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Rapper Styles P’s Juice Bar Promotes Healthy Living in Black Community

From hip-hop to health guru, enterprising entertainer shines light on the juicing path to wellness

LOX member Styles P expresses his passion for healthy living with Juices for Life, his…

By Amy Andrieux

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How a Business Coach Can Help Your Company Grow

Entrepreneur gains an education through a non-profit program

Pay it forward: CEO Link Howard with one of his interns
Two years ago, Link Howard,…

By Alan Hughes

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When chef and proprietor Carl Redding decided to establish the Harlem restaurant named after his grandmother, Amy Ruth’s in 1999 he didn’t foresee it becoming a multimillion-dollar company that he would one day no longer lead. Yet, that is exactly what happened when he was forced to sell the restaurant four years ago due to financial mismanagement, which led to tax debt. After relinquishing power Redding made two more efforts in the culinary business with Ruthie Mae’s in Englewood, NJ, which lasted only seven months, and Doc’s, a take-out soul food spot in Harlem that was also short-lived. These disappointments may have convinced any other entrepreneur to quit but it only made Redding’s resolve to succeed stronger. Finally, he has managed to do just that with Redding’s, a popular soul food attraction in Atlantic City, NJ that recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Mr. Redding’s latest achievement wasn’t easy and now he shares with BlackEnterprise.com his most significant tips for any businessperson intent upon making a comeback. —Souleo

5 Tips for Making a Business Comeback

Celebrity chef Calvin Redding advises on how to bounce back after a business failure

Celebrity chef Calvin Redding may have lost his multimillion dollar restaurant Amy Ruth’s but he’s…

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Ludacris & His Daughter Launch Educational Website for Kids

The entertainer's 10-year-old reinforces the idea that education can be fun with Karma's World

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges goes into business with his 10-year-old daughter Karma with Karma’s World an…

By Anslem Samuel

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6 Ways to Get a Bank Loan for Your Business

If you think like a banker, you could get the finance you need for your business

Six tips for entrepreneurs to get bank loans for your business

By Alan Hughes

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How to Find Your Brand’s Red Sole

Christian Louboutin's iconic red soles offer a lesson for entrepreneurs on making a brand distinctive

Christian Louboutin’s iconic red soles offer a lesson for entrepreneurs on making a brand distinctive

By BlackEnterprise.com

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How I Did It: Chef Goes Mobile with Food Truck

What it’s like to take catering company on the road

Chef Darryl King details how he took his brand from restaurant to hot food truck…

By Joel Lyons

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WIN! The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion Into Profit

Enter to win a FREE copy of The Mocha Manual for Turning Your Passion Into Profit

Enter to win a FREE copy of The Mocha Manual for Turning Your Passion Into…

By Sasha King

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Capitalizing on a Family Recipe and Reputation

Lefty’s Spices uses popular family restaurant’s barbecue sauce to attract industry giants

Lefty’s Barbecue started out as A rib joint founded by Walter Nash Sr. (a.k.a. Lefty)…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How Small Business Accelerators Give a Boost to Black Entrepreneurs

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how an accelerator positioned the company to make $1 million in just two years

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how the Cleveland Minority Accelerator positioned the company to…

By Alan Hughes

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Cooperative Economics: Why You Should Team Up to Build Your Business Rather than Do It Alone

Rather than go it alone, build a strong partnership, and as a result, a strong business

Rather than go it alone, author and entrepreneur Felicia Joy says you should build a…

By Felicia Joy

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Longtime friends hope shoe store for women with larger feet finds its niche

At 5 feet 6 inches and wearing size 12 footwear, Washington, D.C. native Toni Hall…

By Alan Hughes

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Preview B.E. Business Report: 2011 Elevator Pitch Contest Winners

Also: Success Expert Dr. Dennis Kimbro; The Empowerment Experiment's Maggie Anderson

On the next edition of the Black Enterprise Business Report, hosted by Caroline V. Clarke,…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Ryford Estores’s Self-Cut System

The target market for Ryford Estores’s specialty grooming product? Men. With short hair. Did someone say "sales potential?"

With his new product ,the Self-Cut System, entrepreneur Ryford Estores goes a cut above

By Brian Dawson

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5 Tips for Hiring Interns for Your Startup

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

By Kwame Kuadey

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Is Your Product Viable? 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Before forging down the path of entrepreneurship, ask yourself these five key questions

If you’ve decided to pursue the path of entrepreneurship by introducing a new product to…

By Tracy Foster

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Model Walks off the Runway Into Green Home Cleaning Business

Eco-friendly niche gives entrepreneur competitive edge in the industry

Former model Deanna K. Hains switched gears from the glam world of fashion into the…

By Souleo

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Pure Success

Careful planning and research are the right mix for makers of all-natural hair and skin products for children

There are plenty of products on shelves geared toward African American adult women with natural…

By Malecia S. Walker

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5 Steps to Making Sure Your Business is Fundable

Use these strategies to ensure you can sell investors on your project and get the money you need to move your business forward.

Use these strategies to ensure you can sell investors on your project and get the…

By Pete Chatmon

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Baked to Perfection

Entrepreneurs make second attempt to open cupcake shop but due diligence must be the main ingredient

When women with a love for food, friends, and good conversation joined forces after losing…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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5 Tips for Revving Up Your Business

Innovation and value are among the major revenue drivers

Jamilah Barnes Creekmur earned her stripes leading business development efforts for AllHipHop.com (and won the…

By Renita Burns

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5 Steps To Creating Your Profitable Tech Start-Up

Position your company to become a future industry leader

Black entrepreneurs must be creative, however, to advance to the next stage in the Innovation…

By Derek T. Dingle

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5 Quick Tips for Creating a Successful College Business

How entrepreneurial college students can get started on building a smart business

How entrepreneurial college students can get started on building a smart business

By Felicia Joy

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Now is the time to start a business. Launching a business in college (See 5 reasons why you should here) — or collaborating on one — sets you up for a bright and successful future.  I’ve come up with 25 ideas college students can start for $200 or less.  Believe it! You can use one (or more) of these suggestions or come up with your own.  Some of these startup ideas may work better than others, or, depending on where you go to college, may not work at all, but it's up to you  so choose wisely and adjust quickly if the business you start isn’t advancing. So, college CEO, before you head back to school for the semester pick your money-making match.---Felicia Joy

25 Savvy Startups Students Can Launch for $200 or Less

College students can tap into their inner CEO with these smart startup ideas

College students can tap into their inner CEO with these smart startup ideas

By Felicia Joy

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5 Reasons Every Student Should Launch a Startup Business While in College

How getting a head start as an entrepreneur could change your future

Small business expert Felicia Joy tells how getting a head start as an entrepreneur while…

By Felicia Joy

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Pastry’s Vanessa & Angela Simmons

Also: Power Player Ian Clarke; expert estate planning advice

Vanessa and Angela Simmons, co-founders of the Pastry’s urban fashion enterprise, are featured in the…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: How to Raise Venture Capital for a Tech Start-Up

August cover subject, Chuck Baker, discusses his strategy for raising money in Silicon Valley

Fileblaze CEO Chuck Baker shares his three tips for successfully getting funds to launch a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Welcomes Tyler Perry and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs

See why urban entrepreneurs are opening up shop in record numbers in Georgia

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed welcomed Tyler Perry and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs to the Atlanta Urban…

By Ronda Racha Penrice

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Hungry for More

Couple rebounds from failed restaurant to serve up a side dish business

A failed chicken wing restaurant left husband-and-wife team Claude and Crystal Booker with a heap…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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5 Black Toy Companies That Embrace Multiculturalism

These entrepreneurs cater to today's diverse children's market

The Atlanta Post highlights black toy companies that are helping to make the industry more…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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UBR Spotlight: Kimberlee Burt and The Business of Childcare

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Bryant Monteilh sits down with Kimberlee…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: 14-Year-Old CEO Chental-Song Bembry

Teen author, illustrator, and entrepreneur gives tips to help other young writers enter the literary field and start their own businesses

Teen author, illustrator, and entrepreneur gives tips to help other young writers get started

By LaToya M. Smith

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Book Publisher Karen Hunter Talks Launching Digital Publishing Company

Author and former journalist expands literary brand into Web world

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist Karen Hunter talks digital publishing company and expanding her…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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5 Keys To Getting Your Startup Idea From Concept to Launch

Business development expert William Crowder shares how new entrepreneurs can attract start-up investment resources

Starting a great business begins with a great idea but not everyone knows how to…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Father-Daughter CEOs Strengthen Family Bond with New Publishing Company

Venture combines business, youth's talent to promote urban litaracy

Ephraim Benton and his daughter, Amber, combined her love for storytelling…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Height Goddess: For Tall Women, By a Tall Woman

Entrepreneur of the Week Lameka Weeks takes the fashion world to new heights with her tall women's line

For tall women, finding stylish clothing can be a towering frustration. Height Goddess founder Lameka…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Why ‘Follow Your Passion’ is Bad Business Advice

Columnist and entrepreneur Felicia Joy tells small business owners to take heed

Columnist and entrepreneur Felicia Joy tells small business owners to take heed

By Felicia Joy

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DreamIt! Funding for Startups Led By Minority Entrepreneurs

July 8 application deadline to gain access to financing and other resources offered by new partnership with Comcast Interactive Capital

The Minority Entrepreneur Accelerator Program MEAP is seeking minority-led start-up businesses to receive funding, business…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Leaders of the New School: 10 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch

Making their marks in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few

Making their marks in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few

By Elayne Fluker

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4 Tips for College Grads Seeking Entrepreneurship

See why one small business consultant and best-selling author says college students should consider going from graduation to getting their own businesses

See why one small business consultant and best-selling author says college students should consider going…

By Alan Hughes

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8 Signs of a Successful Entrepreneur

A great idea is only the beginning, here are some key elements every successful entrepreneur should possess

Having a great idea doesn’t mean you’ll make a great entrepreneur, Tina Wells shares some…

By Tina Wells

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2011 B.E. Small Business Award Winners

These companies nab top honors at this year's Entrepreneurs Conference

These companies nab top honors at this year’s Entrepreneurs Conference

By renita burns

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

Elevator Pitch Competition Finalists – Who’ll Win $10,000

Introducing the young entrepreneurs vying for a chance to win 10 grand at the 2011 Entrepreneurs Conference

After submitting their elevator pitch, these young entrepreneurs advance to the finals of Black Enterprise’s…

By Anslem Samuel

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‘America’s Next Best Restaurant’ Winner Jamawn Woods Talks Healthy Soul Food Inspired By His Daddy

Jobless for six months, Woods won a spot on TV and made his entrepreneurial dreams a reality

Jamawn Woods went from dreams of being a restaurateur to opening three Soul Daddy locations…

By alexisstodghill

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5 Things Hybrid Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

Author Felicia Joy tells you what you need to know when it comes to launching your new business

Author Felicia Joy tells you what you need to know when it comes to launching…

By LaToya M. Smith

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6 Ways to Boost Your Business Profits

All businesses want to make money. One author/entrepreneur offers tips on how to effectively turn (and sustain) a profit

All businesses want to make money. One author/entrepreneur offers tips on how to effectively turn…

By Alan Hughes

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What is Hybrid Entrepreneurship? (And Why You Should Consider It)

Tips on how to build a business while still working your day job from author Felicia Joy

Thinking about building your own business, while still working your full-time job? Check out these…

By LaToya M. Smith

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5 Steps to Starting a Franchise – Failure is Not an Option

Starting a business is one thing, here's how you take it to the next level without things falling apart

Starting a business is one thing, here’s how you take it to the next level…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Anyone that's serious about growing their small business should be sure to have these insightful books handy

Five books every entrepreneur should read to be successful in business and increasing profits, including…

By Alfred Edmond Jr.

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UBR Morning Post: Plus-Size Fashion Entrepreneur Monif Clarke

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy talks with Monif…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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5 Ways America Can Help Small Businesses Grow

Serial entrepreneur and small biz advocate says regulation and taxes are hindering innovation

Serial entrepreneur and small biz advocate says regulation and taxes are hindering innovation

By Alan Hughes

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Entrepreneurship is no longer a term solely reserved for former business execs and seasoned employees. Gone are the days where young adults stick close to the traditional career path. Instead, today's trailblazers are creating their own opportunities. And some of the smartest among them will join BLACK ENTERPRISE next month at our annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. Check out these young leaders under 35—BE Nexters—who are carving a space for themselves in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few.

10 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For

Tomorrow's leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in business and beyond.

Tomorrow’s leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Things to Know Before You Fire Your Boss

If you're answers are yes it may be time to break out on your own

If you’re answers are yes it may be time to break out on your own

By Tina Wells

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Monitor your progress.  Use the reports coming in from your distribution portals.  Amazon (via CreateSpace), Barnes & Nobles (via Pubit), and Smashwords all print sales reports.  When you run a promotion or have a flurry of activity, like a series of Twitter chats, be sure to go back and see what worked to spike sales.  Keep that in your arsenal and repeat that successful activity on a regular basis.

10 Steps to Self-Publish Your Next Book

Best-selling author L.A. Banks offers tips on how to forget the publishing houses and sell your book your way

Best-selling author L.A. Banks offers tips on how to forget the publishing houses and sell…

By Alan Hughes

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8 Simple SEO Tips for The Not-So-Tech Savvy Entrepreneur

A few key tips to increase your search engine ranking without hiring an expert

How do you get prospects to your online destination? By utilizing Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Speed Networking: How to Brand and Promote Yourself in 2 Minutes

Expert tips from one of our Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference facilitators

Expert tips from one of our Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference facilitators

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Getting Started: Three Young Producers Look Beyond TV to Reach Audiences

With the help of actor Idris Elba, the owners of Brown Paper Dolls find innovative ways to tell their stories

With the help of actor Idris Elba, the owners of Brown Paper Dolls find innovative…

By Arlice Nichole

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5 Steps for Strategic Small Business Growth

How to get your company to the next level

How to get your company to the next level

By Tennille M. Robinson

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UBR Morning Post: Get ‘Super Rich’ With Russell Simmons

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

By Alfred Edmond Jr.

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Tend your bar. Monitor your bartenders. Over-pouring can lead to big financial problems. With formally trained bartenders this is not an issue. But if you’re thinking about hiring someone who learned to bartend at friend’s parties, think again.

10 Tips to Opening Your Own Club

Industry experts and successful entrepreneurs tell you how to build, brand and promote your business and turn it into a hot spot

Industry experts and successful entrepreneurs tell you how to build, brand and promote your business…

By Alan Hughes

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Business Lessons from Black Enterprise Publisher Earl G. Graves, Sr.

The soon-to-be Advertising Hall of Fame inductee grew his business with a bold vision and a detailed plan

The soon-to-be Advertising Hall of Fame inductee grew his business with a bold vision and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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5 Rules for a Successful Small Business Partnerships

Partnerships make sense when they increase your competitive advantage. Here's what else you need to consider

Partnerships make sense when they increase your competitive advantage. Here’s what else you need to…

By Alan Hughes

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Anatomy of an Elevator Pitch

5 ways to pitch your small business and guarantee you don't leave money on the table

Okay, so 30-60 seconds may not seem like a lot of time. But in the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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3 Ways to Make Your Company Attractive to Venture Capitalists

For many companies, venture capital backing provides the best means to quickly expand a business

For many companies, venture capital backing provides the best means to quickly expand a business

By renita burns

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Changing Lanes: French Teacher Opens Detroit’s First Creperie

Following her dreams, Torya Blanchard turned her passion for French cuisine into a flourishing business

Following her dreams, Torya Blanchard turned her passion for French cuisine into a flourishing business

By Darralynn Hutson

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Identify a clothing concept and target audience. Determine what garments you will make and study the fabrics you will most likely use. Then conduct market research to see if there is a target audience for your clothes. Talk to owners of retail stores and textile suppliers for information about businesses that produce the same kind of apparel that interests you. These contacts should also be able to tell you the buying patterns within various price points.

10 Ways to Launch Your Own Fashion Line

Here's how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

Here’s how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

By Alan Hughes

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4 Business Plan Musts

How having your business plan on-point can put you ahead of the competition

Whether you have 100 investors or 100 dollars to fund your start-up, your business plan…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Want to know more about being (or raising) a teenpreneur to become a future CEO? Join us at Black Enterprise's Entrepreneurs Conference taking place in Atlanta May 22-25 and attend out Teenpreneurs Program. Learn from veteran entrepreneurs, develop leadership skills, get tips on starting your business and more. As an incentive, BLACK ENTERPRISE is offering a $200 discount for early registration. Just visit blackenterprise.com/ec to register and enter code BEDG295.

10 Tips for Teenpreneurs

Former teen CEO Tina Wells gives her tips on getting an early start on launching your new business

Check out the photo gallery loaded with tips.

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6 Ways to Avoid Small Business Demise

If you are considering entrepreneurship, your venture will likely fail.
That’s not a criticism or negativity,…

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Young Bosses: 6 Successful Brand Builders Who Got An Early Start

Learn from these business leaders how to take charge at an early age and change the game

Learn from these business leaders how to take charge at an early age and change…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Young Bosses: 5 Steps to Success in Business at an Early Age

Two inspiring entrepreneurs talk about their journey and tips to start your own

Two inspiring entrepreneurs talk about their journey and tips to start your own

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3 Ways to Deal with a Problem Employee

Having the right team in place is essential to the success of any small business.…

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7 Most Valuable Plays of a Young Boss

Successful power moves of today's young leaders

Successful power moves of today’s young leaders

By Janell Hazelwood

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Black-owned Business Boom. Are You Ready?

See what cities are the best for black businesses and why

While entrepreneurship may seem daunting for some, many are giving it a go more so…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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From Entrepreneurial Vision to AliveLook

The C-Suite: AliveLook CEO Duane Davis with Black Enterprise CEO Earl "Butch" Graves (Courtesy of…

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4 Social Media Tools for Your Small Business

So, we’ve narrowed down the list down to a couple of tools that were highly…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?

These 5 steps will help determine if you're ready to be your own boss

Entrepreneurship can lead to a prosperous future filled with wealth, security, job creation, freedom to…

By Alan Hughes

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3 Easy Ways to Solidify Your Personal Brand

Tina Wells explains why marketing yourself matters, whether youre an entrepreneur or not

Marketing is a reality of our everyday lives. Everywhere we turn, we see it, smell…

By Tina Wells

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In the February 2011 "Power Issue" of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors--Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director, Business, and Tennille Robinson, Senior Multimedia Content Producer, Small Business--offer up these 10 power moves that will expand the businesses of new and established entrepreneurs.  (Images: Thinkstock)

10 Power Moves to Help Entrepreneurs Make Money

See how following these basic principles can turn your business from potential success to profitable

In the February 2011 “Power Issue” of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors–Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director,…

By Derek T. Dingle

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4 Ways Your Small Business Can Topple the Industry Giant

Successful entrepreneurs who have beaten their Goliaths

Get ready to go up against the big guys (Image: Thinkstock)
Every small business has to…

By Alan Hughes

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Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book, Eat People: and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs Andy Kessler takes a look at 12 of those new rules. Co-founder and president of Velocity Capital Management, an investment firm based that provided funding for private and public technology and communications companies, Kessler provided BLACK ENTERPRISE with four rules for not just profitability--but also how to identify the next big trend.--Alan Hughes (Images: Thinkstock)

4 Rules for Entrepreneurs Looking for the Next ‘Big Thing’

A venture capitalist tells you how to make your business profitable AND scalable

Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book,…

By Alan Hughes

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Nailing It?

Duo looks to make their polish a beauty industry best seller

With just $2,000 from their personal savings, H. Ginger Johnson and Sara “Liz” Pickett have…

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7 Ways to Maximize Your Company’s Profits

Venture capitalist and author Mark Thompson shares the fundamentals of staying in the black

<li>One of the first rules in entrepreneurship is do whatever you do profitably. And when…

By Alan Hughes

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Bad Business: The Problem With Fried Chicken

An honest look at the politics of poultry and what role this Southern delicacy plays in the negative image of Black folks

Perhaps I’m being too sensitive and reading too much into the politics of poultry but…

By Anslem Samuel

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POLL: Can Geolocation Provide a Boost to Your Business?

Savvy entrepreneurs are using the services to build their base, brand awareness and loyalty. But does it work?

According to a Pew Research Center study released last November, only 4% of online American…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Getting Started: Turning Your Blog into a Business

How one enterprising woman went from blogger to entrepreneur

Hays tells how she went from blogger to businesswoman
From entertainment to politics to fashion, fascinating…

By Arlice Nichole

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6 New Year’s Resolutions for New Entrepreneurs

Make the following commitments to lay the foundation for succcess of your business in 2011

So you’ve decided that 2011 is the year, the official “Founded” date of your brand…

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In 1994 Curtiss Pope's first job was as a grocery store clerk. Only 15, he couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a document to show customers which aisle had the bread and which aisle had the dairy. “I had to be well versed in the store layout,” remembers Pope. Fast-forward to 2008; Pope, now a software engineer, was on a grocery run with his wife when he got a spark of inspiration. He wanted to create a mobile app to help customers navigate their stores. That's exactly what he did. The app, AisleFinder, helps shoppers find their grocery items based on their shopping list. It also provides users with coupons and collects information about shoppers’ habits. Pope’s wife, along with several of his friends and family, thought it was a great idea and gave him moral support; along with $22,000. Unfortunately, the national grocery store chains didn’t feel the same way. It took a year and a half before Pope, and his four-person staff, were able to get a pilot deal with national grocery retailer, Safeway Inc. After a lot of coaxing the store agreed that starting this January they would endorse his app in 40 of their stores across California. Although AisleFinder still has a long way to go, Pope says that the deal with Safeway is already opening doors to other retailers. Here are his 10 tips for closing a deal with a national brand.

How to Get a Deal with National Retailers

10 tips on pitching your idea to the big guys from someone who did it

Curtiss Pope created a mobile app to help shoppers locate their items in grocery stores.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Book Review: Black Business Secrets

Author Dante Lee wants African Americans to excel as entrepreneurs, not just have good feelings about business ownership

For those entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who are serious about building sustainable businesses, Dante…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Being the Boss: 3 Imperatives to Great Leadership

Harvard professor and author Linda Hill tells entrepreneurs why real management is about influence

Leadership isn’t about getting things done yourself – it’s about accomplishing things through others, says…

By Alan Hughes

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Web video is becoming an important feature for all websites. In fact, studies show that video will exceed 91% of global consumer traffic by 2014. Once you decide to include video on your website, you have to determine which company is best suited to host your video content. To help make your decision process a little easier, here are 10 things you should consider before purchasing a hosting contract and uploading your videos to a third party vendor. —Marcia Wade Talbert

10 Web Commandments Before Choosing a Video Host

There's more to going viral with video than you think. Here are a few factors to consider.

Choosing an online video platform depends on your business needs. Follow these 10 tips to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How Inventors Should Assess Manufacturers

What you need to know and need to ask.

Once you get to the stage where you’re talking to potential manufacturers, it’s important to…

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Why Tradeshows are a Must for Inventors

How to effectively build leads at industry events

Inventor, Andre Woolery takes readers through the process of brining his invention to market. Check…

By Renita Burns

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How to Determine if Web Video is Right for Your Business

And three reasons that it may not be

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’re probably wondering if web video is right for your…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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From Invention to Market: Starting the Journey

Backless bra creator shares how she brought her idea to market

Cato takes readers through some of the challenges she faced in bringing her invention to…

By Renita Burns

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How to Find a Manufacturer for Your Invention

Why digging through your network can land you a partner for your product

In this blog series, Woolery takes readers through the process of bringing his invention to…

By Renita Burns

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VIDEO: How to Go From Dreamer to Inventor

Our November cover subjects tell what it takes to file a patent and build a prototype

Bringing an invention to market is no easy task. It takes persistence, creativity and unparalleled…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Inventors Insider: 4 Rules for Inventing With a Partner

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

When inventing with a partner, you give up some control and ownership, but the benefits…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Inventors Insider: 3 Ways to Protect Your Invention

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

Louis J. Foreman, the host of Everyday Edison on PBS and CEO of Edison Nation,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Franchise Insider: BBQ Eatery Seeks Franchise Success

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Carmen Lemons turned a decades-old family run business into a franchise and is now marketing…

By Renita Burns

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Inventors Insider: 5 Tips for Creating a Prototype

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

Often, the ideas for many inventions die in the prototype stage. Some inventors spend thousands…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Home Base: How to Cut Costs by Cutting Phone Service

Information and resources especially for home-based business owners

As more companies develop VoIP options, it’s getting easier to find cheap service and sometimes…

By Renita Burns

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Family Biz: 3 Things to Include in Your Buy-Sell Agreement

Your resource for working with parents, children, spouses, exes, and others

If you or a member of your family dies or wants out of the business,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Is Your Business Ripe for Fraud?

Former FBI investigator offers tips on how to keep your company finances safe

There are simple steps a small business owner can take to reduce his or her…

By Alan Hughes

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Get Money: Braving “Shark Tanks” for Cash

Expert advice and resources for entrepreneurs who want to raise financing for their business

Business is about competition—for customers, for market share, for employees and yes, for financing. When…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Biz Expert Q&A: Business Start-Up Advice You Can Bank On

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

What are bankers looking for as they assess which entrepreneurs they will lend to and…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Choosing the right people to sit on your board of directors is critical to the success of your organization, says Froswa' Booker-Drew, founder of Soulstice Consultancy, which provides training and webinars for nonprofits. Her clients have included Thelma Wells Ministries, Prime Time Sister Circles, and the Texas Council on Family Violence, among others. A board member herself for the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Booker-Drew coordinates the Nonprofit Certificate Program at University of Texas Arlington where she also teaches several classes and writes for Blackgivesblack.com. This week on the Nonprofit Insider we asked Booker-Drew to talk about the importance of choosing a strong, viable board of directors. Here are five things she says you must consider:

Nonprofit Insider: Choosing a Board for Your Nonprofit

News and views for people managing nonprofits

Your board of directors will be critical to helping your nonprofit operate well. The members…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Inventors Insider: To Patent or Not to Patent, Part 1

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

There has been an ongoing debate between inventors about what to do first: get a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Family Biz: When Your Business Partner is Your Spouse

Your resource for working with parents, children, spouses, exes, and others

Husband and wife Brian and Autumn Merritt own a boutique and are raising their 8-month-old…

By Dale Coachman

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Home Base: Why You Need Business Interruption Insurance

Your guide to running an at-home business

For the small business owner, an unforeseen disaster can bring an abrupt halt to company…

By Renita Burns

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Social Media Insider: Developing Strategy and Securing Backing

Tools, tips, apps and strategies from social media experts and practitioners

Kimberly Stone tells how POSHGLAM became an “IT” website among venture capitalists.

By Renita Burns

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Franchise Insider: Figuring Out Franchising

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Among the challenges facing franchisees, the economy tops the list. Here are a few factors…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Home Base: 5 Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Your guide to running a home based business

With woman entrepreneurs elbowing their way into highly competitive industries, it takes more than a…

By Renita Burns

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Get Money: 5 Things to Know About SBA Lending

Expert advice and resources for entrepreneurs who want to raise financing for their business

Todd Harrington is managing director and chief sales officer for CIT Group where he oversees…

By Alan Hughes

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Biz Expert Q&A: 5 Things To Consider Before Starting Up

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

When starting out in business, small business coach Melinda F. Emerson believes there are five…

By Melinda F. Emerson

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7 Ways to Help Teens Start a Summer Business

With youth unemployment at an all-time high, instead of helping a young person to find a job, how about helping to create one?

As a business coach and someone who built a multi-million dollar company in my 20s,…

By Andrew Morrison

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Biz Plan Insider: Don’t Believe These Myths

"You don't need a business plan" and other commonly held beliefs you need to let go of

Beginning today and every Thursday here on the Small Business channel at BlackEnterprise.com, you’ll find…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Get Money: 4 Keys to Raising Capital for Your Small Business

Expert advice and resources for entrepreneurs who want to raise financing for their business

Beginning today and every Wednesday afternoon here on the Small Business channel at BlackEnterprise.com, you’ll…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Choosing a Legal Structure for Your Biz

What to consider when trying to set up your upstart

When starting a business, there’s an abundance of factors entrepreneurs need to consider. But none…

By Renita Burns

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Starting a Successful Photography Business

You're not just an artist, you're also a businessperson

Though talent is a necessary ingredient for being a successful photographer, training and experience are…

By Letita M. Aaron

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5 Rules for Making Money in Hollywood

Here's what it takes to get your film acquired and distributed

Droves of African American directors, producers and screenwriters came to Miami Beach over the past…

By Derek T. Dingle

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8 Ways to Improve Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect your pitch with these tips

Crafting the perfect elevator speech is both an art and a science in which the…

By Alan Hughes

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The Entrepreneur in You

Before becoming a business owner, you have to think like one

There are no easy short-cuts to successful, sustainable entrepreneurship: being your own boss takes lots…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Marketing in the Digital World

Here�s how to craft a smart online strategy

For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, the term “social media” conjures up the image…

By Dale Coachman

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Funding Your Green Business

Position yourself to be considered for venture capital

Carolyn L. Green is co-founder and managing partner of EnerGreen Capital Management, a Radnor, Pennsylvania-based…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Cyberwise: Live-Streaming Advice

Adding a new dimension to an event planning business.

I have a small events planning business and would like to do some events that…

By Dale Coachman

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Savvy Solutions: Starting A Record Company

You can sign artists and put out your own music, but you can't do it alone

It isn’t impossible to put out signed artists or your own music. You just can’t…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: The Follow-Up

Don't just promise to do it. Do it.

I met a lot of awesome people over the last few days, but I realized…

By Renita Burns

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: How NOT to Seek Financing

Seeking startup capital? Don't do this.

We’re about halfway through the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and I’ve got information overload…

By Renita Burns

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Get Money!

Business coach C. Alexander West gives three tips for securing startup capital

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There is one thing that the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo will…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Now Read This: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

If entrepreneurship is your objective, Melinda Emerson offers a step-by-step road map

Small-business consultant Melinda F. Emerson, founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, a marketing video production…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Can You Talk Your Way Into $10,000 For Your Business?

The B.E. Elevator Pitch Competition gives you a chance to prove it�but avoid these mistakes

If you’re an aspiring or established entrepreneur who can’t use $10,000, stop reading now. But…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Savvy Solutions: Stepping Out into the Footwear Industry

Custom shoe designer Candra Palmer offers advice

I have been sketching shoe designs and would like to begin producing a shoe line.…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Yohance and Di Yonna Mitchell won a $25,000 grant for their company, Vision Tutoring, based in Rex, Ga. Their business provides high-quality, one-on-one instruction to students in grades 1 through 12. Their services are free of charge to qualified students at eligible schools through a contract secured with the Georgia Department of Education.

Urban Entrepreneurs Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary

2009 business plan competition winners earn $200,000 in grants, for decade total of $1.4 million

Celebrating 10 years of economic empowerment through it’s MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) and Business…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Brush Off Your Old Way of Thinking

Re-invention strategies to transform your business and boost profits

In an unsettled economy everyone must develop a brand new attitude to stand out from…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Cutting Edge: Free Resources for Navigating Web 2.0

No-cost classes and Website building services to get you up and running

Here are a few Websites and free resources to help you keep up with new…

By Renita Burns

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No Business Without Technology

You can�t credibly start any business today without having a strong online presence.

I received an e-mail recently from a pair of intrepid college graduates seeking my advice…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Savvy Solutions: Jumping Into the Toy Industry

The business of play

I have created a board game. I’ve gone to a variety of toy and board…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Pep Talk: Multitasking to Achieve Your Goals

How to manage your daily life while starting a business

I’ve always dreamed of opening a clothing boutique. With low overheard, I’ve launched it online.…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Positioning Yourself for an Opportunity

15 proven small-business action items to take advantage of the weak economy

With high unemployment, now is the time to position yourself as an authority in your…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Savvy Solutions: Social Media Marketing 101

Doing more online and off to attract customers

To promote my character entertainment business I use a Website and MySpace account, and I…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Is Your Brand Bold, Beautiful, & Determined?

It may be trite but it is very true: First impressions are everything

How do you create the perfect brand – in life and in business? Branding is…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Preparing for Startup Success

The right education, experience can be vital to your longevity

While it’s clear that amassing education and experience is helpful, there’s no right way to…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Mission to Beijing: Seeking Equal Opportunity in China

An exclusive inside look at the Urban League's effort to bring Chinese investment to African-American communities

The National Urban League’s 40 plus member delegation has embarked on a historic cultural and…

By Dale Coachman

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Building Security for Business Success

Savvy CEO tells how to get the most out of your business

Mary Parker, president and CEO of All(n)1 Security, grew her company from one woman at…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Savvy Solutions: When It’s A Good Idea to Self-Publish

Great resources for aspiring book authors

I’ve been trying to print a children’s book. I don’t want to do the traditional…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Accelerated Assistance

Business incubators step in where start ups fall short

For a start up, the first few years of life are most critical. It’s a…

By Margarette Burnette

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Organize Your Life

Mobile apps help users keep it simple

Anyone using a smartphone already knows how great it is to have everything you want…

By David Hudson

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How to Capture the Eyes (and Wallets) of Web Users

Ten tips that will make your online content shine

To ensure that your Web videos reach their intended audience and keep viewers engaged, here…

By Bridget McCrea

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Cut Small Business Costs

Make ends meet without sacrificing profit

Today, Tricialee Riley, 35, applies the skills she learned managing MAC stores to her New…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Cool Jobs: Television Executive Micheline Bowman Balances Career and Side Hustle

Fox News’ Micheline Bowman has more than 15 years experience in television and has a…

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Women of Power: 10 Black Industry Leaders in Television and Film

Though the representation of women of color on TV and in film is still lagging…

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