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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…

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

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

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

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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

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

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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…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Snack Food Distributor Ernest Lang

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

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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…

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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.

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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 …

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

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

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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…

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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.

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Construction Management CEO Deryl McKissack

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

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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…

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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.

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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.…

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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…

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ABA Offers Tips for Small Business Owners: Assessing Your Banking Relationship

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…

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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…

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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.,…

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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…

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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…

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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?

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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…

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Award-Winning Architect Phil Freelon

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

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Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: Solo Noir Founder Andrea Polk

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

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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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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.

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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?

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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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Lawmakers Draft Bill to Protect Large Soda

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

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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…

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Think Your Startup Is Ready to Pivot? Entrepreneurs Weigh In at SXSW

Pointers from the “Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em” panel

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with moderator Lisa Nicole Bell and the featured panelists— serial entrepreneur Clarence…

By Mike Street

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A BETTER WAY TO SUPPORT AND TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

R.I.P to the Traditional Office? Alternative Workspaces Gain Popularity

70% of employees surveyed work from alternate locations on a regular basis

Does your company allow you to work outside of the office?

By C. Daniel Baker

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

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

Worlds largest retailer focuses on products from women owned businesses

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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4 Ways Brands Can Win With Facebook’s New Newsfeed

Tips to improving newsfeed, so that brands can succeed on the platform

BlackEnterprise.com outlines the various ways Facebook can win with brands with their soon-to-be unveiled newsfeed.…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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UBR Spotlight: WNBA President Laurel J. Richie

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, just in time for Women’s History Month, UBR…

By Pepper Miller

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Businesses Unite to Fight Credit card companies & High Swipe Fees

Should Your Business Add Credit Card Surcharges?

Tips to consider before charging your customers credit card surcharge fees

To surcharge or not to surcharge is a question merchants have to ask themselves

By C. Daniel Baker

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Obama Returns Portion of Pay to Show Solidarity with Workers

Sequester Cuts Already Hurting Small Businesses and Contractors

Half the jobs lost due to the Sequester will be from Small Business

The federal spending cuts known as the sequester are already hurting small businesses

By C. Daniel Baker

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

EmblemHealth Drops Small Business Insurance Plans

Move also reduces incentive for brokers to sell insurance

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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10 Reasons Why People of Color Should Care About Sequestration

10 Reasons People of Color Should Care About Sequestration

If a deal isn't reached, Sequestration will hit Americans, hard.

African-Americans & Latinos will be affected by budgets cuts if the Sequester happens.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference: Who’s Who: Brand Camp U CEO Hajj Flemings

The Gokit co-founder and brand strategist shares why the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference is a can’t-miss event.

Flemings took a few moments to talk with us about the importance of personal branding,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Game Changer Changes Everyday By: Marjorie Perry

4 Ways to Go From Bench Warmer to Game Changer in Business

Business advice on how to reinvent yourself, and your vision

In life and in business, the terrain is always changing. Here’s how you can adapt…

By Marjorie Perry

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How to Build a Professional Relationship with Your Beau

These tips will help you and your spouse keep the love---and business---going

Whether you’re coworkers or business partners, these tips will help you keep the love —…

By Sasha King

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3 Tips for Managing Your Business’ Reputation on the Web

How to stay on top of your online presence

BlackEnterprise.com outlines how you can manage your business’ online reputation.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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U.S. small business hiring increases in February

Small Business Associations React to State of the Union Address

Associations generally agreed with the President's speech

The president touched on several topics close to owners, including sequestration

By C. Daniel Baker

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Entrepreneurs' Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

Microsoft Starts $75M Program for African Businesses

The company's 4Afrika Initiative will offer business training for as many as 200,000 people

Microsoft initiative will put as many as a million small African businesses online in the…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Slashing Costs, Not Innovation: How a Virtual Team Can Benefit Your Business

Study shows advantages and risks of the management model

Study by Chronos Consulting explores the risks and advantages of leading virtual teams.

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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Majority Of Business Owners Hesitant To Visit Healthcare Exchanges

Obamacare Clarifies Contraception Mandate for Businesses, Religious Groups

Clarifications hope to end lawsuits from religious organizations

After facing more than 50 lawsuits, the Obama administration attempts to clarify the Affordable Care…

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Government Site Helps Small Business Track Regulations

New Government Site Helps Small Business Track Regulations

An attempt to ease the regulatory burden on small businesses

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

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tech Startup of the Week: Stipple Brings Photos to Life Through Tagging

Rey Flemings found a way to see past the limitations of computer vision

Image-based advertising and e-commerce company Stipple is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week.

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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IncubateNYC: Entrepreneurs Teaching Entrepreneurs

Former Wall Streeters follow passion and create a startup incubator

BlackEnterprise.com speak with IncubateNYC founders Brian Shields and Marcus Mayo on quitting their jobs on…

By Demetria Irwin

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Small Businesses Say “No” to Outsourcing and Redefine Success

After the recession, some small businesses are still finding ways to keep their product 100% American-made.

Small businesses fight to keep their doors open in a diminishing economy.

By Amber McKynzie

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SBA offers new tools to educate Small Business on the Affordable Care Act

SBA Offers New Tools to Educate Small Businesses on Healthcare Law

New webpage and blog aims to explains new healthcare law

The SBA wants to help business owners find the special provisions in the Affordable…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Women Owned Small Businesses Continue To Lose Out On Government Contracts

Government agencies have little incentive to award contracts

Losing out at a faster rate than that of male-owned small businesses.

By C. Daniel Baker

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The 2014 H-1B Visa Race Begins today

Entrepreneurs Demand Immigration Reform For Skilled Workers

Start-ups say it's too expensive and difficult to hire foreign talent

Owners say they have to reject many skilled applicants due to red tape and regulations

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tech Startup of the Week: OnceLogix Provides Innovative Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

Entrepreneurial trio provides healthcare solutions...the tech way

BlackEnterprise.com’s Tech Startup of the Week highlights different tech entrepreneurs and the innovative companies they’ve…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Can Robot Workers Save Small Factories?

Can a Robot Named Baxter Save Small U.S. Factories?

Robots may replace low wage overseas workers.

A humanoid robot could revive U.S. manufacturing

By C. Daniel Baker

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Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers

The IRS Delays Tax Season for 120 Million Households

Changes from the Fiscal Cliff deal forces changes in tax forms.

Delay affects 80% of Americans who’ll have to wait until later to begin filing

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

Costs of Obamacare Minimal on Small Businesses [Study]

Only midsize companies would really see higher costs from Obamacare

Despite what Critics say, Obamacare is not bad for business according to one study.

By C. Daniel Baker

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4 STEPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

Simple Steps to Reevaluate your Business Strategy

When your marketing goes stale, so does your business

The purpose of cleaning up your online business is to stay relevant to consumers. So,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

Obama Signs Bill to Deliver More Government Contracts to Small Businesses

New provisions will help small businesses compete for more federal contracts

Number of small business contracts awarded will now figure into bonuses and promotions

By C. Daniel Baker

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How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Affects Small Businesses

The Fiscal Cliff deal is bittersweet for small businesses

While some provisions are helpful, not all are in favor of small business owners

By C. Daniel Baker

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Are Green leases the future of small business real estate

Increase the Value of Your Office Space with a Green Lease

Green leases improve the environmental performance of a leased office space

To reinforce a commitment to the Earth throughout the year, companies can validate their dedication…

By C. Daniel Baker

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10 States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2013

10 States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2013

Do you live in a state where your wage may increase?

Minimum wage for servers and other tipped employees will remain $2.13 per hour

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

ASBL Claims Obama Wants to “Dismantle the Small Business Administration”

The American Small Business League fears Obama is going phase out the SBA.

Obama will use the Fiscal Cliff crisis to dissolve the Small Business Association, says the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Skipping the Ho,Ho,Ho could mean higher profits for Small Businesses

Skipping the Ho,Ho,Ho Could Mean Higher Profits for Small Businesses

Some businesses are finding good results cutting back holiday decorations.

How not putting up decorations could help your small business stand out.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Bakery Goes Into Overdrive After Landing on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” List

Imagine how much a mention from Oprah would change your business.

Wisconsin bakery lands on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list.

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson of NuJak Construction

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: NuJak Construction Partners Frank Kendrick and Tim Jackson;…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How Small Business Owners Can Profit from Being Politically Active

Sometimes making your business successful is all about having the right connections

Every small business owner wants to be successful but many oftentimes overlook the importance of…

By Raynard Jackson

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Ransomware: A Growing Threat to Small Business

Ransomware: A Growing Threat to Small Business in 2013

Experts warn small businesses should look out for this new threat

Small businesses need to be proactive to avoid being a victim of this growing threat

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Return Textiles Co-Founder Tyson Toussant

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Return Textiles Co-founder Tyson Toussant, Master Networker George…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Automotive Sales 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; BCT Partners…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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A bridal entrepreneur breaks through the “Pink Ghetto”

A Bridal Entrepreneur Breaks Through the “Pink Ghetto”

Entrepreneur Kellee Khalil’s Lover.ly service aggregates great wedding ideas online

Wedding planning grosses an estimated $99 billion dollars a year.

By C. Daniel Baker

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THe minority banking scene in Chicago is rapidily declining

Chicago’s Minority Banking Scene is Rapidly Declining

The Chicago black banking scene isn't as robust as it used to be.

An area that was once home to 17 banks could soon be down to 7.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Letting Customers Drive Your Business

How Social Media and the Doritos Flavored Shell Saved Taco Bell

A kid drove 900 miles to taste the "Doritos Locos Taco."

Customers voiced helped reignite the Taco Bell business

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: OMG Booth Puts New Focus on Old Business Concept

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Mose and Shekita James, the co-preneurs who own…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Meet Successful Teen CEO Leanna Archer

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtabe: Leanna’s Inc. CEO Leanna Archer; nationally recognized small…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Fedex supports Small Business Saturday

Tips to Help Your Business Standout on Small Business Saturday

Follow these tips to help your business shine on Small Business Saturday

How to stand out and win customers on Small Business Saturday

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Could Your Business Benefit from Offering Free Shipping?

Many companies are offering free shipping for the holidays.

Could it work for Yours?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business upset President Obama only met with Big Business CEO's

Small Businesses Upset Obama Only Met with Big Business CEOs

Obama and small business owners already off to a bad start in his second term?

No small business representatives were invited to the White House to discuss the Fiscal Cliff…

By C. Daniel Baker

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UBR Spotlight: Manufacturers Industrial Group CEO Andre Gist

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Manufacturers Industrial Group CEO Andre Gist; financial literacy…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Where Marijuana is Legal, Dealers prepare to battle Corporate Cannabis

Marijuana’s Legalization is Complicated for Business Owners

Even with new laws business owners still face hassles & red tape

Dave Schwaab ran a dispensary named “Abundant Healing” in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2009, a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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6 reasons why Newark is a good place to work

6 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Consider Newark, NJ

Newark may be the perfect place for Entrepreneurs

“It’s a great asset to have a mayor who understands how important resources and culture…

By Anthony Frasier

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Author and Sony Pictures' executive DeVon Franklin with Black Enterprise Multimedia Editor-at-Large and UBR Host Alfred Edmond Jr.

UBR Spotlight: Top Hollywood Studio Exec DeVon Franklin

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Hollywood Exec DeVon Franklin and MSNBC’s Your Business…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Lauren Doggett, Owner of Whipped Body Goods

Entrepreneur of the Week: Lauren Doggett of ‘Whipped Body Goods’

See what made her take the leap into entrepreneurship and how her business is going

Lauren Doggett, Creator of Whipped Body Goods, offers entrepreneurial advice to our business audience

By C. Daniel Baker

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Women of Power

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

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

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

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

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