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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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[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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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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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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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…

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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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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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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…

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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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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…

By Brittany Dandy

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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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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.

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…

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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.

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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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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…

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

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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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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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…

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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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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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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…

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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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Miss Jessie’s Miko Branch Shares How To Create A Successful Business In New Book

An honest look at life and lessons of the sisters who revolutionized the natural hair care industry

Miss Jessie’s co-founder and CEO Miko Branch has a new book out that provides an…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Major Company Helps Minority Women Businesses Become Corporate Suppliers

Cintas Corporation hosts procurement networking and partnering event

Supplier diversity event joins minority women entrepreneurs and corporate procurement offices.

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New NYC Program Creates Pathway for 5,000 Women Entrepreneurs From Low-Income Areas

NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen launches new initiative to help local female entrepreneurs

New York City’s Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen creates new initiative to help 5,000 women entrepreneurs…

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How to Preserve Wealth Through Good Health

Amiya Alexander is helping to save her community from the costly disease of obesity

Amiya Alexander has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and got the idea…

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Maryland Black Owned Clothing Line Among Sam’s Club Small Business Award Winners

Some 102 companies in 48 states to receive expert training, resources and networking opportunities

Eager to make their long-held dream of owning a women’s clothing boutique a reality, co-founders…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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13 Ways To Tap LinkedIn For More Leads and Sales

Here's how you can use the social networking platform as a viable business marketing tool

Many people see LinkedIn as mainly as a mainly a professional social networking site. But…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs: 3 Reasons an Intellectual Property Strategy is Vital

Be sure valuable assets of your business are protected

Having a strategy that addresses how to protect and benefit from owning intellectual property is…

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6 Tips for Starting a Nonprofit Organization

If you have a desire to change the world, check out these tips

Do you have a desire to start a non-profit organization? If so, beyond your passion…

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13 Worst Pieces Of Business Advice Ever Given

Here are mistakes to avoid starting or running an enterprise

Learn from the mistakes of others but be aware that not all advice will lead…

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How To Build A Successful Business With Your Spouse

Four core elements that must be in place to have a happy home and office

When they started the blog “Black and Married” in 2007, Ronnie, and Lamar Tyler were…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How To Hire And Manage Virtual Workers

PA for A Day's Charrell Star offers pros and cons

Learn how to hire temporary and virtual employees to help run your business.

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[Infographic] Five of the Best Places in the World To Launch Your Startup

The US is still one of the best places to start a business

Although the U.S. is still one of the best places to start a business, Hong…

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5 Ways To Know If Someone Is Your Perfect Business Partner

Picking a co-founder is stressful, but here are helpful tips to help you decide

Finding a spouse is not a science and searching for the right co-founder is the…

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Jump-Starting Your Global Business: Africa-America Institute Presenting Speaker Series

Panel of leading business professionals will offer tips, advice and insights for entrepreneurs

The Africa-America Institute’s Speaker Series seeks to help U.S.-based entrepreneurs learn how to build a…

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5 Keys To Managing A Profitable Partnership

Here's how these frat brothers began running their multimillion dollar business

Sherman Wright and Ahmad Islam launched Chicago-based Commonground, an integrated multicultural and general market advertising…

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How To Build Business Prospects

Here are five ways to use social networking to land new clients and to grow your business

As the President and CEO of Curvy Girlz Lingerie, Precious L. Williams is dedicated to…

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Curl Sistas Hair: Couple Talks Working Together to Launch Brand

Fashion stylist and her husband combine business savvy for hair line

A fashion stylist and blogger started Curl Sistas Hair, a textured hair line for naturals,…

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How To Build Relationships With Brand Advocates

It is less costly and more impactful than direct marketing

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Tracy Foster is the founder of ONA (pronounced ō’na), an emerging company that designs and…

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Big Companies Helping Small Businesses With Financing And Other Services

Small businesses become big businesses with a little help

Necole Parker spent 14 years establishing her reputation in the construction and project management industry.…

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10 Business Mistakes To Steer Clear Of In 2015

Avoid making these common startup missteps in the new year

The New Year is here and it is time again to take stock of your…

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3 Ways To Bootstrap Your Cash Tight Business

Getting your consumer product business off the ground doesn’t have to be a financial nightmare

Establishing a consumer product-based business versus a service-based or tech-based startup creates some very specific…

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Business Santa: 5 Ways to Tell if Your Startup Was Naughty or Nice

This checklist will reveal whether your enterprise is ready for growth in 2015

Entrepreneurs, get ready for 2015 by avoiding these common but costly mistakes.

By Teri Harrison

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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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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.

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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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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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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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…

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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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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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[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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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…

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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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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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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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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…

By Marquita Miller

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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…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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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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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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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…

By Teri Harrison

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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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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.

By Raqiyah Mays

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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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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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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Kandia Johnson

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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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Empower Yourself this Month in Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Atlanta event gives business knowledge on supplier diversity

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

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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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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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6 Habits of Ineffective Entrepreneurs

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

By Teri Harrison

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Professional Turned Termination Into Entrepreneurial Adventure

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

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

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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…

By Teri Harrison

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

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

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

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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

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

By Candace Mitchell

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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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3 Excuses That Keep You From Entrepreneurship

Stop making excuses to start living your dream

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

By Patrice C. Washington

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

A valid, binding contract almost impossible to get out of

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

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

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

By Candace Mitchell

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6 Building Blocks To Birthing A New Business

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

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

By Marquita Miller

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

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

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

By Teri Harrison

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

3 Characteristics of Game Changing Entrepreneurs

These traits make them stand out above the rest

Learn which key attributes can help entrepreneurs outsmart competitors.

By Teri Harrison

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

The wealthy are high on opportunities in blossoming industry

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

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How I’m Building My Tech Startup

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

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

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

Budding entrepreneurs, don’t get distracted by the hype

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

By Teri Harrison

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4 Ways To Create A Successful Startup

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

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

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

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

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

By Candace Mitchell

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Power Thinking: 3 Mindshifting Techniques for Radical Entrepreneurs

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

By Teri Harrison

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

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

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Signs Your Spouse Is Not Compatible With Your Business

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Businesswomen Disrupt Sports Merchandising Industry with Team Couture

Cassandra Johnson and Audrey Tolson talk filling niche among female enthusiasts

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

By Candace Mitchell

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

Successful black entrepreneurs share insight on breaking into industry

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

Indique's Ericka Dotson details journey to success

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

By Candace Mitchell

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Female Entrepreneurs Still Lag Behind Male Counterparts Cites Congressional Report

Women are not getting loans and government contracts needed to grow

Significant barriers still exist for women entrepreneurs more than 26 years after enactment of groundbreaking…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Do You Need a Business Plan For Your Startup?

Entrepreneurs weigh in on the need to outline your business

It’s been debated whether a business plan is needed. Check out two sides of the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Common Mistakes Young Entreprenuers Make And How To Avoid Them

Here’s what you can learn from other entrepreneurs’ rookie missteps

These are common mistakes and here’s how to avoid them.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Spotlight: New Startup Promising to ‘Change Lives’ in Men’s Skincare

Houston-based Shavewise adds new ammunition in battle to end rampant skin problem

Houston-based Shavewise is a new startup promising instant results for people with razor bumps.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Startup Advice: 3 Easy Ways to Get Customers Now

Use these simple and tested techniques to grow your new business

How to use simple and tested techniques to grow your new business.

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13 Facets of An Effective Business Partnership

Shared vision, complementary skills, honesty, and much more make it work

BlackEnterprise.com polled members of the Young Entrepreneur Council to find out the one thing you…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Characteristics Of Successful Entrepreneurs

If you possess these traits you will have a better chance of long-term success

These traits lead to winning results for small business owners.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Smart Knowledge Sets Every Successful Entrepreneur Should Master

5 CPAs show small business owners how to prosper

Find out what it takes to expand your small business with these tips from five…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Business of Beauty: Entrepreneur Talks Expanding Brand From YouTube

Rochelle Graham, founder of Alikay Naturals, details journey to upstart success

Rochelle Graham shares how she went from YouTube personality to founder and CEO of Alikay…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Micro Loan Programs Helping Black Female Entrepreneurs Succeed

Small Business University winner Evelyn Haye taps local resources

Evelyn Hayes is the grand prize winner of the Black Enterprise Small Business University (SBU)…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Money-Making Networking Moves For Entrepreneurs

Upgrade your net worth with this strategy

If you’re a small business owner, this networking strategy is tailored for you.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Business on the Go: 5 Great Apps for Savvy Entrepreneurs

These tools will help you save time---and money

Who knew the cell phone would end up being one of the most innovative forms…

By Teri Harrison

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

5 Ways To Fund Your Startup Without Investors

With bank financing harder to come by, here are vital alternatives

What’s the alternative outside of self-financing? Here are five ways to fund your startup from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Common Startup Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

Failure can help build a better business

Even the greatest fail along the way to success. Find out how to rebound successfully…

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Winning Team: 5 Essential Professionals for Start-Up Success

These key talented individuals will ensure your business growth

Learn how to create your own business dream team.

By Teri Harrison

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African American Festival: Young Military Serviceman Wins Elevator Pitch Contest

Anthony Dale, founder of Social Impact Collective, comes out the victor

At the Baltimore African American Festival, entrepreneurs participated in elevator pitch contest, with judges including…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Pan-African VOD Startup Buys Rights To ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’

Pana TV secures rights to Nigeria's biggest movie, plans major marketing blitz for summer

Pana TV buys secures exclusive rights to stream Half of a Yellow Sun

Pana Television, a…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Easy Ways To Inspire New Business Ideas

Using social media to generate that next great business idea

Businesses use social media to increase visibility and awareness, raise their profile, promote a product…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

Black and Latina women are overcoming significant obstacles to start their own businesses

Women of color are a principal force within the U.S. entrepreneurship community, according to a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail

Here’s how you can keep your company from crashing and burning

For every founder that manages to bootstrap a startup, eight out of 10 will fail…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Great Ideas For Businesses On Wheels

Here are some creative concepts for aspiring mobile entrepreneurs from hair salons to fitness gyms

Mobile enterprises are gaining in popularity across the country. Entrepreneurs are turning to these businesses…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk: Are Business Plans Necessary?

Looking into whether business plans are really necessary for entrepreneurs launching a Start-Up

There are many conflicting reports on the importance of putting together a business plan when…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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7 Ways To Get Traffic To Your Website

Here are some proven methods to help draw customers and generate more business

Regardless if you have a storefront or not, your website is going to be your…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Senate Explores Support For Veteran Entrepreneurs

Call for more training and resources for those returning from military service

The U.S. Senate is examining efforts to see that more veterans have a chance to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk- Is Entrepreneurship Best When Young?

What age group is really responsible for starting the most new businesses?

Entrepreneurship is a young man’s hustle. This is a notion that’s been held by many…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Entrepreneurs Love Being the Boss But Face Financial Challenges

Generating revenue and cash flow are the biggest issues starting out

Small business owners obviously like their choice of career, with 84% indicating that if they…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk – To Become Entrepreneurial Giant, No Degree Required?

Majority of college dropouts struggle to find success as business owners, abandoning college rarely leads to economic prosperity

While there are prominent entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded as college dropouts, most entrepreneurs have a harder…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Sam’s Club/Gallup Microbusiness Tracker Finds Women Entrpreneurs on the Rise

New Poll says more female Microbusiness owners, but most owners depend on second job

A new poll put out by Gallup in collaboration with Sam’s Club, has turned up…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

Successful pastor and entrepreneur has expanded his brand and earned millions

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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From Entrepreneurship to Exit: 5 Quick Tips for Successful Transition

Panelists share insights on business growth and exit strategies at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Entrepreneurs Conference: David Tarver, Clarence Wooten, and Russell Wright share insights on exit strategies and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Hiring Executives Part-Time For Your Startup

Here’s how you can get C-suite level talent to grow your business without having to pay six-figure salaries

Unable to afford that kind of spend, most fledgling entrepreneurs will opt not to have…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Lessons to Learn From the ‘Shark Tank’

Here's how one successful entrepreneur received an investment

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

By Alan Hughes

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Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was fired by Andre Harrell as a 21-year-old exec at Uptown Records early in his career. Today, Combs has gone on to build a more than $300-million-dollar empire, with an expanding list of ventures under Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group: Sean John Clothing and Sean by Sean; a movie production company; his own Ciroc vodka; his own fragrance; reality TV shows; a solo music career, as well as his collaboration with artists Dirty Money; and an acting career, including a role in the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball.

Sean Diddy Combs is Schooling Tomorrows CEOs

The hip-hop mogul supports youth program and sets the example that hard work pays off

Combs’ brand Sean John is a sponsor of NFTE’s World Series of Innovation

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5 Hottest Industries To Start A Business Right Now

These high demand and fast growing sectors present the greatest money making opportunities for start-ups

IBISWorld has identified the following top industries with low barriers to entry and strong revenue…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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This Teenpreneur’s Mobile Dance Studio Is Making Money, Eradicating Child Obesity

5 tips to help launch your business on wheels

Alexander also teaches classes on healthy eating and wellness

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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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