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Bridesmaid for Hire: Monetize Your Place at the Alter

Jen Glantz took her wedding party role and made it her business

Jen Glantz’s start-up, allows brides to hire her as a bridesmaid for wedding party needs.…

By Brittany Dandy

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Pitch Your Business To Investors At The Entrepreneurs Summit

Learn how to secure millions to jumpstart or grow your business

How can minority entrepreneurs improve their chances of tapping millions of equity investment?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black Women Owners Discuss How To Build A Million Dollar Business At The Entrepreneurs Summit

Lessons from the women of the BE 100s is the focus of this year's SisterInc panel

Entrepreneurs Summit showcases black women owning and operating billion and million dollar businesses.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Deliver an Effective Pitch to Get Investors

This strategy may mean the difference between getting capital or going home empty-handed

Learn what it takes to deliver a winning pitch with this step-by-step strategy, and boost…

By Chanel Martin

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: CHiCapital Founder Souny West Is Creating A Small Business Movement

A social platform built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs sharing first-hand advice

CHiC Capital is a social network of like-minded entrepreneurs sharing business information.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Collection Tips For Getting Paid Faster By Customers or Business Clients

Here’s how to improve earlier and more successful accounts receivables

Here’s how to begin your company’s collection efforts before the due date.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Young Professional is Creating a Network to Connect Female Entrepreneurs

Patrice Cameau creates a platform to help female CEOs thrive

Washington, DC publicist and communications consultant creates a platform to help female entrepreneurs thrive.

By Courtney Connley

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Teneshia Jackson Warner, founder, The Dream Project Symposium

Soledad O’Brien, Desiree Rogers and India Arie Set to Speak at Dream Project Symposium

Elevator pitch winner will get chance to present at Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit

Learn business insider tips from top industry professionals in business, media, music, and more at…

By Chanel Martin

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7 Overlooked Tax Deductions For Small And Home-Based Businesses

Last minute tax tips on filing an extension and often overlooked deductions

Here are some last minute tax tips on filing an extension and often overlooked deductions.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurship Success: What Is Your ‘Passion-to-Action’ Plan?

How to turn your business vision into reality and build a follow-through strategy

With a plan for action and a winning strategy, your business concept will not only…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Entrepreneurs Summit: 3 Funding Sources for Social Entrepreneurs

These organizations make changing the world a little easier

Social entrepreneurs can check out these resources to get their projects off the ground.

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Morgan Stanley Teams With Invest Detroit To Help Minority Entrepreneurs Get Venture Capital

PowerMoves NOLA introduces regional event to help rebuild Detroit community

Groups seeks to alleviate the access to capital gap in the current growth rate and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Network: Expand Your Circle with 5 Organizations for Entrepreneurs

Elevate your business with these networks

Get connected with these organizations for entrepreneurs.

By Essence Gant

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Silicon Valley Financial App Company Helps Support Minority Startups

Digit helps raise money for code scholarships and investment capital for minority students and entrepreneurs

Digit, a Silicon Valley venture backed financial technology company, helps raise money for minority students…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Calling All Entrepreneurs: Shark Tank Producers Heading To Morehouse College

Atlanta entrepreneurs and campus CEOs will vie for funds from angel investors

Shark Tank producers search for entrepreneurs through Morehouse College April 13.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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13 Things You Must Know Before Forming A Strategic Alliance

Two smaller companies coming together can increase clientele, market share and revenue

Forming strategic alliances or partnerships can help take your business to the next level.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Awesome Crowdfunding Sites for Entrepreneurs

These sources have raised millions for entrepreneurs across the globe

These crowdfunding sites are a viable option for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to fund their ideas.…

By Essence Gant

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Small Businesses Getting Loans From Big Banks In Record Numbers

Highest loan approval rate since the 2008 recession

Small business loans approved by big banks are at an all time high.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

Millennial Seeks To Boost Local Economy Through Blogging

Black bloggers to convene on nation’s capitol to explore business opportunities

DC conference shows bloggers how to make money and grow a business.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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PR-In-A-Box: Brand Your Way to Stardom with this Money-Saving DIY System

What can you do when you want to get to the next level? Find out here

Seasoned PR guru develops money-saving PR & marketing system designed with small business owners in…

By Gwen Jimmere

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4 Apps for Small Business Owners to Sell Their Products

Sellers can pocket more of their profits with these apps

These apps for small business owners put sellers in direct contact with the buyer.

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R. Donahue Peebles: College Isn’t the Only Way to Ensure Wealth

Though education is important, this multimillionaire proves there’s more than one path to success

Real estate titan and one of the wealthiest African Americans in the country R. Donahue…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Major Company Helps Minority Women Businesses Become Corporate Suppliers

Cintas Corporation hosts procurement networking and partnering event

Supplier diversity event joins minority women entrepreneurs and corporate procurement offices.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Awards Hall of Fame: 5 Winning Business Principles from Billionaire Techpreneur

How HopStop Chinedu Echeruo sold his company and made $1 billion

The techpreneur set out to bring products to market that solve problems and make a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Walmart Promotes Products from ‘Women Owned’ Businesses with Special Logo

This new logo makes it easier to shop women-owned businesses

Walmart makes supporting women entrepreneurs easier with a new logo.

By Essence Gant

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Local Entrepreneur Wants To Get DC Black Businesses On ABC Shark Tank

Phoebe Group conducts pitch competitions, watch parties, and Shark Tank themed workshops

Shark Tank producers tour major cities this spring and summer connecting to minority entrepreneurs.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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9 Steps To Secure A Corporate Sponsor For Your Next Company Event

Here's how entrepreneurs are getting big companies to support small local events

Here are nine tips to help you secure corporate sponsors for your next company event.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Star Awards: Delta Air Lines Honors Suppliers for Championing Diversity

Event highlights exemplary leadership and service

Delta Air Lines honored top small-business, minority-owned and women-owned supplier partners during the company’s annual…

By Janell Hazelwood

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$10,000 Elevator Pitch Competition: Are You a Winning Entrepreneur?

Submit a 2-3 minute video pitch to win

Many have watched Shark Tank, where contestants pitch products and businesses in hopes of garnering…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Lead or Lose Series Helps Bridge Gap Between Leadership and Behavior Healthcare Professionals

Rod Brown of OnceLogix L.L.C details business success in fulfilling a niche need

COO and co-founder of OnceLogix, Rod Brown hosts Lead or Lose series to help healthcare…

By Chanel Martin

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10 Yr. Old Gets $60,000 Investment on Shark Tank for BeeSweet Lemonade

Mikaila Ulmer turned two bee stings into a honey sweet deal

If you’re a fan of the show Shark Tank, then you know convincing the “sharks”…

By Essence Gant

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Entrepreneurs Summit: David J. Grain’s Tips On Turning Passion into Enterprise

Private equity firm innovator shares his influences and lessons

Entrepreneur David J. Grain shares tips on success before his confirmed appearance at Black Enterprise’s…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit: 6 ROI Points For This Year’s Attendees

Register today for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for enterprising innovators

Here are six good reasons you should be attending a landmark event where innovation dynamically…

By Cristie Leondis

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Girls Auto Clinic: Educating and Empowering Women, One Car At a Time

How Patrice Banks turned a frustrating, costly experience into a movement

Frustrated with the way women are treated at all touch points in the auto industry,…

By Courtney Herring

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New NYC Program Creates Pathway for 5,000 Women Entrepreneurs From Low-Income Areas

NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen launches new initiative to help local female entrepreneurs

New York City’s Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen creates new initiative to help 5,000 women entrepreneurs…

By Courtney Connley

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Naturally Crowned: The Growing Business of Natural Hair Pageants

How best friends founded a dynamic platform for showcasing black beauty

Best friends Jessica Boyd and Maureen Ochola were just 26 when they brought the natural…

By Chanel Martin

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Profit Is the New Black: Tips to Seal Money Leaks and Break Income Barriers

Strategist Shontaye Hawkins shares steps to ensure success

Shontaye Hawkins, Bottom Line Strategist™ of Dallas, shares tips to seal money leaks and break…

By Roz A Gee

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5 Networking Events to Break Into the Fashion Industry

These conferences and workshops will help you gain the necessary tools

The fashion industry is notorious for its exclusivity, and finding a way to break in…

By Christine Edmond

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How to Preserve Wealth Through Good Health

Amiya Alexander is helping to save her community from the costly disease of obesity

Amiya Alexander has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and got the idea…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Entrepreneurs Summit: Celebrity Stylist Kim Kimble Talks Leveraging Reality TV For Business

The savvy business woman seeks to franchise her hair care systems salon concept

The name Kim Kimble has been synonymous with beauty and glamour for over a decade,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Ways to Stand Out in a Saturated Market

Use this strategy to make your business brand more competitive

Here are three tips for becoming a bigger fish in an already large pond.

By Gwen Jimmere

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Staples Offers Its Customers Small Business Loans

Retailer allows business owners to borrow anywhere from $2,500 up to $1 million

Statistics show that contributing to small businesses failure rate is lack of capital. What’s more,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Fashion Designer Laurie Underwood Talks Inspiration Behind Creating Wanda Grace

She began creating her own clothing at the age of nine

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At the age of nine, Laurie Underwood began designing and creating her own clothing. Focusing on…

By Chanel Martin

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How To Recruit And Retain Top Talent

Here are the 12 best strategies for keeping the best employees at your company

Human resources experts and hiring consultants agree that employers need to up their game when…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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New Online Tool Helps Entrepreneurs Get Capital

SBA to help match small business owners with a bankable idea to a lender

The Small Business Administration is launching a first of its kind tool that will allow…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Do’s And Don’ts For Masterful Networking

Here’s how to work a crowd and get your business known the right way

Building a business is also about building relationships and networking is a key building block…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Working It Out: 4 Lean Tips To Keep Your Business Fit

Shameeka Hunt, CEO of KeepMeTight offers tips to strengthen your enterprise

Shameeka Hunt, CEO of KeepMeTight®, shares a few tips to “work the middle” in your…

By Roz A Gee

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Black Inventor Seeks $12,000 for Dental Product

Techpreneur Victor Prince's Zip Rings offers an easier and better way to floss

Techpreneur Victor Prince has invented a better way to floss with his Zip Rings, which …

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Maryland Black Owned Clothing Line Among Sam’s Club Small Business Award Winners

Some 102 companies in 48 states to receive expert training, resources and networking opportunities

Eager to make their long-held dream of owning a women’s clothing boutique a reality, co-founders…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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10 Black Business Power Couples In Black History

These self-made millionaires and billionaires created some of the most iconic brands in the black community

The Carters (Shawn “Jay-Z” and Beyoncé , the Smiths (Will and Jada), the Wests (Kanye…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[Part 1] Entrepreneurs: How to Systemize Your Business

These steps will ensure your brand is polished and you're able to use tech to save time

Entrepreneurs, implementing systems and tools help make running your business easier.

By Kenny Pugh

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13 Ways To Tap LinkedIn For More Leads and Sales

Here's how you can use the social networking platform as a viable business marketing tool

Many people see LinkedIn as mainly as a mainly a professional social networking site. But…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Kinds of Small Businesses That Don’t Qualify for Bank Loans

Do your research to find alternatives if starting one of these

Funding a new business is not something that most people can do on their own,…

By Cristie Leondis

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Business Strategy CEO Helps Professionals Become Industry Rock Stars

How Jennifer Ransaw-Smith works to expand leverage and success

If no one knows who you are it is incumbent upon you to become…

By Patricia Patton

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A Lesson in Business: Why Lebron James Is On My Entrepreneur All-Star Team

James may be revered for being an NBA baller, but he is also an All-Star…

By Ella Rucker

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Show Me The Money: 7 Strategies On Monetizing Your Brand

Strategist LaMonica Moore details success steps for entrepreneurs

LaMonica Moore CEO of Monetize Your Brand shares business strategy for entrepreneurs to maximize brand…

By Roz A Gee

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’72 Hours Of Power’: Business Reloaded At The Speed Of Results

Business leaders Trevor Otts and Che Brown detail premise and success of entrepreneurs' event

Business leaders Trevor Otts and Che Brown detail premise and success of entrepreneurs event ’72…

By Roz A Gee

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Oxygen Channel Seeks Black Female Inventors

New show to match investors with entrepreneurs to bring their products to market

Lisa Ascolese is a born inventor whose first idea came to her when she was…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Sanity-Saving Apps for Entrepreneurs

From taxes to freelance talent, these tools help make things that much easier

These apps will save you time and money, from handling your taxes to finding talent…

By Gwen Jimmere

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Entrepreneurs: 3 Reasons an Intellectual Property Strategy is Vital

Be sure valuable assets of your business are protected

Having a strategy that addresses how to protect and benefit from owning intellectual property is…

By Latoicha Givens

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Setting Intentions: How to Get Your Desired Outcome

This four-step strategy will help you focus and see results

Check out this four-step strategy to produce the ideal outcome in any situation—from home to…

By Yvelette Stines

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New Resource To Help Businesses Raise Cash

Online lender OnDeck Capital launches small business credit education initiative

OnDeck launches program to help entrepreneurs improve credit and secure loans for their businesses.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Tips for Starting a Nonprofit Organization

If you have a desire to change the world, check out these tips

Do you have a desire to start a non-profit organization? If so, beyond your passion…

By Kandia Johnson

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5 Steps For Preparing Your Business For Valentine’s Day Consumers

Special offers are a great way to boost business but can you handle the rush?

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. Millions of Americans are buying gifts galore to show their…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Million Dollar Cut: 6 Success Secrets of a Barber

Here are the factors that enabled him to build his empire

Need help getting from where you are to where you want to be? That’s…

By Marquita Miller

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5 Places Where You Can Always Find Great Content

Convert your followers into customers

When engaging in social media, many folks mistakenly abuse platforms by using them as a…

By Courtney Herring

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7 Reasons Why Not Having A Mentor Is Hurting Your Business

Research shows connecting your business with a mentor boosts revenue

It is a harsh reality that only half of all small businesses survive more than…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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13 Worst Pieces Of Business Advice Ever Given

Here are mistakes to avoid starting or running an enterprise

Learn from the mistakes of others but be aware that not all advice will lead…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How To Build A Successful Business With Your Spouse

Four core elements that must be in place to have a happy home and office

When they started the blog “Black and Married” in 2007, Ronnie, and Lamar Tyler were…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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15 Quotes to Inspire Business Growth and Leadership

Here are some words of wisdom from top leaders

Whether you’re a small business owner, corporate executive or new employee climbing the corporate ladder,…

By Kandia Johnson

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How To Hire And Manage Virtual Workers

PA for A Day's Charrell Star offers pros and cons

Learn how to hire temporary and virtual employees to help run your business.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How Much Do Corporations Really Pay In Taxes?

Study shows that the U.S. is a prime candidate for corporate tax reform

Tax Foundation study shows U.S. need to change corporate taxation.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[Infographic] Five of the Best Places in the World To Launch Your Startup

The US is still one of the best places to start a business

Although the U.S. is still one of the best places to start a business, Hong…

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15 Ways to Make Your Business More Global

Here are some key steps to take before embarking on any international journey

Small business owners can no longer afford to shun global business opportunities. Studies show that…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Best Practices Using Social Media Usage For Your Business

Finding platforms to garner your 'social street cred' takes planning and consistency

The days of “willy nilly” practices on social media are gone. You have to be…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Ways To Know If Someone Is Your Perfect Business Partner

Picking a co-founder is stressful, but here are helpful tips to help you decide

Finding a spouse is not a science and searching for the right co-founder is the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Jump-Starting Your Global Business: Africa-America Institute Presenting Speaker Series

Panel of leading business professionals will offer tips, advice and insights for entrepreneurs

The Africa-America Institute’s Speaker Series seeks to help U.S.-based entrepreneurs learn how to build a…

By Cristie Leondis

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Missy Taught Us: 3 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Super Bowl Halftime

As entrepreneurs we should take every opportunity to learn what we can from titans like…

By Ella Rucker

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Super Bowl Sunday: Four Plays To Blitz Your Business Forward

In business, it’s important for entrepreneurs to attack those enemies that threaten our progress to…

By Roz A Gee

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Lessons From FOX’s Empire On Running A Drama-Free Family Business

Here are four rules to follow when working closely with relatives

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels describes his new FOX television show as his “Black Dynasty,” in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Black Super Bowl Vendor Achieves Business and Financial Success

Vonda McPherson’s financial savvy landed her a five-figure contract

Do you have dreams of taking your business to the big leagues?

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5 Keys To Managing A Profitable Partnership

Here's how these frat brothers began running their multimillion dollar business

Sherman Wright and Ahmad Islam launched Chicago-based Commonground, an integrated multicultural and general market advertising…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Owners’ Optimism At All Time High

Survey shows entrepreneurs expect to grow their revenue in 2015

New research from Atlanta-based Kabbage, Inc., an online provider of small business loans, shows that…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Winning Branding Strategies From ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Producer Will Packer

Releasing a film over MLK holiday is a one savvy move for the Hollywood producer

Hollywood producer Will Packer shares branding strategy behind his films.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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New Resource To Help Women Entrepreneurs Use Equity Crowdfunding

The Venture Crowd to train investors and entrepreneurs on new financing option

New platform to show women business owners how to raise capital through equity crowdfunding.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How To Build Business Prospects

Here are five ways to use social networking to land new clients and to grow your business

As the President and CEO of Curvy Girlz Lingerie, Precious L. Williams is dedicated to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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RECAP: GlamUniversity’s GirlPower Sleepover

Leading entrepreneurs and professionals empower women at Atlanta event

The Atlanta event welcomed women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to an intensive overnight business…

By Chanel Martin

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Entrepreneurship After 40: 5 Reasons It’s Never Too Late

Don't let age be a hindrance to following your dreams

Traditional images of successful entrepreneurs tend to be young, but those examples don’t fit the…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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33 Actionable Tips for Promoting Your Business on LinkedIn

Check out these insights from presentation experts Ethos on maximizing the platform

Looking to be a thought leader, recruit staff or connect with key influencers? LinkedIn is…

By Kandia Johnson

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How One Man’s Hustler’s Spirit Led to Silicon Valley Boss Moves

Dwight L. Peters, BackersHub founder, details his journey to spark his dream

From a bank account with barely a quarter in it to founding a company boasting…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Curl Sistas Hair: Couple Talks Working Together to Launch Brand

Fashion stylist and her husband combine business savvy for hair line

A fashion stylist and blogger started Curl Sistas Hair, a textured hair line for naturals,…

By Essence Gant

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Jamaica’s Plan To Legalize Marijuana Could Open Doors for Black Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs hope to capitalize on multimillion-dollar green rush with plan for licensing authority

Jamaican bill plans to create licensing authority for farming, distribution and sale of marijuana for…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Creative Ways Entrepreneurs Can Save Money

Try these steps to cut costs yet still increase your bottom line

These creative ost-cutting measures can save your company big bucks.

By Kandia Johnson

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Small Businesses Left Out Of Tax Reform Debate

New policies need to address both individual income and corporate income tax codes

This week, President Obama recounted his vision for individual and corporate tax reform during the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Sabrina Peterson Presents “GirlPower SleepOver” to Empower Women Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur pays it forward by unifying networks and providing insider tips

Presented in a business bootcamp format, attendees will attend a sleepover with 25 successful women…

By Chanel Martin

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How To Build Relationships With Brand Advocates

It is less costly and more impactful than direct marketing

Ona founder
Tracy Foster is the founder of ONA (pronounced ō’na), an emerging company that designs and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneur Overkill: 7 Reasons Your Business Needs Office Hours

More hours equal more money, but there needs to be a time limit at the office

As an entrepreneur, we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and sometimes…

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How One Question Fostered Business Opportunities for Budding Female Entrepreneurs in Africa

Founders of She Leads Africa talk business opportunities in Africa

Founders of She Leads Africa, Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei, talk business opportunities in…

By Kandia Johnson

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For Longterm Car Rentals, Collaborative Consumption Is the Name of the Game

Relay Rides is a peer-to-peer car rental service, with low prices

Its Collaborative Consumption that should be added to every entrepreneur’s toolkit who needs long-term car…

By Patricia Patton

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Make More Time for Social Media With These 4 Tips and Tools

Turn members of your online communities into customers

Mention social media to any small business owner and you’re likely to see folks cringe…

By Courtney Herring

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9 Social Media Fails to Avoid for Small Businesses

Avoid these mistakes that can cost you money

From not updating your social media account regularly to using automated direct messages, social media…

By Kandia Johnson

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

Want To Sell A Better Product? Talk To Your Customers About It

Here are the best ways to solicit customer feedback

Any size and type of business can benefit from customer research. The goal is to…

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Shark Tank Investor Mark Cuban’s Rules For Startup Success

Do you have what it takes to launch a new enterprise?

Shark Tank investor and billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban shares his rules for startup success.

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[Part 5] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

In this fifth and final part, successful global entrepreneurs talk more about booming sectors in…

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[Part 4] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

This is a special feature on conducting business in one of the …

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PayPal Offers New Services To Help Merchants Boost Revenues

Credit installments for customers and business consulting services for merchants

There have been many bold predictions for 2015 and beyond including mobile payments tripling in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[Part 3] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

In the third part of the feature ‘Doing Business in Africa’ successful entrepreneur Tony Elumelu…

By Cristie Leondis

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Sam's Club Giving Program Grants $700k to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to Educate Future Business Leaders

Sam’s Club, SCORE Announce $700,000 Small Business Grant

Open call for applications with 102 awards to be given nationwide

The American Small Business Championship Award provides funding, training, and mentoring to entrepreneurs in all…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Simple Ways To Boost Sales On Twitter

Tweeting is proving to be a better platform for marketing business

Last year, Facebook celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It is still heralded as the biggest name…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[Part 2] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

In part 2 of this series, Black Enterprise explores growth potential and areas for enterprise…

By Cristie Leondis

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The Power of Using Case Studies in Business

Learn the 3 key reasons to help utilize your success in business

If you’re looking for an excellent way to elevate the practice of collaboration, increase morale,…

By Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

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[Part 1] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

Learn more about the nuances of doing business in one of the world’s top frontiers:…

By Derek T. Dingle

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From “No” To “Yes”: Making Rejection Work For Your Business Ideas

Here are five actions you can take when you feel like giving up

In August of 2013 I was scrambling. I’d lost my blogging job and needed to…

By Ella Rucker

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5 Ways to Prepare For Your WorkWeek on Sunday

Starting your workweek on Sunday can lead to a productive work week

When it comes to having a productive workweek the old proverb “A Sunday well spent…

By Kandia Johnson

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Big Companies Helping Small Businesses With Financing And Other Services

Small businesses become big businesses with a little help

Necole Parker spent 14 years establishing her reputation in the construction and project management industry.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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10 Tips For Determining Your Company’s Real Value To Investors

Before you pitch your great business idea, here’s what you need to know

So often on the popular hit series ABC’s Shark Tank, entrepreneurs and investors have been…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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10 Social Media Resolutions To Keep Your Brand On Track

Building a brand online isn't the easiest thing to do

While most of us make New Year resolutions to eat healthier, travel more or simply…

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Chase Offers $150,000 In Small Business Grants

Grow your small business with a grant and marketing guidance from Chase and Google

Chase continues its ongoing commitment to to provide $3 million to local small businesses…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black Enterprise Accepting Entries for 2015 Small Business Awards

The honors a major highlight at the Entrepreneur’s Summit

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Black businesses should be…

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10 Business Mistakes To Steer Clear Of In 2015

Avoid making these common startup missteps in the new year

The New Year is here and it is time again to take stock of your…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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No More Excuses: Steps to Get Better Business Results

Here are five tips to better your business

Congratulations. You took the giant step of launching your business. According to the SBA you…

By Marquita Miller

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6 Useful Web Resources for Public Relations for Your Business

These tools will help you remain ahead of the pack and market your services or product effectively

With public relations and marketing becoming more closely aligned, you’ll need savvy online tools to…

By Kandia Johnson

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Women Angel Investing Bootcamp Seeks New Candidates to Help Startups

Helping more than 80 women invest more than $400,000 in women-owned businesses

The Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, has announced an open call for…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: 3 Better Ways To Make Money In 2015

Start the new year off strong

For this entrepreneur, 2014 was a building year. I obtained more contracts than in previous…

By Ella Rucker

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World Travels Inspired Travelista Teri’s New Harlem Candle Co.

Entrepreneur details how global voyages led to entrepreneurial expansion

Teri Johnson has traveled to over 55 countries, is multi-lingual and is a true adventure…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Skincare Professional Kimo Bentley Talks Expanding Natural Beauty Brand

Bentley opens up about national television appearance and how she landed on the shelves of Walgreens

Skincare expert talks expanding her natural beauty brand from employee to home-based business to national…

By Courtney Connley

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President Obama Signs Law That Increases Opportunities for Women Businesses

Sole women entrepreneurs to receive greater level of access to federal contracts

President Obama has signed a law that seeks to level the playing field for women-owned…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Ways To Bootstrap Your Cash Tight Business

Getting your consumer product business off the ground doesn’t have to be a financial nightmare

Establishing a consumer product-based business versus a service-based or tech-based startup creates some very specific…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Use Social Media To Offer Savvy Customer Service

Incorporate a strategy that includes more than promotion and distribution

Given the enormous power of social media, there’s virtually no excuse not to create impeccable…

By Courtney Herring

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How to Recharge Your Brand in 2015

Events CEO Tonya Coleman shares 5 steps to boost business in the new year

Want to boost your brand and business prospects on a dime in the new year?…

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7 Alternative Sources of Capital for Entrepreneurs

Tap these non-traditional financing sources to help jumpstart or grow your business

Financing continues to be a stumbling block for entrepreneurs, particularly African-American owned, with uncertain…

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Business Santa: 5 Ways to Tell if Your Startup Was Naughty or Nice

This checklist will reveal whether your enterprise is ready for growth in 2015

Entrepreneurs, get ready for 2015 by avoiding these common but costly mistakes.

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Cricket Wireless Awards Cash Prizes To Local Black Solopreneurs

Three entrepreneurs received recognition for giving back to their communities

Russell Hicks, founder of Ebony Suns Enterprises in Philadelphia, is a true social entrepreneur—meaning, he…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Is Your Small Business Protected from Cyber Attacks?

One in five small businesses fall victim to cybercrime each year

If you think your small business would be a waste of time for hackers, think…

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Last Minute Tax Tip For The Self-Employed

Here’s one year-end tax break to help high income earners avoid a huge tax bill and save for retirement

Millions of taxpayers received a rude surprise when they got their tax bill last year.…

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Hennessy Honoree: 3 Savvy Branding Tips from Daymond John

Shark Tank co-star and streetwear pioneer awarded with 11th annual Privilège Award

Shark Tank investor and streetwear pioneer Daymond John offers 3 branding strategies for small business…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Sean Williams of El Primer Mundo Cigars Talks 3 Tips for Success in the Industry

Entrepreneur provides keys for entrepreneurial success

Sean Williams is one of the top African American brand owners in the cigar industry.…

By Aniesia Williams

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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Personal Board of Directors

You should be investing in people whose advice you can trust

Carl Dorvil grew up in Garland, Texas, the son of Haitian immigrants who instilled in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Alternative Business Funds: Borrow $500 to $100,000 Within Minutes

Kabbage provides entrepreneurs flexible working capital

It’s borrowing season. Leading up to the holiday season, more small businesses take out cash…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Rules to the Game: 3 Essential Caveats for Business Success

Are you aware of the parameters that serve as safeguards to your success?

Growing up, we all had rules. We had necessary restrictions in place to keep us…

By Teri Harrison

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Uhasibu Presents Top Solution for All East African SMEs

The Project Based Accounting Module solves the issue

The following is a feature by Innov8tiv.com‘s Milicent Atieno:
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have demonstrated…

By Cristie Leondis

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The Brand Audition: Casting Your Business For Center Stage

7 tips to help business owners run the show

Here are seven tips to cast your business to center stage:
1. Show Up (On Time)
Well,…

By Roz A Gee

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Small Business Predictions For 2015

Here’s what entrepreneurs see as the worst and best industries for next year

As 2014 is coming to close, many entrepreneurs are starting to fixate on the coming…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Minority Business Accelerator Raises $2 Million

Bridge fund provides growth capital to help Ohio firms do business with corporations

Cincinnati’s Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) in conjunction with the African American CEO Roundtable, has raised…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Stay-At-Home Moms Lead Million-Dollar Company

Virtually-run business Decision Toolbox makes firm ideal for family-focused women

Million-dollar company Decision Toolbox CEO says 60% of employees are stay-at-home working moms.

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Black Wealth: 4 Top Billionaires of Africa

These business tycoons' hard work paid off in a big way

Here are four leading African billionaires Africa who have built empires.

By Cristie Leondis

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How To Franchise Your Business

The key is to have a brand or concept that can be duplicated

Franchising is an effective and powerful way to grow a business. Here’s how.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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10 Things Black People Need To Know About Crowdfunding

Financial power for local minority-owned businesses

Before investing your time and resources creating a campaign, take heed to these tips to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Ways To Tell If Your Great Idea Is A Good Business

It takes more than a good product to run a viable and profitable business

A great idea can still be a bad business. Just because you closest friends or…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Tips for Gaining New Clients

The key to longevity is retaining old clients or customers and constantly garnering new business

Tai Chunn has been in the fashion, music, and entertainment fields for more than 20…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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