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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. 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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. 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Small Business

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,…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Joyce Jones

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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…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Joyce Jones

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By John Simons

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Bridget McCrea

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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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…

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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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Kennedy, Graves Honored at UNCF’s 65th Anniversary Dinner

Ones to Watch Award presented to accomplished graduates

At the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) 65th anniversary dinner in New York, publisher Earl…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Unemployment Rate Soars to 8.1%

At 651,000 Jobs Lost, Number Is Highest Level Since 1983

The unemployment rate surged to 8.1% in February, the highest since late 1983, as employers…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Five Ways to Attract New Customers

Even in tough times, find savvy ways to draw new business

The airlines are full, cruise ships packed, and best restaurants still only available by reservation.…

By Bridget McCrea

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Making Good on Collections

Resolve customers' debt without loss of time, money

Bad debts should be rare, but sometimes even the most well-meaning customers don’t satisfy their…

By Margarette Burnette

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Amsterdam News’ Wilbert A. Tatum Dies

Leading African American journalist leaves great legacy

Wilbert A. Tatum, publisher emeritus, CEO, and chairman of the board of the New York…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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The Cutting Edge: Tax Tips for Small Businesses: Part 2

Noting donated equipment, accurate estimates is key

In my last blog post, “Tax Tips for Small Businesses,” I listed a few tax…

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The Cutting Edge: Tax Tips for Small Businesses: Part 1

Avoiding an audit is especially vital in difficult economic climate

“Small business owners and entrepreneurs really get focused on products and services, and don’t spend…

By Renita Burns

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Black America’s Answer to Recession: Practicality and Prudence

Black Enterprises exclusive survey reveals how youre handling the economic downturn

Our question: How are you doing? To find the answer, we posted a “Financial Crisis…

By Donald Jay Korn

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When Corporations Celebrate Black History Month

Who offers the best concept to honor our legacy?

BlackEnterprise.com’s editorial assistant, Renita Burns, and reporter Marcia A. Wade decided to rate the efforts…

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Small Business: Growing in a Downturn

How to maximize your talents, money in an economic crunch

The great thing about the business cycle is that downturns don’t last forever. We’ve seen…

By Renita Burns

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The Stimulus Plan Must Give Minority-Owned Businesses and Minorities a Fair Shake

Despite years of effort, minority-owned businesses are still drastically underrepresented in the U.S. economy.

By Ernesta G. Procope

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John H. Johnson: The Icon

The founder of one of America's largest black business empires used his wealth and power to raise the social and economic status of African Americans

John H. Johnson controlled one of the nation’s largest black business empires and used his…

By Derek T. Dingle

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John Rogers: Inspiring Black Investors

John Rogers’ slow and steady strategy has enriched millions of African Americans

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Maynard Jackson: The Ultimate Champion for Black Business

As Atlanta's first black mayor, he helped develop a bevy of B.E.100s companies and created more black millionaires that any other public figure.

In 1973 Maynard Jackson emerged on the scene when he was elected the firstblack mayor…

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Maggie Lena Walker: The Making Of A Black Bank

America's first woman president of a financial institution founded one of the nation's oldest surviving black-owned banks

Walker became the country’s first woman president of a financial institution and founded one of…

By Gertrude Woodruff Marlowe

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Oprah Means Business

By focusing on her message and expanding empire, she proved long ago that Harpo Inc. is about more than just talk

For the past 15 years, Oprah Winfrey repeatedly told her team that production of her…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Arthur G. Gaston: A Titan’s First Step

How an unknown coal miner from Birmingham, Alabama, became the 20th century’s preeminent entreprenuer.

By Carol Jenkins

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Liberty Bank Acquires United Bank Branches

Customers to have a larger banking network

After announcing its buyout this week of cross-town bank United Bank and Trust Co., Alden…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Update: Ebony, Jet Orders Reorganization to Avoid Layoffs

Johnson Publishing Co. employees told to reapply for jobs

Even before the stock markets began to crash in September, revenue from advertising, circulation, and…

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Can Green-Collar Jobs Save the Economy?

Activists meet in Washington to promote new opportunities

It’s not often that environmentalists and labor groups see eye to eye. But the nation’s…

By Joyce Jones

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Ebony and Jet to Reorganize Staff

Editorial director to remain with Johnson Publishing Co.

Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Co. announced Ebony and JET magazines will be undergoing a reorganization which…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Survival of the Fittest in a Tough Economy

Good leadership separates the strong from the expendable

Call it natural selection: a concept developed by 19th century scientist Charles Darwin that argues…

By Renita Burns

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Small Business Owners: Blogs Don’t Bite

Use this vital tool to give your company more visibility

I can’t imagine how it feels to be thrust into a society where virtually all…

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Advertising Mogul Creates Scholarship to Promote Entrepreneurialism

Funds to provide black, Hispanic students with needed aid

For Don Coleman, founder and chairman of GlobalHue (No. 1 on the 2008 B.E. Advertising…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Five Tips for Strengthening Customer Relationships

Five tips for strengthening customer relationships. Providing quality services and products are essential for any…

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From Automotive Parts to Retail to Service

Carter Group finds innovative ways to boost dealership

In 2008, new car sales slumped dramatically and the National Automobile Dealers Association said that…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Senate Committee Seeks Ways to Stimulate Small Business

Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Share Their Economic Struggles and Solutions

Small and minority business owners are frustrated, and understandably so. Since the nation’s economy first…

By Joyce Jones

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Simmons ‘Grinds’ Into Social Media

GlobalGrind.com to increase celebrity content, visibility

Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons is ramping up efforts to increase visibility of his latest venture…

By Renita Burns

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Making Their Mark in the Greeting Card Industry

Entrepreneurs give insights on etching a nitch

The greeting card industry is a multi-billion dollar business, but for entrepreneurs looking to establish…

By Arcynta Ali Childs

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Senate Votes to Postpone Digital TV Transition

Delay allows time for more consumer conversion efforts

The Senate voted late Monday to move the deadline for digital television transition to June…

By Renita Burns

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How to Close the Deal in a Sinking Economy

Ways to attract new clients, maximize your profitability

handshakeNearly everyone is cutting back on expenses these days. For small business owners, that…

By Margarette Burnette

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Parsons to Head Citigroup Board

Company hopes to rebound after series of losses

Citigroup Inc. said yesterday that board member Richard D. Parsons will be taking over as…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Businesses Honor King Legacy, Give Back

Companies take torch for service on MLK Day

“President-elect Barack Obama said it best. This election was not about him. It is about…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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In Global Economic Crisis, Africa Yields Great Returns

Africa is the last economic frontier according to Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and former Nigerian…

By Renita Burns

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Black Designers Add Flair to New Car Models

Industry professional says its about talent, hard work

Earl Lucas is one of a handful of black car designers in the industry, but…

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BEV’s the New Sheriff in Town

Fuel efficiency, eco factors trump horsepower at auto show

Shhh … Listen …What you can expect to hear inside the cabin of a BEV…

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Advertising to Black Communities

Getting Corporate America to see our value

radio_one_logoHow will President-elect Barack Obama’s ascension to the highest office in the land impact the…

By Renita Burns

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Jackson: Economic Woes Mean ‘Double Trouble’ for Blacks

Wall Street Project examines financial crisis

With banks, businesses, and homeowners hanging by a thread from last year’s credit crisis, the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Friendpreneurs: How to Find Success, Preserve Relationships

Shared vision, understanding can lead to good partnerships

Going into business with a friend can be a risky endeavor. “There is a risk…

By Ann Brown

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African American Auto Suppliers Face Rough Road Ahead

Detroit show opens with sights on industry comeback

Detroit automakers rolled out a fleet of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles at the 2009 North…

By Josee Valcourt

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Adaption, Adjustment Prime Focus at Retailers Convention

Trade association offers tools to inspire, motivate

More than a dozen retailers including Circuit City, Sharper Image, and Linens ’N Things filed…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Get In Or Get Left Behind

Five best industries to get venture financing

Black Enterprise, to borrow an old, yet fitting adage, followed the money trail. With the…

By Kingsley Kanu Jr.

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Stork Vision Delivers New Opportunities

A career sonographer labors to open an ultrasound franchise

Oftentimes advances in technology will spawn new franchise concepts. In the case of Stork Vision,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What Does Diversity Mean for Employees?

Few companies have a clear definition of what diversity means

Despite the claims by many companies that diversity is a priority, few companies have a…

By Renita Burns

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CodeBlack Expands Across Media Platforms

Website offers on-demand movies and store

If growing complimentary businesses with different revenue streams is the goal to expand the market…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Top Black Executive Gets New Post at Southern Co.

Chris Womack promoted to executive vice president

Southern Co. has promoted Christopher C. Womack to executive vice president and president of external…

By Renita Burns

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Executives Working to Create Black-Owned Holding Company

Firm would make capital available to minority banks

Three African American executives are trying to raise $50 million to create a black-owned bank…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Robert Johnson Creates Lending Facility for Mortgage Servicers

BET founder seeking TARP funds to finance venture

Through Urban Trust Bank, Robert L. Johnson created a new entity, Homeowners First Bank. Homeowners…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Arts, Culture Fuel Green Economy in Community

New Jersey eco-village sees growth from arts community

In an effort to revitalize the Lincoln Park community in Newark, New Jersey, Baye Adofo…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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New Jersey Community Builds on Arts, Environment

Green developments in Lincoln Park to create jobs, housing

When most people looked at Newark, New Jersey’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1999, they saw…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Pink Rolls Out HBCU Apparel

Brand has largest retail distribution of HBCU gear

When Victoria’s Secret Pink visited Florida A&M University (FAMU) last fall to announce that the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Small Business Boot Camp – Technology

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Small Business Bootcamp – Internet Marketing

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Roberts Hotels Group Expands Its Reach

Becomes Choice Hotels International's largest black franchisee

Roberts Hotels Group, the largest African American owned and managed hotel group in the U.S.,…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Memo to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Learn Before You Launch

Nothing we tell you can take the place of your taking the time to know your industry

Entrepreneurship is one of the most important keys to wealth creation. However, too many people—laid-off…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Protecting Your Business From Liability

Get the best coverage for unexpected emergencies

If you don’t have a policy in place, you can’t be helped, so take steps…

By Margarette Burnette

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Tyler Perry Studios, WGA Reach Agreement

Deal covers residuals, other benefits for guild writers

After more than five months of negotiations over writers’ contracts that included residuals and other…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Michael Baisden Extends Radio Contract

Deal could expand show�s reach by millions

Bestselling author and television talk show personality Michael Baisden signed a multi-year deal to extend…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Government Announces New Loan Programs

Hopes modifications will help raise slumping GDP

To diminish the effect of a sluggish economy, the government announced two new programs today…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Women of Power

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

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

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