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Biz Expert Q&A: 5 Things To Consider Before Starting Up 7 Ways to Help Teens Start a Summer Business Biz Plan Insider: Don’t Believe These Myths Get Money: 4 Keys to Raising Capital for Your Small Business Choosing a Legal Structure for Your Biz Starting a Successful Photography Business 5 Rules for Making Money in Hollywood 8 Ways to Improve Your Elevator Pitch The Entrepreneur in You Marketing in the Digital World Funding Your Green Business Cyberwise: Live-Streaming Advice Savvy Solutions: Starting A Record Company 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: The Follow-Up 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: How NOT to Seek Financing 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Get Money! Now Read This: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months Can You Talk Your Way Into $10,000 For Your Business? Savvy Solutions: Stepping Out into the Footwear Industry Urban Entrepreneurs Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary Brush Off Your Old Way of Thinking Cutting Edge: Free Resources for Navigating Web 2.0 No Business Without Technology Savvy Solutions: Jumping Into the Toy Industry Pep Talk: Multitasking to Achieve Your Goals Positioning Yourself for an Opportunity Savvy Solutions: Social Media Marketing 101 Is Your Brand Bold, Beautiful, & Determined? Preparing for Startup Success Mission to Beijing: Seeking Equal Opportunity in China Building Security for Business Success Savvy Solutions: When It’s A Good Idea to Self-Publish Accelerated Assistance Organize Your Life How to Capture the Eyes (and Wallets) of Web Users Cut Small Business Costs Start Your Business on the Right Foot For 2010 Reinvent Your Business Rev Up Your Startup A View to a Killer Business Model Knowledge-Sharing is King BE Next 2010: Blazing a Path to Success Is Twitter a Fad or a Solid Business Tool? Natural Born Hustler MEDWeek Kick-off Celebrates Business Achievement My Beef With Black Business Spend Less Money on Your Startup Budget Obama Administration to Develop Action Plan for Minority Business A Chat With a $100 Million Man Web Resources for Teenpreneurs What You Can Learn From the Wal-Mart Way Tell Us About Your Business An All-Inclusive Earth Day Encouragement for New Entrepreneurs Survival of the Fittest in a Tough Economy Making Their Mark in the Greeting Card Industry Get In Or Get Left Behind Memo to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Learn Before You Launch Protecting Your Business From Liability The Cutting Edge Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property Understanding What Your Company is Worth How to Integrate your Website with Traditional Advertising Film Festival Marketing Film Financing Avoiding Insurance Fraud Strategies to Small Business Success Beyond Government Just Because You Build It… Business Protection Small Business Guide for Success SCORE Free Online Microsoft’s Big Assist to Small Business The Great Escape

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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

C. Alexander West
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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Start Your Business on the Right Foot For 2010

Essential steps to protect your brand, ideas

Running your own business is an exciting but challenging prospect. In addition to wearing…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Reinvent Your Business

A first-hand account of a companys rebirth

Randal D. Pinkett and Lawrence M. Hibbert watched their educational training firm MBS Educational Services…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Rev Up Your Startup

Get a little help from a business incubator

Here are five tips on how to find a reputable incubator that can give your…

By Brittany Hutson

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A View to a Killer Business Model

Gen2Media helps companies add video to Web 2.0 marketing strategies

In the last three years, Web 2.0 technologies have brought innovations to the entrepreneurial and…

By Dale Coachman

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Knowledge-Sharing is King

There is no question that social networking sites have begun to reshape the business landscape.…

By Dale Coachman

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BE Next 2010: Blazing a Path to Success

Meet the sophomore class changing the game

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the 2010 BE Next subjects and talked about everything from their…

By Renita Burns

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Is Twitter a Fad or a Solid Business Tool?

Businesses large and small are all atwitter about Twitter, a free service that lets users…

By Sandra Beckwith

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Natural Born Hustler

Is entrepreneurship learned or innate?

Is entrepreneurship learned or innate? While working on a young entrepreneurs package slated to run…

By Renita Burns

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MEDWeek Kick-off Celebrates Business Achievement

White House reception underscores excellence, economic importance of minority-owned companies

The Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference, better know as MED Week and hosted by the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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My Beef With Black Business

Black-owned companies need to spend more money with black-owned media

Our businesses leave BE and other black media hanging. When Forbes, Business Week or The…

By Zachary Raynell Rinkins

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Spend Less Money on Your Startup Budget

Programs can help you stretch your business dollars

There are a plethora of organizations, universities, and companies that provide pro bono or professional…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Administration to Develop Action Plan for Minority Business

Minority entrepreneurs continue to be stymied by lack of financing as well as public and…

By Joyce Jones

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A Chat With a $100 Million Man

Ecopreneur talks Detroit, going green, and growing in a downturn

Calling all small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Visualize with me for a second.
Imagine finally getting out…

By Renita Burns

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Web Resources for Teenpreneurs

Online tools for young adults

While attending the 100 Black Men of America’s 23rd Annual Conference in New York last…

By Renita Burns

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What You Can Learn From the Wal-Mart Way

Business lessons from the nation's largest retailer

Black Enterprise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle and Alfred Edmond Jr., editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, traveled…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Tell Us About Your Business

Information entrepreneurs should provide for a chance to be profiled in B.E.

Information entrepreneurs should provide for a chance to be profiled in Black Enterprise.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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An All-Inclusive Earth Day

Van Jones says a green workforce can be economic cure all

Like the afterschool programs of yesteryear, green jobs guru Van Jones announced at a White…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Encouragement for New Entrepreneurs

Your mission: to prove your mettle in a tough economic environment

We’ve heard the numbers. For many of us, our family, friends, and colleagues are among…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Survival of the Fittest in a Tough Economy

Good leadership separates the strong from the expendable

Call it natural selection: a concept developed by 19th century scientist Charles Darwin that argues…

By Renita Burns

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Making Their Mark in the Greeting Card Industry

Entrepreneurs give insights on etching a nitch

The greeting card industry is a multi-billion dollar business, but for entrepreneurs looking to establish…

By Arcynta Ali Childs

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Get In Or Get Left Behind

Five best industries to get venture financing

Black Enterprise, to borrow an old, yet fitting adage, followed the money trail. With the…

By Kingsley Kanu Jr.

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Memo to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Learn Before You Launch

Nothing we tell you can take the place of your taking the time to know your industry

Entrepreneurship is one of the most important keys to wealth creation. However, too many people—laid-off…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Protecting Your Business From Liability

Get the best coverage for unexpected emergencies

If you don’t have a policy in place, you can’t be helped, so take steps…

By Margarette Burnette

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The Cutting Edge

Slashing expenditures in a shaky market

As Congress irons out the fine details of its $700 billion bailout plan,…

By Renita Burns

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Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property

Every business has vital information that should be protected from the hands of competition

Every business has vital information that should be protected from the hands of competition, whether…

By Margarette Burnette

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Understanding What Your Company is Worth

Even if you aren't selling, it's important to know your firm's value

It’s important to know what your company is worth, even if you aren’t planning to…

By Margarette Burnette

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How to Integrate your Website with Traditional Advertising

One of the most popular buzz words in the advertising field right now is "integration"

One of the most popular buzz words in the advertising field right now is “integration,”…

By Bridget McCrea

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Film Festival Marketing

Strategies for connecting with executives, movie houses

Film festival fever is in the air. This week the 12th annual American Black Film…

By George Alexander

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Film Financing

Tax incentives offer attractive options

Making a film has never been easy. Raising the cash, securing a bankable cast and…

By George Alexander

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Avoiding Insurance Fraud

Tips for finding a health insurer your business can depend on

There are a lot of health insurance scams out there. Not only must small business…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Strategies to Small Business Success

Down economy has many entrepreneurs struggling to stay afloat

Junior’s company, which teaches large and small businesses brand development, strategic planning, implementation, marketing, and…

By Wendy Harris

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Beyond Government

The federal government is not the only source of support for small business owners. A…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Just Because You Build It…

How to turn online tire kickers into actual customers

They flock to your Website in droves, looking for the latest information on a certain…

By Bridget McCrea

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Business Protection

Before investing money in your enterprise, write a business prenup

The day you and your business partner launch your company–or some time soon after–you’ll need…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Small Business Guide for Success

Launching a business? Here are tips to get you started--the right way!

Matters entrepreneurs should consider in forming a business, courtesy of Kevin Freeman, a Chicago-based corporate…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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SCORE Free Online

Agency expands online resources to help minority entrepreneurs succeed

Anyone who wants to start or improve a small business venture has come to know…

By Nadirah Z. Sabir

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Microsoft’s Big Assist to Small Business

Software giant sponsors free online summit

Current and would-be entrepreneurs hungry for help to start or better manage their enterprises can…

By Brent Leary

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The Great Escape

Day spas serve as a respite from the often overwhelming stress and hectic pace…

By Alan Hughes

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Women of Power

Lisa Nichols

Author and Motivator Lisa Nichols Inspires During Social Media Event

Lisa Nichols inspired participant during her tweet chat with Black Enterprise, detailing her latest business…

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Susan L. Taylor Talks Mentorship and Passing on a Legacy via CARES

Sharing tips on passing on a legacy and the need for mentorship, Susan L. Taylor…

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