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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.…

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Free!! Books of the Week – Business Growth

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A stronger sales force, management team, or new innovations are some of the ways to…

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3 Ways to Build A Better Brand

Get more clarity on your brand by asking these key questions

Get more clarity on your brand by asking these key questions

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UBR Spotlight: 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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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UBR Spotlight: Mortgage Lending Solutions Mogul Charles Sanders

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

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

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Meet Your Small Business Instructor: James Andrews

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

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

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Mario Armstrong

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

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

By Demetria Irwin

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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…

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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…

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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,…

By Terrance Gaines

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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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Melinda Emerson, Black Enterprise Small Business University Instructor

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

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

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…

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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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Author and Sony Pictures' executive DeVon Franklin with Black Enterprise Multimedia Editor-at-Large and UBR Host Alfred Edmond Jr.

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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Winston Ford

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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…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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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…

By Brian Dawson

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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+…

By Winston Ford

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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…

By Mia N. Hall

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Felicia Joy

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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…

By Andrew Wadium

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Brian Dawson

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

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

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

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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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…

By Felicia Joy

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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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

By Suncear Scretchen

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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

By Felicia Joy

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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…

By Brian Dawson

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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

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

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

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

By Caroline Clarke

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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,…

By Brian Dawson

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Black Men Can’t Lead?

Study shows stereotypes keep blacks out of leadership positions in sports and business

Study shows stereotypes keep blacks out of leadership positions in sports and business

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Spotlight: ULS CEO Charles Sanders On Building A Successful Business

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 Charles…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Veronica Chapman, My Crowning Jewel

Veronica Chapman's nighttime head wraps offer a stylish solution for your hairstyle--and a way to help low-income teens

Veronica Chapman’s head wraps offer a stylish solution for your hairstyle–and a way to help…

By Brian Dawson

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

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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

UBR Spotlight: Hightowers Petroleum’s High Octane Growth Strategies

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 and Diversity City…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How to Master Fear and Manage Small Business Risks

Risk is inevitable when it comes to entrepreneurship, but how do you know how far you should go?

Risk is inevitable when it comes to entrepreneurship, but how do you know how far…

By Erica Nicole

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

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Are You Spending Your Time Wisely in Your Business?

Stop doing busy work and use your time to wisely build your legacy

Stop doing busy work and use your time to wisely build your legacy

By Felicia Joy

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"Trust me, Baby. I'm an expert on EVERY platform. Let me show you how its done."

12 Tools to Manage Social Media Like the Pros

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social media for your business

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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How Marketing Can Bring Your Brand Back to the Top

One of GM's top marketing gurus plans to take the Cadillac brand back to its former glory

As the Vice President of Marketing for Cadillac, Don Butler leads product planning, marketing, advertising…

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Spotlight: Producer Leon Huff On Success In the Music Industry

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

his week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young kicks off the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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ME University: How to Brand Yourself and Your Business on Purpose

In a video interview, branding expert Marshawn Evans tells how her ME University helps women entrepreneurs learn how to brand themselves with a clear vision

In a video interview, branding expert Marshawn Evans tells how her ME University helps women…

By Marshawn Evans

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Number of People seeking Unemployment drops to 2008 levels

Number of People Seeking Unemployment Drops to 2008 Levels

A possible indicator that the economy is recovering

Experts say decline could be related to the holidays and Hurricane Sandy

By C. Daniel Baker

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Sales of Small Businesses are rebounding throughout California

Sales of Small Businesses are Rebounding Throughout California

Business brokers report 231 small businesses have sold so far this year

After a four-year slowdown, sales of small business are rebounding in California, specifically across the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Don Harding Jr., Cool Fruit Sensations

From farmers market to opening a storefront, this entrepreneur got the juice(and the financing) for his Cool Fruit Sensations

From farmers market to opening a storefront, how entrepreneur Don Harding, Jr. got the…

By Brian Dawson

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How to Think Like a Startup & Work For Yourself

Rewiring yourself to think entrepreneurially instead of a employee

If working for someone else is not part of your career goals then it’s time…

By Hajj Flemings

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Fast-Food Restaurant Mogul Michael Melton

Also: GoldStar Properties of N.Y. CEO Tiana von Johnson is Entrepreneur of the Week

MEM Enterprise CEO Michael Melton is the featured Power Player on the next edition of…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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6 Ways to Approach Branding and Social Media for Your Business in 2012

Leave the ad hoc approach behind and follow these simple steps for your branding and 'socializing' your business in 2012

Here are a few simple ways to approach your branding and social media for your…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Adria Richards, business technology consultant and blogger

6 Twitter Tips for Entrepreneurs

Just about every entrepreneur has a Twitter account these days, but tweeting effectively is what…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Selling Without a Store

According to a new report by Forrester Research and Shop.org, e-commerce sites continue to snag…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Grabbing Consumer Loyalty

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

By Emerald S. Morrow

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4 Questions to Rock Your Revenue in 2012

The New Year is a good time to make strategic changes that will keep your business (and revenue!) healthy

The New Year is a good time to make strategic changes that will keep your…

By Felicia Joy

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Minority Firm Receives Historical Investment in the Big Apple

NYC Pension Funds invest $225M with Vista Equity Partners

NYC Pension Funds invest $225M with Vista Equity Partners

By Alan Hughes

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Interior Designer Sheila Bridges

Also: Power Player Dolan Falconer, CEO of ScanTech Holdings; the new rules of the housing market

Interior designer Sheila Bridges, founder of Sheila Bridges Design Inc., is the featured Entrepreneur of…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Grow Your Business in 2012

New business success starts with improvements in YOU. These questions will get you started

New business success starts with improvements in you. These questions will get you started.

By Felicia Joy

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"Tell me why I should put my money into your business." Can you make the case?

How to Maximize Crowdfunding and Raise Money for Your Business

Innovative ways for entrepreneurs to get funding

Smart ways to raise money for your business with crowdfunding

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Maurice Womack, OurBuckeyeHub

With OurBuckeyeHub.com, Maurice Womack has his eye on the immense universe of Ohio State University fans. Beyond that? All of college fandom is in his sights.

With OurBuckeyeHub.com, Entrepreneur of the Week Maurice Womack has his eye on the immense universe…

By Brian Dawson

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Preview B.E. Business Report: B&B Entrepreneur Monique Greenwood

Also: National President of Girl Scouts USA Connie Lindsey, when to buy an extended warranty and the growing craft-beer trend

Monique Greenwood, part of the husband-and-wife team behind the Akwaaba chain of bed & breakfast…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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5 Leadership Lessons to Move Your Business Forward

Learn how to effectively manage your business from a top ranking general in the US Marine Corp

Management, organizational and leadership advice from a Lt. General Walter E. Gaskin, Deputy Chairman of…

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Reflect on the failures.

What didn't go so well this year? Why didn’t it go well? Identify the core problem (your lack of time, lack of passion or lack of resources) and try to either solve it or let it go. No need to make the same mistakes next year.

7 Ways to Align Your Brand with Your Vision for 2012

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for 2012!

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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UBR Spotlight: Quick-Service Food Franchise Mogul Ulysses Bridgeman

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Quick-service food franchise mogul Ulysses Bridgeman Jr., founder…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: Beverly Johnson Talks About Building a Lifestyle Brand for Women of Color

'Modelpreneur' Beverly Johnson talks about building her lifestyle brand and the importance of ownership

‘Modelpreneur’ Beverly Johnson talks to ‘Celebrity Hustle’ host Shannon Lanier about building her lifestyle brand…

By Elayne Fluker

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Ms. Robbie’s ‘Sweetie Pie’ Restaurant Hits the Spot on Oprah Winfrey Network

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records with her OWN reality show

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records…

By Tomika Anderson

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Daymond John Moderates Early Stage East’s Gathering of Startups & Investors

Venture funding conferences lets entrepreneurs and investors partner up for a day

Start-ups pitch ABC’s Shark Tank co-star Daymond John and other influential investors at Early Stage…

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

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

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

By Amy Andrieux

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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.

Congress to Help Business Owners Raise Capital with Crowdfunding

New bill lets entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to start or grow their ventures. Here’s how.

The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act lets entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to start or grow their…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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African-Americans are starting new businesses in record numbers. If you’re planning to launch a company in 2012, you need a financial game plan---as well as an operational one. Follow these seven economic dos and don'ts to help ensure your entrepreneurial success.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Starting a Business in 2012? Follow These 7 Financial Guidelines For Entrepreneurial Success

If you’re planning to launch a company in 2012, you need a financial game plan…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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UBR Spotlight: Search Is On For America’s Best Small Businesses

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How a Business Coach Can Help Your Company Grow

Entrepreneur gains an education through a non-profit program

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

By Alan Hughes

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

5 Tips for Making a Business Comeback

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

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

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4 Tips For Transitioning From Full-Time Worker to Consultant

Before taking the leap into self-employment, know the risks and rewards

Career coach Aisha Taylor gives four tips on how to transition from a full-time job…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Ludacris Cooks up Success with Straits Atlanta Restaurant

The entertainer/entrepreneur gets into the franchise business with restaurant venture

Currently appearing in New Year’s Eve, Ludacris talks shop about his popular Atlanta restaurant and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Ludacris with his enterprising daughter, Karma

Ludacris & His Daughter Launch Educational Website for Kids

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

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

By Anslem Samuel

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UBR Spotlight: Transitioning From Executive to Entrepreneur

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Success stories of two business leaders who transitioned…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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While small business loans slid 4.1% from 2009 to 2010, there was still some $310 million extended in 2010. So while credit may be tight, capital is out there. But what do banks look for these days before extending a loan? “I think a lot of people seem to have the impression that banking is rocket science,” says Douglas Dillon, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending for Industrial Bank (No. 8 on the BE BANKS list with $382 million in assets). “I’m not of that impression.” He says banks look at the following five criteria before extending a business loan. —Alan Hughes

5 Tips on How to Secure a Small Business Loan

If you want the bank to say yes to a loan, know these five things they look for

Getting a small business loan can make or break a budding business. Here are five…

By Alan Hughes

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The End of the NBA Lockout Excites Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurs whose yearly profits are tied to the NBA season let out a sigh of relief

The NBA lockout didn’t just upset fans but the financial power of entrepreneurs who make…

By Mia N. Hall

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6 Ways to Attract Customers via Social Media

How to effectively utilize social media to connect with your customers and build your business

Amanda Miller Littlejohn, social media and marketing coach, tells entrepreneurs how to use social media…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Supermodel-Turned-CEO Iman

Also: Obama Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, online lending and the Harlem Vintage Wine Store

Supermodel-turned-businesswoman Iman, founder and CEO of Iman Cosmetics, is the featured Power Player on this…

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

After a setback, BBraxton Exceptional Grooming revamped and reopened for business

Brenda Braxton and her then husband, Anthony Van Putten, were inspired to open an upscale…

By Renita Burns

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3 Capital Raising Ideas

Every artist faces the daunting task of scraping together enough money to finance their pet…

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Radio Show ‘Café Mocha’ Partners with MadameNoire

Syndicated show that caters to African American women, Cafe Mocha, partners with MadameNoire.com to expand…

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Women of Power: The Award-Winning Legacy of Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Esteemed journalist Charlayne Hunter–Gault will receive the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit Legacy Award…

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