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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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.

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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.…

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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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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Lessons in Freelancing: How to Diversify Your Client Base

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

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Loans available to Businesses Affected by Sandy

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

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

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

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SCORE Recognizes Businesses for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

How can entrepreneurs be inspired by MLK?

How did you spend your MLK holiday?

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

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

CEO Marcus Lemonis will offer his help and money.

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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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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If It’s Your Business, This Is Your Book

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

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

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Google awards grants to boost innovation

Google Brings Call Reporting to Adwords for Small Business

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

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

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7 Ways to Avoid a Culture Clash When Conducting Global Business

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

For good or bad, globalization is here to stay.

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Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media

How to Achieve Small Business Success Using Social Media

Steps for Small Business success using Social

Steps for Small Business success using Social

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Waste Management and Sam's Club Team Up for Small Business

Waste Management and Sam’s Club Team up for Small Business

Waste Management & Sam's Club team up to reward Small Businesses

Waste Management & Sam’s Club team up to reward Small Businesses

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Small Businesses Need Mobile-Ready Sites for the Holidays

All small businesses need a mobile site to capitalize this holiday season

All small businesses need a mobile site to capitalize this holiday season

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SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Crowdfunding Success

New Foundation Launched to Support Minority and Women Owners

Small business owners can overcome the challenges they face and play an important role in building the U.S. economy.

Small business owners can overcome the challenges they face and play an important role in…

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Small Business: 3 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty, Fast

Get on the fast track to building customer loyalty today

Building brand loyalty is a key to success in business, and it starts with getting…

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Have the proper capital to invest to build a franchise system that lasts. “When you build a franchise system, there are a lot of hidden costs you may not be aware of,” he says. “You have to be able to have the right people, the right amount of capital to put into your marketing program and legal costs related to your FDD [Franchise Disclosure Document].” The FDD is a legal document which is presented to prospective buyers of franchises in the pre-sale disclosure.

10 Steps to Becoming a Successful Franchisor

President of Black-owned tax services provider tells how to gain and keep successful franchise locations

JaJa Ball, president and co-founder of Colbert/Ball Tax Service shares expert advise on how to…

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Expanding in Africa: Small Business Tips for Success

IROKO Partners CEO Jason Njoku gives advice on global expansion

Jason Njoku, founder and CEO of IROKO Partners, offers three tips for business success in…

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FDIC Director Looks to Boost Small Biz Lending

Finance programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs to think like a banker

FDIC Director Sarah Thompson talks about finance programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs to think like…

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Productivity: Colleagues and accountability

10 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Do you start the day full of grand intentions but end up with nothing on your list going from "to-do" to "done?" Here's how to make a change

How entrepreneurs can change their to-do lists from grand intentions into getting it done

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Catch Powerplayer Anton Vincent, president of General Mills’ Baking division, this weekend on Black Enterprise Business Report

Preview B.E. Business Report: General Mills’ Billion-Dollar Man

Plus, dealing with debt, the hair-raising business of Indiqué and fine customized footwear

As head of General Mills’ baking division, Anton Vincent is responsible for generating over a…

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JOIN ASSOCIATIONS. If you’re a female entrepreneur, look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you are starting a plumbing company, check out the local chapter of a national plumbers association. You’d be surprised how many fields have associations. You can receive great product discounts, invitations to great conferences, and a network of peers. Entrepreneurship can be lonely, so cultivating a group of peers is important. And of course, there is the newly formed Young Entrepreneur Council (I’m a board member!).

5 Things Big Companies Can Learn From Small Businesses

While small businesses may not bring in the revenue of large corporations many weather the storms due to one simple quality: agility

While small businesses may not bring in the revenue of large corporations many weather…

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Free!! Books of the Week – Entrepreneurship

FREE business book bundles for the enterprising entrepreneur.

This weeks book bundle covers what a business owner would like to know to motivate…

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Yandy Smith on How to be (or Not to be) a Successful Entrepreneur

The music industry manager goes beyond 'Love & Hip Hop' and shares her tips for entrepreneurial success

Music industry manager Yandy Smith, goes beyond ‘Love & Hip Hop’ and shares her tips…

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7 Ways to Measure the Value of Your Entrepreneur Network

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you become a better entrepreneur

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Gen Y Employees Happy (and Your Business Successful)

Your company may only be as good as its unhappiest link. Use these strategies to keep the positive momentum

When it comes to keeping Gen Y employees happy, your company may only be as…

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SBU Expert Melinda Emerson Talks Picking an accountant

Black Blogger Month: Succeed As Your Own Boss, The Small Biz Lady

Small business expert Melinda F. Emerson uses the power of the web to give entrepreneurs the skills to succeed as their own boss

Known as the Small Biz Lady, Melinda F. Emerson has positioned herself as the force…

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2012 Entrepreneurs Conference: Daymond John Tells You How to ‘Date’ Angel Investors

From CEO to 'Shark Tank' to Shark Branding, FUBU founder Daymond John shares his business knowledge with the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

From CEO to ‘Shark Tank’ to Shark Branding, FUBU founder Daymond John shares his business…

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Entrepreneurs Are More Optimistic About U.S. Economy and Investing in Their Business in 2014

Don’t Miss the BE Entrepreneurs Conference: LIVE STREAM!

See live stream video of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Chicago May 23 - May 26, 2012!

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference kicks off tomorrow, May 23rd in Chicago with panels, networking…

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Get Advice on Raising Capital for Your Business from Black Enterprise’s Alfred Edmond

As part of Black Enterprise's Small Business University, VP & Editor-at-Large Alfred Edmond, Jr. takes to Twitter to answer your money questions TODAY, 2pm EST

As part of the Black Enterprise Small Business University powered by Dell, Alfred Edmond, Jr. VP and Editor-at-large…

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5 Tips to Re-focus and Re-brand Your Business

CEO of Events DC, the organization that oversees entertainment, conventions, sports and cultural events for the District of Columbia, tells how to redefine your organization

CEO of Events DC, the organization that oversees entertainment, conventions, sports and cultural events for…

By Alan Hughes

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Google Offers Free Services To Grow Your Business Online

Valuable consulting workshops at the Deal Makers Expo will empower attendees with custom SEO strategies, online training and tools, and more.

Google will conduct valuable consulting workshops at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference Deal Makers Expo,…

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Entrepreneurs: Learn the Best (and Smartest!) Tech Tools & Gadgets for Your Business

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

Technology expert Mario Armstrong tells you the best gadgets for your business in the Black…

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Create Marketing Buzz for Your Business

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Use Technology to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn the best technology tools to help grow your business!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

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5 Ways to Grow Your Brand’s Social Media Following

Five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating a strong social media presence.

Amanda Miller Littlejohn provides five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Free!! Books of the Week – All About Entrepreneurs

Choose from book bundles that are all about entrepreneurs!

This weeks book bundles are for current and potential entrepreneurs who would like to learn…

By Sasha King

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Accessing Fresh Capital Sources

Right now, all sorts of nonprofit causes and entertainment projects can receive cash donations from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Socialology

To keep people engaged in her company’s social media presence, Dawn Fitch spends one to…

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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.

7 Simple Ways to Get Your Business Ready for Publicity

Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, but too often they're a best kept secret

Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, but too often they’re a best…

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If you’ve attended a conference, you most certainly have experienced an elevator pitch. Whether you’re waiting in line for a cab, at a bar, or…yes, in an elevator, someone has most likely approached you to talk about their startup or latest venture. However, pitching is an art, and not everyone has nailed it. So not surprisingly, the ballroom at the Hilton Austin was packed with aspiring entrepreneurs at the “3 Steps to a Killer Elevator Pitch” panel during South by Southwest Interactive.  

The elevator pitch is a simple concept: If you were stuck in an elevator with someone, what would you say to promote your company in the time that the elevator closes until the time you get to your floor? In theory you have around 90 seconds to make a successful pitch, but how can you create a cohesive, effective pitch in that short amount of time?   

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three simple steps in effective pitching:--Winston Ford

3 Tips for Delivering a Killer Elevator Pitch

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three…

By Winston Ford

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Free!!! Books of the Week – Small Business Guides

Do you own business? Or are you someone who would like to budget their money…

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Establish a Google Plus Account

The online world is buzzing with new social networks updating almost every day and new ones being created just as fast. With that said, every entrepreneur should seriously consider Google Plus. It’s not just a source to create another social network profile but a great tool to engage your end customers with business-ready tools like, Google Hangout and Google Circles, among other things. Also, brand your Google Plus account by securing a customized URL at gplus.to (i.e. gplus.to/hajjflemings is my handle.)  Note:  This is just a branding tool that you can use to communicate your Google Plus URL in a neat fashion. In the future Google will enable customized URLs for Google Plus accounts.

SXSW 2012: Is Google+ Right for Your Business?

As one of the latest platforms to hit the social media scene, Google+ has the potential to take brands to the next level, but brands much choose if it’s a right fit for them

But with so many options to engage customers and fans, the question remains, is Google+…

By Winston Ford

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Small Business, Big Challenges: 3 Ways to Face Them Head On

When business challenges arise it's not about the problem, it's about the entrepreneur's response

When business challenges arise it’s not about the problem, it’s about the entrepreneur’s response. Entrepreneur…

By Felicia Joy

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SXSW 2012: How Brands Can Reach a Diverse Online Community

Founder/producer of Southern Fried Filmworks and Big Shade Tree Trevite Willis reveals how big-name brands are successfully reaching out to diverse communities and what you can learn from their techniques

“Mining Diversity: Developing a Community of Color” panelist Trevite Willis discusses best practices for businesses…

By Winston Ford

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New iPad App Square Register Turns Tablet Into Cash Register

Square Register lets business owners process payments from their iPad

Mobile payment company Square released a new iPad app on Monday, which allows brick-and-mortar merchants…

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

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Are You Stuck in Behavior that Could Guarantee Failure in Your Business?

How living in a state of denial could be the downfall of your business

Entrepreneur and author Felicia Joy tells how living in a state of denial could be…

By Felicia Joy

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I've been exploring social media's latest runaway site – Pinterest*, a  virtual bulletin board that allows users to share images, objects, and  links they find interesting or inspiring. While, personally, I enjoy  pinning photos of stylish outfits, chic MacBook and iPad cases, and  outtakes from home décor magazines, I see the value this platform has  for brands. When it comes to my brand, I’ve taken a thought leadership  approach— just check my "Essential Books" board to see what branding,  social media and marketing books I’m reading.  This user-friendly  platform is already proving to be valuable for businesses.  
There’s serious potential to drive sales for business owners. Getting  images of your products pinned and repinned can literally drive  customers to your door step. At the very least, it will drive traffic to  your website where customers can request your service.  

Here are 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using Pinterest:

6 Ways to Boost Your Business with Pinterest

BlackEnterprise.com notes 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Hi, Hater: Squashing Workplace Beef from Start Can Ensure Less Drama in the End

'Love & Hip Hop' star talks managing and overcoming conflict

This young entrepreneur and reality TV star knows firsthand how interpersonal conflict can affect business.…

By Yandy Smith

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6 Steps to Doing Business with the Government

Having Uncle Sam as a client can be rewarding if you're aware of the processes

An often untapped client for many small businesses is to seek out the government as…

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I talk to stressed out business owners and non-profit leaders almost every day who are just plain overwhelmed with social media. Not because they don't know how to use it and not because they don't understand its value. They're stressed because the space changes at such a rapid pace---the ground is always shifting under their feet so they never really feel like they're gotten a foothold.

So what do you do to keep up with social media while running your business?  It's impossible to get on every platform and more importantly, it's just not smart. You can't do that, so don't even try. Instead of focusing on quantity of social connections and sites, focus more on quality control. Here are 6 ways to do it.---Amanda Miller Littlejohn

6 Ways to Manage Social Media Overload

Don't get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how to manage and master social media

Don’t get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how…

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How to Master Fear and Manage Small Business Risks

Risk is inevitable when it comes to entrepreneurship, but how do you know how far you should go?

Risk is inevitable when it comes to entrepreneurship, but how do you know how far…

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Are You Spending Your Time Wisely in Your Business?

Stop doing busy work and use your time to wisely build your legacy

Stop doing busy work and use your time to wisely build your legacy

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"Trust me, Baby. I'm an expert on EVERY platform. Let me show you how its done."

12 Tools to Manage Social Media Like the Pros

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social media for your business

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social…

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How Marketing Can Bring Your Brand Back to the Top

One of GM's top marketing gurus plans to take the Cadillac brand back to its former glory

As the Vice President of Marketing for Cadillac, Don Butler leads product planning, marketing, advertising…

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How to Think Like a Startup & Work For Yourself

Rewiring yourself to think entrepreneurially instead of a employee

If working for someone else is not part of your career goals then it’s time…

By Hajj Flemings

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6 Ways to Approach Branding and Social Media for Your Business in 2012

Leave the ad hoc approach behind and follow these simple steps for your branding and 'socializing' your business in 2012

Here are a few simple ways to approach your branding and social media for your…

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6 Twitter Tips for Entrepreneurs

Just about every entrepreneur has a Twitter account these days, but tweeting effectively is what…

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4 Questions to Rock Your Revenue in 2012

The New Year is a good time to make strategic changes that will keep your business (and revenue!) healthy

The New Year is a good time to make strategic changes that will keep your…

By Felicia Joy

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Grow Your Business in 2012

New business success starts with improvements in YOU. These questions will get you started

New business success starts with improvements in you. These questions will get you started.

By Felicia Joy

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5 Leadership Lessons to Move Your Business Forward

Learn how to effectively manage your business from a top ranking general in the US Marine Corp

Management, organizational and leadership advice from a Lt. General Walter E. Gaskin, Deputy Chairman of…

By Alan Hughes

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Reflect on the failures.

What didn't go so well this year? Why didn’t it go well? Identify the core problem (your lack of time, lack of passion or lack of resources) and try to either solve it or let it go. No need to make the same mistakes next year.

7 Ways to Align Your Brand with Your Vision for 2012

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for 2012!

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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How a Business Coach Can Help Your Company Grow

Entrepreneur gains an education through a non-profit program

Pay it forward: CEO Link Howard with one of his interns
Two years ago, Link Howard,…

By Alan Hughes

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6 Ways to Attract Customers via Social Media

How to effectively utilize social media to connect with your customers and build your business

Amanda Miller Littlejohn, social media and marketing coach, tells entrepreneurs how to use social media…

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Former Justin Timberlake Exec Revolutionizes Web Image Monetization

Entrepreneur Rey Flemings turns tagged photos into interactive shopping galleries

With Stipple Inc., Rey Flemings allows online businesses to monetize their images through a unique…

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Small Business Saturday Presents Big Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

Why 'small business' doesn’t have to mean small success. Think big

Felicia joy tells why small businesses need to think big on Small Business Saturday and…

By Felicia Joy

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3 Reasons Why You Should Create a Branded Google Plus Business Page

The benefits of signing up for Google's latest product now instead of later

Setting up a Google Plus Page is simple and the benefits for your brand can…

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How to Effectively Fund A Project on Kickstarter

5 steps to using the crowdfunding platform to get your startup off the ground

From Evita Robinson of Nomad-Ness TV to the founders of FASHIZBLACK magazine, learn from three…

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Everyone needs a network of people they can count on, in both in their personal lives, and in business. For entrepreneurs especially, these support networks can make the difference between feeling like you’re out there on your own, to being deeply connected to other entrepreneurs and having a team of friends, advisers or partners to turn to when you’re not sure which direction to go.

Here are seven tips for building the ultimate network to support your entrepreneurial goals.---Tina Wells

7 Ways to Build Your Entrepreneur Support Network

How to make the most of your network

Everyone needs a network, in both in their personal lives, and in business. Tina Wells…

By Tina Wells

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UBR Spotlight: Architect Dina Griffin’s Blueprint for Success

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young sits down with leading…

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The Truth About Black Folks and Our Reputation in Business

Four reason some black businesses get a bad rap (and what entrepreneurs can do to fight it)

Four reasons some black businesses get a bad rap (and what entrepreneurs can do to…

By Felicia Joy

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10 Tech Gifts for the Pro on the Go

For work or play, these gadgets will be welcome in any stocking

Corporate gifting doesn’t have to be boring or impersonal, especially when you can help your…

By K. T. Bradford

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How Small Business Accelerators Give a Boost to Black Entrepreneurs

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how an accelerator positioned the company to make $1 million in just two years

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how the Cleveland Minority Accelerator positioned the company to…

By Alan Hughes

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Cooperative Economics: Why You Should Team Up to Build Your Business Rather than Do It Alone

Rather than go it alone, build a strong partnership, and as a result, a strong business

Rather than go it alone, author and entrepreneur Felicia Joy says you should build a…

By Felicia Joy

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Keeping the Faith: UrbanAmerica CEO Richmond McCoy

The Business of Faith: How to Keep Churches from Foreclosure

UrbanAmerica Principals CEO Richmond McCoy plans to stem church foreclosures through his consulting service

Ordained minister and UrbanAmerica CEO Richmond McCoy aims to bring business and faith together and…

By Alan Hughes

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How 10,000 Small Businesses Can Get Capital

Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses initiative aimed at under-served communities

Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses initiative aimed at under-served communities

By Alan Hughes

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WATCH: How to Ask Someone to Be Your Mentor

Entrepreneur Bert Gervais, aka The Mentor Guy, tells you how to land the mentor you want

Entrepreneur Bert Gervais, aka The Mentor Guy, tells you how to land the mentor you…

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Choose the Right Credit Card for Your Business

Here’s what you need to know before closing a deal on an account

The Wall Street Journal breaks down what you need to know when shopping for the…

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6 Mind Traps That Could Sabotage Your Business

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, one entrepreneur says they often fall into "mind traps." Here are six to look out for

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, we often fall into various “mind traps” that…

By Rosetta Thurman

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3 Ways to Maintain A Healthy Relationship While Building Your Business

How to make sure passion for your business doesn't kill the passion in your relationship

Small business expert Felicia Joy tells how to make sure your passion for your business…

By Felicia Joy

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Accelerate your payments and delay your collections. Towards the year end, purchase any needed supplies and delay any collections. Purchasing supplies will lower your profit thereby reducing the amount of taxes paid in the current year. Delaying collections will lower your income level, thereby reducing the tax amount owed in the current year. Although the taxes will not be assessed in the current tax year, they will be delayed to the next year. “I definitely do caution business owners because, if they spend too much at year-end, in January, some companies, they’re struggling to make payroll,” says Robbie Hampton. However, this strategy really only works when the company is profitable.

10 Year-End Small Biz Tax Tips

These measures can help save your business time and money

These end-of-year measures can help save your business time and money

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Is Your Product Viable? 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Before forging down the path of entrepreneurship, ask yourself these five key questions

If you’ve decided to pursue the path of entrepreneurship by introducing a new product to…

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7 Ways to Avoid a Cash Flow Crunch

Dodging these pitfalls can help your small business finances

Too often, small businesses end up in a cash flow crunch because the need to…

By Alan Hughes

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During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke of metro Detroit hosted a panel entitled, “Social Media and Entrepreneurship” on September 23, 2011.  One of the action items from the panel was to create a ‘Social Media + Entrepreneurship Resource List’ that entrepreneurs could use to grow successful businesses.  Below, you will find a comprehensive resource list of third party apps, blogging, financial, calendar, and mobile tools that entrepreneurs can utilize immediately. —Compiled by Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton

36 Top Social Media & Online Tools for Entrepreneurs

The best social media tools to grow your business

Tech experts Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton compile a comprehensive list of tools and resources…

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Mudslinging in politics and the press makes it a challenge to learn the facts about President Barack Obama’s record so far in office.  You would think that healthcare policy is the only area in which he has had an impact.

Being a business owner and concerned citizen, and knowing that entrepreneurship and business growth are ultimately going to be the driving forces of new job creation, I decided to go on a fact-finding mission to learn more about what President Obama has done for entrepreneurs and small business.  Here are five facts that we never hear about in the mainstream press. —Felicia Joy

5 Ways President Obama Has Helped Entrepreneurs

Don't be fooled by the headlines, the commander-in-chief supports small business

While many focus on the President’s healthcare policies, he has also made great strides in…

By Felicia Joy

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Every small business owner should position his or herself as a thought leader in their industry or arena of business. Launching a business blog can be an important part of any successful entrepreneur’s business strategy to help meet their business goals. The Internet is driven by links and every blog post is a unique listing in Google, so it’s time to establish social proof of your business acumen by blogging. While blogging has been around for a while some don’t know the intricacies of being successful at it. Here are eight basic tips to get you started on the right track. —Hajj Flemings

8 Blogging Basics for Small Business Owners

Starting a blog is only the first step, here's what you need to make it a successful business

Blogging has become an important part of promoting a business. Here are key steps in…

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How to Build a Race-Neutral Brand

Being a black entrepreneur doesn't have to define your business. Here are some strategies for attracting a diverse customer base

Being a black entrepreneur doesn’t have to define your business. Lauren Maillian Bias gives a…

By Lauren Maillian Bias

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5 Steps To Creating Your Profitable Tech Start-Up

Position your company to become a future industry leader

Black entrepreneurs must be creative, however, to advance to the next stage in the Innovation…

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NBA Coach Avery Johnson’s Leadership Lessons

Nets coach offers insightful advice on inspiring and turning your team around

The NJ Nets coach tells how to take your team from worst to first

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Whether you want to call it a recession or a slow recovery is irrelevant. As long as the unemployment rate remains at its current levels, corporations and consumers will be reluctant to spend. For entrepreneurs looking to do business with large corporations in this environment, it's critical that they understand the need to increase their financial literacy---for example, knowing when and how to use equity, versus debt. James H. Lowry, a senior counselor at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, also offers the following seven pieces of advice.---Alan Hughes

7 Steps for Small Business Success

Expert tips on how to position your business to grow in any economy and compete with the big dogs

Exert tips to help your small business compete with the big dogs

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Russell Simmons’ “Super Rich”

Also: Financial educator Alvin Hall, the Garage Door Company, Porsche's driving school

Legendary hip-hop music and fashion mogul, philanthropist and author Russell Simmons is the featured Power…

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Women of Power

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Ladies of Legacy: Nikki Giovanni

Black Enterprise’s 2008 Legacy Award recipient Nikki Giovanni fights against injustice using poetry.

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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