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7 Unique Side-Businesses to Start Now

These unique small businesses may help you earn more cash than you think.

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Women Make Up a Whopping 86% of Etsy Sellers

A recent report says female business owners are dominating the creative e-commerce site

A recent report says women make up a whopping 86% of Etsy sellers.

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[STUDY] Millennials More Likely to Want to Start a Business But Can’t

Older adults are running successful businesses and employing people

A new study shows that millennials around the globe are 1.6 times more likely to…

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5 Ways to Prepare For an Investor Pitch

Here’s how you can improve your chances raising seed funds from venture capitalists

Here’s how you can improve your chances for an investor pitch by raising seed funds…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Vincent Lee Builds Successful Carpet Cleaning Business From the Ground Floor

Entrepreneur talks persistence, patience and growing a profitable business

Vincent Lee, founder and CEO of I-V-LEE Carpet Cleaning, is a prime example of someone…

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How to Score a Meeting With Top Investors

Here are 5 steps you can take to land that all important meeting to raise capital for your business

Here are seven steps you can take to land that all important meeting with investors…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Mompreneur of Six Shares 3 Steps For Starting a Business

Ayo Ogun-McCants, owner of Soultanicals, shares her journey to entrepreneurship through passion and purpose

Ayo Ogun-McCants, owner of Soultanicals, shares her journey to entrepreneurship through passion and purpose. …

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No Money Left Behind: 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Going After Government Contracts

Make sure you don't miss out on lucrative business opportunities

LaShonda Bracey doesn’t look for paths that lead to nowhere, instead she blazes her own.

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(Part 2) Entrepreneurs: How to Systemize Your Business

Polish your brand and save time with these business tech tools

Success, as an entrepreneur and business owner, hinges on your ability to maximize your efficiency…

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New Reality TV Pitch Competition For Entrepreneurs

FOX network's Shark Tank-esque show lets entrepreneurs compete for the chance to win $10,000

Produced by Inez Kelley of Kelley Media Marketing, Final Pitch, with its Shark Tank-esque…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

New Program Helps Social Entrepreneurs Grow

Innovative organizations incorporate big company skills and knowledge

A new program is underway to help selected entrepreneurs incorporate big company skills and knowledge…

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Angel Investors Forum Kicks Off In Washington, DC

Program helps companies raise angel and venture capital effectively and efficiently

Program helps companies raise angel and venture capital effectively and efficiently.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Black Woman-Owned Wine Company Launches Campaign

Gwen Hurt hopes to raise $50,000 for expansion in US and Asia

Winemaker Gwen Hurt hopes to raise $50,000, for expansion in US and Asia, by launching…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit Regularly

Here are some very useful sites for new and established business owners

Here are some of the most useful sites for small business owners.

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11 Ideas for Finding a Mentor for Your Startup

A mentor is invaluable for budding entrepreneurs if you know how to find the right one

A mentor is invaluable for budding entrepreneurs if you know how and where to find…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Take Advantage of Business Depreciation Write-Offs for Your Small Business

First-year small businesses could save up to $125,000

Have you heard about the beneficent first year of business depreciation tax write-off that’s tailor-made…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Small Black Businesses Easy Prey for Predatory Lenders

Financial institutions get support from Sam’s Club to educate and protect minority and women owned business owners in low-income areas

Financial institutions get support from Sam’s Club to educate and protect minority and women owned…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[WATCH] Flat Out Heels Wins $25,000 Pitch Competition at PowerMoves.NOLA

Dawn Dickerson and her alternative to high heels beat out three other minority entrepreneurs at the Big Break Power Pitch

CEO of Flat Out Heels, Dawn Dickerson, wins 25,000 at entrepreneur PowerMoves pitch competition in…

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

How to Plan for Success in Business and Life

Think about your next steps before you have to take them

As entrepreneurs, we all swing for the fences. Sometimes we hit a grand slam, or…

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Black Banks Shut Out of New Federal Tax Credit Program

Out of $3.5 billion awarded, not a single dollar went to minority institutions

Minority-owned banks are claiming the government has shut them out tax credits intended to spur…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black Women Are the Fastest Growing Group of Entrepreneurs

African American female-owned businesses have increased by 322% in the last 18 years

Recent study says black female owned businesses has increased by 322% making black women the…

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6 Power Plays Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Serena Williams

Winners always find new ways to win. Are you doing what you need to elevate your game?

Winners always find new ways to win; they must. Are you doing what you need…

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Meet Millennial Swimwear Designer Altrichia Cook

Entrepreneur and owner of A.Lekay Swimwear says she wants women to feel beautiful, confident and empowered

Entrepreneur and owner of A.Lekay Swimwear talks her passion for women’s fashion, how she got…

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Auto Startup Unveils $16 Million Successful Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

Move comes after SEC approval of long-awaited alternatives for capital raising

Equity crowdfunding made possible after SEC approval of long-awaited alternatives for capital raising in the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Nuracode Founder, Iziah Reid, Talks What Inspired His Startup

Tech entrepreneur discusses software company

Two things were important to me: to produce cutting edge technology practically, and to build…

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‘GirlPower Sleepover’ Announces Sophia Amoruso as Keynote Speaker

Author and founder of Nasty Gal to address attendees

Attendees will learn fundamental skills and strategies to transform their business ideas into established brands…

By Chanel Martin

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3 Common Debt Relief Options For Entrepreneurs

You may feel trapped, but there are ways out

Too much debt can lead to serious financial trouble, especially if business owners are using…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Quick Tips for Starting Your Company Off Strong

How to successfully grow your small business

Here are seven lessons about starting off your company strong.

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The Many Benefits of a Payment Services Account

Decrease extra spending and save money

One effective way small businesses owners can decrease extra spending is to switch from a…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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5 Best Ways to Get Your Startup Quality Media Coverage

Here are some tips to generate exposure

Every startup craves media attention and press. They know they need it, they just don’t…

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The 6 Types of Entrepreneur

What kind of entrepreneur are you?

These are the six major types of entrepreneurs out there, and you likely fall into…

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4 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mentor

Having a mentor increases access to business opportunities and company profits

Having a mentor increases access to business opportunities and company profits.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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10 Secrets To Training Summer Interns

Interns can be a great asset to your business as long as you provide constant support

Interns can be a great asset to your business as long as you provide constant…

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Periscope: Winning at Disrupting Social Media Advertising

What this new platform means for small business owners

Periscope provides never-before-seen opportunities for small business owners to interrupt with customers.

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5 Steps to Invest in a Trademark

Small Businesses Are Too Timid With Growth Plans

Think big when developing a plan to drive revenues and profits

Running a small business requires having a vision and an action plan to develop that…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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9 Branding Techniques For Your Small Business

Effective ways to promote and market your company, product, or service

Here are some surefire ways to promote your product, service or company image.

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Are You Making These 4 Website Mistakes?

Web technology and marketing are important to the success of your business

Websites are a complicated blend of technology, marketing, and public relations. While many companies have…

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The High Cost of Riots: Part 3

Resources for businesses impacted by the tragedy in Baltimore

Only a handful of qualified businesses, homeowners, and renters have reached out to the SBA…

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Entrepreneurs and ‘Black Lives Matter’

Tips for joining the conversation via your social media platform

Being an entrepreneur is a very tenuous business. We are disruptors of sorts. However, as…

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SBA Names Mike Muse ‘My Brother’s Keeper Millennial Entrepreneur Champion’

Music CEO and engagement expert to help youth pursue entrepreneurship

Music CEO an engagement expert Mike Muse to foster entrepreneurship among young black males.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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CBS Launches Site For Small Businesses

Six company divisions to provide digital content to address issues facing entrepreneurs

Six company divisions to provide digital content to address issues facing today’s entrepreneurs.

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5 Reasons You’re Losing Sales and What to Do About It

These strategies can help keep your business afloat

We’re going to look at five signs you might be losing sales through hairline fractures…

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Tani Chambers’ 5 Tips For Small Business Owners

'Women Who Crush It' founder inspires female entrepreneurs

With more than 15 years of business experience, Tani Chambers teaches female entrepreneurs how they…

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Intel Pledges $125M to Women and Minority Startups

Tech-giant hopes to diversify its portfolio

Intel Capital said it would allocate $125 million over the next few years to bring…

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The High Cost of Riots: Part 2

Why economic distress fuels violence

Alana Chavez says feelings of being overwhelmed by economic distress and disaster prevent people from…

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Build Your Business Through Public Speaking

10 tips on delivering a great speech

Still in all, not everyone is a great speaker, so, here are ten tips to…

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The High Cost of Riots: Part 1

Tragedy in Baltimore leaves financial toll on businesses and community members

We’ve seen how tragedy in a Baltimore community turned into an explosive situation. Here we…

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Why All Startups Need Business Plans

Ensure the success and profitability of your venture

Contrary to popular opinion, business plans are alive and well. Not only do financial folks…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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5 Must-Read Small Business Blogs

Keep your productivity at an all-time high

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, lets learn from others who’ve been there before, and keep…

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4 Tips for Moving From Employee to Entrepreneur

Transitioning from corporate America to entrepreneurship requires planning

In a perfect world, you’d be able to save up at least a year’s worth…

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3 Fundamental Affiliate Marketing Secrets From Rosetta Thurman

Make your business happy

Affiliate Marketing tips from Rosetta Thurman, Founder of Happy Black Woman.

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How to Market Your Product or Business on a Bootstrap Budget

Here are some strategies for branding your business without breaking the bank

Here are eleven strategies for branding your business without breaking the bank.

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3 Nontraditional Marketing Strategies That Work

Less traditional forms of marketing may be your best bet

No matter what kind of business you have, you need more customers, clients, leads, website…

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4 Traditional Habits Every Small Business Should Break

It could be advantageous to break the mold

Many businesses have traditional habits and standard operational procedures, but small businesses may want to…

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Jenell R. Ross Discusses Father Bob Ross’ Auto Legacy

Continuing the vision

“sLearn all you can about your industry. No one can take your knowledge away from…

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Tenyse Williams Talks Fatherhood and Dapper Dads Magazine

Cofounder shares her inspiration and dedication

“Great dads deserve more than just one day of recognition.”

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4 Tips For Financing a Franchise

Before you attempt to finance any business, here's what you need to know

Plan on needing to have a credit score of at least 680 and a net…

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Books All Young Entrepreneurs Should Read

See what's shaping some of today’s successful, young CEOs

Learning about business is an never-ending process. Books should be used as part of that…

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CEO Krystal Conner: Business Lessons From My Father

It's family before it's business

Don’t ruin Thanksgiving dinner. This was also a directive from my grandmother. This means that,…

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Dr. Ali Yasin Teaches How to Think Like the Wealthy

Secrets for building a billionaire mindset

Dr. Ali Yasin, founder and host of The Billionaire Mastermind Forum, talks about how to…

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[WATCH] Carmelo Anthony Acquires Soccer Team In Puerto Rico

The NBA superstar brings professional soccer to his father's homeland

The perennial NBA All Star and budding entrepreneur Carmelo Anthony became the owner of the…

By Michael Tolbert

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5 Mid-Year Tips for Small Business Owners

Here’s how you can help your company grow and finish the year out strong

Both large and small companies may benefit from simple business practices that will increase clientele,…

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[WATCH] Halle Berry Launches New Scandale Lingerie Line

The actress says the affordable brand is focused on beauty and quality

Actress/entrepreneur, Halle Berry, launches affordable lingerie line, Scandale.

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Seven Sisters Wine, From Poverty to Prosperity

How South African native Vivian Kleynhans, entered the wine market

How Vivian Kleynhan led seven sisters and one brother from poor fishing village in South…

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Carmelo Anthony Teams Up With Nickelodeon For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Product Line

The entrepreneur is adding another title to his already impressive list - Creative Director

The husband, father, superstar, and gold medalist, announced yesterday that he’s adding another title…

By Michael Tolbert

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Sam’s Club Announces $2.7 Million Grant For Microbusiness Owners

New initiative to help the nation's smallest businesses to get loans

Sam’s Club has announced a $2.7 million grant intended to help the nation’s smallest business…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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BE Modern Man: Meet ‘The Disruptor’ Hajj Flemings

A master brand strategist talks about his own brand

Tech entrepreneur and brand strategist Hajj Flemings talks about his own brand and his passion…

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8 Ways Your Customers Can Give You a Competitive Edge

Here’s how analytics about your customers can help boost your company

Here’s how analytical data about your customers can help take your company to the next…

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Entrepreneurship Is Tough. Don’t Go It Alone

If you want to keep your competitive edge, never forget that isolation is your enemy

As an entrepreneur, if you want to keep the competitive edge, never forget that isolation…

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Morehouse College To Increase Pool of Minority Angel Investors

HBCU offers certification program in investing in startups and early stage firms

Historically Black College offers first ever certification program in investing in startups and early stage…

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Texas Governor Signs Law Abolishing Natural Hair Braiding Regulations

State no longer to treat hair braiders like barbers, a final victory for Isis Brantley

Texas no longer to treat hair braiders like barbers, ending a 20-year battle against unfair…

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Gabrielle Jordan Sets the Bar High In Business

Teen author and multi-award winner paves the way for young entrepreneurs

The teen author, speaker, and multi-award winner paves the way for young entrepreneurs.

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4 Tips for Moving From Corporate Employee to Entrepreneur

Here’s how to make the leap to starting your own company

A would-be entrepreneur should save at least a year’s worth of salary before quitting a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Chicago’s Oldest Black Bank in Jeopardy

Two black-owned financial institutions left standing, oldest is in need of rescuing

Chicago has two black-owned financial institutions left standing, the oldest is in need of rescuing.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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25 Best Corporations For Vetpreneurs

Programs targeting veteran-owned small businesses for products and services

Here are the 25 top corporations that do business with veteran-owned companies.

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Stop Sabotaging Your Business Relationships

Don’t let these 10 seemingly harmless behaviors damage your company’s success

Don’t let these ten seemingly harmless behaviors damage your company’s success.

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Changes In Franchising Model To Hit Minorities The Hardest

New labor ruling could affect nearly 20% of all franchises that are minority-owned

New labor ruling could negatively impact minority businesses which represent 20% of all franchisees.

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5 Tips for Becoming a Better Author

Ylleya Fields, author of the Princess Cupcake Jones series, offers her entrepreneurial advice

The life of an author is more than just creative stories and exciting characters. Aside…

By Brittany Dandy

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5 Tips for Taking Your Social Presence Offline

CurvyCon founders talk how to plan an event for followers, clients, or potential customers

When you’re a small business owner, it seems mandatory to build a substantial social presence…

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Successful Entrepreneurs Focus on Profitability

Businesses without money-making plans are like race cars without engines—they may look fast, but they only go downhill

Your main job as an entrepreneur is to make money. To achieve sustained entrepreneurial success,…

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SBA Putting $1 Million Towards Post-Riot Baltimore Business Recovery

Agency to provide rebuilding assistance including low-interest disaster loans

SBA to commit $1 million in low-interest disaster loans to help Baltimore businesses rebuild during…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Creative Entrepreneurs Can Compete For $50,000

Creative Startups mentors include musicians, filmmakers, and more

Accelerator program offers mentoring and financing to filmmakers, musicians, visual artists and other creative entrepreneurs.

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College Students Launch New Venture Capital Fund

Johns Hopkins University backs Baltimore's growing student-based entrepreneurial community

Johns Hopkins University students have started a venture capital fund for other students. …

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Nonprofit

Jessica Sutherland, founder of Homeless to Higher Ed offers advice to entrepreneurs

Why are you doing it? Why this cause? Why should it be you? Why should…

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10 Ways to Become More Likeable in Business

If you want people do business with you or invest in your firm check your likeability factor

If you want people to do business with you, you have to be perceived as…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[WATCH] Hillary Clinton Meets with S.C. Female Minority Small Business Owners

Presidential hopeful sits down with women to talk entrepreneurial concerns

Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, sits down with African American women to talk small business concerns.

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Sheryl Underwood’s Tips for Success in Comedy and Business

Strategies for getting ahead, on and off the stage

Sheryl Underwood offers several strategies for getting ahead, on and off the stage.

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10 Best Cities To Start A Business

Jacksonville, Florida is the hot spot for aspiring entrepreneurs

Somewhere between 10 million and 43 million Americans are now working for themselves. There is…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black Investment Bank To Help Improve America’s Infrastructure

BE 100s CEO is part of new business leader council on infrastructure

Black investment bank among new leadership council charged with improving the nation’s roads and infrastructure.

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Fitness Trainer and Entrepreneur Creates New Dance Class ‘Kerboomka’

Kershel Anthony's choreography-driven workout takes dance fitness to another level

Kershel Anthony says his choreography-driven workout, Kerboomka, takes dance fitness to another level.

By Brittany Dandy

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Erica Dias Offers Career-Chasers a Seat at Her Table of 20

The publicist and entrepreneur says she wants to meet others who are taking their goals to new heights

Publicist and entrepreneur Erica Dias says she wants to meet others who are taking their…

By Brittany Dandy

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Erica Douglas Helps Small Businesses Enter the Beauty Industry

An entrepreneur and chemist breaking down barriers-of-entry with her company, mSEED group

As an entrepreneur and chemist, Eric Douglas is breaking down barriers of entry in…

By Brittany Dandy

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Entrepreneurship Is Becoming Viable Option Only For The Wealthy

New data reveals 1 million missing entrepreneurs due to dwindling middle class

Research shows that the majority of American entrepreneurs no longer come from middle-class families.

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Black Farmers Shut Out Of $10 Billion Legal Marijuana Business

States laws may prevent black farmers from growing medical marijuana

New states laws could keep black farmers and black businesses out of the budding $10…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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When Business Planning, Don’t Fake The Financials

Even if a company exists only on paper, your numbers should be real

As a judge of business plan competitions, I am amazed the aspiring moguls, many with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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10 Employee Conversations That Are Killing Your Business

What is your staff saying and is it damaging to your company?

Before they even jump ship, what your employees say about your company could be sinking…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Why The Post Office Wants To Be Your Banker

Community bankers criticize US Postal Service’s proposal to offer financial services

Community banks oppose Post Office’s proposal to expand the number of financial products it offers…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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12 Entrepreneurial Success Tips From Powerful Black Business Women

Here are some key lessons learned on starting and growing a successful enterprise

Here are some key lessons learned from the 20th annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Hillary Clinton Wants To Be The Nation’s Small Business President

The Democratic presidential candidate is turning to social media to lay out her policies for helping entrepreneurs

Hillary Clinton takes to social media to promote her policies for the nation’s small business…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Skincare Brand Flourishes After ‘Shark Tank’ Investors Say No

Owner of Swag Essentials says being turned down was the best thing that ever happened to her

Lydia Evans, owner of Swag Essentials, says being turned down by Shark Tank investors was…

By Brittany Dandy

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6 Ways To Protect Your Start-Up’s Most Valuable Asset: You

Ask yourself—what would happen to my company if I became ill or died, or even just functioned at less than my best?

As the founder, CEO and visionary of your new start-up, your company is dependent on…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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7 Skills You’ll Need To Start Any Business

No one’s ever really ready, but here are some startup skills to best prepare you for success

Most startups fail after years but you can improve your chance for survival by possessing…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Meet The 2015 Black Enterprise Small Business Award Winners

Here are the five entrepreneurial powerhouses who took home the prize

Here are the five entrepreneurial powerhouses who took home the 2015 small business award.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Ways to Maintain Work-Life Balance as a Solopreneur

Mom and entrepreneur Alex Elle shares how she recharges and remains creative

Mom and serial entrepreneur Alex Elle shares 5 tips to recharge and maintain creative.

By Brittany Dandy

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Top ‘Surprises’ You Will Encounter Your First Year of Business

If you're considering opening a business, be ready to learn these five lessons

The dream of opening a business is a fantasy that many people have. However, there…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Check Yourself: 3 Questions Entrepreneurs Should Never Stop Asking

Are you running your business? Or is it running you?

Entrepreneurship is not just about activity, but intended results, including growth, revenues and profits.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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[WATCH] Miko Branch Talks Building Her Business From Scratch

Miss Jessie's co-owner shares her book's purpose and business lessons

The Miss Jessie’s co-owner, Miko Branch, shares her books purpose and her business lessons learned…

By Brittany Dandy

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5 Improper and Illegal Interview Questions and How to Avoid Them

Here are some questions that employers shouldn’t ask but often do

Here are five illegal and improper questions that employers shouldn’t ask but many often do.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneur Dedicates Small Business to Children Obtaining Job Skills

Darlene Alston provides hands on work experience and a place for teens to grow

Entrepreneur Darlene Alston provides teens with hands on work experience in her quaint vintage tea…

By Brittany Dandy

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Marriott Offering $30,000 to Lucky Entrepreneur

Hotel chain seeks a food and beverage innovator to run Maryland bar

Marriott to give $30,000 in seed money to a food and beverage entrepreneur to run…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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10 Tips To Land A Small Business Bank Loan

Here how you can build a strong rapport with you banker, increasing your chances of getting financing

Here’s what you need to know to get a bank to grant you a small…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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New Study Shows Decline In Women Entrepreneurs

New data shows for the first time in 20 years fewer women are starting businesses

Women opened 36.8% of U.S. businesses in 2014, down from an average of 40.7% over…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs Summit: 6 Books To Help Entrepreneurs Build Million Dollar Businesses

Here’s what some top black business owners say are must-reads

Here are five books the provide inspiration, practical advice and tools needed to stay the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Art of Being a ‘One Woman Band’ Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Alex Elle shares why she chooses to do it all when it comes to her enterprises

Poet and entrepreneur Alex Elle shares why she chooses to do it all when it…

By Brittany Dandy

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Fundraising Success Story: How One Woman Raised $22,000 to Open Restaurant Doors

Brenda Beener of Seasoned Vegan used crowdfunding to launch a dream

The idea of tapping into your personal and professional networks for crowdfunding purposes, may seem…

By Brittany Dandy

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Maya Smith, Founder of the Doux, Talks International Entrepreneurship Success

How this master hairstylist was able to transition her brand from Europe to the States

Master hairstylist Maya Smith took her skills abroad to service naturals in Germany has successfully…

By Brittany Dandy

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[SURVEY] Optimism Among Business Owners Drops

A decline in revenues and access to credit influencing small business owners views of current business climate

Small Business owners felt much better about doing business at start of the new year…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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U.S. Small Business Administration’s InnovateHER Winners Announced

Female entrepreneurs take home $30,000 in winnings at event

Female entrepreneurs took home $30,000 in winnings at Small Business Associations InnovateHER event.

By Brittany Dandy

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Seasoned Vegan Owner Talks Going into Business With Her Son

Chef Brenda Beener says she wouldn't have opened her dream business without him

Brenda Beener, owner of seasoned Vegan, talks going into business with her son Aaron.

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Invest In Results: How One Entrepreneur Is Making Productivity Easy

Monique Y. Wells, founder of three simultaneous enterprises, talks balancing it all

Monique Y. Wells, founder of Discover Paris! and creator of our Entrée to Black Paris…

By Patricia Patton

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Amplify4Good Addresses NonProfit Inefficiencies and Hacks Problems in Underserved Communities

Co-founders detail efforts to forge change and help small businesses

Amplify4Good is a nonprofit organization that helps underserved communities solve problems by using the resources…

By Courtney Herring

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5 Tips To Better Prepare Your Family For Business

Don’t start a new career until you map out how it will affect your loved ones

Here’s what you can do to make sure you have the love and support of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Resources To Turn Your Blog Into a Money-Making Business

Everything you need to know from content monetization to keyword rankings

To have a blog that makes money, here’s everything you need to know from content…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Obama Administration Addresses Top Issues Facing Small Businesses

Access to capital and technology among top concerns of owners

Small business owners to gather in nation’s capital to convince policymakers to address issues from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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College Entrepreneur Ethan Holmes Gets Support To Grow Applesauce Business

A $10,000 microloan and coaching will help the company scale to meet demand

Photo Credit: Vikas Nair; Courtesy of Ethan Holmes
At age 21, Ethan Holmes is the CEO…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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She Leads Africa Offering Up to $50,000 for Entrepreneurs

Organization hosting second business pitch competition

Founders of She Leads African announces 2nd business pitch competition. Finalists will be invited to…

By Kandia Johnson

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Generation X, Not Generation Y Is Still Most Entrepreneurial Group

Here are 10 lessons for success from the top-tier companies

Millennials are the most social generation but Gen-Xers are still the most entrepreneurial.

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Clothier Rick Moore Teams With Multinational Computer Company To Design Wearable Tech

Entrepreneur uses strategic alliances to grow his Nyla Elise clothing company

Grassroots Clothier Rick Moore seeks to leverage being a brand ambassador for tech giant Lenova.

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Wells Fargo Donates $25,000 To Black Female Social Entrepreneur

Bank supports local non-profits and small businesses through it initiatives

Wells Fargo support women- and minority-owned business through grants, loans, and resource centers.

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13 Biggest Business Mistakes You Can Make

Here’s how you can avoid some deep pitfalls

Here’s how you can avoid 13 of the deepest pitfalls to help you run a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Sam’s Club Commits $13.6 Million To Help Women and Minority Business Owners

New program set to increase access to capital and better borrower education

Small Business Economic Mobility initiative aims to enable nonprofit Community Development Financial Institutions to make…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Maximize Your Skill Set Create Multiple Streams of Income

Fitness trainer Jonese Holloway talks how she turned a hobby into three successful revenues

Fitness trainer, Jonese Holloway, talks how she turned a hobby into three successful revenue streams.

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Fashion and Philanthropy: Bené Scarves is a Small Business With a Big Mission

How Sasha Matthews and Michelle Blue formed friendpreneurship to aid African girls

Bené is not a typical clothing company. It’s where fashion and philanthropy meet. Learn more…

By Courtney Herring

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3 Reasons Hiring In a Pinch Hurts Your Business

Balance your efforts to both fill the position and get quality candidates

Entrepreneurs and hiring managers, take your time and find the right candidates. Here’s how.

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Sierra Rainge Says ‘Dance in the Rain’ and Leave Room For Growth

Entrepreneur, life coach and author talks new book and business strategy

Sierra Rainge is the founder and owner of Limitless Living LLC and author of To…

By Brittany Dandy

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Women Entrepreneurs: 3 Ways to Get Your Piece of the $44.9 Billion Pie

Leaders talk strategy and resources for growing demographic of enterprising females

Black women have generated $44.9 billion in revenue with businesses in 2013. How can they…

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12 Traits of a Great Events Planner

Here are some key characteristics to look for when hiring someone who run your occasion

Here’s how hiring a fantastic events planner can save you time and money.

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Need a Loan for Your Small Business? Try A Community Banker

Independent owned banks provide more than 50% of all loans to small businesses

The bulk of small business loans come these days from smaller community banks.

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Baltimore Businesses Scrambling For Saftey Now Ready To Rebuild

Some local business are making plans to help with clean up efforts and reopening stores once order is restored

Baltimore businesses are dealing with the fallout of the riots, and now planning for cleanup…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Institute To Create Young Black Male Entrepreneurs Kicks Off In Washington D.C.

U.S. Black Chambers launch program to create more minority businesses and jobs in the capital

Institute prepares next generation of young black male business owners.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Millennial Entrepreneurs To Take Center Stage During National Small Business Week

Town Hall seeks to encourage growth of Generation Y business owners

Generation Y is not the most entrepreneurial generation despite popular belief but that could change.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[WATCH] Female Creatives Talk How They Make a Passionate Living

These entrepreneurs left their nine to fives behind to build businesses they love

Her Agenda hosted a discussion with female creatives, who figured out how to go against…

By Brittany Dandy

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Last Chance: Startups Can Win $50,000 From VISA

The credit card giant holds contest to partner with three companies with ideas and resources to solve three marketing challenges

VISA is running “The Everywhere Initiative” to discover and partner with three innovative startups, that…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Key Trends In Online Marketing and How to Build Your Strategy

Toni Coleman Brown, CEO of the Network for Women in Business, shares tips

Toni Coleman Brown, CEO of the Network for Women in Business, shares latest trends in…

By Roz A Gee

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Legal Terms Every Business Owner Should Know

Top 3 Legal Issues Affecting Small Businesses

Here’s how you can save time and money on some common pitfalls that can lead to problems

Here are three common pitfalls small business owners need to avoid and stay out of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Gang Members Protected Black Businesses During Baltimore Riots

Three gangs reportedly came together in solidarity to safeguard black-owned companies

Members of three Baltimore street gangs reportedly came together in unity during Monday’s unrest to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[JOIN US] Learn How to Secure Millions for Your Business During Black Enterprise Twitter Chat

Entrepreneurs Summit speaker Rodney Sampson giving sneak peak into expert secrets

On April 30, Black Enterprise will host a Twitter chat with Rodney S. Sampson, Shark…

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Millennial ‘World Deeds’ Becoming a Way of Life

Small business owner Eric Whitaker talks his charitable clothing company, World Deeds

Small Business owner and millennial, Eric Whitaker talks his clothing company World Deeds and how…

By Brittany Dandy

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How Self-Taught Handbag Designer Turned Hobby into Full-Time Business

Cortnie Hutchinson grandmother's sewing lessons inspired her to launch an enterprise

Self-taught, Handbag Designer, Cortnie Elizabeth on how grandma’s sewing lessons inspired her to launch her…

By Kandia Johnson

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10 Ways to Maximize Your Home Office for Productivity

5 Digital Tools and Resources for Creative Entrepreneurs

Digital tools to help creative entrepreneurs market and sell their products

It’s super important for creative entrepreneurs to use digital tools that can help them market…

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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