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Owners are recognizing the need to control their social media presence

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

Owners are recognizing the need to control their social media presence

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

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A BETTER WAY TO SUPPORT AND TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

Why Your Company Should Embrace Working Remotely

Between 2005- 2012, the number of people choosing to work from home, or telecommute grew by 79.7%

Remote working is a trend that is particularly accessible to startups and small companies

By C. Daniel Baker

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Shark Tank Open Casting Call at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

ABC hit show 'Shark Tank' to hold open casting calls during the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in Columbus, OH

Entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators will have a shot at pitching their ideas for a…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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7 Tax Tips for Your Home-Based Business

These strategies can benefit your small businesses

Home-based businesses, start-ups and solopreneurs are often serial late filers and miss out on maximizing…

By Alan Hughes

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Are You Serving Your Traditions or Your Mission?

Bishop T.D. Jakes' challenge to faith leaders also applies to those of us in the media business.

Bishop T.D. Jakes’ challenge to faith leaders also applies to the media business.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How this BE 100′s Company Survived Last Year’s Sequestration

Your daily money bite

When the government shut down last year, it created a very challenging business climate for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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

Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It’s About Interactions

Real loyalty isn't created at the close of the sale

Companies who truly value interactions develop ways to reward and recognize loyal customers beyond points,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

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

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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7 Keys to Rebranding Your Business

Executing a new company identity must be done strategically

Blue helped his 60-year old company successfully implement a corporate rebranding effort

By Alan Hughes

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NAWBO: Women's Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013

National Association of Women Business Owners Supports H.R. 2432

In 2013, women owned 8.6 million businesses across the country

Female entrepreneurship has skyrocketed

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U.S. Commerce Department Agencies Host Fireside Chat For Minority Entrepreneurs

Minority-owned firms are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. export community

The Minority Business Development Agency & International Trade Administration (ITA) recently co-hosted an African American…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Why Small Companies Can Compete Against Big Corporations

Using modern technology to learn about competitors, customers and markets

In The Art of War, Tzu held that the goal in any war is to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Is Working With a Remote Staff Right for Your Business?

Is Working With a Remote Staff Right for Your Business?

Remote collaboration can be a game changer for your small business

A guide of what to consider before hiring a remote worker

By C. Daniel Baker

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Investments in Customer Experience Expected to Surge in 2014

Investments in Customer Experience Expected to Surge in 2014

More executives are recognizing the link between customer experience and loyalty

A new research paper shows large and medium sized organizations plan to spend more on…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Five Steps To Becoming A Social Media Ninja

SBU expert Melinda Emerson discusses how to successfully brand yourself online

Social media is a tool that can open many doors for you

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Investments in Customer Experience Expected to Surge in 2014

The Importance of a Corporate Culture in Your Business

Harvard ethicist outlines how to resolve cultural issues that can affect your business

Sometimes issues can arise that stem from different outlooks and upbringings

By Alan Hughes

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How to get a small business bank loan in 2014

Make 2014 the Year Your Small Business Gets a Bank Loan

How small business owners can best position themselves to obtain small business bank loans

Tips to help small business owners develop a beneficial relationship with a bank, as well…

By C. Daniel Baker

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3 Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

3 Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

Direct Mail is still an excellent and often overlooked form of marketing

Here are a few tips on how to do it right

By C. Daniel Baker

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6 Ways to Reach Business Success Sooner

6 Ways to Reach Business Success Sooner

6 key lessons you can apply to your own business success

As entrepreneurs, our personal happiness, and the way we shape our own role at work…

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Is It Time to End Your Business Partnership?

Is it Time to End Your Business Partnership?

Without a partnership agreement, dissolving a partnership can get nasty and carry a lot of risk

Partnerships fail and that failure could cost you your business

By C. Daniel Baker

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10 Employee Training Mistakes to avoid

10 Employee Training Mistakes to Avoid

Tips to avoid wasting time and money on ineffective group training

Most of the money and time companies spend on training is wasted because companies use…

By C. Daniel Baker

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tax tips

4 Biggest Tax Mistakes Small Businesses Make

These simple steps can help you save some money when it comes time to pay Uncle Sam

Don’t miss these steps

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Six Laws of Customer Experience

How do you treat your customers

By understanding the six laws of customer experience, companies can make smarter decisions about what…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Shark-Tank

4 Lessons Learned In ABC’s Shark Tank

Slawsa creator Julie Busha didn't walk away with a $150,000 investment but did gain valuable business insight

The advice she received was invaluable

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Pros and Cons of Hiring Remote Workers

Are remote workers the right fit for your company?

While remote workers have their place in an increasingly global labor market, hiring outside staff…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Steps to Invest in a Trademark

Steps to Take When Investing in a Trademark

A trademark is an important investment in protecting your business

Steps to help expedite creating a trademark for your business

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

How To Build a Real Connection With Customers

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

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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Dissolve Your Inactive Business Before Dec 31st to Avoid Penalties

When a business is no longer active, it's important to dissolve the business

Leaving an inactive business open without properly dissolving it leaves the owners of said business…

By C. Daniel Baker

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small business awards

Nominate a Business for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards

Are you a small business owner with a success story to tell?

Submit your nomination!

By C. Daniel Baker

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

10 Lessons on Baking Success Into Your Small Business

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

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ex-Im Bank Annual Report Outlines Record Year for Small Businesses

FedEx & The Export-Import Bank Join Forces to Empower U.S. Businesses to Export

Ex-Im Bank's total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export sales

Alliance that will help U.S. small and medium-sized businesses reach the 95% of the world’s…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Your Year-End Small Business Accounting Checklist

How to best manage your small business for success in the new year

Tips to help you best manage your company finances and position your small business for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Know The Flow: Cash Is Critical To Small Business Survival

1 out of every 3 small businesses fails within the first two years, often due to poor financial management

PNC Bank offers tips to help

By C. Daniel Baker

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PR Expert Karen Taylor Bass Talks Public Relations on a Small Budget

You don't have to spend much to get some good PR

Karen Taylor Bass explains how to accomplish good PR on a shoestring budget

By Sasha King

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

How to Hire Only the Best Talent for Your Startup

Five tips for attracting talent that will support your vision

Hiring the right talent is one of the most important aspects of building a thriving…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How To Keep Your Startup Customers Smiling

A large number of people are jaded from poor customer service experiences

At a startup and arguably at a large company too – there is nothing more…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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5 People You Need to Have in Your Entrepreneurial Network

Who you know is just as important as what you know

One of the most direct ways to build up your network and add new members…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications Presented at Free Webinar

Who Should Manage a Company’s Social Media Presence?

When it comes to your company's social media strategy, who should take the lead?

Overseeing an organization’s social media efforts usually overlaps departments. Here’s how to decide who in…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Overall Satisfaction among Small Business Banking Customers Drops

Overall Satisfaction Among Small Business Banking Customers Drops [Survey]

Satisfaction among small business banking customers has decreased in 2013

Overall satisfaction among small business banking customers has decreased in 2013

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Study Details Economic And Environmental Costs Of NYC Polystyrene Ban

Small Businesses Weigh the Possible Costs of NYC’s Foam Ban

A switch to alternatives could cost city businesses millions, increase solid waste

NYC’s proposed ban on polystyrene foam foodservice materials will impact small businesses, according to one…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday Resources For Your Business

Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer ultrabooks, tablets, or MacBooks, you’re not going anywhere without a smartphone. It is definitely a requirement for every entrepreneur. But a tech entrepreneur needs one because it's web enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great example. The latest in the Galaxy S series offers more than most smartphones. It has one of the most sophisticated mobile experiences to date. It’s light, thin and can fit right in the palm of any hand, plus the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system makes multitasking simple. You have the option to watch HD videos while emailing or texting, if you so choose.

Why Mobile SMS Marketing to Drive Holiday Sales Is Smart for Black Businesses

Black businesses can take venture to next level with SMS marketing

As African-Americans over-index on mobile phone usage, this means of cost-effective reach might be just…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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

“I AM the 96%” Campaign Focuses on Legislation for Women Business Owners

8% of women business owners have 1-5 employees and 88% are self-employed

Are you a mom in business?

By C. Daniel Baker

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How To Boost Your Company’s Cash Flow

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

Having cashflow issues?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Procurement Statistics Revealed Great Gains for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Women-Owned Small Businesses Make Great Gains in Securing Government Contracts

In 2012, women owned small businesses were awarded 182,791 contracts worth $11.5 billion

There have been many great gains for women-owned small businesses, however, the average award remains…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy [Report]

With support, small businesses thrive, create, retain 8,352 jobs

Business owners around the country reported creating and retaining 8,352 net new jobs at a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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small-business credit quality continues to improve as credit balances rise and delinquency rates fall

Small-Business Credit Quality Continues to Improve as Delinquency Rates Fall

Lower delinquency and stronger credit growth are excellent signs of growth

Small business credit is growing at a near double-digit level

By C. Daniel Baker

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Majority of Business Owners Hesitant to Visit Healthcare Exchanges

86% of business owners have not visited a State or Federal healthcare exchange

A number of factors has caused independent business owners to avoid going to a State…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

How to Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

67% of small businesses will offer discounts on November 30

Small Business Saturday has become an important fixture on the calendar

By C. Daniel Baker

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

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

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

The push to arm veterans with extra business resources continues

By C. Daniel Baker

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Is Your Unpaid Internship Program Legal?

New laws require every company to carefully examine their unpaid internship program

Hiring unpaid interns requires understanding of the Department of Labor’s specifications and ensuring you do…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Will Consumers Buy Local this Holiday Season?

Small Business Saturday organizers hope to give a boost to independent retailers

American Express is again undertaking its Small Business Saturday initiative

By Alan Hughes

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Do You Know the Difference Between Your Company’s Disaster Risk and Its Preparedness Level?

Each year, lack of disaster preparedness takes a financial toll on small businesses

With solid planning a business owner can protect both financial and human capital and withstand…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Royal Advice From The Queen of QVC

Inventor and ABC Shark Tank co-star Lori Greiner discusses getting products sold on television

Lori Greiner has advice for minority businesses and entrepreneurs

By Roz A. Gee

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Cupcake Company Founder Jessy Blanchard

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Cupcake entrepreneur Jessy Blanchard; Wealth expert Dr. Dennis…

By Pepper Miller

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

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

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

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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

U.S. Small Business “Uniquely Vulnerable” to Climate Change, Extreme Weather

2011 and 2012 were the two most extreme years on record for destructive weather events

An estimated 25 percent of small to mid-sized businesses do not reopen following a major…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Golden Rules of Customer Retention

How to Get Positive Customer Reviews Online

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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One-on-One Exclusive: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Talks Business Development

Agriculture and energy key emerging areas for business investors

BlackEnterprise.com’s exclusive one-on-one interview with Nigeria’s President Jonathan Goodluck on business development and investment opportunities.

By Janell Hazelwood

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

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

Small businesses are still at risk for downtime following a natural disaster

Nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy, small businesses are still at risk for downtime and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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

Samuel Adams Hosts Second Annual Small Business Speed Coaching in Washington, DC

Samuel Adams supports small business owners through a combination of micro-lending and mentoring

Speed coaching helps many small business owners

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight on Auto Dealership Mogul Gregory Jackson

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Prestige Automotive Group CEO Gregory Jackson; The Money…

By Pepper Miller

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New NSBA Survey Shows IT Cost, Security Major Concerns for Small Business

Survey Highlights IT Cost & Security as Major Concerns for Small Business

Small-business use of technology has dramatically increased over the past three years.

94 percent of small-business owners say they are concerned about cybersecurity while nearly half…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Larry Felix, Director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: United States’ “Money Maker” Larry Felix

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and…

By Pepper Miller

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

Top Reasons Employees Leave Their Company

The reasons employees leave a company are more than just a paycheck

At the height of the recession, employees were more likely to stay put when they…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Snack Food Distributor Ernest Lang

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Rudolph Foods Distributor Ernest Lang, MomInvented.com Founder Tamara…

By Pepper Miller

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Africa-America Institute president and CEO Amini Kajunju is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the first African ever to serve at the helm of the oldest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.

AAI Anniversary Awards Gala: Global Business Leaders Talk Bridging the Gap Between Africa and America

Global leaders gather at Africa-America Institute gala for a night of celebration and acknowledgment

On Sept. 25, global leaders gathered to celebrate the Africa-America Institute’s 60th anniversary, bridging the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Top 10 Free Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use

Must-have tools for entrepreneurs

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie highlights 10 must-have productivity tools for every entrepreneur.

By Courtney McKenzie

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Obama Administration Launches One-Stop-Shop Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act

Obama Administration Launches Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act

The site will act as a hub that connects employers to information on tax credits and other provisions of the law

As the Affordable Care Act is implemented, it’s important for the business community to …

By C. Daniel Baker

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Natural haircare product company founders Wendy Levy and Kim Etheredge (Image: Mixed Chicks)

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Mixed Chicks Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Mixed Chicks hair products Founders Wendi Levi and…

By Pepper Miller

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30 entrepreneurs from around the world are touring U.S. to engage in peer-to-peer learning and relationship-building.

Entrepreneurs Visit U.S. to Learn and Grow via Cultural Exchange

Entrepreneurs from around the world are touring the US, learning and growing

As part of US Department of State initiative, 30 entrepreneurs from around the world are…

By C. Daniel Baker

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15 Baseline Tech Skills All Entrepreneurs Should Have

Entrepreneurs tell it like it is when it comes to skills you must possess

Founders weigh in on tech skills all entrepreneurs should possess.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Construction Management CEO Deryl McKissack

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: McKissack & McKissack CEO Deryl McKissack; wealth-building expert…

By Pepper Miller

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

The Myth About Obamacare And Small Businesses

The new rules for providing employees health insurance only apply to a very tiny group of small firms

Nearly every opponent of health care reform has argued that the Affordable Care Act, known…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Stop Employees From Quitting

Keeping your staff in the dark or failing to meet their aspirations are sure ways to lead to their unhappiness

People want to believe they’re doing something meaningful and making a difference.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Month of the Man: Luxury Shoe Artisan Talks Reviving an Old Trade

Self-taught, Theodore Green enjoys offering the customized experience

Shoe cobbler and designer Theodore Green enjoys the art of customizing the experience for consumers.…

By Joshua Perrin

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Minority Business Development Agency Awards $7.3 Million in Grants to Boost Job Creation

Minority Business Development Agency Awards $7.3 Million to Boost Job Creation

Funds look to boost global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses nationwide

MBNA announced $7.3 million in funding to winners of a grant competition designed to boost…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NFTE & Microsoft Calls Young Innovators to Compete for Up to $10,000 in Cash and Prizes

Teams have a chance at winning up to $10,000 in cash and prizes

A featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18-24), the World Series of Innovation extends…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 STEPS FOR CALCULATING YOUR STARTUP COSTS

5 Steps for Calculating Your Startup Costs

Calculating startup costs is more than a simple exercise in addition

You can’t create a realistic business plan without knowing how much it will cost to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Assessing Your Small Business Banking Relationship

Seven key questions small business owners should ask themselves about their bank

Now that tax season is done, it’s a good time for small business owners to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Many Family Businesses Struggle to Survive Past the Second Generation

More than a quarter of family-owned businesses do not have a board of directors

By creating a governance and succession strategy, a family-owned business is much more likely to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Construction Company CEO Mamon Powers Jr.

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Powers & Sons Construction CEO Mamon Powers Jr.,…

By Pepper Miller

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Study Finds 38% of Small Businesses Offer Customer Loyalty Programs

Are you part of a customer loyalty program?

Customer acquisition promotions like coupons & daily deals will generate 17.7% of total business this…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: NuJak’s Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: NuJak Companies Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson, MSNBC…

By Pepper Miller

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Startups Still Rely Heavily on Family for Funding

Few Americans invest in businesses belonging to strangers despite high hopes of crowdfunding supporters

Did a family member fund your business?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Lawmakers Criticize IRS for Targeting Small Business Owners

Agency wants to take a second look at last year's tax returns to uncover underreported income

IRS officials say the letters do not constitute an audit and that they are simply…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Award-Winning Architect Phil Freelon

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: The Freelon Group CEO Phil Freelon, HBCU Connect…

By Pepper Miller

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Andrea Polk of Solo Noir Skin Care for Men.

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Solo Noir Founder Andrea Polk

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

The Urban Business Roundtable profiles Solo Noir Skincare for Men Founder Andrea Polk, attorney Richard…

By Pepper Miller

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3. Do seek "trade credit" from vendors and suppliers. 

Too many entrepreneurs dream of going to a bank and getting a business loan or line of credit for their enterprise. But maybe you don’t need a traditional bank loan at all to launch or grow your business. 

If you can get your vendors and suppliers to agree to provide you with trade credit---i.e., the ability to pay for goods and services over time---you can creatively and more frugally run your operations.

How to Start That Online Business You’ve Been Thinking About

Five easy-to-follow tips to get your online business idea off the ground

Several easy ways to get a head start on your online business.

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Footwear Entrepreneur Candra Palmer

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

Artyce Designs Founder Cassandra Hayes shares how she launched her customized shoe business.

By Pepper Miller

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

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

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

By Candace Myers

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The Turnaround Kings: BE 100s Financial Services Company of the Year

Vista Equity Partners team prove themselves masters of rebuild and returns

In 2007, Vista Equity Partners (No. 1 on the be private equity list with $6.6…

By Alan Hughes

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NFL Veteran Israel Idonije is the Founder and Creator of Blessed Communion

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: NFL Vet and Entrepreneur Israel Idonije

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

Defensive lineman and faith-based venture founder Israel Idonije joins the Roundtable. Also: Dr. R. Kay…

By Pepper Miller

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Beauty Maven Vera Moore, President & CEO of Vera Moore Cosmetics

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Cosmetics Company CEO Vera Moore

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

Cosmetics Company CEO Vera Moore joins the Roundtable. Also: Wealth expert Gerald Grant Jr.

By Pepper Miller

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Obama Administration Delays Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Treasury Department will publish rules about reporting requirements later this summer.

The Obama Administration is delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate

By C. Daniel Baker

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Cool Jobs: Savvy Entrepreneur Overcomes Pull of the Streets to Spark Online Movement

Gamer Fit Nation founder Antwand Pearman talks power of perseverance, faith

Gamer Fit Nation founder Antwan Pearman talks hard knocks, MTV experience and sparking a movement…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Stephen Hightower, CEO of Hightowers Petroleum, the 2013 Black Enterprise 100s Industrial/Service Company of the Year

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Petroleum Products CEO Stephen Hightower

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Hightowers Petroleum CEO Stephen Hightower; Design Firm CEO…

By Pepper Miller

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NAWBO: Women's Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013

New Bills Would Boost Small Businesses Access to Capital, Enhance Female Entrepreneurship

Bills would boost access to capital and enhance female entrepreneurship.

Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez has introduced 2 bills aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and helping small…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Ways to Make Your Small Business More Sustainable

Green Lifestyle Expert Yoli Ouiya, provides advice on how to green your office.

Sustainability is not just a trending topic; It is the future of creating efficient…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Marketing Maven Tina Wells

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

Marketingmaven Tina Wells shares how to profit by tapping to today’s most powerful trendsetters…

By Pepper Miller

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

7 Easy Steps to Optimize Your Business Blog Posts

How to enhance content on your blog

Seven easy steps to optimize old content on the fly.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Shark Tank Mogul Daymond John Partners with Fuse Science

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: “Shark” Daymond John

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Shark Tank Star Daymond John and Money Maven…

By Pepper Miller

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How to Leave Your Corporate Job and Be a Smart Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, freedom must be managed properly and used for true business productivity

As an entrepreneur, freedom must be managed properly and used for true business productivity

By BlackEnterprise.com

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SBA Honors Small Business Person of the Year Winners from 50 States

Small Business Person of the Year winners will be announced during Small Business Week

An award recognizing small businesses that create jobs, produce revenue, lift local economies, and support…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

AARP Launches “Life Reimagined” Program to Help Achieve Goals at Any Age

AARP wants to help older Americans achieve their dreams

Today, people are living longer, and many people in their 50s, 60s and beyond are…

By C. Daniel Baker

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HOW TO START AN EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM

How to Start an Employee Wellness Program

How seriously is you company taking employee wellness?

Every $1 invested in employee wellness programs yields roughly $4 in savings through reduced sick…

By Black Enterprise

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Small Business Administration Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week

KeyBank Pledges Increase in SBA Loans to Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Last year, KeyBank loaned $21 million to veteran-owned small businesses.

Nearly 250,000 veterans leave the service each year, and many become small business owners.

By C. Daniel Baker

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MBDA Announces Grant Competition to Create Jobs and Grow Businesses

Minority Business Development Agency Announces Grant to Launch Business Centers

Agency makes $6.3 million available to launch six new MBDA Business Centers

The MBDA helps to create and maintain jobs by supporting the growth and global expansion…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Leading Architect Dina A. Griffin

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Interactive Design/Eight Architect’s Dina A. Griffin, Attorney Exavier…

By Pepper Miller

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

Watch BET Founder Robert L. Johnson Honored at 12:30 at EC Live

RLJ Companies Chairman to be presented with A.G. Gaston Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement at 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

The Arthur G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to RLJ Companies Chairman, BET…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Workforce Solutions Mogul Harold Mills

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: ZeroChaos CEO Harold Mills; A-Advantage Networking CEO Warren…

By Pepper Miller

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Best of America’s Largest Black-Owned Companies To Be Honored At Entrepreneurs Conference

BE 100s Companies of the Year to be celebrated at Awards Gala at 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

The Industrial Service Company, Auto Dealership, Financial Company and Advertising Agency of the Year will…

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Entrepreneurs: MSNBC’s “Your Business” Wants To Hear From You!

National television program set to shoot on-camera interviews with small business owners at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio

On Thursday, May 16th MSNBC’s Your Business will be shooting on-camera interviews with small business…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Cory A. Booker and Tech Executives Call for Policies to Support Growth and Job Creation

Cory A. Booker and Tech Executives Call for Policies to Support Growth, Job Creation

Group calls for a change in immigration policies to attract workers

Booker, shared his vision for how social media and technology policy can rejuvenate politics and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Education Entrepreneur WyKesha Hayes

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

This week’s Urban Business Roundtable: Keey2Kids Founder Wykesha Hayes and brand maven April Love.

By Pepper Miller

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Food Truck Owners: ‘The Business Kinda Stinks’

If in violation of onerous regulations, vendors rack up thousands of dollars in fines

City bureaucrats make owning mobile food carts a pain in the pocket and the rear.

By Aaron Morrison

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New Survey Shows Performance on Track for Small Businesses, but Hiring Stalls in 2013

Most small business owners feel their business is at expected levels

Half of the small business owners surveyed said that growth or expanding their business was…

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: St. Louis Real Estate and Media Mogul Michael V. Roberts

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: The Roberts Cos. CEO Michael V. Roberts; real…

By Pepper Miller

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Cool Jobs: SaGe Services CEO Helps Facilitate Global Tech Innovations

Tapua Tunduwani draws from global experience to meet a vital need

CEO of Sage Services, Tapua Tunduwani turns passion into profit by providing flex space for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Young Leader Advocates for Tech Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs

AWP Network founder working to uplift next generation of African innovators

Mary Olushoga, AWP Network founder, took a page from her father’s business book to to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Industry Trailblazer Marjorie Perry

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: MZM Construction Founder and Black Enterprise Contributor Marjorie…

By Pepper Miller

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Operate on Less Financing

Minority owners were less likely to apply for credit fearing loan denial.

Minority firms in particular rely more on their own funds—and have less capital to start…

By C. Daniel Baker

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2012 Elevator Pitch Competition Winner Ebonee Monique of MamaIWantToWrite.com

Entrepreneurs Conference: How I Won The Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition

2012 Elevator Pitch Winner Ebonee Monique's first-person account of her experience at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference—and what's happened since.

Where has she been since?

By Ebonee Monique

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Tech Startup of the Week: Bolstr Let’s Small Businesses Navigate Equity Investments Like Wall Street

Dynamic revenue-sharing engine allows 'main street small businesses' to connect with potential investors

One year after the JOBS Act, small businesses can use Bolstr to raise money from…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Credit Supply and Approval Rate on Small Business Loans Expected to Increase

Most optimistic forecast for lending in the survey’s 3 year history

Small businesses is expected to pick up the pace of investing and hiring in the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: David Steward, CEO of Nation’s Largest Black-Owned Business

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, Renita D. Young speaks with David L. Steward,…

By Pepper Miller

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3 Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

Post Office Returns Saturday Service Cuts Plan to Sender

Post Office puts plans to kill Saturday delivery on hiatus

The Post Office unveiled plans to end Saturday delivery which would have hurt small businesses…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers

Small Businesses Taxes Are Too Complex, Says Study

Small business taxes are taking as long as three weeks to complete

A recent study from the NSBA says the current tax code is too complex for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Businesses Opt to Pay Obamacare Penalty Instead of Offering Healthcare

Businesses are doing their best to get around Obamacare

Some small businesses continue to complain about Obamacare

By Makkada B. Selah

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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…

By Ricardo Bernard

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UBR Spotlight: Eugene Profit’s Investment Company Lives Up To His Name

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Profit Investment CEO Eugene Profit; author and entrepreneur…

By Pepper Miller

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Regardless of Party Lines, Small Business Owners Support Immigration Reform

Poll shows regardless of party affiliation, owners want change

Small business owners want an overhaul of the current immigration system, says a new study

By C. Daniel Baker

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Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers

Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers

Court says Tax law violates the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause.

NY State Court rules that online income generated via links can be taxed, opening the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Top Ad Agency CEO Monique Nelson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Uniworld Group Co-CEO Monique Nelson, Catherine Bennet of…

By Pepper Miller

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British Entrepreneur ‘Hatches’ Savvy Way to Promote African Arts in UK

Yemisi Mokuolu overcame challenges of recession to realize dreams

Yemisi Mokuolu’s company, Hatch Events, is committed to promoting and profiling African arts across the…

By Octavia Goredema

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

Study Finds Small Business Owners Hit Hard By Hurricane Sandy Outages

52% of small businesses experienced a loss of sales or revenue

Small business owners were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy, a new study reveals just…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Announces 2013 National Small Business Week

Small Business Week returns to help business owners

National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

By C. Daniel Baker

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

How to Reinvent Your Brand With Social Media

Consider the methods used by these five entrepreneurs

BlackEnterprise.com highlights tips to reinventing your brand via social media.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Letting Workers Powernap Could Boost Performance & Creativity

Letting Workers “Powernap” Could Boost Performance and Creativity

Studies show a 20 minute nap boosts performance.

Why a new startup wants to help your workers naps

By C. Daniel Baker

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Power Women of the Diaspora: British Social Entrepreneur Champions Change

British businesswoman talks career triumphs, advocacy

Barbara Kasumu, a British social entrepreneur and co-founder of Elevation Networks talks career triumphs, challenges…

By Octavia Goredema

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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.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Telecommuting Increasingly Popular With Most Companies Despite Yahoo Ban

80% of companies surveyed expressed a favorable view of telecommuting.

Despite the comments of Yahoo and a policy change at Best Buy, many companies still…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Boss Moves: 6 Effective Ways to Handle Raise Requests

This strategy will ensure you don't have a disgruntled worker on your hands

Asking for a pay raise can not only be daunting for an employee. It can…

By Sasha King

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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

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Literary Agency Founder Regina Brooks

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Regina Brooks, the first African American editor of…

By Pepper Miller

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Soda Ban Reversal Leaves NYC Businesses In a Holding Pattern

After a judge reverses NYC's soda ban, businesses take a "wait & see" attitude

Businesses and NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg play a waiting game regarding the fate of the soda…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Judge Blocks New York City’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks

Judge Blocks New York City’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks

Judge rules NYC soda ban is too "arbitrary" to regulate

A judge has blocked Mayor Bloomberg’s ban of big sugary drinks in NYC

By C. Daniel Baker

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The New Look for Black Women in Business

The New Look for Black Women in Business and our Next Steps

The next steps black female entrepreneurs face in their careers

Business advice for female entrepreneurs from industry expert, Marjorie Perry

By Marjorie Perry

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5 Ways to Get Familiar With SoLoMo Marketing

How to leverage social-local-mobile

BlackEnterprise.com points out 5 ways you can get your business up and running with SoLoMo…

By Mike Street

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On the Move: Jocelyn Allen to Lead GM Diversity Efforts; Chicago Defender Gets First Female Exec Editor

Both General Motors and the Chicago Defender appoint female power players to top leadership positions.

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Meet Dariany Santana, Co-Host of Women of Power TV

Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV.…

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