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Vibe Magazine Sold, Likely to Become Online Only UBR Spotlight: Construction Industry Trailblazer Marjorie Perry 5 Vital Tech Questions to Ask Your Startup National Poll Indicates Small Businesses Favor Minimum Wage Raise Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Operate on Less Financing The Bronx is Back! NYC Borough Leads in Startup Growth NYC Proposes Raising Minimum Age for Cigarette Sales Are Koreans Keeping Blacks Out of the Hair Weave Industry? Burger King Adds New Cities to Their Delivery Service African Students Win Global Competition With Anti-Malaria Soap Tim Hortons Celebrates Earth Day With Its 1st Green Certified Restaurant BlackStartup.com Helps Black-Owned Businesses Secure Funding Chipotle Ditches the Mix, Introduces Handmade Patrón Margaritas Smoothie King Offers Discount for New Franchises In St. Louis Entrepreneurs Conference: How I Won The Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition Jada Pinkett Smith Invests in Anti-Human Trafficking Startup ‘Uncle Luke’ Donates 5000 ‘b condoms’ to Miami Non-profits Tech Startup of the Week: Bolstr Let’s Small Businesses Navigate Equity Investments Like Wall Street Entrepreneurs’ Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft Hiscox Launches New Author Series Feauring Gene Marks SBA Launches Social Media Webinar Series for Small Businesses Venture Capital Firms Profit from Funding Women-led Businesses 6 Ways to Use Foursquare to Market Your Business Verizon Offers “Your Money, Your Business and Your Life” Webinar Credit Supply and Approval Rate on Small Business Loans Expected to Increase UBR Spotlight: David Steward, CEO of Nation’s Largest Black-Owned Business The American Dream: The Brandon Davis Story Donna James Steps Down as Chairperson of National Women’s Business Council Last Chance To Enter to Compete for $10,000 Rihanna to Launch RiRi Woo with M.A.C Cosmetics Interactive One Studios Adds Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind.com to its Roster IRS Warns of Tax Scams to Avoid This Tax Season Home Depot Co-Founder: Obamacare Will ‘Kill Off Small Business’ Nike Pulls Out of Local Stores in Philadelphia and New Jersey Post Office Returns Saturday Service Cuts Plan to Sender Small Businesses Taxes Are Too Complex, Says Study Sean Combs and Russell Simmons Join the “NFTE Dare to Dream Auction” Bailed-Out Banks Used Small Business Funds to Repay TARP B Corporations, An Alternative for Socially Conscious Entrepreneurs Lawmakers Draft Bill to Protect Large Soda Businesses Opt to Pay Obamacare Penalty Instead of Offering Healthcare Capital Chicken & Waffles Coming to D.C. McDonald’s to Hire 6000 Workers on National Hiring Day Small Business Owners Tired of Unfair Corporate Tax Loopholes Trailblazer James Lewis, Publisher of The Birmingham Times Remembered Caribou Coffee Plans to Close 160 Stores across the Country The End of an Era: Portrait studios Close in Sears, Wal-Marts. Harlem Mom Petitions Mattel for Black Barbie Swag A Year Later, Small Business Organizations Frustrated with JOBS Act Does a McDonald’s Cashier Job Require a College Degree? New York Town Bans Chipotle, Other “Fast-Casual” Restaurants Rachel Roy Launches Digital Magazine & Video Series For Female Entrepreneurs How to Follow Rule 506 When Crowdfunding Your Small Business Fast Food Forward Organizes NYC Strike Over Low Wages SCORE Launches a Small Business Success Podcast Entrepreneurs Conference: Where Are They Now? 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Small Businesses Still Not Sold on Online Advertising Entrepreneurs Win $10,000 and Vehicles from Scion’s “Motivate” Program Chaka Khan Goes From 10-Time Grammy Winner to Serial Entrepreneur How to Reinvent Your Brand With Social Media 8 out of 10 Small Business Owners Worry About the Future Meijer’s “Made in Michigan” Initiative Focuses on Small/Local Business Products Lululemon’s $20 Million See-Through Yoga Pants Problem Former Miss USA Kenya Moore Preps New Hair Care Line Burger King Adds a Turkey Burger, Other New Items to Menu Fresh off Soda Ban Defeat, NYC Mayor Wants Stores to Hide Cigarettes Samuel Adams Helps Miami Business Owner, Others Brew up the American Dream Only 5 Percent of Minority, Women-Owned Businesses Get NYC Contracts Halle Berry Launches Shoe Line ’5th Avenue’ Turn Crisis into Opportunity with Superior Customer Experience Letting Workers “Powernap” Could Boost Performance and Creativity Power Women of the Diaspora: British Social Entrepreneur Champions Change FedEx to Pay NYC $2.5 Million for Delivering Untaxed Cigarettes Wendell Pierce, Tina Wells and Others Convene for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Battle of the Bulge: Spanx Hit With Patent Infringement Lawsuit Court Exempts Domino’s Founder from Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate. Michelle Obama Calls on Business Leaders to Hire More Veterans Ford’s Diversity Program Exceeds Minority-Owned Business Spending Goals McDonald’s to Give Away More Than a Million McMuffins, and Launch New Sandwich Small Business Loan Approvals From Big Banks at Highest Rates Since 2011 Telecommuting Increasingly Popular With Most Companies Despite Yahoo Ban Boss Moves: 6 Effective Ways to Handle Raise Requests Eileen Fisher Empowers Women Entrepreneurs With $12,500 Grants UBR Spotlight: Literary Agency Founder Regina Brooks Developing the ‘New Minority Entrepreneur’ Small Business Hiring Increased in February, Owners Still Cautious B.I.G.’s Brand Lives on in “House of Wallace” Animated Series Facebook COO Partners with Women Business Owners for Better Education Soda Ban Reversal Leaves NYC Businesses In a Holding Pattern Judge Blocks New York City’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks Coca-Cola’s $100 Million Plan to Support Women-Owned Businesses in Nigeria and Other Markets The New Look for Black Women in Business and our Next Steps Joah Spearman’s New Startup Localeur Launches in Time for SXSW 5 Ways to Get Familiar With SoLoMo Marketing Think Your Startup Is Ready to Pivot? 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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Twitter Ads No Longer Invite Only, Now Available to All US Businesses,

Move is expected to generate ad revenue and prepare the company for its IPO

As Twitter prepares for its IPO, the company recently announced it’s opening advertising to all…

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UBR Spotlight: St. Louis Real Estate and Media Mogul Michael V. Roberts

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: The Roberts Cos. CEO Michael V. Roberts; real…

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How to Keep Your Business Lean and Profitable

Philadelphia and Verizon Team Up to Create Region’s 1st Small Business Week

Week will feature a series of events allowing small-business owners to gain insights to better run their business

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Verizon will present Greater Philadelphia’s inaugural Small Business…

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Cool Jobs: SaGe Services CEO Helps Facilitate Global Tech Innovations

Tapua Tunduwani draws from global experience to meet a vital need

CEO of Sage Services, Tapua Tunduwani turns passion into profit by providing flex space for…

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Small Businesses Investing Big In Digital Marketing In 2013

Small Businesses Investing Big in Digital Marketing in 2013

2013 looks to be a year of increased online investment for small businesses.

AT&T poll says small businesses are relying heavily on a mobile presence to stay competitive.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Creating Access and Opportunity for Women-Owned Small Businesses via ChallengeHER

SBA and ChallengeHER Partner for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The U.S. government awards nearly $100 billion in federal contracts to small businesses

The SBA is committed to providing access and removing barriers for small, minority, women-owned, and…

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Carroll Will Become President and Chief Operating Officer After Completion of Planned Merger with Airtronic USA, Inc. - the Largest Woman-Owned Small Arms Manufacturer in the United States;

Jennifer Carroll to Head Largest Woman-Owned Small Arms Manufacturer in U.S.

Carroll will become president and COO after Airtronic USA Inc. merger

Carroll’s decorated military career, senior-level experience in government and international affairs, and longtime commitment to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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LivingSocial posts $50 million loss for 2013 first quarter

LivingSocial Posts $50 Million Loss for 2013 First Quarter

Amount's about half the size of the loss the company recorded last year

Living Social reported $135 million in revenue for the first quarter, an increase from $110…

By C. Daniel Baker

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McDonald’s to Serve Breakfast All Day?

Brand exploring offering breakfast to customers all day long

A day after Burger King announced plans to expand their delivery program, McDonald’s announces their…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran Joins RockThePost Equity Crowdfunding Site

Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran Joins RockThePost Crowdfunding Site

The company's mission is to democratize the fundraising practice.

Barbara is one of the “Sharks” starring in the hit ABC TV show “Shark Tank,”…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Young Leader Advocates for Tech Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs

AWP Network founder working to uplift next generation of African innovators

Mary Olushoga, AWP Network founder, took a page from her father’s business book to to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority's New Opportunities for Minority, Women-owned & Disadvantaged Business

NY MTA’s New Opportunities for Minority, Women-Owned & Disadvantaged Business

The MTA has awarded a total of $353 million in small business contracts

New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has created and implemented various small business…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Cadbury & Peace Corps Team Up to Train Cocoa Entrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic

Companies Team Up to Train Cocoa Entrepreneurs in Dominican Republic

Program teaches business skills to 1,200 young women and men in cocoa communities

A world leader in chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, announces a new…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Green Goldmine of the Legal Marijuana Industry

Investors Gather to Fund Promising Marijuana Companies in Seattle

Experst call legalized marijuana the greatest investment opportunity since the fall of communism

Investors from around the world will gather in Seattle to hear pitches from the top…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The End of an Era? Vibe Magazine Sold, Likely to Become Online Only

Vibe was founded in 1992 by Quincy Jones and Time Warner

SpinMedia, a group of music and pop culture websites that includes Spin Magazine, has bought…

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Industry Trailblazer Marjorie Perry

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: MZM Construction Founder and Black Enterprise Contributor Marjorie…

By Pepper Miller

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It may not be much of a surprise when names such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Secretary of State Hilda Solis or singing sensations Bruno Mars or Cassie are recognized as Hispanic, but you might be taken aback when you hear actresses Reagan Gomez-Preston (The Parent ‘Hood/One on One) or Gina Torres (I Think I Love My Wife) are added to that very list, along with singers like Maxwell and Kelis. As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting 15 figures in business, politics, arts and entertainment who you may not know are Latino.---Janel Martinez

 

5 Vital Tech Questions to Ask Your Startup

Consider these hard-hitting tech questions

Five critical tech questions to ask your startup.

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Small Businesses Favor Minimum Wage Increase says National Poll

National Poll Indicates Small Businesses Favor Minimum Wage Raise

85% of small business owners pay all their employees more than the minimum wage

Small business owners overwhelmingly favor increasing the federal minimum wage, according to a scientific national…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Operate on Less Financing

Minority owners were less likely to apply for credit fearing loan denial.

Minority firms in particular rely more on their own funds—and have less capital to start…

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The Bronx is Back! NYC Borough Leads in Startup Growth

The unemployment rate in the Bronx is 12.5%

The Bronx starts more businesses than the other boroughs

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NYC Proposes Raising Minimum Age for Cigarette Sales

Law looks to protect children from becoming hooked at an early age

Law would make NYC the first city in the nation to have a minimum tobacco…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Are Koreans Keeping Blacks Out of the Hair Weave Industry?

There are only a few black-owned beauty supply stores in the country

Black retailers say Korean suppliers mark up merchandise for them

By Makkada B. Selah

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Burger King® Expands Its Delivery Service To Chicago, Los Angeles And San Francisco

Burger King Adds New Cities to Their Delivery Service

Delivery program already a success in New York, Houston, Miami and DC

After initial test run in New York, Houston, Miami and DC, Burger King expands their…

By C. Daniel Baker

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African Students Awarded 25000 For Inventing Anti-Malaria Soap

African Students Win Global Competition With Anti-Malaria Soap

Inventors hope soap will be an African solution to an African problem

Moctar Dembélé and Gérard Niyondiko, recently won the Global Social Venture Competition with their Faso…

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Tim Hortons celebrates earth day with its first LEED® certified Restaurant

Tim Hortons Celebrates Earth Day With Its 1st Green Certified Restaurant

Chain plans to build 30 LEED® certified projects by 2016

Tim Hortons goes green with what it hopes is the first of many green certified…

By C. Daniel Baker

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BlackStartup.com Helps Black-Owned Businesses Secure Funding

Morehouse College alums create crowdfunding platform for African-American entrepreneurs

A group of Morehouse College alums wanted to help other entrepreneurs on their quest for…

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Chipotle Introduces New Margarita Recipe Featuring Patrón Tequila

Chipotle Ditches the Mix, Introduces Handmade Patrón Margaritas

Experts forecast as much as $56 million in future margarita sales for Chipotle

Chiptole raises the bar in the fast-casual dinning market with new premium alcohol drinks

By C. Daniel Baker

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Smoothie King Targets St. Louis in Latest Franchise Expansion

Smoothie King Offers Discount for New Franchises In St. Louis

Smoothie King offers new incentives to attract new St. Louis investors

Looking to help the Fruit Smoothie business expand in St. Louis, Smoothie King adds new…

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2012 Elevator Pitch Competition Winner Ebonee Monique of MamaIWantToWrite.com

Entrepreneurs Conference: How I Won The Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition

2012 Elevator Pitch Winner Ebonee Monique's first-person account of her experience at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference—and what's happened since.

Where has she been since?

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Jada Pinkett Smith invests in Anti-Human Trafficking Startup

Jada Pinkett Smith Invests in Anti-Human Trafficking Startup

"bSafe is a wonderful app that everyone should have.” - Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith discovered the bSafe app after her daughter Willow started using it.

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‘Uncle Luke’ Donates 5000 ‘b condoms’ to Miami Non-profits

b condoms can be purchased online and at Whole Foods Market

Former raunchy MC partners with condom company

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Tech Startup of the Week: Bolstr Let’s Small Businesses Navigate Equity Investments Like Wall Street

Dynamic revenue-sharing engine allows 'main street small businesses' to connect with potential investors

One year after the JOBS Act, small businesses can use Bolstr to raise money from…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Entrepreneurs' Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

The newly formed alliance will offer benefits to more than 4,000 U.S. business owners.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a dynamic global network of nearly 9,000 business owners in…

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Hiscox Launches New Author Series Feauring Gene Marks

The Hiscox Authors Series is an initiative to help others in launching, running and building their small businesses.

Hiscox announces the second installment of its Hiscox Authors Series for entrepreneurs featuring Gene Marks

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SBA Launches Social Media Webinar Series for Small Businesses

SBA webinar focuses on the topic: "Social Media: Helping You Get Started"

SBA webinar series to help small businesses leverage and grow their businesses using social media.

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Venture Capital Firms Profit from Funding Women-led Businesses

Venture Capital Firms Profit from Funding Women-led Businesses

Venture capital firms that invest in women-led businesses see positive returns

Social capital (“who you know and how you know them”) affects funding of women-led firms…

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Be ready for business! 

When publicity strikes, you may get a surge in foot traffic or web traffic. If you have a brick and mortar business, get ready by bringing on extra temporary staff, and ordering extra product. Get your web site ready by creating landing pages and email captures so you can keep in touch with all of your new customers even after they've come and gone. Offer a coupon for new e-mail list subscribers, then send over your newsletter and let them know what's new with your business each month.

6 Ways to Use Foursquare to Market Your Business

How your brand can use the location-based check-ins app

BlackEnterprise.com provides tips to marketing your business on the location-based check-ins application Foursquare.

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Verizon Offers “Your Money, Your Business and Your Life” Webinar

Tips and insights to strike the right financial balance in your life

The latest free webinar from Verizon’s small business team will feature Jean Chatzky, financial…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Credit Supply and Approval Rate on Small Business Loans Expected to Increase

Most optimistic forecast for lending in the survey’s 3 year history

Small businesses is expected to pick up the pace of investing and hiring in the…

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UBR Spotlight: David Steward, CEO of Nation’s Largest Black-Owned Business

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, Renita D. Young speaks with David L. Steward,…

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The American Dream: The Brandon Davis Story

American Dream's Magazine Editor-in-Chief Brandon Davis speaks with Ebony.com

How many people go after their dreams and actually attain them?

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Donna James Steps down as Chairperson of the National Women’s Business Council

Donna James Steps Down as Chairperson of National Women’s Business Council

Under Donna's leadership, the NWBC has played a vital role in helping women entrepreneurs

Donna A. James, a White House appointee, will be stepping down from her role as…

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Working on a master plan? Today's the day to pitch it!

Last Chance To Enter to Compete for $10,000

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have until 5:00 p.m. today, April 15, to submit entries for the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition.

Today is the last day for entries into the 2013 Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition.…

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Rihanna to Launch RiRi Woo with M.A.C Cosmetics

RiRi gets her M.A.C on....

Can this be a successful venture for RiRi?

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Interactive One Studios Adds Russell Simmons' GlobalGrind.com to its Roster

Interactive One Studios Adds Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind.com to its Roster

GlobalGrind.com joins Interactive One's roster and network

Interactive One continues to expand its roster with its latest partnership

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Small Businesses on Taxes: Complexity is Number One Problem

IRS Warns of Tax Scams to Avoid This Tax Season

Illegal scams can lead to penalties, interest and in some cases criminal prosecution.

The IRS is reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against…

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

Home Depot Co-Founder: Obamacare Will ‘Kill Off Small Business’

Marcus says Obamacare & other regulations are hurting small business

The former co-founder of Home Depot says Obamacare is bad for small business.

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Nike Pulls Its Items Out of Local Stores Shelves

Nike Pulls Out of Local Stores in Philadelphia and New Jersey

Nike is severing ties with several small sneaker retailers

In a crushing blow, Nike is no longer providing product to several Mom & Pop…

By C. Daniel Baker

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3 Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

Post Office Returns Saturday Service Cuts Plan to Sender

Post Office puts plans to kill Saturday delivery on hiatus

The Post Office unveiled plans to end Saturday delivery which would have hurt small businesses…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers

Small Businesses Taxes Are Too Complex, Says Study

Small business taxes are taking as long as three weeks to complete

A recent study from the NSBA says the current tax code is too complex for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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2013 Dare to Dream Auction

Sean Combs and Russell Simmons Join the “NFTE Dare to Dream Auction”

Celebrities donate time and knowledge to help entrepreneurs

NFTE’s continued efforts to entrepreneurs continue with their silver gala on April 23

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Bailed-Out Banks Used Small Business Funds to Repay TARP

Governement watchdog says banks used funds incorrectly

Money sent to banks to boost lending to small businesses was used instead by banks…

By C. Daniel Baker

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B Corporations, An Alternative for Socially Conscious Entrepreneurs

How startups can raise money for socially beneficial purposes while making little to no profit.

If you are considering a B-Corp, here is what you need to know to take…

By Ricardo Bernard

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Lawmakers Draft Bill to Protect Large Soda

Lawmakers Draft Bill to Protect Large Soda

Lawmakers draft an "Anti-Bloomberg" soda protection law

In direct response to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s attempted ban on large soda, 3 lawmakers look…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Businesses Opt to Pay Obamacare Penalty Instead of Offering Healthcare

Businesses are doing their best to get around Obamacare

Some small businesses continue to complain about Obamacare

By Makkada B. Selah

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Sharisse Barksdale and her Capital Chicken & Waffles brings a west coast favorite to nation’s capital

Capital Chicken & Waffles Coming to D.C.

Sharisse Barksdale brought Chicken & Waffles to the Capital

How one entrepreneur brought chicken and waffles to DC using a food truck

By Courtney Connley

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McDonald’s to Hire 6000 Workers on National Hiring Day

McDonald’s to Hire 6000 Workers on National Hiring Day

National Hiring Event looks to be the biggest event yet

McDonald’s Canada is looking to take advantage of the soft labor market in Canada

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Owners Sick of Unfair Corporate Tax Loopholes

Small Business Owners Tired of Unfair Corporate Tax Loopholes

Small business owners want to close corporate tax loopholes

Small business owners want tax reform, especially for often abused corporate tax loopholes

By C. Daniel Baker

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James Lewis, Publisher of The Birmingham Times Remembered

Trailblazer James Lewis, Publisher of The Birmingham Times Remembered

James Lewis took over his father's paper in 1998

James Lewis, the son of the founder of Birmingham’s first black newspaper passed on Sunday…

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Caribou Coffee Closes 160 Stores across the Country

Caribou Coffee Plans to Close 160 Stores across the Country

Half of stores being closed will be rebranded as Peet's Coffee Shops

Move comes a month after Caribou Coffee rejected a deal to locate inside J.C. Penny’s

By C. Daniel Baker

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: Portrait studios close in Sears, Wal-Marts.

The End of an Era: Portrait studios Close in Sears, Wal-Marts.

A victim of digital technology, mall photo studios announce closing.

The long running tradition of heading to a department store for a family photo comes…

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Harlem Mom Petitions Mattel for Black Barbie Swag

Woman's daughter wanted a 'black barbie' party

Black Barbie doll accessories are severely lacking

By Makkada B. Selah

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

A Year Later, Small Business Organizations Frustrated with JOBS Act

Organization feels the SEC isn't doing enough to support them

One year later, small business organizations feel they haven’t received enough support from the JOBS…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Fast food workers strike at dozens of food chains

Does a McDonald’s Cashier Job Require a College Degree?

Job posting raised questions regarding the US Job Market

When a story about McDonalds requiring a college diploma for cashier jobs went viral, many…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Popular Mexican Food Chain Chipotle Announces New Catering Service

New York Town Bans Chipotle, Other “Fast-Casual” Restaurants

New ban is based on aesthetics, not nutrition

One NY suburb does not want to lose their identity to the fast casual restaurant…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Rachel Roy Launches Digital Magazine And Video Series

Rachel Roy Launches Digital Magazine & Video Series For Female Entrepreneurs

Underscores Rachel's commitment to connecting women online

Rachel Roy, designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother, designs to inspire women to feel smart, confident…

By C. Daniel Baker

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House Rule 506 and Crowdfunding

How to Follow Rule 506 When Crowdfunding Your Small Business

How a change in government regulation affects crowdfunding

When President Obama signed the JOBS Act, new laws affecting the ability to raise money…

By Ricardo Bernard

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Fast Food Forward Organizes NYC Strike Over Low Wages

Fast-food employees join in on citywide strike for higher wages.

Labor campaign, Fast Food Forward, calls on fast food industry to raise wage for workers.

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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SCORE Small Business Video Contest

SCORE Launches a Small Business Success Podcast

SCORE adds a new resource for entrepreneurs

As many as 40% percent of Americans now listen to audio on digital devices, and…

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An advocate for fashionable tall women, Lameka Weeks won $3,500 to help roll out her Height Goddess clothing line

Entrepreneurs Conference: Where Are They Now? The $10,000 Elevator Pitch Competition Winners

Each year, a group of select entrepreneurs bring their best 60-second pitch and go head-to-head at the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch.

Catching up with Black Enterprise’s past cash prize winners whose businesses have reached higher levels…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Number of Jobs Created Misses Expectations

Number of Jobs Created in March Misses Expert Expectations

Number of jobs created was off by almost 50,000

A new study shows the number of jobs created in March was lower than expected

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Eugene Profit’s Investment Company Lives Up To His Name

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Profit Investment CEO Eugene Profit; author and entrepreneur…

By Pepper Miller

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Regardless of Party Lines, Small Business Owners Support Immigration Reform

Poll shows regardless of party affiliation, owners want change

Small business owners want an overhaul of the current immigration system, says a new study

By C. Daniel Baker

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Companies Scramble as the H-1B Visa Race Begins Today

Experts predict the number of H-1B Visa's will be reached in 5 days

Supporters of Immigration Reform say the number of H-1B visas issued needs to rise

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Owners Believe Economy is Stuck Due to Government

March study says red tape is small business' biggest hurdle

When polled, 60% of small business owners said the government was blocking their growth

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA and AARP Team up to Promote Entrepreneurship Among Older Individuals

63 percent of Americans plan to work during retirement.

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lifestyle Entrepreneur Mariah Huq's The Mommy, The Mrs., The Mogul

The Mom, The Mrs., The Mogul: Mariah Huq on Balancing Business and Motherhood

Here's how you can find balance while running a business and being a mom

Mariah Huq, producer and star of “Married to the Medicine,” talks about how to find…

By Mariah Huq

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4 Ways to Use Facebook’s ‘Reply’ Button to Boost Customer Service Experience

Maximize customer service with the social networking site's latest feature

BlackEnterprise.com has outlined four ways your company can use Facebook as a customer service tool.…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Better Business Bureau Embroiled in Scandal Over Fees, Fake Company

Contrary to popular belief it is not a consumer watchdog

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is looking out only for themselves.

By Sasha King

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Popeyes President: “Employees Want to Work Part-Time Because of Obamacare”

Ralph Bower believed employees would try to dodge Obamacare penalty.

Do you think this will actually happen?

By Sandra Evangelina Garcia

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Wal-Mart Testing Online Delivery Using Lockers in Stores

Program to compete with Amazon which also has delivery lockers

Wal-Mart looks to link its e-commerce with its physical locations using delivery lockers

By C. Daniel Baker

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Vera Wang Discontinues $500 Bridal Dress Try On Fee

Vera Wang Discontinues $500 Fee to Try-on Bridal Dress Policy

Fee was established to deter counterfeiters from copying designs

How one brand’s attempt at detering counterfeiters lead to a media backlash.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is Herbalife A Pyramid Scheme?

Is Herbalife A Scam or a Way to Success?

A battle over the legitimacy of the health line's business model

The multilevel marketing company is the subject of a battle.

By C. Daniel Baker

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KFC Franchise Owner Fires Worker for Being Homeless

Woman Says KFC Franchise Owner Fired Her for Being Homeless

Owner says she was fired for lack of previous experience

While Mississippi is an at-will employment state, was this termination legal?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Wal-Mart Hints at Crowdsourcing Package Delivery

Program is still in the brain-storming stage, says CEO

Wal-Mart executives are considering using its millions of shoppers as a delivery service

By C. Daniel Baker

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Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers

Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers

Court says Tax law violates the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause.

NY State Court rules that online income generated via links can be taxed, opening the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Closing of DC Nightspot Raises Questions of Police Policy.

A popular Hip-Hop bar in Washington D.C. is possibly closing after a shooting.

Have you ever been to this buzzing D.C. night spot?

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Top Ad Agency CEO Monique Nelson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Uniworld Group Co-CEO Monique Nelson, Catherine Bennet of…

By Pepper Miller

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Six Steps to Prepare for Venture Financing

How to avoid potential problems with venture capital funding

Establishing and maintaining good corporate hygiene will pay dividends as you negotiate your venture financing

By Ricardo Bernard

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Restaurant Uses Social Media on Patrons Who Blew Off Reservations

Restaurant posts names and telephone numbers of no-shows

Should restaurants be allowed to publicly shame customers who don’t show up for reservations?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Yelp helps small businesses estimate online revenue

Yelp Help’s Small Businesses Estimate Online Revenue

New feature tracks user actions and estimates their values

Yelp’s new feature looks to help owners estimate the monetary value of online customer actions

By C. Daniel Baker

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Liquor Privatization Bill Could Mean Goodbye to ABC Stores

Beer Industry Contributes $8.7 Billion Annually to Pennsylvania Economy

Industry is also linked to 70,650 local jobs in Pennsylvania

A beer trade group releases a new study, as the battle over the privatization of…

By C. Daniel Baker

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British Entrepreneur ‘Hatches’ Savvy Way to Promote African Arts in UK

Yemisi Mokuolu overcame challenges of recession to realize dreams

Yemisi Mokuolu’s company, Hatch Events, is committed to promoting and profiling African arts across the…

By Octavia Goredema

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

Study Finds Small Business Owners Hit Hard By Hurricane Sandy Outages

52% of small businesses experienced a loss of sales or revenue

Small business owners were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy, a new study reveals just…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Bill Gates Offers Entrepreneurs $100,000 to Develop a Better Condom

Bill Gates Offers Entrepreneurs $100,000 to Develop a Better Condom

Contest offers up to $1 Million in funding for new condom design

As part of their effort to stop global AIDS, Bill & Melinda Gates are offering…

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Bill Cosby Threatens to Sue ‘CosbySweaters.com’

Actor Bill Cosby has trademarked his connection to colorful sweaters

The ‘Cos’ tells an online company to cease-and-desist

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8 Steps to Keep Your Small Business on the Road to Success

One of the largest African American automotive moguls shares his secrets for success

Dorian Boyland, one of the largest African American automotive moguls, shares his secrets for success

By Alan Hughes

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TD Bank offers Franchise Financing Options for Veterans

TD Bank and Popular Franchises Offer Special Financing Options for Veterans

Dunkin’ Donuts, Domino’s Pizza and Baskin-Robbins already enrolled

TD Bank looks to streamline the franchise application process and fees for Veterans

By C. Daniel Baker

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8 Steps to Closing the Sales Deal

Edgar L. Smith Jr., CEO of World Pac Paper L.L.C., outlines the keys to getting a prospective client to say 'yes'

Edgar L. Smith Jr., CEO of World Pac Paper L.L.C., outlines the keys to getting…

By Alan Hughes

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The End? Liquor Privatization Bill Could Mean Goodbye to ABC Stores

4,000 state employees could lose their jobs, with the state losing $170 million annually.

House Bill 790 is creating a battle between those who want liquor to be sold…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Announces 2013 National Small Business Week

Small Business Week returns to help business owners

National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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

Nominate Your Small Business or Nonprofit for a SCORE Award

The annual SCORE Awards recognize small businesses that help America

Small businesses and organizations are encouraged to self-nominate before March 31

By C. Daniel Baker

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Carolina Kitchen’s Lance London Expansion

Lance London Plans To Expand Carolina Kitchen’s Brand With CK Burger

New burger restaurant set to open in August in DC

Carolina Kitchen won a Hoodie Award for Best Soulfood Restaurant. Now, Lance London has his…

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Comedian Kym Whitely Empowers Parents in the Serious Fight Against Food Allegeries

Comedian Kym Whitley Empowers Parents in Fight Against Food Allegeries

T-shirts are bright red with a checklist of possible allergens

After a close call with her own child, Kym Whitley set out to protect the…

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Tech Startup of the Week: Lauren Maillian Bias’ Gen Y Capital Partners Provides Invaluable Opportunities

The Gen Y Capital Partners co-founder shares the do's and don'ts for investing in tech

Lauren Maillian Bias, co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners, is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of…

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The Green Goldmine of the Legal Marijuana Industry

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Set to Open in Washington D.C.

Dispensaries have been waiting on government approval since 1998

As the nations war on marijuana continues to decline, D.C. becomes the next area to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 THings to Avoid When Funding Your Startup

Funding for New Startups Declines for First Time in 3 Years

Funding given to new companies was down 24%

VCs invested $26.5 billion in just under 3,700 deals last year, a 10% decline

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Will Obamacare Force You to Disclose Your Weight to Your Boss?

CVS and other firms are asking employees to take company physical or face a penalty

One of the country’s largest pharmacy chains is asking its workers to find out how…

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Small Businesses Still Not Sold on Online Advertising

While online advertising increases, small businesses remains skittish

Small business typically have smaller budgets. But a new study found that’s not why they…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Young Entrepreneurs Win Scion "Motivate" Program

Entrepreneurs Win $10,000 and Vehicles from Scion’s “Motivate” Program

The 10 winners will also be paired with business mentors in their respective field

Scion’s Motivate program searched for the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Chaka Khan Goes From 10-Time Grammy Winner to Serial Entrepreneur

A line of chocolates, a line of candles...what's next for the legendary singer?

Chaka Khan is beginning her expansion into the business sector with her entrepreneurial empire.

By Tomika Anderson

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

How to Reinvent Your Brand With Social Media

Consider the methods used by these five entrepreneurs

BlackEnterprise.com highlights tips to reinventing your brand via social media.

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8 out of 10 Small Business Owners Worry About the Future

Small business owners are pessimistic regarding the future

According to a study, the national debt is the most pressing issue facing small businesses…

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Meijer’s “Made in Michigan” Initiative Focuses on Small/Local Business Products

Meijer’s “Made in Michigan” Initiative Focuses on Small/Local Business Products

After one successful year, Meijer expands and continues their local product showcase

The biggest challenge that small food manufacturers face is getting their products in a major…

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Too-Thin Yoga Pants Could Cost Company Over $20 Million

Lululemon’s $20 Million See-Through Yoga Pants Problem

A recall on Lululemon's Yoga pants that are not only popular, they're also transparent.

Canadian athletic company Lululemon’s faces their first brand crisis with a recall of 17% of…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Former Miss USA Kenya Moore Preps New Hair Care Line

Kenya Moore says she doesn't wear a weave

Kenya Moore says she wants to help all women get hair like hers

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Burger King® Expands Its Delivery Service To Chicago, Los Angeles And San Francisco

Burger King Adds a Turkey Burger, Other New Items to Menu

If test run is successful, burger will be added permanently.

Neither Wendy’s nor McDonald’s have ever offered a turkey burger, making Burger King the largest…

By C. Daniel Baker

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BLOOMBERG HINTS AT E-CIGARETTES BAN

Fresh off Soda Ban Defeat, NYC Mayor Wants Stores to Hide Cigarettes

Law could be costly to implement to small businesses and require City Council approval

After having his soda ban defeated, Mayor Bloomberg continues his war on smoking in NYC…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Samuel Adams helps Miami Business Owner Kipri Johnson Brew Up the American Dream

Samuel Adams Helps Miami Business Owner, Others Brew up the American Dream

Sam Adam's has provided $1.9 million in financing to more than 220 businesses nationwide

South Florida’s economy has at least another year before it will experience a healthy recovery.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Owners are recognizing the need to control their social media presence

Only 5 Percent of Minority, Women-Owned Businesses Get NYC Contracts

Minority businesses get less of the pie when it comes to billions in city contracts.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s study shows that minority and women-owned businesses got only 5…

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Halle Berry Launches Shoe Line ’5th Avenue’

Halle calls her shoes "reasonably-priced"

Halle Berry partners with German shoemaker for her ’5th Avenue’ line

By Makkada B. Selah

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Turn Crisis into Opportunity with Superior Customer Experience

Turn Crisis into Opportunity with Superior Customer Experience

A guest editorial by Brad Smith, executive vice president, of Sage North America

Carnival Cruise Lines is an example of the importance of having a plan to provide…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Letting Workers Powernap Could Boost Performance & Creativity

Letting Workers “Powernap” Could Boost Performance and Creativity

Studies show a 20 minute nap boosts performance.

Why a new startup wants to help your workers naps

By C. Daniel Baker

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Power Women of the Diaspora: British Social Entrepreneur Champions Change

British businesswoman talks career triumphs, advocacy

Barbara Kasumu, a British social entrepreneur and co-founder of Elevation Networks talks career triumphs, challenges…

By Octavia Goredema

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BLOOMBERG HINTS AT E-CIGARETTES BAN

FedEx to Pay NYC $2.5 Million for Delivering Untaxed Cigarettes

FedEx settled with NYC "to avoid a...much more expensive resolution process."

CigarettesDirect2U.com’s business model broke several federal laws regarding shipping cigarettes. Now FedEx has to pay…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Wendell Pierce, Tina Wells & Others Convene for 5th New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Wendell Pierce, Tina Wells and Others Convene for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

5th Annual Conference looks to help entrepreneurs in NOLA

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week celebrates it’s 5th year with over 3,000 entrepreneurs.

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Spanx hit with patent infringement lawsuit over popular Shapewear

Battle of the Bulge: Spanx Hit With Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Spanx, the billion dollar shapewear company, has quickly rose to the top of their market.

A war is heating up in the shapewear market. Yummie Tummie is taking Spanx to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Court exempts Domino’s Founder from Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

Court Exempts Domino’s Founder from Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate.

Several organizations have sued to stop Obamacare's contraception provision

The former founder of Domino’s Pizza has won what may be the first of many…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Michelle Obama calls on Business Leaders to Hire Veterans

Michelle Obama Calls on Business Leaders to Hire More Veterans

Statistically, unemployment is nearly two points higher for veterans than the national average

Mrs. Obama’s “Joining Forces” campaign has led businesses to hire or train more than 125,000…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ford’s Award-Winning Diversity Program Exceeds Minority-Owned Business Spending Goals

Ford’s Diversity Program Exceeds Minority-Owned Business Spending Goals

Ford purchased $5.7 billion in goods and services from minority-owned businesses in 2012

Every year Ford aims to source at least 10 percent of U.S. purchases from minority,and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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McDonald's To Give Away More Than A Million McMuffins, & Launch New Sandwich

McDonald’s to Give Away More Than a Million McMuffins, and Launch New Sandwich

Brand goes on the offensive to fight negative PR in China

After the brand’s sales slipped last month, McDonald’s launches two new promotions here and overseas

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Loan Approvals From Big Banks at Highest Rates Since 2011

Large banks with over $10 billion in assets are lending to small businesses again

One credit index reports that banks are loosening up their safe’s.

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Telecommuting Increasingly Popular With Most Companies Despite Yahoo Ban

80% of companies surveyed expressed a favorable view of telecommuting.

Despite the comments of Yahoo and a policy change at Best Buy, many companies still…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Boss Moves: 6 Effective Ways to Handle Raise Requests

This strategy will ensure you don't have a disgruntled worker on your hands

Asking for a pay raise can not only be daunting for an employee. It can…

By Sasha King

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Eileen Fisher Grant Program Empowers Women Entrepreneurs

Eileen Fisher Empowers Women Entrepreneurs With $12,500 Grants

After launching her clothing line with only $350 in savings, the designer gives back.

After experiencing the rigors of entrepreneurial-ship herself, a designer helps the next generation get started

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Literary Agency Founder Regina Brooks

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Regina Brooks, the first African American editor of…

By Pepper Miller

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Developing the ‘New Minority Entrepreneur’

SXSW panel examines what it takes to support minorities in entrepreneurship

The “Cultivating the New Minority Entrepreneur” panelists at South by Southwest (SXSW) discussed the changing…

By Mary Pryor

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Small Business Hiring Increased in February, Owners Still Cautious

Numbers show some improvement in the labor market

A survey of small business owners show signs of growth in the small business labor…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Notorious B.I.G.'s Spirit Lives On In "House of Wallace" Animated Series

B.I.G.’s Brand Lives on in “House of Wallace” Animated Series

Series will feature the rapper's children and remakes of his music

Even in death, rapper Notorious B.I.G’s brand is still making entrepreneurial moves

By C. Daniel Baker

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National Association of Women Business Owners Partners with LeanIn.org

Facebook COO Partners with Women Business Owners for Better Education

Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the economy

National Association of Women Business Owners and Sheryl Sandberg want to teach women business owners…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lawmakers Draft Bill to Protect Large Soda

Soda Ban Reversal Leaves NYC Businesses In a Holding Pattern

After a judge reverses NYC's soda ban, businesses take a "wait & see" attitude

Businesses and NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg play a waiting game regarding the fate of the soda…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Judge Blocks New York City’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks

Judge Blocks New York City’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks

Judge rules NYC soda ban is too "arbitrary" to regulate

A judge has blocked Mayor Bloomberg’s ban of big sugary drinks in NYC

By C. Daniel Baker

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Coca-Cola’s $100 Million Plan to Support Women-Owned Businesses in Nigeria & Other Markets

Coca-Cola’s $100 Million Plan to Support Women-Owned Businesses in Nigeria and Other Markets

Coca-Cola & IFC donate $100 million to fund women owned companies

Coca-Cola’s new plan looks to solve the financing problems women entrepreneurs face in emerging markets

By C. Daniel Baker

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The New Look for Black Women in Business

The New Look for Black Women in Business and our Next Steps

The next steps black female entrepreneurs face in their careers

Business advice for female entrepreneurs from industry expert, Marjorie Perry

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Austin-Based Travel Startup Localeur Expands to Add Houston

Joah Spearman’s New Startup Localeur Launches in Time for SXSW

Crowdsourced travel review site aims to help Millennials explore SXSW

Joah Spearman’s new travel review site Localeur hopes to give travelers the real deal on…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Ways to Get Familiar With SoLoMo Marketing

How to leverage social-local-mobile

BlackEnterprise.com points out 5 ways you can get your business up and running with SoLoMo…

By Mike Street

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Think Your Startup Is Ready to Pivot? Entrepreneurs Weigh In at SXSW

Pointers from the “Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em” panel

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with moderator Lisa Nicole Bell and the featured panelists— serial entrepreneur Clarence…

By Mike Street

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Grand Opening, Grand Closing:Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club Shut Down

The club was damaged during Superstorm Sandy

Atlantic City location of Jay-Z’s 40/40 club shuttered

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Job Seekers Increasingly Test Positive For Marijuana, Other Drugs

Job Seekers Increasingly Test Positive For Marijuana, Other Drugs

Labs finding more potential candidates using drugs since 2007

Most job seeks are taking a lax view of drug use, leading experts to wonder…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A BETTER WAY TO SUPPORT AND TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

R.I.P to the Traditional Office? Alternative Workspaces Gain Popularity

70% of employees surveyed work from alternate locations on a regular basis

Does your company allow you to work outside of the office?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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