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15 Business Quotes For Every Successful Entrepreneur

The feeling of winning has never felt better

Greatness requires work, skill, a bit of luck, and a whole lot of faith. As…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Gerard Barrett is Creating Wealth Through Preparation and Opportunity

'Every deal offers a creative outlet and allows me to bring my artistic passions and business acumen to life'

Gerard Barrett, Founder and Managing Principal of PrimeLerner Companies, speaks about his passion for real…

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Bevy Smith to Bring ‘Life with Vision’ to Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge

TV personality will empower attendees to follow their passions

Television personality and entrepreneur, Bevy Smith, to bring her “Life with Vision” event to Black…

By Courtney Connley

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Winning Results: Restauranteur Went From Pizza Joint to Expanded Franchise

FUEL Pizza founder talks winning strategy at International Franchise Expo

FUEL pizza owner explains why his pizza spot does so well in urban communities and…

By Courtney Connley

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5 Healthy Habits to Increase Your Success

The more healthy you are, the more wealthy you can become

Healthy ways that entrepreneurs and professionals can increase their chances of success

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Entrepreneur of the Week: PR Expert Suzan McDowell Takes Miami by Storm

McDowell discusses the growing success of her agency, how her Jamaican heritage has impacted her professional career and evolving the challenges of entrepreneurship

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with McDowell to talk about the success of her agency

By Kimberly Wilson

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Cool Jobs: Global Events Entrepreneur Talks Taking International Weddings to the Next Level

Lisa Jones, founder of Worldwide Group Travel brings decades of experience and service

Lisa Jones, founder of Worldwide Group Travel, talks expanding into self-employment and the booming business…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Yogapreneur: Ava Taylor Helps Others Turn Passion Into Profit

This visionary took a leap of faith to start a one-of-a-kind business.

Ava Taylor’s believes in being an agent of change. Not only is being a “catalyst…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Have the proper capital to invest to build a franchise system that lasts. “When you build a franchise system, there are a lot of hidden costs you may not be aware of,” he says. “You have to be able to have the right people, the right amount of capital to put into your marketing program and legal costs related to your FDD [Franchise Disclosure Document].” The FDD is a legal document which is presented to prospective buyers of franchises in the pre-sale disclosure.

10 Steps to Becoming a Successful Franchisor

President of Black-owned tax services provider tells how to gain and keep successful franchise locations

JaJa Ball, president and co-founder of Colbert/Ball Tax Service shares expert advise on how to…

By Alan Hughes

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Careers in Faith and Religion: A Woman’s Story of Balancing Ministry and Entrepreneurship

Businesswoman seeks equality in both enterprise and spiritual path

Aisha Taylor, minister and entrepreneur, accepted what she says was a calling to preach and…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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How to Innovate Within Your Company

If you're leadership-oriented, intrapreneurship is perfect for you

You can be an entrepreneur without leaving your full-time gig. Try intrapreneurship to tap into…

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3 Ways to Build A Better Brand

Get more clarity on your brand by asking these key questions

Get more clarity on your brand by asking these key questions

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Cool Jobs: ‘Artrepreneur’ Uses Web to Expose World to Artists of Color

Multimedia artist combines passion for artistry with business acumen

Najee Dorsey expresses his passion in his profession, while offering the international community a glimpse…

By Demetria Irwin

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Leadership: 5 Steps to Upgrading Your WOW

Innovation and expansion is key in remaining on top of your career game

Here’s how to upgrade your “WOW” or Way Of Working, to ensure you continue to…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Charlice Noble-Jones of Snap Fitness

Snap Fitness franchise owner Charlice Noble-Jones speaks to BE.com about the finding her life's purpose through entrepreneurship and fitness

Snap Fitness franchise owner Charlice Noble-Jones speaks to BlackEnterprise.com about finding her life’s purpose through…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Skip the objective. Objectives are outdated and rarely used in today’s world of professional resume writing. The purpose of the objective was to tell employers what you were seeking, i.e. “a challenging sales position.” Instead, the objective has now been replaced with a career profile or a summary of qualifications which tells employers exactly what you have to offer, i.e. “accomplished professional with 10 years sales experience.” Your resume should include a concise yet quality career profile which clearly indicates what you have to offer, rather than just what you desire. Employers are far more attracted to a candidate who actually brings something to the table.

Startup Savvy: 5 High-Paying Opportunities for Job Seekers

You don't have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook

You don’t have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook.…

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Venture Capital Access Program Seeks Minority Tech Startups

The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York and the National Association of Investment Companies launched VCAP© to provide entrepreneurs nationwide with access to venture capital

The Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP©) seeks entrepreneurs across the traditional and digital business spectrum.…

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Black Blogger Month: Succeed As Your Own Boss, The Small Biz Lady

Small business expert Melinda F. Emerson uses the power of the web to give entrepreneurs the skills to succeed as their own boss

Known as the Small Biz Lady, Melinda F. Emerson has positioned herself as the force…

By Souleo

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Black Blogger Month: Looking Fly on a Dime, The Savvy Shopper

From the unemployment line to online, Patrice J. Williams heads a thrifting blog that's positioned her as a TV personality and budgeting guru

Patrice J. Williams transformed her obsession with thrift shopping into a marketable brand, Looking Fly…

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We continue our three-part international careers series on BlackEnterprise.com, profiling professionals who found career fulfillment in the global landscape.


Janan Shakur aspired to live abroad to gain a different experience of life beyond U.S. shores. She decided to attend an American university in Switzerland which included opportunities to travel as part of its academic curriculum.


Influenced by her own culture and diverse travels, Shakur went on to become a fashion entrepreneur, founding Casa di Culture, an online boutique she runs while living and working in Vaud, Switzerland.


Check out Shakur's insights on being a black professional in the country, navigating the job market, and the perks of working overseas. ---Janell Hazelwood

Global Jobs: Finding Career Success in Switzerland

Finding success in transitioning into international career opportunities

A young Web entrepreneur who found job success—and love—abroad gives her tips for success.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Backtalk with Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith is the around-the-way girl from Camden, New Jersey, who fans know as the…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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6 Steps to Doing Business with the Government

Having Uncle Sam as a client can be rewarding if you're aware of the processes

An often untapped client for many small businesses is to seek out the government as…

By Alan Hughes

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Why Anyone Who Uses the Web Should be Concerned About SOPA

What the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could mean to the way you do business online

Web users beware of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which will strip people worldwide…

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As an entrepreneur leading a double life, Shanta Speller understands that it takes hard work and dedication to turn a side hustle into a fulltime job. Still working as an associate director of program manager for TIME.com, she runs her balloon decorating business, Bunch of Balloons, in her spare time. Over the course of the past two years, she’s seen her dreams of becoming a fulltime business owner come closer to being a reality as her clientele and income increases. Speller shares her personal tips on jumpstarting your side hustle with BlackEnterprise.com. —Jenisha Watts

9 Tips on Jumpstarting Your Side Hustle

Entrepreneur Shanta Speller explains how she balances working full-time with following her dreams

Working a fulltime job while running her own business, Bunch of Balloons, Shanta Speller explains…

By Jenisha Watts

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How to Think Like a Startup & Work For Yourself

Rewiring yourself to think entrepreneurially instead of a employee

If working for someone else is not part of your career goals then it’s time…

By Hajj Flemings

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4 Questions to Rock Your Revenue in 2012

The New Year is a good time to make strategic changes that will keep your business (and revenue!) healthy

The New Year is a good time to make strategic changes that will keep your…

By Felicia Joy

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When chef and proprietor Carl Redding decided to establish the Harlem restaurant named after his grandmother, Amy Ruth’s in 1999 he didn’t foresee it becoming a multimillion-dollar company that he would one day no longer lead. Yet, that is exactly what happened when he was forced to sell the restaurant four years ago due to financial mismanagement, which led to tax debt. After relinquishing power Redding made two more efforts in the culinary business with Ruthie Mae’s in Englewood, NJ, which lasted only seven months, and Doc’s, a take-out soul food spot in Harlem that was also short-lived. These disappointments may have convinced any other entrepreneur to quit but it only made Redding’s resolve to succeed stronger. Finally, he has managed to do just that with Redding’s, a popular soul food attraction in Atlantic City, NJ that recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Mr. Redding’s latest achievement wasn’t easy and now he shares with BlackEnterprise.com his most significant tips for any businessperson intent upon making a comeback. —Souleo

5 Tips for Making a Business Comeback

Celebrity chef Calvin Redding advises on how to bounce back after a business failure

Celebrity chef Calvin Redding may have lost his multimillion dollar restaurant Amy Ruth’s but he’s…

By Souleo

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Ludacris & His Daughter Launch Educational Website for Kids

The entertainer's 10-year-old reinforces the idea that education can be fun with Karma's World

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges goes into business with his 10-year-old daughter Karma with Karma’s World an…

By Anslem Samuel

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Seeking perfection in today’s business world is not a successful business strategy. This does not mean that the need for excellence, great customer service, and preparation and planning has to be left to chance. However, when you don't fixate on perfection it means you can move forward with a business idea without waiting until all elements are exactly right.

Don't get caught up in the Perfection Trap: the illusion that everything has to be just right before you will launch. It often serves as an accelerator that moves you beyond what is needed and keeps you from working smarter. It freezes you into over-thinking everything and talking yourself out of even starting. The other problem with trying to achieve perfection is that it is really a moving target.

Here are three Perfection Traps and how you can free yourself from their grip. ---Sheri Riley

Perfection Traps: How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Total Meltdown

Three reasons entrepreneurs should avoid seeking full perfection before acting on or launching a new project.

Seeking perfection can hinder action. Here’s how entrepreneurs can avoid the Perfection Trap and move…

By Sheri Riley

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Black Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley Do Exist

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington may be unsure but people of color are making strides in STEM

In a clip from CNN’s Black in America 4 TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington stated that…

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6 Mind Traps That Could Sabotage Your Business

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, one entrepreneur says they often fall into "mind traps." Here are six to look out for

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, we often fall into various “mind traps” that…

By Rosetta Thurman

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Demetrius Walker along with with six friends from college started a clothing company, dN|Be Apparel (Image: Source)

Demetrius Walker, Co-Founder of dN|Be Apparel, Merges Urban Fashion and Conscious Messaging

The young entrepreneur beat the odds, starting his own company after college

Along with six of his friends, Demetrius Walker created a line of apparel named DangerousNEGRO.…

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Every entrepreneur wants to build a brand that inspires confidence, quality and reliability, knowing that customers’ belief in your product or service translates into revenue. In short, people put their money where their trust is. But trust can be a fickle thing. It can be difficult to earn and even then, requires constant maintenance. And if that trust is shattered, it can mean the end of an enterprise. 	In his book, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line, author and business strategist Dave Horsager discusses the correlation between trust and profits. “I think it's the key bottom line indicator even though someone might think at first glance it's a soft skill,” he asserts. “I prove out how it really does affect the bottom line and of course it affects impact and everything else.” He also offers what he refers to as the “8 pillars of trust.” —Alan Hughes

8 Ways to Build Trust in Your Brand

One of the keys to running a successful business is having a strong and reliable reputation

There’s more to branding than simply having a catchy name and logo, any entrepreneur looking…

By Alan Hughes

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4 STEPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

How Portable is Your Personal Brand?

Three reasons why your personal and professional business should not mix

It takes a lot to build up a brand so don’t let all your networking…

By Hajj Flemings

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Small Biz Took Kit: 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make Money

Assess your company's direction by making sure you're making the smartest decisions

Let’s face it, you’re in business because you want to make money and you want…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneur Stephen Pierce: From Homeless to Multimillionaire

Live from our annual Entrepreneurs Conference, see the Internet marketing guru and other business leaders via our live stream

At first glance, this self-made brother’s rags-to-riches story may remind you of Tyler Perry’s.
An Internet…

By Tomika Anderson

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Saying Goodbye to Barden

In the wake of Don Barden's passing, we remember the casino tycoon at his best and share his lasting words of wisdom

Casino tycoon and millionaire Don Barden passes away from cancer. Black Enterprise editor Alan Hughes…

By Alan Hughes

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‘America’s Next Best Restaurant’ Winner Jamawn Woods Talks Healthy Soul Food Inspired By His Daddy

Jobless for six months, Woods won a spot on TV and made his entrepreneurial dreams a reality

Jamawn Woods went from dreams of being a restaurateur to opening three Soul Daddy locations…

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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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5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Anyone that's serious about growing their small business should be sure to have these insightful books handy

Five books every entrepreneur should read to be successful in business and increasing profits, including…

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In the February 2011 "Power Issue" of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors--Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director, Business, and Tennille Robinson, Senior Multimedia Content Producer, Small Business--offer up these 10 power moves that will expand the businesses of new and established entrepreneurs.  (Images: Thinkstock)

10 Power Moves to Help Entrepreneurs Make Money

See how following these basic principles can turn your business from potential success to profitable

In the February 2011 “Power Issue” of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors–Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director,…

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Getting Started: How One Corporate Exec Went from Workdays to Doggy Daycare

Entrepreneur Robin Crawford shares three things small businesses can learn from Corp. America

Entrepreneur Robin Crawford shares three of her most valuable lessons from stints at such companies…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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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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Entrepreneurs are known to have many qualities—persistence, leadership skills and a never-say-die attitude, to name a few. But even with those skills, even the most successful entrepreneurs have made their share of mistakes—and sometimes catastrophically. Robert Jordan, author of How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press $24.95) spoke with 45 successful entrepreneurs to gain an understanding of what it takes to successfully launch and grow a business. Among those featured is Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, who sold the company for $2 billion, Raj Soin, who launched Modern Technologies Corporation (MTC) before selling it to BAE Systems for $425 million, and others who have taken their companies public in billion-dollar transactions. To be included in the book, they had to launch, grow and sell a company for approximately $100 million or go public for at least $300 million and had to be self-made, according to Jordan. “So the range ended up so that at the low end, Viresh Bhatia sold InstallShield for about $78 million and the high end was Dane Miller, who took Biomet private for $12 billion.” But what mistakes did these multi-millionaires make along the way and what can be learned from them? Read on... —Alan Hughes

5 Mistakes Millionaire Entrepreneurs Make

Even some of the richest people make common mistakes on their road to financial success.

Entrepreneurs are known to have many qualities—persistence, leadership skills and a never-say-die attitude, to name…

By Alan Hughes

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WATCH: Transitioning Into Entrepreneurship

Felicia Joy, host of the Ms. CEO Show, discusses "hybrid" entrepreneurship: working a full-time job while running a business.

Felicia Joy, host of the Ms. CEO Show, discusses “hybrid” entrepreneurship: working a full-time job…

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Young Entrepreneurs Receive Top Honors

Entrepreneurship education group pays tribute to young business leaders

Young entrepreneurs were honored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) at its Dare to…

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

Panel explores ways to increase access to capital; Small business jobs bills; climate change; diversity on the Hill

The recession may be ebbing but minority-owned businesses are still caught in the grip of…

By Joyce Jones

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Blueprint for Success

Having a winning 'business' game plan

This year is a chance to be better, smarter, prouder, stronger, and take no mess.

By Dale Coachman

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Add A Little SaaS to Your Business

New York-based Wakeman Agency soars with on-demand applications

On-Demand Applications such as “cloud computing” and “software as a service” help small businesses work…

By Dale Coachman

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Surviving the Storm

The economy may be stagnant, but to overcome it, you cant be

Toward the end of 2007, Jacqueline Jackson, a realtor in Orland Park, Illinois, was struck…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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8. I Will Support the Creation and Growth of Minority-Owned Businesses

Disposable income in the black community is still on the rise. Black buying power today…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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