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4 Winning Branding Strategies From ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Producer Will Packer

Hollywood producer Will Packer shares branding strategy behind his films.

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RECAP: GlamUniversity’s GirlPower Sleepover

Leading entrepreneurs and professionals empower women at Atlanta event

The Atlanta event welcomed women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to an intensive overnight business…

By Chanel Martin

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Entrepreneurship After 40: 5 Reasons It’s Never Too Late

Don't let age be a hindrance to following your dreams

Traditional images of successful entrepreneurs tend to be young, but those examples don’t fit the…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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How One Man’s Hustler’s Spirit Led to Silicon Valley Boss Moves

Dwight L. Peters, BackersHub founder, details his journey to spark his dream

From a bank account with barely a quarter in it to founding a company boasting…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Jamaica’s Plan To Legalize Marijuana Could Open Doors for Black Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs hope to capitalize on multimillion-dollar green rush with plan for licensing authority

Jamaican bill plans to create licensing authority for farming, distribution and sale of marijuana for…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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7 Creative Ways Entrepreneurs Can Save Money

Try these steps to cut costs yet still increase your bottom line

These creative ost-cutting measures can save your company big bucks.

By Kandia Johnson

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Small Businesses Left Out Of Tax Reform Debate

New policies need to address both individual income and corporate income tax codes

This week, President Obama recounted his vision for individual and corporate tax reform during the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Sabrina Peterson Presents “GirlPower SleepOver” to Empower Women Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur pays it forward by unifying networks and providing insider tips

Presented in a business bootcamp format, attendees will attend a sleepover with 25 successful women…

By Chanel Martin

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Procurement Statistics Revealed Great Gains for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Entrepreneur Overkill: 7 Reasons Your Business Needs Office Hours

More hours equal more money, but there needs to be a time limit at the office

As an entrepreneur, we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and sometimes…

By Ella Rucker

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Make More Time for Social Media With These 4 Tips and Tools

Turn members of your online communities into customers

Mention social media to any small business owner and you’re likely to see folks cringe…

By Courtney Herring

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

Want To Sell A Better Product? Talk To Your Customers About It

Here are the best ways to solicit customer feedback

Any size and type of business can benefit from customer research. The goal is to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Shark Tank Investor Mark Cuban’s Rules For Startup Success

Do you have what it takes to launch a new enterprise?

Shark Tank investor and billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban shares his rules for startup success.

By Kandia Johnson

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EY offers global mentoring opportunity to entrepreneurs

[Part 5] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

In this fifth and final part, successful global entrepreneurs talk more about booming sectors in…

By Cristie Leondis

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[Part 4] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

This is a special feature on conducting business in one of the …

By Cristie Leondis

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[Part 3] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

In the third part of the feature ‘Doing Business in Africa’ successful entrepreneur Tony Elumelu…

By Cristie Leondis

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[Part 2] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

In part 2 of this series, Black Enterprise explores growth potential and areas for enterprise…

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The Power of Using Case Studies in Business

Learn the 3 key reasons to help utilize your success in business

If you’re looking for an excellent way to elevate the practice of collaboration, increase morale,…

By Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

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[Part 1] Doing Business in Africa

What you need to know about opportunities in the next business frontier

Learn more about the nuances of doing business in one of the world’s top frontiers:…

By Derek T. Dingle

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From “No” To “Yes”: Making Rejection Work For Your Business Ideas

Here are five actions you can take when you feel like giving up

In August of 2013 I was scrambling. I’d lost my blogging job and needed to…

By Ella Rucker

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$10,000 Elevator Pitch Competition: Are You a Winning Entrepreneur?

Submit a 2-3 minute video pitch to win

Many have watched Shark Tank, where contestants pitch products and businesses in hopes of garnering…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Black Enterprise Accepting Entries for 2015 Small Business Awards

The honors a major highlight at the Entrepreneur’s Summit

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Black businesses should be…

By Raqiyah Mays

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No More Excuses: Steps to Get Better Business Results

Here are five tips to better your business

Congratulations. You took the giant step of launching your business. According to the SBA you…

By Marquita Miller

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Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: 3 Better Ways To Make Money In 2015

Start the new year off strong

For this entrepreneur, 2014 was a building year. I obtained more contracts than in previous…

By Ella Rucker

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World Travels Inspired Travelista Teri’s New Harlem Candle Co.

Entrepreneur details how global voyages led to entrepreneurial expansion

Teri Johnson has traveled to over 55 countries, is multi-lingual and is a true adventure…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Skincare Professional Kimo Bentley Talks Expanding Natural Beauty Brand

Bentley opens up about national television appearance and how she landed on the shelves of Walgreens

Skincare expert talks expanding her natural beauty brand from employee to home-based business to national…

By Courtney Connley

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How to Use Social Media To Offer Savvy Customer Service

Incorporate a strategy that includes more than promotion and distribution

Given the enormous power of social media, there’s virtually no excuse not to create impeccable…

By Courtney Herring

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Here are 10 leadership steps you can take now to help you go from stagnant to magnificent, and turn mental goals into reality. ---Jessica Styles

How to Recharge Your Brand in 2015

Events CEO Tonya Coleman shares 5 steps to boost business in the new year

Want to boost your brand and business prospects on a dime in the new year?…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Is Your Small Business Protected from Cyber Attacks?

One in five small businesses fall victim to cybercrime each year

If you think your small business would be a waste of time for hackers, think…

By Kandia Johnson

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Hennessy Honoree: 3 Savvy Branding Tips from Daymond John

Shark Tank co-star and streetwear pioneer awarded with 11th annual Privilège Award

Shark Tank investor and streetwear pioneer Daymond John offers 3 branding strategies for small business…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Sean Williams of El Primer Mundo Cigars Talks 3 Tips for Success in the Industry

Entrepreneur provides keys for entrepreneurial success

Sean Williams is one of the top African American brand owners in the cigar industry.…

By Aniesia Williams

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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Personal Board of Directors

You should be investing in people whose advice you can trust

Carl Dorvil grew up in Garland, Texas, the son of Haitian immigrants who instilled in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Rules to the Game: 3 Essential Caveats for Business Success

Are you aware of the parameters that serve as safeguards to your success?

Growing up, we all had rules. We had necessary restrictions in place to keep us…

By Teri Harrison

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The Brand Audition: Casting Your Business For Center Stage

7 tips to help business owners run the show

Here are seven tips to cast your business to center stage:
1. Show Up (On Time)
Well,…

By Roz A Gee

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Small Business Predictions For 2015

Here’s what entrepreneurs see as the worst and best industries for next year

As 2014 is coming to close, many entrepreneurs are starting to fixate on the coming…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Minority Business Accelerator Raises $2 Million

Bridge fund provides growth capital to help Ohio firms do business with corporations

Cincinnati’s Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) in conjunction with the African American CEO Roundtable, has raised…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Stay-At-Home Moms Lead Million-Dollar Company

Virtually-run business Decision Toolbox makes firm ideal for family-focused women

Million-dollar company Decision Toolbox CEO says 60% of employees are stay-at-home working moms.

By Essence Gant

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Black Wealth: 4 Top Billionaires of Africa

These business tycoons' hard work paid off in a big way

Here are four leading African billionaires Africa who have built empires.

By Cristie Leondis

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7 Tips for Increasing Your Social Media Audience

Here's how your startup can grow its followers and likes on Facebook and Twitter

Your business may have a solid marketing strategy, but do you have an effective social…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs Win Big at the Bayou Classic

Elevator Pitch winners got the chance to present in front of business leaders including from Black Enterprise

Black Enterprise held the Elevator Pitch Competition, where the three winners were presented at The…

By Cristie Leondis

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New Report: Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy

Why You Should Never Go Completely Solo As a Solopreneur

Strategy for success

Even as a solopreneur, you should never go completely solo. Why it’s important to find…

By Courtney Herring

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Attorney Jo-Ná Williams Details How She Helps Artists Protect Their Art

Business adviser shares tips on the importance of trademarks and copyrights

Attorney and business adviser Jo-Ná A. Williams is passionate about helping entrepreneurs protect what they…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

5 Holiday Gifts for the Entrepreneur

Stress-free and savvy gifts for the small business owner.

By Kandia Johnson

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Black Girls Workout Too: Mother-Daughter Duo Promotes Fitness Among Minorities

Ellen and Lana Ector detail how they got started and tips for success

Ellen and Lana Ector detail their journey toward healthy lives and advocacy of fitness with…

By Essence Gant

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3 Tips For Owners To Get The Most Out Of Small Business Saturday

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the biggest shopping day of the year

American Express’ Small Biz Saturday kicks off this year on November 29. Launched in 2010,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Marijuana Inc: Growing Opportunities For Black Businesses

Can African Americans cash in on legalized marijuana boom?

Wanda James and her husband, Scott Durrah, own Denver-based Jezebel’s Southern Bistro and Bar. They…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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United Nations Names Cherae Robinson of Rare Customs as ‘Woman to Watch’

10 female leaders included to commemorate Women's Entrepreneurship Day

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To celebrate the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), the United Nations…

By Cristie Leondis

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Innov8tiv Magazine Expands to Kenya with Hub East Africa Partnership

The social enterprise center is open for all entrepreneurs

Innov8tiv magazine has expanded from its U.S. base to Kenya with a partnership with The…

By Cristie Leondis

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3 Essential Principles to Building a Quality Online Following

The digital space has become an essential part of attracting customers

The digital space has helped to level the playing field for so many of us…

By Courtney Herring

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United Nations Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Organization brings together female entrepreneurs in 144 countries Nov. 19

On Nov. 19, the UN celebrates female entrepreneurs of 144 countries.

By Raqiyah Mays

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

9 Tips to Find A Manufacturer For Your Great Idea

Strategy for selecting a vendor to help bring your product to market

Successful entrepreneurs share tips for getting your invention or innovation produced and on the market.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Business Leaders Gather Global Entrepreneurship Week

Events include pitch and start-up competitions for a chance to win $1 million

Entrepreneurs around the world come together for the Global Entrepreneurs Week.

By Raqiyah Mays

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5 Steps to Growing Your Business After the Death of a Partner

Paula Penn-Nabrit of PN&A Inc. details coping with loss and continuing a legacy

Entrepreneur Paula Penn-Nabrit has continued to grow the business after the death of her partner.…

By Patricia Patton

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6 Ways to Monetize Your Brand Presence on Social Media

Entrepreneurs share tried-and-true strategy

Check out a few tips on how you can monetize your presence on Twitter, Facebook…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Moon Meals Offers Healthy Choices for Time-Starved Professionals

Wanting to solve the problem of the lack of healthy late night food options in…

By Courtney Herring

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Ming Lee: Turning her Snoblife into a Successful Venture

'I would not be where I am today without social media'

Entrepreneur Ming Lee went from turning her website, Snoblife.com, into a million-dollar venture and continues…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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P.O.O.R. in Your Business? Using a Mastermind to Overcome Fear

How you can move your business to the next level

Whether starting a new business or positioning an existing business for growth, conquering fear can…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Cigar Aficionado: Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars Sparking Business Success

Partners Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez detail journey into the industry

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Whether you are a smoker or not, chances are at some point…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Rent a Coworking Space

Take heed and do your research for an optimal experience that's worth the investment

Before you sign a contract for a coworking space, consider a few vital questions to…

By Kandia Johnson

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Entrepreneurs Conference: 5 Tips to Hiring the Right Talent

SENTEL Corp.'s Russell Wright shares tips on building a great team

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Russell Wright knows a thing or two about turning a company…

By Raqiyah Mays

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4 Tips on Pitching Your Business in Public

A 2012 Entrepreneurs Conference Elevator Pitch finalist, shares advice

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Entrepreneur Quinn Myers may not have won Black Enterprise’s Elevator Pitch Competition at the…

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Not only did BLACK ENTERPRISE select Harpo Inc. as the 2008 Industrial/Service Company of the Year but it was the first time that billionaire entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey spoke to the press in detail about her business empire. At the time, the dynamo was still developing Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN, asserting that  divine inspiration, not strategic planning, drove her company’s success. She also admitted that it took a solid business team and sound financial controls to grow her entity from a five-person production company to a 430-employee multimedia conglomerate. Moreover, she owns every piece of her franchise: the content, name, brand and studio.

BE 100s: Winning Lessons from Top Companies of the Year

Best of the best talk leadership, capital and longevity

For more than 40 years, Black Enterprise has identified the best of the best in…

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[EXCLUSIVE]: Jamie Foster Brown Clears the Air About the State of Sister 2 Sister

Publisher says shifting focus to digital will only help with the brand's expansion

In an exclusive interview, Jamie Foster Brown discusses the state of Sister 2 Sister magazine.

By Courtney Connley

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A Flawless Career Arc: Entrepreneur Goes From Fashion Model To Mining Magnate

CEO & Chairman of the Tigui Mining Group talks striking gold after going from the runway to the mines

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It’s not every day one goes from being a fashion model to…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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6 Black-Owned Natural Beauty Brands You Should Know

These entrepreneurs of color lead brands that are changing the game

With the news of L’Oreal USA acquiring Carol’s Daughter, we’ve rounded up a list of…

By Courtney Connley

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Uniting the Black Haircare Industry: One Woman’s Journey to Empower

President and CEO of CURLS leading a movement to unite all black beauty brands

Mahisha Dellinger, CEO of CURLS, is working to unite Africa American-owned beauty brands.

By Raqiyah Mays

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Doing Just What You Love May Be Hurting Your Business

Sometimes you have to take care of the not-so-great tasks to reach the larger goal

Entrepreneurs, focusing your energy on the wrong tasks can cost you productivity and money.

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Where Are They Now: Elevator Pitch Competition Winner, Precious Williams

Success has skyrocketed for this Curvy Girlz Lingerie CEO after the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

The 2013 Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition winner, Precious Williams, has found success since attending…

By Raqiyah Mays

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In Business, It’s OK to Toot Your Own Horn

Vital reasons you should always ensure your skills are known

In business, it’s not bragging to let people know what you do. Here’s a wake-up…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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End-of-Year Checklist: 5 Steps to Make a Comeback When It Counts

Strategies you need to get that victory in the fourth quarter

Finish strong this year with these five steps to make a comeback and come out…

By Marquita Miller

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Credit Suisse Seeks To Accelerate Wealth Creation Among African American Entrepreneurs

Global investment bank’s new initiative provides capital, curriculum and community to US start-up leaders

HealthyYouNow.com Founder, Tonya Lewis Lee
The Switzerland-based multinational financial institution Credit Suisse has launched a new…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Freelancer

Sometimes the client isn't always right

Don’t find yourself as a client suddenly “fired” by your freelancer. Sometimes, the customer isn’t…

By Courtney Herring

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Broadcast Boss Moves: Sheila Eldridge’s Journey in Dominating the Industry

Station owner and 'Cafe Mocha' creator shares tips on owning a station

Broadcast industry leader and radio station owner Sheila Eldridge talks success strategy.

By Raqiyah Mays

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Last Man Standing: Entrepreneur Buys Building Where He Was Fired

Sequin City founder tells story of triumph over unemployment

Sequin City’s triumphant return is an African-American success story of an entrepreneur who triumphed over…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Hosts 2014 Global Automotive Summit

Event celebrate 15 years of advocating for diversity in the industry

Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push hosts 15th annual Global Automotive Summit in Detroit.

By Raqiyah Mays

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5 Success Strategies for Family Businesses

Running a business with your family can hold many challenges

More than 70% of all businesses are family businesses. They account for a significant number…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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More Than Just Your Resume: 6 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Network Your Way to Success

Use these key tips to optimize your career

Long thought of as a place to post a resume online, LinkedIn has evolved and…

By Courtney Herring

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Entrepreneur, Thou Art Loosed! 5 Keys to Unlock Your Business!

5 tips to yield better business results

I recently attended TD Jakes’s premier empowerment conference for women: Woman Thou Art Loosed in…

By Marquita Miller

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The One Simple Step to Getting More Business from Existing Customers and Clients

An easy way to network and develop relationships is to show you care

Don’t give your clients a second thought…give them your first
Have you ever called someone…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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Big-Box Boss Moves: How One Stylist Expanded Hair Salons Into Walmart

Instore leasing is a great way to expand your business

Entrepreneur Asia Seman has three Cleopatra Beauty Shops in Walmart, and here’s how she did…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Young Entreprenuer Talks Educational Clothing Line and Kickstarter Success

Orane Barrett details how he's using his Kool Nerd brand to advocate for youth

Kool Nerd Clothing CEO, Orane Barrett, talks his new kickstarter campaign and how he’s using…

By Courtney Connley

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The Business of Marijuana and Wall Street

Emerging green industry needs to follow a Wall Street model to succeed says commodities expert

Several states have the legalization of marijuana on the ballot this November. As it stands…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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BE 100s: Past ‘Company of the Year’ Honoree Still Shines in 2014

A 2010 'Company of the Year,' Thompson Hospitality Services hits Dulles Airport

Thompson Hospitality Services opens its first restaurants in airports beginning with brb burger and American…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Toyota Awards $25,000 to Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team

Nonprofit empowering girls honored at Oprah’s "Live The Life You Want" tour

Oprah Winfrey, along with Paralympic skier Amy Purdy, presented CSS with a $25,000 donation on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tips for Expanding Your Business in Another City

Do’s and don’ts to help set up shop in new locations

Branching out geographically is a way to grow a business. But small business owners who…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Business of Beauty: How One Blogger Found Her Niche in the Natural Hair Community

At 26 years old, Gabrielle Allen has taken the natural haircare community by storm and…

By Chanel Martin

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Brian Benjamin: Doing Business in Black Communities for the Benefit of Black People

'Knowing that I am playing a role in creating quality affordable housing for residents is a great feeling'

Brian Benjamin of Genesis Companies enjoys doing Business in black Communities for the benefit of…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Don’t Get It Twisted: 12-Year-Old CEO Building Bow-Tie Business Empire

Reigning Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year Moziah Bridges markets line of handcrafted bow ties sewn from scratch

Reigning Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year Moziah Bridges markets line of handcrafted bow ties…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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10 Ways To Use Competitors To Your Advantage

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success. Here’s how.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Power of Passion: Carol’s Daughter Founder Shares Keys to Business Success

Lisa Price, a featured speaker at the National Black MBA conference in Atlanta, shares tips and advice

Lisa Price, a featured speaker at the National Black MBA Association Inc.’s conference and expo,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Savvy Tips for Hiring a Winning Team

Entrepreneurs, this strategy will ensure you have the right people working for you

Finding and keeping great talent at your company can be a challenge, but here’s a…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Women of Power: 10 Entrepreneurs at the Top of Their Game

These female bosses are calling the shots and winning big

With research showing women as the leading forces in entrepreneurship, we rounded up a list…

By Courtney Connley

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Building Business Muscles: 7 Steps to Maintain a Healthy Enterprise

If you're not taking time daily to 'work out' your business activity, then your business health may suffer

Whether a “solopreneur” or a corporate exec, if you’re not taking time to “work out”…

By Marquita Miller

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Entrepreneurs, Here’s How You Face Up To Your Fear Of Failure

You need to be fearless when it comes to pitching your business

As an entrepreneur you need to be fearless when it comes to pitching your business.…

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Warning Signs: What Your Business Could Be Telling You

Don’t choose to ignore the red flags which could interfere with your green cash. Sharpen…

By Marquita Miller

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How Nonprofits Navigate the Emerging Legal Marijuana Market

Dr. Lakisha Jenkins talks navigating challenges in an unregulated arena

Kiona Farm’acy’s Dr. Lakisha Jenkins talks navigating challenges in the unregulated marijuana market.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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The Progress Cha Cha: How Achievements—and Setbacks—Lead to Business Success

It is the reality of achievement that there be forward as well as backward movement

In terms of business, like the popular dance, the Progress Cha Cha seems to have…

By Kay Saunders

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Robin Roberts Launches Production Company

Rock'n Robin Productions produced the latest espnW.com show “In the Game"

Morning personality, Robin Roberts of the Good Morning America TV show, has launched her own…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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E-Commerce Businesses: Sales Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

E-commerce entrepreneurs: Here are four mistakes to steer clear from

E-commerce entrepreneurs, use this innovative strategy and avoid common mistakes that could cost you clients,…

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4 Secrets For Getting Media Coverage for Your Business

Try this strategy to get the publicity your enterprise deserves

This strategy will help your business get the media coverage you deserve and make publicity…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Top Reasons Why Small Business Owners Should Collect User Data

Just how well do you know your customers?

User data is very important especially for a small business owner. Here’s why.

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Labor of Love: Teia Harris Explains Her Love for Publicity

Teia Harris, founder of the PR firm Love Publicity making a name for herself nationwide…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Truck Dealer Stephen W. Neal

More on entrepreneurs, strategies, and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: K. Neal International Trucking CEO Stephen W. Neal,…

By Pepper Miller

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Trillion Communication CEO Ralph E. Brown

More on entrepreneurs, strategies, and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Trillion Communications CEO Ralph E. Brown, tutoring company…

By Pepper Miller

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Brand Licensing: What Small Businesses Can Learn from Kim Kardashian

Five important facts about trademarks and licensing:

You can learn a lot from Kim Kardashian’s trademark licensing game. She got almost $90…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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10 Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

Here's how entrepreneurs can win with social media

How can LinkedIn actually help the business grow and generate revenue? Here’s how.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Social Entrepreneur Scores Big Globally With the Soccket

Jessica Matthews talks using technology to empower African youth

Social entrepreneur Jessica Matthews is using technology to empower youth in Africa, and you can…

By Daron Pressley

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3 Things You Need To Know About Employee Background Checks

When hiring new employees, it's better to be safe than sorry

More and more businesses are using background checks during the hiring process to help ensure…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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NYC Comptroller Advocating for More Women, Minorities In America’s Boardrooms

Scott M. Stringer: Diversity is 'an essential element to robust decision making'

Ending “male, pale and stale”: NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer talks importance of true diversity…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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(Exclusive) Spotlight On Africa: How African American Entrepreneurs Can Engage (Part 2)

Valerie Jarrett and African leaders weigh in on millennials investing in Africa

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The U.S.-Africa Summit, the largest ever contingent of African heads-of-State assembled in Washington, D.C., wrapped…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Titan Of Trade: Tony Elumelu’s Drive to Empower Africa and Minority Entrepreneurs

Billionaire to launch $100 million program for African & African-American entrepreneurs

African billionaire Tony Elumelu to launch $100 million program for African and African-American entrepreneurs. Here’s…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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[EXCLUSIVE] U.S.-Africa Summit: How African-American Entrepreneurs Can Engage (Part 1)

Valerie Jarrett, other African leaders in politics and business weigh in

U.S.-Africa Summit Exclusive: What African Americans need to know to invest and conduct business in…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Rappers Riff Raff & Krayzie Bone Partner With Candyman Vending Company

CEO Andre Bramwell uses hip-hop to expand brand

CEO Andre Bramwell has tapped into hip-hop industry to promote his Candyman Vending company.

By Kevin L. Clark

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How to Build a Proactive Workforce

Study: Satisfied employees will aggressively help your business grow and succeed

Check out these tips on how to nurture a productive workforce at your business.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Vera Moore Celebrates 35 Years In Business

Cosmetics queen to share her journey and give mini makeovers this month

Legacy black business woman Vera Moore is celebrating 35 years in business. The former actress…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Government Agencies Miss the Mark in Hiring Women-Owned Businesses

Agencies fail to meet contract goal for female-owned enterprises

Reports show that government agencies have failed yet again to award at least 5 percent…

By Courtney Connley

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight On Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald

More on entrepreneurs, strategies and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald, Money Coach Lynette…

By Pepper Miller

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10 Reasons Small Business Shouldn’t Neglect Social Media

Your company’s credibility could depend on it

It doesn’t matter if you are running a micro enterprise, a small business, or a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

New Bill To Help Female Entrepreneurs Gain More Loans and Federal Contracts

Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 increases mincrolending and more

On the heel of reports that women business owners still lag behind men in accessing…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How To Get To The Top On Your Own Terms

Investor and marketer Lauren Maillan Bias shows what it takes to survive

At age 19, Lauren Maillian Bias founded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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3 Steps to Success for Young Bosses

Millennials, be inspired to get what's yours with these quick tips

Here are three quick tips to finding success inspired by those who’ve found it from…

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CAMAC Holdings Inc. was the second black-owned enterprise to gain membership into the BE 100s billion dollar club when it reached the No. 1 slot on our 2003 INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100. In fact, the Houston-based oil and gas exploration, consulting and engineering company was only a hair away from achieving the milestone when it made its debut on our industrial/service list in 2002 - - gross sales for 2001 were $979.5 million. Operated by Nigerian-born Kase Lawal, CAMAC (which stands for Cameroon-American) grew through its ability to integrate upstream services, the production of oil and gas, and downstream operations, which included trading and refining of its products. CAMAC, which reported its highest level of revenues-- $2.43 billion-- on the 2009 list, left the BE 100s in  2011 after shifts in operational structure, management and ownership.

BE 100s Billion-Dollar Club: Lessons from Top-Earning Black Business

Check out the eight companies who have surpassed $1 billion in revenues

Over the past four decades, only eight black-owned companies have surpassed $1 billion in revenues.…

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Young Entrepreneur Recognized for Outstanding Work as Philanthropist

CU-Boulder freshman works to make a difference, nets a profit

This young entrepreneur is making waves for society.

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Lack of Color: The Booming Bed & Breakfast Industry’s Lost Diversity

Only 1% of 30,000 establishments nationwide are African-American owned

Black entrepreneurs talk why there are few black-owned bed and breakfast businesses in booming industry…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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BE 100s: 5 Lessons On Attracting, Retaining Talent

Commonground founders share insights on diverse staff and collaborative environment

Operaters of one of the fastest-growing BE 100s agencies, Sherman Wright and Ahmad Islam of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Crowdfunding Site For Minority Businesses Struggles To Stay Afloat

Website shutdown continues; relaunch uncertain

BlackCrowdfunding.net, a rewards-based crowdfunding site targeted to African Americans, needs money itself, reports Mashable.

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Uber For Business Allows Companies To Expense Travel

On-demand, ride-hailing service is picking up steam

On-demand ride-hailing service Uber is picking up steam by introducing the Uber For Business opportunity…

By Kevin L. Clark

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[Part 2] Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs Talk Publishing Business & Raising Capital

Chicago-based duo propelling advocacy with 'Paige & Paxton' books

Mother-daughter publishers, Rachel and Kelley Williams, talk for part two of their interview, on raising…

By Kevin L. Clark

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BE 100s: Biblical Lessons to Achieve Business Success

Take heed to tips from one of the world's best-selling books of all time

Successful BE 100s CEO Pamela Rodgers, of Rodgers Chevrolet, says the Bible’s book of Ephesians…

By Alan Hughes

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Small Business Spotlight: Anthony Thurston Taking Flight with Social Innovation

'I’m glad to say that there’s been a recent resurgence in the African American community to frequent African American businesses'

Antony Thurston, CEO of Dream Flights International, talks social innovation, his rise in the aviation…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Entrepreneur Unites Passion for Food and Marketing with Caribbean Cuisine Business

'You have to build your team, relinquish some control and enlist others to help you'

Annette Davidson runs Icon Food Marketing, a boutique food marketing company that specializes in bringing…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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4 Important Tips For Landing A Major Client

Competition is fierce but here’s how you can hold your own and win

Use this strategy when you want to upgrade your business clientele.

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Young Entrepreneur Uses Soap Business to Help the Homeless

Donovan Smith, 11, donates 20% of sales to Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico

Donovan Smith, 11, of Albuquerque, NM, is using proceeds from his bath product business to…

By Courtney Connley

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Real Talk on Accelerators: One Woman’s Small Business Journey with Google

Anie Akpe, publisher of Innov8tiv.com, details tangible pros and cons

Anie Akpe, publisher of Innov8tiv.com, details her journey participating in Google’s accelerator program.

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Your stroke is just as important as the golf course you’re putting on. And for many novice and more seasoned players who want to get a hole in one, ambiance is everything. Golf is what draws golfers to the crème de la crème in courses stateside and abroad, but when they want to organize a family staycation, a getaway for two or fun business outing, it’s something a little more like the spa services or exclusive perks for being a luxury car driver that seal the deal. BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s top golf resorts. See if your favorite made the list!

For more travel tips, destinations and best places to stay, eat and play,  visit blackenterprise.com/outofoffice

Golf 102: Playing by the Rules to Defy Business Odds on the Green

Instructor, Blogger explain the opportunities available to women who golf

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The countdown continues to the Black Enterprise…

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Adenah Bayoh: Developing Properties and Operating Restaurants Locally

'I saw urban redevelopment as a vehicle to assist in economic revitalization of my community'

Adenah Bayoh, a real estate and restaurant entrepreneur, talks revitalizing her local community through franchising…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Cosmetics Maven Vera Moore

More on entrepreneurs, strategies and news from The Urban Business Roundtable

On “The Urban Business Roundtable,” UBR Contributor Dwaynes Betts speaks with cosmetics maven Vera Moore,…

By Pepper Miller

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Women Winning: Study Finds Female Entrepreneurs Optimistic and Growing

Bank study breaks down what makes entrepreneurs tick

Bank study breaks down what makes entrepreneurs tick and finds that women entrepreneurs optimistic and…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Golf 101: Rules of Engagement For Making Money On the Green

Instructor and blogger give tips on mixing business with the game

Golf instructor and blogger give tips on doing business on the green and maximizing opportunities…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Oprah’s Network Special Spotlights Black Food Truck Owners

TV show Wingmen follows 2 Fat 2 Fly mobile chicken wing business

OWN’s “Wingmen” features Columbia, South Carolina best friends Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons as they…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Fashion on Wheels: Entrepreneur Talks Owning D.C.’s First Plus Size Fashion Truck

Donna Hundley talks curvy girl fashion, entrepreneurship challenges, and future business plans

D.C.’s first plus size fashion truck owner talks the challenges of running a small business…

By Courtney Connley

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘TK In The AM’

If you're unfamiliar with the popular radio veteran, get hip now

Tasty Keish, a popular radio veteran, is a force you should know as ‘TK in…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Study: Women Are More Optimistic About Economy Than Men

Female entrepreneurs also use social media more to connect with customers

In a study done by American Express, women are more likely to be optimistic about…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Uber Lowers Prices to Compete with NYC Taxis

Fares are now cheaper for customers of popular transport company

The mobile car service app, Uber, has lowered its prices to offer car rides cheaper…

By Courtney Connley

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How Going Green Made This Developer A lot of Green

Why Cedric Franklin built a market leader by developing eco-friendly properties

Harley Stanfield’s projects go beyond real estate and include recycling plants in the Seattle and…

By Alan Hughes

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Productivity: American Businesses Take Million-Dollar Losses in World Cup Fever

Embracing sporting events during work hours may be a bad idea

Yahoo Finance reports that the World Cup has cost American businesses $682 million in labor…

By Courtney Connley

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BE 100s: Nation’s Most Successful Black-Owned Businesses

Check out the full list for the best of the best in auto, financial services and more

Black Enterprise ranks the most successful black-owned businesses via its 42nd annual BE 100s list.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cameroon World Cup Match-Fixing Scandal Heats Up

African nation investigating its own World Cup team for alleged match-fixing

Cameroon’s Soccer Federation is investigating its own World Cup team as allegations of match fixing…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Harlem Hot Spot: One Entrepreneur’s Story of Passion, Longevity and Diversity

Cove Lounge's Alyah Horsford-Sidberry talks passion for entrepreneurship and power of location

Harlem entrepreneur Alyah Horsford-Sidberry talks longevity in hot location and why she’s passionate about her…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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BE 100s: 5 Tips On How To Position Your Business

Holland Capital's Monica L. Walker is delivering top financial performance in a male-dominated industry

Holland Capital offers 100% equity portfolio management, mainly to institutional investors, with $4.9 billion in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Small Business Employment Continues Improvement

Firms add 20,000 jobs in June

Small businesses added 20,000 jobs added for the month of June, according Intuit Inc. Small…

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Star Jones Confirmed to Moderate Women of Power Summit Panel

Star Jones is set to moderate a panel with industry leaders at Black Enterprise’s 2015…

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Women of Power Summit: Social Media 101 for Senior Professionals

Social media isn’t just a playground for millennials. Check out tips from Angela Pitter, a…

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