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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 &…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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 –…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Jeff Bezos Runs The Most Intense Mentorship Program In Tech

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

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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Ladies of Legacy: Nikki Giovanni

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

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

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

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