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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…

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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.

By Marjorie Perry

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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

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Management Firm CEO Deryl McKissack

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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…

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UBR Spotlight: Profit Investments CEO Eugene Profit

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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

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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

By Jonathan Mead

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UBR Spotlight: Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells

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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

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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

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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UBR Spotlight: Mortgage Lending Solutions Mogul Charles Sanders

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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Melinda Emerson, Black Enterprise Small Business University Instructor

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…

By Brian Dawson

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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…

By Elayne Fluker

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UBR Spotlight: Interior Designer Robin Wilson

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: DeVon Franklin On Faith And Business In Hollywood

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How to Hide Stuff From Your Timeline

Timeline gives friends the ability to view your entire Facebook history. For this reason, we imagine the first thing most people will want to do is to "sanitize" their Timeline. The good news is, it's simple to hide what you don't want showing. When you see a post you'd like to nix, just hit the pencil icon at the top of the post and select "Hide from Timeline." This doesn't delete the content from your account, but it will keep it safe from prying eyes.

Why Asking For A Job Applicant’s Facebook Password Is Fair Game

Depending on the job, access to the social media communications of a potential hire may be in your company's best interest

Employers asking prospective hires for their Facebook password is a hot button topic but it’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Join Black Enterprise in Chicago for Supplier Diversity Business Opportunities

Be there as Black Enterprise and Walmart host event aimed at entrepreneurs who want to do business with major corporations

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Black Enterprise teams up with Walmart to host a forum…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Charlie Fyffe of Charlie’s Brownies

Charlie Fyffe’s eponymous dessert and brownie company is beginning to give off the sweet smell of success

Charlie Fyffe launched his brownie business as a student at UC Berkeley and plans to…

By Brian Dawson

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Firm CEO Marjorie Perry

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Marjorie Perry, founder of MZM…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Now that McDonald’s Has a Black CEO, Will This Mean Healthier Food for the Black Community?

CEO Don Thompson takes the helm of McDonald's on July 1. thegrio.com writer Dr. Terrance McGill asks if Mickey D's will now change how it markets to our community

CEO Don Thompson takes the helm of McDonald’s on July 1. thegrio.com writer Dr. Terrance…

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UBR Spotlight: Marketing Maven Teneshia Jackson Warner

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Teneshia Jackson Warner, founder of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Do not expect that treaties (agreements between countries to respect and protect the registered marks of other territories) alone will protect your mark. Consult an attorney familiar with trademark law.  It may even become advisable to consult local counsel for the respective country to guide you.

7 Ways Small Businesses Can Protect Their Brand Internationally

Don't let someone undermine your hard work by infringing upon your brand

Following Michael Jordan’s brand infringement lawsuit against Qiodan, small business owners need to know how…

By Mia N. Hall

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UBR Spotlight: Women’s History Maker Regina Brooks

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Women’s History Maker Laurel J. Richie

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Jenile Brooks, Harvest Express

With Harvest Express, Detroit native Jenile Brooks aims to bring fresh fruits, veggies and more to her hometown, one of America’s most arid "food deserts"

With Harvest Express, Detroit native Jenile Brooks aims to bring fresh fruits, veggies and more…

By Brian Dawson

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Champions for Children

The Harvells marry prowess in business and medicine to create a socially conscious pediatric dental practice

Christopher Harvell and his wife have melded their expertise in business and in medicine to…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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UBR Spotlight: Dentist & Beverage Company CEO Walter Young

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Beverage company CEO Dr. Walter Young and Internet Consultant Stephen Pierce offer business tips for…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Kelly Keelo and Carl Foster, Owners of Juice Hugger.

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Juice Hugger

How two Brooklynites turned their passion for healthy food and drinks into a burgeoning business

How two Brooklynites turned their passion for healthy food and drinks into a burgeoning business

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UBR Spotlight: Artyce CEO Candra Palmer’s Tips for Entrepreneurs

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Artyce Designs Founder Candra Palmer and Tax Practitioner Nikita Johnson join the Roundtable with tips…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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6 Inspiring Black Inventors Who Changed the World

How your everyday life was influenced by these innovative African Americans

How your everyday life was influenced by these innovative African Americans

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Chental-Song Bembry, The Honey Bunch Kids

Young author promotes literacy through her innovative and entertaining book series

Teenpreneur Chental-Song Bembry launches Honey Bunch Kids, a book series that promotes literacy amongst young…

By Brian Dawson

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The Future of Black Media

African American newspaper publisher discusses changes and challenges in black media

African American newspaper publisher discusses changes and challenges in the black media

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Spotlight: Fashion Icon Beverly Johnson Models Business Leadership

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Jennifer Burrell wowed judges with her pitch about her dress rental company The Frock Shop

Entrepreneur of the Week: Jennifer Burrell, The Frock Shop

Savvy businesswoman aims to make her business the go-to emporium for rented formalwear in Chicago—and beyond

100 Urban Entrepreneurs selects Jennifer Burrell of The Frock Shop as entrepreneur of the week,…

By Brian Dawson

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Author, music executive and entrepreneur Steve Stoute.

UBR Spotlight: Branding Innovator Steve Stoute

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Black Men Can’t Lead?

Study shows stereotypes keep blacks out of leadership positions in sports and business

Study shows stereotypes keep blacks out of leadership positions in sports and business

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Spotlight: ULS CEO Charles Sanders On Building A Successful Business

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Veronica Chapman, My Crowning Jewel

Veronica Chapman's nighttime head wraps offer a stylish solution for your hairstyle--and a way to help low-income teens

Veronica Chapman’s head wraps offer a stylish solution for your hairstyle–and a way to help…

By Brian Dawson

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

UBR Spotlight: Hightowers Petroleum’s High Octane Growth Strategies

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 and Diversity City…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How Marketing Can Bring Your Brand Back to the Top

One of GM's top marketing gurus plans to take the Cadillac brand back to its former glory

As the Vice President of Marketing for Cadillac, Don Butler leads product planning, marketing, advertising…

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Spotlight: Producer Leon Huff On Success In the Music Industry

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his week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young kicks off the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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ME University: How to Brand Yourself and Your Business on Purpose

In a video interview, branding expert Marshawn Evans tells how her ME University helps women entrepreneurs learn how to brand themselves with a clear vision

In a video interview, branding expert Marshawn Evans tells how her ME University helps women…

By Marshawn Evans

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Don Harding Jr., Cool Fruit Sensations

From farmers market to opening a storefront, this entrepreneur got the juice(and the financing) for his Cool Fruit Sensations

From farmers market to opening a storefront, how entrepreneur Don Harding, Jr. got the…

By Brian Dawson

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Selling Without a Store

According to a new report by Forrester Research and Shop.org, e-commerce sites continue to snag…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Maurice Womack, OurBuckeyeHub

With OurBuckeyeHub.com, Maurice Womack has his eye on the immense universe of Ohio State University fans. Beyond that? All of college fandom is in his sights.

With OurBuckeyeHub.com, Entrepreneur of the Week Maurice Womack has his eye on the immense universe…

By Brian Dawson

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Akwaaba's Greenwood with BEBR Correspondent Lanier (Image: Courtesy of Black Enterprise Business Report)

Preview B.E. Business Report: B&B Entrepreneur Monique Greenwood

Also: National President of Girl Scouts USA Connie Lindsey, when to buy an extended warranty and the growing craft-beer trend

Monique Greenwood, part of the husband-and-wife team behind the Akwaaba chain of bed & breakfast…

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5 Leadership Lessons to Move Your Business Forward

Learn how to effectively manage your business from a top ranking general in the US Marine Corp

Management, organizational and leadership advice from a Lt. General Walter E. Gaskin, Deputy Chairman of…

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Spotlight: Quick-Service Food Franchise Mogul Ulysses Bridgeman

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Quick-service food franchise mogul Ulysses Bridgeman Jr., founder…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: Beverly Johnson Talks About Building a Lifestyle Brand for Women of Color

'Modelpreneur' Beverly Johnson talks about building her lifestyle brand and the importance of ownership

‘Modelpreneur’ Beverly Johnson talks to ‘Celebrity Hustle’ host Shannon Lanier about building her lifestyle brand…

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Ms. Robbie’s ‘Sweetie Pie’ Restaurant Hits the Spot on Oprah Winfrey Network

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records with her OWN reality show

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records…

By Tomika Anderson

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UBR Spotlight: Search Is On For America’s Best Small Businesses

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Bryant Monteilh sits down with Harvey…

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UBR Spotlight: Transitioning From Executive to Entrepreneur

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Success stories of two business leaders who transitioned…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The End of the NBA Lockout Excites Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurs whose yearly profits are tied to the NBA season let out a sigh of relief

The NBA lockout didn’t just upset fans but the financial power of entrepreneurs who make…

By Mia N. Hall

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Supermodel-Turned-CEO Iman

Also: Obama Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, online lending and the Harlem Vintage Wine Store

Supermodel-turned-businesswoman Iman, founder and CEO of Iman Cosmetics, is the featured Power Player on this…

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

After a setback, BBraxton Exceptional Grooming revamped and reopened for business

Brenda Braxton and her then husband, Anthony Van Putten, were inspired to open an upscale…

By Renita Burns

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UBR Spotlight: Nicole Jones’ Sensual Steps to Success

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On The Urban Business Roundtable: Nicole Jones builds a business selling designer shoes; Keith Wyche…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Change Has to Be Authentic

The legacy of the Soul Train brand is built upon the pillars of dance, music and fashion. For Gibbs every brand has its own set of values, which must be expanded upon without compromising integrity. “Consumers now are savvier than ever and you have to be authentic and deliver to them what your brand value is unless of course you are looking to change that,” he says. Gibbs’ strategy includes honoring Soul Train’s musical past while reflecting contemporary pop culture. “Music is our lane but that doesn’t mean we can only show artists that were a part of the iconic past. Our perspective is that Soul Train is and will continue to be the home to the biggest artists in popular music,” he says. “We want to contemporize and reach a subset of our consumer, which is a younger consumer—with the rebirth of the brand.”

6 Tips for Success in Rebranding

Taking over Don Cornelius' legendary Soul Train, Kenard Gibbs shares his plans for driving the brand into the 21st century

Kenard Gibbs’ introduction of the Soul Train Awards was just a small step in the…

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Support Black Entrepreneurs On Small Business Saturday

Use this campaign to support local enterprises to conduct your own "empowerment experiment"

This Small Business Saturday make an effort to devote some of your holiday shopping budgets…

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Small Business Saturday Presents Big Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

Why 'small business' doesn’t have to mean small success. Think big

Felicia joy tells why small businesses need to think big on Small Business Saturday and…

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UBR Spotlight: Splice Kitchen’s Tonya Ojuluwayo Cooks Up Success

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Tonya Ojuluwayo, founder of Splice Kitchen, one of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Rachel Blanks, Sunny Days Bakery

With her artfully crafted gourmet treats, Sunny Days Bakery’s Rachel Blanks spreads a little sweetness all across the Florida Panhandle

Sunny Days Bakery’s Rachel Blanks, our entrepreneur of the week, spreads a little sweetness all…

By Brian Dawson

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UBR Spotlight: Data Solutions & Technologies CEO Deborah Scott Thomas

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Deborah Scott Thomas, the president and CEO of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Wykesha Hayes Gives Kids Keeys2Success

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Wykesha Hayes, the founder and CEO of Keey2Kids,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Tre Baker and Lawrence Watkins, Ujamaa Deals

For Ujamaa Deals' founders, focusing on African-American business is the key to black economic empowerment

For Ujamaa Deals’ Tre Baker and Lawrence Watkins, focusing on African-American business is the key…

By Brian Dawson

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5 Online Businesses in Demand

You can start just about any Internet venture. Here are a few worth your time and money

A growing number of entrepreneurs are leveraging the current digital explosion to create viable, sustainable…

By Renita Burns

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UBR Spotlight: Comfort Cake CEO Amy Hilliard

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Amy Hilliard, the founder and CEO of The…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Naima Woodson, Fit for a Kid

With Fit for a Kid, her Los Angeles–based fitness and nutrition business, Naima Woodson fights childhood obesity

With Fit for a Kid, her Los Angeles–based fitness and nutrition business, entreprenuer of the…

By Brian Dawson

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Committed to Black Business

Darrius and Meagan Peace realized the full benefit that participating in a black expo could…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Armstrong & Wilson Reinvent the Pocket Square

Stylish entrepreneurs re-envision the classic men's fashion staple

Recognized by Esquire as two of the best dressed real men in America, Ontario Armstrong…

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UBR Spotlight: How Promet Energy CEO Gregory White Got The Juice

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Gregory R. White, the co-founder and CEO of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Ryford Estores’s Self-Cut System

The target market for Ryford Estores’s specialty grooming product? Men. With short hair. Did someone say "sales potential?"

With his new product ,the Self-Cut System, entrepreneur Ryford Estores goes a cut above

By Brian Dawson

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UBR Spotlight: SLR Contracting CEO Sundra Ryce

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Sundra L. Ryce, the CEO of SLR Contracting…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: A10 Solutions CEO Leah Brown Achieves Clinical Success

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Leah Brown, the CEO of A10 Solutions Inc.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Carmyn Robey Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

After making serious lifestyle changes about her weight, Carmyn Robey now helps others do the same

Severely overweight as a teen, entrepreneur Carmyn Robey dropped 140 pounds and turned her life…

By Brian Dawson

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UBR Spotlight: Digital Marketing Mastermind Tynicka Battle

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Marketing industry entrepreneur Tynicka Battle, founder and CEO…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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ROBERT “BOB” JOHNSON 	Princeton University 	MA, Public/International Affairs 	Class of ’72   Johnson is the founder of Black Entertainment Television [BET], which launched in 1980. Starting as just a two-hour program, BET developed into a nationwide television channel, becoming the first African American owned company to be acknowledged by the New York Stock Exchange in 1991. After selling the all-Black television network to Viacom in 2001, Johnson became the first African American billionaire.

UBR Spotlight: Master Entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: master wealth builder Robert L. Johnson, chairman of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: How One Black-Owned Small Business Survived September 11th

M.R. Beal CEO Bernard Beal tells how his financial services business rebuilt in the days after Sept. 11, 2001--what he did well and what he'd do differently

M.R. Beal CEO Bernard Beal tells how his financial services business survived in the days…

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3 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From 9/11

Even in the greatest tragedy to befall America we can learn valuable lessons of perseverance in business

The aftermath of 9/11 also offers valuable lessons in leadership. In reviewing our archives related…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Brittany K. Earls Makes Her Mark in Print

The 'Genesis' magazine founder defies a global media recession in pursuit of publishing mogulhood

Genesis Magazine’s Brittany K. Earls defies a global media recession in pursuit of publishing mogulhood

By Brian Dawson

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Joshua Suggs & Corretta King

Also: Richard Dent III of Victoria's Secret PINK; investment tips for 2011

Joshua Suggs and Corretta King, the co-founders of Delta’s Restaurant, are the featured Entrepreneurs of…

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Co. CEO C. David Moody Jr.

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Charles David Moody Jr., the CEO of C.D.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Top Auto Design Executive Ralph V. Gilles

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: visionary auto designer and executive Ralph V. Gilles,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Food Service Mogul Warren Thompson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Warren Thompson, the president and chairman of Thompson…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Leaders of the New School: Top 10 Young Women of Power

The next wave of women leaders--from the boardroom to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs to executives, from finance to making history as “firsts”

We highlight the next wave of women leaders–from the boardroom to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs…

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On the Rise: A Clean Slate, A Successful Business

How Elohim Cleaning Contractors CEO Sirena Moore started her commercial cleaning business and grew it to a multi-million dollar venture

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“As a teenage mother with no higher education and…

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UBR Spotlight: World Wide Technology Chairman David Steward

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Toasting the Success of Black Vintner Jerry Bias

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Jerry Bias, founder and CEO of Sugarleaf Vineyards,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Spotlight: Stephanie Chick Sets Your Genius Free

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, Stephanie Chick, owner of the professional coaching firm…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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This weekend, July 27-31, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity descends on Washington, D.C., to celebrate its centennial. Founded November 17, 1911 by Howard University students Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James   Cooper and Frank Coleman and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just., the organization now boasts an illustrious list of men who are leaders in the arts, the sciences, academics, athletics, civil rights,   education, government, and business. In honor of the anniversary, BlackEnterprise.com highlights nine of the outstanding business leaders who are proud to call themselves Ques.

9 Ques Making Moves in Business

As Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates its centennial, we highlight 9 black business leaders who call the frat their own

As Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates its centennial the weekend of July 27, 2011, we…

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UBR Spotlight: BE 100s CEO Amos Otis

Entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable, plus we're throwing a Twitter Party!

Amos L. Otis, top executive of one of the nation’s largest Black-owned companies, shares the…

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Leaders of the New School: Opening Doors to New Opportunities

See how an unconventional business put two brothers on the right track

For brothers Jamon and Taj Jones, entrepreneurship is in the blood. “Our grandfather started…

By Elayne Fluker

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Black Businesswomen Banking on Hair

Two hair industry trailblazers making their mark on the multimillion-dollar beauty industry

Two hair industry trailblazers, Erika Dotson, of Indique Virgin Indian Hair, and Karen Mitchell, of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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UBR Spotlight: Restaurateur Quentin Love Nourishes His Community

Entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Katrina Harrell Controls the Books

For Harrell, helping small-business owners manage their books is adding up to a successful business of her own

For Katrina Harrell, helping small-business owners manage their books is adding up to a successful…

By Brian Dawson

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BE 100s: Rethinking Business, Reaching Success

Many firms are taking a new approach to building their businesses

Each year, BLACK ENTERPRISE ranks the largest black-owned businesses in the nation. While a monumental…

By Alan Hughes

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B.E. Exclusive: New Era for Johnson Publishing with Outside Investment

Sale of stake to JPMorgan Chase allows Chairman Linda Johnson Rice to retain control as she rebrands company

With the capitol investment of JPMorgan Chase to Johnson Publishing, Chairman Linda Johnson Rice sees…

By Alan Hughes

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Hans Goff Makes Politics Personal

Let make craft attack ads or snarky blog posts. For Voting Works’ Hans Goff, it's all about making a difference

Let others craft attack ads or snarky blog posts. For Voting Works’ Hans Goff, making…

By Brian Dawson

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Ultimate Achiever: James Reynolds, Loop Capital CEO Sees Opportunity

How his company beat out big-name investment banks and made history

By seizing an opportunity while other businesses began to fall, James Reynolds, CEO of Loop…

By Alan Hughes

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On the Rise: Leona Locke Dotson Manages Billions

At just 29, this young woman of power is quickly making her mark

Leona Locke Dotson holds the key to the tech giants to some of the tech…

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Small Biz Tool Kit: 12 Questions to Ask Before the Business Plan

Ready to be an entrepreneur? Consider this...

Make sure your plan passes the test and answers these important questions.

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20 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2011

Meet the freshman class: Black companies that weathered the recession, grew their businesses and landed on the BE 100s list

Each year, BLACK ENTERPRISE welcomes new companies to its BE100s lists, which chronicle the most…

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Entrepreneurs: Time to Venture Abroad

Trade Representative Ron Kirk discusses new opportunities for your business overseas

It’s no secret that as a nation, the U.S. buys more than it sells. Earlier…

By Alan Hughes

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On the Rise: Greg Marchand Makes Moves in South Africa

How one Ultimate Achiever took his IT business global in Africa

The demand for IT products in South Africa is solid? No problem, move there.…

By Alan Hughes

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Ultimate Achiever: Siebert Brandford Shank Makes Wall Street History

See how SBS became the first minority-owned firm to pull rank among other global financial giants

See how SBS became the first minority-owned firm to pull rank among other global financial…

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When it comes to managing a workforce, it’s often the most basic elements of effective leadership that are overlooked. When productivity is stressed and managers struggle to do more with fewer resources in a lean economy, proper management strategies often fall by the wayside in favor of keeping the wheels turning. 	Scott J. Allen, assistant professor of management at John Carroll  University says two-way communication is at the heart of effective management. In The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring out the Leader in Every Employee  (co-written by Mitchell Kusy, a 2005 Fulbright Scholar and professor in the Ph.D. Program in Leadership & Change at Antioch University), Allen and Kusy highlight effective methods by which employers can get the most out of their workforce, while employees can get the most out of their job. Here are a few of the authors’ recommendations.

10 Leadership Tips for Effective Management

How to get the most out of your workforce—and let them get the most out of the company

<ul> <li>When it comes to managing a workforce, it’s often the most basic elements of…

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UBR Morning Post: How Milton Latrell Sows Success With Agriculture Menswear

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young introduces us to Milton…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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4 Ways to Support Black Businesses

How to put your black buying power to use

How to put your black buying power to use

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In the span of just five short years Twitter has not only changed the way people communicate, but also how we do business. From aspiring entrepreneurs and major corporations to celebrities and everyday people, everyone seems to be tweeting and RTing. While some view the social media portal as just another technological distraction, others are using it to make contacts, forge relationships and gain access to information that otherwise would have been unattainable through normal channels. Still, with a reported 145 million registered users (including @BlackEnterprise and our staff of thought leaders) it can be a chore to sift through the Twitter chatter to find the right people to connect with. Well, BlackEnterprise.com has the 4/11 on 11 key people you should follow on Twitter if you’re serious about business. RT that!

4/11: 11 People You Should Follow on Twitter Now!

If you're serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you need to connect with ASAP

If you’re serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you…

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

How to Keep Your Customers Happy

4 ways to offer exceptional service and make your business stand out

4 ways to offer exceptional service and make your business stand out

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5 Steps for Strategic Small Business Growth

How to get your company to the next level

How to get your company to the next level

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Tend your bar. Monitor your bartenders. Over-pouring can lead to big financial problems. With formally trained bartenders this is not an issue. But if you’re thinking about hiring someone who learned to bartend at friend’s parties, think again.

10 Tips to Opening Your Own Club

Industry experts and successful entrepreneurs tell you how to build, brand and promote your business and turn it into a hot spot

Industry experts and successful entrepreneurs tell you how to build, brand and promote your business…

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On working for Sen. Robert Kennedy 	"When I was working with Kennedy, I was always asking others how they thought I was doing within his organization. Sometimes I would have to make corrections and adjustments to my style in order to be more efficient within the demanding and hard-charging culture of his office. You must continuously monitor your status and your vulnerability in the constantly shifting work environment. You must always be on the lookout for ways to increase your value in the market while being alert to new opportunities."

12 Things You Can Learn from…Black Enterprise Founder Earl G. Graves, Sr.

The media magnate reflects on moments in his life that have yielded valuable lessons on business, perserverance and success

The media magnate reflects on moments in his life that have yielded valuable lessons on…

By Derek T. Dingle

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5 Rules for a Successful Small Business Partnerships

Partnerships make sense when they increase your competitive advantage. Here's what else you need to consider

Partnerships make sense when they increase your competitive advantage. Here’s what else you need to…

By Alan Hughes

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Tribal Marketing: How to Make Sure Your Business Reaches Its Target Audience

Targeting millennials? Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells helps you get into the minds of your customers

Targeting millennials? Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells helps you get into the minds of your…

By Tina Wells

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Anatomy of an Elevator Pitch

5 ways to pitch your small business and guarantee you don't leave money on the table

Okay, so 30-60 seconds may not seem like a lot of time. But in the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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3 Ways to Make Your Company Attractive to Venture Capitalists

For many companies, venture capital backing provides the best means to quickly expand a business

For many companies, venture capital backing provides the best means to quickly expand a business

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Identify a clothing concept and target audience. Determine what garments you will make and study the fabrics you will most likely use. Then conduct market research to see if there is a target audience for your clothes. Talk to owners of retail stores and textile suppliers for information about businesses that produce the same kind of apparel that interests you. These contacts should also be able to tell you the buying patterns within various price points.

10 Ways to Launch Your Own Fashion Line

Here's how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

Here’s how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

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Star Jones Confirmed to Moderate Women of Power Summit Panel

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

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Women of Power Summit: Social Media 101 for Senior Professionals

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

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