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The Digital Divide: Are African American’s Being Left Behind?

People of color may consume a lot of technology but oftentimes we fail to use it in a way that moves us forward

In today’s world everything is digital, still many people of color fail to keep up…

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Black Blogger Month: My Brown Baby, The Mother of Invention

Addressing issues relevant to the Black family, Denene Millner provides an online forum for parents with My Brown Baby

Addressing issues relevant to the Black family, writer and mother Denene Millner provides an online…

By Shenelle Wallace

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Black Blogger Month: Flanboyant Eats, The Cuisine Connoisseur

Food blogger Bren Herrera turned her early introduction to Cuban cuisine into an unconventional yet profitable business venture

In addition to her work in the kitchen, Bren Herrera cooked up a popular business…

By Janel Martinez

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Black Blogger Month: 2DopeBoyz, Business Never Personal

Co-founder of popular music site, 2DopeBoyz.com, Meka Udoh reveals the pros and cons of joining an ad network

Co-founder of popular music site, 2DopeBoyz.com, Meka Udoh reveals the pros and cons of joining…

By Starrene Rhett

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Black Blogger Month, Necole Bitchie, Brand Queen

Gossip blogger Necole Bitchie transformed her blog into a profitable business and powerful brand

As the brains behind popular gossip blog NecoleBitchie.com, Necole Bitchie reveals her humble beginnings and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Cloud Clash: Is the Cloud Reliable Enough to Store Your Data?

Two IT experts face off about the pros and cons of cloud computing and tell you what you need to know before signing up

After a debate that started on Twitter, I asked IT experts Thaddeus Howze (@ebonstorm) and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Black Blogger Month, Social Wayne, Digital Revolutionary

Technology and social media marketing has skyrocketed Wayne Sutton above the social stratosphere

Technology and social media marketing expert Wayne Sutton made a business out of blogging with…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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8 Mobile Apps That Will Increase Your Business Productivity

There's no telling when and where business can happen, so make sure these apps are downloaded on your phone

Take your business to the next level and on-the-go by being sure to optimize your…

By Hajj Flemings

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Black Blogger Month: Afrobella, Natural Entrepreneur

With Afrobella.com, Patrice Yursik created a thriving business for herself by providing a haven for women who love being natural

Founder of the award-winning hair and beauty site Afrobella.com, Patrice Yursik shares her thoughts on…

By Shenelle Wallace

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The Startup Phase: Steps to Launching a Tech Company

Six tools and resources to get your company up and running

So you’re great with computers, love the latest apps and often advise friends on what…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Black Blogger Month: Black & Married With Kids, Family Business

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler make it their business to promote positive images of the Black family online and beyond

With their parenting and relationship blog, Black and Married with Kids, husband and wife Lamar…

By Jozen Cummings

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Black Blogger Month, Johnica Reed, Worldwide Woman

Travel blogger and jetsetter Johnica Reed gets paid to circle the globe and connect brands with audiences online

Travel blogger Johnica Reed of JohnicaReed.com shares her jetsetter lifestyle and networking tips with BlackEnterprise.com…

By Jozen Cummings

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Black Blogger Month: Nah Right, The Business of Music

Responsible for one of the most popular music sites, Ahsmi “Eskay” Rawlins marches to the beats of his own blog

Ranked as one of the No. 1 hip-hop websites, NahRight.com, delivers new music and news…

By Amber McKynzie

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Coworking: Having a At-Home Business Doesn’t Mean Working Alone

BE technology columnist Hajj Flemings tells how coworking spaces are changing how and where work gets done

BE technology columnist Hajj Flemings tells how coworking spaces are changing how and where work…

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Black Blogger Month: The Frugalista, Blogging on a Budget

Being frugal pays off for personal finance blogger and author Natalie P. McNeal

Journalist turned finance blogger Natalie P. McNeal specializes in budgeting while still enjoying life’s luxuries.…

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6 Smart and Sexy Eco-friendly Cars

When it comes to fuel-effficient vehicles, you no longer have to sacrifice style for smarts. These cars offer the perfect balance

Toyota’s Prius v, the Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes’ S400 HYBRID Sedan, the Fiat 500, Volkswagen’s Touareg…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Black Blogger Month: A Belle in Brooklyn, Making Relationships Work

Author Demetria L. Lucas transforms her successful blog, A Belle in Brooklyn, into a powerful business and brand

Relationship expert/author Demetria L. Lucas of A Belle in Brooklyn shares the keys to her…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: Black Blogger Month, A Celebration of the Best in Blogging

A preview of our month long celebration of 20 of the best voices in the Black blogosphere

Exclusive promo footage for BlackEnterprise.com’s Black Blogger Month, celebration of the best in blogging, featuring…

By Anslem Samuel

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10 Twitter Accounts That Can Prep You For College

From SAT prep to financial assistance, follow these 10 Twitter handles

From SAT prep to financial assistance, follow these 10 Twitter handles

By Janel Martinez

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3 Tech Tools to Keep You Healthy

Are deadlines, meetings and your to-do list giving you stress and affecting your health? Try these devices and apps to help you keep it all in check

If deadlines, meetings, and ill-tempered co-workers have you stressed and needing to relax, there’s an…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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LinkedIN Adds Apps, Widgets, and Daily News to Beef up Platform

Three features that will help you stay connected and expand your online presence

Three features that will help you stay connected and expand your online presence

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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…

By Anslem Samuel

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We all could use more ways to save money. And why not conserve the earth while doing it? Here are a few ways you can conserve energy -- and cut expenses -- by being eco-friendly.

4/11: 11 Ways to Save the Earth — And Cut Costs

Tips for being eco-friendly and frugal

Tips for being eco-friendly and frugal

By Janell Hazelwood

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Some only know Stanley "MC Hammer" Burrell for his Grammy award-winning legacy as a pioneering performer in hip-hop and pop culture. Others remember him more for his infamous financial woes and stints on reality TV. But don't put this entrepreneur and social media advocate in a box. He's kept the superstar momentum going in recent years with his dance community Web portal, DanceJam, and the founding of Alchemist Management, a mixed martial arts management company. Hammer's also reinvented himself as a social networking mogul (with more than 2 million Twitter followers), carving out yet another niche in his diverse career with high impact and visibility. 	An avid reader and sought-after speaker—having lectured at Oxford and Wharton and will be speaking this year at Black Enterprise's Entrepreneurs Conference in Atlanta (May 22-25), Hammer knows a thing or two about expanding one's knowledge of how to connect with audiences and use technology as a lucrative tool. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the social media whiz on his favorite book picks for social media success.

MC Hammer’s Top 5 Books For Social Media Success

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

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8 Simple SEO Tips for The Not-So-Tech Savvy Entrepreneur

A few key tips to increase your search engine ranking without hiring an expert

How do you get prospects to your online destination? By utilizing Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tweets For Sale: Getting Paid in 140 Characters or Less

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

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How to Develop a Successful App for Apple’s App Store

Six tips from top developers on increasing downloads and making more money from mobile apps

Six tips from top developers on increasing downloads and making more money from mobile apps

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Diverse Startups Connect at SXSW Technology Conference

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and launch new businesses

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Maintain Your Brand New Computer

11 tips and tools that will extend the life of your desktop or laptop

11 tips and tools that will extend the life of your desktop or laptop

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Buyer’s Guide: GM’s Tricked-Out Truck Makes for a Luxurious Ride

The Denali brand crosses over to Acadia resulting in a hi-tech dream machine

The Denali brand crosses over to Acadia resulting in a hi-tech dream machine

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Tech Guide for Baby Boomers

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

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I know you’ve heard it a million times: Social media is important. But what does this mean for your brand, and what are the initial steps that you need to take? Being active in the social media space can be the linchpin of growing your business. For those still unsure of where to start and how it can work, here’s a quick guide to getting started.

6 Ways to Grow Your Business Through Social Media

Just being online isn't enough, Tina Wells explains how and why being active online is good business

Just being online isn’t enough, Tina Wells explains how and why being active online is…

By Tina Wells

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How to Have a Superstar Career in Social Media

Social media expert James Andrews explains how you can make a splash online

Social media expert James Andrews explains how you can make a splash online

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Buyer’s Guide: Honda CR Z EX – A Sporty Hybrid with a Manual Transmission

A ride that looks good and makes you feel better about the environment

A ride that looks good and makes you feel better about the environment

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5 Eco-friendly Products to Save You Money

Here are a few new innovations that can keep you out the red while saving the planet

Here are a few new innovations that can keep you out the red while saving…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Apple Announces the iPad 2 at the Same Price

With just over a week before the iPad 2 hits stores, Steve Jobs unveils a sneak peak

With just over a week before the iPad 2 hits stores, Steve Jobs unveils a…

By Marcia Wade

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About This Issue: Evolving to Innovate

When it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, women in particular aren’t…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Let Us Upgrade You

Four top tech moves to propel your business >>forward>>

Embracing technological advances to remain competitive in the global economy is imperative for smaller enterprises,…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Women In STEM

Though small in number, these women blaze trails in the science and technology fields

African American women earned only 0.34% of Ph.D.s in computer science and 0.58% in engineering,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Top Tech Products for 2011

These eight products are among our favorites from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

3-D televisions? Video games that use your body as the controller? Movie projectors that fit…

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4 Social Media Tools for Your Small Business

So, we’ve narrowed down the list down to a couple of tools that were highly…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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4 Social Media Tools for Your Small Business

Expert advice on how to promote your business and engage your audience

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There are a host of media experts, consultants, and mavens of media that are…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Game Time

What will it take for black students to excel in math and science?

African American youth spend about 50% more time with media than whites but they make…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Get Your Child Engaged in Science

African American children are the most likely consumers of digital technology but are rarely exposed…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Hassle-Free Travel Tool

New fashion piece makes airport security checkpoints a breeze

If you dread going through airport security because you have to take everything out of…

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America Gets the Hook Up

President Obama Says National Wireless Initiative Will Spur Innovation and Reduce Deficit

Obama speaks to Northern Michigan University about National Wireless Initiative (Source: White House)
In his January…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Anti-Theft Wallet Only Opens With Your Fingerprint

Fashion line introduces a hi-tech billfold, complete with biometric technology and Bluetooth alarm

The hi-tech wallet (Dunhill)
Most people would rather put $825 in their wallet rather then spend…

By Anslem Samuel

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Disney Imagineer Davie is all smiles

How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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POLL: Can Geolocation Provide a Boost to Your Business?

Savvy entrepreneurs are using the services to build their base, brand awareness and loyalty. But does it work?

According to a Pew Research Center study released last November, only 4% of online American…

By Malecia S. Walker

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There Were Not Enough Blacks at CES & It’s Our Own Fault

'Black parents are raising a generation of financially and educationally underpowered wimps, who've become experts at mastering the inconsequential'

Why were so few African-Americans represented at CES. One blogger says Black parents are raising…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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David Minott Urges Black Community to Flex Its Economic Power

The world music artist launches national campaign to boycott cell phone usage for 24-hours in February

Minott campaigns for a blackout
According to a July 2010 poll, 46% of African Americans mostly…

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WATCH: Ludacris Expands Brand Into Headphone Market

The enterprising entertainer adds some Soul to the world of personal audio electronics and expands his portfolio in the process

If high quality audio is your thing, then this is your month. Several high profile…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: 50 Cent Talks New Headphones & Potential Maybach Deal

The music mogul expands into the wireless headphone market with innovative Kleer technology

Jackson at CES for Sleek announcement
Between announcements of new 3D televisions, tablet PCs, and do-it-all…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Apple releases iPhone4 to Verizon Wireless

After much speculation the two brands announce new device optimized for CDMA network

Verizon Wireless had a huge press conference showcasing their new LTE 4G Network at the…

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The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor Marcia Wade Talbert BlackEnterprise.com is in the building. She’s already reported on some of the cool accessories for the road warrior but yesterday came the announcement of two enterprising entertainers getting into the technology business as Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Black Enterprise cover subject Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson unveiled their brand new headphone lines. However, they aren’t the first celebrities to make noise in the technology arena, so BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the other headphone head honchos while also highlighting 50 and Ludacris’ pairs.

Sound Advice: 5 Celebrity Headphone Lines

Two more high profile entertainers get into the audio sound business strictly for their business and your pleasure

The <a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/01/04/follow-black-enterprise-at-the-consumer-electronics-show/"><strong>2011 Consumer Electronics Show</strong></a> is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor…

By Anslem Samuel

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TwitChange wins Mashable Award for Social Good at CES

Pastor Shaun King wins top honors for his digital efforts in the world of celebrity charity auctions

King rules the celebrity auction sector
After a hectic day running to and fro on the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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GROUP BUYING TO SAVE CASH: More companies are predicted to jump on this bandwagon in 2011, ushering in sales and steals for you—whether you’re looking for a helicopter ride over New York City, a great spa, or tickets to your favorite game. Websites such as Groupon and Living Social have made offering discounts a team effort, where daily deals are redeemable only after a certain number of people buy into them. Even companies such as Wal-Mart and Zagat have offered group-buying deals. And more Websites, both with regional and national deals, are gaining traction, including Tippr, Juice in The City, and Crowdsavings.

4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch for 2011

Travel, leisure and technology trends to upgrade and balance your life for 2011

<strong>GROUP BUYING TO SAVE CASH:</strong> More companies are predicted to jump on this bandwagon in…

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For up to the minute blogs, tweets, pictures, and video of the Consumer Electronics Show, return to BlackEnterprise.com each day this week and/or follow me @newsgyrl on Twitter.

CES Press Day: 5 Cool Accessories for the Road Warrior

A few key devices and apps unveiled at this year's CES that'll help you reach out and touch someone when you're on the road

Many of the products highlighted on the first press day of the 2011 International Consumer…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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In the News: TV No Longer a Viable News Source for Young Adults

Findings show the under-30 crowd gets news primarily from the Internet

The Internet has surpassed television as the main national and international news source for people…

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For more 4/11 coverage, read: 4/11: Green Machines - 11 Eco-Friendly Cars for 2011 4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch For in 2011 4/11: Get Your Money Right - Financial advice for 2011

4/11: Leaders of the New School

Schools in session! See why these 11 young, innovative leaders will soar in the new year

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

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Follow Black Enterprise at the Consumer Electronics Show

Drop in all week for news, tips, videos and reviews of the hottest tech products of 2011

Visit BlackEnterprise.com daily between Jan. 4 to Jan 10 for reports on the latest tech…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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New FCC Rules Exclude the Way Blacks Get Online

Are you a blogger? Do you use a smartphone? Here are the reasons you should pay attention the new FCC rules

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt rules that will affect the…

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Electronic Pickpocketing: How Safe is Your Identity?

As technology advances so do the ways cybercriminals can take over your life

One of the positives of the Internet is that you can find almost anything at…

By Anslem Samuel

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Gingerbread is Here

Five features youll only find on Googles new operating system

It’s Christmas time and everyone has candy canes on the brain; but this holiday season…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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POLL: To Track or Not to Track? Do You Care Who’s Watching You?

FTC recommends a �privacy by design� approach to internet browsing

If you could stop advertisers from tracking and sharing your internet habits would you?

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8 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone from Viruses

Take precaution because mobile malware is on the rise

Your smartphone is just as vulnerable to virus attacks as your computer. Follow these eight…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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When Employees Tweet

Four ways to manage your workers on social media (and all the reasons why you should)

There is no need to be afraid of what your employees are saying about the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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10 Ning Networks You Need to Know

Connect with those who�ve already launched a business, grow with those who are trying to, and take advantage of helpful resources along the way

Here are 10 Ning networks you need to know so you can connect with those…

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Don't buy a product that doesn't meet your needs “It looks like a lot of the e-readers advertised on Black Friday sales are pretty good deals,” says Bradford. It is rumored that the Barnes and Noble Nook, which is usually $150 will be $99 just for Black Friday at Best Buy. “The only caveat is that it has WiFi and not 3G,” says Bradford. 3G is better because you can get an internet connection anywhere there is a cell phone signal, regardless of whether or not there is a WiFi signal. Also, the Nook gets free access to 3G and WiFi on AT&T’s network. “If WiFi is fine with you then that is a really good deal, says Bradford. “Most people aren’t going to need to download a book while standing out on a street corner.” But if downloading a book on the fly is your thing then you might want to spend more for 3G. Leading up to Black Friday stay informed about new models that are soon to be released. A lot of brands will be releasing newer models towards the end of this year and the beginning of the next year. If having the latest product is important to you, don’t buy an older version just because it is on sale.

SLIDESHOW: What to Look for When Buying Electronics on Black Friday

Make your list and check it twice. We tell you what to look for when hitting the store

Planning to purchase a laptop or other electronic on Black Friday, but not sure if…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Prepare Your Website For Holiday Shoppers

Search engine optimization can attract Cyber Monday shoppers looking for a deal

Use these tips and tools to get the most out of your e-commerce site this…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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A Professional Hacker Tells You How to Protect Your PC

If cyber creeps want in, they get in. Security expert Gregory D. Evans tells you ways to stay safe in cyberspace

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Gregory D. Evans, founder of LIGATT Security International, one of the nation’s…

By Janel Martinez

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Gabi Gregg knows a thing or two about Twitter. The 24-year-old founder of plus-size fashion blog Young, Fat & Fabulous caught the attention of MTV and was asked to participate in Follow Me: The Search for the First MTV TJ. Following a month-long competition that pitted her thumb-to-thumb against 19 others in a series of Twitter-based challenges, she won. Now she has almost 25,000 followers hanging on her every word, so learn from her success and avoid these common Twitter mistakes.

5 Twitter Mistakes You Should Never Make

MTV's first-ever Twitter jockey, Gabi Gregg, shares her tips on how to avoid tweeting people off

MTV’s first-ever Twitter jockey, Gabi Gregg, shares her tips on how to avoid tweeting people…

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Google’s Boutiques.com Open for Business

The mega search engine clicks into the fashion industry with its e-commerce site

Google debuts Boutiques.com, an assortment of virtual boutiques curated by bloggers, celebrities, designers, trends and…

By Janel Martinez

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Rockmelt Puts Friends and Followers at Your Fingertips

New web browser navigates bumpy start, but its best features may prove to be its saving grace

Rockmelt integrates social media, news feeds, and friends/followers with a Chromium-based browser making it easier…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Mark Zuckerberg Says ‘This Is Not An Email Killer’

Facebook confirms email service as part of latest website feature

Zuckerberg announced the latest Facebook offering and broke the “modern messaging service” down into three…

By Janel Martinez

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Yup, There’s An App for That: You Can Bank On It

Free mobile applications bring banking to your fingertips

Leading financial institutions are making banking easier with applications that customize account alerts, locate the…

By Janel Martinez

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How to Determine if Web Video is Right for Your Business

And three reasons that it may not be

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’re probably wondering if web video is right for your…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Will Election Day Check-In Lure Millennials to the Polls?

New geolocation service may draw younger crowd Nov. 2.

This week, Foursquare in partnership with Google, Rock The Vote, Pew Center and several other…

By Janel Martinez

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4 Things You Need to Know About the New MacBook Air

The new notebook is cheaper, thinner, and the battery lasts longer

The New MacBook Air models provide an on-the-go notebook for people who want to produce…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Plug and Play

Tech gifts for people on the go

The words “step into my office” have taken on a whole new meaning. As responsibilities…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The Pros and Cons of Windows Phone 7 OS

The new Windows OS integrates great with office, but is short on apps.

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, here are a few of the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Biz Expert Q&A: Renting Ad Space on Your Website

Solutions to help you monetize your online content

My girlfriend and I have a website and we are trying to switch Web hosting…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Four IT Basics to Keep Your Small Business Up and Running

See how simple solutions can prevent serious problems later

Being tech savvy isn’t a requirement of business ownership, but to prevent larger problems here…

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Keyboard Folio - The Apple iPad has revolutionized our ability to consume information. But producing information on its condensed QWERTY touch screen keyboard can be inconvenient at times--like while riding in a bumpy car. Sena has a solution. The Keyboard Folio, a premium, genuine Napa leather portfolio case for the iPad that comes with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and a recessed, collapsible back stand with openings for charge/sync ports. It is the perfect accessory to turn the iPad into a functional netbook. The  ergonomic keyboard features soft, water resistant keys and can connect to most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones with installed drivers; (www.senacases.com; $129.99). Grab a copy of the November issue of Black Enterprise magazine for more mobile tech gadgets to take on business trips, and come back to BlackEnterprise.com each week for more Tech Insider posts.

Tech Insider: 3 Portable Devices for Business Travel

Technology news, reviews, tips, and advice for professionals and small businesses

You need mobile technology tools to make the most of your business travel. Here are…

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STEM Spotlight: Burns Leads Effort to Change The Equation

Advice and news about careers, education, and business opportunities in science and technology

The White House pegged Xerox CEO, Ursula Burns, to lead the Educate to Innovate program.…

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Social Media Insider: 3 Social Network Management Tools

Tools, tips, and information from social media experts and the people and businesses who use it

Consider your social media dashboard a one stop shop that lets you drag and drop…

By Renita Burns

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Social Media Insider: Major Airline Carves Out Niche for Black Travelers

Tools, tips, and information from social media experts and the people and businesses who use it.

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Monte Ford, American Airlines’ senior vice president and chief information officer, about…

By Renita Burns

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Tech Insider: 3 Tech Tools for Road Warriors

Technology news, reviews, tips, and advice for professionals and small businesses

Looking for ways to be more efficient when working on the road? Consider purchasing a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Kids & Money: Dollar Savvy Apps for Kids

Money lessons we need to teach to our kids from K-12

Whether you’re on an Apple, Droid or RIM operating system, more and more companies are…

By Renita Burns

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Tech Insider: Moving From Quicken Online to Mint.com

Technology news, reviews, tips, and advice for professionals and small businesses

Quicken is gone. Intuit shut it down this week. What does that mean for you?…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Home Base: How to Cut Costs by Cutting Phone Service

Information and resources especially for home-based business owners

As more companies develop VoIP options, it’s getting easier to find cheap service and sometimes…

By Renita Burns

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Inventors Insider: How to Create an App for That

Resources and information for inventors and those aspiring to get a business idea to market

There is an app for just about anything you can think of — or maybe…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Social Media Insider: Using SM to Boost Your Mobile Base

Tools, tips, apps and strategies from social media experts and practitioners

Joel Comm offers these quick tips on how to grow your mobile base by leveraging…

By Renita Burns

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Tech Insider: Cloud Storage Keeps Data Safe and You Sane

Technology news, reviews, tips, and advice for professionals and small businesses

If you drop your laptop in a puddle, kick your external drive, or if your…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Economista: 5 Secrets to Getting Free Phone Service

Don't renew your phone contract without negotiating for the best possible deal

Just because a phone provider offers one and two-year-contracts doesn’t mean you can’t ask for…

By Renita Burns

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Designing the Black Enterprise iPad App

Creative Director Terence Saulsby talks about preserving the look and feel of the B.E. brand across platforms

Black Enterprise Creative Director Terence Saulsby shares the experience of presenting the Black Enterprise Wealth…

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Developing the Black Enterprise iPad App

Developer Ali Sharif discusses how the app came together, and what it took to produce it

On the eve of the BE app’s launch, Sharif took the time to explain how…

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Black Enterprise iPad App: The Best Business Magazine App

5 ways the BE app outshines the competition, setting a new standard for magazines

Black Enterprise isn’t the first business publication to produce an iPad app, but it is…

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Tech Insider: 4 Ways the iPad Makes You More Efficient

Still on the fence about getting an iPad? Heres how it can help improve your productivity.

For small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals, there are definitely clear advantages to making the…

By Renita Burns

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WATCH: Introducing the Black Enterprise iPad App

Preview the features and functionality of the best business magazine app ever developed

Here’s an exclusive look at the Black Enterprise iPad app.

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Tech Insider: e-Reader or Tablet? Which One’s For You?

4 things to consider before you buy one

Tablet computers and e-Readers have similar designs but function quite differently. Here are four factors…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Blacks Continue to Climb on Broadband Bandwagon

African Americans have highest Internet growth rate of any major demographic group

The rate of African Americans adopting broadband has grown to 56% from 46% at a…

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Green Insider: 7 Things to Look For In An Eco-friendly Printer

Eco-friendly resources for businesses and individuals

Going paperless is the best way to go green, but if you absolutely have to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tech Insider: 4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartphone

Technology news, reviews, tips, and advice for professionals and small businesses

Need help choosing the right smart phone for you? Here are four things to consider…

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There’s a mobile phenomenon subtly taking shape that may revolutionize business, just like traditional social networks have done over the latter part of the decade. Geolocation programs and services are slowly gaining popularity among smartphone users. But what providers are making headway in the geolocation space, and how will this medium affect the way you do business? Check it out.

Is Geolocation the Next Frontier for Small Business?

A look at growing geolocation services and how companies are using them

There’s a mobile phenomenon subtly taking shape that may revolutionize business, just like traditional social…

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This is the first installment of the Tech Insider. Each week we will investigate new technology tools that professionals and small business owners can use to increase productivity,  security, and stay innovative in this Web 2.0 world. These days business information is conducted, stored, and created online more than ever before. Some people go through great lengths to keep that data secure, doing everything from purchasing expensive anti virus software to avoiding the internet entirely, thereby missing out on innovative ways to stay competitive in a digital world. Keeping your data protected from corruption and your identity guarded from unauthorized use may require more common sense and less cryptic technology. Here are five things you need to do to decrease the likelihood that your proprietary business transactions won’t be violated.

Tech Insider: Five Tech Tools for Protecting Digital Data

Keep your files and online profiles secure from intrusion

Keeping your data protected from corruption and your identity guarded from unauthorized use may require…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Oil Spill Fuels Tourist Misconceptions and Fewer Visits

New Orleans tourism boards find it difficult to counteract spill images

In the wake of the BP oil spill in April, tourism in the Gulf region…

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Cutting Edge: The Science of Booking Last-Minute Flights

It�s good to wait, but not too late

When looking for cheap flights, when is too late, well, too late?

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When it comes to innovation and downright efficiency, Google seems to be leading the pack among the competitive market of Internet-based services. In addition to the search engine and the seemingly limitless Gmail service, Google also offers a slew of plug-ins, widgets, and apps. But how can you integrate these services to make your life a little less chaotic? Take a look at some of Google’s more innovative functions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sorting Out Google

Which software is right for you?

When it comes to innovation and downright efficiency, Google seems to be leading the pack…

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If the iPhone 4 is the star quarterback of the high school football team, you can consider the Android a transfer player looking to steal some of the quarterback's shine. Earlier this week, Verizon announced the July release of its answer to the iPhone 4:  The Droid X. While many smartphone makers may be hard-pressed to move in on the iPhone’s 25% market share, the Droid has been making waves, accounting for 46% of online mobile traffic compared with Apple's 39%.  But with a competitive smartphone market and iPhones leading among creatives, Gen Y, and techies, and the Blackberry seeming to be the smartphone of choice for the business set, where does the Droid fit in? Check out the new features on the Droid X and see how it stacks up to its competitors.

PHOTO GALLERY: Droid X vs. iPhone 4

Verizon�s Droid seeks to make waves in smartphone market

If the iPhone 4 is the star quarterback of the high school football team, you…

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On Standby: New Airline Passenger Rules

These proposed changes might take the frustration out of your next flight

If you’ve ever been bumped from a flight, you know the frustration that comes with…

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Front-Facing Camera: One of the biggest iPhone 4 touts is its front-facing camera for video calling. iPhone 4 users will be able to chat with each other using an app called FaceTime anywhere a Wi-Fi connection is available.

PHOTO GALLERY: iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 3GS

New and improved?

Sleeker than its predecessor with flat front and back glass surfaces, the iPhone 4 looks…

By Renita Burns

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Trendstop Trendtracker (Free) Created by Trendstop.com, a global trend forecasting company, this app provides instant coverage from fashion shows, photo galleries, and daily catwalk trend analysis. You can also view fashion show schedules, event info, and fashion news from around the world. It has a search function that allows you to filter items by designer or city.

5 Savvy Fashion Apps

Save time and money with these shopping tools.

The last thing you want to have to stress about before a big meeting is…

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Museum Offers Historic Walk Through Black Culture

Expansion and increased artifact attainment planned for Louisiana facility

If you’re planning a trip to Louisiana this year, there’s a special gem that you…

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For most, travel is a favorite pastime. For Henry Watkins, it’s his livelihood. And while an increasing number of professionals are logging more time on the road, Watkins, 49, has enjoyed a hectic travel schedule for more than 20 years as a sales executive in various media businesses with a focus on business and leisure destinations. Currently, as a travel media consultant for Voyages North America Inc., Watkins travels roughly 15 to 20 days a month and visits about 50 countries a year. He offers us a glimpse into how he manages his schedule.

PHOTO GALLERY: On the Go

A busy executive is always well-equipped for travel

For most, travel is a favorite pastime. For Henry Watkins, it’s his livelihood. And while…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Social Media: Things That Make you Go “Oops!”

Our experts offer these tips for getting the most out of your digital media tools.

Don’t be these people: The Joiner who hops on every social network with no clear…

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Save on Your Summer Getaway – Part III

Keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups–don’t have to be expensive to be memorable.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Hey! Someone Stole My Luggage!

Five ways to protect your stuff from airport thieves before they strike�and what to do if they do.

I’m sure you’re ready for that much-needed summer vacation. You’re longing for sun, sand, and…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Save on Your Summer Getaway – Part II

Comfortable lodging for less

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups–don’t have to be expensive to be memorable.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Save on Your Summer Getaway – Part I

Deals for traveling to your perfect vacation

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups– don’t have to be expensive to be…

By Leslie E. Royal

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St. Louis Entrepreneurs Get New Help Launching Businesses

PHOTO GALLERY: St. Louis’ Big-City Feel

An entrepreneur finds opportunity and support in the Midwestern city of St. Louis

As Devin James (above) sought to expand his portfolio of businesses, the native of Memphis,…

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Cyberwise: Live-Streaming Advice

Adding a new dimension to an event planning business.

I have a small events planning business and would like to do some events that…

By Dale Coachman

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e-Reading is Fundamental

Making sense of the electronic book reader marketplace

It’s no secret that in the past year, the e-reader market has witnessed a flood…

By Dale Coachman

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Chill Pill’s Mobile Speakers ($49.99); let you have big fun along the way. The speakers pack a powerful sound in a tiny, portable 2- by-4-inch form. Retractable USB cables (included) mean they won’t get tangled—and you can use the cables to charge your iPod and iPhone from the speakers. Chill Pill’s Rapcap Mini Microphone ($14.99) for the iPod lets you capture and save in WAV format for easy playback.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tiny Tech Tools for Traveling

Traveling for business or pleasure? These tools will help you take a load off

April might have been the “cruelest month” for poet T.S. Eliot, but when it comes…

By Dale Coachman

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Use Tech to Beat the Clock

8 ways to create work-life balance with gadgets, applications and online tools

Lisa J. Whaley knows a thing or two about balancing life, work, and family. She…

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iPhone Apps that Save You Money

Tools to help you keep a handle on debt, score great deals, and save some hard-earned cash

If you own an iPhone, you probably have dozens of apps and can’t wait for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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WATCH: How to Make a Strong Start in Tech

Amos Winbush III, founder and CEO of CyberSynchs LLC, gives advice to entrepreneurs in technology

CyberSynchs LLC CEO Amos Winbush III, winner of the 2010 Black Enterprise Innovator of the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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They’ve Got the Beat

Nashville�s Beat Kangz delivers cutting-edge technology to the electronic music industry

When it comes to innovation and creativity, hip-hop has had its share of converts and…

By Sonya Donaldson

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Green Is Good

By now, we’re all familiar with the Apple-inspired mantra, “There’s an app for that.” But…

By Dale Coachman

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South Africa Tour 2010 In Pictures

A pictorial account of the country that will host the largest sporting event in the world, the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Black Enterprise Senior Photo Editor Lonnie C. Major and I were fortunate enough to be…

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Alternating Current

Entrepreneur changed directions to help grow her electrical business

When Yolanda M. Mitchell was a teenager, her friends had typical interests like fashion and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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E-mail Is Dead…Long Live E-mail!

Despite reports of its demise, e-mailand applications and tools for e-mailis flourishing

Reports of e-mail’s fall have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain.

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Cyberwise: How to Choose an E-Reader

I really want to get an e-reader, but I’m not sure which one is right…

By Dale Coachman

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Cutting Edge: Free Resources for Navigating Web 2.0

No-cost classes and Website building services to get you up and running

Here are a few Websites and free resources to help you keep up with new…

By Renita Burns

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Ten Cool Products to Give Your Business a Boost

10 cool products to give your business a boost

A lot has been said about the benefits of social media, and it’s all true.…

By Dale Coachman

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Navigating the Abyss of Airline Customer Service

Steps for getting a complaint resolved

I flew the friendly skies for my honeymoon last month. The honeymoon was great but…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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A Better Way to Work

Ten cool products to give your business a boost

A lot has been said about the benefits of social media, and it’s all true.…

By Dale Coachman

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A Tech Makeover Story

Three entrepreneurs tell Black Enterprise how they are using technology to renovate their businesses in a tough year�and reaping the rewards.

Last year was no cakewalk for many Americans: The fallout from the near collapse of…

By Dale Coachman

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Backtalk with Robert L. Satcher Jr.

DR. ROBERT L. SATCHER JR. completed three space walks as part of an 11-day Atlantis…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Organize Your Life

Mobile apps help users keep it simple

Anyone using a smartphone already knows how great it is to have everything you want…

By David Hudson

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Microsoft Fixes Browser Flaw Used In Google Breach

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. took the unusual step of issuing an unscheduled fix Thursday…

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The Past Is Prologue

Charles Palmer uses synthetic interview technology to make knowledge come alive

How would you like to chat with Benjamin Franklin? Think it’s impossible? Not so, says…

By Dale Coachman

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A View to a Killer Business Model

Gen2Media helps companies add video to Web 2.0 marketing strategies

In the last three years, Web 2.0 technologies have brought innovations to the entrepreneurial and…

By Dale Coachman

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Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs

Increase agility and save money with virtual resources

As the Internet has become a fundamental resource for many small businesses, there are more…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tech Guru Helps You Choose Right Phone For Your Lifestyle

BlackBerry or iPhone? You be the judge

When thinking about a new phone, consider “the network coverage in your area, what unique…

By Renita Burns

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Author Talks Journey Into Global Influence of Black Culture

Global trip will give insight for social networking site

Now as the face of BlackAtlas.com, an interactive social networking site for black travelers, author…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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A Voyage into the Black Diaspora

BlackAtlas.com provides network for minority travelers

In many respects when African Americans travel, they are no different than travelers from every…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Don’t be Afraid–Twitter Won’t Bite

What some think is a beast can be consumer's best friend

There’s a monster lurking in the shadows. The million-headed beast reveals itself from the midst…

By Renita Burns

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Publish, Not Perish

Sites help DIY entrepreneur/authors get their words out

With an increasing number of sophisticated and professional online services, ordinary entrepreneurs can now create…

By Dale Coachman

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Great Place for a New Start

Milwaukees Midwestern Welcome

Milwaukee mixes cosmopolitan flair with small-town hospitality.

By Aisha Sylvester

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Women of Power

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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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