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Frans Johansson Prepares to Inspire at Plunge Conference

With November less than two weeks away, Black Enterprise and Film Life are gearing up…

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NBA Black Ownership Diversified by Milwaukee Bucks with Valerie Daniels-Carter and Others

Listed on the BE 100s CEO List, Valerie Daniels-Carter now adds NBA owner to her resume

It’s no secret that the National Basketball Association (NBA) has a deficit of black owners.…

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Right Way To Use Video To Promote Your Business

Here’s how to avoid common video marketing mistakes

Videos are one the most effective way to communicate to your potential buyers and even…

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In Business, It’s OK to Toot Your Own Horn

Vital reasons you should always ensure your skills are known

In business, it’s not bragging to let people know what you do. Here’s a wake-up…

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End-of-Year Checklist: 5 Steps to Make a Comeback When It Counts

Strategies you need to get that victory in the fourth quarter

Finish strong this year with these five steps to make a comeback and come out…

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4 Red Flags Your Business Is About to Fold

Here are the telltale signs your business is in trouble

Whether you are a Fortune 500 CEO, a first time entrepreneur, or a single parent…

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Credit Suisse Seeks To Accelerate Wealth Creation Among African American Entrepreneurs

Global investment bank’s new initiative provides capital, curriculum and community to US start-up leaders

HealthyYouNow.com Founder, Tonya Lewis Lee
The Switzerland-based multinational financial institution Credit Suisse has launched a new…

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Everyone needs a network of people they can count on, in both in their personal lives, and in business. For entrepreneurs especially, these support networks can make the difference between feeling like you’re out there on your own, to being deeply connected to other entrepreneurs and having a team of friends, advisers or partners to turn to when you’re not sure which direction to go.

Here are seven tips for building the ultimate network to support your entrepreneurial goals.---Tina Wells

5 Important Questions You Should Ask Investors

You need to seize up potential angel investors and venture capitalists just as your company is being vetted by them

Startups and small business owners should evaluate potential angel investors just as they are to…

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How to Run Your Home More Like a CEO

4 tips for time & budget management from a business development expert

All successful CEOs have one thing in common: They’re able to maintain a big-picture perspective.…

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6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Freelancer

Sometimes as the client isn't always right

Don’t find yourself as a client suddenly “fired” by your freelancer. Sometimes, the customer isn’t…

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Free Weekly Webinars Available For Serial Producers and Filmmakers

Series to help producers compete for funding to develop their series pilots

Filmmakers, content developers, and producers looking to up their game online can take advantage of…

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High Tech Haircare: Myavana Launches Personalized Picks For Women of Color

Myavana, a new hair analysis service, will help solve problem that many black women face

Myavana, created by the co-founders of Techturized Inc., has launched a new hair analysis service…

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Contest Open To Solo Entrepreneurs Who Give Back Their Communities

Prepaid wireless service provider Cricket to offer cash and mobile prizes

Sole proprietors who make it a priority to help their community are eligible to participate…

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From Frustration into Profit: Former Dancer Talks Journey to Launch Eco-Friendly Undergarments

Erin Carpenter, founder of Nude Barre, saw void in the market and decided to fill it

Erin Carpenter, CEO of Nude Barre, a specialty line of eco friendly undergarments, talks turning…

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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…

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5 Empowering Tips For Women Entrepreneurs

Get over fear and face challenges head on with this strategy

This is a record breaking year for women in business and there’s no signs …

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Broadcast Boss Moves: Sheila Eldridge’s Journey in Dominating the Industry

Station owner and 'Cafe Mocha' creator shares tips on owning a station

Broadcast industry leader and radio station owner Sheila Eldridge talks success strategy.

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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…

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Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Hosts 2014 Global Automotive Summit

Event celebrate 15 years of advocating for diversity in the industry

Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push hosts 15th annual Global Automotive Summit in Detroit.

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5 Success Strategies for Family Businesses

Running a business with your family can hold many challenges

More than 70% of all businesses are family businesses. They account for a significant number…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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More Than Just Your Resume: 6 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Network Your Way to Success

Use these key tips to optimize your career

Long thought of as a place to post a resume online, LinkedIn has evolved and…

By Courtney Herring

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Entrepreneur, Thou Art Loosed! 5 Keys to Unlock Your Business!

5 tips to yield better business results

I recently attended TD Jakes’s premier empowerment conference for women: Woman Thou Art Loosed in…

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The One Simple Step to Getting More Business from Existing Customers and Clients

An easy way to network and develop relationships is to show you care

Don’t give your clients a second thought…give them your first
Have you ever called someone…

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5 Steps to Long-Term Business Success

Angel Investor Rodney S. Sampson provides his tips to staying on a path of business success.

Shark Tank’s Rodney S. Sampson, an alumnus of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, talks strategy…

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Empower Yourself this Month in Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

National Women’s Business Council and leaders highlight women business owners

Every October the National Women’s Business Council and community leaders come together to celebrate women…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[PHOTO RECAP] Entrepreneurs Gain Insight at Walmart 20/20 Vision Forum

Atlanta event gives business knowledge on supplier diversity

At the 20/20 Vision Forum in Atlanta recently, Walmart and Black Enterprise teamed up, featuring…

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New Study: Millennials Are Addicted to Their Smartphones

They use phones daily to text, tweet and do business from banking to shopping

Millennials are hooked on smartphone technology as witnessed everyday at restaurants, in traffic, and on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Female Business Owner Won Government Contracts

LaKeshia Grant's tech firm landed federal contracts after 8(a) program certification

Working out of her home using $11,000 in personal savings, LaKeshia Grant started Virtual Enterprise…

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Cool Jobs: Converse Exec Talks Recruitment and Career Strategy

Rodney Pratt, vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary details journey

Rodney Pratt, vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Converse, shares sage advice for…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Big-Box Boss Moves: How One Stylist Expanded Hair Salons Into Walmart

Instore leasing is a great way to expand your business

Entrepreneur Asia Seman has three Cleopatra Beauty Shops in Walmart, and here’s how she did…

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Web Series Producers: Up to $150,000 Available via New Funding Innitiative

National Black Programming Consortium launches incubator to provide programming

The National Black Programming Consortium has launched a new funding initiative designed to identify innovative…

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Young Entreprenuer Talks Educational Clothing Line and Kickstarter Success

Orane Barrett details how he's using his Kool Nerd brand to advocate for youth

Kool Nerd Clothing CEO, Orane Barrett, talks his new kickstarter campaign and how he’s using…

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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…

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‘Nas: Time is Illmatic’ Team Talks Expanding 20-Year Hip-Hop Legacy

Eric Parker and One9 talk how the project came together and getting it funded

Screenwriter Eric Parker and One9 detail what influenced them to produce a documentary centered around…

By Chanel Martin

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The Business of Marijuana and Wall Street

Emerging green industry needs to follow a Wall Street model to succeed says commodities expert

Several states have the legalization of marijuana on the ballot this November. As it stands…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Finding Success Behind the Runway: Sequin City Founder Talks Sustaining His Business

How one man has overcome diversity challenges and changes in the market

Entrepreneur talks how he started his embroidery business and secrets to success in fashion retail…

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Walmart 20/20 Vision Forum: Why You Need To Know Your Business Credit Score

You have a separate credit score from your personal one that impacts business

As an entrepreneur, you have a unique opportunity to build, maintain and acquire credit both…

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BE 100s: Past ‘Company of the Year’ Honoree Still Shines in 2014

A 2010 'Company of the Year,' Thompson Hospitality Services hits Dulles Airport

Thompson Hospitality Services opens its first restaurants in airports beginning with brb burger and American…

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6 Habits of Ineffective Entrepreneurs

Here’s the list of habits you don’t need if your goal is business success.

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Black Enterprise and Walmart Host 20/20 Vision Forum

Experts share insights with minority entrepreneurs on forming profitable partnerships

On Oct. 1, Black Enterprise and Walmart hosted a forum on supplier diversity in Atlanta.

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Entrepreneurship Labs Flourish on College Campuses

NYU opens ELab to offer hands-on experience and capital access

More and more students have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship on campus through co-working spaces…

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Toyota Awards $25,000 to Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team

Nonprofit empowering girls honored at Oprah’s "Live The Life You Want" tour

Oprah Winfrey, along with Paralympic skier Amy Purdy, presented CSS with a $25,000 donation on…

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SBA To Increase Investment Capital to Minority Businesses

Agency expands SBIC Impact Investment Fund

The SBA is implementing a series of policy changes that promise to broaden access to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Tips for Purchasing a Franchise Business

Don’t rely only on brand name recognition, here’s what you need to know to before you buy

Use this strategy when considering a franchise.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Professional Turned Termination Into Entrepreneurial Adventure

Cherae Robinson, winner of She Leads Africa pitch competition details success

Cherae Robinson, winner of $10,000 She Leads Africa Business Pitch Competition, talks turning passion into…

By Kandia Johnson

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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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Business of Beauty: How One Blogger Found Her Niche in the Natural Hair Community

At 26 years old, Gabrielle Allen has taken the natural haircare community by storm and…

By Chanel Martin

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Group Matches LGBT Startups With Angel Investors

StartOut helps entrepreneurs pitch angels and corporate buyers to grow their businesses

Entrepreneurs in the LGBT community seeking investment dollars to start or grow their businesses can…

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4 Savvy Tips For YouTube Marketing

This strategy will help you leverage the popular platform for branding success

Learn how to use the power of video to catapult your brand on popular platform…

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4 Ways Search Engines Help Small Businesses

Appearing in local search results can affect sales and business growth

Knowing how search engines rank your business is key in driving growth and expanding exposure.

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‘Scandal’ Lesson: What Side Hustles and Relationships Have In Common

As Olivia Pope makes her TV return, tap into how extra obligations may not be ideal

Here are four issues that prevent side hustles from becoming primary ventures.

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Spelman College and Myavana Host Seminar on Hair, Health, Tech, and Entrepreneurship

Spelman College and Myavana have partnered with haircare brands Jane Carter Solution, DooBop and Frizzari…

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How Much Should You Pay Yourself As A Small Business Owner?

Here are some tips on how to put yourself on payroll

Being your own boss also means knowing how to put yourself on payroll.

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Brian Benjamin: Doing Business in Black Communities for the Benefit of Black People

'Knowing that I am playing a role in creating quality affordable housing for residents is a great feeling'

Brian Benjamin of Genesis Companies enjoys doing Business in black Communities for the benefit of…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Purchase Black Wins Black MBA’s Innovation Whiteboard Challenge

Brian Williams' eCommerce site grabs 1st place and a $10,000 cash prize

PurchaseBlack.com founder Brian Williams grabs 1st place and $10,000 cash prize at Black MBA’s annual…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Don’t Get It Twisted: 12-Year-Old CEO Building Bow-Tie Business Empire

Reigning Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year Moziah Bridges markets line of handcrafted bow ties sewn from scratch

Reigning Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year Moziah Bridges markets line of handcrafted bow ties…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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10 Ways To Use Competitors To Your Advantage

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success. Here’s how.

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Power of Passion: Carol’s Daughter Founder Shares Keys to Business Success

Lisa Price, a featured speaker at the National Black MBA conference in Atlanta, shares tips and advice

Lisa Price, a featured speaker at the National Black MBA Association Inc.’s conference and expo,…

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Study: Small Business Owners Optimistic And Thriving

Millennial entrepreneurs view networking and working as one and the same

Small business owners are optimistic about the coming year, according to a new study released…

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Top 10 Cities That Sell Internationally

PayPal’s Engage LA small business tour focuses on global opportunities

PayPal hosted Engage Los Angeles, the latest stop on the company’s Engage tour. PayPal was…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Savvy Tips for Hiring a Winning Team

Entrepreneurs, this strategy will ensure you have the right people working for you

Finding and keeping great talent at your company can be a challenge, but here’s a…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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3 Excuses That Keep You From Entrepreneurship

Stop making excuses to start living your dream

Don’t let fear or excuses keep you from following your dream of starting your business.…

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Walmart + Black Enterprise: A Can’t-Miss Forum On Supplier Diversity In The 21st Century

Event explores how entrepreneurs can prepare their ventures for that first big break

Black Enterprise and Walmart present the 20/20 Vision Forum which explores how entrepreneurs can prepare…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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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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Timeshare Nightmare: Waking Up & Walking Out Can Be Just A Pipe Dream

A valid, binding contract almost impossible to get out of

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On a vacation in Mexico six years ago, Jessica Martinez and her husband took…

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Entrepreneurs: 5 Easy Steps to Build Funding Strategy

How to prepare yourself for potential investors and lendors

Here are five strategic steps to help you fund your business and get to the…

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Building Business Muscles: 7 Steps to Maintain a Healthy Enterprise

If you're not taking time daily to 'work out' your business activity, then your business health may suffer

Whether a “solopreneur” or a corporate exec, if you’re not taking time to “work out”…

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Anthony Gee, from left, Chidi Afulezi, Guy Primus and James Harris have formed The Core Venture Studio, an up to $15 million fund, to invest in media, technology and entertainment startups.

The Core Venture Studio Shakes Up South With Tech, Media, and Entertainment Fund

Early-stage fund, The Core Venture Studio in Atlanta, aims at tech, media, entertainment. Check out…

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Entrepreneurs, Here’s How You Face Up To Your Fear Of Failure

You need to be fearless when it comes to pitching your business

As an entrepreneur you need to be fearless when it comes to pitching your business.…

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Warning Signs: What Your Business Could Be Telling You

Don’t choose to ignore the red flags which could interfere with your green cash. Sharpen…

By Marquita Miller

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6 Building Blocks To Birthing A New Business

Now is the time to push your entrepreneurship dreams into realm of reality

Use this strategy to take your dreams of entrepreneurship and turn them into a successful…

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How Nonprofits Navigate the Emerging Legal Marijuana Market

Dr. Lakisha Jenkins talks navigating challenges in an unregulated arena

Kiona Farm’acy’s Dr. Lakisha Jenkins talks navigating challenges in the unregulated marijuana market.

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The Progress Cha Cha: How Achievements—and Setbacks—Lead to Business Success

It is the reality of achievement that there be forward as well as backward movement

In terms of business, like the popular dance, the Progress Cha Cha seems to have…

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‘BusinessFAB’? If So, This Women’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Conference Is For You

Agenda includes top-notch speakers and panelists who are leaders in business

The BusinessFAB Women’s Entrepreneurship + Leadership Conference will make its debut at the luxurious Salamander…

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Robin Roberts Launches Production Company

Rock'n Robin Productions produced the latest espnW.com show “In the Game"

Morning personality, Robin Roberts of the Good Morning America TV show, has launched her own…

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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.

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E-Commerce Businesses: Sales Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

E-commerce entrepreneurs: Here are four mistakes to steer clear from

E-commerce entrepreneurs, use this innovative strategy and avoid common mistakes that could cost you clients,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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$85 Million Raised: How One Hotel Project Saw Crowdfunding Success

New York real estate firm’s outreach to group of smaller investors pays off

A real estate investment firm closed its purchase of a 15-story brick building that will…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for Online Business Certificate

Registration is open; Classes begin Oct. 2

Regent University and Daymond John team up to offer online business course.

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Gym Membership Boom: Athlete Zelly Wesson Capitalizes with Franchising

Basketball player to open second Workout Anytime location

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Health and fitness clubs have grown over the past five years to become…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Secrets For Getting Media Coverage for Your Business

Try this strategy to get the publicity your enterprise deserves

This strategy will help your business get the media coverage you deserve and make publicity…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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How One Contruction Entrepreneur Is Helping Put Detroit Back to Work

Marcus Jones details journey to founding Detroit Training Center

The Detroit Training Center educates unskilled residents for job opportunities during the revitalization of the…

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New Report: Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy

3 Characteristics of Game Changing Entrepreneurs

These traits make them stand out above the rest

Learn which key attributes can help entrepreneurs outsmart competitors.

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New ‘Green Rush’ As Angel Investors Feverishly Back Marijuana Startups

The wealthy are high on opportunities in blossoming industry

It appears that cannabis is the next great American frontier—the “green rush”—and Wealthy investors are…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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YouTube Star Spotlight: How MahoganyCurls Tutorials Are Blowing Up Natural Hair

Blogger educates subscribers, followers on natural hair one strand at a time

How Jessica Lewis, a stay-at-home mom utilized Internet marketing and social media to launch a…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Coolest Cooler Raises Over $11 Million, New Kickstarter Record

After a first failed attempt, latest campaign for the high tech cooler is hot

The Coolest Cooler is the new record holder with more than 52,000 Kickstarter backers pledging…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Open Call For Companies Seeking $1.2 Million Or less In Capital

The 2014 Angle Venture Forum D.C. seeks startups to pitch their ideas

The deadline for well-prepared entrepreneurs seeking up to $1.2M in capital to apply to the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top Reasons Why Small Business Owners Should Collect User Data

Just how well do you know your customers?

User data is very important especially for a small business owner. Here’s why.

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Labor of Love: Teia Harris Explains Her Love for Publicity

Teia Harris, founder of the PR firm Love Publicity making a name for herself nationwide…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Truck Dealer Stephen W. Neal

More on entrepreneurs, strategies, and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: K. Neal International Trucking CEO Stephen W. Neal,…

By Pepper Miller

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Thinking Inside The Box: 6 Steps to Your Own Subscription Box Company

Whatever your fancy, there's a box out there to tickle it

Whatever your fancy, there’s a box out there to tickle it. Here’s how to start…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

3 Tips For Meeting Great Investors

Plus another 5 tips for the worst method you can use--the cold call email

In choosing an investor, it’s critical you are able to seek out the right partners.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How I’m Building My Tech Startup

Chanel Martin of Techturized Inc. talks behind-the-scenes triumphs and challenges

Cofounder Chanel Martin explains how she is building her tech startup Techturized Inc.

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Ready, Set, No: The #1 Reason You Should Not Launch Your Business

Budding entrepreneurs, don’t get distracted by the hype

Budding entrepreneurs, don’t get distracted by the hype. Starting a business requires research and market…

By Teri Harrison

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

8 Tips For Building A Successful Business Blog

A well-written blog can be an essential component in your company's marketing arsenal

Having a great Web platform for promoting yourself and your business is key as an…

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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Wells Fargo Launches Startup Accelerator

Bank will provide mentoring and give $50,000 to $500,000 to participants

Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is offering funds and mentoring for entrepreneurs. Find out more.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Student-Run Fund Invests In Student Startups

Dorm Room Fund has half a million dollars committed to helping students launch companies

First Round Capital’s student operated Dorm Room Fund recently invested $20,000 in Prayas Analytics, the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Square To Give More Money To Small Businesses

Square Capital secures outside investment for its cash advance program

Square, PayPal, and Kabbage are among the major online payment services that provide micro loans…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Trillion Communication CEO Ralph E. Brown

More on entrepreneurs, strategies, and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Trillion Communications CEO Ralph E. Brown, tutoring company…

By Pepper Miller

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When it comes to vacation nothing beats a beach. While the coastal states offer a few viable options, there’s nothing like the pristine waters surrounding a tropical island. If you haven’t mapped out your summer travel location just yet, we’ve compiled five of the best island destinations to get you motivated. — Andrea Adams, Travelista TV

For more travel tips, destinations and best places to stay, eat and play,  visit blackenterprise.com/outofoffice

Infographic: Running A Small Business Is No Vacation

Study finds taking time off is a struggle for most entrepreneurs

OnDeck, a small business lender, released a report that found that most entrepreneurs are time-strapped…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Franchise Profile: Sean and Shannon Verdun Become A Small Business Success Story

'We took a leap of faith and made an informed, educated decision'

Colbert-Ball is one of just a handful of black-owned successful franchise concepts. A entrepreneurial couple…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Award-Winning Event Planner Tells How To Execute Events Abroad

Cheryl Gentry details global expansion and preparedness for international clientele

Cheryl Gentry, president of Glow Media details strategy for global events and her favorite apps…

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4 Ways To Create A Successful Startup

Here's how you can make sure your business idea is profitable

This strategy will help any budding entrepreneur take the leap and do it successfully.

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Philadelphia Entrepreneur Launches Small Business Development Corporation

Nonprofit aims to provide micro financing and business training

Entrepreneur Markeeta Stokes is launching the Philadelphia African American Services for Entrepreneurs (P.H.A.S.E.) One, a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Brand Licensing: What Small Businesses Can Learn from Kim Kardashian

Five important facts about trademarks and licensing:

You can learn a lot from Kim Kardashian’s trademark licensing game. She got almost $90…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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10 Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

Here's how entrepreneurs can win with social media

How can LinkedIn actually help the business grow and generate revenue? Here’s how.

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Tax Tip Sheet For Small Business Owners

What you need to know to keep your money

Check out these tax tips for entrepreneurs and get ahead of the game next year.

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Social Entrepreneur Scores Big Globally With the Soccket

Jessica Matthews talks using technology to empower African youth

Social entrepreneur Jessica Matthews is using technology to empower youth in Africa, and you can…

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Business of Beauty: How One Makeup Artist is Expanding Her Brand

Joi Mebane has found dynamic ways to extend and monetize her passions

Entrepreneur Joi Mebane shares how she got her start in the beauty industry and her…

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How To Use Technology to Find Jobs In Hollywood

Video interviewing strategy that wins

Celebrity-focused staffing agency implements video interviewing for personal assistants.

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3 Things You Need To Know About Employee Background Checks

When hiring new employees, it's better to be safe than sorry

More and more businesses are using background checks during the hiring process to help ensure…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Ex-NFL Player Tim Biakabatuka Expands Bojangles Franchise Operations

Opens fourth restaurant in northeast Georgia

Tim Biakabatuka, a former running back for the University of Michigan and Carolina Panthers, entered…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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NYC Comptroller Advocating for More Women, Minorities In America’s Boardrooms

Scott M. Stringer: Diversity is 'an essential element to robust decision making'

Ending “male, pale and stale”: NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer talks importance of true diversity…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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(Exclusive) Spotlight On Africa: How African American Entrepreneurs Can Engage (Part 2)

Valerie Jarrett and African leaders weigh in on millennials investing in Africa

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The U.S.-Africa Summit, the largest ever contingent of African heads-of-State assembled in Washington, D.C., wrapped…

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Titan Of Trade: Tony Elumelu’s Drive to Empower Africa and Minority Entrepreneurs

Billionaire to launch $100 million program for African & African-American entrepreneurs

African billionaire Tony Elumelu to launch $100 million program for African and African-American entrepreneurs. Here’s…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Power Thinking: 3 Mindshifting Techniques for Radical Entrepreneurs

Business owners come a dime a dozen. Everywhere you look; someone you know is selling…

By Teri Harrison

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11 Venture Capital Sources Taking Notice of Black Tech Founders

Forums and funds that target minority entrepreneurs

These venture capital sources are targeting minority tech founders. Check them out.

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Venture Capital Funding Hits $13 Billion, Highest Level Since 2001

Software, biotech, media and entertainment companies received the most dollars

Mega deals like Uber, Cloudera. AirBnB, and Pinterest are standouts, all receiving massing funding rounds…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[EXCLUSIVE] U.S.-Africa Summit: How African-American Entrepreneurs Can Engage (Part 1)

Valerie Jarrett, other African leaders in politics and business weigh in

U.S.-Africa Summit Exclusive: What African Americans need to know to invest and conduct business in…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Rappers Riff Raff & Krayzie Bone Partner With Candyman Vending Company

CEO Andre Bramwell uses hip-hop to expand brand

CEO Andre Bramwell has tapped into hip-hop industry to promote his Candyman Vending company.

By Kevin L. Clark

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How to Build a Proactive Workforce

Study: Satisfied employees will aggressively help your business grow and succeed

Check out these tips on how to nurture a productive workforce at your business.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Vera Moore Celebrates 35 Years In Business

Cosmetics queen to share her journey and give mini makeovers this month

Legacy black business woman Vera Moore is celebrating 35 years in business. The former actress…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Government Agencies Miss the Mark in Hiring Women-Owned Businesses

Agencies fail to meet contract goal for female-owned enterprises

Reports show that government agencies have failed yet again to award at least 5 percent…

By Courtney Connley

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald

More on entrepreneurs, strategies and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald, Money Coach Lynette…

By Pepper Miller

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10 Reasons Small Business Shouldn’t Neglect Social Media

Your company’s credibility could depend on it

It doesn’t matter if you are running a micro enterprise, a small business, or a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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EY seeks exceptional women entrepreneurs for its 2014 Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program

New Bill To Help Female Entrepreneurs Gain More Loans and Federal Contracts

Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 increases mincrolending and more

On the heel of reports that women business owners still lag behind men in accessing…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How To Get To The Top On Your Own Terms

Investor and marketer Lauren Maillan Bias shows what it takes to survive

At age 19, Lauren Maillian Bias founded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Signs Your Spouse Is Not Compatible With Your Business

Running a successful enterprise could depend on how you address this issue

Check out these signs your spouse-business partner is incompatible with your enterprise.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Steps to Success for Young Bosses

Millennials, be inspired to get what's yours with these quick tips

Here are three quick tips to finding success inspired by those who’ve found it from…

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CAMAC Holdings Inc. was the second black-owned enterprise to gain membership into the BE 100s billion dollar club when it reached the No. 1 slot on our 2003 INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100. In fact, the Houston-based oil and gas exploration, consulting and engineering company was only a hair away from achieving the milestone when it made its debut on our industrial/service list in 2002 - - gross sales for 2001 were $979.5 million. Operated by Nigerian-born Kase Lawal, CAMAC (which stands for Cameroon-American) grew through its ability to integrate upstream services, the production of oil and gas, and downstream operations, which included trading and refining of its products. CAMAC, which reported its highest level of revenues-- $2.43 billion-- on the 2009 list, left the BE 100s in  2011 after shifts in operational structure, management and ownership.

BE 100s Billion-Dollar Club: Lessons from Top-Earning Black Business

Check out the eight companies who have surpassed $1 billion in revenues

Over the past four decades, only eight black-owned companies have surpassed $1 billion in revenues.…

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Businesswomen Disrupt Sports Merchandising Industry with Team Couture

Cassandra Johnson and Audrey Tolson talk filling niche among female enthusiasts

Founders of Team Couture, Cassandra Johnson and Audrey Tolson saw a need in sports merchandising…

By Candace Mitchell

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Young Entrepreneur Recognized for Outstanding Work as Philanthropist

CU-Boulder freshman works to make a difference, nets a profit

This young entrepreneur is making waves for society.

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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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Lack of Color: The Booming Bed & Breakfast Industry’s Lost Diversity

Only 1% of 30,000 establishments nationwide are African-American owned

Black entrepreneurs talk why there are few black-owned bed and breakfast businesses in booming industry…

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Franchise Spotlight: 6 Things To Look Out For When It’s Time To Get Out

What you need to know to make a graceful exit

Exiting a franchise? Things to consider before telling your franchisor goodbye.

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[Part 2] Beauty & Brains: Rick Ross Sister on Franchises and Entertainment Business

Tawanda Roberts details Wingstop deal and planning an empire

Tawanda Roberts, Rick Ross’ sister details franchise deal and behind-the-scenes planning.

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4 Keys To Becoming A Hotel Owner

Whether it’s a Comfort Inn or the Ritz-Carlton, here’s how to break into the lodging industry

Check out how you can become a hotel owner.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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BE 100s: 5 Lessons On Attracting, Retaining Talent

Commonground founders share insights on diverse staff and collaborative environment

Operaters of one of the fastest-growing BE 100s agencies, Sherman Wright and Ahmad Islam of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Crowdfunding Site For Minority Businesses Struggles To Stay Afloat

Website shutdown continues; relaunch uncertain

BlackCrowdfunding.net, a rewards-based crowdfunding site targeted to African Americans, needs money itself, reports Mashable.

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Uber For Business Allows Companies To Expense Travel

On-demand, ride-hailing service is picking up steam

On-demand ride-hailing service Uber is picking up steam by introducing the Uber For Business opportunity…

By Kevin L. Clark

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How To Find Angel Investors For Your Business

Tips on attracting the right investors and then reeling them in with the right pitch

If you’re part of an accelerator or startup, the Securities Exchange Commission granted you a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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What You Need To Know To Become a Bed and Breakfast Owner

Successful black entrepreneurs share insight on breaking into industry

Successful black bed and breakfast owners share insight on breaking into industry

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Franchise Spotlight: Red Flags For Potential Franchisees

Warning signs to look out for before taking the leap

Beware of these signs when considering a franchise concept.

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Not only did BLACK ENTERPRISE select Harpo Inc. as the 2008 Industrial/Service Company of the Year but it was the first time that billionaire entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey spoke to the press in detail about her business empire. At the time, the dynamo was still developing Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN, asserting that  divine inspiration, not strategic planning, drove her company’s success. She also admitted that it took a solid business team and sound financial controls to grow her entity from a five-person production company to a 430-employee multimedia conglomerate. Moreover, she owns every piece of her franchise: the content, name, brand and studio.

BE 100s: Winning Lessons from Top Companies of the Year

Best of the best talk leadership, capital and longevity

For more than 40 years, Black Enterprise has identified the best of the best in…

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[Part 2] Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs Talk Publishing Business & Raising Capital

Chicago-based duo propelling advocacy with 'Paige & Paxton' books

Mother-daughter publishers, Rachel and Kelley Williams, talk for part two of their interview, on raising…

By Kevin L. Clark

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BE 100s: Biblical Lessons to Achieve Business Success

Take heed to tips from one of the world's best-selling books of all time

Successful BE 100s CEO Pamela Rodgers, of Rodgers Chevrolet, says the Bible’s book of Ephesians…

By Alan Hughes

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Young Money Sports? Lil Wayne Sets Sights on Management Business

Rapper nabs world's second highest paid athlete as his first client

Young Money’s head boss, Lil Wayne, is ready to profit off his passion for sports…

By Courtney Connley

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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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Business of Beauty: How to Break Into Booming Hair Extensions Market

Indique's Ericka Dotson details journey to success

Ericka Dotson discusses her entrepreneurial journey building the Indique Hair empire.

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Women of Power

build a more inspired and productive team in 2014

3 Ways to Empower Yourself Outside the Office

Author and clinical therapist Terrie Williams shares three tips on professional and personal empowerment.

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Pam Grier to be Honored at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Pam Grier to be honored with the Legacy Award at Black Enterprise’s 2015 Women of…

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