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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…

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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

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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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Pay it forward: CEO Link Howard with one of his interns

How a Business Coach Can Help Your Company Grow

Entrepreneur gains an education through a non-profit program

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

By Alan Hughes

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

5 Tips for Making a Business Comeback

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

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

By Souleo

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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 & 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…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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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…

By Black Enterprise

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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…

By Pamela K. Johnson

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6 Ways to Get a Bank Loan for Your Business

If you think like a banker, you could get the finance you need for your business

Six tips for entrepreneurs to get bank loans for your business

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Spotlight: Nicole Jones’ Sensual Steps to Success

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

On The Urban Business Roundtable: Nicole Jones builds a business selling designer shoes; Keith Wyche…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Change Has to Be Authentic

The legacy of the Soul Train brand is built upon the pillars of dance, music and fashion. For Gibbs every brand has its own set of values, which must be expanded upon without compromising integrity. “Consumers now are savvier than ever and you have to be authentic and deliver to them what your brand value is unless of course you are looking to change that,” he says. Gibbs’ strategy includes honoring Soul Train’s musical past while reflecting contemporary pop culture. “Music is our lane but that doesn’t mean we can only show artists that were a part of the iconic past. Our perspective is that Soul Train is and will continue to be the home to the biggest artists in popular music,” he says. “We want to contemporize and reach a subset of our consumer, which is a younger consumer—with the rebirth of the brand.”

6 Tips for Success in Rebranding

Taking over Don Cornelius' legendary Soul Train, Kenard Gibbs shares his plans for driving the brand into the 21st century

Kenard Gibbs’ introduction of the Soul Train Awards was just a small step in the…

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Former Justin Timberlake Exec Revolutionizes Web Image Monetization

Entrepreneur Rey Flemings turns tagged photos into interactive shopping galleries

With Stipple Inc., Rey Flemings allows online businesses to monetize their images through a unique…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Support Black Entrepreneurs On Small Business Saturday

Use this campaign to support local enterprises to conduct your own "empowerment experiment"

This Small Business Saturday make an effort to devote some of your holiday shopping budgets…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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“Because of my work schedule, I don’t often get to go out to restaurants. But I will see which of my favorite chefs are in town and try to catch them wherever they are. Marcus Samuelsson is the man! He has an incredible palette. His creativity and style are over the top.”  ---Chef Cary Neff

Dine Where the Pros Eat: 5 Top Black-Owned Restaurants

Top chefs and restaurateurs share favorites from across the nation

Restaurateurs and chefs from Black Enterprise magazine’s November 2011 issue share their favorite food spots.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Small Business Saturday Presents Big Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

Why 'small business' doesn’t have to mean small success. Think big

Felicia joy tells why small businesses need to think big on Small Business Saturday and…

By Felicia Joy

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UBR Spotlight: Splice Kitchen’s Tonya Ojuluwayo Cooks Up Success

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Tonya Ojuluwayo, founder of Splice Kitchen, one of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Create a Branded Google Plus Business Page

The benefits of signing up for Google's latest product now instead of later

Setting up a Google Plus Page is simple and the benefits for your brand can…

By Hajj Flemings

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Seeking perfection in today’s business world is not a successful business strategy. This does not mean that the need for excellence, great customer service, and preparation and planning has to be left to chance. However, when you don't fixate on perfection it means you can move forward with a business idea without waiting until all elements are exactly right.

Don't get caught up in the Perfection Trap: the illusion that everything has to be just right before you will launch. It often serves as an accelerator that moves you beyond what is needed and keeps you from working smarter. It freezes you into over-thinking everything and talking yourself out of even starting. The other problem with trying to achieve perfection is that it is really a moving target.

Here are three Perfection Traps and how you can free yourself from their grip. ---Sheri Riley

Perfection Traps: How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Total Meltdown

Three reasons entrepreneurs should avoid seeking full perfection before acting on or launching a new project.

Seeking perfection can hinder action. Here’s how entrepreneurs can avoid the Perfection Trap and move…

By Sheri Riley

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Former NFL Player Finds Success in Franchising & Television

From the gridiron to the grill, Frank Rice tackles the restaurant business and Hollywood

After a career-ending injury, NFL star Frank Rice found success through family franchising and appearing…

By Mia N. Hall

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Rachel Blanks, Sunny Days Bakery

With her artfully crafted gourmet treats, Sunny Days Bakery’s Rachel Blanks spreads a little sweetness all across the Florida Panhandle

Sunny Days Bakery’s Rachel Blanks, our entrepreneur of the week, spreads a little sweetness all…

By Brian Dawson

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How to Find Your Brand’s Red Sole

Christian Louboutin's iconic red soles offer a lesson for entrepreneurs on making a brand distinctive

Christian Louboutin’s iconic red soles offer a lesson for entrepreneurs on making a brand distinctive

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How I Did It: Chef Goes Mobile with Food Truck

What it’s like to take catering company on the road

Chef Darryl King details how he took his brand from restaurant to hot food truck…

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UBR Spotlight: Data Solutions & Technologies CEO Deborah Scott Thomas

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Deborah Scott Thomas, the president and CEO of…

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How to Effectively Fund A Project on Kickstarter

5 steps to using the crowdfunding platform to get your startup off the ground

From Evita Robinson of Nomad-Ness TV to the founders of FASHIZBLACK magazine, learn from three…

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Everyone needs a network of people they can count on, in both in their personal lives, and in business. For entrepreneurs especially, these support networks can make the difference between feeling like you’re out there on your own, to being deeply connected to other entrepreneurs and having a team of friends, advisers or partners to turn to when you’re not sure which direction to go.

Here are seven tips for building the ultimate network to support your entrepreneurial goals.---Tina Wells

7 Ways to Build Your Entrepreneur Support Network

How to make the most of your network

Everyone needs a network, in both in their personal lives, and in business. Tina Wells…

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UBR Spotlight: Wykesha Hayes Gives Kids Keeys2Success

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Wykesha Hayes, the founder and CEO of Keey2Kids,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WIN! The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion Into Profit

Enter to win a FREE copy of The Mocha Manual for Turning Your Passion Into Profit

Enter to win a FREE copy of The Mocha Manual for Turning Your Passion Into…

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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Tre Baker and Lawrence Watkins, Ujamaa Deals

For Ujamaa Deals' founders, focusing on African-American business is the key to black economic empowerment

For Ujamaa Deals’ Tre Baker and Lawrence Watkins, focusing on African-American business is the key…

By Brian Dawson

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UBR Spotlight: Architect Dina Griffin’s Blueprint for Success

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young sits down with leading…

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The Truth About Black Folks and Our Reputation in Business

Four reason some black businesses get a bad rap (and what entrepreneurs can do to fight it)

Four reasons some black businesses get a bad rap (and what entrepreneurs can do to…

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Firing the Boss

How Zycron CEO Darrell S. Freeman grew his company by replacing himself

As founder and executive chairman of Nashville-based Zycron Inc. (No. 86 on the BE Industrial/Service…

By Alan Hughes

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Capitalizing on a Family Recipe and Reputation

Lefty’s Spices uses popular family restaurant’s barbecue sauce to attract industry giants

Lefty’s Barbecue started out as A rib joint founded by Walter Nash Sr. (a.k.a. Lefty)…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Online Businesses in Demand

You can start just about any Internet venture. Here are a few worth your time and money

A growing number of entrepreneurs are leveraging the current digital explosion to create viable, sustainable…

By Renita Burns

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10 Tech Gifts for the Pro on the Go

For work or play, these gadgets will be welcome in any stocking

Corporate gifting doesn’t have to be boring or impersonal, especially when you can help your…

By K. T. Bradford

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How Small Business Accelerators Give a Boost to Black Entrepreneurs

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how an accelerator positioned the company to make $1 million in just two years

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how the Cleveland Minority Accelerator positioned the company to…

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Spotlight: Comfort Cake CEO Amy Hilliard

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Amy Hilliard, the founder and CEO of The…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Cooperative Economics: Why You Should Team Up to Build Your Business Rather than Do It Alone

Rather than go it alone, build a strong partnership, and as a result, a strong business

Rather than go it alone, author and entrepreneur Felicia Joy says you should build a…

By Felicia Joy

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Longtime friends hope shoe store for women with larger feet finds its niche

At 5 feet 6 inches and wearing size 12 footwear, Washington, D.C. native Toni Hall…

By Alan Hughes

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Keeping the Faith: UrbanAmerica CEO Richmond McCoy

The Business of Faith: How to Keep Churches from Foreclosure

UrbanAmerica Principals CEO Richmond McCoy plans to stem church foreclosures through his consulting service

Ordained minister and UrbanAmerica CEO Richmond McCoy aims to bring business and faith together and…

By Alan Hughes

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Naima Woodson, Fit for a Kid

With Fit for a Kid, her Los Angeles–based fitness and nutrition business, Naima Woodson fights childhood obesity

With Fit for a Kid, her Los Angeles–based fitness and nutrition business, entreprenuer of the…

By Brian Dawson

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Committed to Black Business

Darrius and Meagan Peace realized the full benefit that participating in a black expo could…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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How 10,000 Small Businesses Can Get Capital

Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses initiative aimed at under-served communities

Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses initiative aimed at under-served communities

By Alan Hughes

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Armstrong & Wilson Reinvent the Pocket Square

Stylish entrepreneurs re-envision the classic men's fashion staple

Recognized by Esquire as two of the best dressed real men in America, Ontario Armstrong…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: 2011 Elevator Pitch Contest Winners

Also: Success Expert Dr. Dennis Kimbro; The Empowerment Experiment's Maggie Anderson

On the next edition of the Black Enterprise Business Report, hosted by Caroline V. Clarke,…

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WATCH: How to Ask Someone to Be Your Mentor

Entrepreneur Bert Gervais, aka The Mentor Guy, tells you how to land the mentor you want

Entrepreneur Bert Gervais, aka The Mentor Guy, tells you how to land the mentor you…

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Choose the Right Credit Card for Your Business

Here’s what you need to know before closing a deal on an account

The Wall Street Journal breaks down what you need to know when shopping for the…

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UBR Spotlight: How Promet Energy CEO Gregory White Got The Juice

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Gregory R. White, the co-founder and CEO of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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6 Mind Traps That Could Sabotage Your Business

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, one entrepreneur says they often fall into "mind traps." Here are six to look out for

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, we often fall into various “mind traps” that…

By Rosetta Thurman

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3 Ways to Maintain A Healthy Relationship While Building Your Business

How to make sure passion for your business doesn't kill the passion in your relationship

Small business expert Felicia Joy tells how to make sure your passion for your business…

By Felicia Joy

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Ryford Estores’s Self-Cut System

The target market for Ryford Estores’s specialty grooming product? Men. With short hair. Did someone say "sales potential?"

With his new product ,the Self-Cut System, entrepreneur Ryford Estores goes a cut above

By Brian Dawson

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5 Tips for Hiring Interns for Your Startup

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

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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.

10 Year-End Small Biz Tax Tips

These measures can help save your business time and money

These end-of-year measures can help save your business time and money

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UBR Spotlight: SLR Contracting CEO Sundra Ryce

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Sundra L. Ryce, the CEO of SLR Contracting…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Is Your Product Viable? 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Before forging down the path of entrepreneurship, ask yourself these five key questions

If you’ve decided to pursue the path of entrepreneurship by introducing a new product to…

By Tracy Foster

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Model Walks off the Runway Into Green Home Cleaning Business

Eco-friendly niche gives entrepreneur competitive edge in the industry

Former model Deanna K. Hains switched gears from the glam world of fashion into the…

By Souleo

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7 Ways to Avoid a Cash Flow Crunch

Dodging these pitfalls can help your small business finances

Too often, small businesses end up in a cash flow crunch because the need to…

By Alan Hughes

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Pure Success

Careful planning and research are the right mix for makers of all-natural hair and skin products for children

There are plenty of products on shelves geared toward African American adult women with natural…

By Malecia S. Walker

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During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke of metro Detroit hosted a panel entitled, “Social Media and Entrepreneurship” on September 23, 2011.  One of the action items from the panel was to create a ‘Social Media + Entrepreneurship Resource List’ that entrepreneurs could use to grow successful businesses.  Below, you will find a comprehensive resource list of third party apps, blogging, financial, calendar, and mobile tools that entrepreneurs can utilize immediately. —Compiled by Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton

36 Top Social Media & Online Tools for Entrepreneurs

The best social media tools to grow your business

Tech experts Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton compile a comprehensive list of tools and resources…

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5 Steps to Making Sure Your Business is Fundable

Use these strategies to ensure you can sell investors on your project and get the money you need to move your business forward.

Use these strategies to ensure you can sell investors on your project and get the…

By Pete Chatmon

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UBR Spotlight: A10 Solutions CEO Leah Brown Achieves Clinical Success

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Leah Brown, the CEO of A10 Solutions Inc.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Carmyn Robey Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

After making serious lifestyle changes about her weight, Carmyn Robey now helps others do the same

Severely overweight as a teen, entrepreneur Carmyn Robey dropped 140 pounds and turned her life…

By Brian Dawson

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UBR Spotlight: Digital Marketing Mastermind Tynicka Battle

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Marketing industry entrepreneur Tynicka Battle, founder and CEO…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Prescription Pipeline

A10 Clinical Solutions’ CEO Leah Brown turned her pain into a thriving enterprise

It was early in her career, but Leah Brown was doing well. At age 24,…

By Alan Hughes

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Mudslinging in politics and the press makes it a challenge to learn the facts about President Barack Obama’s record so far in office.  You would think that healthcare policy is the only area in which he has had an impact.

Being a business owner and concerned citizen, and knowing that entrepreneurship and business growth are ultimately going to be the driving forces of new job creation, I decided to go on a fact-finding mission to learn more about what President Obama has done for entrepreneurs and small business.  Here are five facts that we never hear about in the mainstream press. —Felicia Joy

5 Ways President Obama Has Helped Entrepreneurs

Don't be fooled by the headlines, the commander-in-chief supports small business

While many focus on the President’s healthcare policies, he has also made great strides in…

By Felicia Joy

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Every small business owner should position his or herself as a thought leader in their industry or arena of business. Launching a business blog can be an important part of any successful entrepreneur’s business strategy to help meet their business goals. The Internet is driven by links and every blog post is a unique listing in Google, so it’s time to establish social proof of your business acumen by blogging. While blogging has been around for a while some don’t know the intricacies of being successful at it. Here are eight basic tips to get you started on the right track. —Hajj Flemings

8 Blogging Basics for Small Business Owners

Starting a blog is only the first step, here's what you need to make it a successful business

Blogging has become an important part of promoting a business. Here are key steps in…

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ROBERT “BOB” JOHNSON 	Princeton University 	MA, Public/International Affairs 	Class of ’72   Johnson is the founder of Black Entertainment Television [BET], which launched in 1980. Starting as just a two-hour program, BET developed into a nationwide television channel, becoming the first African American owned company to be acknowledged by the New York Stock Exchange in 1991. After selling the all-Black television network to Viacom in 2001, Johnson became the first African American billionaire.

UBR Spotlight: Master Entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: master wealth builder Robert L. Johnson, chairman of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: How One Black-Owned Small Business Survived September 11th

M.R. Beal CEO Bernard Beal tells how his financial services business rebuilt in the days after Sept. 11, 2001--what he did well and what he'd do differently

M.R. Beal CEO Bernard Beal tells how his financial services business survived in the days…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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3 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From 9/11

Even in the greatest tragedy to befall America we can learn valuable lessons of perseverance in business

The aftermath of 9/11 also offers valuable lessons in leadership. In reviewing our archives related…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Brittany K. Earls Makes Her Mark in Print

The 'Genesis' magazine founder defies a global media recession in pursuit of publishing mogulhood

Genesis Magazine’s Brittany K. Earls defies a global media recession in pursuit of publishing mogulhood

By Brian Dawson

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Joshua Suggs & Corretta King

Also: Richard Dent III of Victoria's Secret PINK; investment tips for 2011

Joshua Suggs and Corretta King, the co-founders of Delta’s Restaurant, are the featured Entrepreneurs of…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Co. CEO C. David Moody Jr.

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Charles David Moody Jr., the CEO of C.D.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How to Build a Race-Neutral Brand

Being a black entrepreneur doesn't have to define your business. Here are some strategies for attracting a diverse customer base

Being a black entrepreneur doesn’t have to define your business. Lauren Maillian Bias gives a…

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Baked to Perfection

Entrepreneurs make second attempt to open cupcake shop but due diligence must be the main ingredient

When women with a love for food, friends, and good conversation joined forces after losing…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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5 Tips for Revving Up Your Business

Innovation and value are among the major revenue drivers

Jamilah Barnes Creekmur earned her stripes leading business development efforts for AllHipHop.com (and won the…

By Renita Burns

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UBR Spotlight: Top Auto Design Executive Ralph V. Gilles

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: visionary auto designer and executive Ralph V. Gilles,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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5 Steps To Creating Your Profitable Tech Start-Up

Position your company to become a future industry leader

Black entrepreneurs must be creative, however, to advance to the next stage in the Innovation…

By Derek T. Dingle

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5 Quick Tips for Creating a Successful College Business

How entrepreneurial college students can get started on building a smart business

How entrepreneurial college students can get started on building a smart business

By Felicia Joy

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NBA Coach Avery Johnson’s Leadership Lessons

Nets coach offers insightful advice on inspiring and turning your team around

The NJ Nets coach tells how to take your team from worst to first

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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Mychal and Adrienne Connolly Mean Business, Baby

How one couple's passion for kids led them to launch their new home-based business

Stinky Cakes, a diaper and baby-goods company founded in 2009, is run out of their…

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Now is the time to start a business. Launching a business in college (See 5 reasons why you should here) — or collaborating on one — sets you up for a bright and successful future.  I’ve come up with 25 ideas college students can start for $200 or less.  Believe it! You can use one (or more) of these suggestions or come up with your own.  Some of these startup ideas may work better than others, or, depending on where you go to college, may not work at all, but it's up to you  so choose wisely and adjust quickly if the business you start isn’t advancing. So, college CEO, before you head back to school for the semester pick your money-making match.---Felicia Joy

25 Savvy Startups Students Can Launch for $200 or Less

College students can tap into their inner CEO with these smart startup ideas

College students can tap into their inner CEO with these smart startup ideas

By Felicia Joy

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UBR Spotlight: Food Service Mogul Warren Thompson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Warren Thompson, the president and chairman of Thompson…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Whether you want to call it a recession or a slow recovery is irrelevant. As long as the unemployment rate remains at its current levels, corporations and consumers will be reluctant to spend. For entrepreneurs looking to do business with large corporations in this environment, it's critical that they understand the need to increase their financial literacy---for example, knowing when and how to use equity, versus debt. James H. Lowry, a senior counselor at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, also offers the following seven pieces of advice.---Alan Hughes

7 Steps for Small Business Success

Expert tips on how to position your business to grow in any economy and compete with the big dogs

Exert tips to help your small business compete with the big dogs

By Alan Hughes

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Leaders of the New School: Top 10 Young Women of Power

The next wave of women leaders--from the boardroom to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs to executives, from finance to making history as “firsts”

We highlight the next wave of women leaders–from the boardroom to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs…

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On the Rise: A Clean Slate, A Successful Business

How Elohim Cleaning Contractors CEO Sirena Moore started her commercial cleaning business and grew it to a multi-million dollar venture

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“As a teenage mother with no higher education and…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Russell Simmons’ “Super Rich”

Also: Financial educator Alvin Hall, the Garage Door Company, Porsche's driving school

Legendary hip-hop music and fashion mogul, philanthropist and author Russell Simmons is the featured Power…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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UBR Spotlight: World Wide Technology Chairman David Steward

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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How to Be Your Own Boss

These five steps will help you decide if you're ready to sit at the head of the table

These five steps will help you decide if you’re ready to sit at the head…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Reasons Every Student Should Launch a Startup Business While in College

How getting a head start as an entrepreneur could change your future

Small business expert Felicia Joy tells how getting a head start as an entrepreneur while…

By Felicia Joy

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Every entrepreneur wants to build a brand that inspires confidence, quality and reliability, knowing that customers’ belief in your product or service translates into revenue. In short, people put their money where their trust is. But trust can be a fickle thing. It can be difficult to earn and even then, requires constant maintenance. And if that trust is shattered, it can mean the end of an enterprise. 	In his book, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line, author and business strategist Dave Horsager discusses the correlation between trust and profits. “I think it's the key bottom line indicator even though someone might think at first glance it's a soft skill,” he asserts. “I prove out how it really does affect the bottom line and of course it affects impact and everything else.” He also offers what he refers to as the “8 pillars of trust.” —Alan Hughes

8 Ways to Build Trust in Your Brand

One of the keys to running a successful business is having a strong and reliable reputation

There’s more to branding than simply having a catchy name and logo, any entrepreneur looking…

By Alan Hughes

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Pastry’s Vanessa & Angela Simmons

Also: Power Player Ian Clarke; expert estate planning advice

Vanessa and Angela Simmons, co-founders of the Pastry’s urban fashion enterprise, are featured in the…

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UBR Spotlight: Toasting the Success of Black Vintner Jerry Bias

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Jerry Bias, founder and CEO of Sugarleaf Vineyards,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: How to Raise Venture Capital for a Tech Start-Up

August cover subject, Chuck Baker, discusses his strategy for raising money in Silicon Valley

Fileblaze CEO Chuck Baker shares his three tips for successfully getting funds to launch a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Welcomes Tyler Perry and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs

See why urban entrepreneurs are opening up shop in record numbers in Georgia

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed welcomed Tyler Perry and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs to the Atlanta Urban…

By Ronda Racha Penrice

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Cannon on being taken seriously as a young mogul on-the-rise

Preview B.E. Business Report: TeenNick Chairman Nick Cannon

Also: Entrepreneur of the Week Margo Lewis; taking on student loan debt.

Multi-talented actor, comedian and entertainment industry executive Nick Cannon shares his story with Host Caroline…

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UBR Spotlight: Stephanie Chick Sets Your Genius Free

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, Stephanie Chick, owner of the professional coaching firm…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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BOOTSTRAPPING 2.0

Digital optimization on a budget

Sure, your website is up and running; you have accounts set up on the major…

By Renita Burns

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Hungry for More

Couple rebounds from failed restaurant to serve up a side dish business

A failed chicken wing restaurant left husband-and-wife team Claude and Crystal Booker with a heap…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Layers of Security

Bakery uses technology to protect data and monitor the shop

Bakery owner Warren Brown has had his share of security scares since establishing his business,…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Tablet, Netbook or Laptop: Which Should I Buy?

The tablet market is getting interesting. After being dominated by Apple’s iPad for more…

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Born to Build

Entrepreneur Sundra Ryce’s gutsy leadership has cemented SLR Contracting’s reputation as a player in the construction industry

When Sundra L. Ryce finished college, she planned to join the family contracting business. But…

By Alan Hughes

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All Access

The 2011 Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis was…

By Monique Myles

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This weekend, July 27-31, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity descends on Washington, D.C., to celebrate its centennial. Founded November 17, 1911 by Howard University students Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James   Cooper and Frank Coleman and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just., the organization now boasts an illustrious list of men who are leaders in the arts, the sciences, academics, athletics, civil rights,   education, government, and business. In honor of the anniversary, BlackEnterprise.com highlights nine of the outstanding business leaders who are proud to call themselves Ques.

9 Ques Making Moves in Business

As Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates its centennial, we highlight 9 black business leaders who call the frat their own

As Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates its centennial the weekend of July 27, 2011, we…

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