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Next Generation of Blacks On Wall Street 5 Steps to Go from Small to Big Business Push for More Investment in Minority Entreprenuers Emerges UBR Spotlight: SoBran Inc. CEO Amos Otis 50 Cent Partners With Young African Entrepreneurs Many Small Biz Owners Plan to Watch Convention Coverage Small Biz Owners: Need Access to Capital and Networking Opportunities? #GT2012: Golf Apparel CEO Anthony Shareef Hits The Sweet Spot FDIC Director Looks to Boost Small Biz Lending Dunkin Donuts Sued for Discrimination How to Attract Top Talent to Your Company Without Breaking the Bank Preview B.E. Business Report: Food Network Stars Profit off their Culinary Passion UBR Spotlight: Chrysler Auto Design Executive Ralph Gilles Opinion: Real Corporate Diversity Beyond Hollow ‘Race Insurance’ Programs #GT2012: Football, Flirting and Fun Is Jersey Girl Sports’ Triple Threat Preview B.E. Business Report: Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price UBR Spotlight: David Steward, CEO of America’s Largest Black-Owned Company Forum Examines Ways To Cultivate And Preserve Black Business Black-Owned Businesses Which Helped Fulton St. Survive, Fall Victim To Revival Africa’s Top 10 Women in Business Opinion: Obama Ignores Vital Small Business Advocate David Hinson #GT2012: Lincoln Stephens Marks A Milestone For The Marcus Graham Project Preview ‘B.E. 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Business Report’: In the ‘Shark Tank’ with Daymond John Small Businesses Say Raise The Minimum Wage UBR Spotlight: Construction Management Firm CEO Deryl McKissack Why And How Black Businesses Should Improve Their Customer Service #GT2012: Success Is Par for The Course for Ty DeLavallade Preview BEBR: How Quintin Primo is Transforming One of the Nation’s Largest Black-owned Real Estate Firms Into a Global Powerhouse 4 Half-Truths About Black Owned Businesses UBR Spotlight: Profit Investments CEO Eugene Profit Preview B.E. Business Report: Amerihealth CEO Michael Rashid on Healthcare UBR Spotlight: Haircare Products Mogul Joe Dudley Sr. 10 Ways to Boost Your Productivity Preview B.E. Business Report: General Mills’ Billion-Dollar Man 2012 Best Companies for Diversity UBR Spotlight: Truck Mogul Stephen Neal Turning Athletes Into Angel Investors Preview B.E. 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Next Generation of Blacks On Wall Street

Loop Capital is helping young professionals break into the lucrative investment banking business

Representation of African-Americans and Hispanics in the investment banking community remains miniscule at…

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5 Steps to Go from Small to Big Business

Take a cue from this strategy to expand your vision and success

Construction industry powerhouse Marjorie Perry shares strategy for expanding your vision and your small business.

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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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UBR Spotlight: SoBran Inc. CEO Amos Otis

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: BE 100s company CEO Amos Otis, business and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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50 Cent Partners With Young African Entrepreneurs

Rapper looks for distributors in different African countries

Rapper looks for distributors in different African countries

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Many Small Biz Owners Plan to Watch Convention Coverage

Survey reveals biz owners will be glued to convention TV coverage

Survey reveals biz owners will be glued to convention TV coverage

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Small Biz Owners: Need Access to Capital and Networking Opportunities?

Nonprofit organization seeking applicants for educational, matchmaking program

Nonprofit organization seeking applicants for educational, matchmaking program

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#GT2012: Golf Apparel CEO Anthony Shareef Hits The Sweet Spot

Founder of the first black-owned golf apparel manufacturer talks the business of golf and why he's attending the Challenge for the 12th time.

Engineering a plan to work full time in the industry of the sport he loved…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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FDIC Director Looks to Boost Small Biz Lending

Finance programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs to think like a banker

FDIC Director Sarah Thompson talks about finance programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs to think like…

By Alan Hughes

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Dunkin Donuts Sued for Discrimination

Dunkin Donuts sued for discrimination

In a suit filed against Dunkin’ Brands in New Jersey former owners, Reggie and Amy…

By Sasha King

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How to Attract Top Talent to Your Company Without Breaking the Bank

Incentives and creative leadership are keys to retaining best of the best

You can invest in your best employees without breaking the bank by being innovative and…

By Marjorie Perry

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

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

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

By Andrew Wadium

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UBR Spotlight: Chrysler Auto Design Executive Ralph Gilles

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Chrysler SRT Brand CEO and auto design executive…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Opinion: Real Corporate Diversity Beyond Hollow ‘Race Insurance’ Programs

The author gives his opinion on what it takes to have true diversity within an organization, beyond 'tokenism'

Author Raynard Jackson gives his opinion on what it takes to have true diversity within…

By Raynard Jackson

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#GT2012: Football, Flirting and Fun Is Jersey Girl Sports’ Triple Threat

Entrepreneurs Angela Davis and Marcelle English engage female sports fans while mining opportunities for corporate partnerships

Angela Davis and Marcelle English, partners in Jersey Girl Sports (JGS), an Atlanta-based media and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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UBR Spotlight: David Steward, CEO of America’s Largest Black-Owned Company

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young talks with David…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Forum Examines Ways To Cultivate And Preserve Black Business

Two local organizations joined forces to discuss the future of black businesses

Two local organizations joined forces to discuss the future of black businesses

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Black-Owned Businesses Which Helped Fulton St. Survive, Fall Victim To Revival

Black businesses across the country are closing due to the many effects caused by gentrification

Black businesses across the country are closing due to the many effects caused by gentrification

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Africa’s Top 10 Women in Business

International leaders at the top of their game

Take a look at he top 10 women who are at the top of their…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Opinion: Obama Ignores Vital Small Business Advocate David Hinson

David Hinson's 'real world experience' should be utilized and publicized

The one person within the administration who clearly understands the small and minority business community,…

By Raynard Jackson

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#GT2012: Lincoln Stephens Marks A Milestone For The Marcus Graham Project

The executive director of the game-changing advertising industry organization talks future goals and why he'll be at The Challenge

Five years ago, Lincoln Stephens joined with like-minded colleagues in a bold campaign to change…

By Mia N. Hall

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Preview ‘B.E. Business Report’: The Unyielding Spirit of Act-1 CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd

The founder of a $1.8 billion business, the nation's largest owned by a black woman, shares how she keeps her competitive edge and exceeds expectations

Host Caroline Clarke recently caught-up with Act-1 Group CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd to learn how…

By Andrew Wadium

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Popular Harlem Restaurant Closes Doors Due To Rising Rents

Rent was raised 35 percent on popular eatery "Mobay Uptown"

Rent was raised 35 percent on popular eatery “Mobay Uptown”

By Black Enterprise

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UBR Spotlight: TV One CEO Wonya Lucas

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: TV One CEO Wonya Lucas; M.E.T.A.L. Law Group…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Rising Food Prices Affecting Black Business Across The Country

Longest drought in U.S. history forces spike in food prices

Longest drought in U.S. history forces spike in food prices

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#GT2012: Entrepreneur Aniesia Williams Takes Care of Business at The Challenge

Williams attends The Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge to identify new prospects

Aniesia Williams attends The Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge to identify new prospects

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Buffalo Residents Urged To Support Black Businesses

Local Black Chamber of Commerce calls for locals to "buy black" every day in August

Local Black Chamber of Commerce calls for locals to “buy black” every day in August

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s 1st Black Business Now In 4th Generation

Funeral home first opened its doors in 1916

Funeral home first opened its doors in 1916

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Popular Black-Owned Harlem Bowling Alley To Close

Rising rents in the neighborhood and a slow summer season have forced them to close their doors

Rising rents in the neighborhood and a slow summer season have forced them to close…

By Black Enterprise

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Opinion: Outrage Over Chick-Fil-A’s Marriage Stance Is Misplaced

Gay writer says the tit-for-tat should be replaced with open dialogue

Michael Arceneaux, an openly gay writer, says the focus of the Chick-Fil-A anti-gay backlash is…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Some Black Business Owners Fear Minimum Wage Hike

The minimum wage would increase by 85 cents per year for the next 3 years from its current $7.25 wage

The minimum wage would increase by 85 cents per year for the next 3 years…

By Black Enterprise

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Preview ‘B.E. Business Report’: In the ‘Shark Tank’ with Daymond John

This week on Black Enterprise Business Report, it's all about the entrepreneur as host Caroline Clarke interview Shark Tank's Daymond John

This week on Black Enterprise Business Report, it’s all about the entrepreneur as host Caroline…

By Andrew Wadium

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Small Businesses Say Raise The Minimum Wage

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and business advocates call for renewed focus and legislation to pay Americans wages that they can live on

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and business advocates call for renewed focus and legislation to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Management Firm CEO Deryl McKissack

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Deryl McKissack, CEO of McKissack & McKissack; brand…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why And How Black Businesses Should Improve Their Customer Service

Here's a list of the causes of bad customer service and what you can do to change that culture

Here’s a list of the causes of bad customer service and what you can do…

By Black Enterprise

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#GT2012: Success Is Par for The Course for Ty DeLavallade

Three years after rebounding from a layoff, the Orlando-based entrepreneur is focused on building one of the premier golf tourism companies in the world.

Ty DeLavallade continues to build and expand his Golf Quests, Inc. as one of the…

By Mia N. Hall

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Preview BEBR: How Quintin Primo is Transforming One of the Nation’s Largest Black-owned Real Estate Firms Into a Global Powerhouse

Plus, meet B.E.’s Auto Dealer or the Year, a Closer Look at Pre-Paid Debit Cards, and Hair Care Secrets for the High-powered Executive

On Black Enterprise Business Report, Caroline Clarke interview Quintin E. Primo, III, Chief Executive of…

By Andrew Wadium

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4 Half-Truths About Black Owned Businesses

Writer Lawrence M. Watkins explains why you should still continue to buy black.

In a recent opinion piece on TheGrio.com, writer Lawrence M. Watkins explored myths and half-truths…

By Black Enterprise

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UBR Spotlight: Profit Investments CEO Eugene Profit

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Profit Investments CEO Eugene Profit; author and entrepreneur…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Obama Signs Health Care Bill into Law: On March, 23, 2010, in what the The New York Times calls "the most expansive legislation enacted in decades," President Obama signs his controversial-yet-landmark national health-care bill into law. Onlookers at the signing included Victoria Kennedy, wife of the late Ted Kennedy—who had made passing such legislation his life’s work for 40 years. How did the Vice President Joe Biden sum up the moment? "Mr. President, this is a big [expletive] deal."

Preview B.E. Business Report: Amerihealth CEO Michael Rashid on Healthcare

Bringing the health and wellness of American citizens to the forefront

The healthcare industry is big business and Amerihealth CEO Michael Rashid is keeping million of…

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UBR Spotlight: Haircare Products Mogul Joe Dudley Sr.

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR contributor Samantha Pass speaks with Joe Dudley…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Accountability and transparency. 
I have four individuals that help keep me motivated by holding me accountable. I commit to being transparent with them about what I’m actually getting done, especially in terms of business and professional development. (They send me lots of encouraging affirmation in return!)

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E®, a time coaching and training company that empowers individuals who are overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule MakeoverTM process.

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC leads  #FixYoungAmerica, a solutions-based movement that aims to end youth unemployment and put young Americans back to work.

10 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Do you start the day full of grand intentions but end up with nothing on your list going from "to-do" to "done?" Here's how to make a change

How entrepreneurs can change their to-do lists from grand intentions into getting it done

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Catch Powerplayer Anton Vincent, president of General Mills’ Baking division, this weekend on Black Enterprise Business Report

Preview B.E. Business Report: General Mills’ Billion-Dollar Man

Plus, dealing with debt, the hair-raising business of Indiqué and fine customized footwear

As head of General Mills’ baking division, Anton Vincent is responsible for generating over a…

By Andrew Wadium

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2012 Best Companies for Diversity

This year, Black Enterprise focused on supplier diversity, because winning contracts to provide products and…

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UBR Spotlight: Truck Mogul Stephen Neal

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

This week’s Urban Business Roundtable is joined by K.Neal International Trucks CEO Stephen Neal. Also:…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Turning Athletes Into Angel Investors

Angel Venture Forum launches program designed to help keep millionaire sports professionals from going broke

Pro Athletes Receive Training on How to Become MVP Investors

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Preview B.E. Business Report: The 2012 Women of Power Special

Modelpreneur Beverly Johnson and other Women of Power share their perspective on the role of women in business

Fresh off an exciting Women of Power Summit in Orlando, entrepreneurs Beverly Johnson, Carole Simpson…

By Andrew Wadium

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JOIN ASSOCIATIONS. If you’re a female entrepreneur, look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you are starting a plumbing company, check out the local chapter of a national plumbers association. You’d be surprised how many fields have associations. You can receive great product discounts, invitations to great conferences, and a network of peers. Entrepreneurship can be lonely, so cultivating a group of peers is important. And of course, there is the newly formed Young Entrepreneur Council (I’m a board member!).

5 Things Big Companies Can Learn From Small Businesses

While small businesses may not bring in the revenue of large corporations many weather the storms due to one simple quality: agility

While small businesses may not bring in the revenue of large corporations many weather…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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UBR Spotlight: FUSE Advertising CEO Clifford Franklin

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Clifford Franklin, the president and CEO of FUSE,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Free!! Books of the Week – Entrepreneurship

FREE business book bundles for the enterprising entrepreneur.

This weeks book bundle covers what a business owner would like to know to motivate…

By Sasha King

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Yandy Smith on How to be (or Not to be) a Successful Entrepreneur

The music industry manager goes beyond 'Love & Hip Hop' and shares her tips for entrepreneurial success

Music industry manager Yandy Smith, goes beyond ‘Love & Hip Hop’ and shares her tips…

By Yandy Smith

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Will Cleveland’s New Casino be an Economic Jackpot?

Horseshoe Cleveland Boss says gaming will help stimulate city business

Horseshoe Cleveland GM Marcus Glover says gaming will help stimulate city business

By Alan Hughes

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Focus on Storytelling

What stories can you tell about your business. I spoke this week to a group of arts, tourism and cultural organizations at Cultural Tourism DC's annual conference in Washington, DC. (Members range from Smithsonian Institution Directors to jazz clubs to tiny art galleries and film festivals). When cultural organizations approach social media, they can't go for the hard sell because arts marketing is more about storytelling. Take a cue from these organizations and focus on the story behind your service or product. Can you give your audience a behind-the-scenes view?  Can you offer online previews to build buzz before a big event?

How to Generate Publicity for Your Business

Tips for finding the news hook that will create buzz for your business

Tips for finding the news hook that will create buzz and publicity for your business

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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UBR Spotlight: ZeroChaos CEO Harold Mills

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: ZeroChaos CEO Harold Mills and A-Advantage Networking Inc.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Stephen Hightower, CEO of Hightowers Petroleum, the 2013 Black Enterprise 100s Industrial/Service Company of the Year

UBR Spotlight: BE 100s CEO Stephen Hightower of Hightowers Petroleum

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Hightowers Petroleum CEO Stephen Hightower; PencilWorx CEO Lavon…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Company: Cannon Industries
Rank: No. 83 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Jack Cannon
Business: Metal fabrication, metal stampings, machining
Location: Rochester, New York


Company: Leader Communications Inc.
Rank: No. 95 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Michael Lyles
Business: Technology
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

13 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2012

Black Enterprise welcomes 13 new companies to our annual BE 100s list chronicling the largest…

By Sonja Mack

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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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Entrepreneurs: Do You Have What It Takes to Create Your Own Category?

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

By Jonathan Mead

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7 Ways to Measure the Value of Your Entrepreneur Network

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you become a better entrepreneur

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you…

By Lisa Nicole Bell

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UBR Spotlight: Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells, Buyosphere CEO…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Gen Y Employees Happy (and Your Business Successful)

Your company may only be as good as its unhappiest link. Use these strategies to keep the positive momentum

When it comes to keeping Gen Y employees happy, your company may only be as…

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UBR Spotlight: UniWorld Group’s New CEO Monique Nelson

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable,…

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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…

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Tina Wells

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, this marketing expert offers tips to grow your business.

Tina Wells, social media influencer, offers tips to grow your business for the Black Enterprise…

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Black Blogger Month: Succeed As Your Own Boss, The Small Biz Lady

Small business expert Melinda F. Emerson uses the power of the web to give entrepreneurs the skills to succeed as their own boss

Known as the Small Biz Lady, Melinda F. Emerson has positioned herself as the force…

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Tavis Smiley and the University of Maryland Announce $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

WATCH NOW: Livestream with Tavis Smiley at 2012 Entrepreneurs Conference

Tune in to Tavis SMiley's live interview from Black Enterprise's annual conference in Chicago

Live from Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneur Conference, media personality Tavis Smiley has an honest one-on-one conversation…

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2012 Entrepreneurs Conference: Daymond John Tells You How to ‘Date’ Angel Investors

From CEO to 'Shark Tank' to Shark Branding, FUBU founder Daymond John shares his business knowledge with the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

From CEO to ‘Shark Tank’ to Shark Branding, FUBU founder Daymond John shares his business…

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UBR Spotlight: Pre-Teen Entrepreneur Maya Penn

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Pre-teen Entrepreneur Maya Penn. Also Dr. Antoine Moss…

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This weekend the controversial HBO film (based on the controversial bestselling book) Game Change premieres. Though the film focuses on the McCain-Pailn campaign, we rounded up a few political game changers of our own who are (or will be!) ones to watch.---Sasha KingPresident Barack ObamaWhat can be said about the President of the United States? He made history as the first black President of the United States in the 2008 election, making him the 44th president. He has accomplished many things in the three years he has been in office, including capturing the elusive Osama Bin Laden. He is striving to maintain his presidency for another four years by campaigning for the 2012 election.

Obama’s Minority Report: Do Republican Presidents Cater to Small Businesses Better?

Questioning whether the current administration has been as diligent in supporting small business owners as presidents past

When it comes to minority business, some question whether or not the Barack Obama administration…

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

Don’t Miss the BE Entrepreneurs Conference: LIVE STREAM!

See live stream video of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Chicago May 23 - May 26, 2012!

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference kicks off tomorrow, May 23rd in Chicago with panels, networking…

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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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Entrepreneurs Conference: How Janice Bryant Howroyd Built A Billion-Dollar Business

The founder and CEO of the largest minority woman-owned employment agency to share her 7 keys to business success

Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of Act•1 Group, the first black woman to own a billion-dollar…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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UBR Spotlight: Mortgage Lending Solutions Mogul Charles Sanders

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Charles S. Sanders, the founder and CEO of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Meet Your Small Business Instructor: James Andrews

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

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

By Demetria Irwin

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Mario Armstrong

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

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

By Demetria Irwin

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Get Advice on Raising Capital for Your Business from Black Enterprise’s Alfred Edmond

As part of Black Enterprise's Small Business University, VP & Editor-at-Large Alfred Edmond, Jr. takes to Twitter to answer your money questions TODAY, 2pm EST

As part of the Black Enterprise Small Business University powered by Dell, Alfred Edmond, Jr. VP and Editor-at-large…

By Elayne Fluker

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UBR Spotlight: DeanZign’s Angela Dean Delivers Celebrity Style

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Designer Angela Dean; money maven Deborah Owens.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

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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…

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Fashion Icon Beverly Johnson on Branding And Reality TV

Supermodel, entrepreneur and television show creator to offer guidance on mastering your brand

At the Entrepreneurs Conference, hair and beauty mogul Beverly Johnson will join celebrated restaurateur Gina…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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RAISE ENOUGH MONEY BEFORE OPENING FOR BUSINESS

Redding opened up Amy Ruth’s in 1998 with a $73,000 investment and it went on to become a $3 million company. While that achievement is to be lauded, under further inspection it should also to be avoided because Redding launched his business undercapitalized, a trend that he believes is all too common for many African American-owned businesses. “As Black people we always end up opening businesses underfunded,” he notes. “Due to that we rob Peter to pay Paul and don’t pay taxes or purveyors or utilities. Redding knew that opening his latest restaurant would mean securing enough funding—$2 million to be exact. The only way he was able to achieve that round of fundraising was by revising his business plan, something that he recommends for every entrepreneur looking to start over. “You have to put your new business together with a solid business plan so that you can get proper funding.”

3 Tips for Raising Venture Capital Funding

With SendHub's recent $2 million seed funding score making headlines, the company's co-founder Garrett Johnson provides three tips for securing venture capital support

Garrett Johnson, co-founder of SendHub, discusses how he raised $2 million from venture capital firms,…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: The Luxury of Time In A Tough Economy

Tourneau Exec Larry Barkley, Entrepreneur of the Week Cake Man Raven, wealth-building expert Ryan Mack and relaxing executive getaways

This week on the Black Enterprise Business Report our Power Player is Larry Barkley, senior…

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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…

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5 Tips to Re-focus and Re-brand Your Business

CEO of Events DC, the organization that oversees entertainment, conventions, sports and cultural events for the District of Columbia, tells how to redefine your organization

CEO of Events DC, the organization that oversees entertainment, conventions, sports and cultural events for…

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How to Negotiate a Line of Credit

For most construction companies, winning a bid on a contract is just the beginning, since…

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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…

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Art of the Turnaround

Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel propels small petroleum company into a million-dollar logistics business

Sandra K. Walls became the sole owner of AVPOL in 2004 and turned the petroleum…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs Conference: 8 Keys To Bouncing Back From Setbacks

Soul Purpose's Founder & CEO Nadine Thompson to share how entrepreneurs can remain resilient in the face of adversity and perceived failure.

Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company CEO Nadine Thompson is one of the featured panelists on the…

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: Google Offers Free Services To Grow Your Business Online

Valuable consulting workshops at the Deal Makers Expo will empower attendees with custom SEO strategies, online training and tools, and more.

Google will conduct valuable consulting workshops at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference Deal Makers Expo,…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Anthony Joiner, Shoozed

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Joiner’s latest venture puts a social-commerce spin on the age-old business of footwear retail

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Joiner’s latest venture, Shoozed.com, puts a social-commerce spin on the age-old business…

By Brian Dawson

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Entrepreneurs: Learn the Best (and Smartest!) Tech Tools & Gadgets for Your Business

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

Technology expert Mario Armstrong tells you the best gadgets for your business in the Black…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Inside Tips From ‘Shark’ Daymond John On Tapping Angel Capital

The multi-millionaire businessman, author, and star of ABC’s "Shark Tank" tells budding entrepreneurs how to hook private investors

Daymond John, founder of FUBU and co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank, and Minority Angel Investor…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Create Marketing Buzz for Your Business

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

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs Conference: 5 Keys To Sourcing Capital for Your Tech Company

Black tech companies from the popular NewMe accelator program tell startups how to go after their fair share of equity financing

NewMe co-founder Angela Benton, CEO of Black Media Web, L.L.C., along with NewMe participants Hank…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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You Only Live Once: So When It Comes to Your Business, Innovate Before It’s Too Late

For entrepreneurs, a healthy dose of innovation (and a dash of crazy) could be the key to your small business success

For entrepreneurs, a healthy dose of innovation (and a dash of crazy) could be the…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Use Technology to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn the best technology tools to help grow your business!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

By Elayne Fluker

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UBR Spotlight: Interior Designer Robin Wilson

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Robin Wilson, founder and CEO of Robin Wilson…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Raise (and Balance!) Money for Your Business

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund, grow and lead your business to success!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

By Elayne Fluker

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5 Ways to Grow Your Brand’s Social Media Following

Five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating a strong social media presence.

Amanda Miller Littlejohn provides five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating…

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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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Free!! Books of the Week – All About Entrepreneurs

Choose from book bundles that are all about entrepreneurs!

This weeks book bundles are for current and potential entrepreneurs who would like to learn…

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UBR Spotlight: DeVon Franklin On Faith And Business In Hollywood

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR contributor Renita D. Young speaks with preacher,…

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How to Hide Stuff From Your Timeline

Timeline gives friends the ability to view your entire Facebook history. For this reason, we imagine the first thing most people will want to do is to "sanitize" their Timeline. The good news is, it's simple to hide what you don't want showing. When you see a post you'd like to nix, just hit the pencil icon at the top of the post and select "Hide from Timeline." This doesn't delete the content from your account, but it will keep it safe from prying eyes.

Why Asking For A Job Applicant’s Facebook Password Is Fair Game

Depending on the job, access to the social media communications of a potential hire may be in your company's best interest

Employers asking prospective hires for their Facebook password is a hot button topic but it’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Accessing Fresh Capital Sources

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

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Fit for Business

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

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Socialology

To keep people engaged in her company’s social media presence, Dawn Fitch spends one to…

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Join Black Enterprise in Chicago for Supplier Diversity Business Opportunities

Be there as Black Enterprise and Walmart host event aimed at entrepreneurs who want to do business with major corporations

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Black Enterprise teams up with Walmart to host a forum…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Charlie Fyffe of Charlie’s Brownies

Charlie Fyffe’s eponymous dessert and brownie company is beginning to give off the sweet smell of success

Charlie Fyffe launched his brownie business as a student at UC Berkeley and plans to…

By Brian Dawson

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Firm CEO Marjorie Perry

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Marjorie Perry, founder of MZM…

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Be ready for business! 

When publicity strikes, you may get a surge in foot traffic or web traffic. If you have a brick and mortar business, get ready by bringing on extra temporary staff, and ordering extra product. Get your web site ready by creating landing pages and email captures so you can keep in touch with all of your new customers even after they've come and gone. Offer a coupon for new e-mail list subscribers, then send over your newsletter and let them know what's new with your business each month.

7 Simple Ways to Get Your Business Ready for Publicity

Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, but too often they're a best kept secret

Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, but too often they’re a best…

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If you’ve attended a conference, you most certainly have experienced an elevator pitch. Whether you’re waiting in line for a cab, at a bar, or…yes, in an elevator, someone has most likely approached you to talk about their startup or latest venture. However, pitching is an art, and not everyone has nailed it. So not surprisingly, the ballroom at the Hilton Austin was packed with aspiring entrepreneurs at the “3 Steps to a Killer Elevator Pitch” panel during South by Southwest Interactive.  

The elevator pitch is a simple concept: If you were stuck in an elevator with someone, what would you say to promote your company in the time that the elevator closes until the time you get to your floor? In theory you have around 90 seconds to make a successful pitch, but how can you create a cohesive, effective pitch in that short amount of time?   

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three simple steps in effective pitching:--Winston Ford

3 Tips for Delivering a Killer Elevator Pitch

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three…

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Now that McDonald’s Has a Black CEO, Will This Mean Healthier Food for the Black Community?

CEO Don Thompson takes the helm of McDonald's on July 1. thegrio.com writer Dr. Terrance McGill asks if Mickey D's will now change how it markets to our community

CEO Don Thompson takes the helm of McDonald’s on July 1. thegrio.com writer Dr. Terrance…

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UBR Spotlight: Marketing Maven Teneshia Jackson Warner

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Teneshia Jackson Warner, founder of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Free!!! Books of the Week – Small Business Guides

Do you own business? Or are you someone who would like to budget their money…

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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…

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Four small businesses earned $125,000 in business grants by winning the 12th Annual MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series (MUES) Business Plan Competition. The businesses were honored at a winners reception at MillerCoors headquarters in Chicago on March 9, featuring a keynote address from FUBU Founder and ABC-TV business reality show Shark Tank star Daymond John.

Urban Entrepreneurs Win $125,000 In Business Grants

MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series winners honored with a keynote address from FUBU Founder and Shark Tank Star Daymond John

Four small business owners earned $125,000 in business grants by winning the latest MillerCoors Urban…

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Establish a Google Plus Account

The online world is buzzing with new social networks updating almost every day and new ones being created just as fast. With that said, every entrepreneur should seriously consider Google Plus. It’s not just a source to create another social network profile but a great tool to engage your end customers with business-ready tools like, Google Hangout and Google Circles, among other things. Also, brand your Google Plus account by securing a customized URL at gplus.to (i.e. gplus.to/hajjflemings is my handle.)  Note:  This is just a branding tool that you can use to communicate your Google Plus URL in a neat fashion. In the future Google will enable customized URLs for Google Plus accounts.

SXSW 2012: Is Google+ Right for Your Business?

As one of the latest platforms to hit the social media scene, Google+ has the potential to take brands to the next level, but brands much choose if it’s a right fit for them

But with so many options to engage customers and fans, the question remains, is Google+…

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6. Specialized Lawyers Are a Necessary Expense 


Do not expect that treaties (agreements between countries to respect and protect the registered marks of other territories) alone will protect your mark. Consult an attorney familiar with trademark law.  It may even become advisable to consult local counsel for the respective country to guide you.

7 Ways Small Businesses Can Protect Their Brand Internationally

Don't let someone undermine your hard work by infringing upon your brand

Following Michael Jordan’s brand infringement lawsuit against Qiodan, small business owners need to know how…

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UBR Spotlight: Women’s History Maker Regina Brooks

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, in time for Women’s History Month, UBR contributor…

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Small Business, Big Challenges: 3 Ways to Face Them Head On

When business challenges arise it's not about the problem, it's about the entrepreneur's response

When business challenges arise it’s not about the problem, it’s about the entrepreneur’s response. Entrepreneur…

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SXSW 2012: How Brands Can Reach a Diverse Online Community

Founder/producer of Southern Fried Filmworks and Big Shade Tree Trevite Willis reveals how big-name brands are successfully reaching out to diverse communities and what you can learn from their techniques

“Mining Diversity: Developing a Community of Color” panelist Trevite Willis discusses best practices for businesses…

By Winston Ford

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Jamba Juice CEO’s Successful Business Blend

Plus, Entrepreneur Robin Petgrave pilots Hollywood to new heights, protect yourself from identity theft, and nutrition tips for executives on the go

James White, President & CEO of Jamba, Inc. discusses the company’s winning business strategy and…

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UBR Spotlight: Women’s History Maker Laurel J. Richie

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, just in time for Women’s History Month, UBR…

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New iPad App Square Register Turns Tablet Into Cash Register

Square Register lets business owners process payments from their iPad

Mobile payment company Square released a new iPad app on Monday, which allows brick-and-mortar merchants…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Jenile Brooks, Harvest Express

With Harvest Express, Detroit native Jenile Brooks aims to bring fresh fruits, veggies and more to her hometown, one of America’s most arid "food deserts"

With Harvest Express, Detroit native Jenile Brooks aims to bring fresh fruits, veggies and more…

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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…

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Christopher Harvell and his wife, Lezli Levene Harvell, owners of Dental Kidz (Photo by Rayon Richards)

Champions for Children

The Harvells marry prowess in business and medicine to create a socially conscious pediatric dental practice

Christopher Harvell and his wife have melded their expertise in business and in medicine to…

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Are You Stuck in Behavior that Could Guarantee Failure in Your Business?

How living in a state of denial could be the downfall of your business

Entrepreneur and author Felicia Joy tells how living in a state of denial could be…

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UBR Spotlight: Dentist & Beverage Company CEO Walter Young

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

Beverage company CEO Dr. Walter Young and Internet Consultant Stephen Pierce offer business tips for…

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I've been exploring social media's latest runaway site – Pinterest*, a  virtual bulletin board that allows users to share images, objects, and  links they find interesting or inspiring. While, personally, I enjoy  pinning photos of stylish outfits, chic MacBook and iPad cases, and  outtakes from home décor magazines, I see the value this platform has  for brands. When it comes to my brand, I’ve taken a thought leadership  approach— just check my "Essential Books" board to see what branding,  social media and marketing books I’m reading.  This user-friendly  platform is already proving to be valuable for businesses.  
There’s serious potential to drive sales for business owners. Getting  images of your products pinned and repinned can literally drive  customers to your door step. At the very least, it will drive traffic to  your website where customers can request your service.  

Here are 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using Pinterest:

6 Ways to Boost Your Business with Pinterest

BlackEnterprise.com notes 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using…

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Kelly Keelo and Carl Foster, Owners of Juice Hugger.

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Juice Hugger

How two Brooklynites turned their passion for healthy food and drinks into a burgeoning business

How two Brooklynites turned their passion for healthy food and drinks into a burgeoning business

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Palmer let's shoppers design their own footwear. (Image: Courtesy of Subject)

UBR Spotlight: Artyce CEO Candra Palmer’s Tips for Entrepreneurs

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

Artyce Designs Founder Candra Palmer and Tax Practitioner Nikita Johnson join the Roundtable with tips…

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Hi, Hater: Squashing Workplace Beef from Start Can Ensure Less Drama in the End

'Love & Hip Hop' star talks managing and overcoming conflict

This young entrepreneur and reality TV star knows firsthand how interpersonal conflict can affect business.…

By Yandy Smith

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6 Inspiring Black Inventors Who Changed the World

How your everyday life was influenced by these innovative African Americans

How your everyday life was influenced by these innovative African Americans

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Chental-Song Bembry, The Honey Bunch Kids

Young author promotes literacy through her innovative and entertaining book series

Teenpreneur Chental-Song Bembry launches Honey Bunch Kids, a book series that promotes literacy amongst young…

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6 Steps to Doing Business with the Government

Having Uncle Sam as a client can be rewarding if you're aware of the processes

An often untapped client for many small businesses is to seek out the government as…

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The Future of Black Media

African American newspaper publisher discusses changes and challenges in black media

African American newspaper publisher discusses changes and challenges in the black media

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Supermodel and entrepreneur Beverly Johnson (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic)

UBR Spotlight: Fashion Icon Beverly Johnson Models Business Leadership

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young speaks with fashion…

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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,…

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Jennifer Burrell wowed judges with her pitch about her dress rental company The Frock Shop

Entrepreneur of the Week: Jennifer Burrell, The Frock Shop

Savvy businesswoman aims to make her business the go-to emporium for rented formalwear in Chicago—and beyond

100 Urban Entrepreneurs selects Jennifer Burrell of The Frock Shop as entrepreneur of the week,…

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Author, music executive and entrepreneur Steve Stoute.

UBR Spotlight: Branding Innovator Steve Stoute

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young speaks with music…

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I talk to stressed out business owners and non-profit leaders almost every day who are just plain overwhelmed with social media. Not because they don't know how to use it and not because they don't understand its value. They're stressed because the space changes at such a rapid pace---the ground is always shifting under their feet so they never really feel like they're gotten a foothold.

So what do you do to keep up with social media while running your business?  It's impossible to get on every platform and more importantly, it's just not smart. You can't do that, so don't even try. Instead of focusing on quantity of social connections and sites, focus more on quality control. Here are 6 ways to do it.---Amanda Miller Littlejohn

6 Ways to Manage Social Media Overload

Don't get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how to manage and master social media

Don’t get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how…

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Women of Power

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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