank loans

Tips to help small business owners develop a beneficial relationship with a bank, as well…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Crowdfunding Success

Join Melinda on SBU as she explains the 7 key steps you need to take to make your crowdfunding campaign a success

Have you ever created a crowdfunding campaign?

By C. Daniel Baker

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3 Myths About Successful Startup Cultures

3 Myths About Successful Startup Cultures

Is breaking down the cubicle wall helping your company?

Certain personality types are said to be signs of a successful company

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Keep Your Business Lean and Profitable

How to incorporate the stay lean movement in your business

Staying lean in business requires examination and retooling to find and wipe out inefficiencies

By C. Daniel Baker

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10 CyberSecurity Tips for Small Business

10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business

Technology and high-speed Internet are great enablers of small business

As larger companies take steps to secure their systems, less secure small businesses are easier…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Women-Owned Businesses Thriving, But Still Facing Obstacles

Women-owned businesses face different struggles than their male counterparts

During the period between 2007–2010, many Women-owned businesses outperformed their male counterparts

By C. Daniel Baker

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Six Surprising Tax Code Changes for Small Businesses

Some 4th quarter tactics to help keep more of what you earn during 2013

These changes slipped under the radar

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Yogapreneur: Ava Taylor Helps Others Turn Passion Into Profit

This visionary took a leap of faith to start a one-of-a-kind business.

Ava Taylor’s believes in being an agent of change. Not only is being a “catalyst…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Maya Breuer Yoga Entrepreneur

Yogapreneur: Maya Breuer is Leading a Yoga Revolution

Veteran Yogi is on a mission to bring more color to yoga.

Maya Breuer, Owner of Santosha School of Yoga
Yoga and activist are 2 words not commonly…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Yogapreneur: Rolf Gates Blends Savvy with Compassion to Create Successful Yoga Brand

The teacher and author shares how yoga brought him peace, love and happiness

Yogapreneur, Rolf Gates
Rolf Gates is the exemplar Yogapreneur. In addition to owning what was…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Dana Smith, Owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga

Yogapreneur: Dana Smith is the Jane of All Holistic Trades

This Maryland Yogapreneur is making the world a healthier place - one client at a time.

Dana Smith, Owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga
Dana Smith refers to herself as a Yoga Diva…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Yogapreneur: Pablo Imani Blends Traditional with Cutting Edge

The Uganda-based yogi invites us to reconnect to our source

Imani means faith in Swahili and it’s an apropos name for today’s Yogapreneur, Pablo Imani.…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Why 1 Trillion Dollars In Black Buying Power Should Be Used To Start Black Businesses

Entrepreneurship is key driver in empowering black communities

By 2015 African Americans will yield $1.1 trillion in spending. But that thirteen-figure power should…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Getting Credit Harder For Small Businesses

On 5th anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and 2008 financial crisis, entrepreneurs still face capital challenges

September 15 will mark the fifth anniversary of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, a key…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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DECIDING BETWEEN AN LLC OR S CORPORATION: 6 KEY DIFFERENCES

How to Know When You Need A Contract

A guest column from Rachel Rodgers Esq., from the Young Entrepreneur Council

When you show clients that you are professional and serious about your business, they will…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Souley Vegan Owner, Tamerra Dyson

The Vegan restaurant owner Tamerra Dyson, shares what it's like to open a Vegan business.

Interviewed by Runnett Grant
When Tamearra Dyson opened the doors to her Oakland restaurant Souley Vegan,…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Entrepreneurs: MSNBC’s “Your Business” Wants To Hear From You!

National television program set to shoot on-camera interviews with small business owners at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio

On Thursday, May 16th MSNBC’s Your Business will be shooting on-camera interviews with small business…

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Working on a master plan? Today's the day to pitch it!

Last Chance To Enter to Compete for $10,000

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have until 5:00 p.m. today, April 15, to submit entries for the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition.

Today is the last day for entries into the 2013 Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Wal-Mart Testing Online Delivery Using Lockers in Stores

Program to compete with Amazon which also has delivery lockers

Wal-Mart looks to link its e-commerce with its physical locations using delivery lockers

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is Herbalife A Pyramid Scheme?

Is Herbalife A Scam or a Way to Success?

A battle over the legitimacy of the health line's business model

The multilevel marketing company is the subject of a battle.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Get Your Product On The Shelf and Into Major Retail Stores

Lefty's Spices CEO Walter Nash Jr., shares recipes for success on how his family got their barbecue sauce into Walmart, Costco's and other retail chains

Here is some great advice on how to get your product placed in your favorite…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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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The Green Goldmine of the Legal Marijuana Industry

Marijuana Entrepreneurs Face Excessive High Tax Rates Due to Old Laws

Another case of old laws hurting new industries

Laws set up to stop drug smugglers are hurting innovation in the “green revolution”

By C. Daniel Baker

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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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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

Karen Mills to Step Down as Head of Small Business Administration

Mills came on as Head of the SBA during the financial meltdown of 2009

Exit comes as President Obama proposes merging the SBA with the Dept of Commerce &…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lessons in Freelancing: How to Diversify Your Client Base

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

By BlackEnterprise.com

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666 on tax form causes Christian worker to quit his job

“666″ on Tax Form Causes Christian Worker to Quit His Job

"666" is commonly associated with the devil

Worker felt the number on his tax form went against his Christian faith

By C. Daniel Baker

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Swizz Beatz Announces Co-Ownership Of A “Monster” Headphone Company

Swizz Beatz adds his vision to Monster

A week after his wife Alicia Keys joined BlackBerry, Swizz Beats announced his own “Monster”…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lifestyle Entrepreneur Mariah Huq's The Mommy, The Mrs., The Mogul

Lifestyle Entrepreneur Mariah Huq Turns Her Dream into a “Reality”

Mariah Huq balances a home decor line & a new reality show

New show aims to show the behind the scenes drama doctors and their families face.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Syleena Johnson to Launch Line of Premium Hair Extensions

Syleena Johnson’s Premium Hair Extensions Coming to a Store Near You

Inspired by her own active lifestyle, Syleena Johnson launches a hair line

After working with Kanye West and R. Kelly, Syleena Johnson has gone on to tackle…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneur sells millions of cans of “fresh air”

Entrepreneur Sells Millions of Cans of “Fresh Air?”

Chen Guangbiao has already sold 8 million cans of fresh air this week

With pollution in China increasing everyday, one entrepreneur has found a way to send a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Executive Services Firm Hardesty LLC Offers Organizations Tips on Overcoming a Financial Crisis

5 Crucial Steps for Surviving a Brand or Product Crisis

5 steps from an industry expert on surviving crises

Tips from the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association on weathering a crisis.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lenox Lounge historic harlem nightclub to close

New Owner of Lenox Lounge Plans to Preserve the Iconic Jazz Club

Richard Notar plans to keep club mostly the same.

New owner doesn’t “want to change a thing about how it looks”

By C. Daniel Baker

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2013 is just days away. Even though Congress and the President have not come to a conclusion regarding the issue of expiring tax benefits, here are some last minute tax benefits Small businesses should take advantage of before the New Year.

5 Tax Benefits Small Businesses Should Take Before January 1st

Before midnight on December 31, small businesses owners should file these tax breaks

Take advantage of these tax breaks before January 1st

By C. Daniel Baker

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Gun Stores See Increase in Business after Newtown Shooting

Customers are concerned about possible restrictions on gun ownership.

Store owners see sales increase due to tragedy and fear of new gun laws.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Would you Move your Startup to St. Louis for 50k?

New grant gives cash if you move your business to St. Louis

Twenty people will win grants to fund businesses in St. Louis

By Makkada B. Selah

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The 5 Most Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A recent study ranked these as the friendliest states to do business in

Did your city make the list?

By C. Daniel Baker

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How a 24 year old Entrepreneur Made the World’s Most Exclusive Shoe

How a 24-Year-Old Entrepreneur Made the World’s Most Exclusive Shoe

By adding Swarovski crystals to high end shoes, Evelyn Fox created her unique business.

The 24-year-old jumped head first into high fashion.

By C. Daniel Baker

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A Hooters is being sued for racial discrimination after 25-year old Kisuk Cha and his girlfriend ate at the restaurant and upon looking at the receipt found "chinx" typed in the space used to identify customers' names.

When questioned, the female staff member was told her behavior violated company policy and she resigned on the spot.

The company's lawyer wrote in a letter to the couple's lawyer that "It does not reflect the manner in which the restaurant is operated," and said the worker's conduct was "deplorable" and "egregious."

5 Offensive Receipt Mistakes Your Business Doesn’t Want to Make

Receipts might be small slips of paper, but whats on them can cause your business BIG problems.

Here’s a collection of some of the most offensive receipts mistakes your business would want…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Court exempts Domino’s Founder from Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

Domino’s CEO: Obamacare’s Calorie Count Mandate Will Be ‘Difficult’

Domino's may have to install menus at its stores to comply with the law

Domino’s Pizza CEO says calorie counts in health care reform bill present ‘difficult’ task

By C. Daniel Baker

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Darden Restaurants: ‘We Will Not Cut Full-Time Employee Hours Because of Obamacare”

Previous reports claimed that they would change full-time workers to part-time.

Darden Restaurant, parent company of Red Lobster & Olive Garden, clarifies their future staffing plans

By C. Daniel Baker

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A bridal entrepreneur breaks through the “Pink Ghetto”

A Bridal Entrepreneur Breaks Through the “Pink Ghetto”

Entrepreneur Kellee Khalil’s Lover.ly service aggregates great wedding ideas online

Wedding planning grosses an estimated $99 billion dollars a year.

By C. Daniel Baker

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LivingSocial posts $50 million loss for 2013 first quarter

LivingSocial Confirms it Will be Cutting 400 Jobs

LivingSocial continues to bleed money. Will it survive?

The daily deals site may have to find a new revenue stream.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is Cyber Monday Just Marketing Hype?

Is Cyber Monday really the busiest e-shopping day of the year, or just marketing hype?

“There are going to be lots of sales, every day, until Christmas Day.”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is Facebook's Promoted Posts Driving Away Brands

Is Facebook’s Promoted Posts Driving Away Brands?

Mark Cuban and other brands express displeasure at new promoted posts feature

Several business owners seem to be moving away from Facebook.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Owners in the Bronx fight FreshDirect

Bodegas and Small Businesses in the Bronx Unite Against FreshDirect

Bronx small businesses feel FreshDirect is getting unfair help from the city and state.

Bronx small businesses feel FreshDirect is getting unfair help from the city and state.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Applebee’s Franchise Stops hiring, blames ObamaCare

Applebee’s Franchise Stops Hiring, Blames ObamaCare

Another business cuts hours and hiring due to Obamacare

Another business cuts hours and hiring due to Obamacare

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lauren Doggett, Owner of Whipped Body Goods

Entrepreneur of the Week: Lauren Doggett of ‘Whipped Body Goods’

See what made her take the leap into entrepreneurship and how her business is going

Lauren Doggett, Creator of Whipped Body Goods, offers entrepreneurial advice to our business audience

By C. Daniel Baker

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No Gas? No Problem. Small Businesses Embrace the Gas Shortage

Small businesses make the most of the fuel shortage

Small businesses make the most of the fuel shortage

By C. Daniel Baker

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Protect your small business with Flood Insurance

Is Flood Insurance Right for Your Small Business?

Almost 40% of small business never reopen their doors following a flood.

Almost 40% of small business never reopen their doors following a flood.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Owners predicate a bounce in Holiday Sales

Small Businesses Predict an Increase in Holiday Sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hurricane Sandy Preparation Tips for Small Business Owners

Planning before any natural disaster or unexpected emergency – is key to business survival.

Planning before any natural disaster or unexpected emergency – is key to business survival.

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to survive cloud outages

How to be Prepared in Case the Cloud fails.

Some failures will be momentary while others will be more serious.

Some failures will be momentary while others will be more serious.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Graph: Kaiser Family Foundation 2011 analysis of the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

Small Businesses Face Tough Healthcare Challenge in 2013

Does the Affordable Care Act help or hurt small businesses in the short term?

Does the Affordable Care Act help or hurt small businesses in the short term?

By Ashley R. Harris

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President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney don't exactly see eye-to-eye on the small business economy.

Small Business: Cutting Through Political Rhetoric This Election Season

Misinformation colors some key facts in the debate on small businesses and how to strengthen them

Misinformation colors some key facts in the debate on small businesses and how to strengthen…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Publicity For Your Small Business: 4 Tips to Get Local TV Coverage

Local publicity for your small business can be key to success in the short and long term

Ready to roll out your small business to the masses? Follow these four effective tips…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Accelerate your payments and delay your collections. Towards the year end, purchase any needed supplies and delay any collections. Purchasing supplies will lower your profit thereby reducing the amount of taxes paid in the current year. Delaying collections will lower your income level, thereby reducing the tax amount owed in the current year. Although the taxes will not be assessed in the current tax year, they will be delayed to the next year. “I definitely do caution business owners because, if they spend too much at year-end, in January, some companies, they’re struggling to make payroll,” says Robbie Hampton. However, this strategy really only works when the company is profitable.

5 Labor Trends Small Biz Owners Need to Know

Preventative action can protect your company from employee lawsuits

According to labor attorney Charles H. Wilson, there are five major issues in the workplace…

By Alan Hughes

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Expanding in Africa: Small Business Tips for Success

IROKO Partners CEO Jason Njoku gives advice on global expansion

Jason Njoku, founder and CEO of IROKO Partners, offers three tips for business success in…

By Octavia Goredema

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Small Biz Owners: Need Access to Capital and Networking Opportunities?

Nonprofit organization seeking applicants for educational, matchmaking program

Nonprofit organization seeking applicants for educational, matchmaking program

By Alan Hughes

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Former ‘Apprentice’ Winner Scores Billion-Dollar Contracts

BCT Partners to offer STEM services and training

BCT 
Partners recently scored deals with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)…

By Sasha King

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UBR Spotlight: Chrysler Auto Design Executive Ralph Gilles

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Chrysler SRT Brand CEO and auto design executive…

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Africa’s Top 10 Women in Business

International leaders at the top of their game

Take a look at he top 10 women who are at the top of their…

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#GT2012: Lincoln Stephens Marks A Milestone For The Marcus Graham Project

The executive director of the game-changing advertising industry organization talks future goals and why he'll be at The Challenge

Five years ago, Lincoln Stephens joined with like-minded colleagues in a bold campaign to change…

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#GT2012: Entrepreneur Aniesia Williams Takes Care of Business at The Challenge

Williams attends The Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge to identify new prospects

Aniesia Williams attends The Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge to identify new prospects

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Leadership Incentives: How to Boost Your Team Morale and Loyalty Today

Three vital factors that contribute to ultimate company success

As a leader, learn how to streamline processes and offer incentives to make your role…

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Why And How Black Businesses Should Improve Their Customer Service

Here's a list of the causes of bad customer service and what you can do to change that culture

Here’s a list of the causes of bad customer service and what you can do…

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Accountability and transparency. 
I have four individuals that help keep me motivated by holding me accountable. I commit to being transparent with them about what I’m actually getting done, especially in terms of business and professional development. (They send me lots of encouraging affirmation in return!)

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E®, a time coaching and training company that empowers individuals who are overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule MakeoverTM process.

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC leads  #FixYoungAmerica, a solutions-based movement that aims to end youth unemployment and put young Americans back to work.

10 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Do you start the day full of grand intentions but end up with nothing on your list going from "to-do" to "done?" Here's how to make a change

How entrepreneurs can change their to-do lists from grand intentions into getting it done

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2012 Best Companies for Diversity

This year, Black Enterprise focused on supplier diversity, because winning contracts to provide products and…

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Turning Athletes Into Angel Investors

Angel Venture Forum launches program designed to help keep millionaire sports professionals from going broke

Pro Athletes Receive Training on How to Become MVP Investors

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JOIN ASSOCIATIONS. If you’re a female entrepreneur, look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you are starting a plumbing company, check out the local chapter of a national plumbers association. You’d be surprised how many fields have associations. You can receive great product discounts, invitations to great conferences, and a network of peers. Entrepreneurship can be lonely, so cultivating a group of peers is important. And of course, there is the newly formed Young Entrepreneur Council (I’m a board member!).

5 Things Big Companies Can Learn From Small Businesses

While small businesses may not bring in the revenue of large corporations many weather the storms due to one simple quality: agility

While small businesses may not bring in the revenue of large corporations many weather…

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Women of Power

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

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

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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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