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Good Entrepreneurs Make Money. Great Ones Make a Difference.

Examples of successful business leaders lifting as they climb don’t stop with our 2011 Companies of the Year. They can be found among the be 100s companies in every industry and across the country. For example, last month when James Reynolds, the CEO of be 100s investment bank Loop Capital Markets, learned that his elevation from an unpaid board member to chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority came with a $100,000 stipend, he came up with a plan to invest the money back into the community by creating a scholarship fund for children living in Chicago public housing. Reynolds also donated $25,000 of his own money to the fund.

Eddie C. Brown, CEO of Baltimore-based Brown Capital Management L.L.C., one of the be 100s asset managers, has made charitable contributions of more than $22 million to the arts, educational programs, and healthcare efforts through the Eddie C. and Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, which he and his wife created in 1996. Brown was inspired by a wealthy white woman in his hometown of Apopka, Florida, whom he called the “Magnificent, Mysterious Lady B.” in his autobiography and who paid for his college tuition throughout his four years at Howard University. The Browns’ philanthropy earned them spots on black enterprise’s 2005 lists of the 20 leading foundations and 15 top individual donors, respectively. And this year Brown is the recipient of our prestigious A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel May 22–25.

Check out our photo essay in this issue, featuring be 100s CEOs including Warren Thompson of Thompson Hospitality, G. Jean Davis of UNIBAR Services Inc., and others who understand the intrinsic connection between the success of their companies and the need to create opportunities for their hundreds of employees and their families.

You may not command a seven-figure income, and your business may not be of the size and scale of a be 100s company, but you can still do your part as a successful entrepreneur or business professional. Go out of your way to create at least one internship position—arranging for students to get credit toward their degree if you can’t pay them—at your small business. Get to know your employees well enough to know when to offer assistance, such as helping with expenses related to the death of an immediate family member, or providing recommendations for their children’s college applications. If you meet a promising job seeker that you’re not in a position to hire, make the extra calls and work your network to get him or her hired

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  • VINCENT JACKSON

    I need help getting my foundation started I have a great idea but I dont
    have the capital to get it started please if you give me a call and maybe
    even a chance to help save lives . I have put in alot of work at this dream and I have just about completed my business plan and I am filing for my 501C3 tax exempt status , funding is something i truly need help
    and in my heart this dream is something if given a chance I will make it
    work. my 708-280-4496 my website http://www.forgottenpeoplefoundation.com please
    contact asap.

    • VINCENT JACKSON

      To whom it may concern , It is time for our society to start fighting
      back because the murder rate in the city of Chicago is to high and all
      the communities in the Chicagoland area. Our organization belives that
      if dont stop the violence and dont make a change now , are children will
      not have a future it does not matter what race you are . The American dream is suppose to be our birth right , our duty , and our privilege .
      We have to work for it . It does not come easy , but when we believe
      in our dream , good things are suppose to happen . It is nice to have help
      and protection when you need it .American families assurance has dedicated our organization to helping our American dream . We insure that
      most valuable thing we will ever own in this country is the American Dream . Please think about what you have and then look at the rest of the world and make choice i think we put in the work and support those who want save what we have thanks I am Vincent Jackson Chief Executive Officer
      of The Forgotten People Foundation Plus help me to help our own ok in future and long I will ask for support for my foundation dont hesitate
      to do so peace and have a god bless day the choice is yours god bless you.

    • VINCENT JACKSON

      WHY IS TROY DAVIS ON DEATHROW WHAT IS THAT MAKES HIM ANY DIFFERENT FROM
      ANY AMERICAN YES IT DOES, HE IS BLACK , AND IN THIS COUNTRY YOU ARE STILL A NIGGA RATHER YOU ARE PRESIDENT , OR SENATOR , MAYOR , POLICE OFFICER ,
      FIREMAN , IF WE DO SOMETHING WRONG WE ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVIN INNOCENT, OK AM TIRED WHY SOCIETY OF ALL THE BULLSHIT
      WHY IS OKAY FOR SOCIETY TO KILL A BLACK MAN NO MATTER WHAT OK , WHY ARE WE TIRED OK BEING THE SCAPE GOAT FOR LACK OF PEOPLE NOT WILLING TO THERE JOBS. OK I WISH I HAD THE POWER TO DO WHAT THE SYSTEM DOES TO US ,I WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME WHITE WOMEN BEG FOR HER CHILDS LIFE KNOWING HE INNOCENT .
      PLEASE I HAVE ONE THING IN OUR LIVE IS VIOLENCE IS HOW THEY PROTRAY THE
      BLACK MAN ALL AROUND THE WORLD LETS STOP THE VIOLENCE AND LETS CHANGE THE
      WAY THE WORLD SEE US PLEASE HELP ME , TO MAKE CHANGE FOR OUR PEOPLE OK PLEASE RESPOND ASAP LEAVE THE HOUSE NIGGAS ALONE IF YOU ARE REAL THE HELP ME .

    • VINCENT JACKSON

      MY NAME IS VINCENT JACKSON THE C.E.O. OF THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE FOUNDATION PLUS AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE FILL IT IS OK FOR OUR PEOPLE TO ACCEPT DEATH WHEN THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR DIEING NO EVIDENCE TO WARRANT MURDER BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY EVERYONE LOOSES ACCEPT THE REAL KILLER WHY SHOULD HE WALK OK TELL ME WHAT JUSTICE DOES THAT SERVE FOR OUR PEOPLE OK , WHY DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO DIE TO MAKE SOME WHITE PERSON HAPPY OK . MR. PRESIDENT WHY ARE SO SCARED TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT WHAT HAPPEN TO CHANGE , OUR LIVES HANG IN THE BALANCE MR. PRESIDENT NO JOBS , NO MONEY , NO PLACE TO LIVE , SLAVERY IS BACK BECAUSE IN ORDER FOR MOST TO SURVIVE WE WILL END UP IN JAIL FOR FREE LABOR AT 11 CENTS PER DAY SIR BUT IN EXCHANGE THEY GET ROOF OVER THERE HEAD DEATH AND DISTRUCTION ,THREE SQUARE MEALS A DAY , RAPE , BEATING FOR WHAT . MR. PREASIDENT WHAT IS YOUR PLAN YOUR ARE PRESIDENT BUT YOU ARE STEAL A BLACK MAN OK WE REFUSE TO BE A THIRD WORLD NATION DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE THEM DOWN OK , ITS TIME YOU CANNOT ALLOW US TO LOOSE AND PEOPLE TO CONTINUE KEEP LOOSING HELP AND HELP NOW .

    • VINCENT JACKSON

      TODAY WAS A LOW BLOW FOR BLACK AMERICANS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY AND WISH TROY DAVIS WAS MURDERED BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION AND THE SUPREME COURT THAT LETS YOU KNOW HOW WE FEEL ABOUT BLACK AMERICANS WE WILL ALWAYS BE GUILTY UNITIL PROVEN INNOCENT DO YOU EVER NOTICE THEY ALWAYS HAND CUFF YOU FIRST AND YOU CAN COUNT ON IT IF ARE A BLACK MAN OR WOMEN WE ARE GOING TO JAIL OK . IT IS SHAME THAT THIS YOUNGMAN HAD TO DIE BUT THE GOOD THING HE WAS INNOCENT TO THE VERY END OK .GOD BLESS AND HIM AND HIS SOUL AND EVER DID THIS WILL DIE .

    • VINCENT JACKSON

      THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE FOUNDATION PLUS , WE SPECIALIZE IN SAVING LIVES YOUR
      ENTERTAINMENT IS FINE BUT THATS NOT OUR ONLY OUTLET, FASHION IS OK WE HAVE TO LET OUR YOUNGER GENERATIOR KNOW THAT THEY CAN DO MORE THINGS IN LIFE AND WITH A DEGREE THAN ENTERTIANMENT . WE DONT GIVE OURSELVES ENOUGH CREDIT I WANT TO REMEMBERED AS THE ONE WHO SAVES LIVES , NOT HOW GOOD I CAN DRESS , I WANT TO KEEP OUR YOUNG BLACKMEN OUT OF PRISON THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT 100 DOLLAR PAIR OF KNOCK OFFS DONT MEAN NOTHING IF YOU CANNOT EAT OK . WHY DONT WE PUSH EDUCATION ILKE WE MARKET CLOTHES , WHY WE SEE PUFF DADDY WALKING ACCROSS THE STAGE SAYING THIS HOW I MADE IT , OR JAYZ SAYING BY NEW LINE OF BACK TO SCHOOL WEAR SO WHAT IF IT A UNIFORM
      OUR VALUE SYSTEM IS ALL SCREWED UP OK LETS STOP KEEPING US POOR THAT IS NOT THE GAME . WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE I AM PUSHING AND EDUCATION . I MAY NOT GET RICH BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY I WILL SLEEP AT NIGHT . PLEASE THOSE BLACK PEOPLE IN POWER LETS INVEST IN BLACK WATCH IF CHANGE THE THEY WILL FOLLOW OH MONEY DOESNT ALWAYS WORK OK .

    • VINCENT JACKSON

      I LOVE BLACK ENTERPRISE IT IS THE GREATEST BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE PROBLEM
      WE HAVE STOP PROMOTING CLOTHES LINES , SUPER STARS AND START PROMOTING THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND ALL BLACK SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE COMMUNITY OK
      IS THIS ALL WE GOT IS ENTERTAINMENT , SHOW IT , SHOW THE HARD WORK SHOW CAN NOT MAKE IT IN A DAY , SHOW DOCTORS, LAWYERS, BUSINESS MEN , POLITICIANS , CONGRESS MEN , SMALL BUSINESS MEN DAM GLITTER AND GOLD LETS DO IT OK . I WILL BE PUTTING OUT BOOK ABOUT TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT
      A BLACK MAN HAS TO GO THROUGH , WE MUST SURVIVE AND WE MUST TRAIN OUR BLACK KIDS TO BE MORE THAN THEY ARE . IF WE FEED THEM A PIPE DREAM

      • VINCENT JACKSON

        THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE FOUNDATION PEOPLE PLUS I HAVE HAD GOD IN MY LIFE ALL MY LIFE AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE BLACK AND THOSE WHO HAVE CROSSED GOD WILL FEEL THE RATH OF OF GOD PLEASE GOD HELP GOD HELP ME I HAVE DONE SOME REAL DUM THINGS THAT I WILL NEVER EVER EXPOSE THE LIFE HAVE HAD LIVED OK LETS CHANGE OUR YOUNGER GENERATIONS BECAUSE LIFE IS TO SHORT LETS CHANGE
        THERE FUTURE BY CHANGING OUR FUTURE PLEASE REACH OUT BLACK PEOPLE AND STOP BEING SCARED .

        • VINCENT JACKSON

          MY NAME IS VINCENT JACKSON C.E.O. OF THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE FOUNDATION PLUS
          AND WE SAVE LIVES THAT IS MY GOAL IN LFE YOU SEE PEOPLE TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED BUT I DONT I HAVE SEEN SOME STRANGE THINGS IN LIFE AND I AM 45 YEARS OLD . THE PEOPLE OF COLOR HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO OK . BUT WE DONT HAVE MUCH TIMR SPEAK WITH ALL ELDERS , ALL BLACK HISTORY BOOKS, ANYBODY
          THAT CAN HELP THE BLACK WATCH MOVEMENT , SUBSCRIBE THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE FOUNDATION PLUS NEWS LETTER THAT WILL COMING OUT SOON . IF YOU ARE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IS WILLING TO HELP OUR YOUNG AND OLD BLACK PEOPLE OF COLOR OR JUST PEOPLE OF COLOR THEN YOU MUST RISE TO WHAT IS EXSPECTED OF YOU FIGHT WITH YOUR MINDS AND BRAINS AND MY FOUNDATION WILL SEE ON THE THE OTHER SIDE.

        • VINCENT JACKSON

          MY NAME VINCENT JACKSON C.E.O. OF THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE FOUNDATION PLUS MY
          GOAL IS TO SAVE AS MANY LIVES AS I CAN . GOD IS GOOD AND HE IS REAL THATS
          WITH OUT A DOUBT , BUT WE AS HUMAN BEINGS TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED FOR KNOW
          REASON AT ALL . YOU SEE I WRITE FROM THE HEART TO SAVE LIVES AND FAMALIES
          FOR A BETTER GOOD OF A PEOPLE , AND I SAY TO MYSELF FOR WHAT PURPOSE GOD
          MAY BE I AM BLIND ,DEFF, AND DUMM , BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY THAT IS NOT
          SO OR TRUE SO WHAT DO I DO BLACK PEOPLE . SOME ONE HAS A PLAN TO GET RID OF USE , PRISON SO CAN NOT REPRODUCE , MURDER BY A NOTHER MAN CAUSE THATS GANGS , DRUGS THE USE OF THEM ,OR SELLING THEM , THE POLICE WHO BEAT TO DEATH ,OR CLAIM YOU HAD A GUN , BUT YOU HAVE TO BE THE AGES OF 14-35 SO THIS WAY YOU CAN NOT PRODUCE CHILDREN . EVERYONE KNOWES BUT DONT INVEST IN CHANGE DONT RE-EDUCATE THESE YOUNG BLACK WOMEN AND MEN BECAUSE THEY WANT USE EXSTINCT AND WE DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO MAKE IT SO ,FRONT NEWS EVERYDAY THATS WHY ZIMMERMAN WOULD GET AWAY WITH IT THE DEATH OF TRAYVON . MR. HANNA BEATEN TO DEATH IN NORTH CHICAGO , ILL BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WE STRUGGLE TO KEEP OURSELVES DOWN FOR WHAT , SO THEY HE IS A THUG BUT HE MIGHT HAVE A DEGREE A BIG PART OF OUR FUTURE , IF EVERY PERSON WHO MAKES MONEY WITH OUR PEOPLE SHOULD GIVE BACK KNOW BLACK PERSON LEFT BEHIND LEAD BY EXAMPLE OK . RIGHT NOW I NEED TO BE HEARD I REFUSE TO WAKE UP AND THERE ARE KNOW MORE BLACK PEOPLE AND I SAY WHAT HAPPENED THEY KILLED EACH OTHER THERE ARE ONLY TEN OF YOU LEFT YOU POSE KNOW THREAT ANYMORE I AM SORRY YOU COLORED FINALLY DID THE JOB FOR USE FOOLS THANK YOU OK .THINK ON THIS THINK REAL HARD BUT THIS OUR FUTURE OK V/J OUT .

      • VINCENT JACKSON

        BLACK ENTERPRISE WE WASTE OUR TIME TRYING TO FIT IN WHITE PEOPLE WORLD BUT THIS NOT OUR FUTURE AND WILL NEVER WILL BE , OUR MONEY MEANS NOTHING IF NOT BLACK OWNED WITHOUT BLACK SUPPORT BUT WE FEEL WE NEED THE WHITE MAN TO LIVE JUST TELL ME WHY THE PERFORMING ARTS IS GREAT WE NEED TO FIGHT OUR OPPRESSION WHAT GOOD IS MONEY IF YOU ARE A SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM , BLACK MEANS BLACK WHAT IS A ENTERPRISE IS IT IS NOT BLACK WAKE UP BLACK AMERICA , MY LIFE IS DEDICATED TO SAVING MY PEOPLE AND THAT IS MY GOAL DAM FASHION HOW ABOUT LIFE OK , OH I AM NOT DONE YET WHY DO GET ARRESTED FOR SAME CRIME BUT YET WE DO MORE TIME , WHITE AS A BLACK I HAVE TO BE SLAVE WHAT IS THE PURPODE WHY THOSE WHO WANT THE AMERICAN AS A BLACKMAN HAS TO SUFFER RATHER C.E.O. OF CORPORATION OR JUST LABOR PERSON EXPLAIN NO ONLY THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT CAN BUT THEY WATCH THE THE MOVIE THE GREENZONE BUT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OK, THIS IS JUST THE A START OK , I AM TIERED OF LIFE BUT I NEED HELP OUR PRESIDENT HAS WENT WHITE I HATE SAY IT BUT IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE BIGGER THAN MALCOM , REVOLUTION AS MUCH AS I HATE TO SAY IT BUT IT IS TIME ALL OVER THE WORLD SOMRTHING IS GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE EAST AFRICA , CHINA DAM EUROPE AND THE BLACK PEOPLE OK WE AS PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE BEING SET UP OUR DESTINY IS DEATH OK DAM THE WHITE WORLD WE AS BLACK PEOPLE ARE DIEING ALL OVER THE WORLD WHAT IS OUR PLAN AS BLACK PEOPLE WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO WAIT OK WAKE UP NOW , DAM DID NOT PUT ME WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE I CAN RIGHT EVERYDAY OK .www.forgottenpeoplefoundation.com , email : THEFORGOTTENPEOPLEFOUNDATION@gmx.com THIS IS THE BEGINNING THIS OUR FUTURE OK BELEIVE IN US OK THIS OUR FUTURE TAKE OR NOT YOU HAVE TO MAKE MISTAKES BUT YOU DONT HAVE BE A SLAVE FOR IT .WHEN TALK TO A WHITE LAWYER JAIL ,JAIL , FREE ENTERPRISE IF YOU WANT INVEST IN SOMETHING PRISON INDUSTRIES , GUN OWNED COMPANY INVEST THATS HOW YOU GET RICH .
        YOU SEE THERE IS A WAR ON OK , GUNS AND EVERYTHING THAT IS WORTH FORTUNE NOW SAYING BUY THEM FOR PERSONAL USE I AM SAYING BY STOCK IN THOSE COMPANIES OK . THERE IS ALOT OF MONEY BUT HAVE TO KNOW WERE TO LOOK WELL IT TIME TO SIGN OFF NOW AND BELIEVE WHATS RIGHT OK .

  • HERB LEE

    DEAR MR. JACKSON.IN RESPONSE TO YOUR CRY FOR HELP.
    I BELIEVE I CAN HELP YOU. PLEASE CALL ME AT 619 235 9694
    OR EMAIL HOW I CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU.THANK YOU HERB LEE

  • vincent jackson

    Herb Lee have been really sick in the last year and my business has lacked but thing have changed and my cry for help steal stands please feel free to call me because we in chicago need all the help I am tired of our babies dieing and i know i can make a change
    please respond 708-280-4496 or leave message at 708-524 -8646 I have lot on my plate
    I will call back just leave your name Herb Lee thanks for your time email THEFORGOTTENPEOPLEFOUNDATION@gmx.com or website http://www.forgottenpeoplefoundation.com thanks for your time .

  • VINCENT JACKSON

    THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE FOUNDATION PLUS C.E.O. VINCENT JACKSON
    HOW DO I CONTACT YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE OR SAME WAY TO MEET YOU OK . THANKS OK PLEASE CONTACT THIS IS MY TIME REACH NOT LATER NOT AFTER THE FACT .