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Institute Teaches Classes on How to Start Marijuana Enterprises

Entrepreneurs will learn how to cash in on emerging industry

California-based Cannabis Career Institute teaches course on how to get started in the marijuana business

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Industrial Bank Marks 80th Anniversary With Small Business Grant

Nation's 6th largest, black-owned financial institution to award $80,000

Industrial Bank announced its Small Business Grant initiative in an effort to continue to provide…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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From the Battlefield to Business: 5 Savvy Steps to Transition Into Entrepreneurship

Military vet details keys to applying service skills to an enterprise

Tabatha Turman, CEO of Integrated Finance and Accounting Solutions (IFAS), successfully transferred military experience to…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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SBA Announces Plans to Expand Post-Military Entrepreneurship Training

Working to help all veterans---not just transitioning troops---start businesses

SBA plans to expand its post-military entrepreneurship training to help all veterans.

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Ming Lee: Turning her Snoblife into a Successful Venture

'I would not be where I am today without social media'

Entrepreneur Ming Lee went from turning her website, Snoblife.com, into a million-dollar venture and continues…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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SBA Lending Hits Record Level In 2014

Loans To black businesses up 36%

As exports continue to play a pivotal role in strengthening the nation’s economy, SBA loans…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Life After Service: How Veterans Can Live American Dream of Entrepreneurship

Three steps to getting started in running your own business

There are so many entrepreneurial opportunities available during life after service for military veterans. Here’s…

By Marquita Miller

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Atlanta Co-working Space Seeks To Accelerate Minority Startups

New program designed for entrepreneurs to work, grow, acquire funding and invest

Targeting Atlanta-based entrepreneurs, Opportunity Hub is launching an 8-week long incubator in November targeted at…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Signs You Have the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Find out if you're making moves of a boss---or at least embody the qualities

If you embody these traits or have these habits, you have the soul of a…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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American Express OPEN Inspires Women Entrepreneurs at CEO BootCamp

Event gathers business leaders and experts to discuss how to grow enterprises

American Express OPEN hosts CEO Bootcamp for female entrepreneurs in New York.

By Courtney Connley

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Dunkin’ Brands, NAACP Launch Web Series To Attract Black Franchisees

Chain seeks to diversify quick service restaurant sector

Donuts and ice cream lovers can get a lesson on owning their own shops thank…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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11 Questions You Should Be Asking Potential Hires

Here’s how to find the best employees to help build and grow your business

Don’t leave the interview without asking a job candidate these questions that truly get to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Ex-Im Bank: A Resource For African-American Entrepreneurs with Eyes On Africa

First Vice president and Vice chair, Wanda Felton, talks opportunities for funding sources

EX-IM Bank, an 80-year-old banking Institution looks to provide financial assistance for those in the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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P.O.O.R. in Your Business? Using a Mastermind to Overcome Fear

How you can move your business to the next level

Whether starting a new business or positioning an existing business for growth, conquering fear can…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

Strategist Carol Roth shares her advice for budding entrepreneurs

Author Carol Roth has made a successful career of giving business advice. Check out her…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Cigar Aficionado: Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars Sparking Business Success

Partners Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez detail journey into the industry

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Whether you are a smoker or not, chances are at some point…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Rent a Coworking Space

Take heed and do your research for an optimal experience that's worth the investment

Before you sign a contract for a coworking space, consider a few vital questions to…

By Kandia Johnson

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Entrepreneurs Conference: 5 Tips to Hiring the Right Talent

SENTEL Corp.'s Russell Wright shares tips on building a great team

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Russell Wright knows a thing or two about turning a company…

By Raqiyah Mays

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4 Tips on Pitching Your Business in Public

A 2012 Entrepreneurs Conference Elevator Pitch finalist, shares advice

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Entrepreneur Quinn Myers may not have won Black Enterprise’s Elevator Pitch Competition at the…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Turning Passion into Enterprise: How a Graphic Designer Grew His T-shirt Brand

Seun Olubodun, founder of Duke & Winston, talks tips and his strategy for growth

Seun Olubodun, founder of Duke & Winston, details his journey in expanding his apparel brand…

By Jamila Payne

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Twitter Turn Up: 5 Easy Tips for Entrepreneurs to Upgrade Your Presence

Use these steps to boost exposure and gain more customers

Need to expand your marketing power and increase sales with Twitter? Try this strategy to…

By Teri Harrison

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Not only did BLACK ENTERPRISE select Harpo Inc. as the 2008 Industrial/Service Company of the Year but it was the first time that billionaire entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey spoke to the press in detail about her business empire. At the time, the dynamo was still developing Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN, asserting that  divine inspiration, not strategic planning, drove her company’s success. She also admitted that it took a solid business team and sound financial controls to grow her entity from a five-person production company to a 430-employee multimedia conglomerate. Moreover, she owns every piece of her franchise: the content, name, brand and studio.

BE 100s: Winning Lessons from Top Companies of the Year

Best of the best talk leadership, capital and longevity

For more than 40 years, Black Enterprise has identified the best of the best in…

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[EXCLUSIVE]: Jamie Foster Brown Clears the Air About the State of Sister 2 Sister

Publisher says shifting focus to digital will only help with the brand's expansion

In an exclusive interview, Jamie Foster Brown discusses the state of Sister 2 Sister magazine.

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A Flawless Career Arc: Entrepreneur Goes From Fashion Model To Mining Magnate

CEO & Chairman of the Tigui Mining Group talks striking gold after going from the runway to the mines

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It’s not every day one goes from being a fashion model to…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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6 Black-Owned Natural Beauty Brands You Should Know

These entrepreneurs of color lead brands that are changing the game

With the news of L’Oreal USA acquiring Carol’s Daughter, we’ve rounded up a list of…

By Courtney Connley

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Tips from a Winner: How to Come Out the Victor at Elevator Pitch Competitions

Gwen Jimmere, founder of Naturalicious, earned $10,000 at Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Gwen Jimmere shares tips on winning $10,000 and more at next year’s Elevator Competition.

By Raqiyah Mays

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Family Business of the Year: Barbara “Sky” Talks Why ‘Can’t’ Doesn’t Mean Impossible

This inspirational entrepreneur survived breast cancer and the death of a son

Barbara “Sky” Burrell is an entrepreneur’s inspiration after surviving personal tests and being honored as…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Uniting the Black Haircare Industry: One Woman’s Journey to Empower

President and CEO of CURLS leading a movement to unite all black beauty brands

Mahisha Dellinger, CEO of CURLS, is working to unite Africa American-owned beauty brands.

By Raqiyah Mays

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Doing Just What You Love May Be Hurting Your Business

Sometimes you have to take care of the not-so-great tasks to reach the larger goal

Entrepreneurs, focusing your energy on the wrong tasks can cost you productivity and money.

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Entrepreneur David Tarver Shares Tips on Turning Idea Into an Enterprise

A panelist at the 2014 Entrepreneurs Conference, talks top lessons learned in path to making millions

David Tarver, a speaker at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, shares tips on turning…

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Where Are They Now: Elevator Pitch Competition Winner, Precious Williams

Success has skyrocketed for this Curvy Girlz Lingerie CEO after the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

The 2013 Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition winner, Precious Williams, has found success since attending…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Webinar Encourages Small Businesses To Support Nation’s Youth

New campaign addresses growing problem of youth unemployment by creating professional opportunities

A free webinar open to small businesses across the country seeks to develop new sources…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Franchise Company of the Year: Karim Webb Shares Savvy Business Lessons

With 25 years in the restaurant business, this entrepreneur has come out on top

Sharing knowledge of success, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar owner, Karim Webb, talks on…

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Frans Johansson Prepares to Inspire at Plunge Conference

With November less than two weeks away, best-selling innovation author Frans Johansson is ready

With November less than two weeks away, Black Enterprise and Film Life are gearing up…

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Black Enterprise Legacy Award Winner Adds NBA Team Ownership to Resume

A BE 100s CEO, Valerie Daniels-Carter, invests in Milwaukee Bucks

It’s no secret that the National Basketball Association (NBA) has a deficit of black owners.…

By Raqiyah Mays

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5 Quick Ways to Repurpose Your Content

Right Way To Use Video To Promote Your Business

Here’s how to avoid common video marketing mistakes

Videos are one the most effective way to communicate to your potential buyers and even…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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In Business, It’s OK to Toot Your Own Horn

Vital reasons you should always ensure your skills are known

In business, it’s not bragging to let people know what you do. Here’s a wake-up…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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End-of-Year Checklist: 5 Steps to Make a Comeback When It Counts

Strategies you need to get that victory in the fourth quarter

Finish strong this year with these five steps to make a comeback and come out…

By Marquita Miller

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4 Red Flags Your Business Is About to Fold

Here are the telltale signs your business is in trouble

Whether you are a Fortune 500 CEO, a first time entrepreneur, or a single parent…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Credit Suisse Seeks To Accelerate Wealth Creation Among African American Entrepreneurs

Global investment bank’s new initiative provides capital, curriculum and community to US start-up leaders

HealthyYouNow.com Founder, Tonya Lewis Lee
The Switzerland-based multinational financial institution Credit Suisse has launched a new…

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Everyone needs a network of people they can count on, in both in their personal lives, and in business. For entrepreneurs especially, these support networks can make the difference between feeling like you’re out there on your own, to being deeply connected to other entrepreneurs and having a team of friends, advisers or partners to turn to when you’re not sure which direction to go.

Here are seven tips for building the ultimate network to support your entrepreneurial goals.---Tina Wells

5 Important Questions You Should Ask Investors

You need to seize up potential angel investors and venture capitalists just as your company is being vetted by them

Startups and small business owners should evaluate potential angel investors just as they are to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Run Your Home More Like a CEO

4 tips for time & budget management from a business development expert

All successful CEOs have one thing in common: They’re able to maintain a big-picture perspective.…

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6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Freelancer

Sometimes the client isn't always right

Don’t find yourself as a client suddenly “fired” by your freelancer. Sometimes, the customer isn’t…

By Courtney Herring

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Free Weekly Webinars Available For Serial Producers and Filmmakers

Series to help producers compete for funding to develop their series pilots

Filmmakers, content developers, and producers looking to up their game online can take advantage of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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High Tech Haircare: Myavana Launches Personalized Picks For Women of Color

Myavana, a new hair analysis service, will help solve problem that many black women face

Myavana, created by the co-founders of Techturized Inc., has launched a new hair analysis service…

By Candace Mitchell

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Contest Open To Solo Entrepreneurs Who Give Back Their Communities

Prepaid wireless service provider Cricket to offer cash and mobile prizes

Sole proprietors who make it a priority to help their community are eligible to participate…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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From Frustration into Profit: Former Dancer Talks Journey to Launch Eco-Friendly Undergarments

Erin Carpenter, founder of Nude Barre, saw void in the market and decided to fill it

Erin Carpenter, CEO of Nude Barre, a specialty line of eco friendly undergarments, talks turning…

By Kandia Johnson

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6 Reasons Working For Free Can Get You Paid

Sometimes it's worth the risk when you can get a return on your time investment

Working for free can be a gamble, but keeping these six things in mind will…

By Ella Rucker

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5 Empowering Tips For Women Entrepreneurs

Get over fear and face challenges head on with this strategy

This is a record breaking year for women in business and there’s no signs …

By Teri Harrison

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Broadcast Boss Moves: Sheila Eldridge’s Journey in Dominating the Industry

Station owner and 'Cafe Mocha' creator shares tips on owning a station

Broadcast industry leader and radio station owner Sheila Eldridge talks success strategy.

By Raqiyah Mays

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Last Man Standing: Entrepreneur Buys Building Where He Was Fired

Sequin City founder tells story of triumph over unemployment

Sequin City’s triumphant return is an African-American success story of an entrepreneur who triumphed over…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Hosts 2014 Global Automotive Summit

Event celebrate 15 years of advocating for diversity in the industry

Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push hosts 15th annual Global Automotive Summit in Detroit.

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5 Success Strategies for Family Businesses

Running a business with your family can hold many challenges

More than 70% of all businesses are family businesses. They account for a significant number…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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More Than Just Your Resume: 6 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Network Your Way to Success

Use these key tips to optimize your career

Long thought of as a place to post a resume online, LinkedIn has evolved and…

By Courtney Herring

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Entrepreneur, Thou Art Loosed! 5 Keys to Unlock Your Business!

5 tips to yield better business results

I recently attended TD Jakes’s premier empowerment conference for women: Woman Thou Art Loosed in…

By Marquita Miller

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The One Simple Step to Getting More Business from Existing Customers and Clients

An easy way to network and develop relationships is to show you care

Don’t give your clients a second thought…give them your first
Have you ever called someone…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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5 Steps to Long-Term Business Success

Angel Investor Rodney S. Sampson provides his tips to staying on a path of business success.

Shark Tank’s Rodney S. Sampson, an alumnus of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, talks strategy…

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Empower Yourself this Month in Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

National Women’s Business Council and leaders highlight women business owners

Every October the National Women’s Business Council and community leaders come together to celebrate women…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[PHOTO RECAP] Entrepreneurs Gain Insight at Walmart 20/20 Vision Forum

Atlanta event gives business knowledge on supplier diversity

At the 20/20 Vision Forum in Atlanta recently, Walmart and Black Enterprise teamed up, featuring…

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New Study: Millennials Are Addicted to Their Smartphones

They use phones daily to text, tweet and do business from banking to shopping

Millennials are hooked on smartphone technology as witnessed everyday at restaurants, in traffic, and on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Female Business Owner Won Government Contracts

LaKeshia Grant's tech firm landed federal contracts after 8(a) program certification

Working out of her home using $11,000 in personal savings, LaKeshia Grant started Virtual Enterprise…

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Cool Jobs: Converse Exec Talks Recruitment and Career Strategy

Rodney Pratt, vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary details journey

Rodney Pratt, vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Converse, shares sage advice for…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Big-Box Boss Moves: How One Stylist Expanded Hair Salons Into Walmart

Instore leasing is a great way to expand your business

Entrepreneur Asia Seman has three Cleopatra Beauty Shops in Walmart, and here’s how she did…

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Web Series Producers: Up to $150,000 Available via New Funding Innitiative

National Black Programming Consortium launches incubator to provide programming

The National Black Programming Consortium has launched a new funding initiative designed to identify innovative…

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Young Entreprenuer Talks Educational Clothing Line and Kickstarter Success

Orane Barrett details how he's using his Kool Nerd brand to advocate for youth

Kool Nerd Clothing CEO, Orane Barrett, talks his new kickstarter campaign and how he’s using…

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8 Vital Components of a Winning Entrepreneur’s Pitch

How to create a great pitch deck to raise capital

In terms of raising capital and support for your business, the proof is in the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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‘Nas: Time is Illmatic’ Team Talks Expanding 20-Year Hip-Hop Legacy

Eric Parker and One9 talk how the project came together and getting it funded

Screenwriter Eric Parker and One9 detail what influenced them to produce a documentary centered around…

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The Business of Marijuana and Wall Street

Emerging green industry needs to follow a Wall Street model to succeed says commodities expert

Several states have the legalization of marijuana on the ballot this November. As it stands…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Finding Success Behind the Runway: Sequin City Founder Talks Sustaining His Business

How one man has overcome diversity challenges and changes in the market

Entrepreneur talks how he started his embroidery business and secrets to success in fashion retail…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Walmart 20/20 Vision Forum: Why You Need To Know Your Business Credit Score

You have a separate credit score from your personal one that impacts business

As an entrepreneur, you have a unique opportunity to build, maintain and acquire credit both…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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BE 100s: Past ‘Company of the Year’ Honoree Still Shines in 2014

A 2010 'Company of the Year,' Thompson Hospitality Services hits Dulles Airport

Thompson Hospitality Services opens its first restaurants in airports beginning with brb burger and American…

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6 Habits of Ineffective Entrepreneurs

Here’s the list of habits you don’t need if your goal is business success.

By Teri Harrison

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Black Enterprise and Walmart Host 20/20 Vision Forum

Experts share insights with minority entrepreneurs on forming profitable partnerships

On Oct. 1, Black Enterprise and Walmart hosted a forum on supplier diversity in Atlanta.

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Entrepreneurship Labs Flourish on College Campuses

NYU opens ELab to offer hands-on experience and capital access

More and more students have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship on campus through co-working spaces…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Toyota Awards $25,000 to Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team

Nonprofit empowering girls honored at Oprah’s "Live The Life You Want" tour

Oprah Winfrey, along with Paralympic skier Amy Purdy, presented CSS with a $25,000 donation on…

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SBA To Increase Investment Capital to Minority Businesses

Agency expands SBIC Impact Investment Fund

The SBA is implementing a series of policy changes that promise to broaden access to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Tips for Purchasing a Franchise Business

Don’t rely only on brand name recognition, here’s what you need to know to before you buy

Use this strategy when considering a franchise.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Professional Turned Termination Into Entrepreneurial Adventure

Cherae Robinson, winner of She Leads Africa pitch competition details success

Cherae Robinson, winner of $10,000 She Leads Africa Business Pitch Competition, talks turning passion into…

By Kandia Johnson

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Tips for Expanding Your Business in Another City

Do’s and don’ts to help set up shop in new locations

Branching out geographically is a way to grow a business. But small business owners who…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Business of Beauty: How One Blogger Found Her Niche in the Natural Hair Community

At 26 years old, Gabrielle Allen has taken the natural haircare community by storm and…

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Group Matches LGBT Startups With Angel Investors

StartOut helps entrepreneurs pitch angels and corporate buyers to grow their businesses

Entrepreneurs in the LGBT community seeking investment dollars to start or grow their businesses can…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Savvy Tips For YouTube Marketing

This strategy will help you leverage the popular platform for branding success

Learn how to use the power of video to catapult your brand on popular platform…

By Teri Harrison

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4 Ways Search Engines Help Small Businesses

Appearing in local search results can affect sales and business growth

Knowing how search engines rank your business is key in driving growth and expanding exposure.

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‘Scandal’ Lesson: What Side Hustles and Relationships Have In Common

As Olivia Pope makes her TV return, tap into how extra obligations may not be ideal

Here are four issues that prevent side hustles from becoming primary ventures.

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Spelman College and Myavana Host Seminar on Hair, Health, Tech, and Entrepreneurship

Spelman College and Myavana have partnered with haircare brands Jane Carter Solution, DooBop and Frizzari…

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How Much Should You Pay Yourself As A Small Business Owner?

Here are some tips on how to put yourself on payroll

Being your own boss also means knowing how to put yourself on payroll.

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Brian Benjamin: Doing Business in Black Communities for the Benefit of Black People

'Knowing that I am playing a role in creating quality affordable housing for residents is a great feeling'

Brian Benjamin of Genesis Companies enjoys doing Business in black Communities for the benefit of…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Purchase Black Wins Black MBA’s Innovation Whiteboard Challenge

Brian Williams' eCommerce site grabs 1st place and a $10,000 cash prize

PurchaseBlack.com founder Brian Williams grabs 1st place and $10,000 cash prize at Black MBA’s annual…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Don’t Get It Twisted: 12-Year-Old CEO Building Bow-Tie Business Empire

Reigning Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year Moziah Bridges markets line of handcrafted bow ties sewn from scratch

Reigning Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year Moziah Bridges markets line of handcrafted bow ties…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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10 Ways To Use Competitors To Your Advantage

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success. Here’s how.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Power of Passion: Carol’s Daughter Founder Shares Keys to Business Success

Lisa Price, a featured speaker at the National Black MBA conference in Atlanta, shares tips and advice

Lisa Price, a featured speaker at the National Black MBA Association Inc.’s conference and expo,…

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Study: Small Business Owners Optimistic And Thriving

Millennial entrepreneurs view networking and working as one and the same

Small business owners are optimistic about the coming year, according to a new study released…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top 10 Cities That Sell Internationally

PayPal’s Engage LA small business tour focuses on global opportunities

PayPal hosted Engage Los Angeles, the latest stop on the company’s Engage tour. PayPal was…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Savvy Tips for Hiring a Winning Team

Entrepreneurs, this strategy will ensure you have the right people working for you

Finding and keeping great talent at your company can be a challenge, but here’s a…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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3 Excuses That Keep You From Entrepreneurship

Stop making excuses to start living your dream

Don’t let fear or excuses keep you from following your dream of starting your business.…

By Patrice C. Washington

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Walmart + Black Enterprise: A Can’t-Miss Forum On Supplier Diversity In The 21st Century

Event explores how entrepreneurs can prepare their ventures for that first big break

Black Enterprise and Walmart present the 20/20 Vision Forum which explores how entrepreneurs can prepare…

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Women of Power: 10 Entrepreneurs at the Top of Their Game

These female bosses are calling the shots and winning big

With research showing women as the leading forces in entrepreneurship, we rounded up a list…

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Timeshare Nightmare: Waking Up & Walking Out Can Be Just A Pipe Dream

A valid, binding contract almost impossible to get out of

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On a vacation in Mexico six years ago, Jessica Martinez and her husband took…

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Entrepreneurs: 5 Easy Steps to Build Funding Strategy

How to prepare yourself for potential investors and lendors

Here are five strategic steps to help you fund your business and get to the…

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Building Business Muscles: 7 Steps to Maintain a Healthy Enterprise

If you're not taking time daily to 'work out' your business activity, then your business health may suffer

Whether a “solopreneur” or a corporate exec, if you’re not taking time to “work out”…

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The Core Venture Studio Shakes Up South With Tech, Media, and Entertainment Fund

Early-stage fund, The Core Venture Studio in Atlanta, aims at tech, media, entertainment. Check out…

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Entrepreneurs, Here’s How You Face Up To Your Fear Of Failure

You need to be fearless when it comes to pitching your business

As an entrepreneur you need to be fearless when it comes to pitching your business.…

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Warning Signs: What Your Business Could Be Telling You

Don’t choose to ignore the red flags which could interfere with your green cash. Sharpen…

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6 Building Blocks To Birthing A New Business

Now is the time to push your entrepreneurship dreams into realm of reality

Use this strategy to take your dreams of entrepreneurship and turn them into a successful…

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How Nonprofits Navigate the Emerging Legal Marijuana Market

Dr. Lakisha Jenkins talks navigating challenges in an unregulated arena

Kiona Farm’acy’s Dr. Lakisha Jenkins talks navigating challenges in the unregulated marijuana market.

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The Progress Cha Cha: How Achievements—and Setbacks—Lead to Business Success

It is the reality of achievement that there be forward as well as backward movement

In terms of business, like the popular dance, the Progress Cha Cha seems to have…

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‘BusinessFAB’? If So, This Women’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Conference Is For You

Agenda includes top-notch speakers and panelists who are leaders in business

The BusinessFAB Women’s Entrepreneurship + Leadership Conference will make its debut at the luxurious Salamander…

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Robin Roberts Launches Production Company

Rock'n Robin Productions produced the latest espnW.com show “In the Game"

Morning personality, Robin Roberts of the Good Morning America TV show, has launched her own…

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4 Ways To Secure Funding For Your Startup

There's money out there if you know where and how to look for it

Check out this strategy to help you raise capital for your startup.

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E-Commerce Businesses: Sales Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

E-commerce entrepreneurs: Here are four mistakes to steer clear from

E-commerce entrepreneurs, use this innovative strategy and avoid common mistakes that could cost you clients,…

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$85 Million Raised: How One Hotel Project Saw Crowdfunding Success

New York real estate firm’s outreach to group of smaller investors pays off

A real estate investment firm closed its purchase of a 15-story brick building that will…

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Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for Online Business Certificate

Registration is open; Classes begin Oct. 2

Regent University and Daymond John team up to offer online business course.

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Gym Membership Boom: Athlete Zelly Wesson Capitalizes with Franchising

Basketball player to open second Workout Anytime location

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Health and fitness clubs have grown over the past five years to become…

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4 Secrets For Getting Media Coverage for Your Business

Try this strategy to get the publicity your enterprise deserves

This strategy will help your business get the media coverage you deserve and make publicity…

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How One Contruction Entrepreneur Is Helping Put Detroit Back to Work

Marcus Jones details journey to founding Detroit Training Center

The Detroit Training Center educates unskilled residents for job opportunities during the revitalization of the…

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

3 Characteristics of Game Changing Entrepreneurs

These traits make them stand out above the rest

Learn which key attributes can help entrepreneurs outsmart competitors.

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New ‘Green Rush’ As Angel Investors Feverishly Back Marijuana Startups

The wealthy are high on opportunities in blossoming industry

It appears that cannabis is the next great American frontier—the “green rush”—and Wealthy investors are…

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YouTube Star Spotlight: How MahoganyCurls Tutorials Are Blowing Up Natural Hair

Blogger educates subscribers, followers on natural hair one strand at a time

How Jessica Lewis, a stay-at-home mom utilized Internet marketing and social media to launch a…

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Coolest Cooler Raises Over $11 Million, New Kickstarter Record

After a first failed attempt, latest campaign for the high tech cooler is hot

The Coolest Cooler is the new record holder with more than 52,000 Kickstarter backers pledging…

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Open Call For Companies Seeking $1.2 Million Or less In Capital

The 2014 Angle Venture Forum D.C. seeks startups to pitch their ideas

The deadline for well-prepared entrepreneurs seeking up to $1.2M in capital to apply to the…

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Top Reasons Why Small Business Owners Should Collect User Data

Just how well do you know your customers?

User data is very important especially for a small business owner. Here’s why.

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Labor of Love: Teia Harris Explains Her Love for Publicity

Teia Harris, founder of the PR firm Love Publicity making a name for herself nationwide…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Truck Dealer Stephen W. Neal

More on entrepreneurs, strategies, and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: K. Neal International Trucking CEO Stephen W. Neal,…

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Thinking Inside The Box: 6 Steps to Your Own Subscription Box Company

Whatever your fancy, there's a box out there to tickle it

Whatever your fancy, there’s a box out there to tickle it. Here’s how to start…

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

3 Tips For Meeting Great Investors

Plus another 5 tips for the worst method you can use--the cold call email

In choosing an investor, it’s critical you are able to seek out the right partners.…

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How I’m Building My Tech Startup

Chanel Martin of Techturized Inc. talks behind-the-scenes triumphs and challenges

Cofounder Chanel Martin explains how she is building her tech startup Techturized Inc.

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Ready, Set, No: The #1 Reason You Should Not Launch Your Business

Budding entrepreneurs, don’t get distracted by the hype

Budding entrepreneurs, don’t get distracted by the hype. Starting a business requires research and market…

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8 Tips For Building A Successful Business Blog

A well-written blog can be an essential component in your company's marketing arsenal

Having a great Web platform for promoting yourself and your business is key as an…

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This Entrepreneurial Inventor Raised Nearly $1 Million On Kickstarter

Check out six fastest campaigns to raise hefty funds in under 24 hours

These crowdfunding campaigns have been able to raise a million within 24 hours.

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Wells Fargo Launches Startup Accelerator

Bank will provide mentoring and give $50,000 to $500,000 to participants

Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is offering funds and mentoring for entrepreneurs. Find out more.

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Student-Run Fund Invests In Student Startups

Dorm Room Fund has half a million dollars committed to helping students launch companies

First Round Capital’s student operated Dorm Room Fund recently invested $20,000 in Prayas Analytics, the…

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Square To Give More Money To Small Businesses

Square Capital secures outside investment for its cash advance program

Square, PayPal, and Kabbage are among the major online payment services that provide micro loans…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Trillion Communication CEO Ralph E. Brown

More on entrepreneurs, strategies, and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Trillion Communications CEO Ralph E. Brown, tutoring company…

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When it comes to vacation nothing beats a beach. While the coastal states offer a few viable options, there’s nothing like the pristine waters surrounding a tropical island. If you haven’t mapped out your summer travel location just yet, we’ve compiled five of the best island destinations to get you motivated. — Andrea Adams, Travelista TV

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Infographic: Running A Small Business Is No Vacation

Study finds taking time off is a struggle for most entrepreneurs

OnDeck, a small business lender, released a report that found that most entrepreneurs are time-strapped…

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Franchise Profile: Sean and Shannon Verdun Become A Small Business Success Story

'We took a leap of faith and made an informed, educated decision'

Colbert-Ball is one of just a handful of black-owned successful franchise concepts. A entrepreneurial couple…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Award-Winning Event Planner Tells How To Execute Events Abroad

Cheryl Gentry details global expansion and preparedness for international clientele

Cheryl Gentry, president of Glow Media details strategy for global events and her favorite apps…

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4 Ways To Create A Successful Startup

Here's how you can make sure your business idea is profitable

This strategy will help any budding entrepreneur take the leap and do it successfully.

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Philadelphia Entrepreneur Launches Small Business Development Corporation

Nonprofit aims to provide micro financing and business training

Entrepreneur Markeeta Stokes is launching the Philadelphia African American Services for Entrepreneurs (P.H.A.S.E.) One, a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Brand Licensing: What Small Businesses Can Learn from Kim Kardashian

Five important facts about trademarks and licensing:

You can learn a lot from Kim Kardashian’s trademark licensing game. She got almost $90…

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10 Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

Here's how entrepreneurs can win with social media

How can LinkedIn actually help the business grow and generate revenue? Here’s how.

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Tax Tip Sheet For Small Business Owners

What you need to know to keep your money

Check out these tax tips for entrepreneurs and get ahead of the game next year.

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Social Entrepreneur Scores Big Globally With the Soccket

Jessica Matthews talks using technology to empower African youth

Social entrepreneur Jessica Matthews is using technology to empower youth in Africa, and you can…

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Business of Beauty: How One Makeup Artist is Expanding Her Brand

Joi Mebane has found dynamic ways to extend and monetize her passions

Entrepreneur Joi Mebane shares how she got her start in the beauty industry and her…

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How To Use Technology to Find Jobs In Hollywood

Video interviewing strategy that wins

Celebrity-focused staffing agency implements video interviewing for personal assistants.

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3 Things You Need To Know About Employee Background Checks

When hiring new employees, it's better to be safe than sorry

More and more businesses are using background checks during the hiring process to help ensure…

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Ex-NFL Player Tim Biakabatuka Expands Bojangles Franchise Operations

Opens fourth restaurant in northeast Georgia

Tim Biakabatuka, a former running back for the University of Michigan and Carolina Panthers, entered…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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NYC Comptroller Advocating for More Women, Minorities In America’s Boardrooms

Scott M. Stringer: Diversity is 'an essential element to robust decision making'

Ending “male, pale and stale”: NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer talks importance of true diversity…

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(Exclusive) Spotlight On Africa: How African American Entrepreneurs Can Engage (Part 2)

Valerie Jarrett and African leaders weigh in on millennials investing in Africa

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The U.S.-Africa Summit, the largest ever contingent of African heads-of-State assembled in Washington, D.C., wrapped…

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Titan Of Trade: Tony Elumelu’s Drive to Empower Africa and Minority Entrepreneurs

Billionaire to launch $100 million program for African & African-American entrepreneurs

African billionaire Tony Elumelu to launch $100 million program for African and African-American entrepreneurs. Here’s…

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Power Thinking: 3 Mindshifting Techniques for Radical Entrepreneurs

Business owners come a dime a dozen. Everywhere you look; someone you know is selling…

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[WATCH LIVE] Women of Power Summit Events Streaming Video March 3

You can catch top moments from the Women of Power Summit via Black Enterprise’s live…

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Black Enterprise Launches New Events App for Women of Power Summit

Hosted by State Farm, Black Enterprise live streams highlights of its Women of Power Summit…

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