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

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

Best of the best talk leadership, capital and longevity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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6 Black-Owned Natural Beauty Brands You Should Know

These entrepreneurs of color lead brands that are changing the game

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

By Courtney Connley

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

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

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

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Doing Just What You Love May Be Hurting Your Business

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

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

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

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

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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

Vital reasons you should always ensure your skills are known

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

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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

Strategies you need to get that victory in the fourth quarter

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

By Marquita Miller

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Credit Suisse Seeks To Accelerate Wealth Creation Among African American Entrepreneurs

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

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

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6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Freelancer

Sometimes the client isn't always right

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

By Courtney Herring

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

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

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

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Last Man Standing: Entrepreneur Buys Building Where He Was Fired

Sequin City founder tells story of triumph over unemployment

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

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Hosts 2014 Global Automotive Summit

Event celebrate 15 years of advocating for diversity in the industry

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

By Raqiyah Mays

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5 Success Strategies for Family Businesses

Running a business with your family can hold many challenges

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Use these key tips to optimize your career

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

By Courtney Herring

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

5 tips to yield better business results

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

By Marquita Miller

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

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

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

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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

Instore leasing is a great way to expand your business

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Young Entreprenuer Talks Educational Clothing Line and Kickstarter Success

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

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

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Cultural bias

Ask Sheree: When an Employee Suffers Cultural Bias

What should I do when I sense that my manager is culturally biased against me?
First…

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How to Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business

T-shirts are contemporary wardrobe staples for men, women, and children today. Building an online T-shirt…

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