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Supreme Court: Employers Can Refuse Contraceptive Coverage

Corporations can hold religious objections to birth control

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

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Franchise Spotlight: BonChon Chicken Prepares Taste Assault

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Franchise Spotlight: Amada Senior Care Embraces ‘Silver Tsunami’

Graying of America becoming a booming business for the enterprising

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Closet Entrepreneurs: 9 Celebrities and Their Side Hustles

Their entrepreneurial spirit took them beyond cameras and into business worlds

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Winning Team: 5 Essential Professionals for Start-Up Success

These key talented individuals will ensure your business growth

Learn how to create your own business dream team.

By Teri Harrison

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Entrepreneur Describes Risks, ‘Antics’ Of Some Franchisors

Franchise vet talks lessons learned from bad experiences

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Walmart Establishes New Way to Find Women Entrepreneurs’ Products

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

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

By Courtney Connley

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Redskins Trademark Canceled

Redskins Trademark Stripped: What’s Next?

Is it open city for paraphernalia and sales?

Can trademarks ruling protect Redskins merchandise from counterfeiters?

By Richard Spiropoulos

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BE 100s 2014: Top Black-Owned Businesses in the U.S.

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

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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Harvard Business Review Argues Female Entrepreneurship Isn’t Always Good

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

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

By Courtney Connley

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BE 100s: 6 Success Strategies for Beating the Competition

Industry leader and ChemicoMays CEO Leon Richardson shares path to growth

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

By Alan Hughes

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Winning Results: Restauranteur Went From Pizza Joint to Expanded Franchise

FUEL Pizza founder talks winning strategy at International Franchise Expo

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

By Courtney Connley

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

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

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

By Derek T. Dingle

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Boss Basketball Wives: Free Agency & Their Brands

Happy wife, happy life mentality huge factor in decision

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Top 21 Worst States for Minority-Owned Businesses

Iowa comes in as the worst state for minority entrepreneurs

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

By Courtney Connley

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Washington D.C. Council Approves ‘Yoga Tax’

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

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

By Kevin L. Clark

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

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

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

By Candace Mitchell

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Small Biz Spotlight: Google Gets Into Domain Name Game

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How Your Personal Credit Score Affects Small Business Lending

Alternative solutions for getting a loan or line of credit

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Ways To Land A Partnership With A Major Corporation

The right deal could jettison your company

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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White House: 9 Critical Facts About American Families And Work

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Are You Contemplating Franchising?

Industry senior vice president discusses challenges, gives tips for success

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Original Soupman launches soup truck franchise concept

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

Seven reasons the food truck franchise concept has potential

Seven reasons the food truck franchise concept has potential.

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

Six reasons franchise concept has successful proven track record

Six reasons the franchise concept has successful proven track record.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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African American Festival: Young Military Serviceman Wins Elevator Pitch Contest

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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

Report: Black Business Owners in Texas Face Challenges

Business report shows significant barriers to growth and profitability

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

Banks lending more loans with lower interest rates

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

By Courtney Connley

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

Harlem entrepreneurs collaborate on venture

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

By Courtney Connley

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2014 International Franchise Expo Kicks Off In NYC

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Twitter Now Supports GIFs

Moving images tool enhances marketability for brands and consumers

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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International Franchise Expo Coming to New York

Pango Financial offering alternative funding product for would-be entrepreneurs

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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PayPal Launches PassPort Website to Help Small Businesses

PayPal's latest website helps small businesses go global

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

By Courtney Connley

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Where Marijuana is Legal, Dealers prepare to battle Corporate Cannabis

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

Ways African Americans can enter and profit

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Forrest Tuff, One Vision Productions

The Atlanta filmmaker follows a purpose-driven business strategy

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

By Timothy P. Tukes

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

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

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

Pana Television, a…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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SBA to Update Small Business Size Limits for Nearly 500 Industries

Thousands of large companies to become small businesses in July

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

By Courtney Connley

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How Small Businesses Are Spending Their Money

Infographic showing how much and on what business owners are spending

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Know The Real Cost Of Asking For Money

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Teen Entrepreneur Chase Reed Opens Sneaker Pawn Shop

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

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

By Kevin L. Clark

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Business Side of Black Beauty: Pageant Winners’ Success Stories

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

Starbucks to Help Thousands of Workers Pay for College Education

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

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

By Courtney Connley

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Maryland No. 1 State For Innovation And Entrepreneurship

Study reveals the nation’s most enterprising states

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Easy Ways To Inspire New Business Ideas

Using social media to generate that next great business idea

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Need To Raise Startup Capital: Tell A Great Story

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

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Home Care for Seniors Presents Hot Franchise Opportunities

Here are four successful brands servicing America's aging population

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Eric Cantor’s Loss Improves Crowdfunding Outlook

Republican congressman's defeats affects crowdfunding in several ways

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Report: Paula Deen To Launch Online Subscription-Based Network

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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“Google My Business” Launches For Small Biz Owners

Google unveils new tool to help small businesses connect with customers

Google My Business launches for small business owners

Google has launched a new marketing tool they…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Six Crowdfunding Sites Crucial For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

Grand prize includes display ads and search engine campaigns

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA Will Speed Up Loan Application Process

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Pitch Your Best Business Idea At The African American Festival

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

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

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Small Business Owners: Stop Sleeping On Mobile App Advertising

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Online Fashionista Ella Gorgla

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

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

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Black America In New Legal Marijuana Industry

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

Young Entrepreneur Council Member Spotlight: Jürgen Himmelmann

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Optimism Highest Since 2007

Small Business sentiment rising but no cause yet for celebration

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Great Ideas For Businesses On Wheels

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk: Are Business Plans Necessary?

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

Tips and Strategy on getting approved for a small business loan

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Home-Based Business Ideas

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Natural hair expert is reigning champion of the Elevator Pitch Contest

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

Tips for Small Business Owners looking to embrace emerging technologies

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Elevator Pitch Contest: Success Tips from a Winning Entrepreneur

Naturalicious' Gwen Jimmere shares strategy on marketing to get capital

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media

You Need A Social Media Manager On Your Team

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Ways To Get Traffic To Your Website

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Clothing representing Silicon Valley wealth doesn’t translate across races

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Senate Explores Support For Veteran Entrepreneurs

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Word of Mouth Is Still How To Get Customers

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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9 Ideas For Improving Your Business This Summer

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Study follows experiences of businessmen seeking loans from same bank

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Inspiring Books On Social Entrepreneurship

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Kevin Likes uses mobile augmented reality platform to push pop culture

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Harlem Haberdashery

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

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

By Kevin L. Clark

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

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Biggest Obstacle For Small Businesses Is Government Regulation

New survey shows confidence is key factor in business success

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tips To Help Secure Funding For Your Startup

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

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

Small Biz Alert! Protecting Intellectual Property: Patents 101

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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New Tool Helps Entrepreneurs Deepen Client and Customer Relationships

Take advantage of your LinkedIn connections using Grapevine6

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Why this Silicon Valley VC Avoids Gaming, Sports, Music

Bay Area investor fancies disruptive technologies in growth markets

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

By Alan Hughes

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Philadelphia’s Socially-minded Investors Circle is Biggest in U.S.

The angel network has invested $3 million in 10 companies since its launch

With nearly 30 members, the Philadelphia chapter of Investors’ Circle, a national angel group that…

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Entrepreneurs Love Being the Boss But Face Financial Challenges

Generating revenue and cash flow are the biggest issues starting out

Small business owners obviously like their choice of career, with 84% indicating that if they…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Angel Investing Boot Camp For Women Heading To Five New Cities

Pipeline Fellowship to train investors in Atlanta, Austin, LA, Miami, and Seattle

The Pipeline Fellowship, the organization committed to changing the face of angel investing and creating…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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12 Instagram Tips For Your Business

Here’s how to get the most out of the site to brand your company and to reach younger consumers

Instagram is a mobile photo editing and sharing app that saw its user base explode…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk – To Become Entrepreneurial Giant, No Degree Required?

Majority of college dropouts struggle to find success as business owners, abandoning college rarely leads to economic prosperity

While there are prominent entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded as college dropouts, most entrepreneurs have a harder…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Selling Your Most Valuable Product: You

Here’s how you can influence people to buy into you and your product or service

Regardless of the profession, everyone must sell himself or herself in some capacity. Think elevator…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Change-Makers by the Bay

A startup incubator with a social spin thrives in Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland is an entrepreneurial incubator and membership-based community with a social spin.

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Best Cities For Small Businesses

New York and Chicago among best municipalities providing small business development

New York is the best city for entrepreneurs in that it provides an environment that…

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How To Ask For Money To Fund Your Business

Here are 5 tips for soliciting money from friends and strangers using crowdfunding

Elixher Founder & Editor…

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How Your Small Business Can Profit From Walmart’s ‘Open Call’ For New Products

Walmart will give African American manufacturers, among others, an unprecedented opportunity to become suppliers…

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Entrepreneurs Conference: How to Grow, Protect and Distribute Your Assets

Insurance can make rebounding after losses that much easier. Here's how

Insurance can make rebounding after business losses that much easier for entrepreneurs. Leaders share how…

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African American Tech Start-Up Wins TAG Business Launch Competition

Young Tech company Monsieur wins 2014 competition with robotic bartender technology, will split $400,000

The Technology Association of Georgia, Venture Atlanta, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber have announced the winner…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Facility Interiors CEO Charles Griggsby

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: BE 100s CEO Charles Griggsby; Wells Fargo executive…

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Shining Star: ‘Fortitude,’ ‘Magic’ of Macy’s Turned Plus Size Lingerie Maker into Retail Titan

Workshop at Macy's helps Urban Intimates beat all odds on long, arduous Journey to success

It is often said, “The Road to Success is never easy.”
Psyche Terry, Owner and Founder…

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Give Employees Tryouts Before You Hire Them

Offer a trial period, give an incentive, or have role play as part of the interview process

Hiring new employees can be a drain mentally and financially, every time you have to…

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Small Business Owners Vs Entrepreneurs: Which One Are You?

Experts breakdown differences between Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

National Small Business Week wrapped up for the year on Friday May 16.
For a week…

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Small Businesses Losing $40,000 To Fraud

Business owners are defrauded every 15 months by bogus buyers and payment scams

Small business owners are experiencing losses of $40,000 or more due to fraud. A survey…

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Rising Star? Michael Hyacinthe: 2014 Grad of “Workshop at Macy’s” ultra-exclusive program

Hyacinthe, founder of Fashion has Heart, turns wounded vets' ideas into designs, also created app for badly wounded veterans

The fourth class of Macy’s prestigious and ultra-exclusive minority and women-owned business development workshop…

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Entrepreneurs Conference Day 3: Rev. Jesse Jackson Talks New-Day Inequality

Civil rights icon talks Silicon Valley, corporate diversity and Don Sterling

An early-morning one-on-one chat with civil rights icon, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Black Enterprise…

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PayPal Launches Small Business Tour

Online merchant services provider to teach entrepreneurs how to better leverage technology

PayPal is increasing its efforts to help small businesses grow by hosting a series of…

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Savvy Startup Founders Pitch for $10,000

Natralicious wins with pitch on natural hair products

At the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, sponsored by Nationwide, entrepreneurs vyed for a chance to…

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Sam’s Club to Invest $2.5 Million in Female Entrepreneurs

Sam's Club to invest more than $2 million to support women entrepreneurs, hails female biz owners as "foundation of middle class"

Sam’s Club has announced a $2.5 million grant from their giving program to grow women-owned…

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Sam’s Club/Gallup Microbusiness Tracker Finds Women Entrpreneurs on the Rise

New Poll says more female Microbusiness owners, but most owners depend on second job

A new poll put out by Gallup in collaboration with Sam’s Club, has turned up…

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T.D. Jakes: 20 Tips to Tap Into Your Divine ‘Instinct’ for Business Success

Successful pastor and entrepreneur has expanded his brand and earned millions

Business leader T.D. Jakes shared his insights on his new book and business success at…

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Entrepreneurs Conference, Day 2: Attendees Learn How to Win Corporate Clients

Experience full of networking and inspiration for small business owners

Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference continues for a second day of learning and inspiration

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From Entrepreneurship to Exit: 5 Quick Tips for Successful Transition

Panelists share insights on business growth and exit strategies at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Entrepreneurs Conference: David Tarver, Clarence Wooten, and Russell Wright share insights on exit strategies and…

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Entrepreneurs Conference Day 2: Kick-Off One-on-One with Valerie Daniels-Carter

Attendees set to be inspired and empowered by queen of franchising

The second day of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference kicks off with a one-on-one with…

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Venture Capital: A Debate on How to Minorities & Women Can Get a Seat at the Table

Panelists at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference discuss vital topic

Panelists discussed a key topic during the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference: minorities and women having…

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Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo Kicks Off Wednesday

The Small Business renaissance begins in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow when the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference…

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Shark Tank’s Rodney S. Sampson Talks Disruption for Small Businesses

Three quick tips for business longevity

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, sponsored by Nationwide, kicked off with a one-on-one chat with…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Trucking Maverick Oscar Horton

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Sun State International Trucking President Oscar Horton; money…

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Macy’s Exclusive Workshop Schools Entrepreneurs How to Make ‘Magic’

Program provides tools for success for women- and minority-owned businesses

Macy’s selective, free workshop program narrows thousands of applications down to just 12 and provides…

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20 Black Angels Worth Knowing For Minority Startups

The number of black investors funding startups is small but growing

Daymond John helped revolutionize urban fashion in the 1990s as founder, president, and CEO of…

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Wells Fargo To Create $100 Billion In Small Business Loans

Bank sets five-year lending goal to help more companies succeed

Wells Fargo has set a goal of lending $100 billion to small business owners over…

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SBA Offers Financing To Businesses Selling Abroad

Agency extends grant program another year with $8 million available in funding for small business exporting

 
Entrepreneurs interested in selling their products abroad should relish in the fact that there is…

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6 Great Small Business Tools

Here’s a list of free and low-cost online products to help you better run your company

Day-to-day business operations can be overwhelming, especially for startups and sole enterprises. Besides limited manpower,…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Wine Lover Jerry Bias

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Wisdom Oak Winery CEO Jerry Bias; leadership guru…

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Five Tax Tips For Writing Off Vacations for Your Business

Combining business with pleasure can pay off

Check out these tax strategies for small business owners to help save money by deducting…

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Lisa Price: Carol’s Daughter ‘Still Going Strong,’ Despite Bankruptcy Filing

CEO asserts natural beauty brand is resilient and still in business

Carol’s Daughter stores are closing their doors, but the company is not shutting down, CEO…

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Meet The 2014 Small Business Award Finalists

These 12 nominees represent America's best small black businesses

Innovation, perseverance, and resilience are some of the attributes entrepreneurs need to weather any storm.…

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BE Entrepreneurs Conference, May 14th- May 17th, Columbus, Ohio

Butch Graves joins Columbus, Ohio mayor, Michael B. Coleman, at press conference announcing BE Entrepreneurs Conference

Black Enterprise and the City of Columbus held a press conference the other day to…

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Why You Should Care: BE Enterpreneurs Conference, NATL Small Business Week Share Week

America's progress driven by pioneers who take risks, and work hard

The National Small Business Week and the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference will be in…

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States And Their Startups Getting The Most Venture Capital

More than $9 billion invested in new companies for Q1 2014

Massachusetts startups received $960 million in early stage financing from a total of 88 deals

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on All American Meats CEO Shawn Buchanan

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: All American Meats CEO Shawn Buchanan; Life Coach…

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National Small Business Week Kicks Off May 12

National Small Business Week runs May 12-16, 2014

The week will kick off in San Francisco on May 12, followed by events in…

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Hiring Executives Part-Time For Your Startup

Here’s how you can get C-suite level talent to grow your business without having to pay six-figure salaries

Unable to afford that kind of spend, most fledgling entrepreneurs will opt not to have…

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Lessons to Learn From the ‘Shark Tank’

Here's how one successful entrepreneur received an investment

By the time Tim Talley, founder of Rochester, NY-based U-Lace appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank,…

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One Entrepreneur’s Love of Pork Skins Led to a Lucrative Deal With Walmart

Stephen Gilchrist found an inventive way to place his favorite snack food on the shelves of the world's largest retailer

One of the most powerful sessions you’ll discover at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference…

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Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was fired by Andre Harrell as a 21-year-old exec at Uptown Records early in his career. Today, Combs has gone on to build a more than $300-million-dollar empire, with an expanding list of ventures under Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group: Sean John Clothing and Sean by Sean; a movie production company; his own Ciroc vodka; his own fragrance; reality TV shows; a solo music career, as well as his collaboration with artists Dirty Money; and an acting career, including a role in the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball.

Sean Diddy Combs is Schooling Tomorrows CEOs

The hip-hop mogul supports youth program and sets the example that hard work pays off

Combs’ brand Sean John is a sponsor of NFTE’s World Series of Innovation

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Sports Agent Bill Strickland

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Veteran Sports Agent Bill Strickland; learning to be…

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5 Hottest Industries To Start A Business Right Now

These high demand and fast growing sectors present the greatest money making opportunities for start-ups

IBISWorld has identified the following top industries with low barriers to entry and strong revenue…

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How To Write A Grant Proposal

Here are some winning tips to help you secure money for your nonprofit or small business

Most funding institutions don’t provide grants to individuals who will use the proceeds to start…

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Amiya's Mobile Dance Academy

This Teenpreneur’s Mobile Dance Studio Is Making Money, Eradicating Child Obesity

5 tips to help launch your business on wheels

Alexander also teaches classes on healthy eating and wellness

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6 Ways to Avoid Getting Stumped by Sharks

Every entrepreneur should be able to answer these questions

Entrepreneurs should be aware of some of the information potential investors are looking for and…

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring Relatives

Here's how to hire and work harmoniously with family members to help run your business

Family members can be part owners of the business, but they don’t have to work…

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Digital Trends That Can Help Your Business Go From Fledgling To Thriving

Understanding current trends driving business sales and success

In large part, it comes down to understanding the opportunities and trends that present…

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Etsy Creates Entrepreneurship Program To Help Low-Income Sellers

Citywide classes teach artisans how to crease profitable online stores

Now Etsy is offering a Craft Entrepreneurship Program

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Financial Education Champion Ryan C. Mack

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment President Ryan Mack…

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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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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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