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Fashion and Finance: Tory Burch and Bank of America Team Up

The designer wants to lend a helping hand to new female entrepreneurs

Billionaire fashion designer Tory Burch, through the Tory Burch Foundation, has partnered with Bank of…

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6 Tips to Launch a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Strategy to get alternate sources of capital

Check out this strategy to get alternate sources of capital

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5 Common Mistakes Young Entreprenuers Make And How To Avoid Them

Here’s what you can learn from other entrepreneurs’ rookie missteps

These are common mistakes and here’s how to avoid them.

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NAACP Partners With Dunkin’ Donuts

New initiative to increase the number of African-American owned franchise

Franchising continues to be an integral part of the American economy with more people of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Spotlight: New Startup Promising to ‘Change Lives’ in Men’s Skincare

Houston-based Shavewise adds new ammunition in battle to end rampant skin problem

Houston-based Shavewise is a new startup promising instant results for people with razor bumps.

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Entrepreneur Unites Passion for Food and Marketing with Caribbean Cuisine Business

'You have to build your team, relinquish some control and enlist others to help you'

Annette Davidson runs Icon Food Marketing, a boutique food marketing company that specializes in bringing…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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4 Important Tips For Landing A Major Client

Competition is fierce but here’s how you can hold your own and win

Use this strategy when you want to upgrade your business clientele.

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Young Entrepreneur Uses Soap Business to Help the Homeless

Donovan Smith, 11, donates 20% of sales to Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico

Donovan Smith, 11, of Albuquerque, NM, is using proceeds from his bath product business to…

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Hotel Industry Offers Opportunities For Black Small Businesses

Performance outlook for the lodging is positive, with rising demand

The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers recently announced plans to boost…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Startup Advice: 3 Easy Ways to Get Customers Now

Use these simple and tested techniques to grow your new business

How to use simple and tested techniques to grow your new business.

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The Green Goldmine of the Legal Marijuana Industry

House Votes for Banking Access to Legal Marijuana Businesses

Latest amendment provides banking support for marijuana industry

The House of Representatives votes for banks to offer traditional banking services to legal marijuana…

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Real Talk on Accelerators: One Woman’s Small Business Journey with Google

Anie Akpe, publisher of Innov8tiv.com, details tangible pros and cons

Anie Akpe, publisher of Innov8tiv.com, details her journey participating in Google’s accelerator program.

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Your stroke is just as important as the golf course you’re putting on. And for many novice and more seasoned players who want to get a hole in one, ambiance is everything. Golf is what draws golfers to the crème de la crème in courses stateside and abroad, but when they want to organize a family staycation, a getaway for two or fun business outing, it’s something a little more like the spa services or exclusive perks for being a luxury car driver that seal the deal. BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s top golf resorts. See if your favorite made the list!

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Golf 102: Playing by the Rules to Defy Business Odds on the Green

Instructor, Blogger explain the opportunities available to women who golf

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The countdown continues to the Black Enterprise…

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Adenah Bayoh: Developing Properties and Operating Restaurants Locally

'I saw urban redevelopment as a vehicle to assist in economic revitalization of my community'

Adenah Bayoh, a real estate and restaurant entrepreneur, talks revitalizing her local community through franchising…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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13 Facets of An Effective Business Partnership

Shared vision, complementary skills, honesty, and much more make it work

BlackEnterprise.com polled members of the Young Entrepreneur Council to find out the one thing you…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Kim Kardashian New Video Game On Track To Net $200 Million

Kardashian empire expansion beyond clothing, jewelery and cosmetics pays off big

The millions continue to rain down for Kim Kardashian.
The reality star’s golden touch now includes…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Cosmetics Maven Vera Moore

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

On “The Urban Business Roundtable,” UBR Contributor Dwaynes Betts speaks with cosmetics maven Vera Moore,…

By Pepper Miller

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Women Winning: Study Finds Female Entrepreneurs Optimistic and Growing

Bank study breaks down what makes entrepreneurs tick

Bank study breaks down what makes entrepreneurs tick and finds that women entrepreneurs optimistic and…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Filing Funds: How Taxes Affect Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns

Funds raised for social campaigns may not be subject to taxes

If you’re a nonprofit raising funds via crowdfunding, you’ll want to know this vital information…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Characteristics Of Successful Entrepreneurs

If you possess these traits you will have a better chance of long-term success

These traits lead to winning results for small business owners.

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Golf 101: Rules of Engagement For Making Money On the Green

Instructor and blogger give tips on mixing business with the game

Golf instructor and blogger give tips on doing business on the green and maximizing opportunities…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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EXCLUSIVE: Rick Ross Talks Empire Building & Rebranding

Rapper and entrepreneur opens up about franchising, conquering the business world

Rapper and entrepreneur Rick Ross opens up on conquering business world.

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Oprah’s Network Special Spotlights Black Food Truck Owners

TV show Wingmen follows 2 Fat 2 Fly mobile chicken wing business

OWN’s “Wingmen” features Columbia, South Carolina best friends Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons as they…

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$52 Billion At Stake: Loan Declines for Small Businesses Hindering Advancement

Trade group pushes Congress to unblock capital flow

Trade group finds “it’s a failure to deliver an estimated $44 billion to $52 billion…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Smart Knowledge Sets Every Successful Entrepreneur Should Master

5 CPAs show small business owners how to prosper

Find out what it takes to expand your small business with these tips from five…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The 3D printing revolution has ushered in a new era of customization. Human bones, fuel-efficient car parts, and even burritos now take only a few hours to produce through this innovative printing process. As you read this, engineers are using 3D printing technology to experiment with commercial airplane design, doctors are whizzing out organs, and NASA is testing 3D printers that are destined to land on Mars.

With technology constantly evolving, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 6 noteworthy moments in 3D printing history. –Semhar Woldeyesus

3D Printing: Is Now the Time for Black Entrepreneurs to Adapt?

New technology won't print you money, but it will save it

Sure, 3D printers won’t print you money, but if you are a small business owner,…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Google Offers Small Business Owners Free Cloud Storage For A Year

Google enters cloud storage provider war, offers biz owners free space

Google is taking the fight for cloud-computing services in the small business market to the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Business of Beauty: Entrepreneur Talks Expanding Brand From YouTube

Rochelle Graham, founder of Alikay Naturals, details journey to upstart success

Rochelle Graham shares how she went from YouTube personality to founder and CEO of Alikay…

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Micro Loan Programs Helping Black Female Entrepreneurs Succeed

Small Business University winner Evelyn Haye taps local resources

Evelyn Hayes is the grand prize winner of the Black Enterprise Small Business University (SBU)…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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New Online Tool For Entrepreneurs With Limited Marketing Resources

Localist integrates social media with calendar and events Web content

Localist, an interactive online calendaring platform, recently launched its ‘Localist Simple’ plan geared toward entrepreneurs…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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LeBron James to Open Pizza Restaurants in South Florida

NBA superstar enters new business venture

NBA superstar LeBron James teamed with a group of investors to open 10 Blaze Pizza…

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Fashion on Wheels: Entrepreneur Talks Owning D.C.’s First Plus Size Fashion Truck

Donna Hundley talks curvy girl fashion, entrepreneurship challenges, and future business plans

D.C.’s first plus size fashion truck owner talks the challenges of running a small business…

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘TK In The AM’

If you're unfamiliar with the popular radio veteran, get hip now

Tasty Keish, a popular radio veteran, is a force you should know as ‘TK in…

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Survey: Advertisers Prefer Twitter Over Facebook

Brands to increase social media spend as part of overall marketing budget

According to Ad Age, marketers reported spending slightly more on digital and social media, but…

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10 Best Places For Young Entrepreneurs To Find Mentors

A mentor can help you avoid making crucial early business mistakes

Check out the best places for young entrepreneurs to find mentors to guide them to…

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Study: Women Are More Optimistic About Economy Than Men

Female entrepreneurs also use social media more to connect with customers

In a study done by American Express, women are more likely to be optimistic about…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Top 5 Highest Banking Crowdfunding Campaigns

LeVar Burton’s 'Reading Rainbow' and Veronica Mars projects make list

LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow among the highest-funded Kickstarter campaigns at more than $5 million in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Money-Making Networking Moves For Entrepreneurs

Upgrade your net worth with this strategy

If you’re a small business owner, this networking strategy is tailored for you.

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Need a Family Loan? Here’s the Right Way to Get It

New service helps simplify personal loan request process

With many startups relying on loans from family and friends, a new service helps simplify…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Uber Lowers Prices to Compete with NYC Taxis

Fares are now cheaper for customers of popular transport company

The mobile car service app, Uber, has lowered its prices to offer car rides cheaper…

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Business on the Go: 5 Great Apps for Savvy Entrepreneurs

These tools will help you save time---and money

Who knew the cell phone would end up being one of the most innovative forms…

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

5 Ways To Fund Your Startup Without Investors

With bank financing harder to come by, here are vital alternatives

What’s the alternative outside of self-financing? Here are five ways to fund your startup from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA to Provide $1.5 Million In Small Business Grants

Funding set to help disadvantaged businesses in 8(a) development program

The SBA expects to award six to 10 grants in the range of $150,000 to…

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How Going Green Made This Developer A lot of Green

Why Cedric Franklin built a market leader by developing eco-friendly properties

Harley Stanfield’s projects go beyond real estate and include recycling plants in the Seattle and…

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EY seeks exceptional women entrepreneurs for its 2014 Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program

Essence Festival To Focus On Capital Access For Female Entrepreneurs

Women will compete for $25,000 and exposure to investor network

In an effort led by the National Women’s Business Council, female business owners will compete…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Productivity: American Businesses Take Million-Dollar Losses in World Cup Fever

Embracing sporting events during work hours may be a bad idea

Yahoo Finance reports that the World Cup has cost American businesses $682 million in labor…

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BE 100s: Nation’s Most Successful Black-Owned Businesses

Check out the full list for the best of the best in auto, financial services and more

Black Enterprise ranks the most successful black-owned businesses via its 42nd annual BE 100s list.…

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Cameroon World Cup Match-Fixing Scandal Heats Up

African nation investigating its own World Cup team for alleged match-fixing

Cameroon’s Soccer Federation is investigating its own World Cup team as allegations of match fixing…

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Harlem Hot Spot: One Entrepreneur’s Story of Passion, Longevity and Diversity

Cove Lounge's Alyah Horsford-Sidberry talks passion for entrepreneurship and power of location

Harlem entrepreneur Alyah Horsford-Sidberry talks longevity in hot location and why she’s passionate about her…

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BE 100s: 5 Tips On How To Position Your Business

Holland Capital's Monica L. Walker is delivering top financial performance in a male-dominated industry

Holland Capital offers 100% equity portfolio management, mainly to institutional investors, with $4.9 billion in…

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Small Business Employment Continues Improvement

Firms add 20,000 jobs in June

Small businesses added 20,000 jobs added for the month of June, according Intuit Inc. Small…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Transcultural Marketing Mogul Steve Stoute

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Translation Founder and CEO Steve Stoute; Amazing Taste…

By Pepper Miller

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3 Common Startup Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

Failure can help build a better business

Even the greatest fail along the way to success. Find out how to rebound successfully…

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Record Independence Day Travel Has Downside For Small Businesses

High gas prices could limit spending for Independence Day travelers

Will high cost of gas ruin your holiday weekend profits as an entrepreneur?

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Now more than ever, the business of fashion and sports seem to be colliding with NBA players turning post-game press conferences, draft day events and locker room arrivals into their own personal fashion shows, and trust the CEO's of the style industry are paying close attention. From being invited to some of fashion week's most exclusive shows, to teaming up with designers to expand their brand and launch their own line, we've rounded up some of today's biggest NBA players whose fashion moves are making just as much noise as their on court game skills. (Image: Instagram)

8 NBA Players Who Turned Fashion Sense Into Business Smarts

Top basketball stars who combine the businesses of sports and fashion

With more NBA players turning into style stars, we’ve rounded up a list of NBA…

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Black Enterprise Publishes Rankings Of Nation’s Largest Black-Owned Businesses

42nd Annual B.E. 100s Report On Top Industrial/Service Companies, Auto Dealerships, Financial Companies and Ad Agencies

The 42nd Annual Black Enterprise 100s report on top Industrial/Service Companies, Auto Dealerships, Financial Companies…

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7 Expert Tips to Raise Startup Funds

Try these proven tips from entrepreneurs

Seven successful entrepreneurs offer advice on raising capital for your startup.

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Supreme Court: Employers Can Refuse Contraceptive Coverage

Corporations can hold religious objections to birth control

New ruling by highest U.S. court says employers can refuse healthcare coverage of contraceptives.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Franchise Spotlight: BonChon Chicken Prepares Taste Assault

Is there a market for Korean-style fried chicken in our neighborhoods?

BonChon Chicken dishes impressive helpings at International Franchise Expo in New York City.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Franchise Spotlight: Amada Senior Care Embraces ‘Silver Tsunami’

Graying of America becoming a booming business for the enterprising

In this franchise spotlight, Amanda Senior Care talks ‘silver tsunami’ and why providing elderly home…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Closet Entrepreneurs: 9 Celebrities and Their Side Hustles

Their entrepreneurial spirit took them beyond cameras and into business worlds

Celebrities’ entrepreneurial spirit took them beyond the cameras and into business worlds.

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Winning Team: 5 Essential Professionals for Start-Up Success

These key talented individuals will ensure your business growth

Learn how to create your own business dream team.

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Entrepreneur Describes Risks, ‘Antics’ Of Some Franchisors

Franchise vet talks lessons learned from bad experiences

At the International Franchise Expo, one entrepreneur who’s a vet in franchising talks business lessons…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Walmart Establishes New Way to Find Women Entrepreneurs’ Products

Retail giant makes plans to add a distinct logo to ID female-made offerings

Walmart is making plans to add a new logo to their products that will let…

By Courtney Connley

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Redskins Trademark Stripped: What’s Next?

Is it open city for paraphernalia and sales?

Can trademarks ruling protect Redskins merchandise from counterfeiters?

By Richard Spiropoulos

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BE 100s: Nation’s Top Black-Owned Businesses By the Numbers

Take a look at the top black-owned industrial/service and auto businesses

Black Enterprise breakdown by the numbers of the nation’s top black-owned auto and industrial/service companies.

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Harvard Business Review Argues Female Entrepreneurship Isn’t Always Good

Compares the inequalities in corporate America with the risk of starting your own business

Harvard Business Review is arguing that the increase in women-owned businesses isn’t necessarily a good…

By Courtney Connley

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BE 100s: 6 Success Strategies for Beating the Competition

Industry leader and ChemicoMays CEO Leon Richardson shares path to growth

Find out how you can grow your small business from industry leader and BE 100s…

By Alan Hughes

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Winning Results: Restauranteur Went From Pizza Joint to Expanded Franchise

FUEL Pizza founder talks winning strategy at International Franchise Expo

FUEL pizza owner explains why his pizza spot does so well in urban communities and…

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Scale is King: Top Lessons From Nation’s Largest Black Businesses

How CEOs of Black Enterprise's BE 100s have remodeled firms for expansion

What will boost your business’ bottom line? Learn from the top black-owned businesses in the…

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Boss Basketball Wives: Free Agency & Their Brands

Happy wife, happy life mentality huge factor in decision

With Lebron’s recent announcement as a free agent, questions arise of the leagues’ top players…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Top 21 Worst States for Minority-Owned Businesses

Iowa comes in as the worst state for minority entrepreneurs

Data from the SBA’s Office of Advocacy and Bloomberg Businessweek show the worst states offering…

By Courtney Connley

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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.

By Courtney Connley

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Washington D.C. Council Approves ‘Yoga Tax’

Getting your bikram on will now cost you if you're a business

If you enjoy your bikram yoga in Washington D.C., be prepared to fork out money…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Tech Disruptors for Good: Goodie Hack Aims to Transform Communities Worldwide

Entrepreneurs, designers, developers and marketers, gather to help local organizations

Atlanta-based social good hackathon provides support to local organizations and breeds a new wave of…

By Candace Mitchell

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Small Biz Spotlight: Google Gets Into Domain Name Game

Search engine giant taking on GoDaddy and other Web-hosting companies

Google, which has launched Google Domains, says 55% of small businesses still don’t have their…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How Your Personal Credit Score Affects Small Business Lending

Alternative solutions for getting a loan or line of credit

Unlike the CEOs of major public companies, whose personal financial situation has little effect on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Ways To Land A Partnership With A Major Corporation

The right deal could jettison your company

Try this strategy to get partnerships for your business and boost success.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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White House: 9 Critical Facts About American Families And Work

To increase economic growth bring more men, women into labor force

A new report by the president’s council of economic advisers lays out nine critical facts…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Are You Contemplating Franchising?

Industry senior vice president discusses challenges, gives tips for success

Industry’s top official gives the low-down on breaking into franchising.

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Original Soupman launches soup truck franchise concept

Franchise Spotlight: Shaq, Mr. October Endorse Original SoupMan Food truck

Seven reasons the food truck franchise concept has potential

Seven reasons the food truck franchise concept has potential.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Franchise Spotlight: Is “Fastsigns” Banner Year A Sign Of The Times?

Six reasons franchise concept has successful proven track record

Six reasons the franchise concept has successful proven track record.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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African American Festival: Young Military Serviceman Wins Elevator Pitch Contest

Anthony Dale, founder of Social Impact Collective, comes out the victor

At the Baltimore African American Festival, entrepreneurs participated in elevator pitch contest, with judges including…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Everything is big in Texas, including spending. Austin locals record an average monthly spending of $213 on clothes, shoes and other fashion-related wear.

Report: Black Business Owners in Texas Face Challenges

Business report shows significant barriers to growth and profitability

Business report shows significant barriers to growth and profitability for Texas small business owners.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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New Study: Banks Making It Easier for Small Businesses to Get Loans

Banks lending more loans with lower interest rates

With most small businesses being healthier than they were during the recession, banks are making…

By Courtney Connley

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Dame Dash and Cam’ron to Open New Restaurant in New York

Harlem entrepreneurs collaborate on venture

Dame Dash took to his Instagram to reveal details of the new restaurant that he…

By Courtney Connley

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2014 International Franchise Expo Kicks Off In NYC

Host of three-day event says, this year, it may be the biggest franchise expo in the world.

Host of three-day event says, this year, it may be the biggest franchise expo in…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Twitter Now Supports GIFs

Moving images tool enhances marketability for brands and consumers

Check out five ways companies can use a valuable tool and resource to market products…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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International Franchise Expo Coming to New York

Pango Financial offering alternative funding product for would-be entrepreneurs

Prospective franchisees will visit New York City’s Javits Center June 19-21 for the International Franchise…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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PayPal Launches PassPort Website to Help Small Businesses

PayPal's latest website helps small businesses go global

Paypal launches their PassPort website to help small businesses increase their global sales

By Courtney Connley

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Where Marijuana is Legal, Dealers prepare to battle Corporate Cannabis

From Budtender To Business Owner: Bringing Black Entrepreneurs Into Emerging Marijuana Market

Ways African Americans can enter and profit

Take a look at ways black entrepreneurs can enter and profit in emerging legal marijuana…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Forrest Tuff, One Vision Productions

The Atlanta filmmaker follows a purpose-driven business strategy

Producing films of impact is nothing short of a day’s work for One Vision Productions…

By Timothy P. Tukes

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Selling Your Small Business? Here’s What You Need To Know

Seven recommendations to make sure you don't get low-balled

After all the work, time, and energy you put into growing your small business, getting…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Pan-African VOD Startup Buys Rights To ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’

Pana TV secures rights to Nigeria's biggest movie, plans major marketing blitz for summer

Pana TV buys secures exclusive rights to stream Half of a Yellow Sun

Pana Television, a…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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SBA to Update Small Business Size Limits for Nearly 500 Industries

Thousands of large companies to become small businesses in July

The Small Business Administration has announced plans to expand the size standards for companies eligible…

By Courtney Connley

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The Green Goldmine of the Legal Marijuana Industry

African Americans “Deserve” To Cash In On Emerging Marijuana Boom

After decades of disproportionate targeting, blacks can't afford to be left out of emerging weed market

As marijuana legalization gains momentum and spreads across the country it’s time to take stock…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How Small Businesses Are Spending Their Money

Infographic showing how much and on what business owners are spending

The average monthly expense for small businesses is $2,245. Here are some other quick stats…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Know The Real Cost Of Asking For Money

Here are five common funding sources and their long-term implications

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. I mean that literally. If someone offers…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Teen Entrepreneur Chase Reed Opens Sneaker Pawn Shop

This 16-year-old created a business no one else thought to do

Teen entrepreneur Chase Reed has done what no other sneaker head or collector has thought…

By Kevin L. Clark

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The Race to ‘Power Africa’: Open Call For Major And Small U.S Business Owners To Get On Board

Power players assemble in NYC to bring electricity to the continent, network and make deals

Congressman calls for small business owners to invest in Africa
While on an official visit to…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Investing in Africa: Why Are Minority Business Owners Slow Rolling?

NY Congressman hosts Power Africa summit, offers reasons behind hesitation and solutions

Congressman Meeks wants minority business owners to invest in Africa
Economic experts agree Africa is the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Business Side of Black Beauty: Pageant Winners’ Success Stories

6 pageant winners dominating their respective fields after giving up the crown

The 63rd Miss USA contest wrapped June 8 at the Baton Rouge Civic Center in…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Grey’s Anatomy Actor & Starbucks Battle for Small Coffee Chain

Starbucks to Help Thousands of Workers Pay for College Education

Seattle-based coffee company agrees to help workers further their education

Starbucks is rolling out a new program in partnership with Arizona State University to help…

By Courtney Connley

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Maryland No. 1 State For Innovation And Entrepreneurship

Study reveals the nation’s most enterprising states

Maryland has retained top rankings in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s annual “Enterprising States”…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Easy Ways To Inspire New Business Ideas

Using social media to generate that next great business idea

Businesses use social media to increase visibility and awareness, raise their profile, promote a product…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Need To Raise Startup Capital: Tell A Great Story

Storytelling is a powerful tool for entrepreneurs that needs to inform and inspire investors

Gerard Murphy is the co-founder / CEO of Mosaic, which helps photographers protect, organize, share and preserve…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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2014 America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act Sails Through House

New tax provision will help small business streamline records, purchase equipment

The National Federation of Independent Business is giving two thumbs up after the House of…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Home Care for Seniors Presents Hot Franchise Opportunities

Here are four successful brands servicing America's aging population

Senior population continues to grow and the desire to stay at home continues to increase.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Eric Cantor’s Loss Improves Crowdfunding Outlook

Republican congressman's defeats affects crowdfunding in several ways

The election results from Eric Cantor’s district are welcome news for crowdfunding advocates. Cantor’s defeat…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Report: Paula Deen To Launch Online Subscription-Based Network

TV chef and entrepreneur continues on comeback trail after using N-Word

Don’t call it a comeback. Call it a recipe for damage control.
Through her new company,…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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“Google My Business” Launches For Small Biz Owners

Google unveils new tool to help small businesses connect with customers

Google My Business launches for small business owners

Google has launched a new marketing tool they…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Six Crowdfunding Sites Crucial For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Now that crowdfunding has gone mainstream which one should you use?

Now that crowdfunding has gone mainstream it could become the source of funding to define…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Here’s Your Chance To Win A $25,000 Marketing Makeover For Your Business

Grand prize includes display ads and search engine campaigns

Budding entrepreneurs could win a $25,000 makeover for your company, reports SmallBizTrends. Let’s say you’ve…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

Black and Latina women are overcoming significant obstacles to start their own businesses

Women of color are a principal force within the U.S. entrepreneurship community, according to a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA Will Speed Up Loan Application Process

SBA Administrator: Say goodbye to fax machines and mountains of paperwork

The Small Business Administration is streamlining its loan approval process for small business owners.
SBA Administrator…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Pitch Your Best Business Idea At The African American Festival

Post an Instagram video for a chance to pitch live, on-stage to judges, including Rodney Sampson of Shark Tank, and compete for prizes in Baltimore

Post an Instagram video of your business idea for a chance to pitch to judges…

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Small Business Owners: Stop Sleeping On Mobile App Advertising

5 reasons why the time is now to capitalize on this competitive advantage over big corps

In the world of advertising, the decks are stacked against the little guy. But there…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Online Fashionista Ella Gorgla

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

On the Urban Business Roundtable: Ella Gorgla of I-Ella.com; sales expert Michael L. Parker

By Pepper Miller

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The Green Goldmine of the Legal Marijuana Industry

Black America In New Legal Marijuana Industry

The Drug Policy Alliance's Sharda Sekaran talks about how white big business, not black businessmen, are cashing in on selling weed

Public opinion has taken a dramatic turn when it comes to marijuana prohibition.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top Seven Apps For Busy Moms & Dads To Help Run Their Small Business

Smartphone and tablet applications for small business owners that will do some of the heavy lifting

Running a small business today can be a herculean task for moms and moms-to-be trying…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

Young Entrepreneur Council Member Spotlight: Jürgen Himmelmann

Startup insight and advice from the co-founder of The Global Work & Travel Co.

After starting and experimenting with numerous small businesses while still in high school, Jürgen Himmelmann…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail

Here’s how you can keep your company from crashing and burning

For every founder that manages to bootstrap a startup, eight out of 10 will fail…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Optimism Highest Since 2007

Small Business sentiment rising but no cause yet for celebration

Numbers from a monthly industry survey find small business owners more optimistic about the economy.
The…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Great Ideas For Businesses On Wheels

Here are some creative concepts for aspiring mobile entrepreneurs from hair salons to fitness gyms

Mobile enterprises are gaining in popularity across the country. Entrepreneurs are turning to these businesses…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk: Are Business Plans Necessary?

Looking into whether business plans are really necessary for entrepreneurs launching a Start-Up

There are many conflicting reports on the importance of putting together a business plan when…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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A To Z: What You Must Have and Know To Get A Small Business Loan

Tips and Strategy on getting approved for a small business loan

If you’re looking to start a small business and you don’t have a trust fund,…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Home-Based Business Ideas

These types of businesses can grow and thrive in a home environment

It doesn’t matter if you’re hoping to kick-start a full-time business out of your home…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Naturalicious Takes Home $10,000 at Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Natural hair expert is reigning champion of the Elevator Pitch Contest

Gwen Jimmere, CEO of Naturalicious, is reigning champion of the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Contest…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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World of Business Ideas: ‘How Ideas For Tomorrow Will Impact Your Business Today’

Tips for Small Business Owners looking to embrace emerging technologies

The 2014 World of Business Ideas on innovation forum wrapped on June 5 inside the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Elevator Pitch Contest: Success Tips from a Winning Entrepreneur

Naturalicious' Gwen Jimmere shares strategy on marketing to get capital

Naturalicious CEO and founder, Gwen Jimmere, shares secrets on delivering a winning pitch at the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media

You Need A Social Media Manager On Your Team

There is added value in having a strategist and a communicator representing your company's brand

There are two job titles floating around the business world: social media manager and community…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Ways To Get Traffic To Your Website

Here are some proven methods to help draw customers and generate more business

Regardless if you have a storefront or not, your website is going to be your…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Designers Say Hoodie Is Badge of Honor for Techies, Symbols Criminal Intent For Minorities

Clothing representing Silicon Valley wealth doesn’t translate across races

Crewneck tees, Adidas sandals, and hoodies have become the startup uniform in Silicon Valley as…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Senate Explores Support For Veteran Entrepreneurs

Call for more training and resources for those returning from military service

The U.S. Senate is examining efforts to see that more veterans have a chance to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Word of Mouth Is Still How To Get Customers

Here’s how you can leverage what people are saying about your small business

Word of mouth is still the number one way to get customers. This is the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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9 Ideas For Improving Your Business This Summer

There’s one simple thing every startup founder should do this summer

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Report: Black and Hispanic Entrepreneurs Discriminated Against for Small Business Loans

Study follows experiences of businessmen seeking loans from same bank

Study that found discrimination followed experiences of white, black, Hispanic businessmen seeking loans from the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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White House Officials Host Business Leaders for Special Event on Working Fathers

To explore business case for generous workplace flexibility and paid parental leave

Leading up to a summit on working families, the White House is hosting a day…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Inspiring Books On Social Entrepreneurship

Best advice on navigating a growing business and following a mission to do well while doing good

As the founder of a social enterprise called LSTN Headphones, I often look to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Former Def Jam CEO Partners Go N’Syde Beverages With The 40/40 Clubs

Kevin Likes uses mobile augmented reality platform to push pop culture

Former CEO of Def Jam and Founder of KWL Enterprises, Kevin Liles has formed a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Harlem Haberdashery

Guy and Shay Wood have all the goods to stand out. We take a look at why they're small biz trendsetters.

You would never know from looking at it from the outside, but Harlem Haberdashery is…

By Kevin L. Clark

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6 Tips For Couples To Have A Successful Home-Based Business

Here’s how one husband and wife team have survived running a business together

According to the Small Business Administration, there are more than 28 million small businesses in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Massive Makeover at UniWorld: Changes Reposition Ad Agency for Digital Age

One of nation's leading multicultural advertising agencies takes bold steps into digital age, changes name, launches rebranding initiative

UniWorld Group Announces Rebrand
The longest standing black-owned agency and one of the nation’s leading multicultural…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Biggest Obstacle For Small Businesses Is Government Regulation

New survey shows confidence is key factor in business success

Government regulation is the biggest obstacle impacting their growth and success say one in three,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tips To Help Secure Funding For Your Startup

Learn seven secrets that they don’t teach in business school

Fundraising is arguably the most important issue for any entrepreneur. Without financial backing, even the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Biz Alert: Guarding Your Intellectual Property: Trademarks & Service Marks 101

Learning to pick the right trademark can make or break your business

Learning to pick the right trademark can make or break your business. Here’s how.

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President Obama cut in half patent fees for small businesses and entrepreneurs. For entrepreneurs working on new technologies, consumer products and other inventions, this is an automatic 50% savings. (Source: White House and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

Small Biz Alert! Protecting Intellectual Property: Patents 101

Tips on guarding your Intellectual Property and everything you wanted to know about Patents

3. Not fully appreciating the full financial value of its intellectual property. Often, people focused on…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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New Tool Helps Entrepreneurs Deepen Client and Customer Relationships

Take advantage of your LinkedIn connections using Grapevine6

In any type of business forming solid relationships with clients is key. Grapevine6 is a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs Are More Optimistic About U.S. Economy and Investing in Their Business in 2014

Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk- Is Entrepreneurship Best When Young?

What age group is really responsible for starting the most new businesses?

Entrepreneurship is a young man’s hustle. This is a notion that’s been held by many…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Why this Silicon Valley VC Avoids Gaming, Sports, Music

Bay Area investor fancies disruptive technologies in growth markets

An early investor in Zappos, an online shoe and clothing shop, he reaped the rewards…

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3 Ways to Empower Yourself Outside the Office

Author and clinical therapist Terrie Williams shares three tips on professional and personal empowerment.

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Pam Grier to be Honored at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Pam Grier to be honored with the Legacy Award at Black Enterprise’s 2015 Women of…

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