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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

Minority Entrepreneurs Receive More Than $1 Billion From Inner City Capital Program

The key is learning how to pitch to investors and bankers

More than 180 urban entrepreneurs were ready to pitch their business at Inner City Capital…

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16 Startup Competitions for Boosting Your Business

Step up your capital-raising game with these options

Check out this list of 16 startup competitions to win funds for your businesses.

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Gratitude for Entrepreneurs: 3 Reasons to be Thankful You Took the Leap

Need a bit of motivation to keep going? Look no further

It’s November and you already know what that means. Fried turkey, pecan pie, and of…

By Teri Harrison

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Industrial Bank Marks 80th Anniversary With Small Business Grant

Nation's 6th largest, black-owned financial institution to award $80,000

Industrial Bank announced its Small Business Grant initiative in an effort to continue to provide…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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From the Battlefield to Business: 5 Savvy Steps to Transition Into Entrepreneurship

Military vet details keys to applying service skills to an enterprise

Tabatha Turman, CEO of Integrated Finance and Accounting Solutions (IFAS), successfully transferred military experience to…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Ming Lee: Turning her Snoblife into a Successful Venture

'I would not be where I am today without social media'

Entrepreneur Ming Lee went from turning her website, Snoblife.com, into a million-dollar venture and continues…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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P.O.O.R. in Your Business? Using a Mastermind to Overcome Fear

How you can move your business to the next level

Whether starting a new business or positioning an existing business for growth, conquering fear can…

By Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

Strategist Carol Roth shares her advice for budding entrepreneurs

Author Carol Roth has made a successful career of giving business advice. Check out her…

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Twitter Turn Up: 5 Easy Tips for Entrepreneurs to Upgrade Your Presence

Use these steps to boost exposure and gain more customers

Need to expand your marketing power and increase sales with Twitter? Try this strategy to…

By Teri Harrison

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End-of-Year Checklist: 5 Steps to Make a Comeback When It Counts

Strategies you need to get that victory in the fourth quarter

Finish strong this year with these five steps to make a comeback and come out…

By Marquita Miller

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5 Empowering Tips For Women Entrepreneurs

Get over fear and face challenges head on with this strategy

This is a record breaking year for women in business and there’s no signs …

By Teri Harrison

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6 Habits of Ineffective Entrepreneurs

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

By Teri Harrison

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Tips for Expanding Your Business in Another City

Do’s and don’ts to help set up shop in new locations

Branching out geographically is a way to grow a business. But small business owners who…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Group Matches LGBT Startups With Angel Investors

StartOut helps entrepreneurs pitch angels and corporate buyers to grow their businesses

Entrepreneurs in the LGBT community seeking investment dollars to start or grow their businesses can…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Savvy Tips For YouTube Marketing

This strategy will help you leverage the popular platform for branding success

Learn how to use the power of video to catapult your brand on popular platform…

By Teri Harrison

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4 Ways Search Engines Help Small Businesses

Appearing in local search results can affect sales and business growth

Knowing how search engines rank your business is key in driving growth and expanding exposure.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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‘Scandal’ Lesson: What Side Hustles and Relationships Have In Common

As Olivia Pope makes her TV return, tap into how extra obligations may not be ideal

Here are four issues that prevent side hustles from becoming primary ventures.

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Myavana Day at Spelman College

Spelman College and Myavana Host Seminar on Hair, Health, Tech, and Entrepreneurship

Spelman College and Myavana have partnered with haircare brands Jane Carter Solution, DooBop and Frizzari…

By Candace Mitchell

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10 Ways To Use Competitors To Your Advantage

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success. Here’s how.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Savvy Tips for Hiring a Winning Team

Entrepreneurs, this strategy will ensure you have the right people working for you

Finding and keeping great talent at your company can be a challenge, but here’s a…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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Building Business Muscles: 7 Steps to Maintain a Healthy Enterprise

If you're not taking time daily to 'work out' your business activity, then your business health may suffer

Whether a “solopreneur” or a corporate exec, if you’re not taking time to “work out”…

By Marquita Miller

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Anthony Gee, from left, Chidi Afulezi, Guy Primus and James Harris have formed The Core Venture Studio, an up to $15 million fund, to invest in media, technology and entertainment startups.

The Core Venture Studio Shakes Up South With Tech, Media, and Entertainment Fund

Early-stage fund, The Core Venture Studio in Atlanta, aims at tech, media, entertainment. Check out…

By Candace Mitchell

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6 Building Blocks To Birthing A New Business

Now is the time to push your entrepreneurship dreams into realm of reality

Use this strategy to take your dreams of entrepreneurship and turn them into a successful…

By Marquita Miller

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4 Ways To Secure Funding For Your Startup

There's money out there if you know where and how to look for it

Check out this strategy to help you raise capital for your startup.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Secrets For Getting Media Coverage for Your Business

Try this strategy to get the publicity your enterprise deserves

This strategy will help your business get the media coverage you deserve and make publicity…

By Nicole Cober, Esq.

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New Report: Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy

3 Characteristics of Game Changing Entrepreneurs

These traits make them stand out above the rest

Learn which key attributes can help entrepreneurs outsmart competitors.

By Teri Harrison

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Wells Fargo Launches Startup Accelerator

Bank will provide mentoring and give $50,000 to $500,000 to participants

Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is offering funds and mentoring for entrepreneurs. Find out more.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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4 Ways To Create A Successful Startup

Here's how you can make sure your business idea is profitable

This strategy will help any budding entrepreneur take the leap and do it successfully.

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Philadelphia Entrepreneur Launches Small Business Development Corporation

Nonprofit aims to provide micro financing and business training

Entrepreneur Markeeta Stokes is launching the Philadelphia African American Services for Entrepreneurs (P.H.A.S.E.) One, a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Do You Need a Business Plan For Your Startup?

Entrepreneurs weigh in on the need to outline your business

It’s been debated whether a business plan is needed. Check out two sides of the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Tips to Launch a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Strategy to get alternate sources of capital

Check out this strategy to get alternate sources of capital

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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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Micro Loan Programs Helping Black Female Entrepreneurs Succeed

Small Business University winner Evelyn Haye taps local resources

Evelyn Hayes is the grand prize winner of the Black Enterprise Small Business University (SBU)…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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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Google awards grants to boost innovation

Protests Arise Pegged To ‘Occupy Google’ And Net Neutrality

Google versus Net Neutrality took an interesting turn.

Google versus Net Neutrality took an interesting turn when protesters stormed the SEO juggernaut’s office…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Tech Disruptors for Good: Goodie Hack Aims to Transform Communities Worldwide

Entrepreneurs, designers, developers and marketers, gather to help local organizations

Atlanta-based social good hackathon provides support to local organizations and breeds a new wave of…

By Candace Mitchell

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The battle of virtual reality headsets is heating up as Oculus VR releases the second developer kit for its virtual reality headset, the Rift.

Oculus Buys Xbox 360 Controller’s Design Group

Facebook recently acquired the virtual reality firm for $2 billion

Oculus VR, the company behind the virtual reality Rift headset, has acquired Carbon Design, the…

By Patrick Austin

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Google Pays $555 Million For Home-Monitoring Startup Dropcam

Dropcam and Nest say they won't sell ads or share user data, but many are skeptical

Google’s Nest is shelling out over $500 million for security camera company Dropcam in order…

By Patrick Austin

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Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

Young Entrepreneur Council Member Spotlight: Jürgen Himmelmann

Startup insight and advice from the co-founder of The Global Work & Travel Co.

After starting and experimenting with numerous small businesses while still in high school, Jürgen Himmelmann…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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A 21-Year-Old Just Scored $3 Million For His Events App

Pep Gomez was bored in San Francisco, so he made an app that would help anyone find something cool to do

Fever is only works in New York and Madrid, but Gomez plans to expand to…

By Patrick Austin

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Companies exploring robotics, like Google, are excited about the artificial intelligence industry taking off.

Facebook, Tesla CEOs Invest in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence startup Vicarious wants to accomplish the impossible: replicating the human brain.

Companies exploring robotics, like Google, are excited about the artificial intelligence industry taking off.
What do…

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Raising $8 million without a business model isn't new in Silicon Valley, but the Secret team is banking on anonymity.

Anonymous Chat App Secret Receives $8.6 Million Investment

With a host of competing anonymous chat apps, Secret has its work cut out for it.

Raising $8 million without a business model isn’t new in Silicon Valley, but the Secret…

By Patrick Austin

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In "The Internship," Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play Google interns. According to Glassdoor, they are the ninth-highest paying company for interns.

San Francisco Tech Interns Earn More Than Median U.S. Household

Software and services company Palantir takes the top spot, paying about $7,000 per month

Being an intern doesn’t sound so bad after all

By Patrick Austin

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Join IBOM LLC and Black Enterprise for a conversation on using social media to take your business global.

#SMW 2014: Innov8tiv Talks How to Launch A Global Business

Technology news site Innov8tiv, hosted a panel during Social Media Week 2014 at NYU, in partnership with IBOM LLC, and Black Enterprise

Technology news site Innov8tiv, hosted a panel during Social Media Week 2014 at NYU, in…

By Patrick Austin

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Simple has 100,000 customers using its online banking platform.

BBVA Acquires Mobile Banking Startup Simple for $117 Million

The mobile banking startup will continue to operate independently, but will have access to the Spanish banking group's billions of dollars in assets

An amazing acquisition for the Spanish bank

By Patrick Austin

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Joshua Reeves, CEO of ZenPayroll.

ZenPayroll Raises $20 Million To Handle Paying Your Employees

ZenPayroll's quick and simple payroll service faces stiff competition from entrenched competitors like ADP, Intuit, and Paychex

ZenPayroll is in direct competition with other, more established payroll solutions

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Luis von Ahn, co-founder of Duolingo, doesn't want to charge anyone for learning a new language.

Duolingo Raises $20 Million For More Languages, Certifications

Duolingo wants everyone to learn a new language, and wants to do it on the cheap

With a successful round of funding, the language learning app Duolingo wants to offer more…

By Patrick Austin

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Startup Lessons from an NFL Coach

The Pete Carroll Rules: How to Apply NFL Leadership to a Startup

Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks shares his leadership skills

Running a business and running an NFL team are very similar. Pete Carroll of the…

By C. Daniel Baker

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What Investors Want to Know

What Investors Really Want to Know

How to pitch your business to venture capitalists

Your potential investor is asking why your business — as compared to others vying for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How To Keep Your Startup Customers Smiling

A large number of people are jaded from poor customer service experiences

At a startup and arguably at a large company too – there is nothing more…

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April 2 Free Webinar From Verizon to Feature Dan Rather Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners

5 Things to Get Straight Before Starting up

One entrepreneur shares her real life experience starting a company

Save yourself countless hours — and the possible headache of making a huge foundational mistake…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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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SEC Changes Expected to Ease Funding Challenges for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs

There are 8.7 million accredited investor households eligible to invest in the U.S.

The SEC lifted the ban on general solicitation changing an 80-year-old securities law to help…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Startup Culture’s Lack of Diversity Stifles Innovation

By aiming the bar of entry high and at more affluent customers, Startup culture is missing a chance to diversify

If you’re young and poor in America, odds are you use a smartphone.

By C. Daniel Baker

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New NSBA Survey Shows IT Cost, Security Major Concerns for Small Business

New Push For Support of the Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013

S.193 gives small startup companies a tax credit against payroll tax

The Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013 allows an R&D tax credit against payroll tax…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Consider a Lean Launch For Your Business Idea

The tested way to fast track your business

Whether you are currently running a business or thinking about making the leap towards entrepreneurship,…

By James Walker

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5 THings to Avoid When Funding Your Startup

Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Money For Your Startup

If you’ve landed a meeting with a potential investor, you don’t want to blow it.

If you’ve landed a meeting with a potential investor, avoid the following 5 “don’ts” when…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Bronx is Back! NYC Borough Leads in Startup Growth

The unemployment rate in the Bronx is 12.5%

The Bronx starts more businesses than the other boroughs

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Lauren Maillian Bias founded Gen Y Capital Partners to provide financing for tech startups (Image: Source)

Tech Startup of the Week: Lauren Maillian Bias’ Gen Y Capital Partners Provides Invaluable Opportunities

The Gen Y Capital Partners co-founder shares the do's and don'ts for investing in tech

Lauren Maillian Bias, co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners, is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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New York Times announces a new incubator for startups

New York Times Announces a New Incubator for Startups

New program provides space and opportunities to startups

The NY Times’ new partnering program offers startups a chance to grow without losing equity

By C. Daniel Baker

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Would you Move your Startup to St. Louis for 50k?

New grant gives cash if you move your business to St. Louis

Twenty people will win grants to fund businesses in St. Louis

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If a startup has already reached product/market fit and is getting ready to scale, Chicago can be a great spot for 
both raising money and for getting global exposure.

5 Hottest US Cities for Startups

A recent study identified the following cities as the hottest American cities to build a startup

Do you live in any of these?

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Paris is ranked 9th globally, in large part because of its healthy distribution of start-ups across the first 4 stages of the Start-up Lifecycle.

5 Hottest International Cities For Start-up Businessess

Have you been to any of these cities?

These international locales have been rated the hottest for start-ups.

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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…

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In the past being called a geek was a way to say that someone was less than cool. Now, in 2012, being a geek is the new chic. From taped glasses and suspenders, to trendy blazers and the latest gadgets, the “Geeks” are now taking the world by storm. Their unique sense of style and their trendsetting ways have everyone dying to be just like them. But in the tech world, being a geek is more than how you look. It’s about the gadgets you carry, the places you go, and the people you know. See how you can go from chic to geek with these 11 tips: --Ashley Rushford

How to Go From Chic to Geek

Eleven tips to staying up to date in the tech world

A day in the life of a geek isn’t always about pocket protectors and taped…

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6 Questions to Tackle Before Launching Your Startup

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

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

By Steven Saley

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5 Hot Industries for Startups

These sectors offer strong projected revenue growth for new businesses

Every budding entrepreneur wants to find the next big growth sector. A recovering economy and…

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DiversiTech Provides Minority-Owned Tech Startups with Worthwhile Opportunities

The organization connects startups with funding and educational opportunities

The purpose of Christine Johnson’s organization, DiversiTech (short for Diversity in Technology), is not only…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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

6 Tips to Maximize Your SXSW Interactive Experience

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

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

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Hadiyah Mujhid, Nnena Ukuku, Monique Woodard, and Chris Bennett started Black Founders to increase the numbers of successful black entrepreneurs in technology

Black Founders Ring in the Year With Hack Day

With entrepreneurship at its core, BF serves as a resource for black technology startups

Sponsored by Black Founders, an organization dedicated to making black startups a common occurrence, Hack…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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

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

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

Perfection Traps: How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Total Meltdown

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

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

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Gen Y Capital Partners Wants to Help You Start a Business, Despite Student Loan Debt

Scott D. Gerber, founder and president of the Young Entrepreneur Council and Gen Y Capital Partners, talks investing in entrepreneurship

BE Next spoke with Gerber to learn about Gen Y Capital Partners and the “patriotic…

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5 Tips for Hiring Interns for Your Startup

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

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Minority Startups Get Big Push From New Me Accelerator

First minority led tech accelerator launches in Silicon Valley

Founded by Angela Benton, Wayne Sutton and Toby Morning, New Me Accelerator provides minority startups…

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DreamIt! Funding for Startups Led By Minority Entrepreneurs

July 8 application deadline to gain access to financing and other resources offered by new partnership with Comcast Interactive Capital

The Minority Entrepreneur Accelerator Program MEAP is seeking minority-led start-up businesses to receive funding, business…

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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…

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Identify a clothing concept and target audience. Determine what garments you will make and study the fabrics you will most likely use. Then conduct market research to see if there is a target audience for your clothes. Talk to owners of retail stores and textile suppliers for information about businesses that produce the same kind of apparel that interests you. These contacts should also be able to tell you the buying patterns within various price points.

10 Ways to Launch Your Own Fashion Line

Here's how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

Here’s how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

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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…

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Accelerated Advancement

Construction contractor parlays relationship into financial success

MAXI-CON2 (www.maxi-con2.com; 301-931-3206), a construction contractor in Beltsville, Maryland, is turning into an impressive do-over…

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Biz Expert Q&A: 5 Things To Consider Before Starting Up

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

When starting out in business, small business coach Melinda F. Emerson believes there are five…

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Obama Urges Congress to Pass Aid for Small Businesses

During bipartisan meeting, Obama addressed oil spill and financial regulation

President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation to help small business get loans…

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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…

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Venture Capital Investments Decline In 4th Qtr

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Venture capitalists invested less money in U.S. startups in the fourth…

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Nerjyzing Diversity in the Video Gaming Industry

Company CEO takes HBCU football to next level

Some people sit and watch on the sidelines, while others play the game. Jacqueline S.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Banking on (Small) Business

Big companies leverage social networking to build customer base

Connecting small business owners and entrepreneurs, financial institutions are leveraging the social networking platform. …

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