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5 Digital Tools and Resources for Creative Entrepreneurs

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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

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

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

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6 Reasons Working For Free Can Get You Paid

Sometimes it's worth the risk when you can get a return on your time investment

Working for free can be a gamble, but keeping these six things in mind will…

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5 Empowering Tips For Women Entrepreneurs

Get over fear and face challenges head on with this strategy

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

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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…

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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.

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Black Enterprise and Walmart Host 20/20 Vision Forum

Experts share insights with minority entrepreneurs on forming profitable partnerships

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

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Entrepreneurship Labs Flourish on College Campuses

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

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

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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…

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

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

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

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

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

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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…

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3 Excuses That Keep You From Entrepreneurship

Stop making excuses to start living your dream

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

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

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

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

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6 Building Blocks To Birthing A New Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Characteristics of Game Changing Entrepreneurs

These traits make them stand out above the rest

Learn which key attributes can help entrepreneurs outsmart competitors.

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

The wealthy are high on opportunities in blossoming industry

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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

Successful black entrepreneurs share insight on breaking into industry

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

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

Indique's Ericka Dotson details journey to success

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

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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…

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KPMG is helping to turn college graduates into young professionals

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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Etsy Creates Entrepreneurship Program To Help Low-Income Sellers

Citywide classes teach artisans how to crease profitable online stores

Now Etsy is offering a Craft Entrepreneurship Program

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Kate Spade, Macy’s, and Other Brands Support NYC Fashion Start-Up Accelerator

New accelerator and mentoring program targets small fashion start-ups

The NYFT Lab is the result of a collaboration between the Partnership Fund for New…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Intense Boot Camp Helps Women Learn How to Open, Grow Their Businesses

The program is designed to enable women business owners to think like chief executives and grow their businesses

Do you think you need a bit of boot camp before you jump into the…

By Alan Hughes

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Why This Executive Invests Her Own Money to Help Women Open Their Businesses

Lorine Pendleton is leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs

She currently serves as the US director of business development at the global law firm,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Tax Tips for Your Home-Based Business

These strategies can benefit your small businesses

Home-based businesses, start-ups and solopreneurs are often serial late filers and miss out on maximizing…

By Alan Hughes

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How This Couple Got Their “Mumbo Sauce” Into Retail Stores

Here are some tips for getting coveted shelf space in local or national retail chains

Have you ever tasted this sauce?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA Hosts a Business Start Up Twitter Chat for Young Entrepreneurs

If you’re already a young entrepreneur or want to become one, this chat is for you

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a Twitter Chat for young entrepreneurs on how…

By C. Daniel Baker

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What to Know Before Applying for a Small Business Loan

Here's what business lenders look for before approving a loan

Community banks are lending. They never stopped lending through the financial crisis

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Where to Find Small Business Opportunities in Africa

Export expert offers his advice on how to break into these emerging markets

In East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda are very conducive for doing business with partners…

By Alan Hughes

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Build a social media and website platform before you begin. If you do not have an interconnected presence between your website/blog, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, et al, then how will people find your book and how will you blast it out to the largest constituency possible?  The Internet is vast and a small cry in the dark for attention will get lost without a true platform.

Why Your Small Business Needs a Marketing Plan

It will help you attract and keep loyal customers and better compete against competitors

Here are 10 questions you need to ask yourself when building your marketing plan

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How to Build a New Startup in 5 Strategic Steps

Defining your brand is key to a successful startup

Defining you brand, honing your message and execution of your work is key to running…

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3 Myths About Successful Startup Cultures

Is breaking down the cubicle wall helping your company?

Certain personality types are said to be signs of a successful company

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How to Start Your Own Business While on the Job

How to leverage your current position into a new company

Becoming an intrapreneur isn’t easy. If you want it to happen, you’re going to have…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Essential Things to Consider Before Starting a Business

Your background, experience and education must align with you business

Successful people aren’t measured by how many ideas they have, but by their ability to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Keep Startup Pitch Materials Up to Date

Steps to draw attention to the information investors want the most

As an early-stage entrepreneur, you must constantly keep your pitch materials up to date

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What Investors Really Want to Know

How to pitch your business to venture capitalists

Your potential investor is asking why your business — as compared to others vying for…

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Learn How to Sell Your Products on TV Shopping Networks

Think you have a million-dollar idea? Here's how inventor Lisa Ascolese got on QVC

Getting on QVC or the Home Shopping Network is a fantasy to many inventors who…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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How Two Actors Made a Business Out of ‘Flash-Mobs’

Flash Mob America: How a growing dance craze became a full-fledged production company

Actors Conroe Brooks and Staci Lawrence were so moved by the memorial service held for…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top 5 Picks in Startup Business Incubators

These programs provide budding entrepreneurs with several resources from coaching to funding

There are 25 incubators around the world

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3 Best Practices for Startup Hiring

Qualities to look for when hiring for your startup

As a startup, you can’t afford to make a lot of mistakes when hiring

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses “Get Down to Business” With Training From Capital One Bank

Free annual program helps to put more money in entrepreneurs’ wallets

In addition to workshops, each small business receives one-on-one counseling

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6 Things to do Before Starting Your Own Business

Gaining valuable experience could help ensure success down the road

“You need to know what your goals are and also make sure to be financially…

By Alan Hughes

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4 Reality Checks For Entrepreneurs With “Can’t-Miss” Business Ideas

Try to get out of your own way every once in a while

A venture cannot survive on faith and passion alone

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Royal Advice From The Queen of QVC

Inventor and ABC Shark Tank co-star Lori Greiner discusses getting products sold on television

Lori Greiner has advice for minority businesses and entrepreneurs

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Small Business Conference for LGBT Communities Resumes After Government Shutdown

The SBA’s economic empowerment tour heads to New York

LGBT conference is on its way to the world’s greatest city

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Learn and Win Prizes in AARP/Black Enterprise’s Small Business University

Four-week webinar series offers expert guidance to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow small businesses

Black Enterprise Small Business University offers expert advice to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow…

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Why 1 Trillion Dollars In Black Buying Power Should Be Used To Start Black Businesses

Entrepreneurship is key driver in empowering black communities

By 2015 African Americans will yield $1.1 trillion in spending. But that thirteen-figure power should…

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4 Rules For Hiring And Building a Team

Hiring friends and family can wreck your business

Here’s how to hire the right people for your business

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Brett Johnson, BET Founders’ Son, Launches Mens Footwear and Clothing Collection

The rising designer hopes to appeal to young professionals and celebrities

Johnson’s collection of men’s apparel and footwear includes fashion sneakers, polo shirts and T-shirts, and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Tips to Finding the Ideal Retail Location

Here's how you can scout out the best location for your start-up or business expansion

It’s been two years since Chicago’s Classic Cobbler moved out of its home-based digs and…

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4 Tech Investments Your Startup Should Splurge On Early

When it comes to tech, here’s what your company should invest in

A list of what your startup should splurge on early.

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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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