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I had the pleasure of attending the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. While there I got the opportunity to meet (or interrupt depending on how you look at it) NBA player Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade) and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union (@ItsGabrielleU).  Based upon my experience, I wanted to provide some helpful tips on how to properly interrupt a VIP’s dinner plans with technology. —Hajj Flemings

7 Steps to Crashing a VIP’s Dinner With Technology

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone's attention

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone’s…

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Simple As 1,2,3: Quick and Easy Networking Strategies

Pocket-size read offers convenient reference on how to make quality connections

Shanti Das, entertainment industry veteran and founder and CEO of entertainment and music consulting company…

By Janell Hazelwood

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When Networking and Hooking Up Collide

Some people work several agendas in the name of professional connections

When networking and scoping out for dates collide, how does one appropriately balance the two?

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WATCH: Wyclef Jean Set to Rock Miami Stage at BE’s Golf & Tennis Challenge

The Grammy-winner makes a repeat performance at the annual Labor Day weekend event

Wyclef Jean takes the stage for a second time at the 18th annual Black Enterprise…

By Elayne Fluker

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Are paper business cards extinct? As I travel to various interactive conferences I find there are more digital transfers of contact information than business cards changing hands. With the introduction of smartphones and tablets into the work environment, people have the ability to share their contact information digitally in real-time so the idea of a physical card may be a thing of the past for some. 	One of the major problems with traditional business cards is that we have a pile of them; we can never find the one we need when we need it and our pertinent business contacts need to be stored digitally. There are a host of technologies that can equip users to store contacts digitally that can be accessed from any mobile device at anytime and integrates a social layer to business networking and provides the context of the interaction. Still, I would argue that there is still value in paper business cards so don’t throw your cards away, yet. But here are five digital tools that can help you make the transition smoothly. —Hajj Flemings

5 Apps to Replace Your Paper Business Cards

In a digital world exchanging contact information means more than passing out business cards

With the advent of smartphones and tablets, physical business cards are slowly becoming obsolete as…

By Hajj Flemings

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Golf Has Been Calling You. It’s Time To Give In

I thought the game was too slow, too dull and too expensive. Now I know just how wrong I was

If you’re a businessperson (I’m talking to you ladies, too) with ready-made reasons for why…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: The High Life – Brunch with Bevy Smith and Don Lemon

The creator of Dinner with Bevy tells how she made a business out of meaningful connections

When the who’s who want to get together an evening of elegant dining and long-lasting…

By Elayne Fluker

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Many professionals in the workforce at some point in their career reach a crossroads where they must weigh their options and determine if they will remain at a company or quit and move on. According to the Department of Labor's March 2011 "Job Openings and Labor Turnover" report, 1.9 million workers chose the latter and left their jobs amid the recession.  Yet another report, by BlessingWhite, a global consulting firm, notes that the number of North American employees determined to leave their positions has nearly doubled since 2008, from 7% to 13%. Blackenterprise.com spoke with Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C., on seven signs that quitting and moving on may be your best option. —Souleo

7 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Stuck in a dead-end job? Take a cue and go for the career opportunity of your dreams

Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C.…

By Souleo

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President Barack Obama rings in his 50th birthday in Chicago Wednesday (Image: File)

In the News: Obama to Announce Troop Pullout; Shaq Talks Future in Business; Study Shows Men Network Better

Headlines around the web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

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Winging It: 5 People You Never Want to Meet While Networking

There’s an art to networking, while some people get it there are many that don’t. Here are a few avoidable networking faux pas

I’m a lousy networker. It’s not that I do the wrong things. It’s that I…

By Caroline Clarke

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Say a Good Word

How to really work your references

At the end of many résumés there is a line that reads “References furnished upon…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Expanding Your Inner Circle

How to network on LinkedIn—outside of your immediate connections

LinkedIn is saturated with some of the world’s top decision makers, and the company says…

By Marcia Wade

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You Wore That To Work? Really? No, Really?

They say clothes make the man (or woman) so be mindful of what message your wardrobe is conveying about you

Every dress code shouldn’t be like that of a white shoe law firm. What makes…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Virtual Networking 201: Snagging a Quality Mentor Online

Four steps to get you on the right track to making connections

Career expert Marshawn Evans shares four essentials to courting a virtual mentor

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Black Blogger Month: Kitty Bradshaw, The Main Event

More than a blogger, Kitty Bradshaw connects big brands to audiences online and beyond

Kitty Bradshaw makes a business out of blogging and brand building through the digital space…

By Starrene Rhett

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7 Ways To Create Opportunities at the B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference

It's not enough to just talk business with fellow attendees. You need to come prepared to DO business.

One of the keys to the success of your business is the economic vitality of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Virtual Networking 101: Connect Online and Boost Your Career

Here's how to create and cultivate fruitful, mutually beneficial relationships

Here’s how to create and cultivate fruitful, mutually beneficial relationships

By Marshawn Evans

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Please, Don’t Be THAT Person

When it comes to effective networking at conferences, business etiquette still counts

Business etiquette and common courtesy still counts, even in the age of social media, video…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Speed Networking: How to Brand and Promote Yourself in 2 Minutes

Expert tips from one of our Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference facilitators

Expert tips from one of our Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference facilitators

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Business Lessons from Black Enterprise Publisher Earl G. Graves, Sr.

The soon-to-be Advertising Hall of Fame inductee grew his business with a bold vision and a detailed plan

The soon-to-be Advertising Hall of Fame inductee grew his business with a bold vision and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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To Build Our Businesses, We Must Leverage Our Relationships

As you read these words, we at black enterprise are working enthusiastically and feverishly to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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REFLECT ON WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFERMost people go in [to the conference] thinking about what they can get, but think about what you can give, says the author of The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention. Reflecting on your self-worth, from a professional standpoint, will help when it's time to communicate what you can bring to the table. Be clear on your value and what you have to offer.

9 Ways to Optimize Your Conference Experience

Follow these simple tips the next time youre at a conference and see what opportunities emerge

The sixth annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit kicked-off yesterday at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande…

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Women of Power: Debra Langford on Successful Networking Strategies

How to build quality connections for professional and personal advancement

Women of Power speaker Debra Langford, vice president of inclusion and business diversity at NBC…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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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How Women of Power Network!

Whether you're learning or leading the pack, join us for the ultimate networking event for women who mean business

Whether you’re just learning or you’re leading the pack, join us at the ultimate networking…

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Building Your After-Work Wardrobe

Ever have a tough time knowing exactly how to take your look from the office to…

By Elayne Fluker

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A Social Media Job Plan

A fashion professional used her interests and her network to land a new opportunity

Current position: Hired by ICED Media after a friend told her about an opening, Brown…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Do’s and Don’ts of Soliticing Funds for Your Nonprofit

How to get support for your good cause

With fundraising, the right strategy is key in garnering support for your nonprofit.
At the core…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Maximize References in Your Job Search

Follow these do's and don'ts and avoid sabotaging a career opportunity

References are important in sealing the deal during and after a job interview.
So you’ve tweeked…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Why Tradeshows are a Must for Inventors

How to effectively build leads at industry events

Inventor, Andre Woolery takes readers through the process of brining his invention to market. Check…

By Renita Burns

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How to Find a Manufacturer for Your Invention

Why digging through your network can land you a partner for your product

In this blog series, Woolery takes readers through the process of bringing his invention to…

By Renita Burns

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5 Networking Deal-Breakers

How to maximize your networking opportunities

How to maximize your networking opportunities

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9 Need-to-Know Tips from Top CEOs for New Entrepreneurs

Plus, your chance to network with business luminaries face-to-face

The Black Enterprise Intelligent Performers are top CEOs and leading corporate executives who have…

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The Power of the P: How Women Can Win in a Male-Dominated Industry

Entertainment industry vet Shanti Das gives tips in new book

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Shanti Das, music industry vet and CEO of PressReset.me, on ‘the power…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Network With Intelligent Performers

A rare opportunity to make powerful connections and gain valuable exposure for your business

If you are a mogul in the making or talented business professional looking to take…

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Your Virtual Career: 5 Tips to Maximize Your LinkedIn Profile

How to manage your Web presence for professional success

LinkedIn, one of the top social media sites for professionals, has become a social media…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Biz Expert Q&A: 4 Ways To Get People to Do What You Want

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

One of the most coveted skills in business is also the most elusive: the ability…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Home Base: 5 Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Your guide to running a home based business

With woman entrepreneurs elbowing their way into highly competitive industries, it takes more than a…

By Renita Burns

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7 Tips To Marketing Your Authentic Self

Follow these steps and a career as a paid speaker could be yours

Have you ever thought of getting paid for all the professional advice you dish out…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Who are you connecting with on social media sites? Who's connecting with you? More importantly, why are you connected, and how are you using your presence in social media to advance your career, business, financial and lifestyle objectives? These are the questions we had in mind when we created this new BlackEnterprise.com feature, Social Media Connection. Lots of magazines, web sites, bloggers, etc. share all kinds of lists of who's who on Twitter and other social media sites. Our goal with Social Media Connection is to go a little deeper. Each week, we'll profile an entrepreneur, business expert, celebrity or other key influencer in a unique way: breaking down their presence on social media site by site—focusing on their favorites—and getting their insights on how they use that presence to achieve their business goals. Our objective is to give you insights and ideas from the most successful entrepreneurs, professionals and experts engaged in social media, insights you can use to achieve your own goals. To introduce this new feature, which will appear every Thursday, I've volunteered, as the editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, to be the guinea pig.

Social Media Connection: Alfred Edmond Jr.

The mission of our new weekly feature is to give you first-person accounts of how top entrepreneurs, executives and experts use social media

Who are you connecting with on social media sites? Who’s connecting with you? More importantly,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Putting Power Into Networking

Strategies to help you connect

Everyone tells you to network your way into job opportunities. What exactly does that mean?…

By Catherine Jewell

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Memo To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Become Isolated

Four keys to staying visible and connected despite the demands of running your business

One of the biggest threats to successful entrepreneurship is isolation. Many entrepreneurs get so caught…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Move Beyond the Hustle: The Myths of Networking

4 great tips to move you beyond the hype to establishing authentic business relationships

Giving a business card does not mean we now have a connection, certainly not a…

By Marshawn Evans

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Facebook App Helps Users Find Jobs

What are friends for? With this tool, they could help you land your next gig.

If your network equals your net worth you may be sitting atop Fort Knox. Hire…

By Renita Burns

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: A Deal Was Made!

Young business owners join forces at BE Next mixer in Atlanta

I’ve said it before—networking is a powerful tool if done correctly. For Atlanta-based candle maker…

By LaToya M. Smith

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CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin was among the panelists who gave #BEEC attendees plenty to tweet about.

2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Top Takeaways on Twitter

#BEEC attendees tweeted the business advice they found most worth sharing

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference had Twitter on lock down. From Lisa Nichols’ presentation on…

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: The Follow-Up

Don't just promise to do it. Do it.

I met a lot of awesome people over the last few days, but I realized…

By Renita Burns

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: How to Network at a Conference

Five simple tips for getting the most out of a multiday event

On Sunday, Black Enterprise kicked off its 15th annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo sponsored by…

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#FollowFriday for the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Business experts with active Twitter accounts you'll want to connect with in Atlanta and beyond

Following is my list of all of the speakers for this year’s conference with active…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Mentorship Is as Important as Oxygen

The more career altitude you gain, the more necessary supportive relationships become

While the job landscape has changed with the advent of social media, what a mentor…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Building Alliances on the Job

A finance executive explains how the only way to advance your career is with a well-cultivated network

Strong alliances can be career differentiators for strong performers. A strong performer without the alliances…

By Dale Coachman

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Cyberwise

There is a lot of talk on social media sites about diversity in technology and…

By Dale Coachman

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Just Like A Woman: Focused on the Job? Not Always Good

Following the advice "work hard and keep a low profile" will usually leave you overworked and overlooked

The best campaigns are framed by a successful message—one that is well thought out, consistent,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Brush Off Your Old Way of Thinking

Re-invention strategies to transform your business and boost profits

In an unsettled economy everyone must develop a brand new attitude to stand out from…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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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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Learn the Rules of Effective Networking

Throughout the years, I have found business is personal. Trust, chemistry, and authentic connections represent…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Women of Power Summit in Pictures

Day one of the Summit: From power networking to Legacy Awards dinner

On day one of the Fifth Annual Women of Power Summit, hundreds of women came…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Keeping Former Bosses on Your Radar

Don't miss out on a good networking resource

Just because former employers fall off the bottom of your resume doesn’t mean they should…

By Heather Boerner

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Women of Power: What’s Your Second Act?

Learn the tools to take your life to the next level

Is it time to reinvent yourself? Redefine your purpose? Redirect your life? Whether you’re looking…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Make Your Network Work for You

Build a winning Rolodex to expand your success

CAR_WinningRolodexThe public relations business is not so much about what you know as it is…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Survivor’s Guilt?

Being successful and a good friend are not mutually exclusive. Dont let success ruin your relationships

While everyone around you is getting pink slips, don’t let guilt and anxiety ruin your…

By Kenrya Rankin Naasel

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The Real Game Is Business

The best thing about the B.E. Golf & Tennis Challenge: Everyone here is in it to win

It’s just the prelims of the 2009 Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge and it’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Black Power in Great Britain

A media executive presents a list of the best and brightest British professionals

A former lawyer-turned journalist-turned-media executive created the Powerlist, a compilation of 100 black business, political,…

By Benice Atufunwa

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Authentic Networking

How you can build and maximize your contacts in todays economy while remaining genuine

How strong is your network? If you’re planning on a change in employment status, voluntarily…

By Brittany Hutson

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When Applying to College, Branding Is Key

Five tips to transition from 'student' to 'brand'

Oprah Winfrey and Coca-Cola are probably two of the most recognizable brands in the…

By renita burns

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Women of Power: Second Acts and New Beginnings

After a rousing session on negotiating career shifts, Sonia Alleyne, moderator and co-editorial director…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Women of Power: The (Uncertain) Time Is Now

I can’t describe my appreciation for being granted the opportunity to be in the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Women of Power: ‘You Can’t Run Away From Self’

Legacy Award winner Leah Chase (Source: Lonnie Major/Black Enterprise)
“Young African American women need to feel…

By Dale Coachman

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Women of Power: One-on-One With Debra Langford

One on one with Debra Langford:
Debra Langford’s Power Networking Workshop was an amazing hit. One…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Women of Power: Voices From the Conference

Tracci Reaves-Diggs, director of operations and co-founder of Reaves-Diggs Parham & Associates and Krystal…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Women of Power: Networking 101

Later today I’ll have a one-on-one with Debra Langford, who led the amazing Power Networking…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Women of Power: Let the Networking Begin

I’ve just arrived at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Orlando, Florida.
As I…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Women of Power: Let the Festivities Begin

Careers editor looks forward to her first summit

This week kicks off Black Enterprise’s 4th annual Women of Power Summit at the Ritz-Carlton…

By Dale Coachman

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

How to Network at Holiday Parties

Make the most of your office festivities

Office parties can be prime networking opportunities and a chance for you to stand out…

By Ann Brown

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Win Friends and Influence People, Version 2.0

Dale Carnegies principles translate to the digital world

Over the last several months the question I get asked more than any other is…

By Brent Leary

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Networking 1.0 Tools for the Solopreneur

Social media is nice, but nothing beats pressing the flesh

Social media is nice, but nothing beats pressing the flesh

By Brent Leary

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Johnnetta Cole Shares “The Noah Principles” at the Women of Power Summit

In 2008, Johnnetta B. Cole addressed the third annual Women of Power Summit in La…

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Something to Think About

Trusting your instincts, branding your best

If yesterday was about awe, today was about reflection. In our first full day of…

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