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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! Regulators Issue Cease and Desist Order to Chicago Bank In Case of Disaster Entrepreneurship and Innovation Are High on CBCF Agenda News Roundup: Week of Sept. 21 – Sept. 26 CBCF Forum Focuses on Challenges to Minority Business Programs Four Winning Ways to Stay on Solid Ground During Tough Times The Road (That Shouldn’t Be) Less Traveled Get Access to Recovery Act Dollars Recruiting the Recruiter Implementing a Strategic Partnership News Roundup: Week of Sept. 14-20 QUIZ: Is Opening a Franchise Right for You? More Black Females Graduating From HBCUs Than Black Males Chief Diversity Officer Talks Plan to Change Face of Tennis News Roundup: Week of Sept. 7 – Sept. 13 How to Raise an Entrepreneur Entrepreneur Gets Lesson in Strategy 101 News Roundup: Week of Aug. 31- Sept. 6 MED Week Attendees Connect With Bonding, Lending Sources MBDA Reports Findings to Improve Business Programs News Roundup: Week of Aug. 24-Aug. 30 Mission: Prosperity Q&A: Commerce Department’s Rick Wade Q&A: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Making the Right Moves on the Net MED Week Begins With Government Contracting 101 Q&A With MBDA’s David Hinson MEDWeek Kick-off Celebrates Business Achievement The Small Business Check-up A Call to Serve 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

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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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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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News Roundup

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

News Roundup

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News Roundup

Jobless rates for blacks declines; Twitter use high

News Roundup

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Renita Burns

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News Roundup

Small businesses struggle; black blight seen on boards

News Roundup

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Heather Boerner

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News Roundup

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

News Roundup

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Simone Richards

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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.

By Simone Richards

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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…

By Bridget N. Armstrong

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News Roundup

Blacks wages decreasing; Leaders honored; More science funds

News Roundup

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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…

By Joyce Jones

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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…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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News Roundup

Tour offers homeownership resources

News Roundup

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Remembering Michael Jackson

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Bridget McCrea

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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News Roundup

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

News Roundup

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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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…

By Benice Atufunwa

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Women of Power

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Meet Caroline Clarke, Host of Women of Power TV

Get to know Caroline Clarke, new host of Women of Power TV.

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Women of Power Legacy Award Honoree: 10 Facts About Pam Grier

Black Enterprise is honoring the great Pam Grier with the 2015 Legacy Award at the…

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