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

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Since the inception of the BE 100s in our June 1973 issue to June 1983, Motown Industries, which spawned such legendary recording artists as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, was the undisputed leader of the nation's largest black-owned companies. (It was a BE 100s company until it was sold in 1988.) In June 1974, BLACK ENTERPISE took an inside look into the house that its founder Berry Gordy built. At the time, he asserted that Motown stayed on top due to, among other elements, a laser beam focus on sound business practices, development of a finishing school for its acts and creation of America's soundtrack.

Since the inception of the BE 100s in our June 1973 issue to June 1983,…