2009 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

No Excuses: Everything You Need to Know Now!

More than 1,000 professionals, business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs ventured to Detroit for the 2009 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by General Motors and ExxonMobil. Our editors have culled some of the advice, resources, and highlights provided by experts and veteran entrepreneurs who were all there with one mission in mind: to provide attendees with tactical tools and sound strategies to improve their businesses and navigate the new terrain. There’s something for everyone across these four pages, so gain the competitive advantage and take a lesson from B.E.

Affordable Franchises You Should Buy Now

Franchising is looking attractive these days as a turnkey solution to the economic downturn. But before you jump in, Miriam Brewer, director of education and diversity for the International Franchise Association, offers this advice to help you figure out which system is right for you:

Research. Available in nearly 100 different industries, franchises can be purchased in a range of sizes and investments. Visit www.franchise.org.

Stay afloat. Provide a service or product people will need in any economy.

Keep up. Trade regulations are amended often. Log on to Ftc.gov to read current policies or Thomas.loc.gov for pending legislation.