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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Owners are recognizing the need to control their social media presence

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NSBA Survey Shows Small-Business Economic Outlook Improving

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…

By Alan Hughes

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tax tips

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Majority Of Business Owners Not Concerned About Credit Card Security

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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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EY seeks exceptional women entrepreneurs for its 2014 Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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build a more inspired and productive team in 2014

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Register for ChallengeHER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting – January 22, 2014

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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Do You Have These Four Kinds of Business Mentors?

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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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4 ways to save money on Office Space

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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How To Boost Your Company’s Cash Flow

Here's five ways you can improve your business' inflow of cash and bottom line

Having cashflow issues?

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April 2 Free Webinar From Verizon to Feature Dan Rather Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners

5 Things to Get Straight Before Starting up

One entrepreneur shares her real life experience starting a company

Save yourself countless hours — and the possible headache of making a huge foundational mistake…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A BETTER WAY TO SUPPORT AND TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

A Better Way to Support and Train Your Employees

Are training sessions the most effective method for improving productivity?

When a company pulls its employees off the job for training, momentum is interrupted and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Top 5 Picks in Startup Business Incubators

These programs provide budding entrepreneurs with several resources from coaching to funding

There are 25 incubators around the world

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Small Businesses “Get Down to Business” With Training From Capital One Bank

Free annual program helps to put more money in entrepreneurs’ wallets

In addition to workshops, each small business receives one-on-one counseling

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA Announces New Measures to Help Get Small Business Loans Into the Hands of Veterans

SBA Announces New Measures to Help Get Small Business Loans to Veterans

Of all SBA loans that go to veterans, 73 percent are $350,000 & below

The push to arm veterans with extra business resources continues

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 Introduces New “Pitch Room” Contest & Small Business Mentoring Session in New York City

Attendees can have personalized coaching sessions with founder Jim Koch

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream is a a micro-lending and mentoring program for small…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA Lending Activity in FY 2013 Shows SBA Continuing to Help Small Businesses Grow

In 2013, SBA supported more than $29 billion in lending to small businesses

Since President Obama took office, SBA has supported more than $126 billion in lending to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Learn and Win Prizes in AARP/Black Enterprise’s Small Business University

Four-week webinar series offers expert guidance to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow small businesses

Black Enterprise Small Business University offers expert advice to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow…

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SBA Hosts Twitter Chat for Young Entrepreneurs on Business Start Up

Founder of Travelocity.com to Offer Insights on Developing Digital Relationships Webinar

Webinar features Terry Jones, founder & former CEO of Travelocity.com

The latest webinar from Verizon will show small-business owners & executives how to network and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

How to Get Positive Customer Reviews Online

Here’s an online tool to help you manage, maximize, and monetize customer feedback

By being proactive, entrepreneurs can have a big impact on how their companies are presented…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SEC Changes Expected to Ease Funding Challenges for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs

There are 8.7 million accredited investor households eligible to invest in the U.S.

The SEC lifted the ban on general solicitation changing an 80-year-old securities law to help…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Six Surprising Tax Code Changes for Small Businesses

Some 4th quarter tactics to help keep more of what you earn during 2013

These changes slipped under the radar

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Avoid These Common Business Mistakes

No matter what you do, you're going to make mistakes in the beginning

Running a business is tricky

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What It Takes to Win in Business and in Sports—Twice!

Two-time Super Bowl champ GM of NY Giants shares tips on finding and keeping talent in a competitive environment--from sports to business

New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese helped his team win two Super Bowl Championships.…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Tips to Successfully Gain 8(a) Certification

Getting accepted into the SBA's development program can be challenging. Here are some inside tips

Obtaining certification can be a rigorous and daunting process, though not impossible

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Help For Small Businesses Struggling With Obamacare

Entrepreneurs can turn to professional employer organizations to maneuver through complexities of healthcare reform

Here are tips from ADP TotalSource and Black Enterprise research

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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

Why 3D Printing Will Benefit Your Business

3D printing is a game changer for small businesses

While there are amazing advancements being made in the world of 3D Printing, there are…

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Organizations Join Forces to Help Women Veterans Start Their Own Businesses

The National Association for the Self-Employed partners with the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s to launch free mentoring program

Since 1981, NASE members have received day-to-day support, including business skills education and experts in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Presented at Free Webinar

Social Media Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid

If you can’t do it right, it might not be worth doing at all when it comes to using Twitter and other platforms

Most social media sites will give you the chance to include your logo, images, website…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Brand Your Business Using Online Video

If you don’t have a strong video content platform you are losing out on millions of potential customers

Start taping now!

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DECIDING BETWEEN AN LLC OR S CORPORATION: 6 KEY DIFFERENCES

How to Know When You Need A Contract

A guest column from Rachel Rodgers Esq., from the Young Entrepreneur Council

When you show clients that you are professional and serious about your business, they will…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

Get Your Business Ready For Any Disaster With Free SBA Webinar Series

40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.

When disaster strikes, having a plan can mean the difference between staying open for your…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Be a resource for customers  

If you have a service-based business, consider pinning visually-appealing short tutorials and how-to items. Pin the photos from media coverage or blog posts and link back to the full story.   

Remember aim to inspire and connect with others who are on a similar journey. If you have a business-to-business (B2B), you can use the online pinboard to share infographics, charts, slideshows, or even your latest book or e-book cover. Include the link where customers can find or purchase the book, as well as a brief description of the book.  Don't forget that Pinterest is great for accumulating inbound links and search engine optimization, so that's another way you can increase your web traffic and drive business.

How To Attract, Influence & Keep Customers

Rely on customer feedback to make enhancements to products, services, and online experiences

No business—small-, medium-, or corporate-sized—stays on top by being complacent. Increasingly and across many sectors,…

By Frank McCoy

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My Favorite Small Business Reality Shows

Shark Tank is still the best, but there are other educational must-see TV shows for entrepreneurs.

Shark Tank is the best, but there’s more great TV about entrepreneurship.

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Virtual Toolkit Offers Unique Interactive Community for Entrepreneurs

Successful business owners share success strategies during live webcasts

At Business Accelerator, Price shares some of her secrets for how to “do away with…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Watch Out! Cyber Criminals Preying On Small Businesses in Growing Numbers

Here’s how to protect precious company and customer data from targeted attacks

Cyber criminals are going after small businesses more than ever, with startups at the greatest…

By Candace Myers

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Small business owners should have a strong mobile strategy that enables them to run their company from a handheld device.  With nearly 90% of people using their smartphone throughout the day, it is important to connect with them at the point of decision-making and engage with those users in real-time. Follow these four easy-to-follow steps to take your startup to the next level with mobile technology.--Hajj Flemings

6 Apps Every Small Business Owner Should Use

Apps to make your small business run smoothly

Applications every small business chief should use.

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World Wide Technology Founder and Chairman David Steward

Billion Dollar Businessman Dave Steward Shares Success Secrets

The founder of the nation’s largest black-owned business attributes SBA to his company’s growth at National Small Business Week

Steward gives credit to SBA for company growth.

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10 Highlights from National Small Business Week

Advice & Highlights From 2013 National Small Business Week

Words of wisdom for business owners and entrepreneurs from the SBA

A collection of words of wisdom from speakers and presenters at the 2013 National Small…

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Neat mobile app now lets users share, report, collaborate from their smartphone (Image: Neat)

Neat Offers Entrepreneurs On the Go New Mobile Features

Cloud-based digital filing platform launches updated mobile app with expense reporting features

Neat unveiled updates to its mobile app on Tuesday, which would allow users to tap…

By Janel Martinez

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Rick C. Wade to Help Small Businesses Expand Into the Global Marketplace with Teleconference, Supply Chain Tips

Rick C. Wade Helps Small Businesses Expand Into the Global Marketplace

Wade to help small businesses with growth and expansion strategies.

Former Senior Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce aims…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Shooting video to promote your small business isn't as hard as it seems.

5 Tips for Achieving Live Video Success

How to prepare your business for live stream

Several pointers to prepare yourself (and your business) for your first live event.

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13 SEO Tools for Startups

Entrepreneurs help you pick the best search engine optimization tools for your business

Helpful search engine optimization tools for your business.

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

Are You Ready to Lead Your Company Through a Crisis?

Quick decisions can protect people and save lives during a major crisis

Following a disaster, statistics show ninety percent of companies fail within a year unless they…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Shoe Along® is what every woman needs - A hands-free way to carry a second pair of Shoes or Sneakers Along. How can licensing help this nifty idea?

How Licensing Can Help Your Business Idea Become More Lucrative

A licensing expert chimes in on a novel idea

So how might licensing benefit her in the short and long term? We asked licensing…

By Darren Sands

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4 Ways to Build B2C Relationships Online

Tips on establishing business-to-consumer relationships

Four tactics to build relationships online with your customers.

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SBA Hosts Twitter Chat for Young Entrepreneurs on Business Start Up

SBA Presents “Identifying and Connecting With Your Influencers for Small Business” Webinar

The fourth topic in the SBA & W20 Group's 5 topic social media webinar series

Research has shown that 65 percent of top U.S. brands reported participating in influencer marketing.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA Hosts Business Matchmaking Events During National Small Business Week

Learn how to contract with large companies, federal government

Last year, approximately 150 businesses and 20 buyers matched up during the SBA’s National Small…

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Two Key Ways to Reposition Your Brand to Make More Money

How boosting your actual value and perceived value can help you increase margins for your business and make more money

How boosting your actual value and perceived value can help you increase margins for your…

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

10 Great Productivity Apps for Entrepreneurs

Tech tools that will keep entrepreneurs on task

Apps that help entrepreneurs with productivity.

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5 Surefire Ways to Make Your Website Work for You

Several steps to follow so that your site brings you business

Effective ways to help your website work for you—and your customers.

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How and Why You Need to Assess Your Inner Circle

Developing a personal board of directors could be the key to your career or business success and much-needed support

Developing a personal board of directors could be the key to your career or business…

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Free Webinar -- "Search at eBay" presented by Hugh Williams, eBay VP, Experience, Search, and Platforms

eBay Offers Free “Search at eBay” Webinar for Small Business Owners

Hugh Williams, eBay VP, presents a webinar to help business owners utilize eBay's new search engine

eBay is a wonderful resource for small business owners, but are you making the most…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA Presents “Creating Social Media Content for Small Businesses”

The third topic in the SBA's five-topic social media webinar series.

The SBA presents another webinar aimed at helping small business owners create content using social…

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Small Business Administration Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week

SBA’s Veteran Pledge Initiative Aims to Help Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

2.45 million Veteran-owned businesses employ more than 5 million individuals.

The SBA will support veteran entrepreneurs with loan-guarantees, entrepreneurial training, and resources that are critical…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Checking Email at Night, on Weekends and Holidays Is the New Norm for U.S. Workforce

When Do You Check Your Email? New Report Says Most Do ‘At All Times’

Report reveals employees read email during weddings, funerals and other family events

The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five-day work week is a thing of the past…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

SBA Offers Tips on Protecting Your Business This Hurricane Season

Weather expert offers 2013 Hurricane Season forecast webinar

Now is a good time to protect your employees, customers and business from the devastating…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NETS receives 8(a) certification from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Receives Certification from SBA

The 8(a) program helps small businesses gain access to government contracting.

The 8(a) Business Development program assists small, disadvantaged businesses in gaining access to government contracting.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Prepare for a First (Business) Date

When it comes to business, being ready for the first date is equally as important as being ready for a romantic one

When it comes to business, being ready for the first date is equally as important…

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4 Ways to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook

How to launch your product on the popular social networking site

BlackEnterprise.com details how you can use Facebook to launch your product.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Small Businesses Investing Big In Digital Marketing In 2013

Small Businesses Investing Big in Digital Marketing in 2013

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

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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

 

5 Vital Tech Questions to Ask Your Startup

Consider these hard-hitting tech questions

Five critical tech questions to ask your startup.

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BlackStartup.com Helps Black-Owned Businesses Secure Funding

Morehouse College alums create crowdfunding platform for African-American entrepreneurs

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

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Entrepreneurs' Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

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

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

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SBA Launches Social Media Webinar Series for Small Businesses

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

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

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Be ready for business! 

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

6 Ways to Use Foursquare to Market Your Business

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

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

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NSBA Survey Shows Small-Business Economic Outlook Improving

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

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

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

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Small Businesses on Taxes: Complexity is Number One Problem

IRS Warns of Tax Scams to Avoid This Tax Season

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

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

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House Rule 506 and Crowdfunding

How to Follow Rule 506 When Crowdfunding Your Small Business

How a change in government regulation affects crowdfunding

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

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SCORE Small Business Video Contest

SCORE Launches a Small Business Success Podcast

SCORE adds a new resource for entrepreneurs

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

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The 2014 H-1B Visa Race Begins today

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

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

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

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA and AARP Team up to Promote Entrepreneurship Among Older Individuals

63 percent of Americans plan to work during retirement.

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

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

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

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

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Better Business Bureau Embroiled in Scandal Over Fees, Fake Company

Contrary to popular belief it is not a consumer watchdog

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

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

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

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

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8 Steps to Closing the Sales Deal

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

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

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

Nominate Your Small Business or Nonprofit for a SCORE Award

The annual SCORE Awards recognize small businesses that help America

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

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

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

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

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

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Turn Crisis into Opportunity with Superior Customer Experience

Turn Crisis into Opportunity with Superior Customer Experience

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

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

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

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

5th Annual Conference looks to help entrepreneurs in NOLA

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

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Eileen Fisher Grant Program Empowers Women Entrepreneurs

Eileen Fisher Empowers Women Entrepreneurs With $12,500 Grants

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

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

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National Association of Women Business Owners Partners with LeanIn.org

Facebook COO Partners with Women Business Owners for Better Education

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

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

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Business Tax Index 2013: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Your Guide to the 1099-MISC Tax Form

The 1099-MISC is a staple of small business and entrepreneurs

A guide to the 1099-MISC form and how to use it this tax season

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Walmart.com To Sell Products From Small, Women-Owned Businesses

Walmart.com Highlights Products from Small, Women-Owned Businesses

Worlds largest retailer focuses on products from women owned businesses

A day before International Women’s Day, Walmart announces their new initiative “Empowering Women Together.”

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5 Ways Your Website Is Driving Away Customers

Tips to keeping consumers engaged on your site

The most common website mistakes that drive your customers away.

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

EmblemHealth Drops Small Business Insurance Plans

Move also reduces incentive for brokers to sell insurance

Small business insurance brokers reap $693 million a year in commissions, according to study.

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4 Tips for Vending with Square From Conventions and Festivals

Repeat Square user provides best practices for using electronic payment service

Business owner Karla Spencer-George provides fellow vendors with tips for using Square.

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Postal Service Makes Direct Mail Easier For Small Businesses

USPS Makes Direct Mail Easier for Small Businesses

Every Door Direct Mail lets owners bulk mail for cheap

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

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Lessons in Freelancing: How to Diversify Your Client Base

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

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

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

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

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New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs

New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs

Connects new entrepreneurs with established industry mentors

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

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New Government Site Helps Small Business Track Regulations

New Government Site Helps Small Business Track Regulations

An attempt to ease the regulatory burden on small businesses

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

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SCORE Recognizes Businesses for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

How can entrepreneurs be inspired by MLK?

How did you spend your MLK holiday?

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

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

CEO Marcus Lemonis will offer his help and money.

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

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FedEx Announces Winners of Small Business Grants

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

Will you be entering this competition next year?

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

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

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

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

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

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

A chance to meet local business people and leaders

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

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Suit Filed Against Pinterest in New York District Court

Pinterest claims suit is "baseless"

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

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Tax Tips for the Self-Employed During Income Tax Season

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

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

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

Staples and LinkedIn Create Small Business Community on Platform

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

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

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

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

5 Biggest Social Media Fails of 2012

A few of the biggest social media fails this year

A few of the biggest social media fails this year.

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

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

New site helps those looking to create jobs in their communities

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

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WordPress Offers New Managed Hosting Solution for Small Businesses

Blogging platform unveils new option for small biz owners

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

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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.

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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

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

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

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