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Need Some $? Win $10k from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The 2013 "DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award" is now accepting nominations and applications.

The winner of the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award will receive…

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Free Windows 8 Training from OfficeMax for Businesses & Users

OfficeMax Offers Free Windows 8 Training this Weekend

Do you know how to use the new software?

OfficeMax will provide demonstrations of Windows 8 for customers and businesses for all customers.

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PEX Prepaid Cards Focus on Small Business Customers

Prepaid isn’t just for consumers anymore

PEX Card has processed over one million transactions, and now services businesses in 50 states…

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Hey Small Business Owners: Do You Have a Nest Egg?

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

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LinkedIn rolls out video advertisements for brands

LinkedIn Rolls Out Video Advertisements for Brands

Brands can now use videos to reach LinkedIn’s 175 million members.

The announcement of LinkedIn’s new video ads follows last week’s unveiling of its new profile…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Lending Rises in Florida

Florida banks have given $144.6 million in loans to small businesses in 2012

Banks have given $144.6 million in loans to small businesses in 2012

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WeMontage: Interior Design with Personal Photography

WeMontage: Interior Design with Photo Wall Art

Create custom designer wallpaper sections from personal photo collections

Create custom designer wallpaper sections from personal photo collections

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Local Businesses Warming up to Facebooks Ads

Local Businesses Embracing Facebook’s New Ads

Small businesses are enjoying Facebook's new simpler ad system.

For years, Facebook has been trying to teach small and medium-sized local businesses how to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Smartphone App keeps tabs on your competition.

New Smartphone App Keeps Tabs on Your Competition.

Keep a bird’s-eye view of how your competitors are using social media

A new smartphone app, Perch, let’s small-business owners quickly keep a bird’s-eye view of how…

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How to survive cloud outages

How to be Prepared in Case the Cloud fails.

Some failures will be momentary while others will be more serious.

Some failures will be momentary while others will be more serious.

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…

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Wells Fargo Lends Out More Than $1 Billion to Small Businesses

The bank and its customers are willing to take risks despite the slow moving economy.

For a second year in a row Wells Fargo has approved more than $1 billion…

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Yelp helps small businesses estimate online revenue

Buy a Review on Yelp, Get a Mark of Shame.

Yelp punishes businesses attempting to game their review system

Yelp punishes businesses attempting to game their review system

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Laidback CEO Tina Shoulders joins The Roundtable

UBR Spotlight: Design Maven Tina Shoulders

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Designer Tina Shoulders; small business lending expert Marino…

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SBA sponsors program connecting inner city entrepreneurs to investors.

SBA Sponsors Program Connecting Inner City Entrepreneurs

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

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Webinar: Making and Receiving Electronic Payments for Your Business

Small Businesses Slow to Adopt Direct Deposit, Still Using Checks

46% of paper checks written in the U.S. involve a small business

46% of paper checks written in the U.S. involve a small business

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protecting your idea may not be your best idea

Protecting Your Business Idea May Not Be Your Best Move

Not keeping ideas secret can often be beneficial to your business

Not keeping ideas secret can often be beneficial to your business

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Using Criminal Background Checks in Small Businesses

Criminal Background Checks in Small Business Employment

Here are some guidelines for using criminal background checks in hiring

Here are some guidelines for using criminal background checks in hiring

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If It’s Your Business, This Is Your Book

MSNBC "Your Business" Host JJ Ramberg's new book contains excellent advice from the entrepreneurs and experts featured on her show.

MSNBC “Your Business” Host JJ Ramberg’s new book contains excellent small business advice from the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Twitter’s Founder Offers up Some Small Business Advice

Advice for entrepreneurs from Biz Stone, founder of Twitter

Advice for entrepreneurs from Biz Stone, founder of Twitter

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Harlem Small Business contemplate the Future

Harlem Small Businesses Contemplate the Future

As gentrification changes the face of Harlem, small business owners meet to discuss the future

As gentrification changes the face of Harlem, small business owners meet to discuss the future

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Small Businesses return to “Do-It-Yourself” over cost concerns

Small Businesses Return to “Do-It-Yourself” Over Cost Concerns

Small businesses embrace “Do-It-Yourself” to save money, time & effort

Small businesses embrace “Do-It-Yourself” to save money, time & effort

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Google awards grants to boost innovation

Google Brings Call Reporting to Adwords for Small Business

Google adds a new way for small businesses to track phone calls

Google just made it a lot easier for small businesses to track phone calls generated…

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NASA Spends $2.6 Billion On Small Business Contracts

NASA spends $2.6 Billion on small-business contracts in 2012

NASA spends $2.6 Billion on small-business contracts in 2012

By C. Daniel Baker

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Sherri Shepherd Talks Return to Comedy, Launch of Wig Collection

If you thought marriage and 'The View' were it, you have something else coming

If you thought marriage and ‘The View’ were it, you have something else coming

By Kenya N. Byrd

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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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5 Steps to Invest in a Trademark

Small Business Owners Unsure About The Future

When will small businesses begin hiring again?

When will small businesses begin hiring again?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses Seek Alternative to Pay-Per-Click Advertising

As costs increase, small businesses seek alternatives to pay-per-click advertising

As costs increase, small businesses seek alternatives to pay-per-click advertising

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Small Business Lending Rebounds During 2012

The SBA's fiscal year 2012 loan volume may be an indication that small business lending is finally on the rebound

The SBA’s fiscal year 2012 loan volume may be an indication that small business lending…

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Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media

How to Achieve Small Business Success Using Social Media

Steps for Small Business success using Social

Steps for Small Business success using Social

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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…

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Five Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Small Business Bank Loan

Are Micro Loans Right for Your Small Business?

Micro loans are a good option for small businesses that can't get traditional funding.

Micro loans are a good option for small businesses that can’t get traditional funding.

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Waste Management and Sam's Club Team Up for Small Business

Waste Management and Sam’s Club Team up for Small Business

Waste Management & Sam's Club team up to reward Small Businesses

Waste Management & Sam’s Club team up to reward Small Businesses

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Paypal Offers ‘Bill Me Later’ for Small Businesses

Paypal offers interest free deferred payment option for small businesses

Paypal offers interest free deferred payment option for small businesses

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UBR Spotlight: Sublime Doughnuts Founder Kamal Grant

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

This week on The Urban Business Business Roundtable: Sublime Doughnuts Creator Kamal Grant, HBCU Connect…

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AMEX Offers Small Businesses Support With 3rd Annual ‘Small Business Saturday’

Show support on Saturday November 24th for Small Businesses

Show support on Saturday November 24th for Small Businesses

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Small Businesses Need Mobile-Ready Sites for the Holidays

All small businesses need a mobile site to capitalize this holiday season

All small businesses need a mobile site to capitalize this holiday season

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SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Crowdfunding Success

New Foundation Launched to Support Minority and Women Owners

Small business owners can overcome the challenges they face and play an important role in building the U.S. economy.

Small business owners can overcome the challenges they face and play an important role in…

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Maryland Non-Profit Takes Aim at Saggin’ Pants

Will access to more belts get saggers to pull 'em up?

Will access to more belts get saggers to pull ‘em up?

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Many Small Business Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

Many companies are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats due to lack of security.

Many companies are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats due to lack of security.

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Benjamin Lamson and Sulaiman Sanni, co-owners of WeDidIt, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based web-based, online crowd-funding platform for non-profit organizations, earned a $25,000 grant in the MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series Business Plan Competition last year. (Image by Clifton Henri/Courtesy of MillerCoors)

Being a Not-For-Profit is Not a License to be Unprofitable

Non-profit leadership requires disciplined entrepreneurship. For sustainability, you must plan for profitability.

Please, don’t take this the wrong way. But the non-profit industry does not need more…

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Small Business Lending to Increase, FICO Says

Lending to small businesses will rise soon say bankers who are optimistic that the current lending climate will accelerate in next six months.

Lending to small businesses will rise soon say bankers who are optimistic that the current…

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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…

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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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Truck Driver: Mexicue CFO Julia Collins.

How Mexicue’s CFO Keeps Fast Growing Company Rolling [Q&A]

Julia Collins tells Black Enterprise how she helped turn a single NYC food truck into a multi-million dollar business

Mexicue’s Julia Collins, a rising industry star, on making a popular NYC food truck into…

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SBA and US Black Chamber Host Matchmaker

New partnership seeks to help black-owned small businesses to form joint ventures with big businesses and access federal contracting

New partnership seeks to help black-owned small businesses to form joint ventures with big businesses…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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UBR Spotlight: All American Meats CEO Shawn Buchanan

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: All American Meats CEO Shawn Buchanan; LifeCoach2Women.com CEO…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Optometry and Elegance: Revitializing the Look of Eye Glasses

Entrepreneur brings flair to eyeglasses

Entrepreneur brings flair to eyeglasses

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Small Businesses Face Tough Healthcare Challenge in 2013

Does the Affordable Care Act help or hurt small businesses in the short term?

Does the Affordable Care Act help or hurt small businesses in the short term?

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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?

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President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney don't exactly see eye-to-eye on the small business economy.

Small Business: Cutting Through Political Rhetoric This Election Season

Misinformation colors some key facts in the debate on small businesses and how to strengthen them

Misinformation colors some key facts in the debate on small businesses and how to strengthen…

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Small Business Owners Pessimistic on Economy, Report Says

Small business owners unsure if they'll be able to hire again, according to new study

Small business owners unsure if they’ll be able to hire again, according to new study

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Have the proper capital to invest to build a franchise system that lasts. “When you build a franchise system, there are a lot of hidden costs you may not be aware of,” he says. “You have to be able to have the right people, the right amount of capital to put into your marketing program and legal costs related to your FDD [Franchise Disclosure Document].” The FDD is a legal document which is presented to prospective buyers of franchises in the pre-sale disclosure.

10 Steps to Becoming a Successful Franchisor

President of Black-owned tax services provider tells how to gain and keep successful franchise locations

JaJa Ball, president and co-founder of Colbert/Ball Tax Service shares expert advise on how to…

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UBR Spotlight: Plus Size Clothing Entrepreneur Monif Clarke

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

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

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Lloyd Blankfein: ‘Running Small Businesses as Hard as Goldman Sachs

A product of public housing, Goldman Sachs CEO pulls for underdog with statement

A product of public housing, Goldman Sachs CEO pulls for underdog with statement

By Darren Sands

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What? You’ve Never Watched ‘Shark Tank’?

ABC's reality show featuring entrepreneurs swimming with "Sharks" for capital is must-see TV.

ABC’s reality show featuring entrepreneurs swimming with “Sharks” for capital is must-see TV.

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Publicity For Your Small Business: 4 Tips to Get Local TV Coverage

Local publicity for your small business can be key to success in the short and long term

Ready to roll out your small business to the masses? Follow these four effective tips…

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Universal Music Group Strikes Global Partnership With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

Grand Opening, Grand Closing: Jay-Z Opens 40/40 in Brooklyn

Jay-Z opened yet another 40/40 club -- but this one's in his hometown, Brooklyn.

Jay-Z opened yet another 40/40 club — but this one’s in his hometown, Brooklyn.

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5 Best Buys in Home-Based Franchises

Here are some of the most promising franchise businesses to own from travel agencies to commercial cleaning services

Home-based franchise opportunities exist in various sectors and a wide range of businesses, from pet-sitting…

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Black Enterprise and Wells Fargo Present ‘Small Business Advantage’

Do you need some advice for your small business?

Do you need some advice for your small business?

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Dana’s Loft Owner Shares Tips on Starting Haircare Line

Haircare owner opens up on building business brand

Haircare owner opens up on building business brand

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UBR Spotlight: Second Generation Construction Mogul Mamon Powers Jr.

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Powers & Sons Construction CEO Mamon Powers Jr.;…

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Startup Lessons from an NFL Coach

Former Player Prepares Athletes for Success in Franchising Post-Retirement

Pro athletes get valuable financial advice on franchising from former NFL player Anthony Simmons

Former NFL player Anthony Simmons’ bi-annual Franchise & Investors Show provides pro athletes with tools…

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Accelerate your payments and delay your collections. Towards the year end, purchase any needed supplies and delay any collections. Purchasing supplies will lower your profit thereby reducing the amount of taxes paid in the current year. Delaying collections will lower your income level, thereby reducing the tax amount owed in the current year. Although the taxes will not be assessed in the current tax year, they will be delayed to the next year. “I definitely do caution business owners because, if they spend too much at year-end, in January, some companies, they’re struggling to make payroll,” says Robbie Hampton. However, this strategy really only works when the company is profitable.

5 Labor Trends Small Biz Owners Need to Know

Preventative action can protect your company from employee lawsuits

According to labor attorney Charles H. Wilson, there are five major issues in the workplace…

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Strategies For Nailing Down Perfect Blog or Company Name

How to come up with the next Groupon or Google

How to come up with the next Groupon or Google

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Brooklyn Candy Shop Hires Hefty Security After Teen Robberies

Local shop is shelling out $500 a week to protect its sugary items

Local shop is shelling out $500 a week to protect its sugary items

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Small Businesses: How to Think Outside the Financing Box

Even in tight times, there are ways to keep your company prosperous

Though financing options can be limited, there are several funding alternatives that will keep your…

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Boris Kodjoe Talks New Role, Family Life and Entrepreneurship

Actor, father and philanthropist balances it all

Actor, father and enterpreneurship advocate Boris Kodjoe stars in latest Resident Evil and talks about…

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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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UBR Spotlight: Award-Winning Designer Kevan Hall

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Fashion designer Kevan Hall and small business consultant…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Buffalo: A Mecca for Minority and Women Owned Businesses?

Buffalo's diverse region desirable to minority businesses

Buffalo’s diverse region desirable to minority businesses

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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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UBR Spotlight: General Mills Baking Products President Anton Vincent

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 General…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Expanding in Africa: Small Business Tips for Success

IROKO Partners CEO Jason Njoku gives advice on global expansion

Jason Njoku, founder and CEO of IROKO Partners, offers three tips for business success in…

By Octavia Goredema

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Cool Jobs: Jason Njoku Brings Nollywood to International Forefront

IROKO Partners founder talks global expansion, million-dollar deals

From London to Lagos, iROKO Partners founder Jason Njoku offers multifaceted Nigeria entertainment platform to…

By Octavia Goredema

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Small Business is Big Business

Black Enterprise’s 17th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo Where Deals Are Made

EC panels and presentations hit the mark in addressing the needs of business owners in…

By Joel Lyons

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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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…

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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…

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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”

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Productivity: Colleagues and accountability

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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

By Lauren Maillian Bias

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UBR Spotlight: UniWorld Group’s New CEO Monique Nelson

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

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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

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

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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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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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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