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Investments in Customer Experience Expected to Surge in 2014 What to Know Before Applying for a Small Business Loan 5 Steps to Define Your Sales Funnel Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Webinar One Entrepreneur’s Journey to Super Bowl XLVIII Where to Find Small Business Opportunities in Africa Why Your Small Business Needs a Marketing Plan Five Steps To Becoming A Social Media Ninja The Importance of a Corporate Culture in Your Business Reservists Eligible to Apply for SBA Working Capital Loans How to Build a New Startup in 5 Strategic Steps Make 2014 the Year Your Small Business Gets a Bank Loan SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Discusses How to Pick an Accountant 3 Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read 6 Ways to Reach Business Success Sooner 5 Ways to Prepare for a Near-Perfect Product Launch Bootstrapped Entrepreneurs Are More Optimistic About The Economy & Their Business in 2014 How Female Business Owners Can Start Creating a Network of Mentors SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Crowdfunding Success The Economic Clout of Women-led Businesses: Now Stronger than Ever Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management Is it Time to End Your Business Partnership? Mega Franchise Owner Valerie R. Daniels Carter Named a Women of Power Legacy Award Winner 10 Employee Training Mistakes to Avoid ‘B The Change’ Campaign Rewards Businesses Used as a Force for Good 7 Key Elements to A Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Four Rules Every Female Entrepreneur Should Follow Webinar: Top Reasons Why SBA Returns & Declines an 8(a) Application 4 Biggest Tax Mistakes Small Businesses Make Women’s Business Development Center Celebrates it’s Women Vetrepreneurship Program The Six Laws of Customer Experience How This D.C. Couple Found a Niche Market for This Franchise 4 Lessons Learned In ABC’s Shark Tank Register for ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting 3 Myths About Successful Startup Cultures Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Webinar The Pros and Cons of Hiring Remote Workers How to Start Your Own Business While on the Job 4 Ways to Find The Right Mentor For Your Business Steps to Take When Investing in a Trademark Largest Franchise Expo in the South Relocates to Houston What Did 2013′s Disasters Teach Us About Being Prepared? How Small Business & NASA Are Working Together Toward Future Missions Menswear Brand Ikiré Jones Mixes High Fashion with African Aesthetics Intoxicake NYC Liquor Infused Cupcakes Are Serious Business The Pete Carroll Rules: How to Apply NFL Leadership to a Startup California Restaurant Chain Exposes At-Risk Foster Youth to Culinary Skills Tips on Overcoming and Surviving a Financial Crisis 5 Most Popular Options Used to Finance a Startup How To Build a Real Connection With Customers Tips to Leverage Business Relationships and Convert Them Into Paying Clients Rejected For a Business Bank Loan…Now What? Dissolve Your Inactive Business Before Dec 31st to Avoid Penalties Nominate a Business for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards GSA Broadens Outreach & Expands Opportunities For Small Business How Small Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification 10 Lessons on Baking Success Into Your Small Business How to Turn Your Customer’s Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool Behind the Growing Popularity of Jamba Juice How to Keep Your Business Lean and Profitable Ex-Im Bank Annual Report Outlines Record Year for Small Businesses Sisters Prep to Take Over $28 Million Black Construction Business IBM Helps Women Entrepreneurs in Africa Develop Business Strategies 5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season FedEx & The Export-Import Bank Join Forces to Empower U.S. Businesses to Export Entrepreneur of the Week: PR Expert Suzan McDowell Takes Miami by Storm One-Third of Employees Are Unclear About Company Business Goals 5 Essential Things to Consider Before Starting a Business U.S. Global Business Solutions Initiative to Increase Small Business Exports Your Year-End Small Business Accounting Checklist Know The Flow: Cash Is Critical To Small Business Survival SBA Webinar Part II: How Small Businesses Can Gain HUBZone Certification Today at 2PM EST Give1 Project Launches Entrepreneurship Incubator in Dakar How Are You Evaluating Your Clients? Avoiding Cultural Mishaps, A Lesson from Paul Frank 6 Reasons to Say “I Do” to a Fellow Entrepreneur Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg Fails to Bring Parity to Minority Businesses Unwrap Chicago Campaign Hopes to Pump $100 Million Into Chicago’s Economy How to Keep Startup Pitch Materials Up to Date What Investors Really Want to Know PR Expert Karen Taylor Bass Talks Public Relations on a Small Budget Pop-Up Shops Open Across the Country for Holiday Shopping Season Deciding Between An LLC or S Corporation: 6 Key Differences Growing Your Business at the Right Pace 6 Reasons to Launch Your Business Now Finding Capable Employees Still A Hurdle for Small Businesses How to Hire Only the Best Talent for Your Startup How To Keep Your Startup Customers Smiling SCORE Launches Video Contest to Help Small Businesses Increase Productivity 5 People You Need to Have in Your Entrepreneurial Network Top Year-End Tax Deductions for Small Business Webinar NASA Improves Contract Performance with Small Businesses Learn How to Sell Your Products on TV Shopping Networks 4 Ways For Your Startup To Save Money On Office Space How Two Actors Made a Business Out of ‘Flash-Mobs’ Who Should Manage a Company’s Social Media Presence? African-American’s Buying Power Projected to be $1.1 Trillion By 2015 The Executive Leadership Foundation Awards NCCU $350k for Youth Program Overall Satisfaction Among Small Business Banking Customers Drops [Survey] Best and Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Harlem Restaurant Owners Speak Out on Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposed Ban on Foam Products The Greener The Business, The Greener The Bottom Line 5 Ways to Use Market Competition to Your Company’s Advantage Small Businesses Weigh the Possible Costs of NYC’s Foam Ban 3 Challenges Facing Equity Crowdfunding Sites Small Business Saturday Resources For Your Business Why Mobile SMS Marketing to Drive Holiday Sales Is Smart for Black Businesses Defense Logistics Agency Helps Small Business Navigate Government Contracts How To Turn Your Business Failures Into Future Success Stories “I AM the 96%” Campaign Focuses on Legislation for Women Business Owners Innovate in Pennsylvania Program to Help Launch, Accelerate Innovative Companies How To Boost Your Company’s Cash Flow 5 Things to Get Straight Before Starting up A Better Way to Support and Train Your Employees Women-Owned Small Businesses Make Great Gains in Securing Government Contracts Top 5 Picks in Startup Business Incubators Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy [Report] KCnext Announces “Reverse Pitch” Event in Kansas City 3 Best Practices for Startup Hiring 5 Keys to Consider When Thinking About Buying a Franchise Small-Business Credit Quality Continues to Improve as Delinquency Rates Fall Majority of Business Owners Hesitant to Visit Healthcare Exchanges Small Businesses “Get Down to Business” With Training From Capital One Bank 6 Things to do Before Starting Your Own Business 4 Reality Checks For Entrepreneurs With “Can’t-Miss” Business Ideas How to Get More Out of Small Business Saturday Chrysler Group Hosts Michigan Matchmaking Event to Cultivate Growth in Small Businesses SBA Announces New Measures to Help Get Small Business Loans to Veterans Samuel Adams Introduces New “Pitch Room” Contest & Small Business Mentoring Session in New York City Is Your Unpaid Internship Program Legal? 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business National Women’s Business Council Celebrates Women Veteran Business Owners Philadelphia Challenges Entrepreneurs To Address Public Safety Issues Will Consumers Buy Local this Holiday Season? 5 Strategies for Diverse Supplier Program Success Do You Know the Difference Between Your Company’s Disaster Risk and Its Preparedness Level? Small Business Administration Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week Royal Advice From The Queen of QVC Small Business Conference for LGBT Communities Resumes After Government Shutdown Women-Owned Businesses Thriving, But Still Facing Obstacles SBA Releases it’s Annual Review of Small Business Lending for 2012 Celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month Top 10 Franchises You Can Run From Home How Do You Get Started on your Business Continuity Plan? Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Cupcake Company Founder Jessy Blanchard SBA Lending Activity in FY 2013 Shows SBA Continuing to Help Small Businesses Grow New Survey Shows Growth in Small Business Exporting ABC Shark Tank’s Chef Big Shake Goes Up Against Major Brands With Crowdfunding Learn and Win Prizes in AARP/Black Enterprise’s Small Business University Founder of Travelocity.com to Offer Insights on Developing Digital Relationships Webinar

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Investments in Customer Experience Expected to Surge in 2014

Investments in Customer Experience Expected to Surge in 2014

More executives are recognizing the link between customer experience and loyalty

A new research paper shows large and medium sized organizations plan to spend more on…

By C. Daniel Baker

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bank-loans

What to Know Before Applying for a Small Business Loan

Here's what business lenders look for before approving a loan

Community banks are lending. They never stopped lending through the financial crisis

By Alan Hughes

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Small Businesses Investing Big In Digital Marketing In 2013

5 Steps to Define Your Sales Funnel

Recognizing the value of a clearly defined sales funnel

Most business owners want to grow as quickly as possible. Having and utilizing a clearly…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Presented at Free Webinar

Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Webinar

A free webinar from the SBA designed to help small businesses handle crises via social media

Communicating a key message to your staff, clients and business partners in an accurate manner…

By C. Daniel Baker

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One Entrepreneur’s Journey to Super Bowl XLVIII

Here's how a small business owner landed a big game contract

Do you know of any other businesses that landed contracts for the Super Bowl this…

By Alan Hughes

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africa

Where to Find Small Business Opportunities in Africa

Export expert offers his advice on how to break into these emerging markets

In East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda are very conducive for doing business with partners…

By Alan Hughes

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Build a social media and website platform before you begin. If you do not have an interconnected presence between your website/blog, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, et al, then how will people find your book and how will you blast it out to the largest constituency possible?  The Internet is vast and a small cry in the dark for attention will get lost without a true platform.

Why Your Small Business Needs a Marketing Plan

It will help you attract and keep loyal customers and better compete against competitors

Here are 10 questions you need to ask yourself when building your marketing plan

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Five Steps To Becoming A Social Media Ninja

SBU expert Melinda Emerson discusses how to successfully brand yourself online

Social media is a tool that can open many doors for you

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Investments in Customer Experience Expected to Surge in 2014

The Importance of a Corporate Culture in Your Business

Harvard ethicist outlines how to resolve cultural issues that can affect your business

Sometimes issues can arise that stem from different outlooks and upbringings

By Alan Hughes

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Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Reservists Eligible to Apply for SBA Working Capital Loans

Small businesses can apply for a Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL)

Low interest loans of $50,000 or less are available to eligible small businesses if the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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April 2 Free Webinar From Verizon to Feature Dan Rather Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners

How to Build a New Startup in 5 Strategic Steps

Defining your brand is key to a successful startup

Defining you brand, honing your message and execution of your work is key to running…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to get a small business bank loan in 2014

Make 2014 the Year Your Small Business Gets a Bank Loan

How small business owners can best position themselves to obtain small business bank loans

Tips to help small business owners develop a beneficial relationship with a bank, as well…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Picking an accountant

SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Discusses How to Pick an Accountant

Join Melinda on SBU as she explains how to pick an accountant for your small business

How to pick an accountant for your small business

By C. Daniel Baker

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3 Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

3 Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

Direct Mail is still an excellent and often overlooked form of marketing

Here are a few tips on how to do it right

By C. Daniel Baker

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6 Ways to Reach Business Success Sooner

6 Ways to Reach Business Success Sooner

6 key lessons you can apply to your own business success

As entrepreneurs, our personal happiness, and the way we shape our own role at work…

By C. Daniel Baker

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3 Key Strategies for Pricing Your Product

5 Ways to Prepare for a Near-Perfect Product Launch

Every successful launch starts with a launch calendar.

Even long-time launchers make mistakes — but you don’t need to. Here are five effective…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

Bootstrapped Entrepreneurs Are More Optimistic About The Economy & Their Business in 2014

75% of Entrepreneurs survey said they expect their business to grow faster in 2014.

Hiring top talent, sales and marketing, and product development were once again the top priorities…

By C. Daniel Baker

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celebrate the first anniversary of its Women Vetrepreneurship Program

How Female Business Owners Can Start Creating a Network of Mentors

Have you found a mentor?

Women now run more than half of all small businesses in the United States

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Picking an accountant

SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Crowdfunding Success

Join Melinda on SBU as she explains the 7 key steps you need to take to make your crowdfunding campaign a success

Have you ever created a crowdfunding campaign?

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Register for ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting – January 22, 2014

The Economic Clout of Women-led Businesses: Now Stronger than Ever

36% of employer firms are either women-owned or women-led.

Successful women-led businesses have a variety of trajectories and strategies for growth, and there is…

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Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

Program is offered 100% online to help professionals worldwide

As supply chains become more complex in our global business environment, it is more important…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is It Time to End Your Business Partnership?

Is it Time to End Your Business Partnership?

Without a partnership agreement, dissolving a partnership can get nasty and carry a lot of risk

Partnerships fail and that failure could cost you your business

By C. Daniel Baker

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Mega Franchise Owner Valerie R. Daniels Carter Named a Women of Power Legacy Award Winner

BE 100s CEO among largest women- and black-owned franchise operators in the US

Will you be attending Women of Power?

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10 Employee Training Mistakes to avoid

10 Employee Training Mistakes to Avoid

Tips to avoid wasting time and money on ineffective group training

Most of the money and time companies spend on training is wasted because companies use…

By C. Daniel Baker

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b the change

‘B The Change’ Campaign Rewards Businesses Used as a Force for Good

16 B Corps create special edition products sold in Whole Foods, Target, Wegmans, and Barnes & Noble

A Benefit Corporation is a new type of corporate entity that twelve states have added…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Should You Do a Crowdfunding Campaign?

7 Key Elements to A Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding can be an effective tool for raising money for your business

This tool can be effective in jumpstarting your business

By C. Daniel Baker

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FOUR RULES EVERY FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR SHOULD FOLLOW

Four Rules Every Female Entrepreneur Should Follow

Erica Nicole, Founder & CEO of YFS Magazine shares tips for female entrepreneurs

There are unique lessons that women entrepreneurs will face. Erica Nicole, provides owners with what…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Webinar Series Part II: Top Reasons for Returns and Declines of Applications

Webinar: Top Reasons Why SBA Returns & Declines an 8(a) Application

Learn the top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned.

The U.S. Small Business Administration presents Top Reasons Why SBA Returns & Declines an 8(a)…

By C. Daniel Baker

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tax tips

4 Biggest Tax Mistakes Small Businesses Make

These simple steps can help you save some money when it comes time to pay Uncle Sam

Don’t miss these steps

By Carolyn M. Brown

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celebrate the first anniversary of its Women Vetrepreneurship Program

Women’s Business Development Center Celebrates it’s Women Vetrepreneurship Program

Boot camp will provide participants with valuable tools to launch a business

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) will celebrate the first anniversary of its Women Vetrepreneurship…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Six Laws of Customer Experience

How do you treat your customers

By understanding the six laws of customer experience, companies can make smarter decisions about what…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How This D.C. Couple Found a Niche Market for This Franchise

Here's how this former arts teacher took advantage of incentives for minority franchise owners

Howard James Jr. left the Washington, D.C., arts scene for the business world

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Shark-Tank

4 Lessons Learned In ABC’s Shark Tank

Slawsa creator Julie Busha didn't walk away with a $150,000 investment but did gain valuable business insight

The advice she received was invaluable

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Register for ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting – January 22, 2014

Register for ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting

Highlighting the unique opportunity WOSB federal contractors can have

SBA, WIPP and American Express OPEN have partnered to host ChallengeHER, a free contracting event…

By C. Daniel Baker

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3 Myths About Successful Startup Cultures

3 Myths About Successful Startup Cultures

Is breaking down the cubicle wall helping your company?

Certain personality types are said to be signs of a successful company

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Webinar

During 2012, small businesses received more than $15.8 billion in 8(a) contract dollars.

The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program was created to help small businesses grow their through…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Pros and Cons of Hiring Remote Workers

Are remote workers the right fit for your company?

While remote workers have their place in an increasingly global labor market, hiring outside staff…

By C. Daniel Baker

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April 2 Free Webinar From Verizon to Feature Dan Rather Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners

How to Start Your Own Business While on the Job

How to leverage your current position into a new company

Becoming an intrapreneur isn’t easy. If you want it to happen, you’re going to have…

By C. Daniel Baker

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mentor-business

4 Ways to Find The Right Mentor For Your Business

Your mentor must be as dedicated to your business as you are

How to find a mentor that has a vested interest in learning more about you…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Steps to Invest in a Trademark

Steps to Take When Investing in a Trademark

A trademark is an important investment in protecting your business

Steps to help expedite creating a trademark for your business

By C. Daniel Baker

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Thriving Economy Draws Largest Franchise Expo in the South to Houston Feb. 6-8

Largest Franchise Expo in the South Relocates to Houston

Expo will feature hundreds of top businesses

Franchise Expo South, the largest franchise expo in the South, will relocate to its new…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Business Continuity Tips Discussed at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery

What Did 2013′s Disasters Teach Us About Being Prepared?

Webinar will take a look at how disasters in 2013 caused business interruptions

Webinar will look at small and large-scale disasters in 2013 that caused business interruptions, and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NASA recognizes the outstanding effort of Small Businesses

How Small Business & NASA Are Working Together Toward Future Missions

NASA continues to work with small business, to the tune of $38.7 million

NASA’s small business innovation research projects continue to link small business with our space program

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Menswear Brand Ikiré Jones Mixes High Fashion with African aesthetics

Menswear Brand Ikiré Jones Mixes High Fashion with African Aesthetics

Ikiré Jones is best described as "Brooklyn meets West Africa"

Wale Oyejide, one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Men in America,” launches his high…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Intoxicake NYC infuses liquor and cupcakes

Intoxicake NYC Liquor Infused Cupcakes Are Serious Business

Ashleigh Fitzwilliam is the owner of Intoxicake NYC, a fast rising brand that mixes cupcakes and liquor.

Intoxicake NYC is featured in “Mob Wives” and “Hip Hop Gossip Girls”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Startup Lessons from an NFL Coach

The Pete Carroll Rules: How to Apply NFL Leadership to a Startup

Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks shares his leadership skills

Running a business and running an NFL team are very similar. Pete Carroll of the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tender Greens

California Restaurant Chain Exposes At-Risk Foster Youth to Culinary Skills

Charitable program offers paid internships at company’s 12 locations

Oberholtzer decided to put it under the umbrella of Tender Greens instead of establishing a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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"How will my business make money if no one wants to pay?"

Tips on Overcoming and Surviving a Financial Crisis

The best time to overcome a financial crisis is before there is one

Karl Hardesty, CEO of Hardesty LLC, offers tips for overcoming a financial crisis and avoiding…

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5 Most Popular Options Used to Finance a Startup

These are the more common ways entrepreneurs are accessing cash to launch their enterprises

Methods like these can get your business the cashflow it needs

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

How To Build a Real Connection With Customers

Tips to gain customers, grow revenue, and grow your business using real connections

How to organically create real relationships with your customers and turn them into repeat buyers

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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It's About Interactions

Tips to Leverage Business Relationships and Convert Them Into Paying Clients

Opportunities to create enduring client relationships present themselves daily

Whether your company is a start-up or well established, these basic initiatives can build credibility,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Rejected for a bank loan, alternate solutions

Rejected For a Business Bank Loan…Now What?

Currently about 60% of small businesses will be denied a bank loan

Small businesses need access to working capital to grow. But how can they obtain this…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Dissolve Your Inactive Business Before Dec 31st to Avoid Penalties

When a business is no longer active, it's important to dissolve the business

Leaving an inactive business open without properly dissolving it leaves the owners of said business…

By C. Daniel Baker

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small business awards

Nominate a Business for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards

Are you a small business owner with a success story to tell?

Submit your nomination!

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Small Businesses turning to Government Contracts and GSA Schedule to find success in tough economy

GSA Broadens Outreach & Expands Opportunities For Small Business

This marks the 2nd year in a row that GSA has received an A+ from the SBA

The GSA has expanded its opportunities for small businesses by hosting small business training &…

By C. Daniel Baker

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hub zone sba

How Small Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

In fiscal year 2012, HUBZone firms received $8.01 billion in federal contracts

The SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone programs provides contracting opportunities to small businesses located…

By C. Daniel Baker

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John Sweet’s 10 Lessons On Baking Success Into Your Small Business

10 Lessons on Baking Success Into Your Small Business

John Sweet reflects on lessons learned after 10 successful years in business

For 10 years, John Sweet & his wife Angela turned Niedlove’s Breadworks into a Chattanooga…

By C. Daniel Baker

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6 Ideas to Turn Your Customer Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

How to Turn Your Customer’s Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

Simple steps to help you retain clients using holiday gifts

Make your holiday gifts do double duty—not only as a “thank you” business, but also…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Why Are Jamba Juice Franchieses Growing In Popularity?

Behind the Growing Popularity of Jamba Juice

A Jamba Juice franchise generates an average of $700,000 a year

Jamba Juice mixes an easy to create product with low overhead, making it a very…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Keep Your Business Lean and Profitable

How to incorporate the stay lean movement in your business

Staying lean in business requires examination and retooling to find and wipe out inefficiencies

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ex-Im Bank Annual Report Outlines Record Year for Small Businesses

Ex-Im Bank Annual Report Outlines Record Year for Small Businesses

$27 billion in export financing supported more than 200,000 U.S. jobs

Nearly 90 percent of the banks transactions in FY 13 were for small businesses –…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Sisters Prep to Take Over $28 Million Black Construction Business

The Lynn's family 29-year-old mom-and-pop business has grown to be one of the nation's largest black-owned firms

Louis B. Lynn’s family tree is rooted in entrepreneurship

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IBM Helps Women's Cooperatives in Tangier Become More Profitable

IBM Helps Women Entrepreneurs in Africa Develop Business Strategies

Teams developed strategies for cultural preservation & sustainable development

IBM’s Corporate Service Corps deploys IBM employees from around the world to share their expertise…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

Start now to plan your holiday retail marketing campaign

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the time is now to make sure you…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ex-Im Bank Annual Report Outlines Record Year for Small Businesses

FedEx & The Export-Import Bank Join Forces to Empower U.S. Businesses to Export

Ex-Im Bank's total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export sales

Alliance that will help U.S. small and medium-sized businesses reach the 95% of the world’s…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneur of the Week: PR Expert Suzan McDowell Takes Miami by Storm

McDowell discusses the growing success of her agency, how her Jamaican heritage has impacted her professional career and evolving the challenges of entrepreneurship

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with McDowell to talk about the success of her agency

By Kimberly Wilson

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Beware Toxic Employess

One-Third of Employees Are Unclear About Company Business Goals

Most workers have no idea what their companies corporate goals are

Workers at small companies may be less aware of the strategic vision than their peers…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Growing Your Business At the Right Pace

5 Essential Things to Consider Before Starting a Business

Your background, experience and education must align with you business

Successful people aren’t measured by how many ideas they have, but by their ability to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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U.S. Global Business Solutions Initiative To Increase Small Business Exports

U.S. Global Business Solutions Initiative to Increase Small Business Exports

Initiative aims to add 50k small businesses to the nation's exporter base by 2017.

The U.S. Global Business Solutions (USGBS) is an interagency initiative to expand the reach of…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Your Year-End Small Business Accounting Checklist

How to best manage your small business for success in the new year

Tips to help you best manage your company finances and position your small business for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Know The Flow: Cash Is Critical To Small Business Survival

1 out of every 3 small businesses fails within the first two years, often due to poor financial management

PNC Bank offers tips to help

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SBA HUBZone Webinar Part II: How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

SBA Webinar Part II: How Small Businesses Can Gain HUBZone Certification Today at 2PM EST

Part 2 of the SBA's HUBZone Certification Webinar

The webinar will focus on Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone contracting requirements

By C. Daniel Baker

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Give1 Project Launches Entrepreneurship Incubator in Dakar

The official launch of the program took place during the opening ceremony of the new office headquarters in Dakar, Senegal on December 12th

Incubators

By Kimberly Wilson

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

How Are You Evaluating Your Clients?

In a service business, picking the right clients can mean the difference between success and failure

How to avoid the bad clients and attract the good ones

By C. Daniel Baker

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Avoiding Cultural Missteps and cultural appropriation

Avoiding Cultural Mishaps, A Lesson from Paul Frank

What to do to surivive a cultural miscue

The Paul Frank Brand hosted a offensive Native American-themed party. What your brand can learn…

By C. Daniel Baker

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6 reasons to say i do to a fellow entrepreneur

6 Reasons to Say “I Do” to a Fellow Entrepreneur

There are many advantages to marrying a fellow entrepreneur

Marrying a fellow entrepreneur can lead to success and happiness. A special guest article from…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg Fails to Bring Parity to Minority Businesses

Push to diversify NYC contracting falls short of goals

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office, he hasn’t done much to help black and Latino…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Local First Chicago Launches 2013 Unwrap Chicago Campaign

Unwrap Chicago Campaign Hopes to Pump $100 Million Into Chicago’s Economy

Shopping at local businesses could pump more than $100 million into Chicago's economy

Local First is launching a year-long program called Eat, Drink & Buy Local 365 to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ways to improve your startup pitch deck

How to Keep Startup Pitch Materials Up to Date

Steps to draw attention to the information investors want the most

As an early-stage entrepreneur, you must constantly keep your pitch materials up to date

By C. Daniel Baker

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What Investors Want to Know

What Investors Really Want to Know

How to pitch your business to venture capitalists

Your potential investor is asking why your business — as compared to others vying for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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PR Expert Karen Taylor Bass Talks Public Relations on a Small Budget

You don't have to spend much to get some good PR

Karen Taylor Bass explains how to accomplish good PR on a shoestring budget

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Pop-Up Shops Open Across the Country for Holiday Shopping Season

Temporary stores are great for testing new products and drawing new customers

Have you ever been inside a pop-up shop?

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DECIDING BETWEEN AN LLC OR S CORPORATION: 6 KEY DIFFERENCES

Deciding Between An LLC or S Corporation: 6 Key Differences

LLC vs S Corporation. Which is right for your business?

Rachel Rodgers walks us through the benefits and differences between 2 common business structures: LLC…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Growing Your Business At the Right Pace

Growing Your Business at the Right Pace

If not prepared, scaling too quickly can be dangerous and lead to failure

Scaling is certainly a goal for businesses at some point, but scaling as soon as…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

6 Reasons to Launch Your Business Now

There's no better time than the present when it comes to launching a business

A struggling economy presents opportunities for ambitious entrepreneurs — you just have to know where…

By C. Daniel Baker

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

Finding Capable Employees Still A Hurdle for Small Businesses

Finding a highly skilled team of employees is crucial. But it isn't always easy

In a recent survey,60 percent of small business owners said the biggest challenge in hiring…

By C. Daniel Baker

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

How to Hire Only the Best Talent for Your Startup

Five tips for attracting talent that will support your vision

Hiring the right talent is one of the most important aspects of building a thriving…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How To Keep Your Startup Customers Smiling

A large number of people are jaded from poor customer service experiences

At a startup and arguably at a large company too – there is nothing more…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

SCORE Launches Video Contest to Help Small Businesses Increase Productivity

The BizClips contest is part of SCORE's 50th anniversary celebration

Since 1964, SCORE has assisted over 10 million small businesses, and looks to continue with…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 People You Need to Have in Your Entrepreneurial Network

Who you know is just as important as what you know

One of the most direct ways to build up your network and add new members…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top Year-End Tax Deductions for Small Business Webinar

A small business cannot afford to miss an opportunity to save money

Tax expert and best-selling author Barbara Weltman will discuss key, last-minute tax deductions small businesses…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NASA recognizes the outstanding effort of Small Businesses

NASA Improves Contract Performance with Small Businesses

NASA has achieved an "A" on it's Small Business Procurement Scorecard.

Despite a spending decrease due to federal budget constraints, NASA awarded approximately $2.6 billion directly…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Learn How to Sell Your Products on TV Shopping Networks

Think you have a million-dollar idea? Here's how inventor Lisa Ascolese got on QVC

Getting on QVC or the Home Shopping Network is a fantasy to many inventors who…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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4 ways to save money on Office Space

4 Ways For Your Startup To Save Money On Office Space

There are many alternatives to commercial real estate rentals for office space

Aside from taxation & HR challenges associated with hiring, one of the first bridges you’ll…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How Two Actors Made a Business Out of ‘Flash-Mobs’

Flash Mob America: How a growing dance craze became a full-fledged production company

Actors Conroe Brooks and Staci Lawrence were so moved by the memorial service held for…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Presented at Free Webinar

Who Should Manage a Company’s Social Media Presence?

When it comes to your company's social media strategy, who should take the lead?

Overseeing an organization’s social media efforts usually overlaps departments. Here’s how to decide who in…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Nielsen Study: African American Income, Education Exceeds Expectations

African-American’s Buying Power Projected to be $1.1 Trillion By 2015

Group is the second largest racial minority in the country

Mainstream advertisers often do not include African Americans in marketing plans and underestimate the market…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Executive Leadership Foundation Awards North Carolina Central University $350,000 for Summer Youth Business & Entrepreneurship Academy

The Executive Leadership Foundation Awards NCCU $350k for Youth Program

Grant will support the next generation of black business leaders

Grant enables NCCU to invest in training for the next generation of business leaders, entrepreneurs…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Overall Satisfaction among Small Business Banking Customers Drops

Overall Satisfaction Among Small Business Banking Customers Drops [Survey]

Satisfaction among small business banking customers has decreased in 2013

Overall satisfaction among small business banking customers has decreased in 2013

By C. Daniel Baker

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Best and Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship, Small Business

Your state's tax rate can affect your small businesses success

A new study highlights the difference between each state’s tax rate

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New Study Details Economic And Environmental Costs Of NYC Polystyrene Ban

Harlem Restaurant Owners Speak Out on Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposed Ban on Foam Products

Owners highlighted the negative effects the ban will have on local businesses.

Harlem restaurant owners met to discuss the effects of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA HUBZone Webinar Part II: How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

The Greener The Business, The Greener The Bottom Line

Most small firms polled say going green eased pinch of most recent recessions.

The greener the company’s practices, the higher their sales, according to a major new survey…

By C. Daniel Baker

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3 Myths About Successful Startup Cultures

5 Ways to Use Market Competition to Your Company’s Advantage

Market competition can create a battleground as well as prime opportunities.

How to studying your competition, find weaknesses in their organizations and best leverage your company…

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New Study Details Economic And Environmental Costs Of NYC Polystyrene Ban

Small Businesses Weigh the Possible Costs of NYC’s Foam Ban

A switch to alternatives could cost city businesses millions, increase solid waste

NYC’s proposed ban on polystyrene foam foodservice materials will impact small businesses, according to one…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Over the past year, people have used crowdfunding sites to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, which proves the value of the technique as a funding source. Look for this trend to continue and increase in the coming year.

3 Challenges Facing Equity Crowdfunding Sites

Title III of the Jobs Acts will create opportunities for new investors and challenges for crowdfunding platforms

The SEC released its proposed rules for Title III of the JOBS Act this past…

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Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday Resources For Your Business

Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Small Business Saturday has become an important fixture on the business calendar for merchants

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer ultrabooks, tablets, or MacBooks, you’re not going anywhere without a smartphone. It is definitely a requirement for every entrepreneur. But a tech entrepreneur needs one because it's web enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great example. The latest in the Galaxy S series offers more than most smartphones. It has one of the most sophisticated mobile experiences to date. It’s light, thin and can fit right in the palm of any hand, plus the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system makes multitasking simple. You have the option to watch HD videos while emailing or texting, if you so choose.

Why Mobile SMS Marketing to Drive Holiday Sales Is Smart for Black Businesses

Black businesses can take venture to next level with SMS marketing

As African-Americans over-index on mobile phone usage, this means of cost-effective reach might be just…

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Defense Logistics Agency Helps Small Business Navigate Government Contracts

Centers provide technical assistance, usually free of charge, to businesses

The DLA supports businesses as they grow, offering current and effective training on many topics…

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How To Turn Your Business Failures Into Future Success Stories

Every entrepreneur needs to learn: Failure is never the end.

Neil Thanedar, CEO of Labdoori answers the question, is it really true that startup failure…

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Register for ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting – January 22, 2014

“I AM the 96%” Campaign Focuses on Legislation for Women Business Owners

8% of women business owners have 1-5 employees and 88% are self-employed

Are you a mom in business?

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Innovate in Pennsylvania Program to Help Launch, Accelerate Innovative Companies

Innovate in PA is projected to support more than 5,000 jobs

For every dollar invested in through Innovate in PA, it is projected that $2.37 will…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How To Boost Your Company’s Cash Flow

Here's five ways you can improve your business' inflow of cash and bottom line

Having cashflow issues?

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April 2 Free Webinar From Verizon to Feature Dan Rather Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners

5 Things to Get Straight Before Starting up

One entrepreneur shares her real life experience starting a company

Save yourself countless hours — and the possible headache of making a huge foundational mistake…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A BETTER WAY TO SUPPORT AND TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

A Better Way to Support and Train Your Employees

Are training sessions the most effective method for improving productivity?

When a company pulls its employees off the job for training, momentum is interrupted and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Procurement Statistics Revealed Great Gains for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Women-Owned Small Businesses Make Great Gains in Securing Government Contracts

In 2012, women owned small businesses were awarded 182,791 contracts worth $11.5 billion

There have been many great gains for women-owned small businesses, however, the average award remains…

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Top 5 Picks in Startup Business Incubators

These programs provide budding entrepreneurs with several resources from coaching to funding

There are 25 incubators around the world

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

Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy [Report]

With support, small businesses thrive, create, retain 8,352 jobs

Business owners around the country reported creating and retaining 8,352 net new jobs at a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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KCnext Announces "Reverse Pitch" Event in Kansas City

KCnext Announces “Reverse Pitch” Event in Kansas City

Google selected the Kansas City metro area for the roll-out of its Google Fiber service

Home to 2.5 million people, the Kansas City region offers the benefits of more than…

By C. Daniel Baker

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April 2 Free Webinar From Verizon to Feature Dan Rather Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners

3 Best Practices for Startup Hiring

Qualities to look for when hiring for your startup

As a startup, you can’t afford to make a lot of mistakes when hiring

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Keys to Consider When Thinking About Buying a Franchise

Here's how to position yourself for success in franchising, regardless of the brand

Don’t put your money down before reading this

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small-business credit quality continues to improve as credit balances rise and delinquency rates fall

Small-Business Credit Quality Continues to Improve as Delinquency Rates Fall

Lower delinquency and stronger credit growth are excellent signs of growth

Small business credit is growing at a near double-digit level

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Majority of Business Owners Hesitant to Visit Healthcare Exchanges

86% of business owners have not visited a State or Federal healthcare exchange

A number of factors has caused independent business owners to avoid going to a State…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses “Get Down to Business” With Training From Capital One Bank

Free annual program helps to put more money in entrepreneurs’ wallets

In addition to workshops, each small business receives one-on-one counseling

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Things to do Before Starting Your Own Business

Gaining valuable experience could help ensure success down the road

“You need to know what your goals are and also make sure to be financially…

By Alan Hughes

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4 Reality Checks For Entrepreneurs With “Can’t-Miss” Business Ideas

Try to get out of your own way every once in a while

A venture cannot survive on faith and passion alone

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Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

How to Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

67% of small businesses will offer discounts on November 30

Small Business Saturday has become an important fixture on the calendar

By C. Daniel Baker

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Chrysler Group Hosts Michigan Matchmaking Event to Cultivate Growth in Small Businesses

More than 2,500 applications were submitted for participation by Michigan businesses

Chrysler Group opened its doors to host an event matching its own business needs and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Announces New Measures to Help Get Small Business Loans Into the Hands of Veterans

SBA Announces New Measures to Help Get Small Business Loans to Veterans

Of all SBA loans that go to veterans, 73 percent are $350,000 & below

The push to arm veterans with extra business resources continues

By C. Daniel Baker

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Introduces New "Pitch Room" Contest for Small Business Owners and Hosts Small Business Mentoring Session in New York City

Samuel Adams Introduces New “Pitch Room” Contest & Small Business Mentoring Session in New York City

Attendees can have personalized coaching sessions with founder Jim Koch

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream is a a micro-lending and mentoring program for small…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is Your Unpaid Internship Program Legal?

New laws require every company to carefully examine their unpaid internship program

Hiring unpaid interns requires understanding of the Department of Labor’s specifications and ensuring you do…

By C. Daniel Baker

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10 CyberSecurity Tips for Small Business

10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business

Technology and high-speed Internet are great enablers of small business

As larger companies take steps to secure their systems, less secure small businesses are easier…

By C. Daniel Baker

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National Women’s Business Council Celebrates Women Veteran Business Owners

Nearly 100,000 companies owned by Veterans are run by women

The National Women’s Business Council is commemorating Veterans Day by highlighting key findings about women…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Keep Your Business Lean and Profitable

Philadelphia Challenges Entrepreneurs To Address Public Safety Issues

FastFWD invites entrepreneurs to solutions to urban challenges

FastFWD is a partnership between the City of Philadelphia, GoodCompany Group, a social enterprise accelerator

By C. Daniel Baker

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Will Consumers Buy Local this Holiday Season?

Small Business Saturday organizers hope to give a boost to independent retailers

American Express is again undertaking its Small Business Saturday initiative

By Alan Hughes

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Top 5 Strategies for Diverse Supplier Success Tips allow organizations to more competitively seek contracts and growth opportunities

5 Strategies for Diverse Supplier Program Success

Cintas Corporation shared its top five strategies for supplier diversity success

According to a 2012 survey, nearly 72 percent of organizations expect their total supplier diversity…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Do You Know the Difference Between Your Company’s Disaster Risk and Its Preparedness Level?

Each year, lack of disaster preparedness takes a financial toll on small businesses

With solid planning a business owner can protect both financial and human capital and withstand…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Administration Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week

Small Business Administration Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week

SBA supported $1.86 billion in loans for 3,094 veteran-owned small businesses

SBA’s Veterans Small Business Week is so exciting because it really shines a light on…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Royal Advice From The Queen of QVC

Inventor and ABC Shark Tank co-star Lori Greiner discusses getting products sold on television

Lori Greiner has advice for minority businesses and entrepreneurs

By Roz A. Gee

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Small Business Conference for LGBT Communities Resumes After Government Shutdown

The SBA’s economic empowerment tour heads to New York

LGBT conference is on its way to the world’s greatest city

By Carolyn M. Brown

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celebrate the first anniversary of its Women Vetrepreneurship Program

Women-Owned Businesses Thriving, But Still Facing Obstacles

Women-owned businesses face different struggles than their male counterparts

During the period between 2007–2010, many Women-owned businesses outperformed their male counterparts

By C. Daniel Baker

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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

SBA Releases it’s Annual Review of Small Business Lending for 2012

Total number of small business loans increases from 21.3 million to 23.5 million.

Study shows an increase in the number of small business loans which underscores the positive…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Register for ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting – January 22, 2014

Celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month

Today about 30 percent of small businesses are owned by women

Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of the small business community

By C. Daniel Baker

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Top 10 Franchises You Can Run From Home

From Jazzercise to handyman services, there are hundreds of home based business concepts out there to explore

Which one of these would you like to try?

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How Do You Get Started on your Business Continuity Plan?

How Do You Get Started on your Business Continuity Plan?

Advice from experts for keeping your business running incase of an emergency

The actions you take towards protecting your business can mean the difference between surviving or…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Cupcake Company Founder Jessy Blanchard

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Cupcake entrepreneur Jessy Blanchard; Wealth expert Dr. Dennis…

By Pepper Miller

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA Lending Activity in FY 2013 Shows SBA Continuing to Help Small Businesses Grow

In 2013, SBA supported more than $29 billion in lending to small businesses

Since President Obama took office, SBA has supported more than $126 billion in lending to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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U.S. Global Business Solutions Initiative To Increase Small Business Exports

New Survey Shows Growth in Small Business Exporting

Small businesses report an unclear understanding of where to start

Small businesses seeing opportunities available to them via exporting and viewing their goods and/or services…

By C. Daniel Baker

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ABC Shark Tank’s Chef Big Shake Goes Up Against Major Brands With Crowdfunding

Shawn Davis launches his Shrimp Burger Revolution Tour

Big Shake is the originator of the original shrimp burger

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Learn and Win Prizes in AARP/Black Enterprise’s Small Business University

Four-week webinar series offers expert guidance to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow small businesses

Black Enterprise Small Business University offers expert advice to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow…

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SBA Hosts Twitter Chat for Young Entrepreneurs on Business Start Up

Founder of Travelocity.com to Offer Insights on Developing Digital Relationships Webinar

Webinar features Terry Jones, founder & former CEO of Travelocity.com

The latest webinar from Verizon will show small-business owners & executives how to network and…

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

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

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Women of Power TV Show Set to Premiere October 25

Black Enterprise’s nationally syndicated Women’s Power show debuts October 25 on TV One.

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