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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 Title III of The JOBS Act Passes: A Major Win for Minority Businesses U.S. Small Business “Uniquely Vulnerable” to Climate Change, Extreme Weather Many Small Businesses Don’t Seek Legal Help Despite Risks Not In It For the Money: Entrepreneurs Not Motivated Soley by Cash [Study] Jeff Bezos Runs The Most Intense Mentorship Program In Tech 5 Common Business Mistakes To Avoid Twenty-Five D.C. 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Martin Ekechukwu Pushed The Growth of His Tea Brand Into Retail Stores How to Land Multimillion Dollar Federal Contracts 5 Tips to Successfully Gain 8(a) Certification Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Snack Food Distributor Ernest Lang Help For Small Businesses Struggling With Obamacare AAI Anniversary Awards Gala: Global Business Leaders Talk Bridging the Gap Between Africa and America Top 10 Free Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use Obama Administration Launches Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Mixed Chicks Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge 5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know About Obamacare Exchanges Why 3D Printing Will Benefit Your Business Entrepreneurs Visit U.S. to Learn and Grow via Cultural Exchange 15 Baseline Tech Skills All Entrepreneurs Should Have Free Verizon Webinar Features Tips From Entrepreneur Erika Martin on Starting a Business Why 1 Trillion Dollars In Black Buying Power Should Be Used To Start Black Businesses Rapper Young Jeezy Brings His Entrepreneurial Experience to Avion Tequila WOMANCON Conference Celebrates Women’s Entrepreneurship Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Construction Management CEO Deryl McKissack The Myth About Obamacare And Small Businesses How to Stop Employees From Quitting Small Businesses Created 71,000 Jobs in August, According to ADP Report Month of the Man: Luxury Shoe Artisan Talks Reviving an Old Trade Minority Business Development Agency Awards $7.3 Million to Boost Job Creation Former Army Cook Creates Recipe for Success with Edible Arrangements Franchise Getting Credit Harder For Small Businesses Industry Group Supports Passage of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act Northwestern Mutual Launches New Veteran Recruiting Initiative 4 Rules For Hiring And Building a Team Networking Forum Helps Entrepreneurs Meet Investors Organizations Join Forces to Help Women Veterans Start Their Own Businesses Social Media Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid 5 Myths About Owning a Franchise Brett Johnson, BET Founders’ Son, Launches Mens Footwear and Clothing Collection NFTE & Microsoft Calls Young Innovators to Compete for Up to $10,000 in Cash and Prizes SBA Roundtables to Help U.S. Small Businesses Export to the European Union 5 Tips to Finding the Ideal Retail Location Brand Your Business Using Online Video Sam’s Club Giving $700k to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship to Educate Future Business Leaders Small Business Index Shows Greatest Increase Since January of 2013 4 Tech Investments Your Startup Should Splurge On Early Minority-Owned Business Leaders to Lead Live Virtual Event Hosted by USSOCOM IBM Innovation and Business Development Center Opens in Kenya 8 Personality Traits Top Employees Have in Common Deadline to Apply for Pennsylvania DEP’s Small Business Grants Extended Due to Popular Demand How NewMe Accelerator Landed This Entrepreneur $1.5 Million 5 Steps for Calculating Your Startup Costs Assessing Your Small Business Banking Relationship Nonprofit Helps Social Entrepreneurs Grow Ideas with Seed Money Jeanne Hulit to Replace Karen Mills as SBA Administrator How to Know When You Need A Contract Many Family Businesses Struggle to Survive Past the Second Generation Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Construction Company CEO Mamon Powers Jr. Study Finds 38% of Small Businesses Offer Customer Loyalty Programs Department of Commerce Seeks Nominations for the 2013 Minority Enterprise Development Awards Get Your Business Ready For Any Disaster With Free SBA Webinar Series Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Adds “Hang w/” Platform to Entrepreneurial Endeavors Small Business Owners are “Happy” Despite Concerns about Healthcare and Retirement Ben’s Chili Bowl Celebrates 55th Anniversary with Bill Cosby Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: NuJak’s Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson Startups Still Rely Heavily on Family for Funding How To Attract, Influence & Keep Customers The 10 Best Cities to Start a Business Morehouse College Students ‘Step’ Up Their Game with Footwear Business Nation’s Largest Restaurant Franchisees Grew in Size & Scope in 2012 Lawmakers Criticize IRS for Targeting Small Business Owners Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Award-Winning Architect Phil Freelon Daymond John and Mark Cuban to Attend First Shark Tank Audition For Minority Businesses Mara Mentor: Supporting Young Entrepreneurs Across Nigeria Carla A. Harris to be Named Chair of the National Women’s Business Council ATL Hosts LGBT Entrepreneurs Economic Empowerment Conference SBA launches HEROS: For Her Entrepreneurship, Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support Program Small Businesses Turning to Government Contracts to Find Success in Tough Economy My Favorite Small Business Reality Shows Detroit Entrepreneur Creates Luxury Hair Extensions Line How to Differentiate Your Business from the Competition Making Connections With The Big Automakers NADCO Releases August Small Business Lending Report Turn Your Sideline Hustle Into A Business Oklahoma State University now accepting applications for 2014 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program Is Your Small Business Making the Most of Social Media? 5 Steps to Take Before Selling Your Business NSBA Survey Shows Small-Business Economic Outlook Improving Minority Contractors Fight For More Fed Dollars Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Solo Noir Founder Andrea Polk First Resource Bank Approved As a SBA 7(a) Lender Maternity, Medical Leave Benefits and Your Small Business Venture Forum to Provide Military Veteran Entrepreneurs a Platform to Meet Investors How to Start That Online Business You’ve Been Thinking About Marley Beverages Introduces Premium Ready-to-Drink Jamaican Iced Coffee Mikel Madison on His Journey as a Black Bicycle Shop Owner in a Mostly White Industry ABC’s Shark Tank Wants Black Businesses Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Footwear Entrepreneur Candra Palmer Virtual Toolkit Offers Unique Interactive Community for Entrepreneurs New Push For Support of the Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013 Brown Capital Management Founder & Wife Make History With Honorary Johns Hopkins University Degrees Watch Out! Cyber Criminals Preying On Small Businesses in Growing Numbers SCORE to Celebrate Outstanding Small Businesses at 5th Annual SCORE Awards How This Lingerie for ‘Plus Sized’ Women Entrepreneur Perfected Her Pitch Is Your New Business Idea a Home Run or A Dud? Study Finds $251 Million Economic Impact from NYC Incubators 6 Apps Every Small Business Owner Should Use SBA Awards Grants to 20 Universities & Orgs to Support Small Business Innovation Few Employers Have Cut Workers’ Hours Due to Obamacare July Small Business Lending Report Shows Strong Signs of Growth Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development Entrepreneur of the Week: Souley Vegan Owner, Tamerra Dyson SBA Launches Affordable Care Act 101 Weekly Webinar Series Crowdfunding is Becoming the New Match.com Fashion Icon Tyra Banks Fierce Capital, LLC. Invests in New Startup New SEC Rules Could Kill Angel Investing, Hurt Startups Former FedEx VP Becomes a Top Franchise Owner The Turnaround Kings: BE 100s Financial Services Company of the Year Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: NFL Vet and Entrepreneur Israel Idonije Shayna Rattler Reveals How to Attract & Retain Corporate Contracts Tavis Smiley and University of Maryland Announce $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge SEC Allows Startups to Advertise That They’re Fundraising Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Cosmetics Company CEO Vera Moore Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Its 500th Restaurant in New York City

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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…

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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…

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Title III of The JOBS Act Passes: A Major Win for Minority Businesses

The shift in securities laws will make it easier to access capital for startups

With Title III in place, investors don’t have to have $1 million net worth in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Resilient in the Face of Harsh February Weather, According to Direct Capital Lending Index

U.S. Small Business “Uniquely Vulnerable” to Climate Change, Extreme Weather

2011 and 2012 were the two most extreme years on record for destructive weather events

An estimated 25 percent of small to mid-sized businesses do not reopen following a major…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Five Legal Terms Every Business Owner Should Know

Many Small Businesses Don’t Seek Legal Help Despite Risks

Owners can't make critical decisions without advice from an attorney

A majority of America’s smallest businesses – those with 250 employees or less – go…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneurs Not Motivated By Cash

Not In It For the Money: Entrepreneurs Not Motivated Soley by Cash [Study]

Business owners cite other reasons for starting their own companies.

A new survey reveals most business owners don’t have riches on their mind when starting…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Jeff Bezos Runs The Most Intense Mentorship Program In Tech

Would you like this job?

Jeff Bezos has someone follow him around daily

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5 Typical Business Mistakes to Avoid

5 Common Business Mistakes To Avoid

Here are some suggestions on how to avoid these errors

Business ownership requires a lot of hard work

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Twenty-Five D.C. Area Entrepreneurs to Receive 2013 Women of Color Award

Hosted by 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. and Women Presidents' Organization

Privately held women-owned and led firms provided a net increase in employment opportunities that have…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

How to Get Positive Customer Reviews Online

Here’s an online tool to help you manage, maximize, and monetize customer feedback

By being proactive, entrepreneurs can have a big impact on how their companies are presented…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SEC Changes Expected to Ease Funding Challenges for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs

There are 8.7 million accredited investor households eligible to invest in the U.S.

The SEC lifted the ban on general solicitation changing an 80-year-old securities law to help…

By C. Daniel Baker

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One-on-One Exclusive: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Talks Business Development

Agriculture and energy key emerging areas for business investors

BlackEnterprise.com’s exclusive one-on-one interview with Nigeria’s President Jonathan Goodluck on business development and investment opportunities.

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Small Business Resilient in the Face of Harsh February Weather, According to Direct Capital Lending Index

One Year after Superstorm Sandy, Many Small Businesses Aren’t Prepared for the Next Disaster

Small businesses are still at risk for downtime following a natural disaster

Nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy, small businesses are still at risk for downtime and…

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 Hosts Second Annual Small Business Speed Coaching in Washington, DC

Samuel Adams supports small business owners through a combination of micro-lending and mentoring

Speed coaching helps many small business owners

By C. Daniel Baker

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Six Surprising Tax Code Changes for Small Businesses

Some 4th quarter tactics to help keep more of what you earn during 2013

These changes slipped under the radar

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Avoid These Common Business Mistakes

No matter what you do, you're going to make mistakes in the beginning

Running a business is tricky

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

Higher Growth Rates for Small Businesses That Use PEOs

Professional employer organizations can help grow you business

Small businesses that use professional employer organizations have an employment growth rate that is nearly…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Auto Dealership Mogul Gregory Jackson

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Prestige Automotive Group CEO Gregory Jackson; The Money…

By Pepper Miller

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Why You Need a Business Relationship Banker

Maggie Harris has a $1M line of credit thanks to an ongoing banking relationship with Wells Fargo

Maggie M. Harris has been in the government contracting business since graduating from college

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New NSBA Survey Shows IT Cost, Security Major Concerns for Small Business

Survey Highlights IT Cost & Security as Major Concerns for Small Business

Small-business use of technology has dramatically increased over the past three years.

94 percent of small-business owners say they are concerned about cybersecurity while nearly half…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Community Organizations Preserve West Oakland National Historic Landmark

Community Organizations Come Together to Preserve Black Oakland Landmark

How Bay Property enabled three nonprofits to purchase a historic landmark.

How 3 nonprofits came together to purchase the national historic African-American landmark Liberty Hall in…

By C. Daniel Baker

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10th Annual National Small Business Federal Contracting Week

Government Shutdown is Hurting Black Contractors And Entrepreneurs

Minority owned firms are facing increased hardships and financial losses

As the shutdown drags on, it could hurt 20% of their business, according to a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Larry Felix, Director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: United States’ “Money Maker” Larry Felix

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and…

By Pepper Miller

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

Top Reasons Employees Leave Their Company

The reasons employees leave a company are more than just a paycheck

At the height of the recession, employees were more likely to stay put when they…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Government Cracks Down on Companies Producing Fake Online Reviews

Local business owners face fines and lawsuits for false advertisements to consumers on sites like Yelp

Many consumers are getting duped and the practice of posting fake business reviews online is…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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What It Takes to Win in Business and in Sports—Twice!

Two-time Super Bowl champ GM of NY Giants shares tips on finding and keeping talent in a competitive environment--from sports to business

New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese helped his team win two Super Bowl Championships.…

By Alan Hughes

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Martin Ekechukwu Pushed The Growth of His Tea Brand Into Retail Stores

Emerging entrepreneur is brewing an empire in the beverage industry

Experts have long touted tea as a healthier alternative to sugary drinks and even flavored…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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How to Land Multimillion Dollar Federal Contracts

Necole Parker of The ELOCEN Group used the 8(a) program to grow her business and gain government clients

Necole Parker spent nearly two decades designing a reputation built upon innovation as a senior…

By Renita Burns

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5 Tips to Successfully Gain 8(a) Certification

Getting accepted into the SBA's development program can be challenging. Here are some inside tips

Obtaining certification can be a rigorous and daunting process, though not impossible

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Snack Food Distributor Ernest Lang

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Rudolph Foods Distributor Ernest Lang, MomInvented.com Founder Tamara…

By Pepper Miller

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Help For Small Businesses Struggling With Obamacare

Entrepreneurs can turn to professional employer organizations to maneuver through complexities of healthcare reform

Here are tips from ADP TotalSource and Black Enterprise research

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Africa-America Institute president and CEO Amini Kajunju is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the first African ever to serve at the helm of the oldest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.

AAI Anniversary Awards Gala: Global Business Leaders Talk Bridging the Gap Between Africa and America

Global leaders gather at Africa-America Institute gala for a night of celebration and acknowledgment

On Sept. 25, global leaders gathered to celebrate the Africa-America Institute’s 60th anniversary, bridging the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Top 10 Free Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use

Must-have tools for entrepreneurs

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie highlights 10 must-have productivity tools for every entrepreneur.

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Obama Administration Launches One-Stop-Shop Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act

Obama Administration Launches Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act

The site will act as a hub that connects employers to information on tax credits and other provisions of the law

As the Affordable Care Act is implemented, it’s important for the business community to …

By C. Daniel Baker

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Natural haircare product company founders Wendy Levy and Kim Etheredge (Image: Mixed Chicks)

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Mixed Chicks Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Mixed Chicks hair products Founders Wendi Levi and…

By Pepper Miller

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5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know About Obamacare Exchanges

Healthcare marketplaces open to self-employed and micro businesses

Here’s a tip sheet for small businesses on Obamacare

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The 3D printing revolution has ushered in a new era of customization. Human bones, fuel-efficient car parts, and even burritos now take only a few hours to produce through this innovative printing process. As you read this, engineers are using 3D printing technology to experiment with commercial airplane design, doctors are whizzing out organs, and NASA is testing 3D printers that are destined to land on Mars.

With technology constantly evolving, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 6 noteworthy moments in 3D printing history. –Semhar Woldeyesus

Why 3D Printing Will Benefit Your Business

3D printing is a game changer for small businesses

While there are amazing advancements being made in the world of 3D Printing, there are…

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30 entrepreneurs from around the world are touring U.S. to engage in peer-to-peer learning and relationship-building.

Entrepreneurs Visit U.S. to Learn and Grow via Cultural Exchange

Entrepreneurs from around the world are touring the US, learning and growing

As part of US Department of State initiative, 30 entrepreneurs from around the world are…

By C. Daniel Baker

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15 Baseline Tech Skills All Entrepreneurs Should Have

Entrepreneurs tell it like it is when it comes to skills you must possess

Founders weigh in on tech skills all entrepreneurs should possess.

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Latest Verizon Free Webinar on Sept. 25 Features Tips From Entrepreneur Erika Martin on Starting a Business

Free Verizon Webinar Features Tips From Entrepreneur Erika Martin on Starting a Business

The latest in Verizon's webinars targeted at small business owners

The latest Verizon webinar designed to provide small business owners with knowledge and trends to…

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Why 1 Trillion Dollars In Black Buying Power Should Be Used To Start Black Businesses

Entrepreneurship is key driver in empowering black communities

By 2015 African Americans will yield $1.1 trillion in spending. But that thirteen-figure power should…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Jeezy Named Multicultural Advisor to Founder & Chairman of Tequila Avion

Rapper Young Jeezy Brings His Entrepreneurial Experience to Avion Tequila

Unlikely friendship forms when rapper mentions liquor brand in lyrics

Friendship forms between tequila founder and Hip-Hop music executive from word of mouth via social…

By C. Daniel Baker

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WOMANCON Conference Celebrates Women’s Entrepreneurship

Conference will give attendees a 'peek behind the curtain' of successful women founders

WomanCon will showcase critical resources and bring together a network of like-minded women to help…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Construction Management CEO Deryl McKissack

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: McKissack & McKissack CEO Deryl McKissack; wealth-building expert…

By Pepper Miller

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

The Myth About Obamacare And Small Businesses

The new rules for providing employees health insurance only apply to a very tiny group of small firms

Nearly every opponent of health care reform has argued that the Affordable Care Act, known…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Stop Employees From Quitting

Keeping your staff in the dark or failing to meet their aspirations are sure ways to lead to their unhappiness

People want to believe they’re doing something meaningful and making a difference.

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Small Businesses Created 71,000 Jobs in August, According to ADP National Employment Report

Small Businesses Created 71,000 Jobs in August, According to ADP Report

The U.S. private sector added 176,000 jobs in August

“The U.S. private sector added 176,000 jobs in August, as companies of all sizes expanded…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Month of the Man: Luxury Shoe Artisan Talks Reviving an Old Trade

Self-taught, Theodore Green enjoys offering the customized experience

Shoe cobbler and designer Theodore Green enjoys the art of customizing the experience for consumers.…

By Joshua Perrin

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Minority Business Development Agency Awards $7.3 Million in Grants to Boost Job Creation

Minority Business Development Agency Awards $7.3 Million to Boost Job Creation

Funds look to boost global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses nationwide

MBNA announced $7.3 million in funding to winners of a grant competition designed to boost…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Former Army Cook Creates Recipe for Success with Edible Arrangements Franchise

Delivering fresh hand-crafted fruit turned out to be a million dollar business

One night while watching the television program The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Maurice Welton…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Getting Credit Harder For Small Businesses

On 5th anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and 2008 financial crisis, entrepreneurs still face capital challenges

September 15 will mark the fifth anniversary of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, a key…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Industry Group Supports Passage of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act

Industry group urges U.S. Senate vote and passage of bill as soon as possible

COSE, a small business industry group urges passage of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Northwestern Mutual Launches New Veteran Recruiting Initiative

Initiative leverages locally based training programs and education opportunities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most recent wave of veterans face a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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4 Rules For Hiring And Building a Team

Hiring friends and family can wreck your business

Here’s how to hire the right people for your business

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Networking Forum Helps Entrepreneurs Meet Investors

National Minority Angel Network kicks off Formation to Funding multicity tour

The National Minority Angel Network (NMAN) debuts its fall 2013 multi-city tour of its Formation…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Veteran Women and Spouses

Organizations Join Forces to Help Women Veterans Start Their Own Businesses

The National Association for the Self-Employed partners with the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s to launch free mentoring program

Since 1981, NASE members have received day-to-day support, including business skills education and experts in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Presented at Free Webinar

Social Media Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid

If you can’t do it right, it might not be worth doing at all when it comes to using Twitter and other platforms

Most social media sites will give you the chance to include your logo, images, website…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Myths About Owning a Franchise

Entrepreneurs often don’t know what franchise ownership entails, says Robert Purvin, chairman and founder of…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Brett Johnson, BET Founders’ Son, Launches Mens Footwear and Clothing Collection

The rising designer hopes to appeal to young professionals and celebrities

Johnson’s collection of men’s apparel and footwear includes fashion sneakers, polo shirts and T-shirts, and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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NFTE & Microsoft Calls Young Innovators to Compete for Up to $10,000 in Cash and Prizes

Teams have a chance at winning up to $10,000 in cash and prizes

A featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18-24), the World Series of Innovation extends…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

SBA Roundtables to Help U.S. Small Businesses Export to the European Union

Roundtable to discuss how to reduce and eliminate trade barriers

The transatlantic economic relationship is already the world’s largest, accounting for one third of total…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Tips to Finding the Ideal Retail Location

Here's how you can scout out the best location for your start-up or business expansion

It’s been two years since Chicago’s Classic Cobbler moved out of its home-based digs and…

By Bridget McCrea

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Brand Your Business Using Online Video

If you don’t have a strong video content platform you are losing out on millions of potential customers

Start taping now!

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

Sam’s Club Giving $700k to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship to Educate Future Business Leaders

NFTE teaches young people how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset

Today, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) announced a $700,000 grant from the Sam’s Club…

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Small Business Index Shows Greatest Increase Since January of 2013

The SB Authority Index shows progress within the small business economy

For the first time in many years, we see an increase in new business formations…

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4 Tech Investments Your Startup Should Splurge On Early

When it comes to tech, here’s what your company should invest in

A list of what your startup should splurge on early.

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Women Entrepreneurs/SBIR Pioneers to Lead Live Virtual Event Hosted by USSOCOM

Minority-Owned Business Leaders to Lead Live Virtual Event Hosted by USSOCOM

Event will feature business leaders who received Phase II SBIR funding

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is encouraging women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned small businesses to compete…

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IBM Innovation Center Opens in Kenya Center will serve as regional ICT and business development hub

IBM Innovation and Business Development Center Opens in Kenya

Center hopes to fuel growth and innovation in the region.

The goal of the new IBM Innovation Center is to nurture and grow startups and…

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Personality Traits Top Employees Have in Common

8 Personality Traits Top Employees Have in Common

Indispensable employees tend to share eight common traits

Find these eight traits in the talent you bring on, and your organization will be…

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

Deadline to Apply for Pennsylvania DEP’s Small Business Grants Extended Due to Popular Demand

Due to popular demand, Small business have more time to apply for grants

Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire…

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Naithan Jones (r) got angles to invest $1.5 million in his meat business

How NewMe Accelerator Landed This Entrepreneur $1.5 Million

With the right idea and pitch, individual investors will give your business the financial boost it needs to spread its wings

Quitting a stable job in a tight economy and selling all your belongings to start…

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5 STEPS FOR CALCULATING YOUR STARTUP COSTS

5 Steps for Calculating Your Startup Costs

Calculating startup costs is more than a simple exercise in addition

You can’t create a realistic business plan without knowing how much it will cost to…

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Assessing Your Small Business Banking Relationship

Seven key questions small business owners should ask themselves about their bank

Now that tax season is done, it’s a good time for small business owners to…

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Nonprofit Helps Social Entrepreneurs Grow Ideas with Seed Money

Resources are out there to help grow businesses that want to change the world and make a profit

Since 2007, there’s been an increase in the number of young people starting for-profit social…

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Jeanne Hulit to Replace Karen Mills as SBA Administrator

The head of the agency's Office of Capital Access to serve as acting Administrator starting next month

Karen Mills was sworn in as the 23rd Administrator of the Small Business Administration in…

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DECIDING BETWEEN AN LLC OR S CORPORATION: 6 KEY DIFFERENCES

How to Know When You Need A Contract

A guest column from Rachel Rodgers Esq., from the Young Entrepreneur Council

When you show clients that you are professional and serious about your business, they will…

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Many Family Businesses Struggle to Survive Past the Second Generation

More than a quarter of family-owned businesses do not have a board of directors

By creating a governance and succession strategy, a family-owned business is much more likely to…

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Powers & Sons Construction CEO Mamon Powers Jr. (Image: Courtesy of Subject)

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Construction Company CEO Mamon Powers Jr.

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Powers & Sons Construction CEO Mamon Powers Jr.,…

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customer acquisition promotions like coupons and daily deals will generate 17.7% of total business this year

Study Finds 38% of Small Businesses Offer Customer Loyalty Programs

Are you part of a customer loyalty program?

Customer acquisition promotions like coupons & daily deals will generate 17.7% of total business this…

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Department of Commerce Seeks Nominations for the 2013 Minority Enterprise Development Awards

Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs

MBDA is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S.…

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

Get Your Business Ready For Any Disaster With Free SBA Webinar Series

40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.

When disaster strikes, having a plan can mean the difference between staying open for your…

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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Joins Hang w/

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Adds “Hang w/” Platform to Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Popular app has already been downloaded nearly 400,000 times

Curtis Jackson announces partnership with the Hang w/ platform which has already attracted more than…

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Small Business Owners are "Happy" Despite Concerns about Healthcare, Retirement and Customer Acquisition

Small Business Owners are “Happy” Despite Concerns about Healthcare and Retirement

Study also shows dissatisfaction with government support

A new study of small business owners reveals they’re generally happy about the future, but…

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Ben’s Chili Bowl Celebrates 55th Anniversary with Bill Cosby

On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business.

On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business. 55 years later, the restaurant…

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Tim Jackson and Frank Kendrick of the NuJak Companies. (Image: Ryan Ketterman)

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: NuJak’s Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: NuJak Companies Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson, MSNBC…

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Startups Still Rely Heavily on Family for Funding

Few Americans invest in businesses belonging to strangers despite high hopes of crowdfunding supporters

Did a family member fund your business?

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Be a resource for customers  

If you have a service-based business, consider pinning visually-appealing short tutorials and how-to items. Pin the photos from media coverage or blog posts and link back to the full story.   

Remember aim to inspire and connect with others who are on a similar journey. If you have a business-to-business (B2B), you can use the online pinboard to share infographics, charts, slideshows, or even your latest book or e-book cover. Include the link where customers can find or purchase the book, as well as a brief description of the book.  Don't forget that Pinterest is great for accumulating inbound links and search engine optimization, so that's another way you can increase your web traffic and drive business.

How To Attract, Influence & Keep Customers

Rely on customer feedback to make enhancements to products, services, and online experiences

No business—small-, medium-, or corporate-sized—stays on top by being complacent. Increasingly and across many sectors,…

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The 10 Best Cities to Start a Business

New York, Los Angeles and Chicago rank among the top 10 entrepreneurial hot spots from around the world

New York can claim to be the global capital for female tech entrepreneurs.

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Morehouse College Students ‘Step’ Up Their Game with Footwear Business

Here's how these Morehouse students parlayed a love for athletic footwear into a shoe company

As a student at the prominent Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, Thabiti Stephens…

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Large Franchisees Lead The Growth In Franchising

Nation’s Largest Restaurant Franchisees Grew in Size & Scope in 2012

The 200 largest restaurant franchisees recorded $26 billion in sales in 2012

Combined, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees recorded $26.3 billion in sales and operated 20,331 total…

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Lawmakers Criticize IRS for Targeting Small Business Owners

Agency wants to take a second look at last year's tax returns to uncover underreported income

IRS officials say the letters do not constitute an audit and that they are simply…

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The Freelon Group CEO Phil Freelon

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Award-Winning Architect Phil Freelon

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: The Freelon Group CEO Phil Freelon, HBCU Connect…

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Daymond John and Mark Cuban to Attend First Shark Tank Audition For Minority Businesses

ABC’s co-stars will join executive producer Mark Burnett

Companies that register for the conference also will have the opportunity to participate in a…

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The Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Mara Foundation Enter Partnership to Empower Young Entrepreneurs

Mara Mentor: Supporting Young Entrepreneurs Across Nigeria

Support services are expected to transform business ideas into profitable and thriving business

Mara Foundation is a social enterprise focusing on African entrepreneurs working to create sustainable economic…

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Carla A. Harris to be Named Chair of the National Women’s Business Council

Business expert to lead independent counsel to the President, Congress & SBA.

President Obama today announced his intent to appoint Carla Harris to be the Chair of…

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LGBT Map of Georgia State

ATL Hosts LGBT Entrepreneurs Economic Empowerment Conference

SBA's Many Face One Dream Tour for communities of color revs up

LGBT small business owners and entrepreneurs will have access to a wealth of knowledge, opportunity,…

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SBA launches HEROS: For Her Entrepreneurship, Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support Program

SBA launches For Her Entrepreneurship:Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support

Entrepreneurship is the answer for many veterans who find the job market a particularly tough…

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

Small Businesses Turning to Government Contracts to Find Success in Tough Economy

The government spent over $40 billion in 2012 with companies through the GSA

23 percent of all government expenditures are federally mandated to be made with small businesses

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My Favorite Small Business Reality Shows

Shark Tank is still the best, but there are other educational must-see TV shows for entrepreneurs.

Shark Tank is the best, but there’s more great TV about entrepreneurship.

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Young Detroit Entrepreneur Creates Luxury Hair Extensions Line Limelight Extensions

Detroit Entrepreneur Creates Luxury Hair Extensions Line

Miranda Jade Plater launches a new luxury hair extensions brand

Entrepreneur Miranda Jade Plater launches a new luxury hair extensions brand even in the midst…

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3 ways to differentiate your business

How to Differentiate Your Business from the Competition

Outstanding customer service will always help you stand out

Companies have earned repeat customers by going above and beyond for each and every customer.

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Making Connections With The Big Automakers

Learn how this Toyota supplier made the most of matchmaking programs and industry trade shows to land over $1 million

Learn how this Toyota supplier made the most of matchmaking programs and industry trade shows…

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NADCO Releases August Small Business Lending Report

August report showed a drop in commercial real estate loans to small businesses.

The NADCO monthly Small Business Lending Report showed a drop in commercial real estate and…

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Turn Your Sideline Hustle Into A Business

Is it time to convert your part-time passion into a full-time venture? Here's how.

Like most people, Venita Walker never believed her side hustle could be a full time…

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OSU now accepting applications for 2014 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Oklahoma State University now accepting applications for 2014 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Free program provides transportation, accommodations, books, food & instruction

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is a training program designed to empower veterans by providing them…

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4 STEPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

Is Your Small Business Making the Most of Social Media?

57% of Small businesses have a Twitter or Facebook account

Small businesses underutilize a great marketing tool in social media,but many do not worry about…

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5 Steps to Take Before Selling Your Business

Keep these things in mind before looking for a potential buyer for your company

Selling a business is a fairly common exit strategy employed by small business owners. Here’s…

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NSBA Survey Shows Small-Business Economic Outlook Improving

Small businesses continue to cite economic uncertainty as their number one challenge

Small businesses, despite a more positive overall economic outlook, continue to struggle with growth and…

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Minority Contractors Fight For More Fed Dollars

Federal agencies fell short in contracts awarded to black-owned firms in 2012 but hope to boost spend in 2013

The latest numbers show it’s more difficult for minority firms & African American-owned firms in…

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Andrea Polk of Solo Noir Skin Care for Men.

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Solo Noir Founder Andrea Polk

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

The Urban Business Roundtable profiles Solo Noir Skincare for Men Founder Andrea Polk, attorney Richard…

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First Resource Bank Approved As a SBA 7(a) Lender

The SBA 7(a) loan program was developed to help small businesses secure funds

For small businesses that do not qualify for a conventional loan due to a collateral…

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Maternity Leave Benefits – What Are Your Small Business Obligations and Options?

Maternity, Medical Leave Benefits and Your Small Business

Should You Provide Maternity Leave if the Law Doesn’t Require It?

If your business is not covered by FMLA or state laws, what steps can you…

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Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Venture Forum to Provide Military Veteran Entrepreneurs a Platform to Meet Investors

Veterans will have an opportunity to meet with investors & pitch their business plans

Forum aims to help veterans who aspire to be entrepreneurs develop better business plans, and…

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3. Do seek "trade credit" from vendors and suppliers. 

Too many entrepreneurs dream of going to a bank and getting a business loan or line of credit for their enterprise. But maybe you don’t need a traditional bank loan at all to launch or grow your business. 

If you can get your vendors and suppliers to agree to provide you with trade credit---i.e., the ability to pay for goods and services over time---you can creatively and more frugally run your operations.

How to Start That Online Business You’ve Been Thinking About

Five easy-to-follow tips to get your online business idea off the ground

Several easy ways to get a head start on your online business.

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Marley Beverages Introduces Premium Ready-to-Drink Jamaican Iced Coffee

Marley Beverages Introduces Premium Ready-to-Drink Jamaican Iced Coffee

Ready to drink beverages had sales of $1.1 billion last year

Marley Beverage Company hopes to challenge Starbucks which currently has an 80% share of…

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Fixie Bicycle Gallery in Atlanta.

Mikel Madison on His Journey as a Black Bicycle Shop Owner in a Mostly White Industry

With more young adults and gainfully employed people looking to leave the suburbs in favor of the inner city, bikes are becoming the preferred mode of transportation

The “Black Mecca” of Atlanta is no different and Mikel Madison took notice.

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The Shart Tank Cast

ABC’s Shark Tank Wants Black Businesses

Casting directors to hold open call on Capitol Hill during economic empowerment conference

Shark Tank is a competition reality-based television series that features a panel of self-made multimillionaire…

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Palmer let's shoppers design their own footwear. (Image: Courtesy of Subject)

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Footwear Entrepreneur Candra Palmer

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

Artyce Designs Founder Cassandra Hayes shares how she launched her customized shoe business.

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Virtual Toolkit Offers Unique Interactive Community for Entrepreneurs

Successful business owners share success strategies during live webcasts

At Business Accelerator, Price shares some of her secrets for how to “do away with…

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New NSBA Survey Shows IT Cost, Security Major Concerns for Small Business

New Push For Support of the Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013

S.193 gives small startup companies a tax credit against payroll tax

The Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013 allows an R&D tax credit against payroll tax…

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Brown Capital Management Founder and Wife Make History as First Couple Awarded Honorary Degrees from The Johns Hopkins University

Brown Capital Management Founder & Wife Make History With Honorary Johns Hopkins University Degrees

Brown Capital Management is now celebrating its 30th anniversary in business

Brown Capital Management is the second oldest African-American investment management firm in the United States

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Watch Out! Cyber Criminals Preying On Small Businesses in Growing Numbers

Here’s how to protect precious company and customer data from targeted attacks

Cyber criminals are going after small businesses more than ever, with startups at the greatest…

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SCORE to Celebrate Outstanding Small Businesses and Supporters at 5th Annual SCORE Awards

SCORE to Celebrate Outstanding Small Businesses at 5th Annual SCORE Awards

In 2012, SCORE assisted entrepreneurs in starting 37,054 new businesses

The 2013 SCORE Awards will honor several exceptional examples of successful, SCORE clients as well…

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How This Lingerie for ‘Plus Sized’ Women Entrepreneur Perfected Her Pitch

Elevator pitch competitions are another way for entrepreneurs to raise capital

How to perfect your elevator pitch and gain investors

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Is your Business Idea a Home Run or Dud

Is Your New Business Idea a Home Run or A Dud?

How to recognize your next great idea

Whether it’s your next big business or a unique marketing campaign, when that next idea…

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Study Finds $251 Million Economic Impact from NYC Incubators

Economic output expected to nearly triple by 2015, with 900 new jobs growing to 2,500

Incubators created more than 900 jobs and contributed $31.4 million in local, state and federal…

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Small business owners should have a strong mobile strategy that enables them to run their company from a handheld device.  With nearly 90% of people using their smartphone throughout the day, it is important to connect with them at the point of decision-making and engage with those users in real-time. Follow these four easy-to-follow steps to take your startup to the next level with mobile technology.--Hajj Flemings

6 Apps Every Small Business Owner Should Use

Apps to make your small business run smoothly

Applications every small business chief should use.

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SBA Awards Grants to 20 Universities & Orgs to Support Small Business Innovation

Candidates were submitted by the governors of all 50 U.S. states and territories.

The FAST program is an important catalyst for helping America’s cutting-edge entrepreneurs continue to drive…

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Obama Administration Launches One-Stop-Shop Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act

Few Employers Have Cut Workers’ Hours Due to Obamacare

Opponents of the ACA have labeled the health care bill a jobs killer.

New study shows it’s unlikely that the ACA would have a large negative impact on…

By C. Daniel Baker

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July Small Business Lending Report Shows Strong Signs of Growth

Loan volume increases as small businesses adapt to rising rate environment

More small business loans were delivered compared to last month which is good news for…

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Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

Private sector Marshall's on as city faces harsh financial realities

The City of Detroit’s filing of Chapter 9 bankruptcy may be a blessing in disguise…

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Tamearra Dyson stands in her Souley Vegan Restaurant

Entrepreneur of the Week: Souley Vegan Owner, Tamerra Dyson

The Vegan restaurant owner Tamerra Dyson, shares what it's like to open a Vegan business.

Interviewed by Runnett Grant
When Tamearra Dyson opened the doors to her Oakland restaurant Souley Vegan,…

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

SBA Launches Affordable Care Act 101 Weekly Webinar Series

Representatives will walk business owners through the Affordable Care Act

As the deadline approaches for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the SBA launches…

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Should You Do a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Crowdfunding is Becoming the New Match.com

The new rules for general solicitation could drive more investors to crowfund small businesses

This is really phase one of equity-based crowdfunding, which has been split into two parts.

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Supermodel & Businesswoman Tyra Banks Becomes First Fashion Icon To Invest In TheHunt.com Through F

Fashion Icon Tyra Banks Fierce Capital, LLC. Invests in New Startup

Investment comes through Tyra's recently formed Fierce Capital, LLC

Via Fierce Capital, LLC, Tyra is leveraging her unique background of 20 years as a…

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House Rule 506 and Crowdfunding

New SEC Rules Could Kill Angel Investing, Hurt Startups

New rules require divulging personal financial info

One advocacy group says the new SEC rules regarding Angel Investors could hurt start ups…

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Former FedEx VP Becomes a Top Franchise Owner

Edith Kelly-Green ranks as the largest multiple unit franchise owner for Lenny’s Sub Shop

In 2003, after some 25 years of service with FedEx, Edith Kelly-Green entered into retirement.…

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The Turnaround Kings: BE 100s Financial Services Company of the Year

Vista Equity Partners team prove themselves masters of rebuild and returns

In 2007, Vista Equity Partners (No. 1 on the be private equity list with $6.6…

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NFL Veteran Israel Idonije is the Founder and Creator of Blessed Communion

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: NFL Vet and Entrepreneur Israel Idonije

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

Defensive lineman and faith-based venture founder Israel Idonije joins the Roundtable. Also: Dr. R. Kay…

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Diversity Business Strategist Shayna Rattler

Shayna Rattler Reveals How to Attract & Retain Corporate Contracts

Only 2% of women and minority owned businesses break the $1 million revenue mark.

Of those who retain those contracts, 56% of their sales come from corporate clients.

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Tavis Smiley and the University of Maryland Announce $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

Tavis Smiley and University of Maryland Announce $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

Challenge to help address pressing issues in hunger, education and sustainability.

The winners and the three promising projects will share a minimum of $75,000 in cash…

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House Rule 506 and Crowdfunding

SEC Allows Startups to Advertise That They’re Fundraising

Companies will benefit by being able to raise money more easily

Last year the U.S. Congress approved the JOBS Act & directed the SEC to carry…

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Beauty Maven Vera Moore, President & CEO of Vera Moore Cosmetics

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Cosmetics Company CEO Vera Moore

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

Cosmetics Company CEO Vera Moore joins the Roundtable. Also: Wealth expert Gerald Grant Jr.

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Dunkin' Donuts Opens Its 500th Restaurant In New York City

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Its 500th Restaurant in New York City

Latest store located in Times Square aims to offer technology to guests

Popular not only in NYC, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9…

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Women of Power

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Meet Shartia Brantley, Co-Host of Women of Power TV

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Black Enterprise’s newest TV show Women of Power premieres Saturday, October 25 in most…

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build a more inspired and productive team in 2014

3 Ways to Empower Yourself Outside the Office

Author and clinical therapist Terrie Williams shares three tips on professional and personal empowerment.

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