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WATCH: Nick Cannon on Business, Being Taken Seriously & Faking It ‘Til You Make It

The self-described "entrepretainer" shares tips for young entrepreneurs

Blackenterprise.com correspondent Shannon Lanier recently caught up with self-described “Entrepretainer” Nick Cannon, who, at just…

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What You Can Learn from…Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Branding Techniques

The Bad Boy took Ciroc to new heights. Our branding expert tells how you can do the same for your business

Branding expert and reinvention strategist, Marshawn Evans, talked to Blackenterprise.com about why Diddy’s a comprehensive…

By Janel Martinez

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UBR Morning Post: Small Business Saturday Is a Big Deal

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

Why black entrepreneurs need to make a big deal of Small Business Saturday. Also this…

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Rockmelt Puts Friends and Followers at Your Fingertips

New web browser navigates bumpy start, but its best features may prove to be its saving grace

Rockmelt integrates social media, news feeds, and friends/followers with a Chromium-based browser making it easier…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Decoded: The Business Lessons of Hip-Hop Powerhouse Jay-Z

Hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter releases book about his life and lyrics

Hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter releases book about his life and lyrics

By Janell Hazelwood

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BigBrother

A Black Businesswoman in China: Life Online (Part 6)

Be prepared for limited access to Facebook, Google and other web sites

This final post will focus on the role of Big Brother in China. I was…

By Malla Haridat

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How Inventors Should Assess Manufacturers

What you need to know and need to ask.

Once you get to the stage where you’re talking to potential manufacturers, it’s important to…

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How To Obtain SBA Certification

See how one small business owner secured millions in government contracts

Obtaining government certification as a minority-owned or disadvantaged business small business can be advantageous for…

By Renita Burns

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LinkedIn Lets You Recommend Other Businesses

Members can build credibility by endorsing companies, products and services

Social media’s premiere professional network, LinkedIn, launches tool to help businesses grow based on user…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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UBR Morning Post: ‘Reallionaire’ Motivator Farrah Gray

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with Jamaal Williams,…

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Slideshow: Black Enterprise Energy Forum in D.C.

Black Enterprise and Shell brought out the best and brightest minds to discuss eco-opportunities for our community

The Black Enterprise Conversation on Energy Forum, Part II, welcomed Van Jones, best-selling author of…

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5 Simple Keys to Quality Customer Service

How small business owners can make sure clients remember you for the right reasons

The concierge industry aims to fulfill the needs of its customers and clients, often by…

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Graphic Designer/Artist   Depending on who you are, bigger IS better. And if you work with graphics then a large screen and a fast graphics engine are essential. Toshiba's Satellite Notebook series is a great laptop to consider if you don't mind the extra load, you rarely travel or you're thinking about replacing your desktop computer.  They start out with display sizes as small as 11.6",  but you can get a 18.4" screen with a Intel Core i5-460M processor and 4GB of DDRM3 memory for $999.99, and Core i7-740 QM processor for $1,399.99. The i5 and i7 processors are Intel's newest cpu's with tons of power and speed for heavy multitasking. Some laptops in the Satellite series also come with AMD's Phenom II Quad Core processor P940  at a substantial cost savings. Although not as popular as the Intel Core series of processors the AMD cpu's also provide users an opportunity to run multiple applications simultaneously.

Slideshow: Laptops for Less Than $1,000

From Mini netbooks to huge notebooks, five computers that fit your profession

From Mini netbooks to huge notebooks, five computers that fit your profession

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Whether signing their signature on major deals or developing innovative business practices, these women are the embodiment of power, substance and finesse. Want to know what it takes to rock a small business, corporation, or multimillion-dollar enterprise? Check out these fabulously savvy black business women who rock.

Black Businesswomen Who Rock

Black girls rock! We know this. But take a look at these businesswomen who are changing the game

Want to know what it takes to rock a small business, corporation or multimillion dollar…

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Black Enterprise & Shell Hold Energy Forum This Weekend

Check Blackenterprise.com all weekend for live updates, videos and pictures!

As America grapples with its dependence on oil, a presidential push to adopt green practices…

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Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Becoming an Entrepreneur

Adjust your mindset for success

How often have you thought about starting your own business only to have a doubt…

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A great resource for preparing to deal China's huge bureaucratic system.

A Black Businesswoman in China: Dealing With the Government (Part 5)

Be ready to deal with huge bureaucracies and lots of red tape. These resources can help.

This post will focus on navigating business with the Chinese government. Bottom line: You need…

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Why Tradeshows are a Must for Inventors

How to effectively build leads at industry events

Inventor, Andre Woolery takes readers through the process of brining his invention to market. Check…

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Three Passion-to-Profit Myths Debunked

Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffini Gatlin tells why you shouldn't make the leap on a whim

Some have an epiphany. Others know from the get-go. Tiffini Gatlin says a combination of…

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UBR Morning Post: Texas Power Player Tracye McDaniel

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with Tracye McDaniel,…

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How to Determine if Web Video is Right for Your Business

And three reasons that it may not be

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’re probably wondering if web video is right for your…

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Could Black Entrepreneurs Lose Their Share of $20 Billion?

Minority businesses urged to support historic MWBE procurement law

A group of politicians and government officials have urged minority entrepreneurs to support a New…

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23 Black Executives Advancing the Television Network Industry

Meet these success stories behind the small screen

Television hasn’t always been welcoming for people of color, but with more and more African…

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From Invention to Market: Starting the Journey

Backless bra creator shares how she brought her idea to market

Cato takes readers through some of the challenges she faced in bringing her invention to…

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How to Find a Manufacturer for Your Invention

Why digging through your network can land you a partner for your product

In this blog series, Woolery takes readers through the process of bringing his invention to…

By Renita Burns

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A Black Businesswoman in China: Getting Around (Part 4)

The trains allow you a real sense of daily life

I highly recommend taking public transportation in the three metropolitan cities of Shanghai, Beijing and…

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3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Find Business Opportunities with Government

Entrepreneurs must be proactive and creative to gain capital and contracts

Entrepreneurs with imagination, chutzpa and hustle will be among those that find lucrative opportunities. DASNY…

By Derek T. Dingle

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UBR Morning Post: 9-Year-Old Philanthropic Phenom Joshua Williams

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with 9-year-old philanthropic…

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A Black Businesswoman in China: Learning The Language (Part 3)

You must study Mandarin and Cantonese if you really want to compete in the global marketplace

In our third installment of Doing Business in China, I am sharing my experiences on…

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9 Need-to-Know Tips from Top CEOs for New Entrepreneurs

Plus, your chance to network with business luminaries face-to-face

The Black Enterprise Intelligent Performers are top CEOs and leading corporate executives who have…

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VIDEO: How to Go From Dreamer to Inventor

Our November cover subjects tell what it takes to file a patent and build a prototype

Bringing an invention to market is no easy task. It takes persistence, creativity and unparalleled…

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Cruise Control

Automotive professional Benny Black makes sure his clients drive the very best

Like most successful businesses, Benny Black’s Platinum Motorcars was born out of desire. Black, who…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Lifetime of Giving

Food bank CEO fights hunger one mouth at a time

For Valerie Traore, giving back is a family tradition. “When most kids were in summer…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Plug and Play

Tech gifts for people on the go

The words “step into my office” have taken on a whole new meaning. As responsibilities…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Human Capital

When change means terminating an employee

A company is only as good as its workforce. In the second part of our…

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Where the Green Opportunities Are

Energy, agriculture, and manufacturing poised to reap the rewards

Two ideas converge in the term “green economy:” To increase efforts toward conservation and sustainability,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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In the Driver’s Seat

Full-service ground transportation business navigates through successes and over speed bumps

Passengers who take the backseat with W&T Travel Services L.L.C. are always in for a…

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6 Tips for Crisis Management

Having a strategy in place will help you and your company survive most scandals

Sometimes bad things happen to good companies. A disastrous event or personal scandal (think recent…

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UPDATE Breaking News: Mysterious Package Received at NAACP Offices Today

The organization receives death threats as it calls for Tea Party to expel racists

NAACP President Ben Jealous says the organization has seen a number of death threats over…

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McDonald’s COO Gives Three Keys to Career Success

Don Thompson tells how to get ahead in corporate America

In an exclusive interview with BlackEnterprise.com, Don Thompson, COO & President of McDonald’s USA, discussed…

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How to Fund a Catering Business

Check out these resources that'll have you cooking in no time

My husband and I have opened a catering business. We’ve assisted several churches and local…

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It's a good idea to have your cards printed in Mandarin, Cantonese or other Chinese dialect before you leave the States.

A Black Businesswoman in China: Don’t Skimp on Business Cards (Part 2)

In America, they are important. In China, they are critical to doing business.

One of the first things that any good cultural guide will share about doing business…

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Biz Expert Q&A: Renting Ad Space on Your Website

Solutions to help you monetize your online content

My girlfriend and I have a website and we are trying to switch Web hosting…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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UBR Morning Post: Susan Taylor On The Business of Mentoring

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, contributor Renita Young speaks with magazine industry icon…

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Biz Expert Q&A: The Right Projector for a Successful Presentation

I travel a lot and give presentations before small groups. It’s always a hassle to…

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How to Finance Your Small Business

Three reasons factoring companies may be a viable alternative when banks say no

Most business owners would agree that finding funding to start and run a company is…

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A Black Businesswoman in China: Traveling as a Foreigner

During a recent trip to China, Malla Haradat gained valuable insight into Chinese business culture

If you’ve read about the recent successful trip that the National Urban League hosted in…

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5 Qs for Jamilah B. Creekmur: The Business Mind Behind AllHipHop.com

How she increased the company's value to $17 million

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Jamilah B. Creekmur about the business model behind AllHipHop.com

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Thinking About Self-Publishing? Here’s What You Need to Know

Former COO Jamilah Creekmur explains why you need to know how to do more than write

Since her departure as chief operating officer from the highly successful AllHipHop.com, Jamilah B. Creekmur…

By Renita Burns

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6 Steps to Success in Commercial Real Estate

Despite low valuations this investor sees opportunities

There’s no doubt that the commercial real estate market has seen better days. Along with…

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Morning Post: Reinvention Strategist Marshawn Evans

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, contributor Renita Young speaks with ad industry pioneer…

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How to Hand Down the Family Business – Part 1

Your resource for working with parents, children, spouses, exes, and others

When passing a business down from an older to younger generation problems are sure to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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White House Offers Support for Women-Owned Small Businesses

With the SBA, the Obama administration aims to push dollars towards women entrepreneurs

The SBA announced the new rule at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference hosted by the White…

By Renita Burns

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Nonprofit Insider: How to Start a Giving Circle

Information and resources for starting and growing your nonprofit

A giving circle is a philanthropic vehicle in which individual donors pool their money and…

By Tracey Webb

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How to Introduce Your Brand

3 ways to change public perception about a product or service

Most people know what to expect from a gym membership. So when retired middleweight boxing…

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Network With Intelligent Performers

A rare opportunity to make powerful connections and gain valuable exposure for your business

If you are a mogul in the making or talented business professional looking to take…

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UBR Morning Post: All Rise for Judge Karen Mills-Francis

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, contributor Renita Young speaks with TV Judge Karen…

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Tips for Effective E-mail Marketing

How to build your list and engage your members

You’re trying to ramp up your marketing efforts but things are at a standstill. Sure…

By Renita Burns

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Biz Expert Q&A: Greening Your Business on a Budget

Tips on how to save money while saving the planet

Becoming more environmentally aware while saving on energy costs for your small business doesn’t have…

By Alan Hughes

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Food Biz: Five Tips for Taking Over A Restaurant

Information, advice, and everything an entrepreneur needs to know about the food business

If you take over an existing restaurant or food business you can end up finding…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Inventors Insider: 4 Rules for Inventing With a Partner

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

When inventing with a partner, you give up some control and ownership, but the benefits…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Real Estate Insider: ‘Housewives of D.C.’ Star Shares Her Passion

Real estate news and advice for individuals and investors

Stacie Scott Turner has gained fame being featured on Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of…

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Keyboard Folio - The Apple iPad has revolutionized our ability to consume information. But producing information on its condensed QWERTY touch screen keyboard can be inconvenient at times--like while riding in a bumpy car. Sena has a solution. The Keyboard Folio, a premium, genuine Napa leather portfolio case for the iPad that comes with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and a recessed, collapsible back stand with openings for charge/sync ports. It is the perfect accessory to turn the iPad into a functional netbook. The  ergonomic keyboard features soft, water resistant keys and can connect to most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones with installed drivers; (www.senacases.com; $129.99). Grab a copy of the November issue of Black Enterprise magazine for more mobile tech gadgets to take on business trips, and come back to BlackEnterprise.com each week for more Tech Insider posts.

Tech Insider: 3 Portable Devices for Business Travel

Technology news, reviews, tips, and advice for professionals and small businesses

You need mobile technology tools to make the most of your business travel. Here are…

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UBR Morning Post: Ad Industry Titan Don Coleman

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, our newest UBR contributor, Renita Young, speaks with…

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Family Biz: 5 Conflict Resolution Tips for Spouses in Business

Your resource for working with parents, children, spouses, exes, and others

Husbands and wives need to create rules that they stand by before they get the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Style Biz: Building a Successful Modeling Agency

Insider tools for fashion and beauty industry success

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Ethnicity Model Management CEO LaShawnna Stanley about sticking with her niche, advocating…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley Talks Promotions Business, Latest Bout

Boxer has passion for building up young fighters

‘Sugar” Shane Mosley talks to Black Enterprise about his passion for mentoring young fighters and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Fashion Week 2010: The Master Behind the Scenes

Audrey Smaltz of The Ground Crew talks fashion show success

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Audrey Smaltz, CEO of The Ground Crew, on just what it takes…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Social Media Insider: 3 Social Network Management Tools

Tools, tips, and information from social media experts and the people and businesses who use it

Consider your social media dashboard a one stop shop that lets you drag and drop…

By Renita Burns

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Inventors Insider: 3 Ways to Protect Your Invention

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

Louis J. Foreman, the host of Everyday Edison on PBS and CEO of Edison Nation,…

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This week's Social Media Connection is Chris Curtis, a web business expert, business radio personality and author of the upcoming book Work the Web! The Webwise Guide to Business Online. In her own words, Curtis shares how she uses social media to achieve her business objectives: When it comes to Social Media, I've carved out my own little corners where I can post until my heart's content (or until my brain can't think of anything to type), and connect with people all over the world. As a business owner, its proven to be a successful way to reach out to others and pitch ideas, form collaborations and even find new contacts for my seminars and workshops. You'll be amazed by the people you meet, and you'll most likely find opportunities in places you never thought of. One note of caution: Be careful what you put in writing. When you're connected for business purposes, don't say anything that you wouldn't say to a prospective client or a business partner. Remember, you're exposing your writing to thousands - even millions - of people who might take exception to interpersonal expressions, if they're thinking about connecting with you to do business. Think before you post. Not sure where to start? Here's where I hang out...

Social Media Connection: Web Business Ownership’s Chris Curtis

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

This week’s Social Media Connection is Chris Curtis, a web business expert, business radio personality…

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UBR Morning Post: Film Fest Co-founder Stephanie Rance

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Stephanie Tavares-Rance…

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Fashion Week 2010: Top Model Talks Longevity Post-Catwalk

Surviving a tough economy, Lois Samuels continues expanding her brand

Former model Lois Samuels tackled the challenge of surviving a recession to keep her line…

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Investment Banker Predicts Double-Dip Recession

The short term future of our economy isn't so bright

Negative news from the housing market and the employment front, along with a stagnant U.S.…

By Alan Hughes

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Franchise Insider: BBQ Eatery Seeks Franchise Success

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Carmen Lemons turned a decades-old family run business into a franchise and is now marketing…

By Renita Burns

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Tech Insider: 3 Tech Tools for Road Warriors

Technology news, reviews, tips, and advice for professionals and small businesses

Looking for ways to be more efficient when working on the road? Consider purchasing a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Green Insider: Energy Security Can Prevent $12 Per Gallon Gas Prices

Eco-friendly resources for businesses and individuals

The responsibility of achieving energy security is not a task for politicians, soldiers, and oil…

By Andre Williams

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UBR Morning Post: Don Jackson of Central City Productions

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Don Jackson,…

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No. 1: John H. Johnson, The Legend

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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No. 2: Robert L. Johnson, The Power Player

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Celebrity Side Hustle: Caron Butler Scores With Burger King

The scoop on the entrepreneurial pursuits of athletes, entertainers and other stars

NBA Mavericks baller Caron Butler talks about why he chose the franchising route and how…

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No. 3: Reginald F. Lewis, The Global Dealmaker

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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No. 4: Kenneth Chenault, The Consummate leader

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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No. 5: Earl G. Graves Sr., The Champion Of Black Business

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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No. 6: Oprah Winfrey, The Media Powerhouse

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Inventors Insider: 5 Tips for Creating a Prototype

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

Often, the ideas for many inventions die in the prototype stage. Some inventors spend thousands…

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Resources to Help Your Business Tap Overseas Markets

President Obamas National Export Initiative looks to double minority business exports

In an effort to narrow America’s trade deficit, the Obama administration unveiled the National Export…

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No. 7: Richard Parsons, The Chief Strategist

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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How to Sell Your Online Business

I must sell my online store ASAP. I’ve contacted a broker, but he has no…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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No. 8: Michael Lee-Chin, The Billionaire Investor

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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UBR Morning Post: Black Enterprise Titan Bill Mays

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Mays Chemical…

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No. 9: Russell Simmons, The Man Who Took Hip-Hop Mainstream

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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Home Base: How to Cut Costs by Cutting Phone Service

Information and resources especially for home-based business owners

As more companies develop VoIP options, it’s getting easier to find cheap service and sometimes…

By Renita Burns

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Style Biz: Chemist Carves Niche with Eco-Friendly Cosmetics

Insider tools for fashion and beauty industry success

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Generation Y chemist and founder of FSL Cosmetics, Kimberly Riley, about her…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Family Biz: 3 Things to Include in Your Buy-Sell Agreement

Your resource for working with parents, children, spouses, exes, and others

If you or a member of your family dies or wants out of the business,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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No. 10: Percy Sutton, The Godfather Of Black Radio

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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Katrina +5: SBA, Taken by Surprise, Unprepared to Quickly Offer Aid

Businesses most prepared for rainy days most likely to succeed

When Katrina struck, SBA was in the middle of a transformation that included an internal…

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No. 11: Herman Russell, The Master Builder

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Is Your Business Ripe for Fraud?

Former FBI investigator offers tips on how to keep your company finances safe

There are simple steps a small business owner can take to reduce his or her…

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Jackson says the key to fundraising is getting an early start

Nonprofit Insider: 4 Steps to Fundraising for Your Nonprofit

Information and resources for starting and growing your nonprofit

Samuel T. Jackson, founder and CEO of the Economic Empowerment Initiative, provides these four tips…

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No. 12: Thomas Burrell, The Dean Of Black Advertising

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Inventors Insider: How to Create an App for That

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

There is an app for just about anything you can think of — or maybe…

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Franchise Insider: How to Boost Lagging Sales

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Scott Jewett, senior adviser at iFranchise Group, offers advice on how to rebound if sales…

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Social Media Insider: Using SM to Boost Your Mobile Base

Tools, tips, apps and strategies from social media experts and practitioners

Joel Comm offers these quick tips on how to grow your mobile base by leveraging…

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No. 13: Ed Lewis/Clarence Smith/Susan Taylor, The Voice Of Black Women

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Green Insider: 3 Emerging Green Biz Opportunities

Eco-friendly resources for businesses and individuals

Green sectors like energy efficiency, renewable energy, green urban manufacturing, and sustainable agriculture are all…

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6 Franchise Success Factors

These things will directly influence whether you'll be a successful franchisee

“Franchisees are trying to grow in this economy,” says Miriam Brewer, director of education and…

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Attract a Mentor to Your Business

A construction company owner shares the secrets to building a solid mentor-protg relationship

MAXI-CON2 President and CEO Julie Elliott offers some ways to make your business a more…

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No. 14: Ursula Burns, The Corporate Innovator

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Get Money: Braving “Shark Tanks” for Cash

Expert advice and resources for entrepreneurs who want to raise financing for their business

Business is about competition—for customers, for market share, for employees and yes, for financing. When…

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MEDWeek: Small Businesses Seek Suitors

The SBA's mentor-protg program can open doors to contracting opportunities

SBA’s mentor-protégé program enables large companies to provide a variety of assistance to 8(a) firms,…

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UBR Morning Post: Sweet Beginnings & Powers of Persuasion

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No. 15: Arthur G. Gaston Sr., The Trailblazer

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Developing the Black Enterprise iPad App

Developer Ali Sharif discusses how the app came together, and what it took to produce it

On the eve of the BE app’s launch, Sharif took the time to explain how…

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Biz Expert Q&A: Business Start-Up Advice You Can Bank On

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

What are bankers looking for as they assess which entrepreneurs they will lend to and…

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No. 16: Berry Gordy, The Music Mogul

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Home Base: A 401(k) Option for the Self-Employed

Information and resources especially for home-based business owners

Sole proprietors and owners of owners of home-base businesses are less likely to own IRAs…

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Style Biz: 4 Tips for Licensing Your Fashion Brand

Insider tools for fashion and beauty industry success

Here are three key things to consider before seeking to license your fashion brand.

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MED Week Focus: International Business Opportunities

Conference also will play matchmaker to small firms and major corporations

The Minority Business Development Agency[JJ1] ’s annual National Minority enterprise Development (MED) Week[JJ2] conference kicks…

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No. 17: George Johnson, The King Of Black Haircare

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Celebrity Side Hustle: WNBA Fashionista Cappie Pondexter

The scoop on the entrepreneurial pursuits of athletes, entertainers and other stars

WNBA All-star Cappie Pondexter talks entrepreneurship and her fashion styling business, 4 Season Style Management.

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Choosing the right people to sit on your board of directors is critical to the success of your organization, says Froswa' Booker-Drew, founder of Soulstice Consultancy, which provides training and webinars for nonprofits. Her clients have included Thelma Wells Ministries, Prime Time Sister Circles, and the Texas Council on Family Violence, among others. A board member herself for the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Booker-Drew coordinates the Nonprofit Certificate Program at University of Texas Arlington where she also teaches several classes and writes for Blackgivesblack.com. This week on the Nonprofit Insider we asked Booker-Drew to talk about the importance of choosing a strong, viable board of directors. Here are five things she says you must consider:

Nonprofit Insider: Choosing a Board for Your Nonprofit

News and views for people managing nonprofits

Your board of directors will be critical to helping your nonprofit operate well. The members…

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Tech Insider: 4 Ways the iPad Makes You More Efficient

Still on the fence about getting an iPad? Heres how it can help improve your productivity.

For small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals, there are definitely clear advantages to making the…

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No. 18: John Rogers, The Investment Icon

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Inventors Insider: To Patent or Not to Patent, Part 1

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

There has been an ongoing debate between inventors about what to do first: get a…

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This week's Social Media Connection is Adrienne Graham, founder and CEO of Empower Me! Corporation, a media, publishing and professional development company. She is the voice behind Views From the Top Radio Show and the creator of Empower Me! Networks, Empower Me Institute, Empower Me! (formerly Fearless Woman) magazine, Next Level Business Coaching Program, Empowered Woman TV, the Power Brok(H)er™ Club, and Empower Me! Radio. A 17-year recruiting veteran,  Graham is also CEO of Hues Consulting & Management, Inc., a diversity recruitment, recruiter training and employment branding consulting firm.  She is also author of the book Go Ahead, Talk to Strangers, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Fearless Networking, as well as two blogs: Corporate Recruiting Diva and Empowered Career Woman. In her own words, Graham (shown here with her "junior partner" Jose) shares how she uses social media to achieve her goals.

Social Media Connection: Adrienne Graham, Empower Me! Corp.

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

This week’s Social Media Connection is CEO of both Empower Me! Corporation, a media, publishing…

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Economista: Top Job Search Websites

A money guide for the 20-somethings

Aside from CareerBuilder and Monster.com, there are a number of websites that will help you…

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No. 19: Dave Bing, The Man Of Steel

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UBR Morning Post: Cami Cakes; Become Your Own Boss

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No. 20: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, The Business All-Star

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Style Biz: How to Leverage Hair Shows Into Dollars

Insider tools for fashion and beauty industry success

Entrepreneur and celebrity stylist Janel Smith offers these tips on how to make the most…

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Family Biz: When Your Business Partner is Your Spouse

Your resource for working with parents, children, spouses, exes, and others

Husband and wife Brian and Autumn Merritt own a boutique and are raising their 8-month-old…

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Home Base: Why You Need Business Interruption Insurance

Your guide to running an at-home business

For the small business owner, an unforeseen disaster can bring an abrupt halt to company…

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No. 21: Don Barden, The Visionary

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No. 22: Byron Lewis, The Image Maker

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Nonprofit Insider: 4 Things to Do Before You Start a Charity

News and views for people managing nonprofits

Charities are great if they’re managed well, but if they’re not look out. The best…

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Real Estate Insider: 3 Tips for Buying Commercial Real Estate

Real estate news and advice for individuals and investors

In this economy, a foray into commercial real estate may seem like a mistake, but…

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Social Media Insider: Developing Strategy and Securing Backing

Tools, tips, apps and strategies from social media experts and practitioners

Kimberly Stone tells how POSHGLAM became an “IT” website among venture capitalists.

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Green Insider: 7 Things to Look For In An Eco-friendly Printer

Eco-friendly resources for businesses and individuals

Going paperless is the best way to go green, but if you absolutely have to…

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No. 23: Ann Fudge, The Barrier Breaker

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Franchise Insider: Figuring Out Franchising

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Among the challenges facing franchisees, the economy tops the list. Here are a few factors…

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This week's Social Media Connection is Francina Harrison, a career, business and employment coach, is better known by the name she shares with her business, The Career Engineer (TCE). Her firm provides social media and e-commerce coaching, career and business networking events and media and marketing solutions for entrepreneurs. She's also author of A Mind to Work: The Life & Creer Planning Guide for People Who Want Need to Work. In her own words, Harrison shares how she uses social media to achieve her goals.

Social Media Connection: Francina Harrison, The Career Engineer

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

This week’s Social Media Connection is Francina Harrison, a career, business and employment coach, is…

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No. 24: Bill Mays, The King Of Chemicals

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Tech Insider: 4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartphone

Technology news, reviews, tips, and advice for professionals and small businesses

Need help choosing the right smart phone for you? Here are four things to consider…

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UBR Morning Post: Entrepreneurial Prodigy Zoe Damacela

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No. 25: J. Bruce Llewellyn, The Game Changer

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Family Biz: 5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Relatives

Your resource for working with parents, children, spouses, exes, and others

Hiring relatives to work for your Family Biz can get quite touchy. Even if you…

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Biz Expert Q&A: 4 Ways To Get People to Do What You Want

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

One of the most coveted skills in business is also the most elusive: the ability…

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Home Base: 5 Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Your guide to running a home based business

With woman entrepreneurs elbowing their way into highly competitive industries, it takes more than a…

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No. 26: Edward Gardner, The Global Haircare Giant

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Women of Power

Venus Williams

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

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

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

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

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