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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!

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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.,…

By Pepper Miller

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Pepper Miller

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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,…

By Frank McCoy

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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…

By Bridget McCrea

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Pepper Miller

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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.

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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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…

By Bridget McCrea

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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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…

By Pepper Miller

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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.

By Maurice Garland

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Candace Myers

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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,…

By Suncear Scretchen

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Pepper Miller

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Dennis Kimbro To Keynote Diveristy Supplier Convention

Dennis Kimbro to Keynote Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Conference

Dr. Kimbro is the author of "The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires."

This year’s theme: “Leading Economic Impact – One Connection at A Time,” will highlight best…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

Pennsylvania Invites Small Businesses to Apply for DEP’s Green Grants

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

“Supporting projects that promote energy efficiency, will help keep Pennsylvania on the path to energy…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Janice Bryant Howroyd Selected as a Regional Recipient of the Greater Los Angeles Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Janice Bryant Howroyd Selected as a Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year

Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence

The Act-1 Group is the largest zero-debt, woman & minority-owned workforce management company in the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 THings to Avoid When Funding Your Startup

Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Money For Your Startup

If you’ve landed a meeting with a potential investor, you don’t want to blow it.

If you’ve landed a meeting with a potential investor, avoid the following 5 “don’ts” when…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Obama Administration Delays Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Treasury Department will publish rules about reporting requirements later this summer.

The Obama Administration is delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate

By C. Daniel Baker

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Cool Jobs: Savvy Entrepreneur Overcomes Pull of the Streets to Spark Online Movement

Gamer Fit Nation founder Antwand Pearman talks power of perseverance, faith

Gamer Fit Nation founder Antwan Pearman talks hard knocks, MTV experience and sparking a movement…

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Why You Shouldn’t Learn to Code for Your Startup

Tech entrepreneur makes argument that you should ditch the coding lessons

A tech entrepreneur shares why he thinks startup founders shouldn’t learn to code.

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3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Their Financials

If you don't know your numbers, you don't know your business—period.

If who don’t know your numbers, you don’t know your business—period.

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SBA Supports & Celebrates Entrepreneurship During LGBT Pride Month

There are more than 1.4 million LGBT-owned small businesses in the US

The Small Business Association embraces an inclusive vision of entrepreneurship, one that draws entrepreneurs from…

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Rapper Killer Mike Redefines “SWAG” with Barbershop

“SWAG” means Shave Wash and Groom. So for short, people just call it the SWAG Shop.

When rapper Michael “Killer Mike” Render debuted on the scene in 2001, he seemingly had…

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Don’t Wait To Start A Business Before Reading “The Entrepreneur Mind”

Kevin D. Johnson's book addresses the most important—and overlooked—element of preparing for business ownership: mindset.

The most important—and overlooked—aspect of preparing for entrepreneurship is mindset.

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More Optimistic About Financial Well-Being

Small & Mid-Market Businesses More Optimistic About their Financial Well-Being

Many businesses are expressing increased confidence with capital investment

In a survey of small businesses, 62 percent said their company’s financial well-being is better…

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Small Businesses Go to Congress to Oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act

The Alliance feels that the MFA unfairly burdens small businesses

The eMainStreet Alliance asserts that the MFA unfairly burdens small businesses with high compliance costs…

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Stephen Hightower, CEO of Hightowers Petroleum, the 2013 Black Enterprise 100s Industrial/Service Company of the Year

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Petroleum Products CEO Stephen Hightower

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Hightowers Petroleum CEO Stephen Hightower; Design Firm CEO…

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celebrate the first anniversary of its Women Vetrepreneurship Program

U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Supports Legislation to Improve Access to Federal Contracts

Group announced their support of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez's bill

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce announced their support of the Women’s Procurement Program Equalization…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Billion Dollar Businessman Dave Steward Shares Success Secrets

The founder of the nation’s largest black-owned business attributes SBA to his company’s growth at National Small Business Week

Steward gives credit to SBA for company growth.

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10 Highlights from National Small Business Week

Advice & Highlights From 2013 National Small Business Week

Words of wisdom for business owners and entrepreneurs from the SBA

A collection of words of wisdom from speakers and presenters at the 2013 National Small…

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NAWBO: Women's Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013

New Bills Would Boost Small Businesses Access to Capital, Enhance Female Entrepreneurship

Bills would boost access to capital and enhance female entrepreneurship.

Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez has introduced 2 bills aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and helping small…

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Can entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to save Hostess

They’re Back! Twinkies Making a July Comeback

After years of struggles, snack company reemerges under new ownership

Under new ownership, Hostess will bring back its beloved snacks on July 15.

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5 Ways to Make Your Small Business More Sustainable

Green Lifestyle Expert Yoli Ouiya, provides advice on how to green your office.

Sustainability is not just a trending topic; It is the future of creating efficient…

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Flavor Flav’s Chicken & Ribs is Back in Business

Business partners say the rent wasn't paid because there was a faulty heater emitting carbon monoxide

A judge decides to reverse the restaurant’s eviction order

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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

National Prime Contractor & Subcontractor of the Year Named at Small Business Week

Awards were announced at a breakfast event as part of Small Business Week

Awards were handed to a veteran-owned contractor from Colorado & a woman-owned tech company from…

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Month of the Man: Restaurateur Talks Transition from Government Worker to Entrepreneur

Avery Leakes' adolescent boss moves led to big wins

For BlackEnterprise.com’s Month of the Man, we catch up with Avery Leake, 28, on reviving…

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Entrepreneurs' Organization Seeking Corporate Mentors for Student Business Owners

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Seeking Corporate Mentors for Student Business Owners

Seeking corporate volunteers to help local students run scalable businesses

A recent survey cited mentorships as the second most important source of learning for entrepreneurs…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Flavor Flav Chicken & Ribs Evicted from its Michigan Location

Landlord says Flava's restaurant owes $20,000 back rent

Flavor Flav’s Chicken & Waffle joint in Michigan evicted

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SBA to Award Grants to Support R&D, Small Business Innovation

Small Business Association Increases Size Standards for 70 Industries

New size standards will enable more businesses to obtain small business status

Revised standards reflect changes in marketplace conditions & public comments that SBA received to the…

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Licensing Industry Revenue Rises for Second Consecutive Year

Licensing Industry Revenue Rises for Second Consecutive Year

Entertainment, trademarks/brands, fashion and sports merchandise continue to drive royalties

Trademark owners generated $5.454 billion in royalties in 2012, for an estimated retail value of…

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Homestyle Dining LLC Joins VetFran And MinorityFran Initiatives Of The International Franchise Association

Homestyle Dining Joins VetFran & MinorityFran Initiatives of the International Franchise Association

New franchisees who will benefit from a reduced initial franchise fee

The Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, known as “VetFran,” helps veterans with their transition to civilian…

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Chipotle to offer catering service in all restaurants

Chipotle Becomes 1st Fast-Food Chain to Label its GMO Ingredient Items

Chipotle says it's trying to eliminate GMOs, but that it's almost impossible to find reliable sources of corn and soybeans that don't include them

Though not required to do so, Chipotle labels its genetically modified foods

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Neat Offers Entrepreneurs On the Go New Mobile Features

Cloud-based digital filing platform launches updated mobile app with expense reporting features

Neat unveiled updates to its mobile app on Tuesday, which would allow users to tap…

By Janel Martinez

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Rick C. Wade to Help Small Businesses Expand Into the Global Marketplace with Teleconference, Supply Chain Tips

Rick C. Wade Helps Small Businesses Expand Into the Global Marketplace

Wade to help small businesses with growth and expansion strategies.

Former Senior Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce aims…

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Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to Offer Innovative Business Camp for Area Students

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Offers Business Camp for Area Students

Start It Up St. Louis program includes activities designed to teach entrepreneurship

Start It Up St. Louis program includes field trips, educational games and learning activities designed…

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Flavor Flav’s Chicken And Ribs Restaurant Facing Eviction

Landlord states that the reality TV star hasn't made any payments since November

Flavor claims he will take care of the mess

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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

President Obama Proclaims the Start of National Small Business Week

This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week.

President Barack Obama hailed small business owners as the economy’s engine and our biggest…

By C. Daniel Baker

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OCUS100 Symposium and Pitch Bootcamp Kicks Off October 4th with over 80% of speakers women and people of color

FOCUS100 Symposium and Bootcamp Returns October 4th

The most diverse tech conference on the planet is back!

FOCUS100 Symposium and Pitch Bootcamp kicks off October 4th with over 80 percent of speaker…

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Small Business Owners Predict Increase in Hiring of Full-Time Staff

TAB's quarterly survey indicates revenues, profits and hiring will increase

Three out of four small business owners expect sales revenues to increase in the next…

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NYC tourists may soon be fined for buying counterfeit luxury goods

NYC Tourists Could Face Fines for Buying Counterfeit Luxury Goods

Bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor to buy fake goods

It is not a crime to buy or own counterfeit goods in New York City,…

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Elliott Breece (far left) with his Songza co-founders (from left) Elias Roman, Peter Asbill, and Eric Davich. Photo courtesy of Forbes.

Month of the Man: 3 Steps to Startup Success for Tech Entrepreneurs

Elliott Breece (far left) with his Songza co-founders (from left) Elias Roman, Peter Asbill, and…

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How to Find the Right E-Commerce Platform

See why determining which e-commerce platform starts with the entrepreneur

Infographic analyzes the drawbacks and benefits of the major e-commerce platforms — and which one…

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HarlemGarage Disassembling Cubicle Culture with Local Flare

HarlemGarage Brings Startup Culture Uptown

Collaborative space teams with NYC to launch an entrepreneurial ecosystem

HarlemGarge looks to support the Harlem community, which has seen a spike in the number…

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Dunkin' Donuts Customer Freaks Out Over Not Getting A Receipt

Dunkin’ Donuts Customer Hurls Racist Slurs Over Not Getting a Receipt

Video of the customer's disgusting behavior has gone viral

In a case of bad behavior caught on tape, one Dunkin’ Donuts customers turns to…

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Design Essentials Penetrates the Natural Hair Care Market

The founder of Design Essentials, Cornell McBride, Sr., invented Sta-Sof-Fro

Design Essentials embarks on retail campaign in Sally’s and Walgreens for their new natural hair…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Marketing Maven Tina Wells

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

Marketingmaven Tina Wells shares how to profit by tapping to today’s most powerful trendsetters…

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4 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Franchise

Understanding the facts and guiding criteria to identify the right business type and brand

Whether it’s a fast-food restaurant or pet spa, before you buy a franchise make sure…

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Kravitz Design Inc. to Create and Style Show Set for The Queen Latifah Show

Kravitz Design to Create and Style Show Set for The Queen Latifah Show

Design team for the new daytime show to be led by Lenny Kravitz

For nearly two decades, Lenny Kravitz has been recognized as a creative visionary, both as…

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5 Tips for Achieving Live Video Success

How to prepare your business for live stream

Several pointers to prepare yourself (and your business) for your first live event.

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Coca-Cola Launching Atlanta Tech Center, Bringing 2000 New Jobs

Coca-Cola will now employ more than 6,500 people downtown, between its North Avenue headquarters and the new IT center

Coca-Cola’s “Information Technology Center of Excellence” is coming to Atlanta

By Makkada B. Selah

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Cheryl Pearson McNeil New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council 2013 Business Opportunity Expo

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil to Keynote the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Expo

This year's theme is: "The Minority-Majority: A New Value Proposition"

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Nielsen.

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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 Expands Small Business Funding and Mentoring to San Francisco

Program has already provided more than $2 million in micro-financing to nearly 240 businesses nationwide

Brewing the American Dream has helped more than 3,000 small businesses nationwide with financing &…

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Tea for FREE at 7-Eleven® is #Awesummer Retailer Extends National Iced Tea Day with Six Days of Free Snapple Tea

7-Eleven Celebrates National Iced Tea Day with 6 Days of Free Snapple Tea

National Iced Tea Week is part of 7-Eleven's #Awesummer campaign

For the next 6 days, customers can celebrate with free Snapple Iced Tea offers at…

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Silicon Valley National Utility Industry Conference Displays American MWBE-led Innovation and Industry Trends

Silicon Valley Utility Industry Conference Showcases Minority and Women Owned Businesses

Conference was attended by over 20 utility companies from across the country

Minority and women entrepreneurs with innovative solutions attended the 30th anniversary conference focused on developing…

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Advantage Contracting Named SBA's Eastern Penn. 2013 Minority Small Business Of The Year

Advantage Contracting Named SBA’s Eastern Penn. 2013 Minority Small Business Of The Year

Cromedy was chosen out of 700,000 business candidates in the region.

Advantage Contracting, Inc. is the only minority sheet metal company in Philadelphia and an 8a…

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13 SEO Tools for Startups

Entrepreneurs help you pick the best search engine optimization tools for your business

Helpful search engine optimization tools for your business.

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AARP and SBA Share Start Up Advice on Entrepreneurship for the 50 Plus

AARP and SBA Share Advice on Entrepreneurship for the 50 Plus

One in four individuals ages 44 to 70 is interested in becoming an entrepreneur

For more than 70 million Americans over 50, business ownership is a practical option. 63…

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Nicki Minaj & Mona Scott Mona Scott-Young Partner with Moscato Brand

Mona Scott-Young & Nicki Minaj Announce New Moscato Wine Beverage

Nicki Minaj is part owner as well as the face for the Moscato line

Myx Fusions hopes to leverages the popularity of Moscato with the starpower of the rapper,…

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

7 Easy Steps to Optimize Your Business Blog Posts

How to enhance content on your blog

Seven easy steps to optimize old content on the fly.

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

Are You Ready to Lead Your Company Through a Crisis?

Quick decisions can protect people and save lives during a major crisis

Following a disaster, statistics show ninety percent of companies fail within a year unless they…

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Shark Tank Mogul Daymond John Partners with Fuse Science

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: “Shark” Daymond John

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Shark Tank Star Daymond John and Money Maven…

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

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott ELEVATES Female Entrepreneurs Across The Country

Entries for ELEVATE fueled by Fairfield Pilot Program now being accepted.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott launches a pilotprogram offering free space, connections and resources…

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Shoe Along® is what every woman needs - A hands-free way to carry a second pair of Shoes or Sneakers Along. How can licensing help this nifty idea?

How Licensing Can Help Your Business Idea Become More Lucrative

A licensing expert chimes in on a novel idea

So how might licensing benefit her in the short and long term? We asked licensing…

By Darren Sands

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NMSDC, University of Washington Foster School of Business Announce Partnership

NMSDC, University of Washington Foster School of Business Announce Partnership

Alliance aims to grow minority owned businesses

This agreement will provide minority business enterprises a new opportunity at one of the country’s…

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4 Ways to Build B2C Relationships Online

Tips on establishing business-to-consumer relationships

Four tactics to build relationships online with your customers.

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

Dunkin’ Donuts Adds Bacon Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich to Menu

Sandwich is part of the brand's “National Donut Day” celebration

Reversing the trend of fast-food chains offering healthy options, Dunkin’ Donuts is adding a fatty…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

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

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

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

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