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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 encourages African-American entrepreneurship

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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Ghana tech startup wins global prize in Global Tech Competition

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…

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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…

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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…

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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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How I Did It: Web Entrepreneur Makes Finding Right Products Online Easy

Founder of PlumPerfect.com talks e-commerce and tech-based businesses

Asmau Ahmed, founder of PlumPerfect.com, combines tech skills with love of online shopping for Web…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Get Small Business Advice from Black Enterprise CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr.

As part of the Black Enterprise Small Business University, CEO Earl Butch Graves takes to Twitter to answer your small biz questions

As part of the Black Enterprise Small Business University, CEO Earl Butch Graves takes to…

By Elayne Fluker

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5 Hot Industries for Startups

These sectors offer strong projected revenue growth for new businesses

Every budding entrepreneur wants to find the next big growth sector. A recovering economy and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Melinda Emerson

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, entrepreneurship expert Melinda Emerson offers…

By Demetria Irwin

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Food Truck Owner’s 5 Keys to Selling Without a Store

Food-truck entrepreneur Barbara “Sky” Burrell to share how to make money from mobile and temporary retail locations

No Store, No Problem: Food-truck entrepreneur Barbara “Sky” Burrell shares her strategy to rev up…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Vote Now: Small Business Awards 2012 Nominees

Cast your ballot for which finalists selected by Black Enterprise deserve People's Choice kudos at the Entrepreneurs Conference in Chicago

Cast your ballot now for who should earn People’s Choice recognition at Black Enterprise’s 2012…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Accessing Fresh Capital Sources

Right now, all sorts of nonprofit causes and entertainment projects can receive cash donations from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Fit for Business

When John L. Wright’s neighbor grew frustrated with the lack of progress she experienced while…

By Renita Burns

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How Entrepreneurship Can Fix Young America

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads through entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads…

By John Wilson

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Douglas Wiggins, Body Quest Ice Cream

Douglas Wiggins’s Body Quest Ice Cream doesn’t just taste great — it’s also (seriously!) pretty good for you, too

With Body Quest Ice Cream Douglas Wiggins serves up a healthy alternative to everyone’s favorite…

By Brian Dawson

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

By Alan Hughes

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For more of Lisa Price’s intimate conversation with Caroline Clarke about her journey with Carol’s Daughter and what lies ahead for her and the company, watch the Black Enterprise Business Report on Sunday, Feb, 12 on TVONE. Visit www.blackenterprise.com/bebr to check your local listings for times.

6 Secrets to Success from Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

The mega-beauty brand’s founder on business, balance, and (her daughter) Becca!

Lisa Price found success with Carol’s Daughter, a business that started out of her home,…

By Caroline Clarke

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Small Business, Big Success: Events Diva Diann Valentine’s Tips for Entrepreneurs

How the TV host and author expanded her brand from humble beginnings

Wedding and events entrepreneur Diann Valentine tells how she’s kept her business viable

By Janell Hazelwood

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UBR Spotlight: Karyn White’s Not A Superwoman, But A Super Entrepreneur

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

This week’s Urban Business Roundtable: Inspiration and information from notable women entrepreneurs Karyn White and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Grabbing Consumer Loyalty

For professionals who spend much of their time traveling above the clouds—or en route from…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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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…

By Souleo

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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,…

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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,…

By Alan Hughes

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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.…

By Alan Hughes

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Is this what you're waiting for? WAKE UP!!! Time to get real.

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…

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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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Ladies of Legacy: Nikki Giovanni

Black Enterprise’s 2008 Legacy Award recipient Nikki Giovanni fights against injustice using poetry.

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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