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USPS Makes Direct Mail Easier for Small Businesses How Poland Spring Failed to Capitalize on Marco Rubio’s Sip Coffee Barista Fired After Insulting Customers and Boss Online All-Star to Tech Star: Why Black Athletes Need to Get in the Startup Game Taco Bell Announces Doritos Cool Ranch Taco Release Date Small Business Associations React to State of the Union Address How One Man’s Last Name Generated $6 Million Dollars Heart Attack Grill’s Unofficial Spokesman Dies from Heart Attack Shark Tank Mogul Daymond John Partners with Fuse Science Karen Mills to Step Down as Head of Small Business Administration Mountain Dew Enters the Energy Drink Market With “Kickstart” Maker’s Mark Waters Down Bourbon to Stretch Low Supply Lessons in Freelancing: How to Diversify Your Client Base Chris Paul and Avon Team Up to Launch “Untouchable” Cologne Chaka Khan Debuts her “Chakalates” Chocolate, “Khana Sutra” Candle Line New Postal Service Changes May Reduce Netflix Mail Costs National Small Business Association Says “Outlook Not Good” “666″ on Tax Form Causes Christian Worker to Quit His Job Customers Win, Furniture Store Loses on Super Bowl Bet Swizz Beatz Announces Co-Ownership Of A “Monster” Headphone Company 100 Days After Hurricane Sandy: Businesses Continue To Put Disaster Plans Into Place Lifestyle Entrepreneur Mariah Huq Turns Her Dream into a “Reality” Popular New York Soul Food Hot Spot Files for Bankruptcy Employers Show Love with Benefits Packages Microsoft Starts $75M Program for African Businesses Queen Latifah Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Agreement With Netflix BP Accused of Manipulating Gas Prices, Ex-Employee Speaks Out Minority Hiring at Columbia University Expansion Project Under State Scrutiny Baker Refuses to Bake a Wedding Cake for a Same Sex Couple Slashing Costs, Not Innovation: How a Virtual Team Can Benefit Your Business Why Does Budweiser Want to Buy Corona? Entrepreneur Sells Millions of Cans of “Fresh Air?” A Small Company’s Big Super Bowl Gamble Timberland Helps Plant Two Million-Plus Trees in Haiti Small Businesses Step up Their Support for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs Obamacare Clarifies Contraception Mandate for Businesses, Religious Groups Survey Shows Americans are Still in Love with Valentine’s Day Burger King Admits Whoppers Contaminated With Horse Meat Applebee’s Waitress Fired For Sharing ‘I Give God 10%’ Tip Receipt New Government Site Helps Small Business Track Regulations Marijuana Based Sandwiches Headed to the Northeast BBASE Looks to Support Black Entrepreneurship in West Virginia Tech Startup of the Week: Stipple Brings Photos to Life Through Tagging How to Survive The 2013 US Postal Service Rate Changes IncubateNYC: Entrepreneurs Teaching Entrepreneurs 5 Crucial Steps for Surviving a Brand or Product Crisis Foursquare for Business Gives Small Business Owners Their Own App NYC Times Square Incubator Space Launched New York Times Announces a New Incubator for Startups Taco Bell CEO: “Cool Ranch Tacos are on the Way” New Campaign Thanks Small Business Owners with Live Events and Webinars. Small Businesses Say “No” to Outsourcing and Redefine Success NYC Comptroller: Lack of Minority Participation in City Contracts is a Plague Barnes & Noble Plans to Close 239 Stores Nationwide SBA Offers New Tools to Educate Small Businesses on Healthcare Law Lessons on Customer Engagement from the Detroit Auto Show Government Sets Aside $5 Billion Award for Small Businesses Mommy Bloggers: The Business of Mommy’s Behind the Computer Screen Offering Wifi at Your Small Business May be Illegal Rohan Marley Continues to See Success with Marley Coffee Subway Vows to Ensure Every ‘Footlong’ is 12 Inches Tomato Prices Could Skyrocket If Agreement Isn’t Reached Women Owned Small Businesses Continue To Lose Out On Government Contracts Entrepreneurs Demand Immigration Reform For Skilled Workers SBA Introduces Online Marketplace for Federal Jobs and Contracts Tech Startup of the Week: OnceLogix Provides Innovative Solutions for the Healthcare Industry Chipotle Announces New Catering Service Will There be Enough Chicken Wings for the Super Bowl? The NAACP Joins the Battle Against New York City’s Soda Ban “Speed Dating for Startups” Event Returns to Atlanta Obama’s Second Inauguration Draws Less Revenue to Small Business “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Actor Brings his Signature Meals to Old Lenox Lounge Space SCORE Recognizes Businesses for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Yelp Adding Health Inspection Grades to Restaurant Reviews Chipotle to Increase Prices Later This Year Subway Responds to ‘Footlong’ Controversy Win a Small Business Makeover and Appear on CNBC’s New Reality Series Locals Only! Café Owner Refuses to Serve Non-Locals. Can a Robot Named Baxter Save Small U.S. Factories? Did a Kickstarter Project Bankrupt an Entrepreneur? NextSpace, a Network of Co-Working Spaces, Expands Walmart Hints Towards Offering Health Care to Small Businesses 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! Wonder Bread is Back New Service Offers Unlimited Business Credit Report Lookups Company Changes Health Care Plan to Deny Employee Access to Birth Control What Foursquare’s New Privacy Policy Means for Small Businesses Anthropologie Removes Racist Candlestick From Site After Backlash Grey’s Anatomy Actor & Starbucks Battle for Small Coffee Chain Nike Wins Supreme Court Lawsuit Over Air Force 1’s Don’t Let Flu Season Hurt Your Small Business Luke Laments the Loss of Black Businesses in Miami-Dade County How Small Business Owners Can Work from Anywhere Gun Stores Gear up for Gun Appreciation Day The IRS Delays Tax Season for 120 Million Households Costs of Obamacare Minimal on Small Businesses [Study] Kiva & Capital One to Give $150k to D.C. Area Small Businesses Another One! 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

Small Business

Postal Service Makes Direct Mail Easier For Small Businesses

USPS Makes Direct Mail Easier for Small Businesses

Every Door Direct Mail lets owners bulk mail for cheap

New product helps owners mail to any neighborhood, zip code or city – without needing…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How Poland Spring Failed to Capitalize on Marco Rubio’s Sip

How Poland Spring Failed to Capitalize on Marco Rubio’s Sip

Lesson's on the need for a pro-active social strategy

Marco Rubio took a sip from a mini bottle and created a social media opportunity…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Coffee Barista Fired After Insulting Customers & Boss Online

Coffee Barista Fired After Insulting Customers and Boss Online

Barista insists the snarky blog was "satire"

Can you be fired for what you do anonymously off the clock?

By C. Daniel Baker

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All-Star to Tech Star: Why Black Athletes Need to Get in the Startup Game

Athletes-turned-startup founders call for a transition from the stadium to the Valley

Startup founders, Ryan Nece and Garrett Johnson, make a case for African-American athletes and their…

By Garrett Johnson

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Taco Bell Announces Doritos Cool Ranch Taco Release Date

Taco Bell Announces Doritos Cool Ranch Taco Release Date

They are coming March 7th.

Taco Bell hopes for a sequel to the very popular Dorito Flavored Taco, which sold…

By C. Daniel Baker

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U.S. small business hiring increases in February

Small Business Associations React to State of the Union Address

Associations generally agreed with the President's speech

The president touched on several topics close to owners, including sequestration

By C. Daniel Baker

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

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

The $45,500 we paid to buy Jason's last name equates to $900 a week, or $125 a day

How investing in one man’s last name paid off with media attention for Headsets.com

By C. Daniel Baker

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Heart Attack Grill's Unofficial Spokesperson Dies from a Heart Attack

Heart Attack Grill’s Unofficial Spokesman Dies from Heart Attack

Restaurant holds Guinness World Record for "most calorific burger"

Yes again, the Heart Attack Grill lives up to its name.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Shark Tank Mogul Daymond John Partners with Fuse Science

Shark Tank Mogul Daymond John Partners with Fuse Science

Founder of FUBU announces strategic partnership with sports science brand

Fuse Science make The Drop, which has been endorsed by Tyson Chandler, Paul Pierce, David…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

Karen Mills to Step Down as Head of Small Business Administration

Mills came on as Head of the SBA during the financial meltdown of 2009

Exit comes as President Obama proposes merging the SBA with the Dept of Commerce &…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Mountain Dew Enters the Energy Drink Market with "Kickstart"

Mountain Dew Enters the Energy Drink Market With “Kickstart”

PepsiCo hopes to break into the $8 billion dollar energy drink market.

Even as soft drink sales have decreased, energy drink sales rose 17% in 2011 according…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Makers Mark watering down its whiskey in an effort to meet rising global demand.

Maker’s Mark Waters Down Bourbon to Stretch Low Supply

Company COO says alcohol volume has to be reduced due to global demand.

Known for its signature red wax-sealed bottles, Maker’s Mark is watering down its whiskey.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lessons in Freelancing: How to Diversify Your Client Base

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

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Chris Paul and Avon team up for a new frangrance

Chris Paul and Avon Team Up to Launch “Untouchable” Cologne

Injured, the Los Angeles Clipper's point guard is still making moves off the court.

The head of the CP3 Foundation, father of two, and 2-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Chaka Khan debuts her 'Chakalates' Chocolate, 'Khana Sutra' Candle Line

Chaka Khan Debuts her “Chakalates” Chocolate, “Khana Sutra” Candle Line

In time for Valentines Day, Chaka Khan announces her new line of chocolates

Celebrating 40 years in the music industry, the 10 time Grammy Winner debuts chocolates and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Postal Service Changes May Reduce Netflix Mail Costs

New Postal Service Changes May Reduce Netflix Mail Costs

Eliminating Saturday mail delivery could save Netflix millions of dollars in postage.

How the elimination of Saturday delivery would affect Netflix’s profitable DVD-by-Mail option

By C. Daniel Baker

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National Small Business Association Says “Outlook Not Good”

Business owners expressed frustration regarding healthcare costs and regulations

Annual survey of business owners shows troubling trends for the upcoming year

By C. Daniel Baker

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666 on tax form causes Christian worker to quit his job

“666″ on Tax Form Causes Christian Worker to Quit His Job

"666" is commonly associated with the devil

Worker felt the number on his tax form went against his Christian faith

By C. Daniel Baker

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Customers win, Furniture Store Loses on $600,000 Super Bowl Bet

Customers Win, Furniture Store Loses on Super Bowl Bet

445 customers took advantage of the store's annual Super Bowl promotion

One Baltimore furniture shop won for losing when it bet on a rare event in…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Swizz Beatz Announces Co-Ownership Of A “Monster” Headphone Company

Swizz Beatz adds his vision to Monster

A week after his wife Alicia Keys joined BlackBerry, Swizz Beats announced his own “Monster”…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Loans available to Businesses Affected by Sandy

100 Days After Hurricane Sandy: Businesses Continue To Put Disaster Plans Into Place

Having a continuity plan can help keep your company’s doors open after a tragedy

Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Sharps’ company, Precision Infrastructure Inc., experienced losses of about $250,000.…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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

Lifestyle Entrepreneur Mariah Huq Turns Her Dream into a “Reality”

Mariah Huq balances a home decor line & a new reality show

New show aims to show the behind the scenes drama doctors and their families face.

By C. Daniel Baker

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New York Soul Food Hot Spot Files for Bankruptcy

Popular New York Soul Food Hot Spot Files for Bankruptcy

Pink Teacup saga continues as new location files for bankruptcy

When the eatery moved last year to its latest location, it did not have a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Five Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Small Business Bank Loan

Employers Show Love with Benefits Packages

Improving economy giving employers confidence to treat workers well

Employers see the benefit in keeping workers happy, healthy a new study says

By Ashley R. Harris

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Entrepreneurs' Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

Microsoft Starts $75M Program for African Businesses

The company's 4Afrika Initiative will offer business training for as many as 200,000 people

Microsoft initiative will put as many as a million small African businesses online in the…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Queen Latifah signs exclusive Multi-Year Agreement with Netflix

Queen Latifah Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Agreement With Netflix

Deal will allow Netflix users exclusive early views of Queen Latifah Productions.

Queen Latifah’s “Flavor Unit” continues it’s success

By C. Daniel Baker

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BP Accused of Manipulating Gas Prices, Ex-Employee Speaks Out

BP is accused of rigging the oil market for the third time in less than 10 years.

BP falls in hot water again as former head of gas liquids trading speaks out…

By Amber McKynzie

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Minority Hiring at Columbia University Expansion Project Under State Scrutiny

Columbia University will be expanding its footprint in Harlem by 17 acres

State to confirm that minority hiring goals are being met

By Makkada B. Selah

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Baker refuses to Bake a Wedding Cake for a Same Sex Couple

Baker Refuses to Bake a Wedding Cake for a Same Sex Couple

Baker says if he has to be punished for his religion, so be it.

Incident raises the question: Does the First Amendment trump anti-discrimination statues

By C. Daniel Baker

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Slashing Costs, Not Innovation: How a Virtual Team Can Benefit Your Business

Study shows advantages and risks of the management model

Study by Chronos Consulting explores the risks and advantages of leading virtual teams.

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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Why does Budweiser want to Buy Corona?

Why Does Budweiser Want to Buy Corona?

If Budweiser bought Corona, they'd control 46% of beer sales in the United States

Department of Justice says Budweiser’s attempt to purchase Corona is a threat to American Beer…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneur sells millions of cans of “fresh air”

Entrepreneur Sells Millions of Cans of “Fresh Air?”

Chen Guangbiao has already sold 8 million cans of fresh air this week

With pollution in China increasing everyday, one entrepreneur has found a way to send a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A Small Company’s Big Super Bowl Gamble

A Small Company’s Big Super Bowl Gamble

How SodaStream Used Getting Banned from the Super Bowl

How Soda Stream Turned Getting Banned from the Super Bowl into an Opportunity

By C. Daniel Baker

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Trees in Haiti - Featured

Timberland Helps Plant Two Million-Plus Trees in Haiti

Timberland partners with the Small Farmers Alliance to plant five million trees in five years in Haiti.

Timberland works with Haiti’s Small Farmers Alliance to restore the country from its 2010 earthquake.

By Amber McKynzie

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Small businesses step up their support for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Small Businesses Step up Their Support for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Business owners contribute to fight AIDS in their community

D.C. small business owners provide time and support on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs

New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs

Connects new entrepreneurs with established industry mentors

Startout is an organization dedicated to assisting entrepreneurship in the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Obamacare Clarifies Contraception Mandate for Businesses, Religious Groups

Clarifications hope to end lawsuits from religious organizations

After facing more than 50 lawsuits, the Obama administration attempts to clarify the Affordable Care…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Survey shows American’s Are Still in Love with Valentine’s Day

Survey Shows Americans are Still in Love with Valentine’s Day

Shoppers are expected to spend $130.97 on gifts

Americans to spend more this year on Valentine’s Day than last year

By C. Daniel Baker

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

Burger King Admits Whoppers Contaminated With Horse Meat

European supplier used meat sources "other than beef"

Burger King does damage control after European supplier is found to be using horsemeat

By C. Daniel Baker

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Large Franchisees Lead The Growth In Franchising

Applebee’s Waitress Fired For Sharing ‘I Give God 10%’ Tip Receipt

Waitress violated Applebee's Customer Privacy Policy

After Pastor’s “I give God 10%, why should you get 18″ message goes viral, Waitress…

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Government Site Helps Small Business Track Regulations

New Government Site Helps Small Business Track Regulations

An attempt to ease the regulatory burden on small businesses

Most small businesses don’t have lawyers or lobbyist who focus on regulatory compliance, like corporations…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Marijuana Based Sandwiches Headed To The NorthEast

Marijuana Based Sandwiches Headed to the Northeast

Arizona based delivery service looks to expand

Last year Cheba Hut made about $10 million in sales and continues to grow

By C. Daniel Baker

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BBASE looks to support African American Entrepreneurship in West Virginia

BBASE Looks to Support Black Entrepreneurship in West Virginia

A simple search for a black architect leads to a new group Group

Empowering entrepreneurs with special attention to young people in West Virginia

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tech Startup of the Week: Stipple Brings Photos to Life Through Tagging

Rey Flemings found a way to see past the limitations of computer vision

Image-based advertising and e-commerce company Stipple is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week.

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Postal Service Makes Direct Mail Easier For Small Businesses

How to Survive The 2013 US Postal Service Rate Changes

New postal rates do not have to cost you money.

Mail and shipping services play a vital role in small business. Here’s how to keep…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Incubate NYC founders Marcus Mayo and Brian L. Shields. (Image courtesy of Incubate NYC)

IncubateNYC: Entrepreneurs Teaching Entrepreneurs

Former Wall Streeters follow passion and create a startup incubator

BlackEnterprise.com speak with IncubateNYC founders Brian Shields and Marcus Mayo on quitting their jobs on…

By Demetria Irwin

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Executive Services Firm Hardesty LLC Offers Organizations Tips on Overcoming a Financial Crisis

5 Crucial Steps for Surviving a Brand or Product Crisis

5 steps from an industry expert on surviving crises

Tips from the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association on weathering a crisis.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Foursquare gives small business owners their own app

Foursquare for Business Gives Small Business Owners Their Own App

Access Foursquare data without a computer

Gives busy managers a way to keep up with Foursquare without being tied to a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NYC Times Square Incubator Space Launched

The Times Square office suite is a natural addition to our portfolio

Office suite will provide workspaces and business services to traditional startups and small businesses

By C. Daniel Baker

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New York Times announces a new incubator for startups

New York Times Announces a New Incubator for Startups

New program provides space and opportunities to startups

The NY Times’ new partnering program offers startups a chance to grow without losing equity

By C. Daniel Baker

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Taco Bell Announces Doritos Cool Ranch Taco Release Date

Taco Bell CEO: “Cool Ranch Tacos are on the Way”

Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos saved their company

CEO hints at a follow up to the Doritos Locos Taco which sold over 200…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Thank You Small Business Campaign

New Campaign Thanks Small Business Owners with Live Events and Webinars.

New campaign thanks small businesses and their owners

New campaign will visit 10 cities and distribute 25,000 cards, thanking small businesses

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses Say “No” to Outsourcing and Redefine Success

After the recession, some small businesses are still finding ways to keep their product 100% American-made.

Small businesses fight to keep their doors open in a diminishing economy.

By Amber McKynzie

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NYC Comptroller: Lack of Minority Participation in City Contracts is a Plague

John Liu looks to bring inclusion into other branches of the city’s government

John Liu’s policies of inclusion and transparency has led to significant city bond underwriting deals…

By Alan Hughes

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Barnes & Noble Plans to Close 239 Stores Nationwide

Barnes & Noble Plans to Close 239 Stores Nationwide

The largest traditional bookstore faces uncertain times.

Competition from Wal-Mart, Amazon, & e-books force a rethinking on the value of brick &…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA offers new tools to educate Small Business on the Affordable Care Act

SBA Offers New Tools to Educate Small Businesses on Healthcare Law

New webpage and blog aims to explains new healthcare law

The SBA wants to help business owners find the special provisions in the Affordable…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lessons on Customer Engagement from the Detroit Auto Show

As the Auto Show ends, what can small businesses learn?

Customer engagement lessons from the Detroit Auto Show

By C. Daniel Baker

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Government sets aside $5 Billion U.S. award for Small Businesses

Government Sets Aside $5 Billion Award for Small Businesses

Contract goes to 3 small business with 150 workers or less

Dell and Hewlett-Packard will need to work with small businesses to tap a $5 billion…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

Mommy Bloggers: The Business of Mommy’s Behind the Computer Screen

3.9 million Americans are mommy bloggers and the number is going to continue to grow.

Running a motherhood blog is popular, and anything but easy.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Offering Wifi At Your Small Business Maybe Illegal

Offering Wifi at Your Small Business May be Illegal

Offering free Wifi at your small business may cost you

You may be breaking the law by offering your customers and employees free Wifi

By C. Daniel Baker

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Rohan Marley Continues to See Success with Marley Coffee

Rohan Marley Continues to See Success with Marley Coffee

Signs deal to appear on "In The Kitchen With David" on QVC

Bob Marley’s son takes Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee mainstream and sees success with Marley Coffee…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Subway Vows To Ensure Every 'Footlong' Is 12 Inches

Subway Vows to Ensure Every ‘Footlong’ is 12 Inches

Subway issues a 2nd Comment regarding sandwich length.

After being hit with lawsuits, Subway changes their postion on the term “Footlong”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tomato Prices Could Skyrocket If Agreement Isn’t Reached

Tomato Prices Could Skyrocket If Agreement Isn’t Reached

Prices could reach "more than the American consumer can bear."

If distributors withdraw Mexican tomatoes from the marketplace U.S. consumers would be hit with…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Women Owned Small Businesses Continue To Lose Out On Government Contracts

Government agencies have little incentive to award contracts

Losing out at a faster rate than that of male-owned small businesses.

By C. Daniel Baker

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The 2014 H-1B Visa Race Begins today

Entrepreneurs Demand Immigration Reform For Skilled Workers

Start-ups say it's too expensive and difficult to hire foreign talent

Owners say they have to reject many skilled applicants due to red tape and regulations

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Introduces Online Marketplace for Federal Jobs and Contracts

RFP-EZ, is an exciting partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows.

RFP-EZ helps small businesses search for government jobs and contracts

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tech Startup of the Week: OnceLogix Provides Innovative Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

Entrepreneurial trio provides healthcare solutions...the tech way

BlackEnterprise.com’s Tech Startup of the Week highlights different tech entrepreneurs and the innovative companies they’ve…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Chipotle to offer catering service in all restaurants

Chipotle Announces New Catering Service

Catering service will begin in Colorado then spread to all stores

Chipotle catering will allow groups to customize their own individual burritos and bowls, at home.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Will There be Enough Chicken Wings for the Super Bowl?

Chicken companies produced about 1% fewer birds last year

With reduced productions and the return of the NHL, will there be enough wings for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The NAACP Joins The Battle Against New York City’s Soda Ban

The NAACP Joins the Battle Against New York City’s Soda Ban

Group says the law is "inconsistent and undemocratic"

NAACP feels the Soda Ban will burden and disproportionally impact minority-owned businesses

By C. Daniel Baker

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“Speed dating for Startups” returns Atlanta

“Speed Dating for Startups” Event Returns to Atlanta

Startup Riot returns to Atlanta for a 6th year of Matching startups with investors

Now in it’s 6th year, Startup Riot offers startups 3 minutes to pitch their idea…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Obama’s Second Inauguration Expected to Draw Less Revenue to Small Business

Obama’s Second Inauguration Draws Less Revenue to Small Business

Did you go to the Inauguration?

Official estimates put crowd at less than half the 1.8 million people whom gathered four…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Actor Dwight Henry brings his signature meals to the old Lenox Lounge Space

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Actor Brings his Signature Meals to Old Lenox Lounge Space

Actor and chef makes his Harlem debut later this year.

The Oscar nominated actor is also a Chef know for his New Orleans style cooking

By C. Daniel Baker

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SCORE Recognizes Businesses for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

How can entrepreneurs be inspired by MLK?

How did you spend your MLK holiday?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Yelp Adding Health Inspection Grades to Restaurant Reviews

A restaurant's health grade can often make or break business

Yelp joins with municipalities in posting health grades to its business review site

By Makkada B. Selah

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Popular Mexican Food Chain Chipotle Announces New Catering Service

Chipotle to Increase Prices Later This Year

Will you still buy from there despite the increase?

Chipotle announces a rise in food prices yesterday (January 17)

By Amber McKynzie

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Subway Responds to ‘Footlong’ Controversy

'Footlong' name is only descriptive

Subway responds to claims that its Footlong sub isn’t a foot long

By Makkada B. Selah

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Win a Small Business Makeover & Appear on CNBC’s New Reality Series

Win a Small Business Makeover and Appear on CNBC’s New Reality Series

CEO Marcus Lemonis will offer his help and money.

CNBC offers small businesses a chance to get an “extreme makeover”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Locals Only! Café owner refuses to serve non-locals.

Locals Only! Café Owner Refuses to Serve Non-Locals.

Why non-residents aren't welcome in this cafe

As a reward to regular customers, one business owner tells vistors to “Stay Out”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Can Robot Workers Save Small Factories?

Can a Robot Named Baxter Save Small U.S. Factories?

Robots may replace low wage overseas workers.

A humanoid robot could revive U.S. manufacturing

By C. Daniel Baker

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When Crowdfunding goes wrong, Kickstarter Project Bankrupts Entrepreneur

Did a Kickstarter Project Bankrupt an Entrepreneur?

What happens when you don't deliver your Kickstarter Project?

Kickstarter has raised millions for designers and entrepreneurs. But what happens when no product materializes?

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NextSpace, a network of coworking spaces continues to expand

NextSpace, a Network of Co-Working Spaces, Expands

More than a rental work space, Nextspace promotes collaboration

NextSpace focuses on coworking, as opposed to simply renting out desks to fill extra office…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Walmart Hints Towards Offering Health Care to Small Businesses

The retail giant hints at offering small business health insurance.

Do you think they are serious about this?

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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 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

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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

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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.

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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

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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

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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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[RECAP] Activate Conference Wows and Inspires New York City Power Women

The Activate Conference, held Sept. 20 at the Times Center in NYC, featured speakers Keke…

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Cool Jobs: Television Executive Micheline Bowman Balances Career and Side Hustle

Fox News’ Micheline Bowman has more than 15 years experience in television and has a…

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