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Companies Join Forces to Help Small Businesses go Digital FedEx Announces Winners of Small Business Grants Home Office Tax Deductions Just Got A Lot Easier Krispy Kreme to Open Its First Shop in India Smoothie Shop Owner Charges “Liberals” More in Store Wal-Mart Promises to Hire 100,000 Veterans Former NBA Player Jamal Mashburn Moves into Hospitality Industry Chick-fil-A Offers Free Breakfast to Customers Safe or Not, Electronic-Cigarettes Gain Popularity Non-Profit Teaches Ex-Con’s Entrepreneurship TaskRabbit Adds Ex-Googler Stacy Brown-Philpot to COO Position Anthropologie Apologizes For Racist Candlesticks Hurricane Sandy’s Flooded Cars Are Big Business And Bad News Taste of Jamaica Restaurant Brings Island Flavors to Sacramento Goldman Sachs Announces $20m Small Business Initiative in Philly FTC Says NYC-Based Telemarketers Scammed Thousands Back Like it Never Left! 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Wendy’s Franchisee Slashes Employee Hours Because of Obamacare BET Founder Bob Johnson Buys Regional Trucking Company Uptown Magazine Co-Founder Buys Magazine Back from Vibe Small Businesses Celebrate the End of The NHL Lockout Love & Hip-Hop NY Star is Putting Her Best Fashionable Foot Forward Simple Steps to Reevaluate your Business Strategy Small Business Owners Should Beware of Billing Scams Partial Passing of the Sandy Relief Bill Leaves Businesses in Peril Small Businesses Saw Very Slight Job Growth Last Month Obama Inaugural Souvenir Shop Now Open How to Get Money from Friends and Family for Your Startup Company to Provide Scholarships for Minority Women to Attend Women 2.0 Conference 5 Unusual Provisions in the Fiscal Cliff Bill Obama Signs Bill to Deliver More Government Contracts to Small Businesses New Service Delivers Feminine Products Directly to Your Door Harlem’s Lenox Lounge Set to Re-Open in a New Location 100 Black Men of Long Island Inc. to Host a Minority Small Business Forum Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV After Sale to Al-Jazeera Chuka Umunna Hopes to Bring “Small Business Saturday” to the UK Suit Filed Against Pinterest in New York District Court Ways Entrepreneurs Can Recharge in 2013 Baskin-Robbins Hosts a Seminar to Find Los Angeles Entrepreneurs How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Affects Small Businesses Increase the Value of Your Office Space with a Green Lease Tax Tips for the Self-Employed During Income Tax Season Casa de Chocolates Uses Delicious Ingredients to Make Business Successful Copyright Lawsuit Filed Over Naughty By Nature’s “Uptown Anthem” New Owner of Lenox Lounge Plans to Preserve the Iconic Jazz Club D.C. Hotels Not as Busy for Obama Inauguration Entrepreneur Aims for Success with Shot Dropz flavored liquor shots Staying Open During the Holidays Profitable for McDonald’s Recent Cloud Outages Reinforce the Need for Small Business Backups Groupon Continues Year of Acquiring Small Businesses 10 States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2013 Panera Franchisee Settles Racism Lawsuit with Black Workers Small Business Administration Seeks Applications from Investment Fund Managers Department of Labor Cracks Down on Tips at Small Town Restaurant Drake Wants Royalties For Use of Famous Phrase ‘YOLO’ 5 Tax Benefits Small Businesses Should Take Before January 1st Get Your Life Tamar! The Baby Braxton Opens an Online Store Drake and Kanye West’s Manager, Gee Roberson, Launches New Record Label Small Business Expo 2013 Adds Three New Cities ASBL Claims Obama Wants to “Dismantle the Small Business Administration” Another One! 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Companies Join Forces to Help Small Businesses go Digital

Customers can now buy domain names and hosting in-store

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly seventy-five percent of businesses don’t have a website.…

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FedEx Announces Winners of Small Business Grants

Darn Good Yarn wins top prize, five businesses awarded smaller prizes.

Will you be entering this competition next year?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Home Office Tax Deductions Just Got A Lot Easier

The IRS has simplified the home-office tax deduction process

Simpler tax forms should lead to less money left on the table

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Krispy Kreme To Open Its First Shop in India

Krispy Kreme to Open Its First Shop in India

The fast food chain announces its first stores in India

Originally started in Kentucky, the popular doughnut chain is now in 22 countries

By C. Daniel Baker

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Smoothie Shop Owner Charges “Liberals” More in Store

What do you think of this store owner's pricing?

Owner points to a menu that lists 16 oz. juices and smoothies as $4.95 for…

By Black Enterprise

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Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Promises to Hire 100,000 Veterans

Retail giant promises jobs to any soldier who wants one.

First Lady Michelle Obama, who lead a drive to encourage hiring veterans, calls announcement “historic.”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Former NBA Player Jamal Mashburn Moves into Hospitality Industry

The former NBA all-star adds hospitality to his already impressive resume.

Highly successful entrepreneur and retired NBA professional Jamal Mashburn is expanding his entrepreneurial interests yet…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Chick-fil-A Offers Free Breakfast to Customers

Chick-fil-A Offers Free Breakfast to Customers

Part of Chick-fil-A's "Eat Mor Chikin 4 Brekfast” promotion

The fast food chain’s latest promotion to spread word of their new breakfast menu.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Safe or not, Electronic-cigarettes gain popularity

Safe or Not, Electronic-Cigarettes Gain Popularity

The e-cigarette market is estimated to be a $300 million industry.

E-Cigarettes continue to grow in popularity, but are they safe?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Non-Profit Teaches Ex-Con’s Entrepreneurship

City Startup Labs wants to create 1000 new young black male entrepreneurs

Non-profit claims it’s more important to teach ex-cons entrepreneurial skills rather than job-seeking skills

By Makkada B. Selah

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TaskRabbit Names Ex-Googler Stacy Brown-Philpot For COO Position

TaskRabbit Adds Ex-Googler Stacy Brown-Philpot to COO Position

The former Google employee is the first COO at the startup.

Stacy Brown-Philpot brings her considerable international and strategic experience to the San Francisco Startup.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Anthropologie Removes Racist Candlestick From Site After Backlash

Anthropologie Apologizes For Racist Candlesticks

After internet backlash, Anthropologie issues statement

After removing candlestick, Anthropologie’s PR director issues an apology

By C. Daniel Baker

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Flooded cars are bad news & big business

Hurricane Sandy’s Flooded Cars Are Big Business And Bad News

That used car for sale could be hiding a flood damaged past

Some cars totaled in Hurricane Sandy being retitled and resold

By C. Daniel Baker

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Taste of Jamaica Restaurant Brings Island Flavors to Sacramento

Restaurant aims to bring the culture of Jamaica to California's capital

A new Jamaican restaurant opens its doors New Year’s Eve in South Sacramento with a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Goldman Sachs Announces $20 million Initiative to Philadelphia

Goldman Sachs Announces $20m Small Business Initiative in Philly

Philadelphia is the 9th city in Golden Sachs' "10,000 Small Businesses" Initiative.

Initiative aims to help small businesses in Philadelphia by providing access to capital and education

By C. Daniel Baker

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FTC Says NYC-Based Telemarketers Scammed Thousands

The scams targeted the elderly and disabled telling them they would get home-based Internet businesses enabling them to work from home.

The FTC has filed suit against the Tax Club, Inc., claiming they scammed thousands of…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Back Like it Never Left! Wonder Bread is Back

Will Twinkies and Ding Dongs come back too?

Wonderbread, the well-known household bread brand by bankrupt Hostess, will be acquired by Flowers Foods

By Makkada B. Selah

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New Service Offers Unlimited Business Credit Report Lookups

New service offers you the chance to look at your credit report as many times as you'd like.

Business credit reports range from $10 to $70 dollars, and are necessary for owners

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hobby Lobby Manipulating Health Care Plans to Deny Employees Access To Birth Control

Company Changes Health Care Plan to Deny Employee Access to Birth Control

Store could face potential penalties of up to $1.3 million a day

“Hobby Lobby will continue to vigorously defend its religious liberty and oppose the mandate and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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What Foursquare's new privacy policy means for small businesses

What Foursquare’s New Privacy Policy Means for Small Businesses

How small business can benefit from Foursquare's new privacy policy

Changes in FourSquare’s Privacy Policy will allow merchants to collect more data on users.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Anthropologie Removes Racist Candlestick From Site After Backlash

Anthropologie Removes Racist Candlestick From Site After Backlash

After item is removed, questions on why it was ever offered remain.

Anthropologie racist candlestick is latest gaffe for the store’s parent company, Urban Outfitters.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Grey’s Anatomy Actor & Starbucks Battle for Small Coffee Chain

Both sides have multi-million dollar bids on Tully's.

The battle for Tully’s Coffee, a small Seattle based coffee chain, moves to the court…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Nike Wins Supreme Court Lawsuit Over Air Force 1’s

Nike Wins Supreme Court Lawsuit Over Air Force 1’s

In question? The validity of the trademark for the popular sneaker.

A series of lawsuits with a small rival over trademarks finally reaches the Supreme Court

By C. Daniel Baker

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Don’t Let Flu Season Hurt Your Small Business

Don’t Let Flu Season Hurt Your Small Business

Simple tips to stay healthy this Flu season

This Flu season is not only a health concern but also an economic one if…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Luke Laments the Loss of Black Businesses in Miami-Dade County

The former rapper speaks on the loss of black businesses in his hometown.

Luther Campbell recalls the story of Tyrone Greene, a small business owner whose store served…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How Small Business Owners Can Work from Anywhere

Having trouble with your IT solutions? Migrating to a cloud-based server could be the answer

The new option of having your company’s servers “in the cloud” could prove a lifesaver…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Gun Stores gear up for Gun Appreciation Day

Gun Stores Gear up for Gun Appreciation Day

Supporter hope to rival “Chick-fil-A Day” and make a public statement

Two days before Obama’s Inauguration, Gun Appreciation Day hopes to send more Americans to gun…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers

The IRS Delays Tax Season for 120 Million Households

Changes from the Fiscal Cliff deal forces changes in tax forms.

Delay affects 80% of Americans who’ll have to wait until later to begin filing

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

Costs of Obamacare Minimal on Small Businesses [Study]

Only midsize companies would really see higher costs from Obamacare

Despite what Critics say, Obamacare is not bad for business according to one study.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Kiva Looks to Foster Small Business Growth in Washington D.C. Area

Kiva & Capital One to Give $150k to D.C. Area Small Businesses

Kiva runs similar programs in Los Angeles, Detroit and New Orleans

Using a new online portal, users can lend directly to small businesses in the D.C.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Wendy's Franchisee Slashes Employee Hours Because of Obamacare

Another One! Wendy’s Franchisee Slashes Employee Hours Because of Obamacare

Another business owner attempts to avoid Obamacare

All thought studies show Obamacare has little impact on business costs.

By C. Daniel Baker

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BET Founder Bob Johnson Buys Regional Trucking Company

Johnson says his goal is to make RLJ Thompson Trucking the largest minority-owned transportation company in the country

BET’s founder Bob Johnson purchases Concord, Virginia based trucking company

By Makkada B. Selah

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Uptown Co-Founder Buys Magazine back from Vibe

Uptown Magazine Co-Founder Buys Magazine Back from Vibe

The co-founder of Uptown Magazine purchases the title back from Vibe

Intermedia Vibe Holdings sells off Uptown Magazine, wants to focus on Vibe and its digital…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses Celebrate the End of The NHL Lockout

With the end of the lockout, small businesses look forward to returning customers and revenue.

Small business owners were all too happy to see the NHL lockout end Sunday

By C. Daniel Baker

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Love & Hip-Hop NY Star is Putting Her Best Fashionable Foot Forward

Love and Hip-Hop New York season 2 premieres tonight.

Rashidah Ali sits down for an exclusive interview with BlackEnterprise.com about her new show, shoe…

By Chantell Black

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4 STEPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

Simple Steps to Reevaluate your Business Strategy

When your marketing goes stale, so does your business

The purpose of cleaning up your online business is to stay relevant to consumers. So,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Owners Beware of Billing Scams

Small Business Owners Should Beware of Billing Scams

How to avoid falling for billing scams

Scammers are targeting small business owners with a new twist on an old scam

By C. Daniel Baker

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Partial passing of the Sandy relief bill leaves businesses in danger

Partial Passing of the Sandy Relief Bill Leaves Businesses in Peril

New York State alone has $25 billion in economic damages

Majority of the relief won’t be addressed until Jan. 15.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses Saw Very Slight Job Growth Last Month

Fiscal Cliff fears responsible for poor numbers

Number of jobs was up in December but only slightly

By C. Daniel Baker

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Obama Inaugural Souvenir Shop Now Open

One of the goodies in the store is a commemorative poster by Chuck Close

A souvenir store has been opened for Obama’s Inaugural celebration

By Makkada B. Selah

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How to Get Money from Friends and Family for Your Startup

Often your friends and family will be your biggest supporters when you're starting your businees

Adhering to certain guidelines can make borrowing money from friends and family for your business…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Kapor Capital Will Provide Scholarships for Women Of Color To Attend The Women 2.0 Conference

Company to Provide Scholarships for Minority Women to Attend Women 2.0 Conference

10 scholarships will be awarded to women of color.

The conference will focus on supporting the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space – women

By C. Daniel Baker

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The cliff deal renews special rules for certain studios in Hollywood. They can deduct up to $15 million of their costs if more than three-fourths of the movie’s production takes place in the United States (They can get up to $20 million in deductions if they produce the film in a low-income community).

5 Unusual Provisions in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

Some usual provisions are part of the fiscal cliff deal

More than just Permanent tax rates were included

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

Obama Signs Bill to Deliver More Government Contracts to Small Businesses

New provisions will help small businesses compete for more federal contracts

Number of small business contracts awarded will now figure into bonuses and promotions

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New Subscription Service Delivers Tampons

New Service Delivers Feminine Products Directly to Your Door

Users get a monthly box of tampons, maxipads and chocolate

New subscription service aims to make ladies time of the month easier.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lenox Lounge set to re-open in a new location

Harlem’s Lenox Lounge Set to Re-Open in a New Location

Owner promises the same club at a new address

Club’s owner is moving the iconic sign and interior to a new site

By C. Daniel Baker

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100 Black Men of Long Island Inc. to Host a Minority Small Biz Forum

100 Black Men of Long Island Inc. to Host a Minority Small Business Forum

A chance to meet local business people and leaders

Past 100 Black Men of Long Island events included such keynote speakers as Susan Taylor

By C. Daniel Baker

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Time Warner Drops Current TV After Sale to Al Jazeera

Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV After Sale to Al-Jazeera

Al-Jazeera America, will not be carried by Time Warner

Al-Jazeera purchased the channel founded by Al Gore in 2005

By C. Daniel Baker

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Chuka Umunna hopes to bring Small Business Saturday to the UK

Chuka Umunna Hopes to Bring “Small Business Saturday” to the UK

Chuka Umunna asks American Express to make it official.

Britain should adopt a US initiative to encourage shoppers to use small, local shops, says…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Suit Filed Against Pinterest in New York District Court

Pinterest claims suit is "baseless"

Pinterest is being sued by someone claiming that Pinterest was their idea.

By Sasha King

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Ways to Recharge Your Small Business in 2013

Ways Entrepreneurs Can Recharge in 2013

Simple steps to help you focus for the new year.

The new year is an excellent time to refocus on your business.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Baskin-Robbins Host’s a Seminar to Find Los Angeles Entrepreneurs

Baskin-Robbins Hosts a Seminar to Find Los Angeles Entrepreneurs

The ice cream chain looks to find new store owners

The franchise held a seminar to find the next round of Baskin Robbins owners.

By C. Daniel Baker

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How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Affects Small Businesses

The Fiscal Cliff deal is bittersweet for small businesses

While some provisions are helpful, not all are in favor of small business owners

By C. Daniel Baker

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Are Green leases the future of small business real estate

Increase the Value of Your Office Space with a Green Lease

Green leases improve the environmental performance of a leased office space

To reinforce a commitment to the Earth throughout the year, companies can validate their dedication…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tax Tips for the Self-Employed During Income Tax Season

Best practices for quarterly tax filers to help prepare for the June 15 deadline

Tax Day has come and gone. But for the self-employed, including small business owners and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Casa de Chocolates uses Delicious ingredients to make a small business successful

Casa de Chocolates Uses Delicious Ingredients to Make Business Successful

Combing MesoAmerican culture and chocolate equals success

Their store is part of a growing trend of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Copyright Lawsuit Filed Over Naughty By Nature’s Hip-Hop Classic “Uptown Anthem”

Copyright Lawsuit Filed Over Naughty By Nature’s “Uptown Anthem”

21 years later a lawsuit over sample clearance.

Sugarhill Music Publishing is demanding restitution and a share of the profits.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lenox Lounge historic harlem nightclub to close

New Owner of Lenox Lounge Plans to Preserve the Iconic Jazz Club

Richard Notar plans to keep club mostly the same.

New owner doesn’t “want to change a thing about how it looks”

By C. Daniel Baker

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D.C. Hotels Not as Busy for Obama Inauguration

Rooms are still available at most D.C. hotels for Obama's inauguration

D.C. Hotels say they’re filling up more slowly for inauguration week this year

By Makkada B. Selah

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Entrepreneur aims for success with Shot Dropz flavored liquor shots

Entrepreneur Aims for Success with Shot Dropz flavored liquor shots

Entrepreneur invents flavored shots that don't require mixers.

“I wanted to show that even in today’s economy, you could start a business and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Staying Open During the Holidays Profitable for McDonald’s

Experts predict that the restaurant generated as much as $144 million dollars by staying open on Christmas.

What do you think of McDonald’s opening on these days?

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to survive cloud outages

Recent Cloud Outages Reinforce the Need for Small Business Backups

How to avoid the risks that come with Cloud computing

Another huge cloud outage showcases the need to have a plan A and plan B…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Groupon continues to acquire Small Businesses

Groupon Continues Year of Acquiring Small Businesses

Groupon attempts to stay competitive against Google & Amazon

The company has acquired a number of start-ups such as Breadcrumb, Uptake, Hyperpublic, Adku, and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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10 States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2013

10 States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2013

Do you live in a state where your wage may increase?

Minimum wage for servers and other tipped employees will remain $2.13 per hour

By C. Daniel Baker

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Panera Franchisee Settles Lawsuit with Black Workers

Panera Franchisee Settles Racism Lawsuit with Black Workers

Owner didn’t want black employees in public view

Manager allegedly said “customers would not want to see an African-American working in the front…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Administration seeks applications from investment fund managers

Small Business Administration Seeks Applications from Investment Fund Managers

Up to $1 billion in SBA guaranteed leverage over a five year period for startups

In the programs first year, it attracted 33 applications and gave “Green-Lights” to six qualified…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Department of Labor Cracks Down on Tips at Small Town Restaurant

Tip pooling illegal among all employees

An Ohio based worker owned restaurant, Casa Nueva, has issued a new policy of no…

By Sasha King

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Drake & 'YOLO' Profits: Singer Wants Royalties For Use Of Famous Phrase

Drake Wants Royalties For Use of Famous Phrase ‘YOLO’

After helping to popularize the term, Drake wants his cut of profits

While not the creator of YOLO, Drake helped make it a common term

By C. Daniel Baker

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2013 is just days away. Even though Congress and the President have not come to a conclusion regarding the issue of expiring tax benefits, here are some last minute tax benefits Small businesses should take advantage of before the New Year.

5 Tax Benefits Small Businesses Should Take Before January 1st

Before midnight on December 31, small businesses owners should file these tax breaks

Take advantage of these tax breaks before January 1st

By C. Daniel Baker

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Get Your Life Tamar! The Baby Braxton Opens an Online Store

Tamar Braxton, who is fresh off the heels of her mega-successful single "Love and War," has a new online store on Bravo's website.

Would you rock any of these tees?

By Demetria Irwin

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Kanye West & Drake's Manager launches his own Record Label

Drake and Kanye West’s Manager, Gee Roberson, Launches New Record Label

The label named "Blueprint" will be under Interscope Geffen A&M.

Gee Roberson executive produced albums by Jay-Z & Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne & Nicki…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Small Business Expo 2013 Adds Three New Cities

The popular Small Business Expo is the landmark tradeshow

Will it be coming to your city?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

ASBL Claims Obama Wants to “Dismantle the Small Business Administration”

The American Small Business League fears Obama is going phase out the SBA.

Obama will use the Fiscal Cliff crisis to dissolve the Small Business Association, says the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Royal Farms slashes Employee Hours to avoid Obamacare

Another One! Baltimore Chain Cuts Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare

Balitmore based chain has switched workers to part-time.

Workforce to be transitioned into part-time workers, according to sources.

By C. Daniel Baker

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McDonald’s to Hire 6000 Workers on National Hiring Day

McDonald’s Pushes Stores to Stay Open on Christmas

A leaked Internal memo encourages staying open on Dec 25.

Hoping to duplicate record sales on Thanksgiving, McDonald’s wants stores to open on Christmas

By C. Daniel Baker

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Irv Gotti, Lyor Cohen Reuniting to Form Powerful Management Company?

Murder Inc. founder is connecting with former Warner Music president.

Rumors are swirling that Cohen has had conversations with Kanye West and Gotti was trying…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Austin Restaurant Closes After Response to Owner's Sandy Hook Comments

Austin Restaurant Closes After Response to Owner’s Sandy Hook Comments

Eddie Nimibutr's Facebook rant leads to death threats and his business closing.

Owners comments regarding the Sandy Hook shooting create backlash and boycott.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Demand for Armored Backpacks a boom for Small Business

Demand for Armored Backpacks a Boom for Small Business

After Sandy Hook shooting, sales are brisk.

Sales triple as parents worry about their children’s safety.

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Shaq announces his own Vodka line

Shaquille O’Neal to Launch “Luv Shaq” Vodka in 2013

Serial entrepreneur announces a vodka line set to compete with Diddy's Ciroc.

“Luv Shaq’ is due to hit stores early next year.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Rent’s Slashed on Coney Island to Attract Local Business

Rents Slashed on Coney Island to Attract Local Business

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, an attempt to attract Brooklyn-based businesses to Coney Island.

A real estate company is offering reduced rents in a brand new building for the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NC Small Business Advocacy Group Has High Hopes for New GOP Governor

Are Republicans better for small business?

African-American president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business says…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Skipping the Ho,Ho,Ho could mean higher profits for Small Businesses

Skipping the Ho,Ho,Ho Could Mean Higher Profits for Small Businesses

Some businesses are finding good results cutting back holiday decorations.

How not putting up decorations could help your small business stand out.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Bakery Goes Into Overdrive After Landing on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” List

Imagine how much a mention from Oprah would change your business.

Wisconsin bakery lands on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Retail Chains growing faster in New York City than last year

Retail Chains Continue to Grow in New York City

Dunkin' Donuts continues to dominate, but Subway's is close behind

New study shows retail stores in New York City increased for a fifth straight year

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Entrepreneurs' Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

Microsoft Woos Small Businesses with Office 365 Trial Offer

Small businesses can now get a 90 day free trial of the Microsoft Office 365 suite

Microsoft is hoping to lure small businesses unhappy with Google’s decision to eliminate its free…

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson of NuJak Construction

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: NuJak Construction Partners Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson;…

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

Staples and LinkedIn Create Small Business Community on Platform

Partnership will provide advice and networking opportunities for small businesses on LinkedIn

Premier office product company Staples has teamed up with LinkedIn to launch an online forum,…

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In 2012, numerous brands and small businesses suffered serious backlash on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook for offensive tweets, questionable ad campaigns and controversial company statements. 

Here we take a look at a few examples of the biggest social media fails this year. Don't let your brand make the list in 2013!

5 Biggest Social Media Fails of 2012

A few of the biggest social media fails this year

A few of the biggest social media fails this year.

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Black Architects say Columbia Shut Them out of $6.3 Billion Harlem Campus

Black Architects: “Columbia Univ. Shut us Out of $6.3 Billion Harlem Campus”

Instead of real work, group of black architects were offered menial projects.

University promised affirmative action in hiring on project.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Investment Firm Drops Manufacturer of Gun Used in Newtown Shooting

Citing mounting public pressure, firm takes stand on gun control.

Cerberus Capital called the shooting a “watershed event that has raised the national debate on…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Gun Stores See Increase in Business after Newtown Shooting

Customers are concerned about possible restrictions on gun ownership.

Store owners see sales increase due to tragedy and fear of new gun laws.

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5 Quick Ways to Repurpose Your Content

Small Business Owners Want More Content, According to New Report

Small business owners want Interesting, engaging content from brands they follow on social media.

Entrepreneurs want more information and content from brands on social media, as they find it…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ho, Ho, Ho! Local Businesses See a Boost from SantaCon

The annual event brings good tide and profits to small businesses.

Part Costume Parade and part fundraiser, local businesses enjoy the annual event.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Beats By Dre Moves to Ireland to Beat the Taxman

Following the example of other celebrities, Dr. Dre uses the low Irish tax rate to save money

Dr Dre’s headphone business moves to Ireland to pay less taxes. He is following in…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Domino’s Pizza Founder Sues Government Over Obamacare

The pizza chain founder files one of many pending lawsuits against Obamacare

Founder sues the Federal government saying providing mandatory contraception and abortions is immoral.

By Makkada B. Selah

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Would you Move your Startup to St. Louis for 50k?

New grant gives cash if you move your business to St. Louis

Twenty people will win grants to fund businesses in St. Louis

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The 5 Most Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A recent study ranked these as the friendliest states to do business in

Did your city make the list?

By C. Daniel Baker

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The 5 Least Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A study rated these the least friendly states for entrepreneurs

Check out the findings from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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How Small Business Owners Can Profit from Being Politically Active

Sometimes making your business successful is all about having the right connections

Every small business owner wants to be successful but many oftentimes overlook the importance of…

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Where Marijuana is Legal, Dealers prepare to battle Corporate Cannabis

Street Drug Dealers Fear Business Loss From Legal Weed Dealers Across Country

With the coming "Green Rush," street level weed dealers fear the future

Small time dealers prepare to get pushed out

By C. Daniel Baker

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

New Government Website Offers Assistance on the Road to Self-Employment

New site helps those looking to create jobs in their communities

The SBA announced a new website to help states offer Self-Employment Assistance programs to those…

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WordPress Offers New Managed Hosting Solution for Small Businesses

Blogging platform unveils new option for small biz owners

Wordpress.com Enterprise gives users unlimited traffic, bandwidth and storage for $500 a month.

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How One Man’s Last Name Generated $6 Million Dollars

Entrepreneur Auctions his Name off to the Highest Bidder

Jason Sadler auctioned off the rights to his last name to raise capital.

The entrepreneur behind IwearYourShirt.com is back with another guerrilla marketing campaign

By C. Daniel Baker

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It’s Not Just a Party: Quick Tips for Young Events Entrepreneurs

Executive talks brand-building at a global startup

It’s not just about throwing a good party. It’s about a brand experience. Here are…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How a 24 year old Entrepreneur Made the World’s Most Exclusive Shoe

How a 24-Year-Old Entrepreneur Made the World’s Most Exclusive Shoe

By adding Swarovski crystals to high end shoes, Evelyn Fox created her unique business.

The 24-year-old jumped head first into high fashion.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Smoothie King opens its first Singapore Location

Smoothie King Opens its First Singapore Location

The first of several international locations they plan to open over the next 3 years.

Popular juice franchise continues to expand International

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Top 5 Franchises to Watch in 2013

Entrepreneur Magazine picks out their lost of top franchises for the coming year.

Are you a fan of any of these franchises?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ransomware: A Growing Threat to Small Business

Ransomware: A Growing Threat to Small Business in 2013

Experts warn small businesses should look out for this new threat

Small businesses need to be proactive to avoid being a victim of this growing threat

By C. Daniel Baker

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Real Housewives of Atlanta Alumna Sheree Witfield debuts Jewelry line

Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Sheree Whitfield Debuts Jewelry Line

Atlanta socialite releases a holiday season jewelry line

“The She by Sheree Collection” is exclusively available through social shopping platform Kisty Lane

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With online product reviews, social media and viral video, consumers are more empowered than ever to share their opinions — good or bad — about the products and services they use. 2013 is being hailed in the world of branding and advertising as the year of the consumer. Small businesses will need to make sure their product and services deliver as promised, or online backlash could hurt their bottom-line.

5 Small Business Trends to Embrace in 2013

These look to be big in the new year.

Make sure you are up on these trends.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Byron Allen Launches 24 Hour Legal Cable TV Network

JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV is all about the legal court shows

Will you be tuning in?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Steps You Need to Take to Start a Family Nonprofit

Grammy Winning Jazz Musician Ulysses Owen and family tackle high crime and dropout rates through performing arts youth camp

Want to learn how to follow in the Owen family footsteps?

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UBR Spotlight: Return Textiles Co-Founder Tyson Toussant

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Return Textiles Co-founder Tyson Toussant, Master Networker George…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Fed Ex ‘Systematically Overcharging’ Customers, Executive Says

Check your Fed Ex invoices. Suit claims Fed Ex was overcharging as much as $3 per package

Emails unsealed in a lawsuit claim Fed Ex has knowingly been overcharging businesses and government…

By Makkada B. Selah

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How to Woo Investors 101

New organization teaches entrepreneurs about the fundamentals of getting funded

As the Entrepreneurial Growth and Wealth Creation Symposium nears, Timothy Reese, founder of the National…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Google Awards $23 Million in Grants to 7 Non-Profits to Boost Innovation

Hoping to help stimulate innovation, Google gave non-profits $23 Million

Google is really helping out.

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Easy Ways Your Small Business Can Go Green

Simple steps you can take to make you Small Business Green.

Here’s some simple steps you can take to make you Small Business Green & save…

By C. Daniel Baker

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An Applebee’s Goes Green in Harlem

The new Applebee's in Harlem is full of eco-friendly technology

This location is the greenest building in New York City.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneurs on Chicago’s West Side get help launching Businesses

Entrepreneurs on Chicago’s West Side get Assistance Launching Businesses

Entrepreneurs on Chicago’s West Side get help launching businesses from Bethel New Life Church and The PrivateBank

A new program set up by Bethel New Life church and The PrivateBank looks to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul Launches BBQ Sauce Line

Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul Launches BBQ Sauce Line

The Three 6 Mafia star talks about balancing his new career as a chef with being a hiphop artist.

An Academy Award winner, as well as a Reality TV star, the rapper tackles his…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A Hooters is being sued for racial discrimination after 25-year old Kisuk Cha and his girlfriend ate at the restaurant and upon looking at the receipt found "chinx" typed in the space used to identify customers' names.

When questioned, the female staff member was told her behavior violated company policy and she resigned on the spot.

The company's lawyer wrote in a letter to the couple's lawyer that "It does not reflect the manner in which the restaurant is operated," and said the worker's conduct was "deplorable" and "egregious."

5 Offensive Receipt Mistakes Your Business Doesn’t Want to Make

Receipts might be small slips of paper, but whats on them can cause your business BIG problems.

Here’s a collection of some of the most offensive receipts mistakes your business would want…

By C. Daniel Baker

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BlackPlanet.com’s Parent Company & Tom Joyner’s Reach Media Partner

The partnership will be managed by Interactive One Studios, parent company of BlackPlanet.com

This partnership will combine 2 of the largest digital urban audiences

By C. Daniel Baker

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8 Kickstarter Alternatives to Crowdfund Your Startup

Move over Kickstarter

You can use these sites to raise funds as well.

By Makkada B. Selah

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Bike Lanes may benefit small businessess

Bike Lanes may Benefit Small Businesses

A study found bike lanes can help small businesses bottom-line.

A study conducted in different cities showed Bike lanes having a positive impact on Small…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Woman Sued for $750k After Slamming Business with Bad Reviews on Yelp

Do you post business reviews on Yelp or Angie's List?

Construction business that says it lost over $300k in business because of bad reviews on…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Father Lays off Son Due to the Fiscal Cliff

Federal cuts forced Mickey Boyers to lay off nearly 100 workers -- including his own son.

The Fiscal Cliff is breaking up families.

By C. Daniel Baker

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

Domino’s CEO: Obamacare’s Calorie Count Mandate Will Be ‘Difficult’

Domino's may have to install menus at its stores to comply with the law

Domino’s Pizza CEO says calorie counts in health care reform bill present ‘difficult’ task

By C. Daniel Baker

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Google Apps no longer free for new small business accounts

Google Apps no Longer Free for New Small Business accounts

Starting now, no more free Google Apps for small businesses.

Google Apps for business drops its free version, all new customers must pay.

By C. Daniel Baker

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

SCORE and Sam’s Club Spread Holiday Cheer for Small Businesses

SCORE and Sam's Club are recognizing small businesses this holiday season

The holiday giving campaign is one way both organizations are supporting small businesses

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Funding Source For Veteran Entrepreneurs

Loan program helps veterans access capital at low rates to buy a franchise or start a business

The Veterans Business Fund provides capital to veterans in the form of a non-interest bearing…

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The Walton family, which founded the company has used Christian servant leadership models in building the world’s largest retailer. Walmart also carries Christian books.

5 Companies that Incorporate Religion in Their Business

Who else do you think is on this list?

Chik-Fil-A mixes religion and business.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Darden Restaurants: ‘We Will Not Cut Full-Time Employee Hours Because of Obamacare”

Previous reports claimed that they would change full-time workers to part-time.

Darden Restaurant, parent company of Red Lobster & Olive Garden, clarifies their future staffing plans

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

8 Ways for Obama to Help Minority Businesses Create Jobs

According to minority leaders and advocates, Obama's promises from his first term were never met.

Raul Espinosa’s says he will push for President Obama to pay more attention to minority…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Potential US Airways/American Merger Threatens Hub Status at Philadelphia International

Potential Merger Threatens Hub Status at Philadelphia International Airport

African American Chamber Announces "Protect Our Hub" Project

A merger between US Airways & American Airlines could threaten small businessess

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Innovation21 Awards $250K to Small Businesses in Pittsburgh

Non Profit focuses Awards on Revitalization of the Homewood Section of Pittsburgh.

Since 2007, Urban Innovation21 has provided over $2.8 Million in capital and business assistance to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Wet Seal Discriminated Against Black Manager, Says Federal Agency

The former manager and two other black former Wet Seal managers filed a federal race discrimination lawsuit against the company.

Corporate managers had openly stated they wanted employees who had the ‘Armani look, were white,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Check back here at BlackEnterprise.com next week for additional coverage of NMAN’s Entrepreneurial Growth and Wealth Creation Symposium to be held December 13, 2013 at The City University of New York. To register or for more information visit the NMAN website.

5 Biggest Mistakes Tech Entrepreneurs Make When Protecting Intellectual Property

5 Tips to protect and monetize your intellectual property

Tim Reese of the National Minority Action Network lays out five mistakes entrepreneurs make when…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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UBR Spotlight: Automotive Sales Mogul Gregory Jackson

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Old Post Office Pavilion Redevelopment Plans Force Out Small Businesses

How many of you are familiar with this landmark?

Plans to turn the historic space into a luxury hotel means the end for many…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Startup Canada Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Canadian Entrepreneurs

Startup Canada Launches an Indiegogo Campaign for Entrepreneurs

Startup announces a $100,000 Indiegogo campaign to support entrepreneurs

Organization attempts to create a community for Canadian Entrepreneurs

By C. Daniel Baker

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TripAdvisor & Kiva launch Microlending Fund

Tripadvisor and Kiva Launch Microlending Partnership

TripAdvisor lets reviewers give a free $25 Kiva microloan

TripAdvisor hopes to reach travelers who have been to a country that Kiva is currently…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A bridal entrepreneur breaks through the “Pink Ghetto”

A Bridal Entrepreneur Breaks Through the “Pink Ghetto”

Entrepreneur Kellee Khalil’s Lover.ly service aggregates great wedding ideas online

Wedding planning grosses an estimated $99 billion dollars a year.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Big Sean Has Plans For New Non-Profit Organization

G.O.O.D. Music rapper announces plan to help Detroit children through his organization

The Sean Anderson Foundation will be run by Big Sean’s mother.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Once considered a part of the most recent Harlem renaissance, Hue-Man Bookstore and Café recently closed it's doors after 10 years citing rising rent.

5 Iconic Harlem Businesses That Didn’t Survive

Do you miss these Harlem businesses?

Lenox Lounge, Mobay’s and Hue Man Bookstore make the list.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Not Just Fans, the Hockey Lockout is Hurting Small Businesses as Well

Fans aren't the only ones who miss hockey.

Restaurants, sports apparel shops and other retail outlets near stadiums are feeling the loss of…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Last Call at Lenox Lounge, Harlem’s Famed Jazz Club, Due to Rising Rents

The historic landmark will close its doors December 31st.

A piece of Harlem history is gone forever.

By C. Daniel Baker

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If a startup has already reached product/market fit and is getting ready to scale, Chicago can be a great spot for 
both raising money and for getting global exposure.

5 Hottest US Cities for Startups

A recent study identified the following cities as the hottest American cities to build a startup

Do you live in any of these?

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Google Purchases Bufferbox, Provider of Delivery Lockers

Google Purchases BufferBox, Provider of Delivery Lockers

This move allows Google to compete with Amazon who recently launched a similar service

Users sign up and receive a shipping address which they can use with online merchant…

By C. Daniel Baker

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New iPhone App ‘Around the Way’ Locates Black-Owned Businesses

Application uses built-in GPS to pin point African-American businesses in your area

New York-based company Around the Way and mobile-app development firm Clearly Innovative created a free…

By Janel Martinez

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The Uncertain Future of the Kingsbridge Armory

The Uncertain Future of the Kingsbridge Armory

For decades, various plans have been offered as to future uses for this neglected real estate treasure

Two proposals for the future of the Armory differ vastly and have sparked a battle…

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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