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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Renita Burns

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No. 26: Edward Gardner, The Global Haircare Giant

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No. 27: JoAnn Price, The Black Business Financier

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No. 28: Al Johnson, The Auto Dealer Advocate

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Getting Down to Business in the Game of Love

Sheila Moss-Brown makes romance marketable

Frustrated with a non-existent love life, Sheila Moss-Brown decided to explore the cause of the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Get Money: 5 Things to Know About SBA Lending

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

Todd Harrington is managing director and chief sales officer for CIT Group where he oversees…

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Morning Post: “Serial” CEO Colleen Payne-Nabors

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Colleen Payne-Nabors,…

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No. 29: Tyler Perry, The Hollywood Hitmaker

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Celebrity Side Hustle: Singer LeToya Luckett Talks Retail

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

When it came to investing in a second store, finding the right location and having…

By Janell Hazelwood

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This week's Social Media Connection, Felicia Joy, is a nationally recognized author, entrepreneur and business expert in Atlanta. The host of the Ms. CEO Show, a talk radio show for women entrepreneurs, she is passionate about entrepreneurship as a tool for the creation of jobs, economic value and positive social change. In her own words, she shares how she uses social media to meet her goals.

Social Media Connection: Felicia Joy, Ms. CEO Inc.

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

Felicia Joy, Entrepreneur, Atlanta, GA: Being successful and having fun on social media–especially for business–means…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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There’s a mobile phenomenon subtly taking shape that may revolutionize business, just like traditional social networks have done over the latter part of the decade. Geolocation programs and services are slowly gaining popularity among smartphone users. But what providers are making headway in the geolocation space, and how will this medium affect the way you do business? Check it out.

Is Geolocation the Next Frontier for Small Business?

A look at growing geolocation services and how companies are using them

There’s a mobile phenomenon subtly taking shape that may revolutionize business, just like traditional social…

By Renita Burns

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Green Insider: 7 Jobs That Could Be Green

Phillip O�Neil of Green DMV explains what makes a job green

First up, let’s address the green economy. There has been a lot of talk about…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Coverage of Michael Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death was third on the list with 5.7% of coverage. Thousands of news items focused on the King of Pop's unexpected death, his legacy, his enormous fanbase, the fate of his three children, his estate, funeral, and many lawsuits.

Black News Coverage Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

Despite a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the media

Despite having a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the U.S. mainstream news…

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Today, we spoke with Andrea Hence Evans, a former patent examiner and trademark examining attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She started The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans five years later because she wanted to help independent inventors who often didn't fully understand the patent process. Here are her seven tips for an inventor looking to patent a product.

Inventors Insider: 7 Things to Do Before Filing a Patent

Got an idea you want to patent? Here are some tips to help ensure your success.

Got an idea you want to patent? Here are some tips to help ensure your…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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No. 30: Henry Parks, The Pioneer

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Get Money: 5 Things to Know Before Seeking Venture Capital

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

The old adage that it takes money to make money has always rung true. And…

By Alan Hughes

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In 1910, Sarah “Madame C. J.” Walker is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first African American female self-made millionaire through the creation of a range of haircare products targeted to the African American community. Once asked about her secret of her success, Walker responded: “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success…If I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” (Image: Madam C.J. Walker)

PHOTO GALLERY: The Business of Black Haircare

A century of black entrepreneurship in the haircare industry

Even before the beginning of the 20th Century, African Americans were at the forefront of…

By Derek T. Dingle

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As Obama Talks Up Small Businesses, Vote on Lending Looms

White House hopes to boost confidence in the economy

With the Senate on the verge of taking a final vote on the Small Business…

By Joyce Jones

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UBR Morning Post: Voluptuous CEO Angela Samuels

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Angela Samuels,…

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Family Biz: 5 Tips on Working With Family

How to create a comfortable and fair environment for all employees

Working with family can be a catch 22. Make sure you employ these five tactics…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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No. 31: Don Coleman, The Multicultural Marketing Maestro

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This is the first installment of the Tech Insider. Each week we will investigate new technology tools that professionals and small business owners can use to increase productivity,  security, and stay innovative in this Web 2.0 world. These days business information is conducted, stored, and created online more than ever before. Some people go through great lengths to keep that data secure, doing everything from purchasing expensive anti virus software to avoiding the internet entirely, thereby missing out on innovative ways to stay competitive in a digital world. Keeping your data protected from corruption and your identity guarded from unauthorized use may require more common sense and less cryptic technology. Here are five things you need to do to decrease the likelihood that your proprietary business transactions won’t be violated.

Tech Insider: Five Tech Tools for Protecting Digital Data

Keep your files and online profiles secure from intrusion

Keeping your data protected from corruption and your identity guarded from unauthorized use may require…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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No. 32: R. Donahue Peebles, The Real Estate Groundbreaker

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Biz Expert Q&A: 5 Things To Consider Before Starting Up

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

When starting out in business, small business coach Melinda F. Emerson believes there are five…

By Melinda F. Emerson

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Making the Impossible Possible

Over the past 40 years, the mission of Black Enterprise has been demonstrated repeatedly by those who've graced its pages

As a 21-year-old assistant editor for black enterprise some 27 years ago, I was summoned…

By Derek T. Dingle

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7 Ways to Help Teens Start a Summer Business

With youth unemployment at an all-time high, instead of helping a young person to find a job, how about helping to create one?

As a business coach and someone who built a multi-million dollar company in my 20s,…

By Andrew Morrison

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No. 33: Maynard Jackson, The Great Equalizer

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10 Things to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

Since no business opportunity comes with a guarantee, an entrepreneur�s best defense is information

Like any investment, buying a franchise requires a significant amount of due diligence. Not even…

By Alan Hughes

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9 Steps for Working Smoothly With Friends and Family

What's the protocol for balancing business objectives with personal relationships?

Entrepreneurship is not an easy game – especially during an economic downturn. Most entrepreneurs are…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Backtalk with Daymond John

The "Godfather of Urban Fashion" shares key lessons on branding and entrepreneurial success

Businessman and self-made millionaire Daymond John is best known for his ’90s clothing line FUBU—“For…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Who are you connecting with on social media sites? Who's connecting with you? More importantly, why are you connected, and how are you using your presence in social media to advance your career, business, financial and lifestyle objectives? These are the questions we had in mind when we created this new BlackEnterprise.com feature, Social Media Connection. Lots of magazines, web sites, bloggers, etc. share all kinds of lists of who's who on Twitter and other social media sites. Our goal with Social Media Connection is to go a little deeper. Each week, we'll profile an entrepreneur, business expert, celebrity or other key influencer in a unique way: breaking down their presence on social media site by site—focusing on their favorites—and getting their insights on how they use that presence to achieve their business goals. Our objective is to give you insights and ideas from the most successful entrepreneurs, professionals and experts engaged in social media, insights you can use to achieve your own goals. To introduce this new feature, which will appear every Thursday, I've volunteered, as the editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, to be the guinea pig.

Social Media Connection: Alfred Edmond Jr.

The mission of our new weekly feature is to give you first-person accounts of how top entrepreneurs, executives and experts use social media

Who are you connecting with on social media sites? Who’s connecting with you? More importantly,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Biz Plan Insider: Don’t Believe These Myths

"You don't need a business plan" and other commonly held beliefs you need to let go of

Beginning today and every Thursday here on the Small Business channel at BlackEnterprise.com, you’ll find…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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No. 34: Cathy Hughes, The Broadcasting Architect

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No. 35: Travers Bell, The Father of Black Investment Banking

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Get Money: 4 Keys to Raising Capital for Your Small Business

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

Beginning today and every Wednesday afternoon here on the Small Business channel at BlackEnterprise.com, you’ll…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The CASHFLOW Not only can you apply for $10,000 in financing for your upstart but young entrepreneurs can find legal information, info on how to develop a sustainable business, and guides for ensuring great customer service. And there’s a step-by-step guide on how to launch your business.

Top Sites for Young Entrepreneurs

Sites that focus on the young CEO

While most young entrepreneurs are long on passion and short on wisdom, there are a…

By Renita Burns

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UBR Morning Post: Street Vendors to Empowerment Leaders

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 Richelieu Dennis,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Maximizing Global Transport Management Technology

Four tips to help automate your exports from the United States

Exporting can involve a ton of paperwork and require detailed financial audits to several different…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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No. 36: Janice Bryant Howroyd, The Job Czar

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No. 37: Comer Cottrell, The Trendsetter

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How to Remake Your Company Like Johnson Products

The maker of Ultra Sheen is once again minority-owned with a bold strategy to conquer ethnic haircare

Husband and wife team Eric Brown and Renee Cottrell-Brown seek to make history and profits…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The INs and OUTs of Exporting

Heres how to break into other markets

It has been a good year for businesses that are expanding the sale of their…

By Joyce Jones

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No. 38: Ernesta Procope, The First Lady of Wall Street

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No. 39: Jesse Hill Jr., The Insurance Impresario

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By Derek T. Dingle

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The Art of Business Seduction

Keys to convincing bosses, clients and colleagues that you are the one they want to do business with

In today’s ultracompetitive marketplace, succeeding in business has never been more difficult. “Every professional needs…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Diversity Knocking Hard on Corporate Doors

Exclusion of minorities becoming more and more of a liability

Corporate supplier diversity programs are coming under increased scrutiny as America’s minority groups steadily march…

By Alan Hughes

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No. 40: Eddie Brown, The Master of Mutual Funds

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4 Steps to Taking Your Business Global

Take advantage of these resources to seize international opportunities

Here are four resources to help start your journey of accessing opportunities overseas.

By Emerald S. Morrow

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An Investment in Knowledge

Lifelong learners do something everyday to achieve their vision

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a corporate executive aspiring to higher levels of achievement…

By Mary Stutts

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Organic Brands in Demand

The EverGreen Home finds a foothold in the organic coffee market

Silver Spring, Maryland resident Sonia Marie Bunch always knew she’d invest in an organic food…

By Letita M. Aaron

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UBR Morning Post: Going Green With Majora Carter

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 Majora Carter,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Gulf Coast Small Businesses Worried About Their Futures

Compensation process is riddled with distrust

In a four-part series, Black Enterprise.com is looking at how the oil spill is affecting…

By Joyce Jones

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How to Secure a State Contract

Sen. Kevin Parker offers entrepreneurs the keys to gaining successful access

New York State Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) took a trip to the NASDAQ in New…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Number of Black-Owned Businesses Increased by 61%

Economic parity remains elusive, but future is bright

The number of black-owned businesses increased by almost 61% between 2002 and 2007, according to…

By Joyce Jones

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Dartmouth Program Helps Entrepreneurs Avoid Fatal Missteps

Minority-focused sessions give black business owners tools for success

The hills of New Hampshire are perhaps the last place one would expect a minority-focused…

By Alan Hughes

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How To Turn Your Business into a Franchise

Get started expanding your brand model

Becoming a franchisor can be a cost effective way to grow your business with a…

By Renita Burns

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Millennials: The New Breed of American Worker

Betts is one of 75 million people born after 1980 known as Millennials. And though…

By Brittany Hutson

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Choosing a Legal Structure for Your Biz

What to consider when trying to set up your upstart

When starting a business, there’s an abundance of factors entrepreneurs need to consider. But none…

By Renita Burns

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UBR Morning Post: Business Mistakes to Avoid

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, I talk about how the difference between success…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Starting a Successful Photography Business

You're not just an artist, you're also a businessperson

Though talent is a necessary ingredient for being a successful photographer, training and experience are…

By Letita M. Aaron

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Why Entrepreneurs Need to Know How to Lobby

These seven mistakes can prove costly when dealing with the government

For small business owners, cutting through the red tape in order to deter a local…

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Morning Post: More On Model Entrepreneur B. Smith

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Producer Angelique Westerfield speaks with B. Smith,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Memo To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Become Isolated

Four keys to staying visible and connected despite the demands of running your business

One of the biggest threats to successful entrepreneurship is isolation. Many entrepreneurs get so caught…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Common Talks Branding, Social Media, and Business Moves

His strategy: Stick to your core values

Grammy-winning artist, actor, and entrepreneur Common spoke with BlackEnterprise.com about successfully building a brand, marketing,…

By Renita Burns

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5 Rules for Making Money in Hollywood

Here's what it takes to get your film acquired and distributed

Droves of African American directors, producers and screenwriters came to Miami Beach over the past…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Insubordination: How to Handle an Employee Violation

Properly protect your company's morale, work environment

Carl C. Jefferson, national president of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources…

By Janell Hazelwood

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8 Ways to Improve Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect your pitch with these tips

Crafting the perfect elevator speech is both an art and a science in which the…

By Alan Hughes

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6 Ways To Know When Enough Is Enough

A never-say-die mentality doesn't mean never changing your mind about what's worth fighting for

Despite the mantras of “Never give up” and “Keep fighting” that many achievers subscribe to,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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How to Become a Personal Shopper

Turn a love of fashion into money in your pocket

Oftentimes, a passion for fashion can do more to drain your cash supply than boost…

By Janell Hazelwood

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POLL: How Often Do People Ask You For A Hookup?

Is the expectation that you'll offer your products or services for free a minor annoyance or a drag on your business?

TAKE OUR POLL: One of the challenges facing many black small business owners is the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Morning Post: Biz Advice From Margaret Garner

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More great business advice from Broadway Consolidated Companies President, the dynamic entrepreneur featured on today’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Take it From Me: CamiCakes Cupcakes

Atlanta businesswoman shares the sweet and unsweetened sides of entrepreneurship

When CamiCakes Cupcakes (404-748-4288) opened its doors in 2006 in Orange Park, Florida, owner Andra…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Greene�s primary victory is upheld; Ethics panel scrutinizes lawmakers

The South Carolina Democratic Party’s executive committee voted Thursday night to uphold unemployed veteran Alvin…

By Joyce Jones

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Move Beyond the Hustle: The Myths of Networking

4 great tips to move you beyond the hype to establishing authentic business relationships

Giving a business card does not mean we now have a connection, certainly not a…

By Marshawn Evans

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Mix and Match

Entrepreneurs find the right combination to move their hair products forward

As biracial women, Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge couldn’t find haircare products for their curly…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Do You Know Your Business Credit Score?

Whether managing or repairing it, understand how it affects operations and the bottom line

In the current economic environment, business owners understand that a good personal credit score is…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Savvy Solutions: Franchise Deal Too Good To Be True?

What questions do I need to ask so I don't get taken advantage of?

I am looking into a franchise opportunity. They’re offering a special program where I would…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Celebrating Black Business

Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton crusade to raise awareness with a month of recognition in August

Frederick E. Jordan didn’t have many financing options when he started his engineering and construction…

By Jason Evers Roberson

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The Entrepreneur in You

Before becoming a business owner, you have to think like one

There are no easy short-cuts to successful, sustainable entrepreneurship: being your own boss takes lots…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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BE-DIVERSITY-LOGO-V1

40 Best Companies For Diversity: They Want YOU!

The organizations on our list know that hiring diverse employees and leveraging differences sharpen their competitive edge.

Regaining its footing after one of the worst economic downturns in our nation’s history, corporate…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Social Media: Things That Make you Go “Oops!”

Our experts offer these tips for getting the most out of your digital media tools.

Don’t be these people: The Joiner who hops on every social network with no clear…

By Dale Coachman

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Cyberwise: How Can I Manage My Time Better?

Digital tools to help you keep your life in order

I have a difficult time managing my schedule and tasks. What are some really good…

By Dale Coachman

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Three Tips for Personalizing Your Brand

Make sure your image matches both you and your business

Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge turned their struggle to find haircare products that suited biracial…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Marketing in the Digital World

Here�s how to craft a smart online strategy

For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, the term “social media” conjures up the image…

By Dale Coachman

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Obama Urges Congress to Pass Aid for Small Businesses

During bipartisan meeting, Obama addressed oil spill and financial regulation

President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation to help small business get loans…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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10 Tips for Writing a Winning E-Book

Use these quick and easy steps to get published

With the advent of technology – we crave information immediately, passionately and succinctly. An electronic…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Cutting Edge: Summer Side Hustles

From cold water to "Passion Parties," a few easy ways to bring in extra money when the heat is on

Here are some quick, down and dirty ways to add additional revenue to your personal…

By Renita Burns

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Adding Diversity Into the Equation

Minority chemists face barriers in the pipeline between academia and the workplace

Less than a year after Teri Quinn Gray began working as a research manager for…

By Brittany Hutson

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Funding Your Green Business

Position yourself to be considered for venture capital

Carolyn L. Green is co-founder and managing partner of EnerGreen Capital Management, a Radnor, Pennsylvania-based…

By Maya Payne Smart

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How-To: Effective Marketing on Twitter

Four strategies to grow your business

A recent study on Twitter usage by Edison Research shows that African Americans make up…

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Senate panel fast-tracks Johns' SBA nomination; Congress reconciles reform bills

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship voted unanimously on Thursday to move the…

By Joyce Jones

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Keep in Mind

Three considerations for entrepreneurs looking to tap into the South African economy

Craig Allen, senior commercial officer for the U.S. Embassy, commercial section, offers tips for American…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Pick Your Partner

Three ways to identify charitable organizations to partner with to help drive business

Small businesses can partner with charitable organizations and/or causes to create win-win relationships. Donating a…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Building Open Minds

Garage door entrepreneurs stress education as a marketing tool

“People don’t realize that a garage door can improve the aesthetics of a home and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Cyberwise: Live-Streaming Advice

Adding a new dimension to an event planning business.

I have a small events planning business and would like to do some events that…

By Dale Coachman

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Chill Pill’s Mobile Speakers ($49.99); let you have big fun along the way. The speakers pack a powerful sound in a tiny, portable 2- by-4-inch form. Retractable USB cables (included) mean they won’t get tangled—and you can use the cables to charge your iPod and iPhone from the speakers. Chill Pill’s Rapcap Mini Microphone ($14.99) for the iPod lets you capture and save in WAV format for easy playback.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tiny Tech Tools for Traveling

Traveling for business or pleasure? These tools will help you take a load off

April might have been the “cruelest month” for poet T.S. Eliot, but when it comes…

By Dale Coachman

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Savvy Solutions: Starting A Record Company

You can sign artists and put out your own music, but you can't do it alone

It isn’t impossible to put out signed artists or your own music. You just can’t…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Doing Business In … South Africa

Be aware of the risks and rewards this country offers

About 9,000 miles from American shores, Georgia native Mary L. Harris calls the shots. As…

By Alan Hughes

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Standing Firm

Getting the most from customers without lowering your prices

Gray Haile, a corporate law firm in Washington, D.C., ended 2008 on a high note,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Right on Track

An unconventional venture and smart partnership open doors for two brothers

For brothers Jamon and Taj Jones, entrepreneurship is in the blood. “Our grandfather started a…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Color of Money

Four Ways to Give Your Business a Green Tint

Don’t think scientists and manufacturers are the only professionals needed in the green space.

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Part II: Score A-List PR on a Shoestring Budget

Leverage your presence among professional networks and on the Web

Now that you’ve begun to implement the steps from “Part I: Score A-List PR on…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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One of the most highly anticipated events at the 15th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo, hosted by ExxonMobil at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, was the 2010 Black Enterprise Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by Ariel Investments. The Small Business Awards recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs in four award categories: Teenpreneur (ages 19 or younger), BE Next (ages 21-35), Innovator of the Year and Small Business of the Year. Above, Black Enterprise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle poses with 2010 award winners Amos Winbush III of CyberSynchs L.L.C., Jamail Larkins of Ascension Aircraft, Gabrielle McBay of Crumbs by Gabrielle, and Frank Kendrick and Timothy Jackson of NuJak Cos. (All Photos by Lonnie C. Major)

PHOTO GALLERY: Black Enterprise 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon

Some of America's best entrepreneurs were honored at the Entrepreneurs Conference

One of the most highly anticipated events at the 15th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference…

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Letting Go

Nobody wants to walk away from a dream, but sometimes you just might have to

Despite the mantras of “Never give up” and “Keep fighting” that many achievers subscribe to,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Poll: Show Me the Funding!

Tell us where you're finding the capital to sustain your business

Happy Small Business Week! As a small business owner/entrepreneur where have you found capital needed…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: A Deal Was Made!

Young business owners join forces at BE Next mixer in Atlanta

I’ve said it before—networking is a powerful tool if done correctly. For Atlanta-based candle maker…

By LaToya M. Smith

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Top Takeaways on Twitter

#BEEC attendees tweeted the business advice they found most worth sharing

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference had Twitter on lock down. From Lisa Nichols’ presentation on…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: The Nitty Gritty of Government Contracts

There's more to doing business with Uncle Sam than forms and certification

I’ve long been fascinated with the process of securing a government contract. The largest purchaser…

By Renita Burns

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Legendary Inspirations

The BE 100s Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner at the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

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It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to network with 1,200+ of…

By Malla Haridat

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WATCH: Work Behind the Scenes in Entertainment

Mary Major offers some tips on breaking into the entertainment industry, behind the scenes

Mary Major is president of Major Jack productions, a television and live-event production company…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: How to Make a Strong Start in Tech

Amos Winbush III, founder and CEO of CyberSynchs LLC, gives advice to entrepreneurs in technology

CyberSynchs LLC CEO Amos Winbush III, winner of the 2010 Black Enterprise Innovator of the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Score A-List Public Relations on a Shoestring Budget

Find success with do-it-yourself marketing

So, how do A-list celebrities and corporations secure that ultimate public relations campaign that has…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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WATCH: Transitioning Into Entrepreneurship

Felicia Joy, host of the Ms. CEO Show, discusses "hybrid" entrepreneurship: working a full-time job while running a business.

Felicia Joy, host of the Ms. CEO Show, discusses “hybrid” entrepreneurship: working a full-time job…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: The Follow-Up

Don't just promise to do it. Do it.

I met a lot of awesome people over the last few days, but I realized…

By Renita Burns

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WATCH: 2010 BE 100s Award Winners

Avis Ford, Thompson Hospitality, GlobalHue, and Barden Cos. are honored this year.

The chief executives of Avis Ford, Thompson Hospitality, GlobalHue, and Barden Cos. share what it…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: What I Learned From the Elevator Pitch

Both contestants and judges provide insights into how to effectively sell your business idea

If you had only 60 seconds to deliver your best business pitch, what would you…

By Malla Haridat

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WATCH: How to Increase Your Online Presence

Chris Curtis, founder of Web Business Ownership LLC, gives tips on how to up your Web visibility

Web Business Owner LLC Founder Chris Curtis stresses the need for small businesses to have…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: How to Get Into the Global Marketplace

Greg Marchand, founder of Gizmos L.L.C., gives three strategies for going global with your business.

Greg Marchand, founder of Zambia-based Gizmos L.L.C., gives three strategies for going global with your…

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Some of the 1,200 pre-registered Black Enterprise Conference attendees check in at the registration booths and pick up the credentials they'll need for the next couple of days, including an ID badge, wristband, conference journal, and conference bag.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Some of the 1,200 pre-registered Black Enterprise Conference attendees check in at the registration booths…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: How NOT to Seek Financing

Seeking startup capital? Don't do this.

We’re about halfway through the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and I’ve got information overload…

By Renita Burns

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Get Money!

Business coach C. Alexander West gives three tips for securing startup capital

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There is one thing that the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo will…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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I Am Black Enterprise. Are You?

When's the last time you checked out Black Enterprise? You might be surprised at what you find.

Are you on the rise in your company? Have you started a successful one of…

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WATCH: How to Make the Most of a Conference

Entrepreneurs converge on Atlanta with strategies for getting their biggest networking ROI

Attendees of the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Atlanta share their strategies for getting…

By Renita Burns

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WATCH: One-on-One with Magnus Greaves

Founder & CEO of The Cashflow talks about what investors look for in entrepreneurs

Magnus Greaves, CEO of TheCASHFLOW, explains what makes a great elevator pitch. TheCASHFLOW served as…

By LaToya M. Smith

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WATCH the $10,000 Elevator Pitch at 6:30 EST!

Couldn’t make it to the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference? Well, you don’t have to…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: How to Network at a Conference

Five simple tips for getting the most out of a multiday event

On Sunday, Black Enterprise kicked off its 15th annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo sponsored by…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Free Up Your Bottom Line

Shoe designers Shane and Shawn Ward explain how licensing kept their business in step

Business comeback artists Shane and Shawn Ward
How do you make a comeback? That question is…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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#FollowFriday for the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Business experts with active Twitter accounts you'll want to connect with in Atlanta and beyond

Following is my list of all of the speakers for this year’s conference with active…

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FUBU Founder Talks About Building Your Brand

Daymond John helps your brand get noticed

Your brand is your business. Establishing a trusted reputation amongst consumers can mean the difference…

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Jobless rate at 16.5 % for African Americans; Fattah jockeys for chairmanship

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is looking for individuals to serve on a National Advisory Council…

By Joyce Jones

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Report Criticizes Lack of Diversity in Super Bowl Ads

Ninety-four percent of ad agency creative directors were white males, none were people of color

Of the 52 professionally produced ads by advertising agencies aired during Super Bowl XILV this…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Luxury Brand Advertising Often Absent in Black Media

Experts say black buying power often overlooked

In some affluent circles, the expectation to wear luxury apparel is the same across all…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Global Diversity Ranks Last

Report exposes the most essential requirements for leadership success. Guess what�s at the bottom of the list?

As we embark on a new decade, a number of factors have reshaped the business…

By Brittany Hutson

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Brand Sidibe: Confident and Consistent

Follow her example by using bold authenticity to stand out in the marketplace

The competition to secure an opportunity can be challenging – entrepreneurs must deliver a consistent…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Faithful Business Planning

Bishop Eddie L. Long, a featured speaker at the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference, shares advice on faith and money

In his new book, 60 Seconds to Greatness, Bishop Eddie L. Long, senior pastor of…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Helps Small Businesses and Vets Win More Contracts

President issued executive orders to establish two task forces

President Obama issued executive orders Monday that establish two task forces to improve and increase…

By Joyce Jones

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The Color of Money

Four ways to give your business a green tint

There’s no shortage of opportunities for small businesses to break into the green economy. The…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Now Read This: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

If entrepreneurship is your objective, Melinda Emerson offers a step-by-step road map

Small-business consultant Melinda F. Emerson, founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, a marketing video production…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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They’ve Got the Beat

Nashville�s Beat Kangz delivers cutting-edge technology to the electronic music industry

When it comes to innovation and creativity, hip-hop has had its share of converts and…

By Sonya Donaldson

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Building a Model Business

Despite a tough economy, Gail Warrior ensures the success of her construction company

For any woman, breaking into an industry dominated by men is tough. But when you’re…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Can You Talk Your Way Into $10,000 For Your Business?

The B.E. Elevator Pitch Competition gives you a chance to prove it�but avoid these mistakes

If you’re an aspiring or established entrepreneur who can’t use $10,000, stop reading now. But…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Now Read This: Know What Makes Them Tick

Ground-breaking exec Max Siegel shares his mastery of the art of negotiation

Max Siegel has built an astonishing track record of succeeding as an outsider and transforming…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Honored With Leadership Award

Funds raised from gala to help minority and women businesses

NBA All-Star Earvin “Magic” Johnson received the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award on Thursday at The Council…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Social Media: The New Currency

Why women must be more aggressive about using networks to create business opportunities

Social media is another tool to communicate with people on a global platform online. With…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Doing Business in South Africa: Caveats and Resources

There's money to be made in South Africa�if you can contend with the risks

In less than 10 weeks, the eyes of the world will be on South Africa.…

By Alan Hughes

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Researcher of Blacks in Higher Education Remembered

Journal's founder helped expose racial imbalances in academia

For more than two decades, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has been stalwart…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Vote for the 2010 Small Business of the Year Nominees!

This award is presented to the small business owner whose pursuits exemplify the commitment needed to attain success

Here’s your chance to vote for the company you feel is most deserving of the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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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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