"As the magazine grew, we became an important gauge of black business activity for this nation. In 1973, we started our ranking of the top 100 black-owned businesses. Up to that point, business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and Fortune all but ignored the challenges and triumphs of black entrepreneurs. I developed what came to be known as the BE 100 â€“ and due to the rapid growth of black business 16 years after that listâ€™s inception, the BE 100s â€“ because I thought there was a need to have the world know where African American business was and where it would go. We needed to track that growth over a period of years so that someone 50 years from now could write about what we have done."