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Savvy Solutions: Starting A Record Company

You can sign artists and put out your own music, but you can't do it alone

It isn’t impossible to put out signed artists or your own music. You just can’t…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Doing Business In … South Africa

Be aware of the risks and rewards this country offers

About 9,000 miles from American shores, Georgia native Mary L. Harris calls the shots. As…

By Alan Hughes

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Standing Firm

Getting the most from customers without lowering your prices

Gray Haile, a corporate law firm in Washington, D.C., ended 2008 on a high note,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Right on Track

An unconventional venture and smart partnership open doors for two brothers

For brothers Jamon and Taj Jones, entrepreneurship is in the blood. “Our grandfather started a…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Color of Money

Four Ways to Give Your Business a Green Tint

Don’t think scientists and manufacturers are the only professionals needed in the green space.

By Maya Payne Smart

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Part II: Score A-List PR on a Shoestring Budget

Leverage your presence among professional networks and on the Web

Now that you’ve begun to implement the steps from “Part I: Score A-List PR on…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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One of the most highly anticipated events at the 15th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo, hosted by ExxonMobil at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, was the 2010 Black Enterprise Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by Ariel Investments. The Small Business Awards recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs in four award categories: Teenpreneur (ages 19 or younger), BE Next (ages 21-35), Innovator of the Year and Small Business of the Year. Above, Black Enterprise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle poses with 2010 award winners Amos Winbush III of CyberSynchs L.L.C., Jamail Larkins of Ascension Aircraft, Gabrielle McBay of Crumbs by Gabrielle, and Frank Kendrick and Timothy Jackson of NuJak Cos. (All Photos by Lonnie C. Major)

PHOTO GALLERY: Black Enterprise 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon

Some of America's best entrepreneurs were honored at the Entrepreneurs Conference

One of the most highly anticipated events at the 15th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Letting Go

Nobody wants to walk away from a dream, but sometimes you just might have to

Despite the mantras of “Never give up” and “Keep fighting” that many achievers subscribe to,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Poll: Show Me the Funding!

Tell us where you're finding the capital to sustain your business

Happy Small Business Week! As a small business owner/entrepreneur where have you found capital needed…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: A Deal Was Made!

Young business owners join forces at BE Next mixer in Atlanta

I’ve said it before—networking is a powerful tool if done correctly. For Atlanta-based candle maker…

By LaToya M. Smith

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CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin was among the panelists who gave #BEEC attendees plenty to tweet about.

2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Top Takeaways on Twitter

#BEEC attendees tweeted the business advice they found most worth sharing

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference had Twitter on lock down. From Lisa Nichols’ presentation on…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: The Nitty Gritty of Government Contracts

There's more to doing business with Uncle Sam than forms and certification

I’ve long been fascinated with the process of securing a government contract. The largest purchaser…

By Renita Burns

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Legendary Inspirations

The BE 100s Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner at the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Malla Haridat
It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to network with 1,200+ of…

By Malla Haridat

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WATCH: Work Behind the Scenes in Entertainment

Mary Major offers some tips on breaking into the entertainment industry, behind the scenes

Mary Major is president of Major Jack productions, a television and live-event production company…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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AmosWinbush

WATCH: How to Make a Strong Start in Tech

Amos Winbush III, founder and CEO of CyberSynchs LLC, gives advice to entrepreneurs in technology

CyberSynchs LLC CEO Amos Winbush III, winner of the 2010 Black Enterprise Innovator of the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Score A-List Public Relations on a Shoestring Budget

Find success with do-it-yourself marketing

So, how do A-list celebrities and corporations secure that ultimate public relations campaign that has…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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WATCH: Transitioning Into Entrepreneurship

Felicia Joy, host of the Ms. CEO Show, discusses "hybrid" entrepreneurship: working a full-time job while running a business.

Felicia Joy, host of the Ms. CEO Show, discusses “hybrid” entrepreneurship: working a full-time job…

By LaToya M. Smith

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: The Follow-Up

Don't just promise to do it. Do it.

I met a lot of awesome people over the last few days, but I realized…

By Renita Burns

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WATCH: 2010 BE 100s Award Winners

Avis Ford, Thompson Hospitality, GlobalHue, and Barden Cos. are honored this year.

The chief executives of Avis Ford, Thompson Hospitality, GlobalHue, and Barden Cos. share what it…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Malla Haridat

2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: What I Learned From the Elevator Pitch

Both contestants and judges provide insights into how to effectively sell your business idea

If you had only 60 seconds to deliver your best business pitch, what would you…

By Malla Haridat

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WATCH: How to Increase Your Online Presence

Chris Curtis, founder of Web Business Ownership LLC, gives tips on how to up your Web visibility

Web Business Owner LLC Founder Chris Curtis stresses the need for small businesses to have…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: How to Get Into the Global Marketplace

Greg Marchand, founder of Gizmos L.L.C., gives three strategies for going global with your business.

Greg Marchand, founder of Zambia-based Gizmos L.L.C., gives three strategies for going global with your…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Some of the 1,200 pre-registered Black Enterprise Conference attendees check in at the registration booths and pick up the credentials they'll need for the next couple of days, including an ID badge, wristband, conference journal, and conference bag.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Some of the 1,200 pre-registered Black Enterprise Conference attendees check in at the registration booths…

By Lonnie C. Major

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: How NOT to Seek Financing

Seeking startup capital? Don't do this.

We’re about halfway through the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and I’ve got information overload…

By Renita Burns

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Get Money!

Business coach C. Alexander West gives three tips for securing startup capital

C. Alexander West
There is one thing that the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo will…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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I Am Black Enterprise. Are You?

When's the last time you checked out Black Enterprise? You might be surprised at what you find.

Are you on the rise in your company? Have you started a successful one of…

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WATCH: How to Make the Most of a Conference

Entrepreneurs converge on Atlanta with strategies for getting their biggest networking ROI

Attendees of the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Atlanta share their strategies for getting…

By Renita Burns

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WATCH: One-on-One with Magnus Greaves

Founder & CEO of The Cashflow talks about what investors look for in entrepreneurs

Magnus Greaves, CEO of TheCASHFLOW, explains what makes a great elevator pitch. TheCASHFLOW served as…

By LaToya M. Smith

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WATCH the $10,000 Elevator Pitch at 6:30 EST!

Couldn’t make it to the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference? Well, you don’t have to…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: How to Network at a Conference

Five simple tips for getting the most out of a multiday event

On Sunday, Black Enterprise kicked off its 15th annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo sponsored by…

By LaToya M. Smith

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Free Up Your Bottom Line

Shoe designers Shane and Shawn Ward explain how licensing kept their business in step

Business comeback artists Shane and Shawn Ward
How do you make a comeback? That question is…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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#FollowFriday for the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Business experts with active Twitter accounts you'll want to connect with in Atlanta and beyond

Following is my list of all of the speakers for this year’s conference with active…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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FUBU Founder Talks About Building Your Brand

Daymond John helps your brand get noticed

Your brand is your business. Establishing a trusted reputation amongst consumers can mean the difference…

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Jobless rate at 16.5 % for African Americans; Fattah jockeys for chairmanship

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is looking for individuals to serve on a National Advisory Council…

By Joyce Jones

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Report Criticizes Lack of Diversity in Super Bowl Ads

Ninety-four percent of ad agency creative directors were white males, none were people of color

Of the 52 professionally produced ads by advertising agencies aired during Super Bowl XILV this…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Luxury Brand Advertising Often Absent in Black Media

Experts say black buying power often overlooked

In some affluent circles, the expectation to wear luxury apparel is the same across all…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Global Diversity Ranks Last

Report exposes the most essential requirements for leadership success. Guess what�s at the bottom of the list?

As we embark on a new decade, a number of factors have reshaped the business…

By Brittany Hutson

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Brand Sidibe: Confident and Consistent

Follow her example by using bold authenticity to stand out in the marketplace

The competition to secure an opportunity can be challenging – entrepreneurs must deliver a consistent…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Faithful Business Planning

Bishop Eddie L. Long, a featured speaker at the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference, shares advice on faith and money

In his new book, 60 Seconds to Greatness, Bishop Eddie L. Long, senior pastor of…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Helps Small Businesses and Vets Win More Contracts

President issued executive orders to establish two task forces

President Obama issued executive orders Monday that establish two task forces to improve and increase…

By Joyce Jones

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The Color of Money

Four ways to give your business a green tint

There’s no shortage of opportunities for small businesses to break into the green economy. The…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Now Read This: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

If entrepreneurship is your objective, Melinda Emerson offers a step-by-step road map

Small-business consultant Melinda F. Emerson, founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, a marketing video production…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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They’ve Got the Beat

Nashville�s Beat Kangz delivers cutting-edge technology to the electronic music industry

When it comes to innovation and creativity, hip-hop has had its share of converts and…

By Sonya Donaldson

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Building a Model Business

Despite a tough economy, Gail Warrior ensures the success of her construction company

For any woman, breaking into an industry dominated by men is tough. But when you’re…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Can You Talk Your Way Into $10,000 For Your Business?

The B.E. Elevator Pitch Competition gives you a chance to prove it�but avoid these mistakes

If you’re an aspiring or established entrepreneur who can’t use $10,000, stop reading now. But…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Now Read This: Know What Makes Them Tick

Ground-breaking exec Max Siegel shares his mastery of the art of negotiation

Max Siegel has built an astonishing track record of succeeding as an outsider and transforming…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Honored With Leadership Award

Funds raised from gala to help minority and women businesses

NBA All-Star Earvin “Magic” Johnson received the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award on Thursday at The Council…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Social Media: The New Currency

Why women must be more aggressive about using networks to create business opportunities

Social media is another tool to communicate with people on a global platform online. With…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Doing Business in South Africa: Caveats and Resources

There's money to be made in South Africa�if you can contend with the risks

In less than 10 weeks, the eyes of the world will be on South Africa.…

By Alan Hughes

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Researcher of Blacks in Higher Education Remembered

Journal's founder helped expose racial imbalances in academia

For more than two decades, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has been stalwart…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Vote for the 2010 Small Business of the Year Nominees!

This award is presented to the small business owner whose pursuits exemplify the commitment needed to attain success

Here’s your chance to vote for the company you feel is most deserving of the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Vote for the 2010 BE Next Award Nominees!

This award is presented to the fearless young entrepreneur(s) age 2135 tapped to be future business leaders

Here’s your chance to vote for the company you feel is most deserving of the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Vote for the 2010 Innovator of the Year Nominees

This award is given to a business approaching entrepreneurship in an innovative or groundbreaking manner

Here’s your chance to vote for the company you feel is most deserving of the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Vote for the 2010 Teenpreneur Award Nominees!

This award recognizes entrepreneurs, age 19 or younger, committed to the tradition of black business achievement

Here’s your chance to vote for the company you feel is most deserving of the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Pep Talk: Getting Support for Social Networking Venture

How to capture your niche

I created an empowerment organization and social networking site for plus-size women in 2006, but…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Alternating Current

Entrepreneur changed directions to help grow her electrical business

When Yolanda M. Mitchell was a teenager, her friends had typical interests like fashion and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Taking It to the Next Level

A leading career expert offers advice for female career development and advancement

In her latest book, Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape (Amistad;…

By Dale Coachman

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Higher Learning

Research presents several factors that can lead to increased graduation rates for black men

By 2020, President Barack Obama envisions America leading the world in producing college graduates; however,…

By Brittany Hutson

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Savvy Solutions: Stepping Out into the Footwear Industry

Custom shoe designer Candra Palmer offers advice

I have been sketching shoe designs and would like to begin producing a shoe line.…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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E-mail Is Dead…Long Live E-mail!

Despite reports of its demise, e-mailand applications and tools for e-mailis flourishing

Reports of e-mail’s fall have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain.

By Dale Coachman

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Do You Wanna BE NEXT?

We're spotlighting a new generation of gifted, innovative business achievers. Is that you or someone you know? Tell us all about it!

Black Enterprise is looking for the brightest, current and future corporate professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Doing Business in South Africa: Taking Ethnic Haircare Back

J.M. Products is accomplishing what's been lost in the U.S.�ownership in the black hair industry

Mary L. Harris is doing her own thing and accomplishing in South Africa what was…

By Alan Hughes

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Doing Business in South Africa: Call Him Mr. Flexible

Gizmos CEO Greg Marchand stresses thorough planning�and a willingness to adapt

Greg Marchand is founder and managing director of Gizmos LLC, a communication, computer and technology…

By Alan Hughes

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10 Things to Remember Before Applying for a Business Loan

Maximize your chances of getting one

It’s a well-documented fact that banks are less risk tolerant than in years past. But…

By Alan Hughes

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Yohance and Di Yonna Mitchell won a $25,000 grant for their company, Vision Tutoring, based in Rex, Ga. Their business provides high-quality, one-on-one instruction to students in grades 1 through 12. Their services are free of charge to qualified students at eligible schools through a contract secured with the Georgia Department of Education.

Urban Entrepreneurs Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary

2009 business plan competition winners earn $200,000 in grants, for decade total of $1.4 million

Celebrating 10 years of economic empowerment through it’s MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) and Business…

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Atlanta Named Host City of 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Mayor Kasim Reed joins Black Enterprise CEO Earl Graves Jr. to make it official

The buzz among black entrepreneurs around the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference coming to Atlanta this…

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Utendahl Joins Deutsche Bank Americas as Vice Chairman

Utendahl Capital Partners founder will help increase presence of minorities on Wall Street

John O. Utendahl, founder of Utendahl Capital Partners L.P., has joined Deutsche Bank Americas Holding…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Brush Off Your Old Way of Thinking

Re-invention strategies to transform your business and boost profits

In an unsettled economy everyone must develop a brand new attitude to stand out from…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Cutting Edge: Free Resources for Navigating Web 2.0

No-cost classes and Website building services to get you up and running

Here are a few Websites and free resources to help you keep up with new…

By Renita Burns

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Urban League Report Offers Solutions to Economic Crisis

'State of Black America' details plan to offset effects of recession

In the 34th edition of the its State of Black America report, the National Urban…

By Joyce Jones

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Doing Business in South Africa: One CEO’s Formula

Detroit native Christopher Whitfield shares key challenges for entrepreneurs

Detroit native Christopher Whitfield’s typical day is not unlike any other entrepreneur. He gets up…

By Alan Hughes

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Cyberwise: Belated Blogger?

Am I too late in the game?

I want to begin a blog for my event planning business, but every time I…

By Dale Coachman

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Wealth Gap is Greatest for Women of Color

Study shows wealth inequality is much greater than income gap

Women of all races experience a gender wealth gap compared to white men, but the…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Countdown to Reform?

Small business owners continue to struggle with employee health benefits as the healthcare bill hangs in the balance.

While the rush continues for Congress to deliver a cohesive healthcare reform bill, small…

By Brittany Hutson

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From Tiger to Elephants, Lizards And Frogs

Has your image taken a hit? Take a cue from Accenture's new re-branding strategy

Accenture may have gotten lost in the “woods,” but they somehow ended up in the…

By Marshawn Evans

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Ten Cool Products to Give Your Business a Boost

10 cool products to give your business a boost

A lot has been said about the benefits of social media, and it’s all true.…

By Dale Coachman

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Downturn’s the Right Time for Expansion

Four reasons small business owners should hire now

Dana Smith-Rogers, owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga in Maryland, has seen the effects of the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Tips From the Top of the Food Chain

Copreneurs offer three things every entrepreneur needs to know

Angela Cauley and Ian Blount discovered the perfect recipe for success. Mixing three tablespoons of…

By Renita Burns

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A Natural Advantage

How one entrepreneur educates consumers to forge a strong brand impression

Companies must do more than slap the words “organic” or “all-natural” on their packaging to…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Happy Anniversary, Investors!

One year into the financial market rally, will booming stock performance continue?

Financial experts weigh in on why the S&P 500 market has bounced back so powerfully,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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African American Unemployment Rate Shrinks to 15.8%

Overall joblessness remains steady at 9.7%

The unemployment rate among African Americans improved slightly in February, shrinking from 16.5% to 15.8%…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Our World with Black Enterprise Host Ed Gordon gets warmed up for his one-on-one interview with Spike Lee.

Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

To get an idea of the networking at the nation's largest annual gathering of black entrepreneurs, check out these images of the 2009 B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference.

The 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo will be held in Atlanta, May 16-19.…

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Building Paradise

Include these three strategies in the foundation of your success

Fleeing famine and communism in Ethiopia, Tadiwos Belete came to America in the 1980s for…

By Kingsley Kanu Jr.

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A Selective Solution

Exclusivity helps a natural haircare system grow

Jane Carter has spent more than 20 years styling hair as a salon owner and…

By Maya Payne Smart

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Recipe for Success

Copreneurs blend their knowledge and resources to produce $20 million company

It did not take long for Angela Cauley and Ian Blount to concoct an alluring…

By Renita Burns

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Delta Air Lines Launches New Online Tool for Diverse Suppliers

Delta seeks to increase its partnership with vendors through the launch of a new Web-based technology.

Delta Air Lines is seeking to increase its partnership with suppliers through the launch of…

By Brittany Hutson

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No Business Without Technology

You can�t credibly start any business today without having a strong online presence.

I received an e-mail recently from a pair of intrepid college graduates seeking my advice…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Talking Points: UNCF Colleges More Affordable Than Their Peers

The 39 HBCUs that are members of the UNCF cost less than comparable institutions.

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Savvy Solutions: Jumping Into the Toy Industry

The business of play

I have created a board game. I’ve gone to a variety of toy and board…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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A Better Way to Work

Ten cool products to give your business a boost

A lot has been said about the benefits of social media, and it’s all true.…

By Dale Coachman

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Changing for the Better?

Small Business Administration to strengthen its 8(a) program

For the first time in several years, the Small Business Administration has conducted a comprehensive…

By Joyce Jones

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Overcoming Gender Differences

A new report adds a different perspective to the glass ceiling discussion

As women of color continue to make strides in the workforce, the rate at which…

By Brittany Hutson

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A Tech Makeover Story

Three entrepreneurs tell Black Enterprise how they are using technology to renovate their businesses in a tough year�and reaping the rewards.

Last year was no cakewalk for many Americans: The fallout from the near collapse of…

By Dale Coachman

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Pep Talk: Multitasking to Achieve Your Goals

How to manage your daily life while starting a business

I’ve always dreamed of opening a clothing boutique. With low overheard, I’ve launched it online.…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Healthcare Reform Summit Yields Little Consensus

Obama challenges lawmakers to finalize legislation in six weeks or less

Thursday’s healthcare reform summit was, in many ways, a last-ditch opportunity for President Barack Obama…

By Joyce Jones

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Positioning Yourself for an Opportunity

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

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

By Karen Taylor Bass

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One For All

With strategic partnering, entrepreneurs hunker down together

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

By Ayana Dixon

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Will Ford Profit in 2010?

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

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

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Savvy Solutions: Social Media Marketing 101

Doing more online and off to attract customers

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

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Is Your Brand Bold, Beautiful, & Determined?

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

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

By Karen Taylor Bass

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USDA, Black Farmers Reach Settlement

Government to pay $1.25 billion in restitution

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

By Joyce Jones

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Preparing for Startup Success

The right education, experience can be vital to your longevity

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

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Blueprint for Success

Having a winning 'business' game plan

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

By Dale Coachman

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CDFI Small Business Lending Program Finally a Go

With new terms, community banks are ready to start lending

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

By Joyce Jones

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Mission to Beijing: From Dialogue To Partnership

Chinese and African American exchange program and Confucius Institute planned

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

By Dale Coachman

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Auto Dealers Expedite Repairs After Toyota Recall

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

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

By Cliff Hocker

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SBA Works to Strengthen Its 8(a) Program

Proposals set to open up access to more businesses

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

By Joyce Jones

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Mission to Beijing: Seeking Equal Opportunity in China

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

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

By Dale Coachman

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Savvy Solutions: How to Get Paid as a Consultant

Establishing (and sticking to) a pricing strategy is key

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

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Building Security for Business Success

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

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

By Maya Payne Smart

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

Great resources for aspiring book authors

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

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Accelerated Assistance

Business incubators step in where start ups fall short

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

By Margarette Burnette

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From One Company to Another

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

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

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Organize Your Life

Mobile apps help users keep it simple

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

By David Hudson

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Approach the Right Strategy With B-to-B

How to effectively transition into profitable business-to-business

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

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Letting Go

Expanding management team allows CEO to lead

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

By Maya Payne Smart

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BE Forum Explores Solutions for Economic Revival

African Americans, small business key for economic turnaround

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

By Joyce Jones

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BE, Walmart to Host Economic Forum

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

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

By Renita Burns

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

Ten tips that will make your online content shine

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

By Bridget McCrea

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Black Broadcasting Network Launches on Verizon Fios

Distribution deal makes BBN programming available on demand

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

By Renita Burns

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Black Unemployment Spikes to 16%

National jobless rate holds steady, but expected to continue rising

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

By Renita Burns

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Ebony Co-Founder Eunice Johnson Dies

Fashion icon brought African American style center stage

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

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Cut Small Business Costs

Make ends meet without sacrificing profit

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

By Maya Payne Smart

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Start Your Business on the Right Foot For 2010

Essential steps to protect your brand, ideas

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

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Reinvent Your Business

A first-hand account of a companys rebirth

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

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

Dispatches from Capitol Hill: Healthcare reform

By Joyce Jones

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Hide & Seek

The first step in accessing capital is to identify internal cash

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

By Maya Payne Smart

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A Helping Hand

Major corporations are mentoring small businesses to become competitive suppliers

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

By Brittany Hutson

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

Job creation cited as a better option

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

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Rev Up Your Startup

Get a little help from a business incubator

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

By Brittany Hutson

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Lincoln University Repeals Controversial Health Requirement

School will promote fitness class for all students

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

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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A View to a Killer Business Model

Gen2Media helps companies add video to Web 2.0 marketing strategies

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

By Dale Coachman

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Knowledge-Sharing is King

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

By Dale Coachman

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

President urges action, transparency at climate change conference

President urges action, transparency at climate change conference

By LaToya M. Smith

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BE Next 2010: Blazing a Path to Success

Meet the sophomore class changing the game

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

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

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

By Joyce Jones

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Through New Doors

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

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

By Brittany Hutson

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BE Next 2009: Where Are They Now?

Young, fearless business leaders staking their claim

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

By Renita Burns

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

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

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

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Secure Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Brand

Invest in the necessary steps for protection

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

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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GlobalHue Named Multicultural Agency of the Decade

AdWeek lauds agency's evolution into mainstream

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

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Poll: Sponsors Snub Tiger Woods, but Consumers Remain Loyal

Purchases not influenced by golf phenom's infidelity

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

By LaToya M. Smith

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Tweak Your Social Media Strategy

Goals, standards vital in using a valuable tool

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

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Blacks Getting a Seat at the Green Table

Leaders discuss inclusion at Copenhagen conference

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

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report

Dispatches from Capitol Hill

Washington Report: Week of Dec. 7-11

By Joyce Jones

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Location, Location, Location

Choose a commercial retail space that suits your business

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

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize

President acknowledges critics at ceremony

Amid criticism, President Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize.

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Obama’s Nobel Acceptance Speech

Official transcript of the president's remarks

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

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DOT Partners With Carver Bank in Loan Program

Small, disenfranchised businesses gain access to contracts

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

By LaToya M. Smith

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

Economist Jared Bernstein talks new plan for job creation

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

By John Simons

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Women of Power

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Star Jones Confirmed to Moderate Women of Power Summit Panel

Star Jones is set to moderate a panel with industry leaders at Black Enterprise’s 2015…

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Women of Power Summit: Social Media 101 for Senior Professionals

Social media isn’t just a playground for millennials. Check out tips from Angela Pitter, a…

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