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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…

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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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Why ‘Follow Your Passion’ is Bad Business Advice

Columnist and entrepreneur Felicia Joy tells small business owners to take heed

Columnist and entrepreneur Felicia Joy tells small business owners to take heed

By Felicia Joy

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Leaders of the New School: 6 Young Bosses to Watch

Learn how to change the game from these young business leaders

Learn from these young business leaders how to change the game

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Small Biz Took Kit: 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make Money

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

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

By Elayne Fluker

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White House Gives a Shout Out to Urban Entrepreneurs

Summit held at Rutgers University in New Jersey to spur advocacy for small business growth

With unemployment among African Americans reaching 16.5 percent in March 2010, the White House convened…

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Leaders of the New School: 10 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch

Making their marks in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few

Making their marks in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few

By Elayne Fluker

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4 Tips for College Grads Seeking Entrepreneurship

See why one small business consultant and best-selling author says college students should consider going from graduation to getting their own businesses

See why one small business consultant and best-selling author says college students should consider going…

By Alan Hughes

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4 Reasons for Small Business Owners to Stop Giving Hook-Ups

Entrepreneur and BlackEnterprise.com columnist Felicia Joy tells you how saying "no" can help your business grow

Unless your business is mature, you have free time to kill and you already have…

By Felicia Joy

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8 Signs of a Successful Entrepreneur

A great idea is only the beginning, here are some key elements every successful entrepreneur should possess

Having a great idea doesn’t mean you’ll make a great entrepreneur, Tina Wells shares some…

By Tina Wells

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10 Twitter Accounts for the Social Media-Savvy Entrepreneur

Let social media take your business to the next level; follow these 10 Twitter handles

Ten ways social media can take your business to the next level

By Janel Martinez

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5 Things Hybrid Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

Author Felicia Joy tells you what you need to know when it comes to launching your new business

Author Felicia Joy tells you what you need to know when it comes to launching…

By LaToya M. Smith

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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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The Startup Phase: Steps to Launching a Tech Company

Six tools and resources to get your company up and running

So you’re great with computers, love the latest apps and often advise friends on what…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What is Hybrid Entrepreneurship? (And Why You Should Consider It)

Tips on how to build a business while still working your day job from author Felicia Joy

Thinking about building your own business, while still working your full-time job? Check out these…

By LaToya M. Smith

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5 Ways America Can Help Small Businesses Grow

Serial entrepreneur and small biz advocate says regulation and taxes are hindering innovation

Serial entrepreneur and small biz advocate says regulation and taxes are hindering innovation

By Alan Hughes

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Entrepreneurship is no longer a term solely reserved for former business execs and seasoned employees. Gone are the days where young adults stick close to the traditional career path. Instead, today's trailblazers are creating their own opportunities. And some of the smartest among them will join BLACK ENTERPRISE next month at our annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. Check out these young leaders under 35—BE Nexters—who are carving a space for themselves in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few.

10 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For

Tomorrow's leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in business and beyond.

Tomorrow’s leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in…

By Janel Martinez

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4 Ways to Support Black Businesses

How to put your black buying power to use

How to put your black buying power to use

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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5 Things to Know Before You Fire Your Boss

If you're answers are yes it may be time to break out on your own

If you’re answers are yes it may be time to break out on your own

By Tina Wells

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Dhani Jones: A Man For All Seasons

NFL linebacker ventures into mens' fashion, philanthropy and TV

NFL linebacker ventures into mens’ fashion, philanthropy and TV

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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It's About Interactions

How to Keep Your Customers Happy

4 ways to offer exceptional service and make your business stand out

4 ways to offer exceptional service and make your business stand out

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Diverse Startups Connect at SXSW Technology Conference

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and launch new businesses

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tribal Marketing: How to Make Sure Your Business Reaches Its Target Audience

Targeting millennials? Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells helps you get into the minds of your customers

Targeting millennials? Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells helps you get into the minds of your…

By Tina Wells

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3 Ways to Make Your Company Attractive to Venture Capitalists

For many companies, venture capital backing provides the best means to quickly expand a business

For many companies, venture capital backing provides the best means to quickly expand a business

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How They Made It: Buffalo Wild Wings Franchise Owners

African American businessmen fill void, seek to help community

African American businessmen fill void, seek to help community

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Power Moves: Find Contacts, Contracts and Cash at BE Entreprenuers Conference

In my latest segment on Warren Ballentine’s Truth Fighter’s radio program, I shared with his…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Black-owned Business Boom. Are You Ready?

See what cities are the best for black businesses and why

While entrepreneurship may seem daunting for some, many are giving it a go more so…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

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Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?

These 5 steps will help determine if you're ready to be your own boss

Entrepreneurship can lead to a prosperous future filled with wealth, security, job creation, freedom to…

By Alan Hughes

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4 Tax Law Changes That Will Affect Your Small Business

Before filing for your biz this tax season, be sure to look out for these potential money savers

As tax time draws near, it’s imperative that entrepreneurs be aware of the impact of…

By Alan Hughes

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Getting Started: Launching Your Own Jewelry Line

Allyson Leak struck gold when her jewelry adorned celebs like Alicia Keys. Here, the young designer talks shop about her craft

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As Fashion Week heads…

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As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK ENTERPRISE's March 2011 issue highlights the digital media strategy of IMAGES USA (No. 6 on the BE ADVERTISING AGENCIES list with $86.5 million in billings). The agency managed to successfully integrate its digital media strategy seamlessly into its campaigns to stay relevant and help their clients reach consumers. Here, the experts at IMAGES offer advice on how small businesses without deep pockets can connect with and grow an audience.--Alan Hughes

Top 6 Social Media Tips for Entrepreneurs

How the right digital media strategy can help you connect with your clients

As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK…

By Alan Hughes

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12 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed in Marketing

Tina Wells continues dishing out invaluable advice with this 12-step program to a better business strategy

<ul> <li><em>(All Images: Thinkstock)</em></li> </ul> If you’ve taken a marketing class—whether it was at the…

By Tina Wells

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

10 Power Moves to Help Entrepreneurs Make Money

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

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

By Derek T. Dingle

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Power Moves: How Your Small Business Can Make Money Now

Simple steps entrepreneurs can use to take your business to the next level

According to the recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners:…

By Derek T. Dingle

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I started my first company, Buzz Marketing Group, when I was just 16. So I definitely have some experience being a teenpreneur. I was so lucky and fortunate to start my business at that age, and to continue to have it grow and be successful all these years later. Even though it was tough, there were so many more benefits to launching a business. So if you’re a teenpreneur or know of a teenpreneur, here are some of my tips to get you started.--Tina Wells (Follow me on Twitter at @tinacwells)

6 Tips for a Stress-Free You

Be Nexter Tina Wells provides her tips on staying calm, cool and collected on the job or in your business

Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group and author of Chasing Youth Culture and Getting…

By Janel Martinez

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4 Ways Your Small Business Can Topple the Industry Giant

Successful entrepreneurs who have beaten their Goliaths

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Every small business has to…

By Alan Hughes

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How To Build Your Ultimate Small Biz Support Network

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small business

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small…

By Tina Wells

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling: How One Woman Did It

Adriane Brown is a trailblazer and known as one of the most powerful women in business

As president and COO of Intellectual Ventures, an invention investment firm based in Bellevue, Washington,…

By Elayne Fluker

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Open Call: Macy’s Vendor Development Program

The retail giant offers a helping hand to minority business owners looking for longevity in the industry

Macy’s shows potential multicultural and/or women-owned business owners how to perform and sustain growth in…

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

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

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

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book, Eat People: and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs Andy Kessler takes a look at 12 of those new rules. Co-founder and president of Velocity Capital Management, an investment firm based that provided funding for private and public technology and communications companies, Kessler provided BLACK ENTERPRISE with four rules for not just profitability--but also how to identify the next big trend.--Alan Hughes (Images: Thinkstock)

4 Rules for Entrepreneurs Looking for the Next ‘Big Thing’

A venture capitalist tells you how to make your business profitable AND scalable

Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book,…

By Alan Hughes

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BACKTALK with Russell Simmons

BLACK ENTERPRISE caught up with the 53-year-old to discuss the motivation behind Super Rich, how…

By Caroline Clarke

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

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Who’s your direct and indirect competition? Here’s a tip, you always have an indirect competitor; your customer can choose to simply not spend money. So there is always competition. It’s not impressive to investors to hear that you think you have no competition. We all have competition in business.

12 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Writing a Business Plan

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells gives you the questions (and answers) you should consider

While business plans can take all types of forms, they all share the following elements.…

By Tina Wells

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POLL: Can Geolocation Provide a Boost to Your Business?

Savvy entrepreneurs are using the services to build their base, brand awareness and loyalty. But does it work?

According to a Pew Research Center study released last November, only 4% of online American…

By Malecia S. Walker

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What You Can Learn from…Obama’s White House Shake-up

Three tips to help reposition your organization

When President Obama delivers the State of the Union within two weeks, our nation’s chief…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Getting Started: Opening a Business with Your Best Friend

Kandi Burruss and Peaches Chin tell how they never let being in business together get in the way of their friendship

A conscious decision to succeed and never let business get in the way of their…

By Arlice Nichole

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In the News: Harlem Legend Dies at 93

Bobby Robinson left his mark on R&B and rap; all from his tiny Harlem record shop

The South Carolina native who opened the first black-owned business on 125th Street died on…

By Janel Martinez

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Getting Started: Turning Your Blog into a Business

How one enterprising woman went from blogger to entrepreneur

Hays tells how she went from blogger to businesswoman
From entertainment to politics to fashion, fascinating…

By Arlice Nichole

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The Many Faces of 50

Curtis Jackson proves he�s more than just music.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is worth more than most may think. The rapper turned entrepreneur,…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Canine Chic

Robin Crawford uses corporate wit to put her pet clients in the lap of luxury

After working for firms like coca-cola Enterprises and WellPoint Health Networks Inc., Robin Crawford says…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Backtalk with Laila Ali

Black Enterprise caught up with the 33-year-old to talk about her inspiration for her line…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Book Review: Black Business Secrets

Author Dante Lee wants African Americans to excel as entrepreneurs, not just have good feelings about business ownership

For those entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who are serious about building sustainable businesses, Dante…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: Angela and Vanessa Simmons School Us on Their Pastry Clothing Line

The successful sisters-slash-enterpreneurs chat with Black Enterprise Business Report

Angela and Vanessa Simmons are all about business. The successful sisters-slash-enterpreneurs talked with Black Enterprise…

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For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access look at how he has evolved into an entrepreneur extraordinaire. At 35-years-old, Jackson is at the helm of a burgeoning business empire, making deals faster than his hip-hop predecessors. Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from our Los Angeles cover shoot, and be sure to pick up the January issue when it hits newsstands on December 28.

Behind the Scenes of Our 50 Cent Cover Shoot

Up close and personal with the hip-hop mogul

Take a look at exclusive shots of 50 Cent from Black Enterprise magazine’s January 2011…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Being the Boss: 3 Imperatives to Great Leadership

Harvard professor and author Linda Hill tells entrepreneurs why real management is about influence

Leadership isn’t about getting things done yourself – it’s about accomplishing things through others, says…

By Alan Hughes

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So You’ve Been Fired… Now What?: The Accidental Entrepreneur

The CEO of My Golf Concierge LLC shares how he went from job seeker to accidental entrepreneur

Ty DeLavallade’s story is part of a larger trend, known to many as accidental entrepreneurship,…

By Janel Martinez

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Tapping The Global Markets

Boost your business by selling your product internationally

Home Style Foods, an Atlanta-based processor and distributor of turkey, pork, and chicken sausages, has…

By Alan Hughes

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Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Becoming an Entrepreneur

Adjust your mindset for success

How often have you thought about starting your own business only to have a doubt…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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How to Work and Be an Entrepreneur, Too

You'll need to juggle your time and your budget

I am working on a business plan for a retail store concept. I am also…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Three Passion-to-Profit Myths Debunked

Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffini Gatlin tells why you shouldn't make the leap on a whim

Some have an epiphany. Others know from the get-go. Tiffini Gatlin says a combination of…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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What You Could Learn From … Soulja Boy’s Social Media Marketing Success

Using YouTube and Twitter, how a young entrepreneur took his strategy straight to the bank

Despite his controversial missteps, Soulja Boy’s Wall Street Journal talk brings to light social media…

By Janell Hazelwood

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A Lifetime of Giving

Food bank CEO fights hunger one mouth at a time

For Valerie Traore, giving back is a family tradition. “When most kids were in summer…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Code Name: Inventors

Go from golden idea to agent of invention

For most inventors, bringing their brainchild to market is a rewarding yet taxing process. From…

By Renita Burns

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Patents and Profits

Exploring a different kind of entrepreneurialism: inventions

Each November, BLACK ENTERPRISE dedicates the issue to small business. Considered the backbone of the…

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Celebrity Side Hustle: Caron Butler Scores With Burger King

The scoop on the entrepreneurial pursuits of athletes, entertainers and other stars

NBA Mavericks baller Caron Butler talks about why he chose the franchising route and how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The 40 Best Franchises for African Americans

Black Enterprise provides you entrepreneurial options that promise growth in any business environment

When Donald King retired from the Army in 2002, he looked at starting his own…

By Alan Hughes

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Mixing the Right Ingredients for Growth

CEO Tilmon Brown�s turnaround plan transformed New Horizons into a lean, mean baking machine

Operations are humming at the 56,000-square-foot Norwalk, Ohio, bakery. The facility’s 160 employees, nearly all…

By Alan Hughes

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Finding Your Fortune in Franchising

Franchising is hardly a new topic for our editors to tackle. This sector is and…

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Celebrity Side Hustle: WNBA Fashionista Cappie Pondexter

The scoop on the entrepreneurial pursuits of athletes, entertainers and other stars

WNBA All-star Cappie Pondexter talks entrepreneurship and her fashion styling business, 4 Season Style Management.

By Janell Hazelwood

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9 Steps for Working Smoothly With Friends and Family

What's the protocol for balancing business objectives with personal relationships?

Entrepreneurship is not an easy game – especially during an economic downturn. Most entrepreneurs are…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Backtalk with Daymond John

The "Godfather of Urban Fashion" shares key lessons on branding and entrepreneurial success

Businessman and self-made millionaire Daymond John is best known for his ’90s clothing line FUBU—“For…

By Sonia Alleyne

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How to Become a Personal Shopper

Turn a love of fashion into money in your pocket

Oftentimes, a passion for fashion can do more to drain your cash supply than boost…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Take it From Me: CamiCakes Cupcakes

Atlanta businesswoman shares the sweet and unsweetened sides of entrepreneurship

When CamiCakes Cupcakes (404-748-4288) opened its doors in 2006 in Orange Park, Florida, owner Andra…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Entrepreneur in You

Before becoming a business owner, you have to think like one

There are no easy short-cuts to successful, sustainable entrepreneurship: being your own boss takes lots…

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Why Today’s Leaders Must Surf, Not Sail

Our charge should no longer be "Steady as She Goes!," but "Hang Ten!"

Change happens. And once upon a time, all that was expected of business leaders was…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: Transitioning Into Entrepreneurship

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

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

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Now Read This: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

If entrepreneurship is your objective, Melinda Emerson offers a step-by-step road map

Small-business consultant Melinda F. Emerson, founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, a marketing video production…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Young Entrepreneurs Receive Top Honors

Entrepreneurship education group pays tribute to young business leaders

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

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

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

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

By Joyce Jones

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Tips From the Top of the Food Chain

Copreneurs offer three things every entrepreneur needs to know

Angela Cauley and Ian Blount discovered the perfect recipe for success. Mixing three tablespoons of…

By Renita Burns

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No Business Without Technology

You can�t credibly start any business today without having a strong online presence.

I received an e-mail recently from a pair of intrepid college graduates seeking my advice…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Investing Rules for Women

These tips will make your money grow

Sure, investing can be intimidating. And if you’re averse to what can appear to be…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Color Me Bold

Jewelry designer paints a daring sense of style

Sabrina Thompson has a long history of putting contrasting things together and somehow making them…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Positioning Yourself for an Opportunity

15 proven small-business action items to take advantage of the weak economy

With high unemployment, now is the time to position yourself as an authority in your…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Preparing for Startup Success

The right education, experience can be vital to your longevity

While it’s clear that amassing education and experience is helpful, there’s no right way to…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Savvy Solutions: How to Get Paid as a Consultant

Establishing (and sticking to) a pricing strategy is key

I presented a marketing proposal to a company where I formerly interned. We are into…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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In the Fast Lane

Despite the rocky economy, quick-service restaurants are holding their own. In the U.S., sales for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Natural Born Hustler

Is entrepreneurship learned or innate?

Is entrepreneurship learned or innate? While working on a young entrepreneurs package slated to run…

By Renita Burns

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Banking on Our Own

Investing in black-owned financial institutions is investing in ourselves

It’s expensive to be black in America. Recent studies and lawsuits prove we are overcharged…

By Zachary Raynell Rinkins

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 4

We must take control of our destinies

When all is said and done, we have the ability to take control of our…

By Ryan Mack

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My Beef With Black Business

Black-owned companies need to spend more money with black-owned media

Our businesses leave BE and other black media hanging. When Forbes, Business Week or The…

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 3

We must take stock of how we spend

Many African Americans are more concerned with what we are wearing, what we are driving…

By Ryan Mack

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 2

It's time to take care of business

Yes, we have been oppressed, but we can do much more to help ourselves. Why…

By Ryan Mack

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 1

We must work on taking the poverty out of the people

No, we haven’t had the best of times since arriving to this country. It…

By Ryan Mack

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Obama Congratulates SBA Award Winners

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. Good afternoon, everybody.
AUDIENCE: Good afternoon.
THE…

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Encouragement for New Entrepreneurs

We’ve heard the numbers. For many of us, our family, friends, and colleagues are among…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Book Review: The Best Teacher Is Other People’s Experience

"My Biggest Mistake ..." is a must-read for smart aspiring�and repentant established�entrepreneurs

Smart aspiring entrepreneurs—and new business owners who’ve taken their lumps and are willing to change…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Encouragement for New Entrepreneurs

Your mission: to prove your mettle in a tough economic environment

We’ve heard the numbers. For many of us, our family, friends, and colleagues are among…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Memo to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Learn Before You Launch

Nothing we tell you can take the place of your taking the time to know your industry

Entrepreneurship is one of the most important keys to wealth creation. However, too many people—laid-off…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Backtalk with Barrington Irving

On June 27, two world records were set in the field of aviation: For the…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Network Marketing Or Pyramid Scheme?

Often considered a road to riches, direct selling can lead to financial disaster without the proper research. Consider these tips before you sign up.

Whether it’s lack of sales experience or bad luck, many people fail at network marketing,…

By Wendy Harris

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