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News Roundup: Week of Aug. 17 – Aug. 23 Small Businesses Struggle Against Government Contract Fraud News Roundup News Roundup Federal Fund Targets Investments in Underserved Communities The Do’s and Don’ts of Public Relations News Roundup Managing Remote IT Security My Beef With Black Business Using Web Analytics to Boost Your Company’s Online Presence Spend Less Money on Your Startup Budget Wendy Williams Talks Departure, State of Urban Radio News Roundup Using ‘Buy Local’ to Your Advantage News Roundup SBA’s 8(a) Program Promotes Equal Opportunities Investing in Africa and a New U.S.A. Increase Your Chances of Getting a Federal Contract David Hinson Named MBDA Administrator Small Businesses Struggle to Offer Healthcare Standing Out Among Competitors News Roundup Obama Administration to Develop Action Plan for Minority Business How Economic Uncertainty Can Spark Entrepreneurship Unemployment Hits 26-Year High A Chat With a $100 Million Man Vibe Magazine Folds News Roundup Remembering Michael Jackson Remembering a Pop Icon: Michael Jackson Turn Your Restaurant Into an Eco-eatery Why Reginald F. Lewis is Important to the Future of Black Capitalism Making Concessions For Customers Doing Business in a Down Economy News Roundup The Pipeline Crisis for Black Boys and Early Education Web Resources for Teenpreneurs Customer Service: A Cut Above the Rest Going Micro News Roundup Ready for the Rebound Mandatory Digital TV Transition Becomes Official Friday Chrysler Wins Plea to Shutter 789 Dealerships NAACP to Celebrate 100th Anniversary Black Banks Are Feeling the Pinch News Roundup Unemployment Hits 25-Year High What You Can Learn From the Wal-Mart Way Minority Dealers May Be Slammed by Closings Automakers See May Sales Slump FAQ: GM’s Restructuring Voice of Reason Marcus Alexis Dies at Age 77 Protecting Your Brand in Social Networking Lead with LEED Negotiating with Suppliers News Roundup Social Networking for Business Intelligence Williams Capital’s Billion Dollar Deal Ursula Burns Named Xerox CEO Working with Independent Contractors Behind ING-Girls Inc.’s $50,000 Youth Investment Challenge SBA Small Business Award Winners SBA Celebrates National Small Business Week Welcome to Detroit: Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo Kicks Off Small Business Awards Winners Piedmont to Manage Piece of TARP Pie News Roundup Smith Graham to Increase Assets to Nearly $6 Billion in Acquisition Deal Washington D.C.’s Independence Federal to Acquire Colombo Bancshares PRWT Services to Go Public R. Donahue Peebles: ‘We Will Land Aqueduct Deal’ SENTEL Acquires Service Provider to U.S. Intelligence Agencies 75. Natchitoches Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc. 74. Freedom Ford Lincoln-Mercury Inc. 38. Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford-Mercury Senate Hearing Focuses on Credit Availability 15. Meridian Management Group Inc. 14. Black Enterprise Greenwich Street Corporate Growth Management L.L.C. 13. Opportunity Capital Partners 12. Ascend Venture Group L.L.C. 11. 21st Century Group L.L.C. 10. Smith Whiley & Co. 9. SYNCOM Venture Partners 8. ICV Capital Partners L.L.C. 6. Pharos Capital Group L.L.C. 6. GenNx360 Capital Partners 5. MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors L.L.C. Tap into a Lucrative Resource 4. UrbanAmerica L.P. 3. Vista Equity Partners How To Get Into Black Enterprise: What Not To Do Advertising Agency of the Year: Sweet Science Financial Services Company of the Year: The Loan Rangers Industrial/Service Company of the Year: The Many Colors of PRWT Forged in Fire: The New Rules of Doing Business 1. Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. L.L.C. 2. Fairview Capital Partners Inc. 1. MacFarlane Partners News Roundup Obama Proposes $1.25 Billion for Black Farmers in Settlement Auto Dealers Struggle to Hang on Microlenders Pick Up Where Banks Left Off The Cutting Edge: Next on Deck News Roundup When IT Security Equals Profits Former Morehouse Leader Named Chairman of Bank of America BEing Green: Leveraging on Innovation Take Hold of Your Business Success How To Get Into Black Enterprise: Entrepreneurs, Take Note Tell Us About Your Business News Roundup High Court Hears Racial Discrimination Case An All-Inclusive Earth Day Open Dialogue Vital in Helping Small Businesses Recover My Conversation with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson News Roundup Grabbing African Americans by the Green Collar Bernanke Beams Optimism on Economy at Morehouse Address Book Review: The Best Teacher Is Other People’s Experience Will Bailout Funds Benefit Main Street? News Roundup B.E. Small Biz Awards Now a Spike Lee Joint You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread: The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread Taking a Page From Obama’s Book Barack 2.0: Barack Obama’s Social Media Lessons for Business Unemployment Rate Hits 8.5% Auto Suppliers: A Sinking Industry Could Mean Drastic Depletion Building a Green Economy Is No Overnight Feat Auto Industry Leaders Weigh In On Obama’s GM Strategy The Power of Persistence Carver Federal Savings Bank Turns 60 From Bad Boy to Young Music Executive How the Recovery Act Encourages Small Businesses to Increase Hiring John Hope Franklin Dead at Age 94 Report Alleges Wells Fargo Engaged in Discriminatory Lending Six Effective E-mail Marketing Strategies Encouragement for New Entrepreneurs Black Auto Dealers Using Uncommon Tactics to Keep Doors Open Tidjane Thiam First Black CEO of FTSE 100 Company From Pollution-Based to Inclusively Green NAACP Expands Litigation for Discriminatory Lending 8. I Will Support the Creation and Growth of Minority-Owned Businesses Rate of Stock Ownership Among Blacks Drops Despite Previous Growth Chicago’s 2016 Olympics Bid Has Black Business Owners Concerned AARP Names A. Barry Rand CEO Credit Crunch Scuttles Aqueduct Racetrack Deal for Peebles, McKissack Miami’s First Black City Manager Dies Small Business Owners: Be Diligent in Filing Your Taxes This Year

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

Gerber fined for discrimination; Nursing school gets grants

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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…

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N.Y. county settles suit; FAMU Law gets accreditation

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Jobless rates for blacks declines; Twitter use high

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Federal Fund Targets Investments in Underserved Communities

Where mainstream financial institutions fail CDFIs give hope

In 1990, when Willie Murriel received a loan from Sunrise Bank to purchase the building…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Public Relations

A bad representative can tarnish your business rep

In today’s difficult economic climate, hiring the right representation for your business can be the…

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News Roundup

Robert Johnson in bid for Aqueduct Contract; Poitier, Bishop Tutu among Medal of Honor recipients

JohnsonHard Rock International announced a strategic alliance with entrepreneur Robert L.  Johnson, and also said…

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Managing Remote IT Security

How to protect your IT network from your home base

You’ve managed to shave costs in this tough economy by hiring more remote workers who…

By Bridget McCrea

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My Beef With Black Business

Black-owned companies need to spend more money with black-owned media

Our businesses leave BE and other black media hanging. When Forbes, Business Week or The…

By Zachary Raynell Rinkins

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Using Web Analytics to Boost Your Company’s Online Presence

Take advantage of a critical tool for marketing

You wouldn’t hire a new salesperson, train him, give him a customer route and never…

By Brent Leary

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Spend Less Money on Your Startup Budget

Programs can help you stretch your business dollars

There are a plethora of organizations, universities, and companies that provide pro bono or professional…

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Wendy Williams Talks Departure, State of Urban Radio

Some say the market in NYC is done

Williams’ departure creates a gap on urban radio as the industry faces declining ad revenue…

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Small businesses struggle; black blight seen on boards

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Using ‘Buy Local’ to Your Advantage

In filling niche, entrepreneurs fill coffers

Twain Belgrave had been a dog groomer for 10 years when he looked around his…

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Blacks have higher prevalence of obesity; credit card use declining; racial achievement gap persists

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SBA’s 8(a) Program Promotes Equal Opportunities

Combat discrimination by taking advantage of viable option

Small business owners who feel that discriminatory practices have prevented them from successfully growing their…

By Joseph Loddo

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Investing in Africa and a New U.S.A.

Senegal president pushes for global recognition

While strife and instability may mark much of world’s perception of Africa, the continent is…

By Renita Burns

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Increase Your Chances of Getting a Federal Contract

Certification programs can help you meet requirements

Theresa Walker, executive director for the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, encourages small businesses hoping…

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David Hinson Named MBDA Administrator

Financial adviser to lead minority business federal agency

David Hinson, president and CEO of Wealth Management Network Inc., was named the new administrator…

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Small Businesses Struggle to Offer Healthcare

Some say government should offer helping hand

Small businesses still find it difficult to offer employees healthcare.

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Standing Out Among Competitors

How to make your mark in a saturated industry

When Mahisha Dellinger set out to launch her Elk Grove, California-based hair care company Curls…

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Blacks wages decreasing; Leaders honored; More science funds

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Obama Administration to Develop Action Plan for Minority Business

Minority entrepreneurs continue to be stymied by lack of financing as well as public and…

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How Economic Uncertainty Can Spark Entrepreneurship

Know whether you're prepared to take the leap

There’s no doubt the economic downturn is sparking a lot of anxiety as people worry…

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Unemployment Hits 26-Year High

Signs of shoring up economy slow as joblessness jumps

Employers cut 467,000 jobs from the economy in May, pushing the unemployment rate to a…

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A Chat With a $100 Million Man

Ecopreneur talks Detroit, going green, and growing in a downturn

Calling all small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Visualize with me for a second.
Imagine finally getting out…

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Vibe Magazine Folds

Troubled publication slipped too far into financial ruin to continue

ibe Media Group, which publishes Vibe magazine, announced Tuesday that it was shuttering its…

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Tour offers homeownership resources

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Remembering Michael Jackson

With chart topping success, Michael Jackson made his presence felt on a worldwide stage. As…

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Remembering a Pop Icon: Michael Jackson

World still mourns as death is investigated

A single sequined glove, gravity-defying dance moves, and transcendent music videos were Michael Jackson’s trademarks…

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Turn Your Restaurant Into an Eco-eatery

Tips good for the Earth and your bottom line

For restaurateurs looking to attract the eco-conscious palate, turning your eatery green can help take…

By Renita Burns

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Why Reginald F. Lewis is Important to the Future of Black Capitalism

As my crackerjack editorial staff completes our August issue—which marks the 39th anniversary of BLACK…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Making Concessions For Customers

Giving more for their money could lead to solid relationships

As business owners struggle with today’s economic reality that many customers can’t or won’t pay…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Doing Business in a Down Economy

Entrepreneurs share advice on facing tough times

For entrepreneurs whose businesses are less than eight years old, this is the first time…

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News Roundup

Apology for slavery; discrimination report

The U.S. Senate Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution apologizing for slavery, and sent the resolution…

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The Pipeline Crisis for Black Boys and Early Education

Organization hopes to show that teaming up with private industry is in the public good

Charles J. Ogletree and Deborah C. Wright talk before the Pipeline Crisis/Winning Strategies luncheon.Early childhood…

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Web Resources for Teenpreneurs

Online tools for young adults

While attending the 100 Black Men of America’s 23rd Annual Conference in New York last…

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Customer Service: A Cut Above the Rest

Strategies to boost retention with top-notch service

Many have heard about it or experienced it time and time again. You enter a…

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Going Micro

Leverage your Web presence to target key customer groups

Many companies use a broad brush when it comes to the Internet, opting to create…

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News Roundup

Billionaire answers call to action, invests in Liberia; Wolfe to head creative team in Atlanta

Two years ago, billionaire Robert L. Johnson was inspired by a call to action from…

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Ready for the Rebound

Preparing for a post-recession business start-up

The U.S. economy has already hit the bottom. That’s the consensus among economists. They expect…

By Cliff Hocker

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Mandatory Digital TV Transition Becomes Official Friday

Young minorities the least prepared for the change

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, all full-power television stations in the U.S. will start converting…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Chrysler Wins Plea to Shutter 789 Dealerships

Judge makes dealer closings and Fiat sale a done deal

Fiat gained ownership of most of Chrysler L.L.C.’s assets Wednesday, a day after a bankruptcy…

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NAACP to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

President Obama expected to address the convention

In keeping one of the many promises made on the campaign trail last year, President…

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Black Banks Are Feeling the Pinch

Recession pushes profits to nine-year lows

Profits at the nation’s black owned banks last year plunged to a nine-year low, newly…

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John Hope Franklin memorial, civil rights wax museum, mulitracial americans

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Unemployment Hits 25-Year High

Healthcare sector sees boost despite bleak climate

The nation’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.4% in Ma, marking a 25 year high, according…

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What You Can Learn From the Wal-Mart Way

Business lessons from the nation's largest retailer

Black Enterprise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle and Alfred Edmond Jr., editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, traveled…

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Minority Dealers May Be Slammed by Closings

Advocates say some could be left holding the bag

Gregory Jackson, owner of five General Motors dealerships believes that as GM whittles down the…

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Automakers See May Sales Slump

Executives hold hope for revival of battered industry

The auto industry is experiencing the roughest financial period in its history, with the Big…

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FAQ: GM’s Restructuring

Answers to frequently asked questions about GM's bankruptcy, restructuring

Information for Consumers and Investors

Is GM going out of business?
GM has entered chapter 11 bankruptcy…

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Voice of Reason

One young mans mission to help his generation see the importance of education

It all started as a challenge. Jordan Coleman, the voice of Tyrone the Moose from…

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Marcus Alexis Dies at Age 77

Noted economist had passion for mentoring blacks in field

Marcus Alexis, one of the nation’s most distinguished economists, died Wednesday from complications during surgery.…

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Protecting Your Brand in Social Networking

Does your strategy need a risk management component?

Yves Darbouze knows about the risks associated with online social networking. Not only does his…

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Lead with LEED

How certification can boost your jump into a green job

As the Obama administration continues to push its support for the creation of green initiatives…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Negotiating with Suppliers

Tips to get the results you need

Cash is king whether the economy is good or bad, and if your company is…

By Margarette Burnette

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News Roundup

New head of N.Y. Housing Authority, financial tools Website

John B. Rhea to Head New York City Housing Authority
Mayor Bloomberg announces the appointment of…

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Social Networking for Business Intelligence

Learn all you can about your clients, competitors

Real estate agents use social media networks like Twitter to get into the minds of…

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Williams Capital’s Billion Dollar Deal

Company to manage securities for Goldman Sachs

Christopher J. Williams
In what is perhaps one of the few silver linings in the dark…

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Ursula Burns Named Xerox CEO

Former president takes helm at tough time for company

Xerox Corp. named Ursula Burns chief executive office Thursday. Burns, who currently serves as president,…

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Working with Independent Contractors

Outsourcing can be a lucrative option to cut costs

If you can’t afford the costs of hiring a new employee, but you do have…

By Margarette Burnette

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Behind ING-Girls Inc.’s $50,000 Youth Investment Challenge

Young investors find opportunity in stock market

Current economic conditions haven’t stopped Girls Inc. from teaching its students how to become savvy…

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SBA Small Business Award Winners

Charles Baker
NATIONAL VETERAN CHAMPION
Charles M. Baker, President and CEO
MCB Lighting & Electrical and Government…

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SBA Celebrates National Small Business Week

Conference honors entrepreneurs' accomplishments

Each year the Small Business Administration hosts “National Small Business Week,” a three-day conference in…

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Welcome to Detroit: Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo Kicks Off

Black Enterprise welcomed attendees to its 14th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference and Expo Sunday. Hundreds of…

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Small Business Awards Winners

Black Enterprise honors the best of the best

Innovation, perseverance, and resilience are some of the attributes entrepreneurs need to weather the current…

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Piedmont to Manage Piece of TARP Pie

Historic deal a sign of confidence for firm

In what could be a landmark deal for Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC (No. 10 on…

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News Roundup

Veteran job fair, sustainability program

Minority patients are often under-prescribed, over-prescribed, or mis-prescribed pharmaceutical treatment for cardiovascular illness, asthma, psychiatric…

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Smith Graham to Increase Assets to Nearly $6 Billion in Acquisition Deal

Companys revenues set to triple, even in dismal market

Smith Graham & Co. Investment Advisors L.P. (No. 8 on the BE Asset Managers list…

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Washington D.C.’s Independence Federal to Acquire Colombo Bancshares

Deal would more than double banks assets

Hoping to boost its profitability, Washington, D.C.-based Independence Federal Savings Bank (No. 14 on the…

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PRWT Services to Go Public

Pharmaceutical manufacturer to retain minority ownership

PRWT Services Inc. (No. 57 on the B.E. Industrial/Service 100 list with $76 million in…

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R. Donahue Peebles: ‘We Will Land Aqueduct Deal’

Despite credit challenges, CEO says deal is far from dead

Plans for the redevelopment of a New York racetrack/casino stalled last week amid reports that…

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SENTEL Acquires Service Provider to U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Deal to contribute about $11 million to company revenues

SENTEL (No. 90 on the 2008 BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE list with $45 million in revenues) acquired…

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75. Natchitoches Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc.

Natchitoches Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc. is the nation’s 75th largest African American-owned auto dealership; and…

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74. Freedom Ford Lincoln-Mercury Inc.

Freedom Ford Lincoln-Mercury Inc. is the nation’s 74th largest African American-owned auto dealership; and Virginia’s…

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38. Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford-Mercury

Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford-Mercury is the nation’s 38th largest African American-owned auto dealership and California’s…

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Senate Hearing Focuses on Credit Availability

Panelists discuss lending increases, payment issues

For several years, small businesses have become increasingly reliant on credit cards as a major…

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15. Meridian Management Group Inc.

Founded by Stanley Tucker in 1995, Meridian Management Group Inc. is the second largest minority-owned…

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14. Black Enterprise Greenwich Street Corporate Growth Management L.L.C.

The Black Enterprise/Greenwich Street Corporate Growth Fund is a private equity investment fund sponsored by…

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13. Opportunity Capital Partners

Opportunity Capital Partners, founded by J. Peter Thompson in 1993, is the third largest black-owned…

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12. Ascend Venture Group L.L.C.

Founded by Darryl E. Wash in 2000, Ascend Venture Group L.L.C., is one of the…

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11. 21st Century Group L.L.C.

Founded by John Ware in 1998, 21st Century Group L.L.C. is the second largest African…

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10. Smith Whiley & Co.

Smith Whiley & Co., founded in 1994 by Gwendolyn Smith Iloani, is the nation’s second largest…

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9. SYNCOM Venture Partners

Founded by Terry Jones in 1977, SYNCOM is the nation’s leading venture capital firm targeting…

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8. ICV Capital Partners L.L.C.

Founded by Willie Woods in 1998, ICV Capital Partners is one of the country’s leading…

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6. Pharos Capital Group L.L.C.

Founded in 1998, Pharos Capital Group is tied with GenNx360 Capital Partners for the No.…

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6. GenNx360 Capital Partners

Founded in 2006, GenNx360 Capital Partners is tied with Pharos Capital Group for the No.…

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5. MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors L.L.C.

Founded by Chauncey Mayfield in 2003, MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors L.L.C. is a leading Securities and…

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Tap into a Lucrative Resource

How to get a government contract

Money is aplenty when it comes to government contracts. The U.S. government is the…

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4. UrbanAmerica L.P.

Founded by John O. Utendahl and Richmond McCoy in 1998, UrbanAmerica L.P., is a leading…

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3. Vista Equity Partners

Founded by Robert Smith in 2000, Vista Equity Partners is the second largest African American-owned…

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New Report: Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy

How To Get Into Black Enterprise: What Not To Do

Avoid these mistakes when approaching an editor about a story on your business

Unfortunately, many people, and particularly small business owners eager to have their companies featured in…

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Advertising Agency of the Year: Sweet Science

Though more than 1,700 miles from New York City’s Madison Avenue, the capital of the…

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Financial Services Company of the Year: The Loan Rangers

It was the spring of 1998, and the three women had traveled to the state…

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Industrial/Service Company of the Year: The Many Colors of PRWT

Some people become entrepreneurs as a means to become their own boss or build…

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Forged in Fire: The New Rules of Doing Business

For the first time ever, industry conditions force us not to name an Auto Dealer…

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1. Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. L.L.C.

Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. L.L.C. is the largest minority- and woman-owned investment bank in…

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2. Fairview Capital Partners Inc.

Founded by JoAnn Price and Laurence C. Morse in 1994, Fairview Capital Partners is the…

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1. MacFarlane Partners

Founded by Victor MacFarlane in 1987, MacFarlane Partners is the largest African American-owned real estate…

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News Roundup

New chair of Census committee, tragic death of mayor

The U.S. Census Bureau named National Urban League President Marc Morial chairmain of the Census…

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Obama Proposes $1.25 Billion for Black Farmers in Settlement

Group leader says more money is needed

President Barack Obama has allotted $1.25 billion in the FY 2010 budget to settle discrimination…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Auto Dealers Struggle to Hang on

Many face loss of dealerships as GM phases out brand

Black GM automotive dealers contend with the automaker shutting dealerships and discontinuing its Pontiac line.

By Alan Hughes

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Microlenders Pick Up Where Banks Left Off

Organizations help firms tap into resources

For George Williams, keeping his computer-solutions company afloat after losing major contracts from Fortune 500…

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The Cutting Edge: Next on Deck

Seeing beyond the crisis to new opportunities for prosperity

Wake up people!
Opportunity is at hand; can you see it?
I firmly believe there lies…

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News Roundup

Summer job blight, China squad's first black soccer player

Young adults may have to exercise a bit of creativity when it comes to earning…

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When IT Security Equals Profits

Now isnt the time to cut back on your plan

With the U.S. in a recession, many companies are cutting back in order to save…

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Former Morehouse Leader Named Chairman of Bank of America

Massey takes over as Lewis remains CEO

Bank of America Corp. named Walter E. Massey, a longtime director and president emeritus at…

By Renita Burns

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BEing Green: Leveraging on Innovation

Businessmen find growth in eco-gowns

But, where there’s necessity, there’s invention, and Keith Dixon, along with his business partner, David…

By Renita Burns

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Take Hold of Your Business Success

Three secrets to inspire, motivate, enlighten

Talent, hard work, even vision will only get you part of the way to success.…

By Heather Boerner

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12 NOVEMBER COVER-50

How To Get Into Black Enterprise: Entrepreneurs, Take Note

What you'll need to share to get the attention of our editors

So, you want to be featured on the pages of Black Enterprise magazine? Join…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Tell Us About Your Business

Information entrepreneurs should provide for a chance to be profiled in B.E.

Information entrepreneurs should provide for a chance to be profiled in Black Enterprise.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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News Roundup

MLK memorial, Urban League honors, USDA allegations

MLK Memorial, Urban League honors, USDA

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High Court Hears Racial Discrimination Case

White firefighters make case a landmark

The Supreme Court took up its first case on racial injustice in the Obama era…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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An All-Inclusive Earth Day

Van Jones says a green workforce can be economic cure all

Like the afterschool programs of yesteryear, green jobs guru Van Jones announced at a White…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Open Dialogue Vital in Helping Small Businesses Recover

Sen. Landrieu discusses SBA aid for minority businesses

Sen. Mary Landrieu discusses Louisiana’s current business landscape, what small businesses can expect from the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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My Conversation with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

Her mission: a clean-energy future and a fertile environment for green jobs

When I traveled down to D.C., Administrator Lisa Jackson said something I’ll always remember: “You…

By Dale Coachman

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News Roundup

Johnson Products, tax-friendly states, NAMIC, incarceration rates

Procter and Gamble Sells Johnson Products Co.
Procter and Gamble Co. sold Johnson Products Co., one…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Grabbing African Americans by the Green Collar

Programs target minority communities for job training

When many black people think of jobs that create environmental efficiency, they often think of…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Bernanke Beams Optimism on Economy at Morehouse Address

Fed chair says boosting confidence key in rebounding

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says he’s “fundamentally optimistic” about the nation’s economy, expressing confidence…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Book Review: The Best Teacher Is Other People’s Experience

"My Biggest Mistake ..." is a must-read for smart aspiring�and repentant established�entrepreneurs

Smart aspiring entrepreneurs—and new business owners who’ve taken their lumps and are willing to change…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Will Bailout Funds Benefit Main Street?

B.E. 100s leaders weigh pros and cons for small investors

Can the Obama administration convince ordinary Americans that the rescue of the financial system serves…

By Cliff Hocker

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News Roundup

VA system goes virtual, athletes get A+, Links honor legacy

President Barack Obama announced a virtual records system Thursday that should ease delays in healthcare…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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B.E. Small Biz Awards Now a Spike Lee Joint

Award-winning director to address the 2009 Entrepreneurs Conference in Detroit

Emmy award-winning and Academy Award-nominated film director, producer, writer and actor Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread: The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business

The following is an excerpt of You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread:…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread

Book gives insight on how to build a business with a friend

On the surface, Kristen Poe Hill and Renee E. Warren appear to be super successful…

By Ann Brown

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Taking a Page From Obama’s Book

The authors of Barack 2.0 show how you can use his winning social media plan to grow your business

In January 2007, a junior senator from Illinois announced his improbable candidacy for the presidency…

By Bridget McCrea

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Barack 2.0: Barack Obama’s Social Media Lessons for Business

The tools and principles included in this workbook can help you win friends and influence millions

This book and its accompanying interactive online companion addendum make up the definitive reference on…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Unemployment Rate Hits 8.5%

Companies shed 663,000 jobs in March

The nation’s unemployment rate soared to 8.5% in March, according to the Bureau of Labor…

By Renita Burns

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Auto Suppliers: A Sinking Industry Could Mean Drastic Depletion

Companies on the ropes in wake of GM and Chrysler news

Business became more complex in the U.S. auto supplier world after General Motors Corp. and…

By Josee Valcourt

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Building a Green Economy Is No Overnight Feat

With push for jobs creation, minority inclusion a work in progress

Chicago native Mario Brownlow, 31, is quick to proclaim his love of green-collar jobs and…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Auto Industry Leaders Weigh In On Obama’s GM Strategy

Many hope Wagoner's resignation is for better, not worse

After billions of federal bailout dollars put President Barack Obama in the automobile industry’s driver’s…

By Cliff Hocker

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The Power of Persistence

How entrepreneurs harness resilience for success

Working for free is never fun, but it’s a big part of entrepreneurship. Marketing and…

By Heather Boerner

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Carver Federal Savings Bank Turns 60

Bank to invest TARP capital for growth

While many large commercial banks cling to life or become engulfed by the specter of…

By Renita Burns

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From Bad Boy to Young Music Executive

Aaron Arnold's leap of faith led to a dream realized

Aaron Arnold, 30, founder and CEO of Music Is My Business, made that decision, leaving…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How the Recovery Act Encourages Small Businesses to Increase Hiring

Incentives include additional funding, fee reduction

The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act promises to help small businesses increase their…

By Margarette Burnette

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John Hope Franklin Dead at Age 94

Historian traced African American history from slavery to presidency

John Hope Franklin, a chronicler of history who also shaped it, died this morning from…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Report Alleges Wells Fargo Engaged in Discriminatory Lending

Organization asking for programs to end racial disparities

Accusations of predatory lending at Wells Fargo are making news once again. African Americans paid…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Six Effective E-mail Marketing Strategies

How to get your e-mails opened, read, and acted upon

In challenging economic conditions, companies seek out the fastest, most affordable ways to reach customers.…

By Bridget McCrea

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Encouragement for New Entrepreneurs

Your mission: to prove your mettle in a tough economic environment

We’ve heard the numbers. For many of us, our family, friends, and colleagues are among…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Black Auto Dealers Using Uncommon Tactics to Keep Doors Open

In tough economy, top companies struggling to stay afloat

Frantic acts are being played out among minority dealers across the country as they grapple…

By Josee Valcourt

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Tidjane Thiam First Black CEO of FTSE 100 Company

U.K. business leader brings international experience to post

British insurance giant Prudential P.L.C. yesterday named Finance Chief Tidjane Thiam as chief executive effective…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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From Pollution-Based to Inclusively Green

Green For All strategist: The time is now for small firms to get involved

With the American Recovery and Investment Act allotting millions of dollars in support of green-collar…

By Janell Hazelwood

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NAACP Expands Litigation for Discriminatory Lending

Wells Fargo, HSBC under fire for unfair practices

The NAACP filed suit against Wells Fargo and HSBC Bank USA last week, claiming black…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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8. I Will Support the Creation and Growth of Minority-Owned Businesses

Disposable income in the black community is still on the rise. Black buying power today…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Rate of Stock Ownership Among Blacks Drops Despite Previous Growth

Experts encourage educated investing in tough economy

Recent economic woes and a slump in the stock market may contribute to an already…

By Renita Burns

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Chicago’s 2016 Olympics Bid Has Black Business Owners Concerned

Companies seek policy of inclusion to share opportunities

Among Chicago’s black entrepreneurs, the Olympics is a subject that causes some uneasiness. There’s little…

By Chana Garcia

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AARP Names A. Barry Rand CEO

New leader has long history of social change

The AARP tapped A. Barry Rand as its new chief executive, succeeding longtime CEO William…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Credit Crunch Scuttles Aqueduct Racetrack Deal for Peebles, McKissack

Loss of project leaves $370 million hole in N.Y. state budget

Unable to get financing for its $370 million development deal to produce video slot machines…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Miami’s First Black City Manager Dies

Bond dealer Howard Gary succumbs to cancer

Howard Gary, prominent bond dealer and Miami’s first black city manager, died due to complications…

By Renita Burns

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Small Business Owners: Be Diligent in Filing Your Taxes This Year

Know how best to proceed to avoid costly penalties

Small business owners nationwide usually find themselves waiting with bated breath for their tax filings’…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Women of Power

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REGISTER NOW: Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s 10th Anniversary

It will be a landmark year for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in…

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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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