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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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Procurement Statistics Revealed Great Gains for Women-Owned Small Businesses

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…

By Ella Rucker

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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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Is Working With a Remote Staff Right for Your Business?

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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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.

By Kandia Johnson

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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…

By Cristie Leondis

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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 …

By Cristie Leondis

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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…

By Kandia Johnson

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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…

By Raqiyah Mays

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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?…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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.

By Teri Harrison

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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…

By Kandia Johnson

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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.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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.

By Essence Gant

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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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AT&T Business Circle Offers Entrepreneurs Business Tips and Resources

Small business owners will gain inspiration and solutions from fellow enterprising professionals

AT&T’s Business Circle is a digital hub providing resources for small business owners to come…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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7 Tips for Increasing Your Social Media Audience

Here's how your startup can grow its followers and likes on Facebook and Twitter

Your business may have a solid marketing strategy, but do you have an effective social…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Oprah Winfrey Gives Support To Black Women Social Entrepreneurs

Here are six phenomenal women to receive a $25,000 Toyota award

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Oprah’s “Live The Life You Want” Weekend recently wrapped after an eight city arena…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Tips on Getting Press

Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran shares 3 tips on using the press to brand a small business

Get Press with these 3 tips from Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran

By Raqiyah Mays

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6 Must Read Books For Entrepreneurs Over The Holidays

These non-business books are sure to provide entrepreneurial inspiration

Reading the right book can help clarify your goals, find your true calling, launch a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs Win Big at the Bayou Classic

Elevator Pitch winners got the chance to present in front of business leaders including from Black Enterprise

Black Enterprise held the Elevator Pitch Competition, where the three winners were presented at The…

By Cristie Leondis

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

Why You Should Never Go Completely Solo As a Solopreneur

Strategy for success

Even as a solopreneur, you should never go completely solo. Why it’s important to find…

By Courtney Herring

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From Passion to Nonprofit: How to Start a Philanthropic Organization

Take these steps to see success

Take these steps to see success in transitioning into philanthropy.

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Toyota Awards $25,000 To Black Girls Code To Further TechEd

Founder Kimberly Bryant honored during Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend

Toyota awards $25,000 to Black Girls Code which introduces underserved African American girls to computer…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Tips to Closing the Sales Deal

Tips from an entrepreneurial millionaire

Edgar L. Smith,CEO of World Pac Paper LLC, knows details successful strategy to closing a…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Pot Barons: Focus Of New Reality Series On MSNBC

Are African American marijuana cultivators getting weeded out of the budding industry?

This Thanksgiving weekend, MSNBC will premiere “Pot Barons of Colorado.” The six-part documentary series will…

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Attorney Jo-Ná Williams Details How She Helps Artists Protect Their Art

Business adviser shares tips on the importance of trademarks and copyrights

Attorney and business adviser Jo-Ná A. Williams is passionate about helping entrepreneurs protect what they…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Spend Big Locally On Small Business Saturday

National initiatives make it easier for consumers to support shops in their local neighborhoods

On November 29th, American Express’ Small Biz Saturday will celebrate its fifth anniversary and kick-off…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

5 Holiday Gifts for the Entrepreneur

Stress-free and savvy gifts for the small business owner.

By Kandia Johnson

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Black Girls Workout Too: Mother-Daughter Duo Promotes Fitness Among Minorities

Ellen and Lana Ector detail how they got started and tips for success

Ellen and Lana Ector detail their journey toward healthy lives and advocacy of fitness with…

By Essence Gant

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3 Tips For Owners To Get The Most Out Of Small Business Saturday

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the biggest shopping day of the year

American Express’ Small Biz Saturday kicks off this year on November 29. Launched in 2010,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tiphub Hosts Diaspora Demo Day at the World Bank

Entrepreneurs came together to pitch Africa-centered startups

Tiphub Hosted Diaspora Demo Day at the World Bank in Washington D.C., where entrepreneurs showcased…

By Cristie Leondis

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How You Can Build Community on the Web and Optimize Toward Success

Ileane Smith, founder of Basic Blog Tips (BBT), talks tricks of the trade

When An Engaged Community Supports the Bottom Line it is normally accompanied by a built…

By Patricia Patton

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Tyler Perry On How To Find Success After Failure

5 ways to overcome the fear of failure and learn life lessons for entrepreneurs

Starting a business it tough, staying business is even tougher. The fact remains that about…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Marijuana Inc: Growing Opportunities For Black Businesses

Can African Americans cash in on legalized marijuana boom?

Wanda James and her husband, Scott Durrah, own Denver-based Jezebel’s Southern Bistro and Bar. They…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

Minority Entrepreneurs Receive More Than $1 Billion From Inner City Capital Program

The key is learning how to pitch to investors and bankers

More than 180 urban entrepreneurs were ready to pitch their business at Inner City Capital…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Is Your Business Ready for the Busiest Shopping Days of the Year?

Check out these stats and get in gear

The holidays are a great time to play catch up and celebrate with family and…

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United Nations Names Cherae Robinson of Rare Customs as ‘Woman to Watch’

10 female leaders included to commemorate Women's Entrepreneurship Day

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To celebrate the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), the United Nations…

By Cristie Leondis

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9 Business Competitions for Young Entrepreneurs

Youth can sign up to win thousands in cash and prizes for their enterprise

These competitions encourage young enterprising innovators to show their talent.

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Cyber Insurance Is A Necessity for Minority- and Woman-Owned Businesses

Growing data breaches are making it as indispensable as fire insurance say experts

Having valuable client information stolen is so pervasive that cyber liability insurance is now as…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Savvy Books for Black Entrepreneurs

Here are the must reads for aspiring African American capitalists

These are the five books that every African American entrepreneur should have in their library…

By Cristie Leondis

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Innov8tiv Magazine Expands to Kenya with Hub East Africa Partnership

The social enterprise center is open for all entrepreneurs

Innov8tiv magazine has expanded from its U.S. base to Kenya with a partnership with The…

By Cristie Leondis

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3 Essential Principles to Building a Quality Online Following

The digital space has become an essential part of attracting customers

The digital space has helped to level the playing field for so many of us…

By Courtney Herring

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7-Step Matchmaking Guide for Auto Suppliers

Check these tips for entrepreneurs looking to break into the big leagues

For small business owners in the shipping sector, making the entrepreneurial leap to the big…

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United Nations Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Organization brings together female entrepreneurs in 144 countries Nov. 19

On Nov. 19, the UN celebrates female entrepreneurs of 144 countries.

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[RECAP] She Leads Africa Presents Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Tweet Chat

#WEDAfrica chat featured insights from three global female entrepreneurs

She Leads Africa, a global resource for women entrepreneurs, hosted a chat on Women’s Entrepreneurship…

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Bob Marley’s Family Helps Launch Global Marijuana Brand

Family works with private equity firm to expand business and cultural legacy

Rita Marley, widow of music legend Bob Marley, has helped launch a marijuana brand with…

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

9 Tips to Find A Manufacturer For Your Great Idea

Strategy for selecting a vendor to help bring your product to market

Successful entrepreneurs share tips for getting your invention or innovation produced and on the market.

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16 Startup Competitions for Boosting Your Business

Step up your capital-raising game with these options

Check out this list of 16 startup competitions to win funds for your businesses.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Mix Luv Seeks $50,000 For Social Site

Company offers global community that can write, compose and produce songs

Mix Luv has set out to create a place where people anywhere can access a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Business Leaders Gather Global Entrepreneurship Week

Events include pitch and start-up competitions for a chance to win $1 million

Entrepreneurs around the world come together for the Global Entrepreneurs Week.

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How Ngozi Opara Is Transforming Black Hair & Beauty Culture

Entrepreneur offers extension options for women to wear natural curls and coils

Ngozi Opara, founder of the Heatfree Hair Movement, is offering options for women who wear…

By Kandia Johnson

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Gratitude for Entrepreneurs: 3 Reasons to be Thankful You Took the Leap

Need a bit of motivation to keep going? Look no further

It’s November and you already know what that means. Fried turkey, pecan pie, and of…

By Teri Harrison

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5 Steps to Growing Your Business After the Death of a Partner

Paula Penn-Nabrit of PN&A Inc. details coping with loss and continuing a legacy

Entrepreneur Paula Penn-Nabrit has continued to grow the business after the death of her partner.…

By Patricia Patton

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4 Tips To Help Your Business Avoid Payroll Pitfalls

This is an area of business that, if not done properly, can reap harsh consequences

Whether you own a restaurant, an engineering firm, a tech startup or any other type…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Ways to Monetize Your Brand Presence on Social Media

Entrepreneurs share tried-and-true strategy

Check out a few tips on how you can monetize your presence on Twitter, Facebook…

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$1.7 Billion Raised: Data Shows Pitch Competitions Are Worthwhile

An alternative but viable source for entrepreneurs to raise capital

Since its inception in 2009, SXSW Accelerator (SXSWi’s pitch competition) alumni have collectively raised $1.748…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Moon Meals Offers Healthy Choices for Time-Starved Professionals

Wanting to solve the problem of the lack of healthy late night food options in…

By Courtney Herring

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Courage Factor: 5 Surefire Steps to Living Fearlessly

Make your dreams reality with these insights from business coach Cheryl Wood

Check out these powerful takeaways to overcome fear from award-winning entrepreneur and business coach Cheryl…

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Capital and Resources for Inner City CEOs

ICCC set to host conference in New York City to join business leaders with capital investors

After a successful program year, Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is now gearing up for…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Institute Teaches Classes on How to Start Marijuana Enterprises

Entrepreneurs will learn how to cash in on emerging industry

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

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Industrial Bank Marks 80th Anniversary With Small Business Grant

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Military vet details keys to applying service skills to an enterprise

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

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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SBA Announces Plans to Expand Post-Military Entrepreneurship Training

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

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

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Ming Lee: Turning her Snoblife into a Successful Venture

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

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

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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SBA Lending Hits Record Level In 2014

Loans To black businesses up 36%

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Three steps to getting started in running your own business

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

By Marquita Miller

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Atlanta Co-working Space Seeks To Accelerate Minority Startups

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Signs You Have the Entrepreneurial Spirit

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

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

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American Express OPEN Inspires Women Entrepreneurs at CEO BootCamp

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

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

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

Chain seeks to diversify quick service restaurant sector

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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11 Questions You Should Be Asking Potential Hires

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

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

How you can move your business to the next level

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

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

Strategist Carol Roth shares her advice for budding entrepreneurs

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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Cigar Aficionado: Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars Sparking Business Success

Partners Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez detail journey into the industry

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Rent a Coworking Space

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

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

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Entrepreneurs Conference: 5 Tips to Hiring the Right Talent

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

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

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4 Tips on Pitching Your Business in Public

A 2012 Entrepreneurs Conference Elevator Pitch finalist, shares advice

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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

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

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

By Jamila Payne

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

Use these steps to boost exposure and gain more customers

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

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

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

Best of the best talk leadership, capital and longevity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Black-Owned Natural Beauty Brands You Should Know

These entrepreneurs of color lead brands that are changing the game

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

By Courtney Connley

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

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

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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

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

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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

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

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

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Doing Just What You Love May Be Hurting Your Business

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

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

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Entrepreneur David Tarver Shares Tips on Turning Idea Into an Enterprise

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

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

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

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

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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Webinar Encourages Small Businesses To Support Nation’s Youth

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

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Frans Johansson Prepares to Inspire at Plunge Conference

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

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

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Black Enterprise Legacy Award Winner Adds NBA Team Ownership to Resume

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

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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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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