Black Enterprise

Black-oriented business magazine.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 7, February

AIDS: We All Pay in Different Ways
AIDS is expensive, no matter how it affects us. Thus far, more than 250,000 Americans have paid the highest price by dying from it. President Clinton and state and municipal leaders are' gearing up to spend billions of dollars annually to research...
America's Most Powerful Black Executives: B.E. Selects 40 All-Stars from the Nation' Corporate Elite
They've got the power. The 40 men and women featured on these pages are among the most influential players-black or white-in corporate America today. Masters at marketing, innovation and manufacturing, these executives stand behind products ranging...
B.E. Launches One-Day Workshops
What separates good businesspersons from bad ones? Excellent management skills. And how do good managers get that way? With effective resource training, personal development and networking prowess. Remaining informed and connected in this climate...
Careers and Opportunities 1993: Employment Outlook
Change. That's the operative word for American business this year. With global markets in a state of flux, a new administration in place and the labor force in shock, the rules formerly governing the work ethic, as the average worker once knew it,...
Do Black Reps Fight AIDS?
The fight against AIDS is fought on many fronts. Hand-to-disease combat takes place on medical battlefields. In these opening weeks of a new Congress and a new presidency, the key factors challenging AIDS lobbyists are all in play, set in motion by...
Do You Still like Your Job? This Career Assessment Exercise Can Help Determine How You Feel about Your Job. Then We'll Tell You What to Do about It
Do you get Sunday-itis, where you dread going to work on Monday morning? Do you find that you're tired or depressed even when you're not at work? Has just getting up on a workday morning become a job in itself? Face it. If any of the above apply, it's...
Getting Back to Basics
All of the hoopla about a savings squeeze is finally starting to sink into minds of Americans and kick into their wallets. Low interest rates, an anemic economic recovery and slow job growth have many investors in a frenzy. Increasingly, individuals...
Getting On-Line
The ascension of on-line services has answered the prayers of many time-strapped individuals. Imagine accessing Wall Street, researching Ancient Egypt, teaching your child to read, paying the mortgage, finding out the weather in Chicago for tomorrow's...
Getting the Family Investment Plan in Gear
Ask David Fowler how it feels to be a new father, financially speaking, and he will give an answer many new parents will immediately recognize. "We feel a little squeezed." Still, David, a 35-year-old employee of Apple Computer, and his wife, Colisa...
Have I Got a Career for You: If You're Independent, Flexible and Thrive on Challenge, Try Sales
In good times or bad, companies always need salespeople. Just take a glance at the want ads in next Sunday's newspaper. Future projections look even better. By the year 2005, the U.S. Department of Labor expects employment in sales occupations to increase...
How Much Money Are You Really Worth? A Look at Salaries across Industry and Professions
This may not be the best time to ask for a raise. But with at least 2,000 jobs vanishing daily, it is a good time to evaluate where to go--if you have to--from here. And if you are switching jobs, you will probably want to increase your salary. Lots...
How to Build a Premier Sales Staff
In today's competitive business environment, a strong sales team can be a company's greatest asset. Forget the stereotype of the used-car salesman; picture instead an intelligent problem-solver, a highly trained professional. Building and maintaining...
Is There Life after Unemployment? Yes - If You're Willing to Stay Flexible, Acquire New Skills and Take Some Risks
Sandra Trimble's career was soaring in the early spring of 1992. Her 10-year rise at the Westchester-based insurance firm, Mutual of New York (MONY), had brought her material comfort, challenge and a strong commitment to the company that had hired...
Pension Fund Laws Sought
Having grown weary of the "gentle-prodding" approach to encouraging the state's public pension plans to hire minority- and women-owned investment firms, Illinois State Senator Emil Jones has made hard-hitting recommendations that may be more convincing....
Taking the Headaches out of Government Contracts: How Companies of All Sizes Can Successfully Woo the Nation's Most Demanding Customer
Government procurement Two words that often strike fear in even the most seasoned business owners. You've heard the horror stories. The procurement process is lengthy, burdensome, complex, expensive and unfair. All true. However, those problems haven't...
Taking the Road Less Traveled: Driven by Their Passions, Ambitions and a Bit of Luck, These Professionals Found Success along Obscure Career Paths
Not so long ago the mantra of professional ambition focused solely on the twin motivators of six-figure salaries and impressive titles. During the go-go '80s, college students aspired to be Stockbrokers, corporate lawyers and investment bankers....
The Language of Wine
Wine lovers love to talk wine as well as taste it And what a language they use--winespeak, you might call it "Nose this one. Flinty." "This one begins meaty but no finish." "It's corky." "Its flabby." "It's got breed." "I pick up apple." Translation:...
The Stealth Team
Most people don't think of American Express as a travel agency. In fact the company, most universally recognized for its trademark green, gold and platinum cards, ranks as the largest consumer travel force in America, with 861 wholly owned or affiliated...
United Mutual, MetLife Merge
Harlem-based United Mutual Life Insurance Co. merged with the $103.2-billion Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. (MetLife) in October, ending the 63-year existence of the last black-owned insurance company in the Northeast. Unable to find a buyer, the...
What's New in High-Tech Careers? to Remain Competitive in the Global Marketplace, Companies Rely on the Innovations of Information Technology Professionals
Imagine you're on your way to a business lunch, driving down the Santa Monica Freeway. Suddenly, you hear a beep. You take out the personal communicator tucked away in your pocket. It's a colleague telephoning from the New York office. Tomorrow's major...