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Positioning Yourself for an Opportunity One For All Will Ford Profit in 2010? Savvy Solutions: Social Media Marketing 101 Is Your Brand Bold, Beautiful, & Determined? 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Obama on the Record: ‘We Can Act Boldly’ About Climate Change Secure Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Brand GlobalHue Named Multicultural Agency of the Decade Poll: Sponsors Snub Tiger Woods, but Consumers Remain Loyal Tweak Your Social Media Strategy Blacks Getting a Seat at the Green Table Washington Report Location, Location, Location Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize Obama’s Nobel Acceptance Speech DOT Partners With Carver Bank in Loan Program White House Says It’s Planting Seeds for Jobs of Tomorrow Beyond Our Borders Carrying the Load Together Poll: Was the Jobs Summit Political or Productive? Obama Unveils New Job Creation Plan Obama on the Record: Job Creation and Economic Growth Fighting For Recovery With Jobs Transforming Web Traffic into Foot Traffic Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs Washington Report Black Unemployment Still High Despite Rate Decrease White House Forum Seeks Strategies to Put America Back to Work Why I Hate The Hookup Quick Tips: What to Ask Yourself Before Applying for Financing FDIC: Black Households Don’t Use Banks Regularly National Urban League’s Green Jobs Summit Focuses on Minority Inclusion Things You Should Know Before Applying for an ARC Loan Things to Know Before Applying for an ARC Loan A Helping Hand Hunting Season Do You NO? Failing Forward From Blogging to Business Poll Results: Who Will Take Oprah’s Daytime TV Crown? Former Chicago Urban League President Runs for Senate Seat Report: Without Healthcare Reform, Plight of the Uninsured Bleak Washington Report Nerjyzing Diversity in the Video Gaming Industry Treasury Secretary, SBA Chief Host Listening Session for Entrepreneurs Global Entrepreneurship Week Kicks Off Making the Right Moves on the Net High Healthcare Costs Linked to Preventable Diseases Washington Report Pop-Up Stores Provide Lucrative Alternative For Small Businesses BE 100s Bank Acquires Home Federal Savings Eight Tips to Ward off Employee Theft Shaking Things Up Washington Report Haiti Competes for Grant to Tackle Deforestation Republicans Make Significant Gains After Long Drought One Year Later: Has Obama Lived Up to the Promise? Five Ways to Reach Mature Consumers Ready, Set, Grow The “Coming Out” Challenge The Master Builder Strikes Again! Is Twitter a Fad or a Solid Business Tool? Young Entrepreneurs Take Front Seat Navigating Road to Success White House Discusses Nation’s Economy Teen Tips for Entrepreneurship Lesson Plans for Young Entrepreneurs Obama Announces Plans to Boost Small Business Lending Youth Use Entrepreneurship as a Pathway to Success Natural Born Hustler An Affinity for Philanthropy An App a Day Dare to Take a Chance How to Benefit from a Business Incubator Don’t be Afraid–Twitter Won’t Bite News Roundup: Week of Oct. 4 – Oct. 10 If Diversity Is America’s “Secret Weapon”… News Roundup: Week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3 Publish, Not Perish Show Me the Money! 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Positioning Yourself for an Opportunity

15 proven small-business action items to take advantage of the weak economy

With high unemployment, now is the time to position yourself as an authority in your…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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One For All

With strategic partnering, entrepreneurs hunker down together

In November 2008 Jenkins invited a group of designers that are regularly carried in The…

By Ayana Dixon

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Will Ford Profit in 2010?

Automaker looks to fuel efficiency, black consumers for the new year

While Ford stands alone as the only American automaker that didn’t solicit bailout money from…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Savvy Solutions: Social Media Marketing 101

Doing more online and off to attract customers

To promote my character entertainment business I use a Website and MySpace account, and I…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Is Your Brand Bold, Beautiful, & Determined?

It may be trite but it is very true: First impressions are everything

How do you create the perfect brand – in life and in business? Branding is…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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USDA, Black Farmers Reach Settlement

Government to pay $1.25 billion in restitution

The USDA announced that it will pay $1.25 billion to settle claims from black farmers…

By Joyce Jones

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Preparing for Startup Success

The right education, experience can be vital to your longevity

While it’s clear that amassing education and experience is helpful, there’s no right way to…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Blueprint for Success

Having a winning 'business' game plan

This year is a chance to be better, smarter, prouder, stronger, and take no mess.

By Dale Coachman

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CDFI Small Business Lending Program Finally a Go

With new terms, community banks are ready to start lending

The Treasury department announced last week that it will provide up to $1 billion in…

By Joyce Jones

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Mission to Beijing: From Dialogue To Partnership

Chinese and African American exchange program and Confucius Institute planned

More than 40 of black America’s best and brightest joined the National Urban League on…

By Dale Coachman

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Auto Dealers Expedite Repairs After Toyota Recall

Experts say setback won't have long-term effect on automaker

Last week Toyota announced the recall of some of its most popular vehicles. The recall,…

By Cliff Hocker

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SBA Works to Strengthen Its 8(a) Program

Proposals set to open up access to more businesses

The Small Business Administration has conducted a comprehensive review of its 8(a) program and will…

By Joyce Jones

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Mission to Beijing: Seeking Equal Opportunity in China

An exclusive inside look at the Urban League's effort to bring Chinese investment to African-American communities

The National Urban League’s 40 plus member delegation has embarked on a historic cultural and…

By Dale Coachman

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Savvy Solutions: How to Get Paid as a Consultant

Establishing (and sticking to) a pricing strategy is key

I presented a marketing proposal to a company where I formerly interned. We are into…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Building Security for Business Success

Savvy CEO tells how to get the most out of your business

Mary Parker, president and CEO of All(n)1 Security, grew her company from one woman at…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Savvy Solutions: When It’s A Good Idea to Self-Publish

Great resources for aspiring book authors

I’ve been trying to print a children’s book. I don’t want to do the traditional…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Accelerated Assistance

Business incubators step in where start ups fall short

For a start up, the first few years of life are most critical. It’s a…

By Margarette Burnette

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The Boomerang Effect

Movie character inspires one man to promote change in the advertising industry

Early last year, the NAACP, in conjunction with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Mehri & Skalet,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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From One Company to Another

Catapult to the next level with profitable business-to-business relationships

When sisters Eve Lane and Holly Lane-Mixon launched Zebra Lane on a shoestring budget in…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Organize Your Life

Mobile apps help users keep it simple

Anyone using a smartphone already knows how great it is to have everything you want…

By David Hudson

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Approach the Right Strategy With B-to-B

How to effectively transition into profitable business-to-business

One opportunity entrepreneurs should consider when revising or creating a new business plan is making…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Letting Go

Expanding management team allows CEO to lead

When corporate downsizing resulted in a job change from manufacturing supervisor to security guard, Mary…

By Maya Payne Smart

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BE Forum Explores Solutions for Economic Revival

African Americans, small business key for economic turnaround

Black Enterprise hosted a forum to explore strategies and solutions that will ensure that African…

By Joyce Jones

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BE, Walmart to Host Economic Forum

BE100s CEOs, government officials to develop policy recommendations for White House

As President Barack Obama unveils initiatives to bolster the middle class, create jobs and assist…

By Renita Burns

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How to Capture the Eyes (and Wallets) of Web Users

Ten tips that will make your online content shine

To ensure that your Web videos reach their intended audience and keep viewers engaged, here…

By Bridget McCrea

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Black Broadcasting Network Launches on Verizon Fios

Distribution deal makes BBN programming available on demand

The Black Broadcasting Network has inked its first distribution deal with Verizon Fios TV Video…

By Renita Burns

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Black Unemployment Spikes to 16%

National jobless rate holds steady, but expected to continue rising

As the beleaguered economy hobbles along, employers shed 85,000 jobs last month holding the unemployment…

By Renita Burns

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Ebony Co-Founder Eunice Johnson Dies

Fashion icon brought African American style center stage

Eunice W. Johnson, widow of John H. Johnson and co-founder of Johnson Publishing Co., died…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Cut Small Business Costs

Make ends meet without sacrificing profit

Today, Tricialee Riley, 35, applies the skills she learned managing MAC stores to her New…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Start Your Business on the Right Foot For 2010

Essential steps to protect your brand, ideas

Running your own business is an exciting but challenging prospect. In addition to wearing…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Reinvent Your Business

A first-hand account of a companys rebirth

Randal D. Pinkett and Lawrence M. Hibbert watched their educational training firm MBS Educational Services…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

Dispatches from Capitol Hill: Healthcare reform

By Joyce Jones

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Hide & Seek

The first step in accessing capital is to identify internal cash

“Cash is always king,” says entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace. “If you have cash, it doesn’t…

By Maya Payne Smart

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A Helping Hand

Major corporations are mentoring small businesses to become competitive suppliers

Mentoring programs help small minority companies learn about a company’s culture and expectations, develop a…

By Brittany Hutson

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Poll: Majority Says Bonuses for Bailed Out CEOs Unfair to Taxpayers

Job creation cited as a better option

Poll results: If you were an executive at a Wall Street firm that received government…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Rev Up Your Startup

Get a little help from a business incubator

Here are five tips on how to find a reputable incubator that can give your…

By Brittany Hutson

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Lincoln University Repeals Controversial Health Requirement

School will promote fitness class for all students

After Lincoln University received widespread media attention and negative criticism, faculty voted this month to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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A View to a Killer Business Model

Gen2Media helps companies add video to Web 2.0 marketing strategies

In the last three years, Web 2.0 technologies have brought innovations to the entrepreneurial and…

By Dale Coachman

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Knowledge-Sharing is King

There is no question that social networking sites have begun to reshape the business landscape.…

By Dale Coachman

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Obama on Global Warming: ‘Time For Talk is Over’

President urges action, transparency at climate change conference

President urges action, transparency at climate change conference

By LaToya M. Smith

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BE Next 2010: Blazing a Path to Success

Meet the sophomore class changing the game

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the 2010 BE Next subjects and talked about everything from their…

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

Dispatches from Capitol Hill: House passes jobs bill; small business owners get a lifeline; Obama…

By Joyce Jones

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Through New Doors

EMC's chief diversity officer says going beyond what's familiar could lead to your next opportunity

Jackie Glenn, chief diversity officer and senior director of human resources for EMC Corp., a…

By Brittany Hutson

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BE Next 2009: Where Are They Now?

Young, fearless business leaders staking their claim

In January 2009, Black Enterprise launched BE Next, introducing the world to the new face…

By Renita Burns

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Obama on the Record: ‘We Can Act Boldly’ About Climate Change

Full transcript of the president's remarks at the climate change conference

Full transcript of the president’s remarks at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Secure Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Brand

Invest in the necessary steps for protection

When Homer Bair and his partner, Susan Kreitman, conceptualized a T-shirt and screen-printing venture on…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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GlobalHue Named Multicultural Agency of the Decade

AdWeek lauds agency's evolution into mainstream

GlobalHue, the largest multicultural advertising and marketing agency in the U.S., was named Multicultural Agency…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Poll: Sponsors Snub Tiger Woods, but Consumers Remain Loyal

Purchases not influenced by golf phenom's infidelity

Results from a BlackEnterprise.com poll reveal that the majority of respondents won’t let the infidelity…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Tweak Your Social Media Strategy

Goals, standards vital in using a valuable tool

For business owners hoping to cash in on social media, consistency is the key. “Think…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Blacks Getting a Seat at the Green Table

Leaders discuss inclusion at Copenhagen conference

BlackEnteprise.com spoke with Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green for All, and the Gina E. Wood,…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

Washington Report: Week of Dec. 7-11

By Joyce Jones

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Location, Location, Location

Choose a commercial retail space that suits your business

Finding the right location for your small business may seem as simple as finding a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize

President acknowledges critics at ceremony

Amid criticism, President Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize.

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Obama’s Nobel Acceptance Speech

Official transcript of the president's remarks

Full transcript of President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

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DOT Partners With Carver Bank in Loan Program

Small, disenfranchised businesses gain access to contracts

The United States Department of Transportation announced that Carver Bank has been selected as New…

By LaToya M. Smith

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White House Says It’s Planting Seeds for Jobs of Tomorrow

Economist Jared Bernstein talks new plan for job creation

“These new programs are targeted at getting the quickest and the biggest bang for the…

By John Simons

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Beyond Our Borders

Professionals step out of their cultural comfort zone and find opportunities in international business

It’s clear we no longer live in an American-centric society but in a global economy.…

By Dale Coachman

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Carrying the Load Together

Cooperative buying gives businesses a competitive edge

During periods of economic uncertainty, people tend to find ways to band together and minimize…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Poll: Was the Jobs Summit Political or Productive?

Majority said it was necessary to boost the economy

Majority of respondents to a BlackEnterprise.com poll said the White House Forum on Jobs and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Unveils New Job Creation Plan

President outlines a new effort to spur job growth

President Barack Obama unveiled a package of new enhancements to his administration’s efforts to revive…

By John Simons

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Obama on the Record: Job Creation and Economic Growth

Full text of the president's address at the Brookings Institute, as prepared for delivery

Full text of President Obama’s plan to increase job creation and spur economic growth.

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Fighting For Recovery With Jobs

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett talks strategy, teamwork

Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle conducted a one-on-one interview with White House Senior Adviser…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Transforming Web Traffic into Foot Traffic

Turn online prospects into paying customers

It’s the holy grail for bricks-and-mortar businesses with a Web presence: The online prospect who…

By Bridget McCrea

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Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs

Increase agility and save money with virtual resources

As the Internet has become a fundamental resource for many small businesses, there are more…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Washington Report

Updates from Capitol Hill

Washington Report: Week of Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

By Joyce Jones

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Black Unemployment Still High Despite Rate Decrease

Men, youth share disproportionate burden of joblessness

While the unemployment rate seems to be taking a slight turn for the better, in…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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White House Forum Seeks Strategies to Put America Back to Work

Obama, CEOs present ideas to reduce unemployment

The White House brought together 130 business leaders, entrepreneurs, labor officials, economists and mayors Thursday…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Why I Hate The Hookup

Want to support black entrepreneurs? Stop hitting them up for freebies

One of the biggest drags on black economic empowerment is the “hookup”: black people expecting…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Quick Tips: What to Ask Yourself Before Applying for Financing

The right questions to ask, financing options to try

While most business owners are at least familiar with some common forms of financing –…

By Renita Burns

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FDIC: Black Households Don’t Use Banks Regularly

Report highlights need for resources for minority families

Minorities and low-income households are less likely to have a bank account or more likely…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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National Urban League’s Green Jobs Summit Focuses on Minority Inclusion

Group's solutions include awareness, education

It is very trendy these days to talk about being green. The greening of America,…

By Joyce Jones

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Things You Should Know Before Applying for an ARC Loan

In addressing difficulties, be aware of the qualifications

For struggling small business owners, there may be help with the government’s ARC Loan Program.…

By Renita Burns

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Things to Know Before Applying for an ARC Loan

For struggling small business owners, there may be help with the government’s ARC Loan Program.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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A Helping Hand

Major corporations are mentoring small businesses to become competitive suppliers

Margaret Garner, president of Broadway Consolidated Cos. Inc., a general contracting firm based in Chicago,…

By Brittany Hutson

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Hunting Season

Five ways to position your company for Recovery Act dollars

As the economy continues to struggle, the federal government is working to dole out procurement…

By Brittany Hutson

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Do You NO?

Theres some wear and tear involved in successfully launching a T-shirt company

Ten years ago, New Orleans resident Ayo Y. Scott and three college friends each put…

By Letita M. Aaron

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Failing Forward

Lawrence M. Hibbert and Randal D. Pinketts first line of business didnt survive the recessionthank goodness

Every recession has its casualties. But if the story of Newark, New Jersey-based BCT Partners…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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From Blogging to Business

How to find entrepreneurial success in social media

For Angela Benton, a layoff two years ago gave her the opportunity to explore a…

By Renita Burns

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Poll Results: Who Will Take Oprah’s Daytime TV Crown?

New queen will need as much influence as popularity

When BlackEnterprise.com readers were given the choice between Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks, and Wendy Williams,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Former Chicago Urban League President Runs for Senate Seat

Candidate focusing on job creation, small business success

Initially, Cheryle R. Jackson was flattered that then President-elect Barack Obama had added her to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Report: Without Healthcare Reform, Plight of the Uninsured Bleak

Coverage expansion remains top debate in legislation

If health insurance costs are left unchecked, the number of uninsured Americans will increase by…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Washington Report

Updates from Capitol Hill

Washington Report: Week of Nov. 16- Nov. 20

By Joyce Jones

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Nerjyzing Diversity in the Video Gaming Industry

Company CEO takes HBCU football to next level

Some people sit and watch on the sidelines, while others play the game. Jacqueline S.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Treasury Secretary, SBA Chief Host Listening Session for Entrepreneurs

Forum focuses on getting cash to small businesses

Last month the Obama administration announced with great fanfare a plan to increase small business…

By Joyce Jones

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Kicks Off

Kauffman Foundation promotes innovation in events

Entrepreneurs from around the world gathered Monday to kick off the Global Entrepreneurship Week. With…

By Renita Burns

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Making the Right Moves on the Net

Use social networking, new media to boom your business

When Candi Carter launched a line of educational DVDs for children in March, she had…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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High Healthcare Costs Linked to Preventable Diseases

Blacks increasingly at risk for obesity

Smoking, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise are contributing to an epidemic of chronic,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Washington Report

Updates from Capitol Hill

Washington Report: Week of Nov. 9-13

By Joyce Jones

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Pop-Up Stores Provide Lucrative Alternative For Small Businesses

Temporary spaces serve as effective marketing tools

Savvy entrepreneurs and larger retailers are opening up temporary stores, or “pop-ups” in empty storefronts,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Don't panic, you'll get your money. FDIC makes insured funds available to depositors quickly, usually on the first business day after the bank is closed.

BE 100s Bank Acquires Home Federal Savings

Regulators shut down two black-owned institutions

Liberty Bank and Trust of New Orleans acquired Detroit-based Home Federal Savings Bank after the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Eight Tips to Ward off Employee Theft

Loss prevention measures to reduce your liability

Since the beginning of the recession not only has fraudulent activity increased, but the amount…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Shaking Things Up

Now is the time to go after new market niches

With the economic downturn persisting and companies continuing to tighten their belts, it seems that…

By Bridget McCrea

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Washington Report

Updates from Capitol Hill

Washington Report: Week of Nov. 9 – Nov. 13

By Joyce Jones

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Haiti Competes for Grant to Tackle Deforestation

Celebrities join cause to improve Haiti's environment

With less than two weeks until voting ends for the fifth annual BBC World Challenge…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Republicans Make Significant Gains After Long Drought

Is this a wake-up call for Democrats?

Suddenly being Republican is a whole lot more satisfying than it has been for a…

By Joyce Jones

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One Year Later: Has Obama Lived Up to the Promise?

Pundits say the jury is still out on progress

What a difference a year makes. On Election Day 2008, a wave of euphoria swept…

By Joyce Jones

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Five Ways to Reach Mature Consumers

Are you overlooking a viable market?

Companies spend a lot of time studying up on baby boomers, Generation X and Generation…

By Bridget McCrea

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Ready, Set, Grow

Taking your business to the next level is a strategic process that requires consideration and planning

We all know that entrepreneurs rock to the beat of a different drummer. That’s how…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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The “Coming Out” Challenge

African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender professionals are trying to gain more ground in corporate America, but unchecked discrimination still exists.

Since the start of her career, Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale, 59, has always been clear about…

By Brittany Hutson

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The Master Builder Strikes Again!

R. Donahue Peebles sold his properties as the real estate market tanked. Now hes looking for the next big deal

If the flames that forge successful, resilient enterprises are the fires of adversity and contention,…

By Alan Hughes

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Is Twitter a Fad or a Solid Business Tool?

Businesses large and small are all atwitter about Twitter, a free service that lets users…

By Sandra Beckwith

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Young Entrepreneurs Take Front Seat Navigating Road to Success

How they stay motivated, keep the gears moving

With a penchant for making money and a grasp of their life’s passions, these young…

By Renita Burns

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White House Discusses Nation’s Economy

Economic weatherman, Orszag, gives encouraging forecast

The nation’s economy grew during the months of July, August, and September, after a year…

By John Simons

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Teen Tips for Entrepreneurship

Young business owners give insight on finding balance

In this, the third article of a four- part series about youth entrepreneurship, three teens…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Lesson Plans for Young Entrepreneurs

Teach your children and teens to become business minded

In part two of BlackEnterprise.com’s four-part series on youth entrepreneurship, we’ll be looking at resources…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Announces Plans to Boost Small Business Lending

Credit lines to be made available under TARP

Flanked by thousands of boxes of paper records stored by Metropolitan Archives, a Maryland-based business…

By Joyce Jones

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Youth Use Entrepreneurship as a Pathway to Success

National business plan competition nurtures dreams

Running a successful business is not an easy feat no matter what your age. Yet…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Natural Born Hustler

Is entrepreneurship learned or innate?

Is entrepreneurship learned or innate? While working on a young entrepreneurs package slated to run…

By Renita Burns

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An Affinity for Philanthropy

Resource groups aim to give back to communities

More recently affinity groups are asking their employers to return that favor by investing in…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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An App a Day

Tools to help you manage your finances

Here are seven noteworthy applications you may want to phone a friend about.

By Benice Atufunwa

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Dare to Take a Chance

With one risky move, an entrepreneur scores big

One executive with Waterlicious, a Marina Del Rey, California-based water manufacturer found an unconventional way…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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How to Benefit from a Business Incubator

Resources to help you get your startup off the ground

Incubators are mentoring centers that provide coaching, networking opportunities, and even affordable office space, says…

By Margarette Burnette

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Don’t be Afraid–Twitter Won’t Bite

What some think is a beast can be consumer's best friend

There’s a monster lurking in the shadows. The million-headed beast reveals itself from the midst…

By Renita Burns

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News Roundup: Week of Oct. 4 – Oct. 10

Small firms remain resilient; Wives show more money savvy

News Roundup: Week of Oct. 4 – Oct. 10

By BlackEnterprise.com

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If Diversity Is America’s “Secret Weapon”…

...The Executive Leadership Council's mission is to get corporations to use it to full effect

Over the past two days the Executive Leadership Council has been holding its annual series…

By Derek T. Dingle

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News Roundup: Week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

Businesses feel healthcare pinch; Global warming top issue

News Roundup: Week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

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Publish, Not Perish

Sites help DIY entrepreneur/authors get their words out

With an increasing number of sophisticated and professional online services, ordinary entrepreneurs can now create…

By Dale Coachman

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Show Me the Money!

Unusual places to find small business funding

Getting new and growing companies financed has become difficult in today’s business environment. Economic conditions…

By Bridget McCrea

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Regulators Issue Cease and Desist Order to Chicago Bank

Highland Community faulted for unsafe banking actions

Chicago-based Highland Community Bank received a cease and desist order earlier this month from federal…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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In Case of Disaster

A planning primer for small to midsized companies

Imagine walking into your office, warehouse, or plant tomorrow morning and finding an empty space.…

By Bridget McCrea

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Are High on CBCF Agenda

Officials discuss available opportunities for minorities

At the national town hall meeting Thursday hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation on…

By Joyce Jones

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News Roundup: Week of Sept. 21 – Sept. 26

Tool raises awareness; Blacks tight-lipped at doctor's visits

News Roundup: Week of Sept. 21 – Sept 27

By BlackEnterprise.com

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CBCF Forum Focuses on Challenges to Minority Business Programs

Experts discuss strategies to prevent reversal of anti-discrimination efforts

On Nov. 4, 2008, the day the nation elected its first black president, the U.S.…

By Joyce Jones

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Four Winning Ways to Stay on Solid Ground During Tough Times

Young entrepreneur uses creativity, niche to survive

A young entrepreneur offers 4 ways to stay on solid ground during these tough times

By Maya Payne Smart

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The Road (That Shouldn’t Be) Less Traveled

DOT offers small businesses a bridge to success

Three ways to heighten your chances at nailing a piece of the Recovery Act funds…

By Simone Richards

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Get Access to Recovery Act Dollars

Five steps to position your business

Make sure your small business isn’t left behind by checking out these five ways to…

By Brittany Hutson

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Recruiting the Recruiter

Things to know before choosing an executive search firm

Small business owners often find themselves wearing many different hats. But when it comes time…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Implementing a Strategic Partnership

Teaming with other entrepreneurs can expand your reach

When business is slow and consumer spending decreases, solidarity between entrepreneurs can help drive sales…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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News Roundup: Week of Sept. 14-20

Blacks distrust media; Stimulus aid to fight disease

News Roundup

By BlackEnterprise.com

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QUIZ: Is Opening a Franchise Right for You?

Vital questions before you make your move

With information from Boyce, Randall S. Hansen, founder of Quintessential Careers and FranchiseHelp.com, BlackEnterprise.com created…

By Renita Burns

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More Black Females Graduating From HBCUs Than Black Males

Hispanic males enrolling at higher rates

Publicly funded historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) admitted, enrolled, and matriculated larger numbers of…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Chief Diversity Officer Talks Plan to Change Face of Tennis

Executive hopes to take sport to new communities

Kevin Clayton, chief diversity officer of the United States Tennis Association, spoke with BlackEnterprise.com about…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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News Roundup: Week of Sept. 7 – Sept. 13

Union withdraws Bing support; Racial wage gap shrinks

News Roundup

By BlackEnterprise.com

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How to Raise an Entrepreneur

Tips to awaken your childs business sense

The mind of a child is unparalleled. Bursting with creativity and fearlessness, most children do…

By Renita Burns

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Entrepreneur Gets Lesson in Strategy 101

Misstep leads to journey on the right track

BlackEnterprise.com talked with entrepreneur TenishaPercel about how she started her two businesses and what lessons…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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News Roundup: Week of Aug. 31- Sept. 6

Jobless rate rises; GlobalHue joins aqueduct team

News Roundup

By BlackEnterprise.com

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MED Week Attendees Connect With Bonding, Lending Sources

Small firms get advice on how to secure additional funding

As most small business owners who attended the Minority Business Development Agency’s MED Week knows,…

By Joyce Jones

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MBDA Reports Findings to Improve Business Programs

Recommendations include blueprint to help minority firms

The Minority Business Development Agency hosted a summit where stakeholders made recommendations on how to…

By Joyce Jones

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News Roundup: Week of Aug. 24-Aug. 30

More minorities taking SATs; SBA unveils YouTube channel

News Roundup

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Mission: Prosperity

Commerce Sec. Locke and company aim to help minority firms gain access to contracts, capital and new industries

The collective goal of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Commerce’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Q&A: Commerce Department’s Rick Wade

Commerce Department's Wade discusses advancing the Obama agenda

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with the Commerce Department’s Rick Wade in…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Q&A: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

Commerce secretary discusses the recovery and minority participation

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in an…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Making the Right Moves on the Net

Use social networking, new media to boom your business

When Candi Carter launched a line of educational DVDs for children in March, she had…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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MED Week Begins With Government Contracting 101

Experts talk competition, following the rules

In these tough economic times, federal contracting can provide the perfect opportunity for small businesses…

By Joyce Jones

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Q&A With MBDA’s David Hinson

MBDA national director discusses achieving parity for minority businesses

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) National…

By Derek T. Dingle

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MEDWeek Kick-off Celebrates Business Achievement

White House reception underscores excellence, economic importance of minority-owned companies

The Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference, better know as MED Week and hosted by the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Small Business Check-up

An examination before you move to the next level

Once entrepreneurs successfully surmount the difficult process of building startup capital and writing out a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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A Call to Serve

Four steps to starting a no-nonsense nonprofit

Terri J. Brown, 33, came out of a troubled past involving drugs and truancy and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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News Roundup: Week of Aug. 17 – Aug. 23

Gerber fined for discrimination; Nursing school gets grants

News Roundup: Week of Aug. 17 – Aug. 23

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Small Businesses Struggle Against Government Contract Fraud

Some believe firms must expand to combat abuse

More than two years ago, the African American owner of a southwestern engineering and construction…

By Joyce Jones

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Women of Power

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Female Leaders Winning: Bethann Hardison, a Leader in Fashion

Fashion industry leader Bethann Hardison talks her journey to diversify the industry.

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United Nations Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

On Nov. 19, the UN celebrates female entrepreneurs of 144 countries.

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