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

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

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

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Study: Small Business Owners Optimistic And Thriving

Millennial entrepreneurs view networking and working as one and the same

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top 10 Cities That Sell Internationally

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Savvy Tips for Hiring a Winning Team

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

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

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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3 Excuses That Keep You From Entrepreneurship

Stop making excuses to start living your dream

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

By Patrice C. Washington

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

These female bosses are calling the shots and winning big

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

By Courtney Connley

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

A valid, binding contract almost impossible to get out of

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Entrepreneurs: 5 Easy Steps to Build Funding Strategy

How to prepare yourself for potential investors and lendors

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

By Patrice C. Washington

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Building Business Muscles: 7 Steps to Maintain a Healthy Enterprise

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

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

By Marquita Miller

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

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

By Candace Mitchell

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

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

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

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Warning Signs: What Your Business Could Be Telling You

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

By Marquita Miller

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6 Building Blocks To Birthing A New Business

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

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

By Marquita Miller

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How Nonprofits Navigate the Emerging Legal Marijuana Market

Dr. Lakisha Jenkins talks navigating challenges in an unregulated arena

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

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

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

By Kay Saunders

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

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

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

By Teri Harrison

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Robin Roberts Launches Production Company

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

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

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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4 Ways To Secure Funding For Your Startup

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for online business course

Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for Online Business Certificate

Registration is open; Classes begin Oct. 2

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

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Gym Membership Boom: Athlete Zelly Wesson Capitalizes with Franchising

Basketball player to open second Workout Anytime location

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Secrets For Getting Media Coverage for Your Business

Try this strategy to get the publicity your enterprise deserves

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

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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How One Contruction Entrepreneur Is Helping Put Detroit Back to Work

Marcus Jones details journey to founding Detroit Training Center

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

By Chanel Martin

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

3 Characteristics of Game Changing Entrepreneurs

These traits make them stand out above the rest

Learn which key attributes can help entrepreneurs outsmart competitors.

By Teri Harrison

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

The wealthy are high on opportunities in blossoming industry

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Coolest Cooler Raises Over $11 Million, New Kickstarter Record

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top Reasons Why Small Business Owners Should Collect User Data

Just how well do you know your customers?

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Labor of Love: Teia Harris Explains Her Love for Publicity

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

By Chanel Martin

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Truck Dealer Stephen W. Neal

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

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

By Pepper Miller

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

3 Tips For Meeting Great Investors

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How I’m Building My Tech Startup

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

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

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

Budding entrepreneurs, don’t get distracted by the hype

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

By Teri Harrison

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

8 Tips For Building A Successful Business Blog

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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This Entrepreneurial Inventor Raised Nearly $1 Million On Kickstarter

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Wells Fargo Launches Startup Accelerator

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Student-Run Fund Invests In Student Startups

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Square To Give More Money To Small Businesses

Square Capital secures outside investment for its cash advance program

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Pepper Miller

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

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Infographic: Running A Small Business Is No Vacation

Study finds taking time off is a struggle for most entrepreneurs

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

Cheryl Gentry details global expansion and preparedness for international clientele

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

By Kandia Johnson

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4 Ways To Create A Successful Startup

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

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

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Philadelphia Entrepreneur Launches Small Business Development Corporation

Nonprofit aims to provide micro financing and business training

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Brand Licensing: What Small Businesses Can Learn from Kim Kardashian

Five important facts about trademarks and licensing:

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

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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LinkedIn rolls out video advertisements for brands

10 Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

Here's how entrepreneurs can win with social media

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tax Tip Sheet For Small Business Owners

What you need to know to keep your money

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Social Entrepreneur Scores Big Globally With the Soccket

Jessica Matthews talks using technology to empower African youth

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

By Daron Pressley

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

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

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

By Candace Mitchell

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How To Use Technology to Find Jobs In Hollywood

Video interviewing strategy that wins

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

By Candace Mitchell

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3 Things You Need To Know About Employee Background Checks

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Ex-NFL Player Tim Biakabatuka Expands Bojangles Franchise Operations

Opens fourth restaurant in northeast Georgia

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Power Thinking: 3 Mindshifting Techniques for Radical Entrepreneurs

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

By Teri Harrison

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11 Venture Capital Sources Taking Notice of Black Tech Founders

Forums and funds that target minority entrepreneurs

These venture capital sources are targeting minority tech founders. Check them out.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

Venture Capital Funding Hits $13 Billion, Highest Level Since 2001

Software, biotech, media and entertainment companies received the most dollars

Mega deals like Uber, Cloudera. AirBnB, and Pinterest are standouts, all receiving massing funding rounds…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[EXCLUSIVE] U.S.-Africa Summit: How African-American Entrepreneurs Can Engage (Part 1)

Valerie Jarrett, other African leaders in politics and business weigh in

U.S.-Africa Summit Exclusive: What African Americans need to know to invest and conduct business in…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Rappers Riff Raff & Krayzie Bone Partner With Candyman Vending Company

CEO Andre Bramwell uses hip-hop to expand brand

CEO Andre Bramwell has tapped into hip-hop industry to promote his Candyman Vending company.

By Kevin L. Clark

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How to Build a Proactive Workforce

Study: Satisfied employees will aggressively help your business grow and succeed

Check out these tips on how to nurture a productive workforce at your business.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Vera Moore Celebrates 35 Years In Business

Cosmetics queen to share her journey and give mini makeovers this month

Legacy black business woman Vera Moore is celebrating 35 years in business. The former actress…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Government Agencies Miss the Mark in Hiring Women-Owned Businesses

Agencies fail to meet contract goal for female-owned enterprises

Reports show that government agencies have failed yet again to award at least 5 percent…

By Courtney Connley

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald, Money Coach Lynette…

By Pepper Miller

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10 Reasons Small Business Shouldn’t Neglect Social Media

Your company’s credibility could depend on it

It doesn’t matter if you are running a micro enterprise, a small business, or a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

New Bill To Help Female Entrepreneurs Gain More Loans and Federal Contracts

Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 increases mincrolending and more

On the heel of reports that women business owners still lag behind men in accessing…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How To Get To The Top On Your Own Terms

Investor and marketer Lauren Maillan Bias shows what it takes to survive

At age 19, Lauren Maillian Bias founded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Signs Your Spouse Is Not Compatible With Your Business

Running a successful enterprise could depend on how you address this issue

Check out these signs your spouse-business partner is incompatible with your enterprise.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Steps to Success for Young Bosses

Millennials, be inspired to get what's yours with these quick tips

Here are three quick tips to finding success inspired by those who’ve found it from…

By Janell Hazelwood

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CAMAC Holdings Inc. was the second black-owned enterprise to gain membership into the BE 100s billion dollar club when it reached the No. 1 slot on our 2003 INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100. In fact, the Houston-based oil and gas exploration, consulting and engineering company was only a hair away from achieving the milestone when it made its debut on our industrial/service list in 2002 - - gross sales for 2001 were $979.5 million. Operated by Nigerian-born Kase Lawal, CAMAC (which stands for Cameroon-American) grew through its ability to integrate upstream services, the production of oil and gas, and downstream operations, which included trading and refining of its products. CAMAC, which reported its highest level of revenues-- $2.43 billion-- on the 2009 list, left the BE 100s in  2011 after shifts in operational structure, management and ownership.

BE 100s Billion-Dollar Club: Lessons from Top-Earning Black Business

Check out the eight companies who have surpassed $1 billion in revenues

Over the past four decades, only eight black-owned companies have surpassed $1 billion in revenues.…

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Businesswomen Disrupt Sports Merchandising Industry with Team Couture

Cassandra Johnson and Audrey Tolson talk filling niche among female enthusiasts

Founders of Team Couture, Cassandra Johnson and Audrey Tolson saw a need in sports merchandising…

By Candace Mitchell

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Young Entrepreneur Recognized for Outstanding Work as Philanthropist

CU-Boulder freshman works to make a difference, nets a profit

This young entrepreneur is making waves for society.

By Ashley R. Harris

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PayPal Offers Small Business Loans Up To $60,000

PayPal Working Capital program has funded more than $150 million in loans to 20,000 retailers

PayPal Working Capital program has funded more than $150 million in loans to 20,000 retailers

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Lack of Color: The Booming Bed & Breakfast Industry’s Lost Diversity

Only 1% of 30,000 establishments nationwide are African-American owned

Black entrepreneurs talk why there are few black-owned bed and breakfast businesses in booming industry…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Franchise Spotlight: 6 Things To Look Out For When It’s Time To Get Out

What you need to know to make a graceful exit

Exiting a franchise? Things to consider before telling your franchisor goodbye.

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[Part 2] Beauty & Brains: Rick Ross Sister on Franchises and Entertainment Business

Tawanda Roberts details Wingstop deal and planning an empire

Tawanda Roberts, Rick Ross’ sister details franchise deal and behind-the-scenes planning.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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4 Keys To Becoming A Hotel Owner

Whether it’s a Comfort Inn or the Ritz-Carlton, here’s how to break into the lodging industry

Check out how you can become a hotel owner.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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BE 100s: 5 Lessons On Attracting, Retaining Talent

Commonground founders share insights on diverse staff and collaborative environment

Operaters of one of the fastest-growing BE 100s agencies, Sherman Wright and Ahmad Islam of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Crowdfunding Site For Minority Businesses Struggles To Stay Afloat

Website shutdown continues; relaunch uncertain

BlackCrowdfunding.net, a rewards-based crowdfunding site targeted to African Americans, needs money itself, reports Mashable.

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Uber For Business Allows Companies To Expense Travel

On-demand, ride-hailing service is picking up steam

On-demand ride-hailing service Uber is picking up steam by introducing the Uber For Business opportunity…

By Kevin L. Clark

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How To Find Angel Investors For Your Business

Tips on attracting the right investors and then reeling them in with the right pitch

If you’re part of an accelerator or startup, the Securities Exchange Commission granted you a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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What You Need To Know To Become a Bed and Breakfast Owner

Successful black entrepreneurs share insight on breaking into industry

Successful black bed and breakfast owners share insight on breaking into industry

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Franchise Spotlight: Red Flags For Potential Franchisees

Warning signs to look out for before taking the leap

Beware of these signs when considering a franchise concept.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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[Part 2] Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs Talk Publishing Business & Raising Capital

Chicago-based duo propelling advocacy with 'Paige & Paxton' books

Mother-daughter publishers, Rachel and Kelley Williams, talk for part two of their interview, on raising…

By Kevin L. Clark

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BE 100s: Biblical Lessons to Achieve Business Success

Take heed to tips from one of the world's best-selling books of all time

Successful BE 100s CEO Pamela Rodgers, of Rodgers Chevrolet, says the Bible’s book of Ephesians…

By Alan Hughes

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Young Money Sports? Lil Wayne Sets Sights on Management Business

Rapper nabs world's second highest paid athlete as his first client

Young Money’s head boss, Lil Wayne, is ready to profit off his passion for sports…

By Courtney Connley

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Small Business Spotlight: Anthony Thurston Taking Flight with Social Innovation

'I’m glad to say that there’s been a recent resurgence in the African American community to frequent African American businesses'

Antony Thurston, CEO of Dream Flights International, talks social innovation, his rise in the aviation…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Business of Beauty: How to Break Into Booming Hair Extensions Market

Indique's Ericka Dotson details journey to success

Ericka Dotson discusses her entrepreneurial journey building the Indique Hair empire.

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Franchise Spotlight: Five Things To Look Out For Before You Make The Commitment

How to determine if a concept is the right fit for you

Learn how to discern whether a franchise concept is the right fit for you to…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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6 Tips For A Better Company Website

With a few small tweaks you can make a big difference

Many website owners think a better website means a complete overhaul – a brand new…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Female Entrepreneurs Still Lag Behind Male Counterparts Cites Congressional Report

Women are not getting loans and government contracts needed to grow

Significant barriers still exist for women entrepreneurs more than 26 years after enactment of groundbreaking…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Do You Need a Business Plan For Your Startup?

Entrepreneurs weigh in on the need to outline your business

It’s been debated whether a business plan is needed. Check out two sides of the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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

By Chanel Martin

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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.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Courtney Connley

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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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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…

By Courtney Connley

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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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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.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Courtney Connley

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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…

By Courtney Connley

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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…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Courtney Connley

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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…

By Teri Harrison

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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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…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Courtney Connley

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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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Ladies of Legacy: Nikki Giovanni

Black Enterprise’s 2008 Legacy Award recipient Nikki Giovanni fights against injustice using poetry.

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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