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Contest Open To Solo Entrepreneurs Who Give Back Their Communities

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…

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 …

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Empower Yourself this Month in Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Atlanta event gives business knowledge on supplier diversity

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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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…

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.

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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.…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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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Entrepreneurs Are More Optimistic About U.S. Economy and Investing in Their Business in 2014

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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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3 Myths About Successful Startup Cultures

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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

By Roz A. Gee

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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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Bridget McCrea

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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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Nonprofit Helps Social Entrepreneurs Grow Ideas with Seed Money

Resources are out there to help grow businesses that want to change the world and make a profit

Since 2007, there’s been an increase in the number of young people starting for-profit social…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The 10 Best Cities to Start a Business

New York, Los Angeles and Chicago rank among the top 10 entrepreneurial hot spots from around the world

New York can claim to be the global capital for female tech entrepreneurs.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Morehouse College Students ‘Step’ Up Their Game with Footwear Business

Here's how these Morehouse students parlayed a love for athletic footwear into a shoe company

As a student at the prominent Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, Thabiti Stephens…

By Bridget McCrea

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Daymond John and Mark Cuban to Attend First Shark Tank Audition For Minority Businesses

ABC’s co-stars will join executive producer Mark Burnett

Companies that register for the conference also will have the opportunity to participate in a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Turn Your Sideline Hustle Into A Business

Is it time to convert your part-time passion into a full-time venture? Here's how.

Like most people, Venita Walker never believed her side hustle could be a full time…

By Bridget McCrea

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Why You Shouldn’t Learn to Code for Your Startup

Tech entrepreneur makes argument that you should ditch the coding lessons

A tech entrepreneur shares why he thinks startup founders shouldn’t learn to code.

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3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Their Financials

If you don't know your numbers, you don't know your business—period.

If who don’t know your numbers, you don’t know your business—period.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Don’t Wait To Start A Business Before Reading “The Entrepreneur Mind”

Kevin D. Johnson's book addresses the most important—and overlooked—element of preparing for business ownership: mindset.

The most important—and overlooked—aspect of preparing for entrepreneurship is mindset.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Month of the Man: Restaurateur Talks Transition from Government Worker to Entrepreneur

Avery Leakes' adolescent boss moves led to big wins

For BlackEnterprise.com’s Month of the Man, we catch up with Avery Leake, 28, on reviving…

By Courtney Connley

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Month of the Man: 3 Steps to Startup Success for Tech Entrepreneurs

Elliott Breece (far left) with his Songza co-founders (from left) Elias Roman, Peter Asbill, and…

By Ashley Calloway

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How to Find the Right E-Commerce Platform

See why determining which e-commerce platform starts with the entrepreneur

Infographic analyzes the drawbacks and benefits of the major e-commerce platforms — and which one…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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AARP and SBA Share Advice on Entrepreneurship for the 50 Plus

One in four individuals ages 44 to 70 is interested in becoming an entrepreneur

For more than 70 million Americans over 50, business ownership is a practical option. 63…

By C. Daniel Baker

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"Tell me why I should put my money into your business." Can you make the case?

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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneurs Conference: How I Won The Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition

2012 Elevator Pitch Winner Ebonee Monique's first-person account of her experience at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference—and what's happened since.

Where has she been since?

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B Corporations, An Alternative for Socially Conscious Entrepreneurs

How startups can raise money for socially beneficial purposes while making little to no profit.

If you are considering a B-Corp, here is what you need to know to take…

By Ricardo Bernard

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Developing the ‘New Minority Entrepreneur’

SXSW panel examines what it takes to support minorities in entrepreneurship

The “Cultivating the New Minority Entrepreneur” panelists at South by Southwest (SXSW) discussed the changing…

By Mary Pryor

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All-Star to Tech Star: Why Black Athletes Need to Get in the Startup Game

Athletes-turned-startup founders call for a transition from the stadium to the Valley

Startup founders, Ryan Nece and Garrett Johnson, make a case for African-American athletes and their…

By Garrett Johnson

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New York Times announces a new incubator for startups

New York Times Announces a New Incubator for Startups

New program provides space and opportunities to startups

The NY Times’ new partnering program offers startups a chance to grow without losing equity

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The 5 Most Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A recent study ranked these as the friendliest states to do business in

Did your city make the list?

By C. Daniel Baker

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The 5 Least Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A study rated these the least friendly states for entrepreneurs

Check out the findings from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

By C. Daniel Baker

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It’s Not Just a Party: Quick Tips for Young Events Entrepreneurs

Executive talks brand-building at a global startup

It’s not just about throwing a good party. It’s about a brand experience. Here are…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Steps You Need to Take to Start a Family Nonprofit

Grammy Winning Jazz Musician Ulysses Owen and family tackle high crime and dropout rates through performing arts youth camp

Want to learn how to follow in the Owen family footsteps?

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If a startup has already reached product/market fit and is getting ready to scale, Chicago can be a great spot for 
both raising money and for getting global exposure.

5 Hottest US Cities for Startups

A recent study identified the following cities as the hottest American cities to build a startup

Do you live in any of these?

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Paris is ranked 9th globally, in large part because of its healthy distribution of start-ups across the first 4 stages of the Start-up Lifecycle.

5 Hottest International Cities For Start-up Businessess

Have you been to any of these cities?

These international locales have been rated the hottest for start-ups.

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Capital, Coaching Available for Startups

Accelerator initiative seeks entrepreneurs for intensive three-month program

The DreamIt Access Accelerator Program is looking for entrepreneurs in the Austin and New York…

By Alan Hughes

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Pittsburgh Launches Initiative to Encourage Black Entrepreneurship

Community and business leaders meet to focus on diversity

113 Industries formed a new initiative developed to encourage entrepreneurship among the cities’ African-American community.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ghanaian Tech Startup Wins Grand Prize In Global Competition

Dropifi beat 49 other competitors from around the world, including Canada

Dropifi, a startup tech company from Ghana has taken the top spot in the 2012…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Baby Boomer Entrepreneur

Study Claims Baby Boomers Have Highest Self-Employment Rate

Higher rate of self-employment among older workers

The self employment rate for adults 55 and older is 16.4 percent, according to the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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7 Ways to Avoid a Culture Clash When Conducting Global Business

Here’s how best to avoid an international incident when taking your small biz global

For good or bad, globalization is here to stay.

By Alan Hughes

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Google Apps no longer free for new small business accounts

Google Helps Small Business Owners Get Online

Google helps small businesses with a free workshop

Google is taking to all 50 states to help small-business owners build websites and get…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Google to Begin Credit Card Program for Small Businesses

Adwords users can purchase Adwords ads to promote their businesses with the credit card.

The search giant has teamed with the Comenity Capital Group and Barclays to offer credit…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Small Business: 3 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty, Fast

Get on the fast track to building customer loyalty today

Building brand loyalty is a key to success in business, and it starts with getting…

By Darren Sands

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3 Ways to Think Big About Starting Your Small Business

These steps can take the mystery out of how to come up with your next big idea

Want to make your side-hustle a full-time deal?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Tracey Symphax, CEO of Capitol City Contracting Inc. and Phax Group, L.L.C., turned his life around after serving prison time as a youth. (Image: Uptown Magazine)

From Prison to the Boardroom: A Story of Career Success

CEO Tracey Syphax: 'Entrepreneurship saved my life'

Tracey Syphax, CEO of Capitol City Contracting Inc. overcame the stigma of serving prison time…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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The Top 5 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Learn some of the simple dos and don'ts of launching your own business

Robert Jordan, author of “How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of…

By Alan Hughes

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Gender & Business in the UK: Three Entrepreneurs Talk Challenges, Successes

Women pave their own paths, diversifying British industries

British businesswomen Yvonne Thompson, Jessica Huie, Jessica Elliott stake their claim on being leading women…

By Octavia Goredema

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Push for More Investment in Minority Entreprenuers Emerges

Silicon Valley looks to diversify pool of black and Latino-owned companies

Silicon Valley looks to diversify pool of black and Latino-owned companies

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Food Network Stars Profit off their Culinary Passion

Power couple Pat and Gina Neely dish on their success in the food industry on this week's B.E. Business Report

From a family loan to a multimillion dollar business, Food Network stars Pat & Gina…

By Andrew Wadium

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

The woman of power behind the multimillion dollar beauty brand shares the secret of her success

As the founder of the ever-popular Carol’s Daughter, Lisa Price if a woman of power…

By Andrew Wadium

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Free!! Books of the Week – Business Growth

Visit our BE Rewarded site for your chance to WIN!

A stronger sales force, management team, or new innovations are some of the ways to…

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3 Ways to Build A Better Brand

Get more clarity on your brand by asking these key questions

Get more clarity on your brand by asking these key questions

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UBR Spotlight: Cupcake Entrepreneur Jessy Blanchard

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Jessy Cupcake Company Founder Jessy Blanchard; marketing maven…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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6 Questions to Tackle Before Launching Your Startup

Many new entrepreneurs focus solely on their business idea during the startup process, but what about those other important business decisions that can dramatically impact your bottom line?

Many new entrepreneurs focus solely on their business idea during the startup process, but what…

By Steven Saley

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Brandon Smith, Wrist’Ezy

With Wrist’Ezy, Brandon Smith aims to ease the pain of computer users everywhere

Entrepreneur Brandon Smith introduces Wrist’Ezy, a new invention that eases the discomfort many computer users…

By Brian Dawson

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Kim Coles To Help Judge Elevator Pitch Competition

Comedian/TV personality to join radio host Michael Baisden, The CASHFLOW Founder Magnus Greaves and Black Enterprise CEO Earl Graves Jr. on judging panel

Coles will join The CASHFLOW Founder Magnus Greaves, radio personality and author Michael Baisden and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Meet Your Small Business Instructor: James Andrews

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, this social media expert offers tips to grow your business

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, social media expert James Andrews…

By Demetria Irwin

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Mario Armstrong

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, personal finance expert Lynette Khalfani-Cox…

By Demetria Irwin

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In 2011, tech co-founders Mike McGee and Neal Sales-Griffin started Code Academy, a 12 week program to teach people how to build websites and mobile apps.

Code Academy Teaches Web Development to the Masses

The black-owned startup is schooling entrepreneurs on the art of coding from the ground floor of Chicago's new 50,000 sq. ft. coworking facility

In October 2011, tech co-founders Mike McGee and Neal Sales-Griffin started Code Academy, a 12-week…

By Terrance Gaines

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, personal finance expert Lynette Khalfani-Cox…

By Demetria Irwin

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Women of Power

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On the Move: Jocelyn Allen to Lead GM Diversity Efforts; Chicago Defender Gets First Female Exec Editor

Both General Motors and the Chicago Defender appoint female power players to top leadership positions.

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Meet Dariany Santana, Co-Host of Women of Power TV

Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV.…

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