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UBR Spotlight: Eugene Profit’s Investment Company Lives Up To His Name Regardless of Party Lines, Small Business Owners Support Immigration Reform Court Approves Sales Tax on Online Sellers UBR Spotlight: Top Ad Agency CEO Monique Nelson British Entrepreneur ‘Hatches’ Savvy Way to Promote African Arts in UK Study Finds Small Business Owners Hit Hard By Hurricane Sandy Outages SBA Announces 2013 National Small Business Week Nominate Your Small Business or Nonprofit for a SCORE Award How to Reinvent Your Brand With Social Media Letting Workers “Powernap” Could Boost Performance and Creativity Power Women of the Diaspora: British Social Entrepreneur Champions Change Wendell Pierce, Tina Wells and Others Convene for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Telecommuting Increasingly Popular With Most Companies Despite Yahoo Ban Boss Moves: 6 Effective Ways to Handle Raise Requests Eileen Fisher Empowers Women Entrepreneurs With $12,500 Grants UBR Spotlight: Literary Agency Founder Regina Brooks Soda Ban Reversal Leaves NYC Businesses In a Holding Pattern Judge Blocks New York City’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks The New Look for Black Women in Business and our Next Steps 5 Ways to Get Familiar With SoLoMo Marketing Think Your Startup Is Ready to Pivot? Entrepreneurs Weigh In at SXSW R.I.P to the Traditional Office? Alternative Workspaces Gain Popularity Walmart.com Highlights Products from Small, Women-Owned Businesses 4 Ways Brands Can Win With Facebook’s New Newsfeed UBR Spotlight: WNBA President Laurel J. Richie Should Your Business Add Credit Card Surcharges? Sequester Cuts Already Hurting Small Businesses and Contractors EmblemHealth Drops Small Business Insurance Plans 10 Reasons People of Color Should Care About Sequestration Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference: Who’s Who: Brand Camp U CEO Hajj Flemings 4 Ways to Go From Bench Warmer to Game Changer in Business How to Build a Professional Relationship with Your Beau 3 Tips for Managing Your Business’ Reputation on the Web Small Business Associations React to State of the Union Address Microsoft Starts $75M Program for African Businesses Slashing Costs, Not Innovation: How a Virtual Team Can Benefit Your Business Obamacare Clarifies Contraception Mandate for Businesses, Religious Groups New Government Site Helps Small Business Track Regulations Tech Startup of the Week: Stipple Brings Photos to Life Through Tagging IncubateNYC: Entrepreneurs Teaching Entrepreneurs Small Businesses Say “No” to Outsourcing and Redefine Success SBA Offers New Tools to Educate Small Businesses on Healthcare Law Women Owned Small Businesses Continue To Lose Out On Government Contracts Entrepreneurs Demand Immigration Reform For Skilled Workers Tech Startup of the Week: OnceLogix Provides Innovative Solutions for the Healthcare Industry Can a Robot Named Baxter Save Small U.S. Factories? 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Eugene Profit

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.

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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

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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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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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WNBA President Laurel Richie

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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Incubate NYC founders Marcus Mayo and Brian L. Shields. (Image courtesy of Incubate NYC)

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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Tim Jackson and Frank Kendrick of the NuJak Companies. (Image: Ryan Ketterman)

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;…

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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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can your business benefit from offering free shipping

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

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

What’s Obama’s Second Term Means for Small Businesses

What do the next four years hold for small business owners?

Many small business owners watched the presidential election with great interest, some even delaying plans…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hiring an Ex-Con Could be Right for Your Business

Why hiring an ex offender might be beneficial for your business.

Why hiring an ex offender might be beneficial for your business.

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Using Hip-Hop to Make a Difference: A Talk With Tamekia Flowers-Holland

Tamekia discusses her journey to shine a brighter, more positive light on Hip-Hop and help youth at the same time

Tamekia discusses her journey to shine a brighter, more positive light on Hip-Hop and help…

By Arlice Nichole

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Is Flood Insurance Right for Your Small Business?

Almost 40% of small business never reopen their doors following a flood.

Almost 40% of small business never reopen their doors following a flood.

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Small Businesses Predict an Increase in Holiday Sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

40% of small business owners predict a bounce in holiday sales

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UBR Spotlight: New Horizons Baking CEO Tilmon Brown

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: New Horizons Baking CEO Tilmon Brown; consultant and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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When to Close your small business during a Disaster

Staying Open During a Disaster? What to Consider

Factors business owners need to consider if staying open during a disaster

Factors business owners need to consider if staying open during a disaster

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Hurricane Sandy Preparation Tips for Small Business Owners

Planning before any natural disaster or unexpected emergency – is key to business survival.

Planning before any natural disaster or unexpected emergency – is key to business survival.

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Office Space Rental guide for small businesses

Need Office Space? Here’s What to Look for During the Search

They are many factors to consider, from hiring a real-estate broker to finding the right location and price

They are many factors to consider, from hiring a real-estate broker to finding the right…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hey Small Business Owners: Do You Have a Nest Egg?

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

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How to be Prepared in Case the Cloud fails.

Some failures will be momentary while others will be more serious.

Some failures will be momentary while others will be more serious.

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UBR Spotlight: Design Maven Tina Shoulders

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Designer Tina Shoulders; small business lending expert Marino…

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Protecting Your Business Idea May Not Be Your Best Move

Not keeping ideas secret can often be beneficial to your business

Not keeping ideas secret can often be beneficial to your business

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Criminal Background Checks in Small Business Employment

Here are some guidelines for using criminal background checks in hiring

Here are some guidelines for using criminal background checks in hiring

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If It’s Your Business, This Is Your Book

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Sublime Doughnuts Founder Kamal Grant

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

This week on The Urban Business Business Roundtable: Sublime Doughnuts Creator Kamal Grant, HBCU Connect…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Many Small Business Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

Many companies are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats due to lack of security.

Many companies are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats due to lack of security.

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Benjamin Lamson and Sulaiman Sanni, co-owners of WeDidIt, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based web-based, online crowd-funding platform for non-profit organizations, earned a $25,000 grant in the MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series Business Plan Competition last year. (Image by Clifton Henri/Courtesy of MillerCoors)

Being a Not-For-Profit is Not a License to be Unprofitable

Non-profit leadership requires disciplined entrepreneurship. For sustainability, you must plan for profitability.

Please, don’t take this the wrong way. But the non-profit industry does not need more…

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UBR Spotlight: All American Meats CEO Shawn Buchanan

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: All American Meats CEO Shawn Buchanan; LifeCoach2Women.com CEO…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Small Business Owners Pessimistic on Economy, Report Says

Small business owners unsure if they'll be able to hire again, according to new study

Small business owners unsure if they’ll be able to hire again, according to new study

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UBR Spotlight: Plus Size Clothing Entrepreneur Monif Clarke

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

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

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What? You’ve Never Watched ‘Shark Tank’?

ABC's reality show featuring entrepreneurs swimming with "Sharks" for capital is must-see TV.

ABC’s reality show featuring entrepreneurs swimming with “Sharks” for capital is must-see TV.

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

5 Labor Trends Small Biz Owners Need to Know

Preventative action can protect your company from employee lawsuits

According to labor attorney Charles H. Wilson, there are five major issues in the workplace…

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Boris Kodjoe Talks New Role, Family Life and Entrepreneurship

Actor, father and philanthropist balances it all

Actor, father and enterpreneurship advocate Boris Kodjoe stars in latest Resident Evil and talks about…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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UBR Spotlight: Award-Winning Designer Kevan Hall

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Fashion designer Kevan Hall and small business consultant…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: General Mills Baking Products President Anton Vincent

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR contributor Renita D. Young speaks with General…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Expanding in Africa: Small Business Tips for Success

IROKO Partners CEO Jason Njoku gives advice on global expansion

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

By Octavia Goredema

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Cool Jobs: Jason Njoku Brings Nollywood to International Forefront

IROKO Partners founder talks global expansion, million-dollar deals

From London to Lagos, iROKO Partners founder Jason Njoku offers multifaceted Nigeria entertainment platform to…

By Octavia Goredema

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Next Generation of Blacks On Wall Street

Loop Capital is helping young professionals break into the lucrative investment banking business

Representation of African-Americans and Hispanics in the investment banking community remains miniscule at…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Steps to Go from Small to Big Business

Take a cue from this strategy to expand your vision and success

Construction industry powerhouse Marjorie Perry shares strategy for expanding your vision and your small business.

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UBR Spotlight: SoBran Inc. CEO Amos Otis

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: BE 100s company CEO Amos Otis, business and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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50 Cent Partners With Young African Entrepreneurs

Rapper looks for distributors in different African countries

Rapper looks for distributors in different African countries

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#GT2012: Golf Apparel CEO Anthony Shareef Hits The Sweet Spot

Founder of the first black-owned golf apparel manufacturer talks the business of golf and why he's attending the Challenge for the 12th time.

Engineering a plan to work full time in the industry of the sport he loved…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How to Attract Top Talent to Your Company Without Breaking the Bank

Incentives and creative leadership are keys to retaining best of the best

You can invest in your best employees without breaking the bank by being innovative and…

By Marjorie Perry

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UBR Spotlight: Chrysler Auto Design Executive Ralph Gilles

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Chrysler SRT Brand CEO and auto design executive…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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#GT2012: Football, Flirting and Fun Is Jersey Girl Sports’ Triple Threat

Entrepreneurs Angela Davis and Marcelle English engage female sports fans while mining opportunities for corporate partnerships

Angela Davis and Marcelle English, partners in Jersey Girl Sports (JGS), an Atlanta-based media and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

The woman of power behind the multimillion dollar beauty brand shares the secret of her success

As the founder of the ever-popular Carol’s Daughter, Lisa Price if a woman of power…

By Andrew Wadium

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UBR Spotlight: David Steward, CEO of America’s Largest Black-Owned Company

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young talks with David…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Preview ‘B.E. Business Report’: The Unyielding Spirit of Act-1 CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd

The founder of a $1.8 billion business, the nation's largest owned by a black woman, shares how she keeps her competitive edge and exceeds expectations

Host Caroline Clarke recently caught-up with Act-1 Group CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd to learn how…

By Andrew Wadium

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UBR Spotlight: TV One CEO Wonya Lucas

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: TV One CEO Wonya Lucas; M.E.T.A.L. Law Group…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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#GT2012: Entrepreneur Aniesia Williams Takes Care of Business at The Challenge

Williams attends The Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge to identify new prospects

Aniesia Williams attends The Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge to identify new prospects

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Opinion: Outrage Over Chick-Fil-A’s Marriage Stance Is Misplaced

Gay writer says the tit-for-tat should be replaced with open dialogue

Michael Arceneaux, an openly gay writer, says the focus of the Chick-Fil-A anti-gay backlash is…

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Management Firm CEO Deryl McKissack

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Deryl McKissack, CEO of McKissack & McKissack; brand…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why And How Black Businesses Should Improve Their Customer Service

Here's a list of the causes of bad customer service and what you can do to change that culture

Here’s a list of the causes of bad customer service and what you can do…

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#GT2012: Success Is Par for The Course for Ty DeLavallade

Three years after rebounding from a layoff, the Orlando-based entrepreneur is focused on building one of the premier golf tourism companies in the world.

Ty DeLavallade continues to build and expand his Golf Quests, Inc. as one of the…

By Mia N. Hall

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Preview BEBR: How Quintin Primo is Transforming One of the Nation’s Largest Black-owned Real Estate Firms Into a Global Powerhouse

Plus, meet B.E.’s Auto Dealer or the Year, a Closer Look at Pre-Paid Debit Cards, and Hair Care Secrets for the High-powered Executive

On Black Enterprise Business Report, Caroline Clarke interview Quintin E. Primo, III, Chief Executive of…

By Andrew Wadium

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4 Half-Truths About Black Owned Businesses

Writer Lawrence M. Watkins explains why you should still continue to buy black.

In a recent opinion piece on TheGrio.com, writer Lawrence M. Watkins explored myths and half-truths…

By Black Enterprise

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UBR Spotlight: Profit Investments CEO Eugene Profit

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Profit Investments CEO Eugene Profit; author and entrepreneur…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Obama Signs Health Care Bill into Law: On March, 23, 2010, in what the The New York Times calls "the most expansive legislation enacted in decades," President Obama signs his controversial-yet-landmark national health-care bill into law. Onlookers at the signing included Victoria Kennedy, wife of the late Ted Kennedy—who had made passing such legislation his life’s work for 40 years. How did the Vice President Joe Biden sum up the moment? "Mr. President, this is a big [expletive] deal."

Preview B.E. Business Report: Amerihealth CEO Michael Rashid on Healthcare

Bringing the health and wellness of American citizens to the forefront

The healthcare industry is big business and Amerihealth CEO Michael Rashid is keeping million of…

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UBR Spotlight: Haircare Products Mogul Joe Dudley Sr.

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR contributor Samantha Pass speaks with Joe Dudley…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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2012 Best Companies for Diversity

This year, Black Enterprise focused on supplier diversity, because winning contracts to provide products and…

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UBR Spotlight: Truck Mogul Stephen Neal

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

This week’s Urban Business Roundtable is joined by K.Neal International Trucks CEO Stephen Neal. Also:…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Preview B.E. Business Report: The 2012 Women of Power Special

Modelpreneur Beverly Johnson and other Women of Power share their perspective on the role of women in business

Fresh off an exciting Women of Power Summit in Orlando, entrepreneurs Beverly Johnson, Carole Simpson…

By Andrew Wadium

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UBR Spotlight: FUSE Advertising CEO Clifford Franklin

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Clifford Franklin, the president and CEO of FUSE,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Will Cleveland’s New Casino be an Economic Jackpot?

Horseshoe Cleveland Boss says gaming will help stimulate city business

Horseshoe Cleveland GM Marcus Glover says gaming will help stimulate city business

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Focus on Storytelling

What stories can you tell about your business. I spoke this week to a group of arts, tourism and cultural organizations at Cultural Tourism DC's annual conference in Washington, DC. (Members range from Smithsonian Institution Directors to jazz clubs to tiny art galleries and film festivals). When cultural organizations approach social media, they can't go for the hard sell because arts marketing is more about storytelling. Take a cue from these organizations and focus on the story behind your service or product. Can you give your audience a behind-the-scenes view?  Can you offer online previews to build buzz before a big event?

How to Generate Publicity for Your Business

Tips for finding the news hook that will create buzz for your business

Tips for finding the news hook that will create buzz and publicity for your business

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UBR Spotlight: ZeroChaos CEO Harold Mills

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: ZeroChaos CEO Harold Mills and A-Advantage Networking Inc.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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

UBR Spotlight: BE 100s CEO Stephen Hightower of Hightowers Petroleum

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Hightowers Petroleum CEO Stephen Hightower; PencilWorx CEO Lavon…

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Company: Cannon Industries
Rank: No. 83 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Jack Cannon
Business: Metal fabrication, metal stampings, machining
Location: Rochester, New York


Company: Leader Communications Inc.
Rank: No. 95 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Michael Lyles
Business: Technology
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

13 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2012

Black Enterprise welcomes 13 new companies to our annual BE 100s list chronicling the largest…

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Entrepreneurs: Do You Have What It Takes to Create Your Own Category?

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

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UBR Spotlight: Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells, Buyosphere CEO…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: UniWorld Group’s New CEO Monique Nelson

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

Uniworld Group CEO Monique Nelson (Image: Courtesy of Subject)
This week on The Urban Business Roundtable,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Tavis Smiley and the University of Maryland Announce $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

WATCH NOW: Livestream with Tavis Smiley at 2012 Entrepreneurs Conference

Tune in to Tavis SMiley's live interview from Black Enterprise's annual conference in Chicago

Live from Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneur Conference, media personality Tavis Smiley has an honest one-on-one conversation…

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UBR Spotlight: Pre-Teen Entrepreneur Maya Penn

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Pre-teen Entrepreneur Maya Penn. Also Dr. Antoine Moss…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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This weekend the controversial HBO film (based on the controversial bestselling book) Game Change premieres. Though the film focuses on the McCain-Pailn campaign, we rounded up a few political game changers of our own who are (or will be!) ones to watch.---Sasha KingPresident Barack ObamaWhat can be said about the President of the United States? He made history as the first black President of the United States in the 2008 election, making him the 44th president. He has accomplished many things in the three years he has been in office, including capturing the elusive Osama Bin Laden. He is striving to maintain his presidency for another four years by campaigning for the 2012 election.

Obama’s Minority Report: Do Republican Presidents Cater to Small Businesses Better?

Questioning whether the current administration has been as diligent in supporting small business owners as presidents past

When it comes to minority business, some question whether or not the Barack Obama administration…

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Entrepreneurs Conference: How Janice Bryant Howroyd Built A Billion-Dollar Business

The founder and CEO of the largest minority woman-owned employment agency to share her 7 keys to business success

Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of Act•1 Group, the first black woman to own a billion-dollar…

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UBR Spotlight: Mortgage Lending Solutions Mogul Charles Sanders

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Charles S. Sanders, the founder and CEO of…

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UBR Spotlight: DeanZign’s Angela Dean Delivers Celebrity Style

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Designer Angela Dean; money maven Deborah Owens.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Fashion Icon Beverly Johnson on Branding And Reality TV

Supermodel, entrepreneur and television show creator to offer guidance on mastering your brand

At the Entrepreneurs Conference, hair and beauty mogul Beverly Johnson will join celebrated restaurateur Gina…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Preview B.E. Business Report: The Luxury of Time In A Tough Economy

Tourneau Exec Larry Barkley, Entrepreneur of the Week Cake Man Raven, wealth-building expert Ryan Mack and relaxing executive getaways

This week on the Black Enterprise Business Report our Power Player is Larry Barkley, senior…

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Entrepreneurs Conference: 8 Keys To Bouncing Back From Setbacks

Soul Purpose's Founder & CEO Nadine Thompson to share how entrepreneurs can remain resilient in the face of adversity and perceived failure.

Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company CEO Nadine Thompson is one of the featured panelists on the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Melinda Emerson

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

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, entrepreneurship expert Melinda Emerson offers…

By Demetria Irwin

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Anthony Joiner, Shoozed

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Joiner’s latest venture puts a social-commerce spin on the age-old business of footwear retail

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Joiner’s latest venture, Shoozed.com, puts a social-commerce spin on the age-old business…

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You Only Live Once: So When It Comes to Your Business, Innovate Before It’s Too Late

For entrepreneurs, a healthy dose of innovation (and a dash of crazy) could be the key to your small business success

For entrepreneurs, a healthy dose of innovation (and a dash of crazy) could be the…

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UBR Spotlight: Interior Designer Robin Wilson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Robin Wilson, founder and CEO of Robin Wilson…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Female Leaders Winning: Bethann Hardison, a Leader in Fashion

Fashion industry leader Bethann Hardison talks her journey to diversify the industry.

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United Nations Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

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

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