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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Personal Board of Directors

Carl Dorvil grew up in Garland, Texas, the son of Haitian immigrants who instilled in…

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Alternative Business Funds: Borrow $500 to $100,000 Within Minutes

Kabbage provides entrepreneurs flexible working capital

It’s borrowing season. Leading up to the holiday season, more small businesses take out cash…

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Rules to the Game: 3 Essential Caveats for Business Success

Are you aware of the parameters that serve as safeguards to your success?

Growing up, we all had rules. We had necessary restrictions in place to keep us…

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Uhasibu Presents Top Solution for All East African SMEs

The Project Based Accounting Module solves the issue

The following is a feature by Innov8tiv.com‘s Milicent Atieno:
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have demonstrated…

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The Brand Audition: Casting Your Business For Center Stage

7 tips to help business owners run the show

Here are seven tips to cast your business to center stage:
1. Show Up (On Time)
Well,…

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Small Business Predictions For 2015

Here’s what entrepreneurs see as the worst and best industries for next year

As 2014 is coming to close, many entrepreneurs are starting to fixate on the coming…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Minority Business Accelerator Raises $2 Million

Bridge fund provides growth capital to help Ohio firms do business with corporations

Cincinnati’s Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) in conjunction with the African American CEO Roundtable, has raised…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Stay-At-Home Moms Lead Million-Dollar Company

Virtually-run business Decision Toolbox makes firm ideal for family-focused women

Million-dollar company Decision Toolbox CEO says 60% of employees are stay-at-home working moms.

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Black Wealth: 4 Top Billionaires of Africa

These business tycoons' hard work paid off in a big way

Here are four leading African billionaires Africa who have built empires.

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How To Franchise Your Business

The key is to have a brand or concept that can be duplicated

Franchising is an effective and powerful way to grow a business. Here’s how.

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10 Things Black People Need To Know About Crowdfunding

Financial power for local minority-owned businesses

Before investing your time and resources creating a campaign, take heed to these tips to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Ways To Tell If Your Great Idea Is A Good Business

It takes more than a good product to run a viable and profitable business

A great idea can still be a bad business. Just because you closest friends or…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Tips for Gaining New Clients

The key to longevity is retaining old clients or customers and constantly garnering new business

Tai Chunn has been in the fashion, music, and entertainment fields for more than 20…

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AT&T Business Circle Offers Entrepreneurs Business Tips and Resources

Small business owners will gain inspiration and solutions from fellow enterprising professionals

AT&T’s Business Circle is a digital hub providing resources for small business owners to come…

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7 Tips for Increasing Your Social Media Audience

Here's how your startup can grow its followers and likes on Facebook and Twitter

Your business may have a solid marketing strategy, but do you have an effective social…

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Oprah Winfrey Gives Support To Black Women Social Entrepreneurs

Here are six phenomenal women to receive a $25,000 Toyota award

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Oprah’s “Live The Life You Want” Weekend recently wrapped after an eight city arena…

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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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6 Must Read Books For Entrepreneurs Over The Holidays

These non-business books are sure to provide entrepreneurial inspiration

Reading the right book can help clarify your goals, find your true calling, launch a…

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Entrepreneurs Win Big at the Bayou Classic

Elevator Pitch winners got the chance to present in front of business leaders including from Black Enterprise

Black Enterprise held the Elevator Pitch Competition, where the three winners were presented at The…

By Cristie Leondis

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

Why You Should Never Go Completely Solo As a Solopreneur

Strategy for success

Even as a solopreneur, you should never go completely solo. Why it’s important to find…

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From Passion to Nonprofit: How to Start a Philanthropic Organization

Take these steps to see success

Take these steps to see success in transitioning into philanthropy.

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Toyota Awards $25,000 To Black Girls Code To Further TechEd

Founder Kimberly Bryant honored during Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend

Toyota awards $25,000 to Black Girls Code which introduces underserved African American girls to computer…

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5 Tips to Closing the Sales Deal

Tips from an entrepreneurial millionaire

Edgar L. Smith,CEO of World Pac Paper LLC, knows details successful strategy to closing a…

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Where Marijuana is Legal, Dealers prepare to battle Corporate Cannabis

Pot Barons: Focus Of New Reality Series On MSNBC

Are African American marijuana cultivators getting weeded out of the budding industry?

This Thanksgiving weekend, MSNBC will premiere “Pot Barons of Colorado.” The six-part documentary series will…

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Attorney Jo-Ná Williams Details How She Helps Artists Protect Their Art

Business adviser shares tips on the importance of trademarks and copyrights

Attorney and business adviser Jo-Ná A. Williams is passionate about helping entrepreneurs protect what they…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Spend Big Locally On Small Business Saturday

National initiatives make it easier for consumers to support shops in their local neighborhoods

On November 29th, American Express’ Small Biz Saturday will celebrate its fifth anniversary and kick-off…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

5 Holiday Gifts for the Entrepreneur

Stress-free and savvy gifts for the small business owner.

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Black Girls Workout Too: Mother-Daughter Duo Promotes Fitness Among Minorities

Ellen and Lana Ector detail how they got started and tips for success

Ellen and Lana Ector detail their journey toward healthy lives and advocacy of fitness with…

By Essence Gant

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3 Tips For Owners To Get The Most Out Of Small Business Saturday

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the biggest shopping day of the year

American Express’ Small Biz Saturday kicks off this year on November 29. Launched in 2010,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tiphub Hosts Diaspora Demo Day at the World Bank

Entrepreneurs came together to pitch Africa-centered startups

Tiphub Hosted Diaspora Demo Day at the World Bank in Washington D.C., where entrepreneurs showcased…

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How You Can Build Community on the Web and Optimize Toward Success

Ileane Smith, founder of Basic Blog Tips (BBT), talks tricks of the trade

When An Engaged Community Supports the Bottom Line it is normally accompanied by a built…

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Tyler Perry On How To Find Success After Failure

5 ways to overcome the fear of failure and learn life lessons for entrepreneurs

Starting a business it tough, staying business is even tougher. The fact remains that about…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

Minority Entrepreneurs Receive More Than $1 Billion From Inner City Capital Program

The key is learning how to pitch to investors and bankers

More than 180 urban entrepreneurs were ready to pitch their business at Inner City Capital…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Is Your Business Ready for the Busiest Shopping Days of the Year?

Check out these stats and get in gear

The holidays are a great time to play catch up and celebrate with family and…

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United Nations Names Cherae Robinson of Rare Customs as ‘Woman to Watch’

10 female leaders included to commemorate Women's Entrepreneurship Day

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To celebrate the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), the United Nations…

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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.

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Cyber Insurance Is A Necessity for Minority- and Woman-Owned Businesses

Growing data breaches are making it as indispensable as fire insurance say experts

Having valuable client information stolen is so pervasive that cyber liability insurance is now as…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Savvy Books for Black Entrepreneurs

Here are the must reads for aspiring African American capitalists

These are the five books that every African American entrepreneur should have in their library…

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Innov8tiv Magazine Expands to Kenya with Hub East Africa Partnership

The social enterprise center is open for all entrepreneurs

Innov8tiv magazine has expanded from its U.S. base to Kenya with a partnership with The…

By Cristie Leondis

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3 Essential Principles to Building a Quality Online Following

The digital space has become an essential part of attracting customers

The digital space has helped to level the playing field for so many of us…

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7-Step Matchmaking Guide for Auto Suppliers

Check these tips for entrepreneurs looking to break into the big leagues

For small business owners in the shipping sector, making the entrepreneurial leap to the big…

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United Nations Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Organization brings together female entrepreneurs in 144 countries Nov. 19

On Nov. 19, the UN celebrates female entrepreneurs of 144 countries.

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[RECAP] She Leads Africa Presents Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Tweet Chat

#WEDAfrica chat featured insights from three global female entrepreneurs

She Leads Africa, a global resource for women entrepreneurs, hosted a chat on Women’s Entrepreneurship…

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Bob Marley’s Family Helps Launch Global Marijuana Brand

Family works with private equity firm to expand business and cultural legacy

Rita Marley, widow of music legend Bob Marley, has helped launch a marijuana brand with…

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9 Tips to Find A Manufacturer For Your Great Idea

Strategy for selecting a vendor to help bring your product to market

Successful entrepreneurs share tips for getting your invention or innovation produced and on the market.

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16 Startup Competitions for Boosting Your Business

Step up your capital-raising game with these options

Check out this list of 16 startup competitions to win funds for your businesses.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Mix Luv Seeks $50,000 For Social Site

Company offers global community that can write, compose and produce songs

Mix Luv has set out to create a place where people anywhere can access a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Business Leaders Gather Global Entrepreneurship Week

Events include pitch and start-up competitions for a chance to win $1 million

Entrepreneurs around the world come together for the Global Entrepreneurs Week.

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How Ngozi Opara Is Transforming Black Hair & Beauty Culture

Entrepreneur offers extension options for women to wear natural curls and coils

Ngozi Opara, founder of the Heatfree Hair Movement, is offering options for women who wear…

By Kandia Johnson

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Gratitude for Entrepreneurs: 3 Reasons to be Thankful You Took the Leap

Need a bit of motivation to keep going? Look no further

It’s November and you already know what that means. Fried turkey, pecan pie, and of…

By Teri Harrison

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5 Steps to Growing Your Business After the Death of a Partner

Paula Penn-Nabrit of PN&A Inc. details coping with loss and continuing a legacy

Entrepreneur Paula Penn-Nabrit has continued to grow the business after the death of her partner.…

By Patricia Patton

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4 Tips To Help Your Business Avoid Payroll Pitfalls

This is an area of business that, if not done properly, can reap harsh consequences

Whether you own a restaurant, an engineering firm, a tech startup or any other type…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

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$1.7 Billion Raised: Data Shows Pitch Competitions Are Worthwhile

An alternative but viable source for entrepreneurs to raise capital

Since its inception in 2009, SXSW Accelerator (SXSWi’s pitch competition) alumni have collectively raised $1.748…

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Moon Meals Offers Healthy Choices for Time-Starved Professionals

Wanting to solve the problem of the lack of healthy late night food options in…

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Courage Factor: 5 Surefire Steps to Living Fearlessly

Make your dreams reality with these insights from business coach Cheryl Wood

Check out these powerful takeaways to overcome fear from award-winning entrepreneur and business coach Cheryl…

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Capital and Resources for Inner City CEOs

ICCC set to host conference in New York City to join business leaders with capital investors

After a successful program year, Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is now gearing up for…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Institute Teaches Classes on How to Start Marijuana Enterprises

Entrepreneurs will learn how to cash in on emerging industry

California-based Cannabis Career Institute teaches course on how to get started in the marijuana business

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Industrial Bank Marks 80th Anniversary With Small Business Grant

Nation's 6th largest, black-owned financial institution to award $80,000

Industrial Bank announced its Small Business Grant initiative in an effort to continue to provide…

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From the Battlefield to Business: 5 Savvy Steps to Transition Into Entrepreneurship

Military vet details keys to applying service skills to an enterprise

Tabatha Turman, CEO of Integrated Finance and Accounting Solutions (IFAS), successfully transferred military experience to…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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SBA Announces Plans to Expand Post-Military Entrepreneurship Training

Working to help all veterans---not just transitioning troops---start businesses

SBA plans to expand its post-military entrepreneurship training to help all veterans.

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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…

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SBA Lending Hits Record Level In 2014

Loans To black businesses up 36%

As exports continue to play a pivotal role in strengthening the nation’s economy, SBA loans…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Life After Service: How Veterans Can Live American Dream of Entrepreneurship

Three steps to getting started in running your own business

There are so many entrepreneurial opportunities available during life after service for military veterans. Here’s…

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Atlanta Co-working Space Seeks To Accelerate Minority Startups

New program designed for entrepreneurs to work, grow, acquire funding and invest

Targeting Atlanta-based entrepreneurs, Opportunity Hub is launching an 8-week long incubator in November targeted at…

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6 Signs You Have the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Find out if you're making moves of a boss---or at least embody the qualities

If you embody these traits or have these habits, you have the soul of a…

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American Express OPEN Inspires Women Entrepreneurs at CEO BootCamp

Event gathers business leaders and experts to discuss how to grow enterprises

American Express OPEN hosts CEO Bootcamp for female entrepreneurs in New York.

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Dunkin’ Brands, NAACP Launch Web Series To Attract Black Franchisees

Chain seeks to diversify quick service restaurant sector

Donuts and ice cream lovers can get a lesson on owning their own shops thank…

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11 Questions You Should Be Asking Potential Hires

Here’s how to find the best employees to help build and grow your business

Don’t leave the interview without asking a job candidate these questions that truly get to…

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Ex-Im Bank: A Resource For African-American Entrepreneurs with Eyes On Africa

First Vice president and Vice chair, Wanda Felton, talks opportunities for funding sources

EX-IM Bank, an 80-year-old banking Institution looks to provide financial assistance for those in the…

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P.O.O.R. in Your Business? Using a Mastermind to Overcome Fear

How you can move your business to the next level

Whether starting a new business or positioning an existing business for growth, conquering fear can…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

Strategist Carol Roth shares her advice for budding entrepreneurs

Author Carol Roth has made a successful career of giving business advice. Check out her…

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Cigar Aficionado: Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars Sparking Business Success

Partners Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez detail journey into the industry

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Whether you are a smoker or not, chances are at some point…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Rent a Coworking Space

Take heed and do your research for an optimal experience that's worth the investment

Before you sign a contract for a coworking space, consider a few vital questions to…

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Entrepreneurs Conference: 5 Tips to Hiring the Right Talent

SENTEL Corp.'s Russell Wright shares tips on building a great team

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Russell Wright knows a thing or two about turning a company…

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4 Tips on Pitching Your Business in Public

A 2012 Entrepreneurs Conference Elevator Pitch finalist, shares advice

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Entrepreneur Quinn Myers may not have won Black Enterprise’s Elevator Pitch Competition at the…

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Turning Passion into Enterprise: How a Graphic Designer Grew His T-shirt Brand

Seun Olubodun, founder of Duke & Winston, talks tips and his strategy for growth

Seun Olubodun, founder of Duke & Winston, details his journey in expanding his apparel brand…

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Twitter Turn Up: 5 Easy Tips for Entrepreneurs to Upgrade Your Presence

Use these steps to boost exposure and gain more customers

Need to expand your marketing power and increase sales with Twitter? Try this strategy to…

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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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[EXCLUSIVE]: Jamie Foster Brown Clears the Air About the State of Sister 2 Sister

Publisher says shifting focus to digital will only help with the brand's expansion

In an exclusive interview, Jamie Foster Brown discusses the state of Sister 2 Sister magazine.

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A Flawless Career Arc: Entrepreneur Goes From Fashion Model To Mining Magnate

CEO & Chairman of the Tigui Mining Group talks striking gold after going from the runway to the mines

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It’s not every day one goes from being a fashion model to…

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6 Black-Owned Natural Beauty Brands You Should Know

These entrepreneurs of color lead brands that are changing the game

With the news of L’Oreal USA acquiring Carol’s Daughter, we’ve rounded up a list of…

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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.

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Family Business of the Year: Barbara “Sky” Talks Why ‘Can’t’ Doesn’t Mean Impossible

This inspirational entrepreneur survived breast cancer and the death of a son

Barbara “Sky” Burrell is an entrepreneur’s inspiration after surviving personal tests and being honored as…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Uniting the Black Haircare Industry: One Woman’s Journey to Empower

President and CEO of CURLS leading a movement to unite all black beauty brands

Mahisha Dellinger, CEO of CURLS, is working to unite Africa American-owned beauty brands.

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Doing Just What You Love May Be Hurting Your Business

Sometimes you have to take care of the not-so-great tasks to reach the larger goal

Entrepreneurs, focusing your energy on the wrong tasks can cost you productivity and money.

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Entrepreneur David Tarver Shares Tips on Turning Idea Into an Enterprise

A panelist at the 2014 Entrepreneurs Conference, talks top lessons learned in path to making millions

David Tarver, a speaker at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, shares tips on turning…

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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…

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Webinar Encourages Small Businesses To Support Nation’s Youth

New campaign addresses growing problem of youth unemployment by creating professional opportunities

A free webinar open to small businesses across the country seeks to develop new sources…

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Franchise Company of the Year: Karim Webb Shares Savvy Business Lessons

With 25 years in the restaurant business, this entrepreneur has come out on top

Sharing knowledge of success, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar owner, Karim Webb, talks on…

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Frans Johansson Prepares to Inspire at Plunge Conference

With November less than two weeks away, best-selling innovation author Frans Johansson is ready

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

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Black Enterprise Legacy Award Winner Adds NBA Team Ownership to Resume

A BE 100s CEO, Valerie Daniels-Carter, invests in Milwaukee Bucks

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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5 Quick Ways to Repurpose Your Content

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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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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…

By Marquita Miller

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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…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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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

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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 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…

By Ella Rucker

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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 …

By Teri Harrison

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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.

By Raqiyah Mays

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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…

By Marquita Miller

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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…

By Raqiyah Mays

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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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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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