Lessons From The Top

Three of 11 Titans of the B.E. 100s share their trials and triumphs on the climb up

Who runs the nation’s largest black-owned companies? Bootstrap entrepreneurs. Master dealmakers. Innovative inventors. High-risk…

By Marjorie Whigham-Desir


The Right Stuff

When it comes to selecting an advisor, options. Here's how to make the best choice.

Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to dig yourself out of debt,…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox



From May 2 to June 6, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (520 North 16th…

By Ann Brown


Safeguard your health services

Take steps to keep managed care insurance plans in line

Seven out of 10 employers now offer managed healthcare plans to their employees, and…

By Monique R. Brown


Compounded purchasing power

Savvy consumers turn to "Closeout News" for big product savings

In the market for name-brand quality athletic gear, evening wear, electronics, jewelry, gadgets…

By Sherri McGee


Avoid top auto repair rip-offs

Short-circuit the scam to get the car service you need

Auto repair rip-off is among the most common ways consumers are separated from their…

By Jay Koblenz


Words of wisdom

Sometimes, it's the little ones that count

In 1989, I decided to leave a 25-year career in corporate America and…

By David Crocker


Ergonomically correct

Make your office work as hard as you do

You knew that cradling the phone receiver between your neck and head would…

By June Smith Bryant


(Self) image is everything

But only when you define it

Labels are a part of life. Throughout it, we are constantly confronted with…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Dealing and dining

Win them over with great table manners

Would you like to join me for lunch?” For most salespeople, this question…

By Nashad L. Warfield


Surviving scams

Tips for identifying frauds targeting small businesses

Did you know that one out of three frauds target small businesses? Call…

By Gerda Gallop


Customizing solutions

Interface Teknologies provides personalized information technology consulting

For a young, growing business like Dallas-based Interface Teknologies, competing in the fast-paced…

By Gerda Gallop


Snack food success

GUBA competes against larger firms for market share in peanut business

Roscoe Allen wasn’t sure what type of business he wanted to start until…

By Wendy M. Beech


A TV guide for entrepreneurs

A few coaching tips to avoid on-air errors

An appearance on local or national television is a great opportunity for a small…

By Roz Ayres-Williams


Trains, planes and automobiles

Ernesto Butcher keeps New York/New Jersey travelers on schedule

If you want to enter or exit New York City, you’ll have to go…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Meantime manager

Lease your expertise as an executive temp

When Karen Hoy, an accounting manager and controller, was downsized in 1997, she used…

By Phaedra Brotherton


Great Expectations

Q: I want to submit my résumé to an executive search firm. How…

By Tamara Feaster


Your scores are ready

If you’re preparing to apply to business school, you already know that the…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Dress up your office

Pay special attention to details

You take great pains to pick out clothes and accessories that project a…

By Robyn D. Clarke


Finding value in a sky-high market

Bargains can be found in out-of-favor industries

When it comes to investing, one of the rules of thumb is to…

By Donald Jay Korn