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10 Reasons Small Business Shouldn’t Neglect Social Media

Your company’s credibility could depend on it

It doesn’t matter if you are running a micro enterprise, a small business, or a…

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[EXCLUSIVE] Updates from President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Forum hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, U.S. Commerce Dept: Africa is open for business

BlackEnterprise.com is live at the U.S-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering of African heads of…

By Derek T. Dingle

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3 Signs Your Spouse Is Not Compatible With Your Business

Running a successful enterprise could depend on how you address this issue

Check out these signs your spouse-business partner is incompatible with your enterprise.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The First Lady of Wall Street, Ernesta Procope

From Storefront to Wall Street, Ernesta G. Procope Has Blazed Trails in Insurance and Real Estate

Celebrating this year's Black Enterprise A. G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

History-makers seldom have an example to follow; they make a path for others to follow…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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3 Steps to Success for Young Bosses

Millennials, be inspired to get what's yours with these quick tips

Here are three quick tips to finding success inspired by those who’ve found it from…

By Janell Hazelwood

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CAMAC Holdings Inc. was the second black-owned enterprise to gain membership into the BE 100s billion dollar club when it reached the No. 1 slot on our 2003 INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100. In fact, the Houston-based oil and gas exploration, consulting and engineering company was only a hair away from achieving the milestone when it made its debut on our industrial/service list in 2002 - - gross sales for 2001 were $979.5 million. Operated by Nigerian-born Kase Lawal, CAMAC (which stands for Cameroon-American) grew through its ability to integrate upstream services, the production of oil and gas, and downstream operations, which included trading and refining of its products. CAMAC, which reported its highest level of revenues-- $2.43 billion-- on the 2009 list, left the BE 100s in  2011 after shifts in operational structure, management and ownership.

BE 100s Billion-Dollar Club: Lessons from Top-Earning Black Business

Check out the eight companies who have surpassed $1 billion in revenues

Over the past four decades, only eight black-owned companies have surpassed $1 billion in revenues.…

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Young Entrepreneur Recognized for Outstanding Work as Philanthropist

CU-Boulder freshman works to make a difference, nets a profit

This young entrepreneur is making waves for society.

By Ashley R. Harris

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From Prison to Entrepreneurship: App Developer’s Career Taking Off

Marcus Bullock's Flikshop sends photos to incarcerated loved ones

Flikshop is former inmate Marcus Bullock’s answer to sending messages to loved ones in prison,…

By Patrick Austin

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Franchise Spotlight: 6 Things To Look Out For When It’s Time To Get Out

What you need to know to make a graceful exit

Exiting a franchise? Things to consider before telling your franchisor goodbye.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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[Part 2] Beauty & Brains: Rick Ross Sister on Franchises and Entertainment Business

Tawanda Roberts details Wingstop deal and planning an empire

Tawanda Roberts, Rick Ross’ sister details franchise deal and behind-the-scenes planning.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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4 Keys To Becoming A Hotel Owner

Whether it’s a Comfort Inn or the Ritz-Carlton, here’s how to break into the lodging industry

Check out how you can become a hotel owner.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Crowdfunding Site For Minority Businesses Struggles To Stay Afloat

Website shutdown continues; relaunch uncertain

BlackCrowdfunding.net, a rewards-based crowdfunding site targeted to African Americans, needs money itself, reports Mashable.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Uber For Business Allows Companies To Expense Travel

On-demand, ride-hailing service is picking up steam

On-demand ride-hailing service Uber is picking up steam by introducing the Uber For Business opportunity…

By Kevin L. Clark

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What You Need To Know To Become a Bed and Breakfast Owner

Successful black entrepreneurs share insight on breaking into industry

Successful black bed and breakfast owners share insight on breaking into industry

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Franchise Spotlight: Red Flags For Potential Franchisees

Warning signs to look out for before taking the leap

Beware of these signs when considering a franchise concept.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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[Part 1 ] Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs Work to Advance Youth STEM Education

Chicago-based duo propelling with 'Paige & Paxton' books

Mother-daughter duo, Rachel and Kelley Williams, talk with BlackEnterprise.com about their STEM-inspired characters — Paige…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Small Business Spotlight: Anthony Thurston Taking Flight with Social Innovation

'I’m glad to say that there’s been a recent resurgence in the African American community to frequent African American businesses'

Antony Thurston, CEO of Dream Flights International, talks social innovation, his rise in the aviation…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Business of Beauty: How to Break Into Booming Hair Extensions Market

Indique's Ericka Dotson details journey to success

Ericka Dotson discusses her entrepreneurial journey building the Indique Hair empire.

By Candace Mitchell

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Small Business Spotlight: New Startup Promising to ‘Change Lives’ in Men’s Skincare

Houston-based Shavewise adds new ammunition in battle to end rampant skin problem

Houston-based Shavewise is a new startup promising instant results for people with razor bumps.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Entrepreneur Unites Passion for Food and Marketing with Caribbean Cuisine Business

'You have to build your team, relinquish some control and enlist others to help you'

Annette Davidson runs Icon Food Marketing, a boutique food marketing company that specializes in bringing…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Carmelo Anthony Co-Founds Venture Capital Firm

Hoop star and Stuart Goldfarb start M7 Tech Partners

Carmelo Anthony has teamed up with the former CEO of Bertelsmann, Stuart Goldfarb, for M7…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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4 Important Tips For Landing A Major Client

Competition is fierce but here’s how you can hold your own and win

Use this strategy when you want to upgrade your business clientele.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Young Entrepreneur Uses Soap Business to Help the Homeless

Donovan Smith, 11, donates 20% of sales to Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico

Donovan Smith, 11, of Albuquerque, NM, is using proceeds from his bath product business to…

By Courtney Connley

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Startup Advice: 3 Easy Ways to Get Customers Now

Use these simple and tested techniques to grow your new business

How to use simple and tested techniques to grow your new business.

By Teri Harrison

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Rebranding Faux Pas: 3 Tips For Effective Logo Design

Airbnb's redesign serves as example of what not to do when rebranding

Airbnb’s newest logo, Bélo, violates a few core principles of logo design, but with a…

By Patrick Austin

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Real Talk on Accelerators: One Woman’s Small Business Journey with Google

Anie Akpe, publisher of Innov8tiv.com, details tangible pros and cons

Anie Akpe, publisher of Innov8tiv.com, details her journey participating in Google’s accelerator program.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Adenah Bayoh: Developing Properties and Operating Restaurants Locally

'I saw urban redevelopment as a vehicle to assist in economic revitalization of my community'

Adenah Bayoh, a real estate and restaurant entrepreneur, talks revitalizing her local community through franchising…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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13 Facets of An Effective Business Partnership

Shared vision, complementary skills, honesty, and much more make it work

BlackEnterprise.com polled members of the Young Entrepreneur Council to find out the one thing you…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[Exclusive] Part 2: Rick Ross Details Nigerian Business Interests and Winning with MMG Team

'It's no better time than now to set example, rewrite the game'

Mogul Rick Ross sits down for part two of BlackEnterprise.com exclusive to talk business interests…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Women Winning: Study Finds Female Entrepreneurs Optimistic and Growing

Bank study breaks down what makes entrepreneurs tick

Bank study breaks down what makes entrepreneurs tick and finds that women entrepreneurs optimistic and…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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5 Characteristics Of Successful Entrepreneurs

If you possess these traits you will have a better chance of long-term success

These traits lead to winning results for small business owners.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Oprah’s Network Special Spotlights Black Food Truck Owners

TV show Wingmen follows 2 Fat 2 Fly mobile chicken wing business

OWN’s “Wingmen” features Columbia, South Carolina best friends Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons as they…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Smart Knowledge Sets Every Successful Entrepreneur Should Master

5 CPAs show small business owners how to prosper

Find out what it takes to expand your small business with these tips from five…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Walker’s Legacy Hosts Brunch for Women Leaders

Speakers included power women Joy-Ann Reid, Demetria Lucas and Lauren Maillian Bias

Walker’s Legacy, a professional collective for businesswomen, hosted its Women in Business Brunch, powered by…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Business of Beauty: Entrepreneur Talks Expanding Brand From YouTube

Rochelle Graham, founder of Alikay Naturals, details journey to upstart success

Rochelle Graham shares how she went from YouTube personality to founder and CEO of Alikay…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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New Online Tool For Entrepreneurs With Limited Marketing Resources

Localist integrates social media with calendar and events Web content

Localist, an interactive online calendaring platform, recently launched its ‘Localist Simple’ plan geared toward entrepreneurs…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Study: Women Are More Optimistic About Economy Than Men

Female entrepreneurs also use social media more to connect with customers

In a study done by American Express, women are more likely to be optimistic about…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Money-Making Networking Moves For Entrepreneurs

Upgrade your net worth with this strategy

If you’re a small business owner, this networking strategy is tailored for you.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Uber Lowers Prices to Compete with NYC Taxis

Fares are now cheaper for customers of popular transport company

The mobile car service app, Uber, has lowered its prices to offer car rides cheaper…

By Courtney Connley

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Can You Sue Google For Ruining Your Business?

Forty-year-old Serbian Crown restaurant says yes, you can

Serbian Crown, a restaurant that once served lion’s meat, is closed, and suing Google for…

By Patrick Austin

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Business on the Go: 5 Great Apps for Savvy Entrepreneurs

These tools will help you save time---and money

Who knew the cell phone would end up being one of the most innovative forms…

By Teri Harrison

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Harlem Hot Spot: One Entrepreneur’s Story of Passion, Longevity and Diversity

Cove Lounge's Alyah Horsford-Sidberry talks passion for entrepreneurship and power of location

Harlem entrepreneur Alyah Horsford-Sidberry talks longevity in hot location and why she’s passionate about her…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Small Business Employment Continues Improvement

Firms add 20,000 jobs in June

Small businesses added 20,000 jobs added for the month of June, according Intuit Inc. Small…

By Courtney Connley

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Franchise Spotlight: Amada Senior Care Embraces ‘Silver Tsunami’

Graying of America becoming a booming business for the enterprising

In this franchise spotlight, Amanda Senior Care talks ‘silver tsunami’ and why providing elderly home…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Closet Entrepreneurs: 9 Celebrities and Their Side Hustles

Their entrepreneurial spirit took them beyond cameras and into business worlds

Celebrities’ entrepreneurial spirit took them beyond the cameras and into business worlds.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Walmart Establishes New Way to Find Women Entrepreneurs’ Products

Retail giant makes plans to add a distinct logo to ID female-made offerings

Walmart is making plans to add a new logo to their products that will let…

By Courtney Connley

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BE 100s: Nation’s Top Black-Owned Businesses By the Numbers

Take a look at the top black-owned industrial/service and auto businesses

Black Enterprise breakdown by the numbers of the nation’s top black-owned auto and industrial/service companies.

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Amazon’s Drone Delivery Dreams Are Grounded

FAA bans commercial use, but recreational still allowed

Amazon's Prime Air service would deliver small packages to consumers via drone, hopefully while avoiding…

By Patrick Austin

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Scale is King: Top Lessons From Nation’s Largest Black Businesses

How CEOs of Black Enterprise's BE 100s have remodeled firms for expansion

What will boost your business’ bottom line? Learn from the top black-owned businesses in the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Everything is big in Texas, including spending. Austin locals record an average monthly spending of $213 on clothes, shoes and other fashion-related wear.

Report: Black Business Owners in Texas Face Challenges

Business report shows significant barriers to growth and profitability

Business report shows significant barriers to growth and profitability for Texas small business owners.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Beats’ Billion-Dollar Deal: 3 Boss Moves Lessons on Value Addition

Young professionals, here's how you too can build bankable relationships

With news of Apple’s purchase of Beats, millennials, be inspired to know your value and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Corporate Life: How to Leave On Your Own Terms

Executive coach shares steps to thrive during your transition

Executive coach Michelle Awuku-Tatum shares tips on how Corporate America professionals can successful transition and…

By Michelle Awuku-Tatum

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Savvy Startup Founders Pitch for $10,000

Natralicious wins with pitch on natural hair products

At the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, sponsored by Nationwide, entrepreneurs vyed for a chance to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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T.D. Jakes: 20 Tips to Tap Into Your Divine ‘Instinct’ for Business Success

Successful pastor and entrepreneur has expanded his brand and earned millions

Business leader T.D. Jakes shared his insights on his new book and business success at…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entrepreneurs Conference, Day 2: Attendees Learn How to Win Corporate Clients

Experience full of networking and inspiration for small business owners

Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference continues for a second day of learning and inspiration

By Janell Hazelwood

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From Entrepreneurship to Exit: 5 Quick Tips for Successful Transition

Panelists share insights on business growth and exit strategies at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Entrepreneurs Conference: David Tarver, Clarence Wooten, and Russell Wright share insights on exit strategies and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Venture Capital: A Debate on How to Minorities & Women Can Get a Seat at the Table

Panelists at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference discuss vital topic

Panelists discussed a key topic during the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference: minorities and women having…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Shark Tank’s Rodney S. Sampson Talks Disruption for Small Businesses

Three quick tips for business longevity

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, sponsored by Nationwide, kicked off with a one-on-one chat with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Code Fever Co-Founder Felecia Hatcher Talks the Importance of STEM Education

Black Enterprise-Gates Symposium speaker advocates for youth

Code Fever co-founder talks the importance of STEM education and the need for entrepreneurs to…

By Courtney Connley

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Lisa Price: Carol’s Daughter ‘Still Going Strong,’ Despite Bankruptcy Filing

CEO asserts natural beauty brand is resilient and still in business

Carol’s Daughter stores are closing their doors, but the company is not shutting down, CEO…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Diddy’s Revolt: 3 Lessons On Disruption, Reinvention & Millennials Changing the Game

Sean Combs talks evolution of music TV at NYC upfront event

Sean “Diddy” Combs, along with Revolt TV executives and staff, held an upfront event in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Power Women of the Diaspora: How a Professional Mastered Art of Gifting to Make a Living

Afi Lartey shares tips on relationships and leveraging swag bags for branding

Afi Lartey shares tips on overcoming fear, working with global clients and making unforgettable statements…

By Nina Oduro

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TeenNick chairman Nick Cannon won for "Celebrity Entrepreneur of the Year."

Shorty Awards: Who’s Who of Social Media Honored in New York City

Jerry Seinfield, Nick Cannon among Shorty Award honorees

The Shorty Awards, held in New York City at the Times Center, honored the best…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Just Say No to Coffee Meetings: Effective or Nah?

Time management and kind declines are just business---not always personal

When it comes to effective networking, saying no is a business norm, but does that…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Sweet Success: 10 Minutes with ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ Miss Robbie

Restaurateur gives tips on career longevity and prepping for expansion

Restaurateur and OWN network TV star Miss Robbie Montgomery talks career longevity and plans for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How this BE 100′s Company Survived Last Year’s Sequestration

Your daily money bite

When the government shut down last year, it created a very challenging business climate for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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From Bad Girl to Event Planner, Karleen Roy Achieves Career Success

Young leader talks expanding her brand and importance of great relationships

Howard University alumna used experience working with Sean Combs to launch self-sustaining career and events…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Former NBA All Star Jamal Mashburn Slam Dunks in the Business Arena

Team building key to making successful transition from hardcourt to boardroom

Jamal Mashburn is most notably known for his success on and off the basketball court.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Pre-Grad is the New Post-Grad: 5 Benefits to Building Your Brand While Still In College

Don't wait until after graduation to position yourself for success

Waiting until after graduation to position yourself and your professional brand? Don’t. Here are five…

By Shelby Ivey Christie

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Women of Power: Beauty Business Phenom Iman Shares Insights on Global Success

Somalian-born leader in diverse industries has surpassed boundaries

Woman of power and beauty business pioneer Iman talks her career, how she was able…

By Janell Hazelwood

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New Balancing Act: Juggling Your Day Job, Side Hustle and Life

Millennials: Five steps to juggling it all

If you’re like many enterprising millennials, you have a side hustle or two, plus your…

By Jaimee Ratliff

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The Phat Startup Hosts Panel Discussion with VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk

Innovative entrepreneur drops gems on crowd at Alley NYC

Vaynerchuk, who released Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a…

By Janel Martinez

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From History Teacher to Haircare Entrepreneur: How One Woman Made the Transition

Natural powerhouse Karen Tappin details tips for success

A former educator, Karen Tappin chose to step out on faith and start her natural…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How NOT To Make Business Requests

I would absolutely LOVE for you to take my advice!

Please, don’t lead with what YOU’D love

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Cool Jobs: ‘Branding Queen’ Talks Creative Career Path and Juggling Entrepreneurship with Day Job

Tola Lawal, founder of SixOne7Creative makes it happen

Tola Lawal, who has worked behind the scenes for brands including BET and Blue Flame,…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Give1 Project Launches Entrepreneurship Incubator in Dakar

The official launch of the program took place during the opening ceremony of the new office headquarters in Dakar, Senegal on December 12th

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6 Reasons to Say “I Do” to a Fellow Entrepreneur

There are many advantages to marrying a fellow entrepreneur

Marrying a fellow entrepreneur can lead to success and happiness. A special guest article from…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Leap of Faith: A Millennial’s Story of Saying Goodbye to the 9-to-5

Journalist Dontaira Terrell's journey to call her own shots and take back her independence

Millennial Dontaira Terrell quit her Corporate America job to pursue calling her own shots in…

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Growing Your Business at the Right Pace

If not prepared, scaling too quickly can be dangerous and lead to failure

Scaling is certainly a goal for businesses at some point, but scaling as soon as…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Best and Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship, Small Business

Your state's tax rate can affect your small businesses success

A new study highlights the difference between each state’s tax rate

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Cool Jobs: Skincare Entrepreneur Talks Transition from Music Theater to Beauty Industry

Milla Thomas: 'I'm blessed to have found the (career) love of my life'

After studying music theater and working in show business, entrepreneur Milla Thomas found the (career)…

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Reality Checks For Entrepreneurs With “Can’t-Miss” Business Ideas

Try to get out of your own way every once in a while

A venture cannot survive on faith and passion alone

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For too long women have been forced to figure out how to survive on their own. I wrote my book, SKIRTS in the Boardroom to equip women with the tools necessary to chart their own course. S.K.I.R.T.S. is actually an acronym that represents the characteristics that today’s woman must have to thrive in the boardroom, which ultimately represents any place of power that is male-dominated---a place where decisions are made and where you have a chance to show what you're made of. While it may change at different stages of your life, the boardroom is your playing field. It's also a place where the good ‘ole boys' network has, and continues to, flourish. It is time for the ladies to take their seats in the executive suite.   So how do you position yourself to thrive in and out of the boardroom?  Here seven savvy qualities that today’s S.K.I.R.T.S. must possess to go to the next level. (Pay attention, fellas---you can learn some fabulous tips, too!)---Marshawn Evans

How to Save Money When Starting a Business

Advice for holding on to your cash during the start-up phase

Get started on the right foot during the early stages of your new business

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Cool Jobs: Former Marketing Executive Launches the Ultimate Beauty Arsenal

Entrepreneur took experience working with moguls like Russell Simmons to thrive in self-employment

Founder and CEO of COCOTIQUE talks transiting from marketing career into beauty industry entrepreneur.

By Kimberly Wilson

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One-on-One Exclusive: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Talks Business Development

Agriculture and energy key emerging areas for business investors

BlackEnterprise.com’s exclusive one-on-one interview with Nigeria’s President Jonathan Goodluck on business development and investment opportunities.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Twin Educators Talk Balancing Career and Passion for the Business of Art

Sharon and Karen Mackey prove that anyone can re-pave and reinvent professional paths

Sharon Mackey and Karen Mackey, founders, Mackey Twins Art Gallery (Image: Mackey Twins Art Gallery)
We…

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Restaurants and wine brands showcased their dishes and wares in an atmosphere that advocated for minority entrepreneurship and global boss moves, including, Bed Vyne Wine, Buka, House of Mandela Wines, Jollof,  Katra, La Caye, Les  Ambassades, Le Souk Harem,  Madiba, Ponty Bistro, Queen of Sheba,  Shrine NYC and Toast 105.

New York’s First African Restaurant Week Kicks Off With Tasting Event

Top chefs and entrepreneurs showcase talents and wares among professionals

During African Restaurant Week in New York, diners can enjoy prix-fix three-course meals at several…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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.…

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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Talks Entrepreneurship and Hip Hop

Tech entrepreneur shares tips to business success at The Phat Startup NYC meet-up

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian talked about his entrepreneurial journey at The Phat Startup NYC MeetUp…

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6 Common Myths About Being a Startup Employee

Don't get caught up in the fantasy. Here's the real deal

When one thinks of startups there’s the dreamy fantasy of a fun-filled day of leisure…

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Africa-America Institute president and CEO Amini Kajunju is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the first African ever to serve at the helm of the oldest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.

AAI Anniversary Awards Gala: Global Business Leaders Talk Bridging the Gap Between Africa and America

Global leaders gather at Africa-America Institute gala for a night of celebration and acknowledgment

On Sept. 25, global leaders gathered to celebrate the Africa-America Institute’s 60th anniversary, bridging the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Activate Conference to Draw Leaders in Business, Entertainment and Media to New York

Speakers include Les Brown and actress Malinda Williams, among others

Power women and men will gather in New York for the inaugural Activate Conference Sept.…

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Month of the Man: Luxury Shoe Artisan Talks Reviving an Old Trade

Self-taught, Theodore Green enjoys offering the customized experience

Shoe cobbler and designer Theodore Green enjoys the art of customizing the experience for consumers.…

By Joshua Perrin

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NFTE & Microsoft Calls Young Innovators to Compete for Up to $10,000 in Cash and Prizes

Teams have a chance at winning up to $10,000 in cash and prizes

A featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18-24), the World Series of Innovation extends…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Art of the Cold Call: How Mastering It Can Lead to Gigs

Entrepreneurs share tips for success

Cringe at the thought of just calling someone you don’t know, only to get the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: How One Man Turned Party Hobby Into a Money-Maker

A love of Atlanta nightlife turned into a new career for Jason Carter

Events entrepreneur James Carter turned a love for enjoying Atlanta’s nightlife scene into a bankable…

By Maurice Garland

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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,…

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The Turnaround Kings: BE 100s Financial Services Company of the Year

Vista Equity Partners team prove themselves masters of rebuild and returns

In 2007, Vista Equity Partners (No. 1 on the be private equity list with $6.6…

By Alan Hughes

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Monetize Your Passion: 3 Tips for Turning Hobby Into a Career

Use what you're good at to find fulfillment. Here's how

This strategy will help you turn your passion into a lucrative career.

By James Walker

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Hire Learning: Young Entrepreneur Talks Career Fulfillment, Intrapreneurship, & Power of the Side Hustle

'Innerviewer' Jullien Gordon gives the scoop for young professional success

Enterprising power player Jullien Gordon talks career fulfillment and how young professionals can empower themselves…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Wait To Start A Business Before Reading “The Entrepreneur Mind”

Kevin D. Johnson's book addresses the most important—and overlooked—element of preparing for business ownership: mindset.

The most important—and overlooked—aspect of preparing for entrepreneurship is mindset.

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3 Steps to Reset Your Brand This Summer

Find your groove again at the midway point in the year

Dust that list of New Year’s resolutions off and give yourself a progress report.

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Month of the Man: Restaurateur Talks Transition from Government Worker to Entrepreneur

Avery Leakes' adolescent boss moves led to big wins

For BlackEnterprise.com’s Month of the Man, we catch up with Avery Leake, 28, on reviving…

By Courtney Connley

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Recruitment Tip: How to Spot Excellent Talent

Find out the key to spotting the best of the best in job candidates

Having an eye for good workers can be valuable, but what if you don’t have…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Month of the Man: How Black Men Can Leverage Tech Careers

Leaders weigh in on balancing your day job with side hustle and turning ideas into profits

Leaders including Eric Hamilton, co-founder of Around-the-Way app, and tech developer Muoyo Okome talk keys…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Early Riser? You’re Probably Making Bigger Boss Moves

Here's what you should do upon waking and before work

There’s more than the worm to catch if you’re a go-getter who rises before the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Month of the Man: 3 Steps to Startup Success for Tech Entrepreneurs

Elliott Breece (far left) with his Songza co-founders (from left) Elias Roman, Peter Asbill, and…

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How to Recruit Young Leaders to Your Team

Creating a more attractive environment for innovation is key

You want to work with young innovators? Well, here’s how you make your environment more…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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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Young, Millennial and Fearless: How Being a Self-Starter Can Lead to Big Wins

Social entrepreneur and author Syreeta Gates gives secrets to success

Twenty-five year old author and social entrepreneur Syreeta Gates shares the secrets to making your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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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4 Boss Moves to Make During Memorial Weekend

While others are at play, get your hustle on

While many are at play during Memorial Day weekend, you can hustle and get ahead.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Entrepreneurship Rates Reach Highest Level in More Than a Decade

A growing percentage of U.S. citizens are choosing entrepreneurship

2012 was marked by U.S. entrepreneurs reporting greater optimism and confidence in their abilities to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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From Dropout to Driven: 3 Perks of Taking the Nontraditional Route

Embracing risk can lead to lucrative path of innovation and major wins

Just because you avoided the college-to-work route doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Be inspired by successful…

By Antoine Moss

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What I Learned from Mom: Career Women Share Lessons of Leadership

Valuably unforgettable words of wisdom for working women

Professional women share leadership insights they learned from their mothers that led to their success…

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IBOM L.L.C founder, Anie Akpe-Lewis and Mayven PR founder, Yvonne Unubun, partnered to organize the "Africans Creating Technology" event, gathering some of the who's who in the industry to talk about the emerging sector and opportunities in Africa and ways African-owned startups can thrive within the U.S. and abroad.

Photos: BlackEnterprise.com Sponsors “Africans Creating Technology” Event

Check out a recap of the New York gathering of global tech leaders

BlackEnterprise.com sponsored IBOM L.L.C’s “Africans Creating Technology” event in New York City, with industry leaders…

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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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Cool Jobs: SaGe Services CEO Helps Facilitate Global Tech Innovations

Tapua Tunduwani draws from global experience to meet a vital need

CEO of Sage Services, Tapua Tunduwani turns passion into profit by providing flex space for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Young Leader Advocates for Tech Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs

AWP Network founder working to uplift next generation of African innovators

Mary Olushoga, AWP Network founder, took a page from her father’s business book to to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Publishing Powerhouse Uses Strategic Partnerships to Build an Empire

Rolling Out founder Munson Steed talks road to success

This multimedia power player has been able to use business savvy as well as forge…

By Tomika Anderson

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Actor Larenz Tate Advocates for Employment Opportunities for Urban Men

With entrepreneur Karim Webb, leaders build awareness and create resources

Actor has partnered with the restaurant entrepreneur Karim Webb to advocate for employment for urban…

By Janell Hazelwood

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An Incubator Changed My Career: How Young Techies Sparked Innovation in the UK

Brothers find success with European mentoring and investment program, Seedcamp

British-based brothers Abs Farah and Kahin Farah founded Fractal after mentoring and coaching from Seedcamp,…

By Octavia Goredema

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Minority-Owned bcondoms ‘Welcomes Opportunity’ to Speak With Bill Gates

bcondoms lauds Gates Foundation announcement, expresses interest

bcondoms has been a proponent of condom usage from its infancy.

By Darren Sands

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8 Steps to Keep Your Small Business on the Road to Success

One of the largest African American automotive moguls shares his secrets for success

Dorian Boyland, one of the largest African American automotive moguls, shares his secrets for success

By Alan Hughes

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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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Early Boss Moves: 10 Ways to Become a Young Leader

Take these steps to get a head start in achieving your highest goals

Take these steps early so you’ll get a head start on becoming the influential boss…

By Courtney Connley

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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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Slashing Costs, Not Innovation: How a Virtual Team Can Benefit Your Business

Study shows advantages and risks of the management model

Study by Chronos Consulting explores the risks and advantages of leading virtual teams.

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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Taking a New Look at Entrepreneurship and Franchising

Our financial expert says it's worth taking a look at franchising from another perspective

Want to start a franchise? It may not be necessary to reinvent the wheel.

By Patrice C. Washington

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Pittsburgh Launches Initiative to Encourage Black Entrepreneurship

Community and business leaders meet to focus on diversity

113 Industries formed a new initiative developed to encourage entrepreneurship among the cities’ African-American community.

By C. Daniel Baker

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From Enlisting in the Military to Becoming Entrepreneurs

Veterans use military training to start their own businesses.

Veterans use military training to start their own businesses.

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Small Business Owners Pessimistic on Economy, Report Says

Small business owners unsure if they'll be able to hire again, according to new study

Small business owners unsure if they’ll be able to hire again, according to new study

By Ashley R. Harris

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Yandy Smith: Good Credit Equals Bigger and Better Boss Moves

Hustlepreneur talks importance of building a good financial rep early

Reality TV star and hustlapreneur Yandy Smith talks good credit with beauty entrepreneur Sabrina Carson…

By Yandy Smith

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Small Businesses: How to Think Outside the Financing Box

Even in tight times, there are ways to keep your company prosperous

Though financing options can be limited, there are several funding alternatives that will keep your…

By Marjorie Perry

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Tracey Symphax, CEO of Capitol City Contracting Inc. and Phax Group, L.L.C., turned his life around after serving prison time as a youth. (Image: Uptown Magazine)

From Prison to the Boardroom: A Story of Career Success

CEO Tracey Syphax: 'Entrepreneurship saved my life'

Tracey Syphax, CEO of Capitol City Contracting Inc. overcame the stigma of serving prison time…

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The Top 5 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Learn some of the simple dos and don'ts of launching your own business

Robert Jordan, author of “How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of…

By Alan Hughes

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Gender & Business in the UK: Three Entrepreneurs Talk Challenges, Successes

Women pave their own paths, diversifying British industries

British businesswomen Yvonne Thompson, Jessica Huie, Jessica Elliott stake their claim on being leading women…

By Octavia Goredema

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Cool Jobs: Jason Njoku Brings Nollywood to International Forefront

IROKO Partners founder talks global expansion, million-dollar deals

From London to Lagos, iROKO Partners founder Jason Njoku offers multifaceted Nigeria entertainment platform to…

By Octavia Goredema

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Randal Pinkett: Breaking Down Billion-Dollar Contracts

Company CTO Lawrence Hibbert also weighs in on new government opportunity

BCT Partners CEO Randal Pinkett and company CTO Lawrence Hibbert talk once-in-a-lifetime opportunities after landing…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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5 Steps to Go from Small to Big Business

Take a cue from this strategy to expand your vision and success

Construction industry powerhouse Marjorie Perry shares strategy for expanding your vision and your small business.

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Entrepreneurship On The Rise For Jobless Black Graduates

Lack of jobs has forced unemployed graduates to create their own companies

Lack of jobs has forced unemployed graduates to create their own companies

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50 Cent Partners With Young African Entrepreneurs

Rapper looks for distributors in different African countries

Rapper looks for distributors in different African countries

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How to Attract Top Talent to Your Company Without Breaking the Bank

Incentives and creative leadership are keys to retaining best of the best

You can invest in your best employees without breaking the bank by being innovative and…

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…

By Andrew Wadium

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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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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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4. Be public. Market yourself. People must know what you offer. What separates you from everyone else? Why are you different from the next candidate? Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Think of yourself as a brand, a company.

5 Lessons From a Tech Entrepreneur

Lawrence Watkins, founder of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and co-founder of Ujamaa Deals, provides 5 tips for tech entrepreneurs

Lawrence Watkins, founder of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and co-founder of Ujamaa Deals,…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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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