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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…

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6 Habits of Ineffective Entrepreneurs

Here’s the list of habits you don’t need if your goal is business success.

By Teri Harrison

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Celebrity Chef Talks ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and Building His Brand From Ground Up

Chef James 'J.R.' Robinson details how he went from homeless to running a booming company

Hell’s Kitchen contestant, Chef J.R., talks overcoming humble beginnings to building a successful catering company…

By Courtney Connley

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3 Excuses That Keep You From Entrepreneurship

Stop making excuses to start living your dream

Don’t let fear or excuses keep you from following your dream of starting your business.…

By Patrice C. Washington

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Diddy Announces Revolt TV Music Conference

Event to help shape the next generation of music moguls

Striving to be the leading voice in music, arts and culture, Diddy has announced the…

By Courtney Connley

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Supreme Court: Employers Can Refuse Contraceptive Coverage

Corporations can hold religious objections to birth control

New ruling by highest U.S. court says employers can refuse healthcare coverage of contraceptives.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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New Study: Banks Making It Easier for Small Businesses to Get Loans

Banks lending more loans with lower interest rates

With most small businesses being healthier than they were during the recession, banks are making…

By Courtney Connley

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Building Power Networks At The Entrepreneurs Conference

Meet four outstanding entrepreneurs and leaders worth paying attention to.

Meet four outstanding entrepreneurs and leaders worth paying attention to.

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Entrepreneurs Conference: How to Grow, Protect and Distribute Your Assets

Insurance can make rebounding after losses that much easier. Here's how

Insurance can make rebounding after business losses that much easier for entrepreneurs. Leaders share how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Small Business Owners Vs Entrepreneurs: Which One Are You?

Experts breakdown differences between Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

National Small Business Week wrapped up for the year on Friday May 16.
For a week…

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Entrepreneurs Conference Day 2: Kick-Off One-on-One with Valerie Daniels-Carter

Attendees set to be inspired and empowered by queen of franchising

The second day of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference kicks off with a one-on-one with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Intense Boot Camp Helps Women Learn How to Open, Grow Their Businesses

The program is designed to enable women business owners to think like chief executives and grow their businesses

Do you think you need a bit of boot camp before you jump into the…

By Alan Hughes

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Shark Tank Open Casting Call at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

ABC hit show 'Shark Tank' to hold open casting calls during the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in Columbus, OH

Entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators will have a shot at pitching their ideas for a…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneurs Not Motivated By Cash

Not In It For the Money: Entrepreneurs Not Motivated Soley by Cash [Study]

Business owners cite other reasons for starting their own companies.

A new survey reveals most business owners don’t have riches on their mind when starting…

By C. Daniel Baker

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What It Takes to Win in Business and in Sports—Twice!

Two-time Super Bowl champ GM of NY Giants shares tips on finding and keeping talent in a competitive environment--from sports to business

New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese helped his team win two Super Bowl Championships.…

By Alan Hughes

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Souley Vegan Owner, Tamerra Dyson

The Vegan restaurant owner Tamerra Dyson, shares what it's like to open a Vegan business.

Interviewed by Runnett Grant
When Tamearra Dyson opened the doors to her Oakland restaurant Souley Vegan,…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Entrepreneurs' Organization Seeking Corporate Mentors for Student Business Owners

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Seeking Corporate Mentors for Student Business Owners

Seeking corporate volunteers to help local students run scalable businesses

A recent survey cited mentorships as the second most important source of learning for entrepreneurs…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Leave Your Corporate Job and Be a Smart Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, freedom must be managed properly and used for true business productivity

As an entrepreneur, freedom must be managed properly and used for true business productivity

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Two Key Ways to Reposition Your Brand to Make More Money

How boosting your actual value and perceived value can help you increase margins for your business and make more money

How boosting your actual value and perceived value can help you increase margins for your…

By Felicia Joy

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How and Why You Need to Assess Your Inner Circle

Developing a personal board of directors could be the key to your career or business success and much-needed support

Developing a personal board of directors could be the key to your career or business…

By Vanessa Van Petten

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Highland Capital Partners Selects 2013 Summer@Highland Class

Summer@Highland Success Camp for Student Entrepreneurs Announces 2013 Class

Nearly 900 applicants from 85 universities applied this year

Summer@Highland is designed to provide student founders with the environment and resources to accelerate their…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Prepare for a First (Business) Date

When it comes to business, being ready for the first date is equally as important as being ready for a romantic one

When it comes to business, being ready for the first date is equally as important…

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Huggies Celebrates Innovative ‘Mompreneurs’ With $15K Grant Program

Huggies wants to fund mothers and their groundbreaking ideas

Huggies grant program hopes to inspire parents to channel their ingenuity into products that help…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hiscox Launches New Author Series Feauring Gene Marks

The Hiscox Authors Series is an initiative to help others in launching, running and building their small businesses.

Hiscox announces the second installment of its Hiscox Authors Series for entrepreneurs featuring Gene Marks

By C. Daniel Baker

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Pros and Cons of Going from “Yes, Boss” to Being the Boss

From employee to self-employed, here are tips to transition smoothly

Going from being an employee to being self-employed can be challenging. Here are a few…

By Courtney Connley

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8 Steps to Closing the Sales Deal

Edgar L. Smith Jr., CEO of World Pac Paper L.L.C., outlines the keys to getting a prospective client to say 'yes'

Edgar L. Smith Jr., CEO of World Pac Paper L.L.C., outlines the keys to getting…

By Alan Hughes

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17 Wacky—But Winning—Steps to Success

This off the cuff strategy can help you advance in your career

Sometimes you have to go against the grain to truly succeed. This strategy is for…

By Sasha King

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4 Unique Side Hustles That Bring in Big Bucks

Out-of-the-box money-makers to pursue after five

These out-of-the-box money-makers can be done without reeking havoc on your day job.

By Courtney Connley

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Power Women of the Diaspora: British Social Entrepreneur Champions Change

British businesswoman talks career triumphs, advocacy

Barbara Kasumu, a British social entrepreneur and co-founder of Elevation Networks talks career triumphs, challenges…

By Octavia Goredema

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Wendell Pierce, Tina Wells & Others Convene for 5th New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Wendell Pierce, Tina Wells and Others Convene for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

5th Annual Conference looks to help entrepreneurs in NOLA

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week celebrates it’s 5th year with over 3,000 entrepreneurs.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Boss Moves: 6 Effective Ways to Handle Raise Requests

This strategy will ensure you don't have a disgruntled worker on your hands

Asking for a pay raise can not only be daunting for an employee. It can…

By Sasha King

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Under 21 and Winning: 8 Young Bosses to Watch in 2013

These industry heavyweights are making major early career strides

From signing music contracts to starting their own businesses— all before the age of 21—these…

By Courtney Connley

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Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference: Who’s Who: Brand Camp U CEO Hajj Flemings

The Gokit co-founder and brand strategist shares why the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference is a can’t-miss event.

Flemings took a few moments to talk with us about the importance of personal branding,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Lessons in Freelancing: How to Diversify Your Client Base

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

Insider tips to help you remain marketable

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10 Ways to Maximize Your Home Office for Productivity

Never Slacking: How to Focus Your At-Home Work Schedule

Five ways to make the most of your time

If you’re self-employed or work from home, here are ways you can remain focused and…

By Sasha King

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New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs

New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs

Connects new entrepreneurs with established industry mentors

Startout is an organization dedicated to assisting entrepreneurship in the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The 2014 H-1B Visa Race Begins today

Entrepreneurs Demand Immigration Reform For Skilled Workers

Start-ups say it's too expensive and difficult to hire foreign talent

Owners say they have to reject many skilled applicants due to red tape and regulations

By C. Daniel Baker

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Ways to Recharge Your Small Business in 2013

Ways Entrepreneurs Can Recharge in 2013

Simple steps to help you focus for the new year.

The new year is an excellent time to refocus on your business.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Baskin-Robbins Host’s a Seminar to Find Los Angeles Entrepreneurs

Baskin-Robbins Hosts a Seminar to Find Los Angeles Entrepreneurs

The ice cream chain looks to find new store owners

The franchise held a seminar to find the next round of Baskin Robbins owners.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Hey Small Business Owners: Do You Have a Nest Egg?

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

40% of small business owners have no retirement savings

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The Baby Boomer Entrepreneur

Study Claims Baby Boomers Have Highest Self-Employment Rate

Higher rate of self-employment among older workers

The self employment rate for adults 55 and older is 16.4 percent, according to the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA sponsors program connecting inner city entrepreneurs to investors.

SBA Sponsors Program Connecting Inner City Entrepreneurs

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

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Protecting Your Business Idea May Not Be Your Best Move

Not keeping ideas secret can often be beneficial to your business

Not keeping ideas secret can often be beneficial to your business

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U.S. Designers Turn to Africa to Find Opportunities

Fashion professionals finding growth and profit in Ghana

Ghana offering avenues for growth and profit for black fashion designers.

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Junior Bridgeman: From The NBA Hardwood To The Boardroom

The NBA helped him make a living, but his morals and values helped him make a life

The NBA helped him make a living, but his morals and values helped him make…

By Raynard Jackson

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FDIC Director Looks to Boost Small Biz Lending

Finance programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs to think like a banker

FDIC Director Sarah Thompson talks about finance programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs to think like…

By Alan Hughes

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Leadership Incentives: How to Boost Your Team Morale and Loyalty Today

Three vital factors that contribute to ultimate company success

As a leader, learn how to streamline processes and offer incentives to make your role…

By Marjorie Perry

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Preview ‘B.E. Business Report’: In the ‘Shark Tank’ with Daymond John

This week on Black Enterprise Business Report, it's all about the entrepreneur as host Caroline Clarke interview Shark Tank's Daymond John

This week on Black Enterprise Business Report, it’s all about the entrepreneur as host Caroline…

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Sylvia Woods, Soul Food Queen, Dies at 86

The legendary Harlem restauranteur Sylvia Woods dies at 86

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Productivity: Colleagues and accountability

10 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Do you start the day full of grand intentions but end up with nothing on your list going from "to-do" to "done?" Here's how to make a change

How entrepreneurs can change their to-do lists from grand intentions into getting it done

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The sisters of The Fly Cut

Sisters Offer Creative Black Haircare Deals with The Fly Cut

Website offers pioneering resource for black women on the Web

Three sisters tap into black haircare niche and start a daily deal Website with help…

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JOIN ASSOCIATIONS. If you’re a female entrepreneur, look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you are starting a plumbing company, check out the local chapter of a national plumbers association. You’d be surprised how many fields have associations. You can receive great product discounts, invitations to great conferences, and a network of peers. Entrepreneurship can be lonely, so cultivating a group of peers is important. And of course, there is the newly formed Young Entrepreneur Council (I’m a board member!).

5 Things Big Companies Can Learn From Small Businesses

While small businesses may not bring in the revenue of large corporations many weather the storms due to one simple quality: agility

While small businesses may not bring in the revenue of large corporations many weather…

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Yandy Smith on How to be (or Not to be) a Successful Entrepreneur

The music industry manager goes beyond 'Love & Hip Hop' and shares her tips for entrepreneurial success

Music industry manager Yandy Smith, goes beyond ‘Love & Hip Hop’ and shares her tips…

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Focus on Storytelling

What stories can you tell about your business. I spoke this week to a group of arts, tourism and cultural organizations at Cultural Tourism DC's annual conference in Washington, DC. (Members range from Smithsonian Institution Directors to jazz clubs to tiny art galleries and film festivals). When cultural organizations approach social media, they can't go for the hard sell because arts marketing is more about storytelling. Take a cue from these organizations and focus on the story behind your service or product. Can you give your audience a behind-the-scenes view?  Can you offer online previews to build buzz before a big event?

How to Generate Publicity for Your Business

Tips for finding the news hook that will create buzz for your business

Tips for finding the news hook that will create buzz and publicity for your business

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Entrepreneurs: Do You Have What It Takes to Create Your Own Category?

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

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7 Ways to Measure the Value of Your Entrepreneur Network

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you become a better entrepreneur

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you…

By Lisa Nicole Bell

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5 Ways to Keep Your Gen Y Employees Happy (and Your Business Successful)

Your company may only be as good as its unhappiest link. Use these strategies to keep the positive momentum

When it comes to keeping Gen Y employees happy, your company may only be as…

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6 Questions to Tackle Before Launching Your Startup

Many new entrepreneurs focus solely on their business idea during the startup process, but what about those other important business decisions that can dramatically impact your bottom line?

Many new entrepreneurs focus solely on their business idea during the startup process, but what…

By Steven Saley

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Radio Pioneer Hal Jackson Dead at 96

ICBC icon broke color barriers and set stage for today's stars

The co-founder of Inner City Broadcasting Corp., which owned New York’s WBLS, leaves a legacy…

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Be Happier at Work

These scientifically-proven steps will ensure a positive workday

These five steps are scientifically proven to contribute to a happier workday.

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Mario Armstrong

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, personal finance expert Lynette Khalfani-Cox…

By Demetria Irwin

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Get Advice on Raising Capital for Your Business from Black Enterprise’s Alfred Edmond

As part of Black Enterprise's Small Business University, VP & Editor-at-Large Alfred Edmond, Jr. takes to Twitter to answer your money questions TODAY, 2pm EST

As part of the Black Enterprise Small Business University powered by Dell, Alfred Edmond, Jr. VP and Editor-at-large…

By Elayne Fluker

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12 Traits of a Successful Employee at a Startup

What to consider when working for a newbie company

If you’re an employee at a company that’s new to the game, here are a…

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Get Small Business Advice from Black Enterprise CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr.

As part of the Black Enterprise Small Business University, CEO Earl Butch Graves takes to Twitter to answer your small biz questions

As part of the Black Enterprise Small Business University, CEO Earl Butch Graves takes to…

By Elayne Fluker

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How I Did It: Orchestra Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson Breaks Racial Boundaries

Musician and entrepreneur created own opportunities after adversity

Founder of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra decided to fill a void in the classical…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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5 Tips to Re-focus and Re-brand Your Business

CEO of Events DC, the organization that oversees entertainment, conventions, sports and cultural events for the District of Columbia, tells how to redefine your organization

CEO of Events DC, the organization that oversees entertainment, conventions, sports and cultural events for…

By Alan Hughes

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Melinda Emerson

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, entrepreneurship expert Melinda Emerson offers…

By Demetria Irwin

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Anthony Joiner, Shoozed

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Joiner’s latest venture puts a social-commerce spin on the age-old business of footwear retail

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Joiner’s latest venture, Shoozed.com, puts a social-commerce spin on the age-old business…

By Brian Dawson

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Entrepreneurs: Learn the Best (and Smartest!) Tech Tools & Gadgets for Your Business

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

Technology expert Mario Armstrong tells you the best gadgets for your business in the Black…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Create Marketing Buzz for Your Business

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and…

By Elayne Fluker

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You Only Live Once: So When It Comes to Your Business, Innovate Before It’s Too Late

For entrepreneurs, a healthy dose of innovation (and a dash of crazy) could be the key to your small business success

For entrepreneurs, a healthy dose of innovation (and a dash of crazy) could be the…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Use Technology to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn the best technology tools to help grow your business!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Raise (and Balance!) Money for Your Business

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund, grow and lead your business to success!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

By Elayne Fluker

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On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Black Enterprise teamed up with Walmart to host 20/20 Vision: Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century, a forum to explore opportunities with corporate entities and the City of Chicago. The economic forum was designed to explore how entrepreneurs can best position their ventures to form profitable partnerships with large corporations as part of their supply chain. The day long event, which was held at the Chicago Hilton, covered topics like “Navigating the Procurement Maze” and “Scaling Up To Meet The Right Contract.” Here are some of the highlights from the program:

getSupplier Diversity Forum: How Entrepreneurs Can Partner with Corporations

Highlights from the 2012 Vision 20/20 Forum hosted by Black Enterprise and Wal-mart

Black Enterprise and Walmart hosts the Vision 20/20 Forum to help small businesses become more…

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Free!! Books of the Week – All About Entrepreneurs

Choose from book bundles that are all about entrepreneurs!

This weeks book bundles are for current and potential entrepreneurs who would like to learn…

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Be ready for business! 

When publicity strikes, you may get a surge in foot traffic or web traffic. If you have a brick and mortar business, get ready by bringing on extra temporary staff, and ordering extra product. Get your web site ready by creating landing pages and email captures so you can keep in touch with all of your new customers even after they've come and gone. Offer a coupon for new e-mail list subscribers, then send over your newsletter and let them know what's new with your business each month.

7 Simple Ways to Get Your Business Ready for Publicity

Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, but too often they're a best kept secret

Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, but too often they’re a best…

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How Entrepreneurship Can Fix Young America

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads through entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads…

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Small Business, Big Challenges: 3 Ways to Face Them Head On

When business challenges arise it's not about the problem, it's about the entrepreneur's response

When business challenges arise it’s not about the problem, it’s about the entrepreneur’s response. Entrepreneur…

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SXSW Interactive is one of the largest interactive conferences in the country and from March 9-13, 2012 there will be 20,000 people converging on Austin, Texas. SXSW is a gathering of techies, entrepreneurs, journalist, startups, social media advocates and marketers. The discussion will include the latest mobile apps, tech startups launching, new technology products/gadgets being released and authors releasing new books. To help you maximize your experience at SXSW Interactive here are six tips to get the most out of your trip. —Hajj Flemings

6 Tips to Maximize Your SXSW Interactive Experience

Before heading out to the annual festival here are a few things you should know

As techies converge on Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive here are a few key points…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Jenile Brooks, Harvest Express

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

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

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

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Can Social Media Save Your Business?

Join us on Facebook for a Power Lunch with entrepreneur and cover subject Dawn Fitch

Imagine growing your revenue by 35% or more this year. On Friday, March 16, 2012,…

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Are You Stuck in Behavior that Could Guarantee Failure in Your Business?

How living in a state of denial could be the downfall of your business

Entrepreneur and author Felicia Joy tells how living in a state of denial could be…

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Kelly Keelo and Carl Foster, Owners of Juice Hugger.

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Juice Hugger

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

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

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Research your dreams. "Inform yourself and gather as much information on what it is that you want to do. You need to be ahead of the game."

Career Spotlight: Dee Daniels Provides Women Entrepreneurs Vital Web Resource

Founder of Digital Diva 2.0 advocates for female entrepreneurship

A former journalist, this founder of Digital Diva 2.0 seeks to connect women entrepreneurs with…

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I talk to stressed out business owners and non-profit leaders almost every day who are just plain overwhelmed with social media. Not because they don't know how to use it and not because they don't understand its value. They're stressed because the space changes at such a rapid pace---the ground is always shifting under their feet so they never really feel like they're gotten a foothold.

So what do you do to keep up with social media while running your business?  It's impossible to get on every platform and more importantly, it's just not smart. You can't do that, so don't even try. Instead of focusing on quantity of social connections and sites, focus more on quality control. Here are 6 ways to do it.---Amanda Miller Littlejohn

6 Ways to Manage Social Media Overload

Don't get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how to manage and master social media

Don’t get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Veronica Chapman, My Crowning Jewel

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

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

By Brian Dawson

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Small Business, Big Success: Events Diva Diann Valentine’s Tips for Entrepreneurs

How the TV host and author expanded her brand from humble beginnings

Wedding and events entrepreneur Diann Valentine tells how she’s kept her business viable

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How to Master Fear and Manage Small Business Risks

Risk is inevitable when it comes to entrepreneurship, but how do you know how far you should go?

Risk is inevitable when it comes to entrepreneurship, but how do you know how far…

By Erica Nicole

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Grow Your Business in 2012

New business success starts with improvements in YOU. These questions will get you started

New business success starts with improvements in you. These questions will get you started.

By Felicia Joy

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Maurice Womack, OurBuckeyeHub

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

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

By Brian Dawson

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Reflect on the failures.

What didn't go so well this year? Why didn’t it go well? Identify the core problem (your lack of time, lack of passion or lack of resources) and try to either solve it or let it go. No need to make the same mistakes next year.

7 Ways to Align Your Brand with Your Vision for 2012

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for 2012!

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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African-Americans are starting new businesses in record numbers. If you’re planning to launch a company in 2012, you need a financial game plan---as well as an operational one. Follow these seven economic dos and don'ts to help ensure your entrepreneurial success.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Starting a Business in 2012? Follow These 7 Financial Guidelines For Entrepreneurial Success

If you’re planning to launch a company in 2012, you need a financial game plan…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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How a Business Coach Can Help Your Company Grow

Entrepreneur gains an education through a non-profit program

Pay it forward: CEO Link Howard with one of his interns
Two years ago, Link Howard,…

By Alan Hughes

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6 Ways to Attract Customers via Social Media

How to effectively utilize social media to connect with your customers and build your business

Amanda Miller Littlejohn, social media and marketing coach, tells entrepreneurs how to use social media…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Small Business Saturday Presents Big Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

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

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

By Felicia Joy

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Rachel Blanks, Sunny Days Bakery

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

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

By Brian Dawson

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How to Find Your Brand’s Red Sole

Christian Louboutin's iconic red soles offer a lesson for entrepreneurs on making a brand distinctive

Christian Louboutin’s iconic red soles offer a lesson for entrepreneurs on making a brand distinctive

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Everyone needs a network of people they can count on, in both in their personal lives, and in business. For entrepreneurs especially, these support networks can make the difference between feeling like you’re out there on your own, to being deeply connected to other entrepreneurs and having a team of friends, advisers or partners to turn to when you’re not sure which direction to go.

Here are seven tips for building the ultimate network to support your entrepreneurial goals.---Tina Wells

7 Ways to Build Your Entrepreneur Support Network

How to make the most of your network

Everyone needs a network, in both in their personal lives, and in business. Tina Wells…

By Tina Wells

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

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

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

By Brian Dawson

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How Small Business Accelerators Give a Boost to Black Entrepreneurs

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how an accelerator positioned the company to make $1 million in just two years

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how the Cleveland Minority Accelerator positioned the company to…

By Alan Hughes

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How 10,000 Small Businesses Can Get Capital

Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses initiative aimed at under-served communities

Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses initiative aimed at under-served communities

By Alan Hughes

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3 Ways to Maintain A Healthy Relationship While Building Your Business

How to make sure passion for your business doesn't kill the passion in your relationship

Small business expert Felicia Joy tells how to make sure your passion for your business…

By Felicia Joy

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

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

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

By Brian Dawson

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5 Tips for Hiring Interns for Your Startup

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

By Kwame Kuadey

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Accelerate your payments and delay your collections. Towards the year end, purchase any needed supplies and delay any collections. Purchasing supplies will lower your profit thereby reducing the amount of taxes paid in the current year. Delaying collections will lower your income level, thereby reducing the tax amount owed in the current year. Although the taxes will not be assessed in the current tax year, they will be delayed to the next year. “I definitely do caution business owners because, if they spend too much at year-end, in January, some companies, they’re struggling to make payroll,” says Robbie Hampton. However, this strategy really only works when the company is profitable.

10 Year-End Small Biz Tax Tips

These measures can help save your business time and money

These end-of-year measures can help save your business time and money

By Alan Hughes

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Congressional Black Caucus Discusses Social Media & Entrepreneurship

The future of small business growth is online and the CBC leads the discussion

During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference a discussion on Social Media…

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How to Build a Race-Neutral Brand

Being a black entrepreneur doesn't have to define your business. Here are some strategies for attracting a diverse customer base

Being a black entrepreneur doesn’t have to define your business. Lauren Maillian Bias gives a…

By Lauren Maillian Bias

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5 Quick Tips for Creating a Successful College Business

How entrepreneurial college students can get started on building a smart business

How entrepreneurial college students can get started on building a smart business

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Whether you want to call it a recession or a slow recovery is irrelevant. As long as the unemployment rate remains at its current levels, corporations and consumers will be reluctant to spend. For entrepreneurs looking to do business with large corporations in this environment, it's critical that they understand the need to increase their financial literacy---for example, knowing when and how to use equity, versus debt. James H. Lowry, a senior counselor at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, also offers the following seven pieces of advice.---Alan Hughes

7 Steps for Small Business Success

Expert tips on how to position your business to grow in any economy and compete with the big dogs

Exert tips to help your small business compete with the big dogs

By Alan Hughes

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How to Create a Predictable Paycheck for Your Business

Paying attention to how customers respond to your marketing messages can be a key to success for your business and your bottom line

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Big companies don’t rely on guesses or generalities when it comes to sales and…

By Felicia Joy

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4 Steps to Efficient Decision Making

CEO and author gives tips on how to arrive at the right decision---quickly

CEO and author Guy A. Hale gives tips on how to arrive at the right…

By Alan Hughes

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How to Build a Low-Risk Business

How hybrid entrepreneurship has changed the small business game

There was a time when entrepreneuers risked their savings, health insurance and nearly everything they…

By Felicia Joy

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5 Things You Should Ask Before Saying “You’re Hired!”

Labor attorney offers tips every employer needs to know

Before starting the interviewing process, labor attorney Charles H. Wilson says there are some guidelines…

By Alan Hughes

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Katrina Harrell Controls the Books

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

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

By Brian Dawson

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BE 100s: Rethinking Business, Reaching Success

Many firms are taking a new approach to building their businesses

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

By Alan Hughes

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WATCH: The Best of the BE Entrepreneurs Conference

Will Packer, Vanessa Simmons, Marshawn Evans and more tell you why the Entrepreneurs Conference needs to be on your business to-do list

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference is a can’t-miss event. Will Packer, Vanessa Simmons, Marshawn Evans,…

By Elayne Fluker

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

Ready to be an entrepreneur? Consider this...

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

By Elayne Fluker

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Stephen Pierce Tells Entrepreneurs about the Power of Positive Thinking

Internet marketing guru says faith, moving forward and positioning helps small business survive tough times

Internet marketing rock star Stephen Pierce has no problem telling you that at one point…

By Elayne Fluker

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7 Cash Flow Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Expert advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that could cost your business money

Michelle Dunn, founder and president of Never Dunn Publishing, LLC, has over 20 years experience…

By Alan Hughes

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The Success Cycle: 4 Steps that Lead to Victory in Business

Use these tools to help gain perspective and achieve success in your business

Not knowing where we stand creates anxiety for entrepreneurs–sometimes enough to make us quit. However,…

By Felicia Joy

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6 Ways to Boost Your Business Profits

All businesses want to make money. One author/entrepreneur offers tips on how to effectively turn (and sustain) a profit

All businesses want to make money. One author/entrepreneur offers tips on how to effectively turn…

By Alan Hughes

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From Entrepreneurial Vision to AliveLook

The C-Suite: AliveLook CEO Duane Davis with Black Enterprise CEO Earl "Butch" Graves (Courtesy of…

By Tomika Anderson

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