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(Part 2) Entrepreneurs: How to Systemize Your Business

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5 Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit Regularly

Here are some very useful sites for new and established business owners

Here are some of the most useful sites for small business owners.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Best Ways to Get Your Startup Quality Media Coverage

Here are some tips to generate exposure

Every startup craves media attention and press. They know they need it, they just don’t…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Periscope: Winning at Disrupting Social Media Advertising

What this new platform means for small business owners

Periscope provides never-before-seen opportunities for small business owners to interrupt with customers.

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Are You Making These 4 Website Mistakes?

Web technology and marketing are important to the success of your business

Websites are a complicated blend of technology, marketing, and public relations. While many companies have…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

CBS Launches Site For Small Businesses

Six company divisions to provide digital content to address issues facing entrepreneurs

Six company divisions to provide digital content to address issues facing today’s entrepreneurs.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Tips for Taking Your Social Presence Offline

CurvyCon founders talk how to plan an event for followers, clients, or potential customers

When you’re a small business owner, it seems mandatory to build a substantial social presence…

By Brittany Dandy

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5 Improper and Illegal Interview Questions and How to Avoid Them

Here are some questions that employers shouldn’t ask but often do

Here are five illegal and improper questions that employers shouldn’t ask but many often do.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Art of Being a ‘One Woman Band’ Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Alex Elle shares why she chooses to do it all when it comes to her enterprises

Poet and entrepreneur Alex Elle shares why she chooses to do it all when it…

By Brittany Dandy

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U.S. Small Business Administration’s InnovateHER Winners Announced

Female entrepreneurs take home $30,000 in winnings at event

Female entrepreneurs took home $30,000 in winnings at Small Business Associations InnovateHER event.

By Brittany Dandy

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12 Traits of a Great Events Planner

Here are some key characteristics to look for when hiring someone who run your occasion

Here’s how hiring a fantastic events planner can save you time and money.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Institute To Create Young Black Male Entrepreneurs Kicks Off In Washington D.C.

U.S. Black Chambers launch program to create more minority businesses and jobs in the capital

Institute prepares next generation of young black male business owners.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Collection Tips For Getting Paid Faster By Customers or Business Clients

Here’s how to improve earlier and more successful accounts receivables

Here’s how to begin your company’s collection efforts before the due date.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Soledad O’Brien, Desiree Rogers and India Arie Set to Speak at Dream Project Symposium

Elevator pitch winner will get chance to present at Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit

Learn business insider tips from top industry professionals in business, media, music, and more at…

By Chanel Martin

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7 Overlooked Tax Deductions For Small And Home-Based Businesses

Last minute tax tips on filing an extension and often overlooked deductions

Here are some last minute tax tips on filing an extension and often overlooked deductions.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs Summit: 3 Funding Sources for Social Entrepreneurs

These organizations make changing the world a little easier

Social entrepreneurs can check out these resources to get their projects off the ground.

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Network: Expand Your Circle with 5 Organizations for Entrepreneurs

Elevate your business with these networks

Get connected with these organizations for entrepreneurs.

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Silicon Valley Financial App Company Helps Support Minority Startups

Digit helps raise money for code scholarships and investment capital for minority students and entrepreneurs

Digit, a Silicon Valley venture backed financial technology company, helps raise money for minority students…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Awesome Crowdfunding Sites for Entrepreneurs

These sources have raised millions for entrepreneurs across the globe

These crowdfunding sites are a viable option for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to fund their ideas.…

By Essence Gant

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

Millennial Seeks To Boost Local Economy Through Blogging

Black bloggers to convene on nation’s capitol to explore business opportunities

DC conference shows bloggers how to make money and grow a business.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Apps for Small Business Owners to Sell Their Products

Sellers can pocket more of their profits with these apps

These apps for small business owners put sellers in direct contact with the buyer.

By Essence Gant

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Local Entrepreneur Wants To Get DC Black Businesses On ABC Shark Tank

Phoebe Group conducts pitch competitions, watch parties, and Shark Tank themed workshops

Shark Tank producers tour major cities this spring and summer connecting to minority entrepreneurs.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Profit Is the New Black: Tips to Seal Money Leaks and Break Income Barriers

Strategist Shontaye Hawkins shares steps to ensure success

Shontaye Hawkins, Bottom Line Strategist™ of Dallas, shares tips to seal money leaks and break…

By Roz A Gee

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5 Networking Events to Break Into the Fashion Industry

These conferences and workshops will help you gain the necessary tools

The fashion industry is notorious for its exclusivity, and finding a way to break in…

By Christine Edmond

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7 Do’s And Don’ts For Masterful Networking

Here’s how to work a crowd and get your business known the right way

Building a business is also about building relationships and networking is a key building block…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Working It Out: 4 Lean Tips To Keep Your Business Fit

Shameeka Hunt, CEO of KeepMeTight offers tips to strengthen your enterprise

Shameeka Hunt, CEO of KeepMeTight®, shares a few tips to “work the middle” in your…

By Roz A Gee

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[Part 1] Entrepreneurs: How to Systemize Your Business

These steps will ensure your brand is polished and you're able to use tech to save time

Entrepreneurs, implementing systems and tools help make running your business easier.

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6 Kinds of Small Businesses That Don’t Qualify for Bank Loans

Do your research to find alternatives if starting one of these

Funding a new business is not something that most people can do on their own,…

By Cristie Leondis

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Oxygen Channel Seeks Black Female Inventors

New show to match investors with entrepreneurs to bring their products to market

Lisa Ascolese is a born inventor whose first idea came to her when she was…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Reasons Why Not Having A Mentor Is Hurting Your Business

Research shows connecting your business with a mentor boosts revenue

It is a harsh reality that only half of all small businesses survive more than…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

Best Practices Using Social Media Usage For Your Business

Finding platforms to garner your 'social street cred' takes planning and consistency

The days of “willy nilly” practices on social media are gone. You have to be…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Owners’ Optimism At All Time High

Survey shows entrepreneurs expect to grow their revenue in 2015

New research from Atlanta-based Kabbage, Inc., an online provider of small business loans, shows that…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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33 Actionable Tips for Promoting Your Business on LinkedIn

Check out these insights from presentation experts Ethos on maximizing the platform

Looking to be a thought leader, recruit staff or connect with key influencers? LinkedIn is…

By Kandia Johnson

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How One Question Fostered Business Opportunities for Budding Female Entrepreneurs in Africa

Founders of She Leads Africa talk business opportunities in Africa

Founders of She Leads Africa, Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei, talk business opportunities in…

By Kandia Johnson

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For Longterm Car Rentals, Collaborative Consumption Is the Name of the Game

Relay Rides is a peer-to-peer car rental service, with low prices

Its Collaborative Consumption that should be added to every entrepreneur’s toolkit who needs long-term car…

By Patricia Patton

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9 Social Media Fails to Avoid for Small Businesses

Avoid these mistakes that can cost you money

From not updating your social media account regularly to using automated direct messages, social media…

By Kandia Johnson

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PayPal Offers New Services To Help Merchants Boost Revenues

Credit installments for customers and business consulting services for merchants

There have been many bold predictions for 2015 and beyond including mobile payments tripling in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Sam’s Club, SCORE Announce $700,000 Small Business Grant

Open call for applications with 102 awards to be given nationwide

The American Small Business Championship Award provides funding, training, and mentoring to entrepreneurs in all…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Simple Ways To Boost Sales On Twitter

Tweeting is proving to be a better platform for marketing business

Last year, Facebook celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It is still heralded as the biggest name…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Ways to Prepare For Your WorkWeek on Sunday

Starting your workweek on Sunday can lead to a productive work week

When it comes to having a productive workweek the old proverb “A Sunday well spent…

By Kandia Johnson

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10 Social Media Resolutions To Keep Your Brand On Track

Building a brand online isn't the easiest thing to do

While most of us make New Year resolutions to eat healthier, travel more or simply…

By Kandia Johnson

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6 Useful Web Resources for Public Relations for Your Business

These tools will help you remain ahead of the pack and market your services or product effectively

With public relations and marketing becoming more closely aligned, you’ll need savvy online tools to…

By Kandia Johnson

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Cricket Wireless Awards Cash Prizes To Local Black Solopreneurs

Three entrepreneurs received recognition for giving back to their communities

Russell Hicks, founder of Ebony Suns Enterprises in Philadelphia, is a true social entrepreneur—meaning, he…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Last Minute Tax Tip For The Self-Employed

Here’s one year-end tax break to help high income earners avoid a huge tax bill and save for retirement

Millions of taxpayers received a rude surprise when they got their tax bill last year.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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AT&T Business Circle Offers Entrepreneurs Business Tips and Resources

Small business owners will gain inspiration and solutions from fellow enterprising professionals

AT&T’s Business Circle is a digital hub providing resources for small business owners to come…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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3 Tips on Getting Press

Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran shares 3 tips on using the press to brand a small business

Get Press with these 3 tips from Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran

By Raqiyah Mays

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6 Must Read Books For Entrepreneurs Over The Holidays

These non-business books are sure to provide entrepreneurial inspiration

Reading the right book can help clarify your goals, find your true calling, launch a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Spend Big Locally On Small Business Saturday

National initiatives make it easier for consumers to support shops in their local neighborhoods

On November 29th, American Express’ Small Biz Saturday will celebrate its fifth anniversary and kick-off…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How You Can Build Community on the Web and Optimize Toward Success

Ileane Smith, founder of Basic Blog Tips (BBT), talks tricks of the trade

When An Engaged Community Supports the Bottom Line it is normally accompanied by a built…

By Patricia Patton

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Is Your Business Ready for the Busiest Shopping Days of the Year?

Check out these stats and get in gear

The holidays are a great time to play catch up and celebrate with family and…

By Sharon S Gordon

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Cyber Insurance Is A Necessity for Minority- and Woman-Owned Businesses

Growing data breaches are making it as indispensable as fire insurance say experts

Having valuable client information stolen is so pervasive that cyber liability insurance is now as…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Savvy Books for Black Entrepreneurs

Here are the must reads for aspiring African American capitalists

These are the five books that every African American entrepreneur should have in their library…

By Cristie Leondis

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4 Tips To Help Your Business Avoid Payroll Pitfalls

This is an area of business that, if not done properly, can reap harsh consequences

Whether you own a restaurant, an engineering firm, a tech startup or any other type…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Institute Teaches Classes on How to Start Marijuana Enterprises

Entrepreneurs will learn how to cash in on emerging industry

California-based Cannabis Career Institute teaches course on how to get started in the marijuana business

By Courtney Connley

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SBA Announces Plans to Expand Post-Military Entrepreneurship Training

Working to help all veterans---not just transitioning troops---start businesses

SBA plans to expand its post-military entrepreneurship training to help all veterans.

By Courtney Connley

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American Express OPEN Inspires Women Entrepreneurs at CEO BootCamp

Event gathers business leaders and experts to discuss how to grow enterprises

American Express OPEN hosts CEO Bootcamp for female entrepreneurs in New York.

By Courtney Connley

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5 Quick Ways to Repurpose Your Content

Right Way To Use Video To Promote Your Business

Here’s how to avoid common video marketing mistakes

Videos are one the most effective way to communicate to your potential buyers and even…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Run Your Home More Like a CEO

4 tips for time & budget management from a business development expert

All successful CEOs have one thing in common: They’re able to maintain a big-picture perspective.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Free Weekly Webinars Available For Serial Producers and Filmmakers

Series to help producers compete for funding to develop their series pilots

Filmmakers, content developers, and producers looking to up their game online can take advantage of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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High Tech Haircare: Myavana Launches Personalized Picks For Women of Color

Myavana, a new hair analysis service, will help solve problem that many black women face

Myavana, created by the co-founders of Techturized Inc., has launched a new hair analysis service…

By Candace Mitchell

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How One Female Business Owner Won Government Contracts

LaKeshia Grant's tech firm landed federal contracts after 8(a) program certification

Working out of her home using $11,000 in personal savings, LaKeshia Grant started Virtual Enterprise…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Walmart 20/20 Vision Forum: Why You Need To Know Your Business Credit Score

You have a separate credit score from your personal one that impacts business

As an entrepreneur, you have a unique opportunity to build, maintain and acquire credit both…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Ways Search Engines Help Small Businesses

Appearing in local search results can affect sales and business growth

Knowing how search engines rank your business is key in driving growth and expanding exposure.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Steps to Invest in a Trademark

How Much Should You Pay Yourself As A Small Business Owner?

Here are some tips on how to put yourself on payroll

Being your own boss also means knowing how to put yourself on payroll.

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Study: Small Business Owners Optimistic And Thriving

Millennial entrepreneurs view networking and working as one and the same

Small business owners are optimistic about the coming year, according to a new study released…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Top 10 Cities That Sell Internationally

PayPal’s Engage LA small business tour focuses on global opportunities

PayPal hosted Engage Los Angeles, the latest stop on the company’s Engage tour. PayPal was…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for online business course

Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for Online Business Certificate

Registration is open; Classes begin Oct. 2

Regent University and Daymond John team up to offer online business course.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

8 Tips For Building A Successful Business Blog

A well-written blog can be an essential component in your company's marketing arsenal

Having a great Web platform for promoting yourself and your business is key as an…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Wells Fargo Launches Startup Accelerator

Bank will provide mentoring and give $50,000 to $500,000 to participants

Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is offering funds and mentoring for entrepreneurs. Find out more.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Student-Run Fund Invests In Student Startups

Dorm Room Fund has half a million dollars committed to helping students launch companies

First Round Capital’s student operated Dorm Room Fund recently invested $20,000 in Prayas Analytics, the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Infographic: Running A Small Business Is No Vacation

Study finds taking time off is a struggle for most entrepreneurs

OnDeck, a small business lender, released a report that found that most entrepreneurs are time-strapped…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Award-Winning Event Planner Tells How To Execute Events Abroad

Cheryl Gentry details global expansion and preparedness for international clientele

Cheryl Gentry, president of Glow Media details strategy for global events and her favorite apps…

By Kandia Johnson

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Philadelphia Entrepreneur Launches Small Business Development Corporation

Nonprofit aims to provide micro financing and business training

Entrepreneur Markeeta Stokes is launching the Philadelphia African American Services for Entrepreneurs (P.H.A.S.E.) One, a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tax Tip Sheet For Small Business Owners

What you need to know to keep your money

Check out these tax tips for entrepreneurs and get ahead of the game next year.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How To Use Technology to Find Jobs In Hollywood

Video interviewing strategy that wins

Celebrity-focused staffing agency implements video interviewing for personal assistants.

By Candace Mitchell

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11 Venture Capital Sources Taking Notice of Black Tech Founders

Forums and funds that target minority entrepreneurs

These venture capital sources are targeting minority tech founders. Check them out.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Tips For A Better Company Website

With a few small tweaks you can make a big difference

Many website owners think a better website means a complete overhaul – a brand new…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Fashion and Finance: Tory Burch and Bank of America Team Up

The designer wants to lend a helping hand to new female entrepreneurs

Billionaire fashion designer Tory Burch, through the Tory Burch Foundation, has partnered with Bank of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Hotel Industry Offers Opportunities For Black Small Businesses

Performance outlook for the lodging is positive, with rising demand

The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers recently announced plans to boost…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Filing Funds: How Taxes Affect Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns

Funds raised for social campaigns may not be subject to taxes

If you’re a nonprofit raising funds via crowdfunding, you’ll want to know this vital information…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The 3D printing revolution has ushered in a new era of customization. Human bones, fuel-efficient car parts, and even burritos now take only a few hours to produce through this innovative printing process. As you read this, engineers are using 3D printing technology to experiment with commercial airplane design, doctors are whizzing out organs, and NASA is testing 3D printers that are destined to land on Mars.

With technology constantly evolving, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 6 noteworthy moments in 3D printing history. –Semhar Woldeyesus

3D Printing: Is Now the Time for Black Entrepreneurs to Adapt?

New technology won't print you money, but it will save it

Sure, 3D printers won’t print you money, but if you are a small business owner,…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Google Offers Small Business Owners Free Cloud Storage For A Year

Google enters cloud storage provider war, offers biz owners free space

Google is taking the fight for cloud-computing services in the small business market to the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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New Online Tool For Entrepreneurs With Limited Marketing Resources

Localist integrates social media with calendar and events Web content

Localist, an interactive online calendaring platform, recently launched its ‘Localist Simple’ plan geared toward entrepreneurs…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Presented at Free Webinar

Survey: Advertisers Prefer Twitter Over Facebook

Brands to increase social media spend as part of overall marketing budget

According to Ad Age, marketers reported spending slightly more on digital and social media, but…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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10 Best Places For Young Entrepreneurs To Find Mentors

A mentor can help you avoid making crucial early business mistakes

Check out the best places for young entrepreneurs to find mentors to guide them to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Walmart Establishes New Way to Find Women Entrepreneurs’ Products

Retail giant makes plans to add a distinct logo to ID female-made offerings

Walmart is making plans to add a new logo to their products that will let…

By Courtney Connley

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Small Biz Spotlight: Google Gets Into Domain Name Game

Search engine giant taking on GoDaddy and other Web-hosting companies

Google, which has launched Google Domains, says 55% of small businesses still don’t have their…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Twitter Now Supports GIFs

Moving images tool enhances marketability for brands and consumers

Check out five ways companies can use a valuable tool and resource to market products…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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How Small Businesses Are Spending Their Money

Infographic showing how much and on what business owners are spending

The average monthly expense for small businesses is $2,245. Here are some other quick stats…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Race to ‘Power Africa’: Open Call For Major And Small U.S Business Owners To Get On Board

Power players assemble in NYC to bring electricity to the continent, network and make deals

Congressman calls for small business owners to invest in Africa
While on an official visit to…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Investing in Africa: Why Are Minority Business Owners Slow Rolling?

NY Congressman hosts Power Africa summit, offers reasons behind hesitation and solutions

Congressman Meeks wants minority business owners to invest in Africa
Economic experts agree Africa is the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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2014 America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act Sails Through House

New tax provision will help small business streamline records, purchase equipment

The National Federation of Independent Business is giving two thumbs up after the House of…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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“Google My Business” Launches For Small Biz Owners

Google unveils new tool to help small businesses connect with customers

Google My Business launches for small business owners

Google has launched a new marketing tool they…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Here’s Your Chance To Win A $25,000 Marketing Makeover For Your Business

Grand prize includes display ads and search engine campaigns

Budding entrepreneurs could win a $25,000 makeover for your company, reports SmallBizTrends. Let’s say you’ve…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Owners: Stop Sleeping On Mobile App Advertising

5 reasons why the time is now to capitalize on this competitive advantage over big corps

In the world of advertising, the decks are stacked against the little guy. But there…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Top Seven Apps For Busy Moms & Dads To Help Run Their Small Business

Smartphone and tablet applications for small business owners that will do some of the heavy lifting

Running a small business today can be a herculean task for moms and moms-to-be trying…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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World of Business Ideas: ‘How Ideas For Tomorrow Will Impact Your Business Today’

Tips for Small Business Owners looking to embrace emerging technologies

The 2014 World of Business Ideas on innovation forum wrapped on June 5 inside the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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7 Ways To Get Traffic To Your Website

Here are some proven methods to help draw customers and generate more business

Regardless if you have a storefront or not, your website is going to be your…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Inspiring Books On Social Entrepreneurship

Best advice on navigating a growing business and following a mission to do well while doing good

As the founder of a social enterprise called LSTN Headphones, I often look to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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New Tool Helps Entrepreneurs Deepen Client and Customer Relationships

Take advantage of your LinkedIn connections using Grapevine6

In any type of business forming solid relationships with clients is key. Grapevine6 is a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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12 Instagram Tips For Your Business

Here’s how to get the most out of the site to brand your company and to reach younger consumers

Instagram is a mobile photo editing and sharing app that saw its user base explode…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Change-Makers by the Bay

A startup incubator with a social spin thrives in Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland is an entrepreneurial incubator and membership-based community with a social spin.

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Best Cities For Small Businesses

New York and Chicago among best municipalities providing small business development

New York is the best city for entrepreneurs in that it provides an environment that…

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How Your Small Business Can Profit From Walmart’s ‘Open Call’ For New Products

Walmart will give African American manufacturers, among others, an unprecedented opportunity to become suppliers…

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PayPal Launches Small Business Tour

Online merchant services provider to teach entrepreneurs how to better leverage technology

PayPal is increasing its efforts to help small businesses grow by hosting a series of…

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Macy’s Exclusive Workshop Schools Entrepreneurs How to Make ‘Magic’

Program provides tools for success for women- and minority-owned businesses

Macy’s selective, free workshop program narrows thousands of applications down to just 12 and provides…

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6 Great Small Business Tools

Here’s a list of free and low-cost online products to help you better run your company

Day-to-day business operations can be overwhelming, especially for startups and sole enterprises. Besides limited manpower,…

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Five Tax Tips For Writing Off Vacations for Your Business

Combining business with pleasure can pay off

Check out these tax strategies for small business owners to help save money by deducting…

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Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was fired by Andre Harrell as a 21-year-old exec at Uptown Records early in his career. Today, Combs has gone on to build a more than $300-million-dollar empire, with an expanding list of ventures under Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group: Sean John Clothing and Sean by Sean; a movie production company; his own Ciroc vodka; his own fragrance; reality TV shows; a solo music career, as well as his collaboration with artists Dirty Money; and an acting career, including a role in the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball.

Sean Diddy Combs is Schooling Tomorrows CEOs

The hip-hop mogul supports youth program and sets the example that hard work pays off

Combs’ brand Sean John is a sponsor of NFTE’s World Series of Innovation

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If banks turn down your request for financing, consider a factor

Are You Really Ready for Outside Investment?

Ask yourself these 7 questions before looking to raise capital

“The first thing is asking yourself, ‘Are you really, really ready to raise money?’”

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Small Business Tax Tips for Last Minute Filers

Here’s how to minimize your tax woes and ease the stress

Here’s a few valuable tips to help business owners with tax planning, preparation and preventative…

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Small Businesses Spend Too Much Time Managing Expenses, Too Little Time Marketing

Entrepreneurs use everything from apps to software to run their companies

Where is your time spent as a business owner?

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ABC Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran Shows How To Pitch Yourself and Your Business

Real estate mogul’s online course offers fundamental lessons

What is your business and how would your pitch sound?

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<strong></strong><strong>2) </strong><strong>Watch out for BRICs:</strong> “Right now you’ll start hearing more about BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China),” says White. “These are the first places people look to internationalyl—the place many Wall Streeters believe show a lot of potential.” Be cautious, though, when exploring foreign markets. “China, for example, is not a democracy,  so the laws and rues there may not be the same as in the US. You want to limit your exposure; but international markets are still something to consider.” </p>

A Trade Agreement That Can Help Your Business

Trade agreement with European Union could open doors for entrepreneurs

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is currently being hammered out (and ideally…

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Shark Tank: 8 Business Tips for Pitching the Judges on ABC Show

Contestant gives her advice on how to get in the show and succeed

“Getting onto Shark Tank is a process,” she says. “Just because the casting directors call…

By Alan Hughes

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No, No, No! 9 Ways to Turn That Into a ‘Yes’ for Business Success

Master negotiator cites the power of 'no' to get what you want

At the core of virtually all business transactions is the art of negotiating

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Kate Spade, Macy’s, and Other Brands Support NYC Fashion Start-Up Accelerator

New accelerator and mentoring program targets small fashion start-ups

The NYFT Lab is the result of a collaboration between the Partnership Fund for New…

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More Owners are Recognizing the Need to Control their Social Media Presence

Owners are recognizing the need to control their social media presence

Franchisors are getting involved, often funding and controlling digital marketing activities at the local level

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Stand Out! Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

business owners can still reach prospects through direct mail marketing.

Although the Internet has drastically changed the face of marketing, savvy business owners can still…

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Intense Boot Camp Helps Women Learn How to Open, Grow Their Businesses

The program is designed to enable women business owners to think like chief executives and grow their businesses

Do you think you need a bit of boot camp before you jump into the…

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Are You Self-Employed? Here’s Are 5 Tax Tips You Need to Know

Here are five rules the IRS wants entrepreneurs to know

Filing taxes can get a little messy for self-employed individuals, particularly those who are artists

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First Generation Entrepreneurs Get Support To Sustain And Grow Their Businesses

Rutgers Business School accepting applications for nine-month training program

First-generation entrepreneurs with established businesses in New Jersey can take advantage of a training program…

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Majority Of Business Owners Not Concerned About Credit Card Security [Study]

67% of business owners are not concerned about credit card security

Hackings at major companies such as Target and Neiman haven’t made business owners more concerned…

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10th Annual National Small Business Federal Contracting Week

Small Business Federal Contracting Week Helps Entrepreneurs to Compete

Joe Jordan will provide an introduction to reverse auctions & the opportunities for small businesses

The summit also provides one-on-one meeting opportunities between small businesses and dozens of federal agencies…

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National Women’s Business Council Meeting Continues to Promote Women’s Entrepreneurship

One of STEM's youngest women entrepreneurs, Divya Nag, will share her story

Today’s STEM high-growth sector is ripe for entry of women entrepreneurs

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

Tips for Winning More Business in 2014

7 tips that will help you to define who you are and what you do best

By asking all the stakeholders, on all your projects for feedback – you could start…

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

Randstad survey identifies top factors that keep workers engaged

While salaries are a significant factor in workplace satisfaction, employee engagement is not all about…

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5 Tips to Help You Build a More Inspired and Productive Team in 2014

Employers and employees tend to differ in their feeling about their jobs

Employee engagement is not just a nice-to-have factor that organizations should consider

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Women of Power: Lessons on Building a Lasting Brand From Vera Moore

Cosmetics line continues to tap new retail markets after nearly 35 years

Moore is president and CEO of one of the most progressive and prestigious cosmetics and…

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Small Businesses Investing Big In Digital Marketing In 2013

5 Steps to Define Your Sales Funnel

Recognizing the value of a clearly defined sales funnel

Most business owners want to grow as quickly as possible. Having and utilizing a clearly…

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Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Presented at Free Webinar

Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Webinar

A free webinar from the SBA designed to help small businesses handle crises via social media

Communicating a key message to your staff, clients and business partners in an accurate manner…

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Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

Program is offered 100% online to help professionals worldwide

As supply chains become more complex in our global business environment, it is more important…

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Register for ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting

Highlighting the unique opportunity WOSB federal contractors can have

SBA, WIPP and American Express OPEN have partnered to host ChallengeHER, a free contracting event…

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Webinar

During 2012, small businesses received more than $15.8 billion in 8(a) contract dollars.

The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program was created to help small businesses grow their through…

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4 Ways to Find The Right Mentor For Your Business

Your mentor must be as dedicated to your business as you are

How to find a mentor that has a vested interest in learning more about you…

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

What Did 2013′s Disasters Teach Us About Being Prepared?

Webinar will take a look at how disasters in 2013 caused business interruptions

Webinar will look at small and large-scale disasters in 2013 that caused business interruptions, and…

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

How To Build a Real Connection With Customers

Tips to gain customers, grow revenue, and grow your business using real connections

How to organically create real relationships with your customers and turn them into repeat buyers

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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It's About Interactions

Tips to Leverage Business Relationships and Convert Them Into Paying Clients

Opportunities to create enduring client relationships present themselves daily

Whether your company is a start-up or well established, these basic initiatives can build credibility,…

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How Small Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

In fiscal year 2012, HUBZone firms received $8.01 billion in federal contracts

The SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone programs provides contracting opportunities to small businesses located…

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John Sweet’s 10 Lessons On Baking Success Into Your Small Business

10 Lessons on Baking Success Into Your Small Business

John Sweet reflects on lessons learned after 10 successful years in business

For 10 years, John Sweet & his wife Angela turned Niedlove’s Breadworks into a Chattanooga…

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6 Ideas to Turn Your Customer Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

How to Turn Your Customer’s Holiday Gifts Into a Marketing Tool

Simple steps to help you retain clients using holiday gifts

Make your holiday gifts do double duty—not only as a “thank you” business, but also…

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

Start now to plan your holiday retail marketing campaign

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the time is now to make sure you…

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

SBA Webinar Part II: How Small Businesses Can Gain HUBZone Certification Today at 2PM EST

Part 2 of the SBA's HUBZone Certification Webinar

The webinar will focus on Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone contracting requirements

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DECIDING BETWEEN AN LLC OR S CORPORATION: 6 KEY DIFFERENCES

Deciding Between An LLC or S Corporation: 6 Key Differences

LLC vs S Corporation. Which is right for your business?

Rachel Rodgers walks us through the benefits and differences between 2 common business structures: LLC…

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SCORE Launches Video Contest to Help Small Businesses Increase Productivity

The BizClips contest is part of SCORE's 50th anniversary celebration

Since 1964, SCORE has assisted over 10 million small businesses, and looks to continue with…

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Top Year-End Tax Deductions for Small Business Webinar

A small business cannot afford to miss an opportunity to save money

Tax expert and best-selling author Barbara Weltman will discuss key, last-minute tax deductions small businesses…

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4 Ways For Your Startup To Save Money On Office Space

There are many alternatives to commercial real estate rentals for office space

Aside from taxation & HR challenges associated with hiring, one of the first bridges you’ll…

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Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday Resources For Your Business

Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Small Business Saturday has become an important fixture on the business calendar for merchants

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Defense Logistics Agency Helps Small Business Navigate Government Contracts

Centers provide technical assistance, usually free of charge, to businesses

The DLA supports businesses as they grow, offering current and effective training on many topics…

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Innovate in Pennsylvania Program to Help Launch, Accelerate Innovative Companies

Innovate in PA is projected to support more than 5,000 jobs

For every dollar invested in through Innovate in PA, it is projected that $2.37 will…

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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