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5 Small Business Trends to Embrace in 2013 Byron Allen Launches 24 Hour Legal Cable TV Network Steps You Need to Take to Start a Family Nonprofit UBR Spotlight: Return Textiles Co-Founder Tyson Toussant Fed Ex ‘Systematically Overcharging’ Customers, Executive Says How to Woo Investors 101 Google Awards $23 Million in Grants to 7 Non-Profits to Boost Innovation 5 Easy Ways Your Small Business Can Go Green An Applebee’s Goes Green in Harlem Entrepreneurs on Chicago’s West Side get Assistance Launching Businesses Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul Launches BBQ Sauce Line 5 Offensive Receipt Mistakes Your Business Doesn’t Want to Make BlackPlanet.com’s Parent Company & Tom Joyner’s Reach Media Partner 8 Kickstarter Alternatives to Crowdfund Your Startup Bike Lanes may Benefit Small Businesses Woman Sued for $750k After Slamming Business with Bad Reviews on Yelp Father Lays off Son Due to the Fiscal Cliff Domino’s CEO: Obamacare’s Calorie Count Mandate Will Be ‘Difficult’ Google Apps no Longer Free for New Small Business accounts SCORE and Sam’s Club Spread Holiday Cheer for Small Businesses New Funding Source For Veteran Entrepreneurs 5 Companies that Incorporate Religion in Their Business Darden Restaurants: ‘We Will Not Cut Full-Time Employee Hours Because of Obamacare” 8 Ways for Obama to Help Minority Businesses Create Jobs Potential Merger Threatens Hub Status at Philadelphia International Airport Urban Innovation21 Awards $250K to Small Businesses in Pittsburgh Wet Seal Discriminated Against Black Manager, Says Federal Agency 5 Biggest Mistakes Tech Entrepreneurs Make When Protecting Intellectual Property UBR Spotlight: Automotive Sales Mogul Gregory Jackson Old Post Office Pavilion Redevelopment Plans Force Out Small Businesses Startup Canada Launches an Indiegogo Campaign for Entrepreneurs Tripadvisor and Kiva Launch Microlending Partnership A Bridal Entrepreneur Breaks Through the “Pink Ghetto” Big Sean Has Plans For New Non-Profit Organization 5 Iconic Harlem Businesses That Didn’t Survive Not Just Fans, the Hockey Lockout is Hurting Small Businesses as Well Last Call at Lenox Lounge, Harlem’s Famed Jazz Club, Due to Rising Rents 5 Hottest US Cities for Startups Google Purchases BufferBox, Provider of Delivery Lockers New iPhone App ‘Around the Way’ Locates Black-Owned Businesses The Uncertain Future of the Kingsbridge Armory As R.O.K.S.’ Star, Kristina Parker Poised For Success 5 Hottest International Cities For Start-up Businessess Small Businesses in the Defense Sector Face Uncertain Futures LivingSocial Confirms it Will be Cutting 400 Jobs New York City Fast Food Workers go on Strike Chicago’s Minority Banking Scene is Rapidly Declining Obama Consults Small Business Owners on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations LaLa Sets Up Pop Up Shop in Atlanta How Social Media and the Doritos Flavored Shell Saved Taco Bell French Beauty Giant L’Oréal to Buy Urban Decay Cosmetics Is Cyber Monday Just Marketing Hype? 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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.

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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?

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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 and Tom Joyner’s Reach Media Partner

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

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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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the impending fiscal cliff and small business

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…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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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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Pittsburgh encourages African-American entrepreneurship

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.

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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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Lenox Lounge historic harlem nightclub to close

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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SBU Runner-up Kristina Parker.

As R.O.K.S.’ Star, Kristina Parker Poised For Success

Through self-introspection and a little support, R.O.K.S. makes a difference for single parents

SBU Runner-up Kristina Parker.
When Kristina Parker thinks back to why she and Mae Beasley become…

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Paris is ranked 9th globally, in large part because of its healthy distribution of start-ups across the first 4 stages of the Start-up Lifecycle.

5 Hottest International Cities For Start-up Businessess

Have you been to any of these cities?

These international locales have been rated the hottest for start-ups.

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Small Businesses in the Defense Sector Face Uncertain Futures

Small defense business face uncertain futures due to fiscal cliff.

Small businesses within the defense industry are facing big problems.

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LivingSocial posts $50 million loss for 2013 first quarter

LivingSocial Confirms it Will be Cutting 400 Jobs

LivingSocial continues to bleed money. Will it survive?

The daily deals site may have to find a new revenue stream.

By C. Daniel Baker

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New York City Fast Food Workers go on Strike

Organizers expect workers at dozens of stores to join the one-day strike

After similar protest on Black Friday, NYC fast-food workers walk out & attempt to form…

By C. Daniel Baker

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THe minority banking scene in Chicago is rapidily declining

Chicago’s Minority Banking Scene is Rapidly Declining

The Chicago black banking scene isn't as robust as it used to be.

An area that was once home to 17 banks could soon be down to 7.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

Obama Consults Small Business Owners on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Obama was criticized for meeting with CEOs a few weeks earlier.

The president said he will reach a deal with Republicans.

By C. Daniel Baker

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LaLa Sets Up Pop Up Shop in Atlanta

Would you try her new make-up line?

LaLa is showcasing her new make-up line called Motives for LaLa.

By Demetria Irwin

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Letting Customers Drive Your Business

How Social Media and the Doritos Flavored Shell Saved Taco Bell

A kid drove 900 miles to taste the "Doritos Locos Taco."

Customers voiced helped reignite the Taco Bell business

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French Beauty Giant L’Oréal to Buy Urban Decay Cosmetics

The Wall Street Journal estimates the French company is paying between $300 million and $400 million to purchase Urban Decay.

Do you use any of these companies’ products?

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Is Cyber Monday Just Marketing Hype?

Is Cyber Monday really the busiest e-shopping day of the year, or just marketing hype?

“There are going to be lots of sales, every day, until Christmas Day.”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday 2012 Was a Huge Success

Customers came out to support small and local businesses on Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday accounts for close to 36 percent of their yearly sales.

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: OMG Booth Puts New Focus on Old Business Concept

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Mose and Shekita James, the co-preneurs who own…

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Boves.com teamed up with Shaw’s Supermarket to make a $7,000 cash and product donation to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. While Bove’s has been donating to the Food Shelf for many years, this year’s partnership with Shaw’s helps ensure the food shelf will be able to serve complete meals to area residents in need, and that Vermonters won’t be forced to choose between heating their homes or paying other bills and putting food on the table.

5 Unique Ways Small Businesses are Giving Back to the Community

Check out the creative ways in which it's happening.

5 unique ways small businesses are giving back to the community.

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Baltimore launches micro-loan program for small businesses

Baltimore Launches Micro-Loan Program for Small Businesses

The program will enable small businesses with under $1 million in annual revenue to apply for loans that range in amounts from $5,000 to $30,000.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is launching a micro-loan fund to assist owners in hiring and stabilizing…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Fedex supports Small Business Saturday

Twitter Supports Small Business Saturday with Free Promoted Tweets

This may work for your business.

Twitter is offering $1 million dollars worth of free promoted tweets for Small Business Saturday

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Can entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to save Hostess

Can Entrepreneurs use CrowdFunding to Save Hostess?

Crowdfunding is another term for collective fundraising by a large group of people who either donate money or receive equity stakes in a business.

Using CrowdFunding, a group of entrepreneurs attempt to save the 82-year-old iconic company

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Meet Successful Teen CEO Leanna Archer

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtabe: Leanna’s Inc. CEO Leanna Archer; nationally recognized small…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Small Businesses Keep Thanksgiving a Holiday, Not a Shopping Day

Unlike Wal-mart, Target and other big chains, many small businesses will remain closed on Thanksgiving.

Many small businesses will keep Thanksgiving a holiday and remain closed this year.

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Companies Affected by Obamacare

After the president's reelection, companies are promising layoffs or reduced hours due to Obamcare cost.

Several companies said Obamacare would force them to reduce hours or layoff workers.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Fedex supports Small Business Saturday

Tips to Help Your Business Standout on Small Business Saturday

Follow these tips to help your business shine on Small Business Saturday

How to stand out and win customers on Small Business Saturday

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Small Business Owners feel the Holiday Spirti

Small Businesses Owners Feel the Holiday Spirit

Have you seen the holiday spirit from your boss?

Feeling the holiday spirit, small business owners plan to give bonuses and throw holiday parties…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Will Shoppers Skip Black Friday Alltogether

Black Friday Spree Isn’t Just for Retail Stores

Businesses capitalize on shoppers during the busiest shopping day of the year

Many businesses are taking advantage of Black Friday shoppers with discounts and services

By C. Daniel Baker

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Loans available to Businesses Affected by Sandy

Loans Available at 1 Percent for Small Business Affected by Sandy

Loans are available to small business owners to help them recover.

FEMA loan rates were too high for many owners.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Could Your Business Benefit from Offering Free Shipping?

Many companies are offering free shipping for the holidays.

Could it work for Yours?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Will Shoppers Skip Black Friday Alltogether

Will Shoppers Skip Black Friday All Together?

Bad weather, violence and other problems may lead to poor turnouts.

Will you be out there rain, sleet, hail or snow?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is Facebook's Promoted Posts Driving Away Brands

Is Facebook’s Promoted Posts Driving Away Brands?

Mark Cuban and other brands express displeasure at new promoted posts feature

Several business owners seem to be moving away from Facebook.

By C. Daniel Baker

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KCOH End of an Era for 59 Year Old Black Owned Station

End of an Era for KCOH, Historic Black Owned Radio Station

A 59-year history of serving Houston’s black community comes to an end

It will return next year as part of the Guadalupe Radio Network

By C. Daniel Baker

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Black Girls Code wins $50,000 Philanthropy Award

BlackGirlsCode Wins $50,000 Philanthropy Award

The nonprofit is dedicated to teaching young black girls computer programming.

The push to include more blacks in technology continues.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Robert L. Johnson And Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. Announce Alliance To End Payday Lending, Lower Minority Consumer Debt, And Promote Financial Education

Black Ownership of TV Stations Declines, F.C.C. Study Finds

Are you worried about this?

A new study by the Federal Communications Commission found that the number of black-owned television…

By Laurence Afums

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Small Business upset President Obama only met with Big Business CEO's

Small Businesses Upset Obama Only Met with Big Business CEOs

Obama and small business owners already off to a bad start in his second term?

No small business representatives were invited to the White House to discuss the Fiscal Cliff…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Teavana purchased by Starbucks for $620 Million

Teavana Purchased by Starbucks for $620 million

From one store in Lenox Square, Teavana has become an international success.

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Owners in the Bronx fight FreshDirect

Bodegas and Small Businesses in the Bronx Unite Against FreshDirect

Bronx small businesses feel FreshDirect is getting unfair help from the city and state.

Bronx small businesses feel FreshDirect is getting unfair help from the city and state.

By C. Daniel Baker

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NYC offers free high speed business fiber to startups

NYC Launches Contest Offering Free High Speed Internet to Business

NYC challenges small businesses to compete for high-speed broadband at their location.

Many of the businesses driving growth in the 21st century require access to reliable, high-speed…

By C. Daniel Baker

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IBM Helps Women's Cooperatives in Tangier Become More Profitable

IBM Makes $4B in Financing Available for Small, Midsized Businesses

Financing available through IBM Global Financing can make obtaining credit easier and more accessible.

IBM aims to ensure that businesses, large and small have access to the right technologies…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Capital, Coaching Available for Startups

Accelerator initiative seeks entrepreneurs for intensive three-month program

The DreamIt Access Accelerator Program is looking for entrepreneurs in the Austin and New York…

By Alan Hughes

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Tyrese & Quincy Jones partner for Text4Baby

Quincy Jones, Tyrese and Feel Rich Inc., Partner to Help New Mothers

The partnership plans to use social media & celebrity role models to text healthy baby development information

The partnership, Feel Rich Moms, plans to use social media & celebrity role models to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Introduces New "Pitch Room" Contest for Small Business Owners and Hosts Small Business Mentoring Session in New York City

Samuel Adams Offers Loans & Expertise to Washington D.C. Small Businesses

The beer-maker is helping small businesses realize their dreams and potential

Samuel Adams announced a program that will provide loans to small businesses in the Washington,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Pittsburgh encourages African-American entrepreneurship

Pittsburgh Launches Initiative to Encourage Black Entrepreneurship

Community and business leaders meet to focus on diversity

113 Industries formed a new initiative developed to encourage entrepreneurship among the cities’ African-American community.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ivan Vassall Sr., 96, who operated the first black-owned auto dealership in Philadelphia

Pioneering African American Auto Dealer Dead at 96

Vassall Sr., operated the first black-owned auto dealership in Philadelphia

Vassall Sr., operated the first black-owned auto dealership in Philadelphia

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ghana tech startup wins global prize in Global Tech Competition

Ghanaian Tech Startup Wins Grand Prize In Global Competition

Dropifi beat 49 other competitors from around the world, including Canada

Dropifi, a startup tech company from Ghana has taken the top spot in the 2012…

By C. Daniel Baker

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More retailers opening Thanksgiving Day for their blowout sales

Is Thursday the New Black Friday?

Does this mean the end of 'Black Friday?'

More retailers opening Thanksgiving Day for their blowout sales

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Manufacturers Industrial Group CEO Andre Gist

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Manufacturers Industrial Group CEO Andre Gist; financial literacy…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Veterans use military training to start their own businesses.

From Enlisting in the Military to Becoming Entrepreneurs

Veterans use military training to start their own businesses.

Veterans use military training to start their own businesses.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Government Bailout helped banks not small business

Government Bailouts Helped Banks, Not Small Businesses

TARP payments benefited banks, never reached small businesses

The U.S. Treasury invested more than $200 billion in 700 banks through the bailout program.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Applebee’s Franchise Stops hiring, blames ObamaCare

Applebee’s Franchise Stops Hiring, Blames ObamaCare

Another business cuts hours and hiring due to Obamacare

Another business cuts hours and hiring due to Obamacare

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Closing of LV’s Twelve-22 has rekindled tensions over Gentrification

The Final Days of a Historic Bar LV’s Twelve-22

The closing has rekindled tensions over gentrification

The closing has rekindled tensions over gentrification

By C. Daniel Baker

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After Obama Reelection, CEO Announces Layoffs

CEO follows through on his election threat

CEO follows through on his election threat

By C. Daniel Baker

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the impending fiscal cliff and small business

What the Fiscal Cliff Means for Small Business

Can the president & Congress work together to avoid the upcoming crisis?

Can the president & Congress work together to avoid the upcoming crisis?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Robert Fitzgerald Receives SBA 2012 Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award

Robert Fitzgerald Receives Small Business Association Award

Fitzgerald was named "Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year"

Fitzgerald was named “Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Where Marijuana is Legal, Dealers prepare to battle Corporate Cannabis

Marijuana’s Legalization is Complicated for Business Owners

Even with new laws business owners still face hassles & red tape

Dave Schwaab ran a dispensary named “Abundant Healing” in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2009, a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Skype in the Workspace the social network for business

Skype Launches a Social Network for Business

'Skype in the Workspace' lets businesses connect directly to prospects

Microsoft just announced their new online “Skype in the Workspace (SITW)” platform, a way for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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hurricane sandy damages supply chain holiday time

Did Hurricane Sandy Ruin Christmas for Some Businesses?

Hurricane Sandy created holiday time shipping delays

Hurricane Sandy created holiday time shipping delays

By C. Daniel Baker

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6 reasons why Newark is a good place to work

6 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Consider Newark, NJ

Newark may be the perfect place for Entrepreneurs

“It’s a great asset to have a mayor who understands how important resources and culture…

By Anthony Frasier

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Author and Sony Pictures' executive DeVon Franklin with Black Enterprise Multimedia Editor-at-Large and UBR Host Alfred Edmond Jr.

UBR Spotlight: Top Hollywood Studio Exec DeVon Franklin

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Hollywood Exec DeVon Franklin and MSNBC’s Your Business…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Lauren Doggett of ‘Whipped Body Goods’

See what made her take the leap into entrepreneurship and how her business is going

Lauren Doggett, Creator of Whipped Body Goods, offers entrepreneurial advice to our business audience

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

What’s Obama’s Second Term Means for Small Businesses

What do the next four years hold for small business owners?

Many small business owners watched the presidential election with great interest, some even delaying plans…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hiring an Ex-con could be right for your business

Hiring an Ex-Con Could be Right for Your Business

Why hiring an ex offender might be beneficial for your business.

Why hiring an ex offender might be beneficial for your business.

By C. Daniel Baker

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No Gas Cheap Gas Small Business Thrive Bike NYC

No Gas? No Problem. Small Businesses Embrace the Gas Shortage

Small businesses make the most of the fuel shortage

Small businesses make the most of the fuel shortage

By C. Daniel Baker

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Using Hip-Hop to Make a Difference: A Talk With Tamekia Flowers-Holland

Tamekia discusses her journey to shine a brighter, more positive light on Hip-Hop and help youth at the same time

Tamekia discusses her journey to shine a brighter, more positive light on Hip-Hop and help…

By Arlice Nichole

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I'll add 100 Jobs if Mitt Romney Wins

Small Business Owner: I’ll Invest In 100 New Jobs…If Romney Wins

Frank Duffy says he will still create jobs if Obama is re-elected

Frank Duffy says he will still create jobs if Obama is re-elected

By C. Daniel Baker

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Groupon continues to acquire Small Businesses

Can Groupon Win Back Small Business Owners?

Groupon launches 2 new products to win back merchants

Groupon launches 2 new products to win back merchants

By C. Daniel Baker

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Red Hook Flood Small Businesses Want Help Not Loans

Businesses Hit by Hurricane Want Help Not Loans

Many businesses already stretched, can't take on the burden of repaying a loan

40% of small businesses never reopen after being damaged in floods.

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Number of Jobs Created Misses Expectations

Economy Adds 171,000 Jobs In Strong Month

But black unemployment jumped up nearly a full percentage point

But black unemployment jumped up nearly a full percentage point

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Small Business Job Numbers Show Growth in October

Small Business Job Growth Continues in October

Employment rose by 50,000 in October, the largest increase since July.

Employment rose by 50,000 in October, the largest increase since July.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Black Enterprise & Dell ‘Small Business University’ Winner Puts Business Lessons to Good Use

The program helped her push her business forward.

Lisa Marie “Phoenix” Jackson draws daily on the inspiration of her mother

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Protect your small business with Flood Insurance

Is Flood Insurance Right for Your Small Business?

Almost 40% of small business never reopen their doors following a flood.

Almost 40% of small business never reopen their doors following a flood.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Owners predicate a bounce in Holiday Sales

Small Businesses Predict an Increase in Holiday Sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: New Horizons Baking CEO Tilmon Brown

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: New Horizons Baking CEO Tilmon Brown; consultant and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Fedex supports Small Business Saturday

FedEx is Giving You $25 to Support Small Businesses

America’s small businesses are a unique & vibrant part of their local communities

America’s small businesses are a unique & vibrant part of their local communities

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Webinar Series Part II: Top Reasons for Returns and Declines of Applications

Small Business Index Shows a Decline in Employment

The October decrease in employment continues a mild decline that began in May.

The October decrease in employment continues a mild decline that began in May.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Administration Ready to Assist Businesses Hit by Hurricane Sandy

SBA Ready to Assist Small Businesses Hit by Hurricane Sandy

Small Business Administration has loans and other assistance for small businesses hit by Hurricane Sandy.

The disaster assistance program provides low-interest emergency loans to homeowners, renters and non-farm small businesses.

By C. Daniel Baker

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When to Close your small business during a Disaster

Staying Open During a Disaster? What to Consider

Factors business owners need to consider if staying open during a disaster

Factors business owners need to consider if staying open during a disaster

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneurial Studies Increasing at HBCUs

Entrepreneurial programs are gaining traction at HBCUs across the country.

Entrepreneurial programs are gaining traction at HBCUs across the country.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Resilient in the Face of Harsh February Weather, According to Direct Capital Lending Index

Small Businesses Keep Working Even Through Hurricane Sandy

Using technology, small businesses maintain "business as usual" mantra during Hurricane Sandy

Using technology, small businesses maintain “business as usual” mantra during Hurricane Sandy

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hurricane Sandy Preparation Tips for Small Business Owners

Planning before any natural disaster or unexpected emergency – is key to business survival.

Planning before any natural disaster or unexpected emergency – is key to business survival.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Office Space Rental guide for small businesses

Need Office Space? Here’s What to Look for During the Search

They are many factors to consider, from hiring a real-estate broker to finding the right location and price

They are many factors to consider, from hiring a real-estate broker to finding the right…

By C. Daniel Baker

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National Minority Supplier Development Council

NMSDC Honors Top Regional Minority Suppliers

The 16 outstanding Asian, black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses represent a broad range of industries

The 16 outstanding Asian, black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses represent a broad range of…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Need Some $? Win $10k from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The 2013 "DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award" is now accepting nominations and applications.

The winner of the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award will receive…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Free Windows 8 Training from OfficeMax for Businesses & Users

OfficeMax Offers Free Windows 8 Training this Weekend

Do you know how to use the new software?

OfficeMax will provide demonstrations of Windows 8 for customers and businesses for all customers.

By C. Daniel Baker

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PEX Prepaid Cards Focus on Small Business Customers

Prepaid isn’t just for consumers anymore

PEX Card has processed over one million transactions, and now services businesses in 50 states…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hey Small Business Owners: Do You Have a Nest Egg?

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

By C. Daniel Baker

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LinkedIn rolls out video advertisements for brands

LinkedIn Rolls Out Video Advertisements for Brands

Brands can now use videos to reach LinkedIn’s 175 million members.

The announcement of LinkedIn’s new video ads follows last week’s unveiling of its new profile…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Lending Rises in Florida

Florida banks have given $144.6 million in loans to small businesses in 2012

Banks have given $144.6 million in loans to small businesses in 2012

By C. Daniel Baker

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WeMontage: Interior Design with Personal Photography

WeMontage: Interior Design with Photo Wall Art

Create custom designer wallpaper sections from personal photo collections

Create custom designer wallpaper sections from personal photo collections

By C. Daniel Baker

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Local Businesses Warming up to Facebooks Ads

Local Businesses Embracing Facebook’s New Ads

Small businesses are enjoying Facebook's new simpler ad system.

For years, Facebook has been trying to teach small and medium-sized local businesses how to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Smartphone App keeps tabs on your competition.

New Smartphone App Keeps Tabs on Your Competition.

Keep a bird’s-eye view of how your competitors are using social media

A new smartphone app, Perch, let’s small-business owners quickly keep a bird’s-eye view of how…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to survive cloud outages

How to be Prepared in Case the Cloud fails.

Some failures will be momentary while others will be more serious.

Some failures will be momentary while others will be more serious.

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Baby Boomer Entrepreneur

Study Claims Baby Boomers Have Highest Self-Employment Rate

Higher rate of self-employment among older workers

The self employment rate for adults 55 and older is 16.4 percent, according to the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Wells Fargo Lends Out More Than $1 Billion to Small Businesses

The bank and its customers are willing to take risks despite the slow moving economy.

For a second year in a row Wells Fargo has approved more than $1 billion…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Yelp helps small businesses estimate online revenue

Buy a Review on Yelp, Get a Mark of Shame.

Yelp punishes businesses attempting to game their review system

Yelp punishes businesses attempting to game their review system

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Design Maven Tina Shoulders

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Designer Tina Shoulders; small business lending expert Marino…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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SBA sponsors program connecting inner city entrepreneurs to investors.

SBA Sponsors Program Connecting Inner City Entrepreneurs

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Webinar: Making and Receiving Electronic Payments for Your Business

Small Businesses Slow to Adopt Direct Deposit, Still Using Checks

46% of paper checks written in the U.S. involve a small business

46% of paper checks written in the U.S. involve a small business

By C. Daniel Baker

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protecting your idea may not be your best idea

Protecting Your Business Idea May Not Be Your Best Move

Not keeping ideas secret can often be beneficial to your business

Not keeping ideas secret can often be beneficial to your business

By C. Daniel Baker

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Using Criminal Background Checks in Small Businesses

Criminal Background Checks in Small Business Employment

Here are some guidelines for using criminal background checks in hiring

Here are some guidelines for using criminal background checks in hiring

By C. Daniel Baker

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If It’s Your Business, This Is Your Book

MSNBC "Your Business" Host JJ Ramberg's new book contains excellent advice from the entrepreneurs and experts featured on her show.

MSNBC “Your Business” Host JJ Ramberg’s new book contains excellent small business advice from the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Twitter’s Founder Offers up Some Small Business Advice

Advice for entrepreneurs from Biz Stone, founder of Twitter

Advice for entrepreneurs from Biz Stone, founder of Twitter

By C. Daniel Baker

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Harlem Small Business contemplate the Future

Harlem Small Businesses Contemplate the Future

As gentrification changes the face of Harlem, small business owners meet to discuss the future

As gentrification changes the face of Harlem, small business owners meet to discuss the future

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses return to “Do-It-Yourself” over cost concerns

Small Businesses Return to “Do-It-Yourself” Over Cost Concerns

Small businesses embrace “Do-It-Yourself” to save money, time & effort

Small businesses embrace “Do-It-Yourself” to save money, time & effort

By C. Daniel Baker

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Google awards grants to boost innovation

Google Brings Call Reporting to Adwords for Small Business

Google adds a new way for small businesses to track phone calls

Google just made it a lot easier for small businesses to track phone calls generated…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NASA Spends $2.6 Billion On Small Business Contracts

NASA spends $2.6 Billion on small-business contracts in 2012

NASA spends $2.6 Billion on small-business contracts in 2012

By C. Daniel Baker

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Sherri Shepherd Talks Return to Comedy, Launch of Wig Collection

If you thought marriage and 'The View' were it, you have something else coming

If you thought marriage and ‘The View’ were it, you have something else coming

By Kenya N. Byrd

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7 Ways to Avoid a Culture Clash When Conducting Global Business

Here’s how best to avoid an international incident when taking your small biz global

For good or bad, globalization is here to stay.

By Alan Hughes

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5 Steps to Invest in a Trademark

Small Business Owners Unsure About The Future

When will small businesses begin hiring again?

When will small businesses begin hiring again?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses Seek Alternative to Pay-Per-Click Advertising

As costs increase, small businesses seek alternatives to pay-per-click advertising

As costs increase, small businesses seek alternatives to pay-per-click advertising

By C. Daniel Baker

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extend their Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) program through

Small Business Lending Rebounds During 2012

The SBA's fiscal year 2012 loan volume may be an indication that small business lending is finally on the rebound

The SBA’s fiscal year 2012 loan volume may be an indication that small business lending…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media

How to Achieve Small Business Success Using Social Media

Steps for Small Business success using Social

Steps for Small Business success using Social

By C. Daniel Baker

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Google Apps no longer free for new small business accounts

Google Helps Small Business Owners Get Online

Google helps small businesses with a free workshop

Google is taking to all 50 states to help small-business owners build websites and get…

By C. Daniel Baker

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REGISTER NOW: Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s 10th Anniversary

It will be a landmark year for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in…

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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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