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4 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching For Capital

I see it too often: Promising business ideas. Smart, passionate business owners. And horrible business pitches.

I see it too often: Promising business ideas. Smart, passionate entrepreneurs. And horrible business pitches.

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Huggies MomInspired™ Grant program

Huggies Celebrates Innovative ‘Mompreneurs’ With $15K Grant Program

Huggies wants to fund mothers and their groundbreaking ideas

Huggies grant program hopes to inspire parents to channel their ingenuity into products that help…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

Better Bank Lending Would Improve Small Business Exports

Small businesses need more access to capital to grow and and export their products

Small exporters with fewer than 100 employees especially feel the effects of deteriorating bank health…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Venture Capital Firms Profit from Funding Women-led Businesses

Venture Capital Firms Profit from Funding Women-led Businesses

Venture capital firms that invest in women-led businesses see positive returns

Social capital (“who you know and how you know them”) affects funding of women-led firms…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

Last Chance To Enter to Compete for $10,000

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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An advocate for fashionable tall women, Lameka Weeks won $3,500 to help roll out her Height Goddess clothing line

Entrepreneurs Conference: Where Are They Now? The $10,000 Elevator Pitch Competition Winners

Each year, a group of select entrepreneurs bring their best 60-second pitch and go head-to-head at the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch.

Catching up with Black Enterprise’s past cash prize winners whose businesses have reached higher levels…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Six Steps to Prepare for Venture Financing

How to avoid potential problems with venture capital funding

Establishing and maintaining good corporate hygiene will pay dividends as you negotiate your venture financing

By Ricardo Bernard

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Lauren Maillian Bias founded Gen Y Capital Partners to provide financing for tech startups (Image: Source)

Tech Startup of the Week: Lauren Maillian Bias’ Gen Y Capital Partners Provides Invaluable Opportunities

The Gen Y Capital Partners co-founder shares the do's and don'ts for investing in tech

Lauren Maillian Bias, co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners, is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Small Business Administration seeks applications from investment fund managers

Small Business Administration Seeks Applications from Investment Fund Managers

Up to $1 billion in SBA guaranteed leverage over a five year period for startups

In the programs first year, it attracted 33 applications and gave “Green-Lights” to six qualified…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How One Man’s Last Name Generated $6 Million Dollars

Entrepreneur Auctions his Name off to the Highest Bidder

Jason Sadler auctioned off the rights to his last name to raise capital.

The entrepreneur behind IwearYourShirt.com is back with another guerrilla marketing campaign

By C. Daniel Baker

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Google Awards $23 Million in Grants to 7 Non-Profits to Boost Innovation

Hoping to help stimulate innovation, Google gave non-profits $23 Million

Google is really helping out.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneurs on Chicago’s West Side get help launching Businesses

Entrepreneurs on Chicago’s West Side get Assistance Launching Businesses

Entrepreneurs on Chicago’s West Side get help launching businesses from Bethel New Life Church and The PrivateBank

A new program set up by Bethel New Life church and The PrivateBank looks to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Sam's Club Giving Program Grants $700k to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to Educate Future Business Leaders

SCORE and Sam’s Club Spread Holiday Cheer for Small Businesses

SCORE and Sam's Club are recognizing small businesses this holiday season

The holiday giving campaign is one way both organizations are supporting small businesses

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Funding Source For Veteran Entrepreneurs

Loan program helps veterans access capital at low rates to buy a franchise or start a business

The Veterans Business Fund provides capital to veterans in the form of a non-interest bearing…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Pittsburgh encourages African-American entrepreneurship

Urban Innovation21 Awards $250K to Small Businesses in Pittsburgh

Non Profit focuses Awards on Revitalization of the Homewood Section of Pittsburgh.

Since 2007, Urban Innovation21 has provided over $2.8 Million in capital and business assistance to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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TripAdvisor & Kiva launch Microlending Fund

Tripadvisor and Kiva Launch Microlending Partnership

TripAdvisor lets reviewers give a free $25 Kiva microloan

TripAdvisor hopes to reach travelers who have been to a country that Kiva is currently…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Baltimore launches micro-loan program for small businesses

Baltimore Launches Micro-Loan Program for Small Businesses

The program will enable small businesses with under $1 million in annual revenue to apply for loans that range in amounts from $5,000 to $30,000.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is launching a micro-loan fund to assist owners in hiring and stabilizing…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Can entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to save Hostess

Can Entrepreneurs use CrowdFunding to Save Hostess?

Crowdfunding is another term for collective fundraising by a large group of people who either donate money or receive equity stakes in a business.

Using CrowdFunding, a group of entrepreneurs attempt to save the 82-year-old iconic company

By C. Daniel Baker

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Loans available to Businesses Affected by Sandy

Loans Available at 1 Percent for Small Business Affected by Sandy

Loans are available to small business owners to help them recover.

FEMA loan rates were too high for many owners.

By C. Daniel Baker

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IBM Helps Women's Cooperatives in Tangier Become More Profitable

IBM Makes $4B in Financing Available for Small, Midsized Businesses

Financing available through IBM Global Financing can make obtaining credit easier and more accessible.

IBM aims to ensure that businesses, large and small have access to the right technologies…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Dealing with a Recruiter: 5 Simple Do’s and Dont’s for Landing the Final Interview

Aisha M. Taylor, co-founder of TAYLORMade Professional Career Consulting, shares tips for job candidates going…

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