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11. Create a 2011 file. Start now in organizing for 2011. Make files to plan new projects, organize tax documents that will be needed to file for taxes next year, and other folders (whether digital or physical) that can already be ready for filling with important items. For more on small business success in the new year: 6 New Year Resolutions for New Entrepreneurs 9 Tips to Keep Black Salons in Business

Small Business Checklist: 11 Ways to Get Your House in Order for 2011

Get prepped now to bring in a successful new year

Start the new year off right by being prepared and armed for success.

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6 New Year’s Resolutions for New Entrepreneurs

Make the following commitments to lay the foundation for succcess of your business in 2011

So you’ve decided that 2011 is the year, the official “Founded” date of your brand…

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Why the Big Bowl Games Are Big Business

Washington DC official discusses economic impact the Military Bowl could have on the city

The University of Maryland Terps will face the East Carolina University Pirates in the 2010…

By Alan Hughes

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In 1994 Curtiss Pope's first job was as a grocery store clerk. Only 15, he couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a document to show customers which aisle had the bread and which aisle had the dairy. “I had to be well versed in the store layout,” remembers Pope. Fast-forward to 2008; Pope, now a software engineer, was on a grocery run with his wife when he got a spark of inspiration. He wanted to create a mobile app to help customers navigate their stores. That's exactly what he did. The app, AisleFinder, helps shoppers find their grocery items based on their shopping list. It also provides users with coupons and collects information about shoppers’ habits. Pope’s wife, along with several of his friends and family, thought it was a great idea and gave him moral support; along with $22,000. Unfortunately, the national grocery store chains didn’t feel the same way. It took a year and a half before Pope, and his four-person staff, were able to get a pilot deal with national grocery retailer, Safeway Inc. After a lot of coaxing the store agreed that starting this January they would endorse his app in 40 of their stores across California. Although AisleFinder still has a long way to go, Pope says that the deal with Safeway is already opening doors to other retailers. Here are his 10 tips for closing a deal with a national brand.

How to Get a Deal with National Retailers

10 tips on pitching your idea to the big guys from someone who did it

Curtiss Pope created a mobile app to help shoppers locate their items in grocery stores.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Offer rental space to barbers and braiders. Making room for stylists with multiple talents will bring in a new and diverse clientele.  Now would be a great time to learn to braid well, or brush-up on the services that barbers usually perform.

9 Tips to Keep Black Salons in Business

Expert advice on how to weather the haircare industry storm

Here are 9 tips to keep black salons marketable and in business.

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For more holiday coverage, read: 'Tis the Season to 'Buy Black' WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

9 Gift Ideas That Will Have You “Buying Black” This Holiday Season

Bring holiday cheer to loved ones AND Black-owned businesses

Here are a few gift suggestions straight from Mrs. Buy-Black America, Maggie Anderson, of The…

By Janel Martinez

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For more holiday tips, read: Holiday Bonuses: A Thing of the Past or on the Comeback? Holiday Entertaining on a Budget  Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy

‘Tis the Season to ‘Buy Black’

The Anderson family shares tips on how to check "shop at Black-owned businesses"

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the Andersons, founders of EE, about the importance of supporting black-owned businesses,…

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UBR Morning Post: Jeans Queen Cookie Johnson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with powerhouse philanthopist…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Book Review: Black Business Secrets

Author Dante Lee wants African Americans to excel as entrepreneurs, not just have good feelings about business ownership

For those entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who are serious about building sustainable businesses, Dante…

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Holiday Bonuses: A Thing of the Past or on the Comeback?

Some employers have found creative ways to show their appreciation other than cash, while others stick to the script.

Just a few years ago, it was pretty standard practice for companies to dole out…

By Anslem Samuel

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The Only 5 Social Media Sites You Need

Tired of keeping up with all the social networks? If you�re a professional or an entrepreneur, stop wasting time and focus on these essentials

Tired of trying to keep up with all the social networks? If you’re a professional…

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CHRIS GARDNER: Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist Chris Gardner overcame homelessness to become a self-made millionaire. Gardner chronicled his challenges of being a single father and an ambitious businessman living below the poverty line in his New York Times' bestselling autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness. His rags to riches story also served as inspiration for the 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.

UBR Morning Post: New Inspiration From Chris Gardner

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with brokerage firm…

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Business Internationally

Going global presents vast opportunities for entrepreneurs, but beware of these common legal mistakes

Taking your business to the international markets can expose your venture to a host of…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Tips for Showing Your Clients Love During the Holidays

Even in a tough economy, you can find ways to say thanks to your customers

Here are 5 tips for showing your clients and customers appreciation during the holidays.

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Being the Boss: 3 Imperatives to Great Leadership

Harvard professor and author Linda Hill tells entrepreneurs why real management is about influence

Leadership isn’t about getting things done yourself – it’s about accomplishing things through others, says…

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UBR Morning Post: Success Strategies From Randal Pinkett

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Randal Pinkett shares success strategies from his latest…

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Web video is becoming an important feature for all websites. In fact, studies show that video will exceed 91% of global consumer traffic by 2014. Once you decide to include video on your website, you have to determine which company is best suited to host your video content. To help make your decision process a little easier, here are 10 things you should consider before purchasing a hosting contract and uploading your videos to a third party vendor. —Marcia Wade Talbert

10 Web Commandments Before Choosing a Video Host

There's more to going viral with video than you think. Here are a few factors to consider.

Choosing an online video platform depends on your business needs. Follow these 10 tips to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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When Employees Tweet

Four ways to manage your workers on social media (and all the reasons why you should)

There is no need to be afraid of what your employees are saying about the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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5 Tips for Selling Anything to Anybody

Author gives advice on the best ways to close the deal and sell your product

Buying and selling has been the cornerstone of business since the earliest civilizations. Virtually every…

By Alan Hughes

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What You Can Learn from … Simmons Sisters’ Sweet Success

5 business lessons from sisterpreneurs Angela and Vanessa on building Pastry

Vanessa and Angela Simmons are building their own empire, with a foundation nurtured by their…

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How to Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business

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How to Invest in Cannabis Stocks

While some stocks in these sectors have been high fliers, even more have gone bust…

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