Black Enterprise

Black-oriented business magazine.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 5, December

3 Capital Raising Ideas: Use These Funding Models to Take Your Entertainment Venture to the Next Level
EVERY ARTIST FACES THE DAUNTING TASK OF SCRAPING together enough money to finance their pet project--be it music, fine art, film, theater, or dance. Choosing the right method of funding relies on many factors, including the type and scope of your project,...
4 Inexpensive Ways to Boost: Your Home's Value
ERIC AND MONTA BASKERVILLE KNEW THE HOUSE THEY bought in 2009 was a good find, but the 51-year-old home needed some upgrades. "It was in good condition, but all the bathrooms needed updating," says Monta, 35, a National Park Service historic architect....
5 Ways to Maximize Coupon Campaigns: Offering Customer Discounts and Deals Can Boost Your Bottom Line
CONSUMERS ARE INUNDATED THESE DAYS WITH special offers including online codes and social coupons. For small business owners, discounts can be great for luring new customers or retaining current ones. They can also be helpful in moving slow inventory....
An Apology to Dr. King
Today, more than four decades after his death, the legacy and contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the sacrifices he made to bring justice to African Americans and to challenge America to live up to its ideals, are being celebrated...
Backtalk with Robert Townsend
ROBERT TOWNSEND BROKE INTO ACTING MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO, BUT BRANCHED into writing, directing, and producing. His latest film, In the Hive premiered at the American Black Film Festival and was screened at this year's Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf &...
Before You Accept That Promotion ... Tips to Help You Make a Decision That Will Elevate Your Career
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] STATISTICAL REPORTS SHOW that promotions are down, no pun intended. In this environment, no one is surprised. Although companies continue to tell workers that they can't sustain raises and that they must do more with less,...
Curators of the Night: Poggled Co-Founders Master the Daily Deal
NO STRANGERS TO NIGHTCLUB OWNERSHIP, BUSINESS PARTNERS William Jenkins and Stephen LaMontagne Jr. were looking for a way to promote their new club when they stumbled upon daily deal app service Poggled (www. poggled.com). As the prior owners of Cush...
Education Means Business: A New Type of Merger between Companies Communities, and Schools Is Helping to Prepare Tomorrow's Workforce
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TO PARAPHRASE AN OLD MAXIM: IN THE 21ST CENTURY, the business of America is education. Nothing is more vital to the competitiveness and advancement of corporations large and small than a literate, tech-capable, and critical-thinking...
Financial Fitness Performance Review: Last Year's Contest Winners Made the Best of Black Enterprise's Advice to Meet Their Financial Goals
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR TO SEE HOW WELL some of our recent Financial Fitness Contest winners fared in meeting their financial goals with the advice given by BLACK ENTERPRISE and its team of financial advisers. With $2,000 to...
Mad Science: Advertising Agency Walton Isaacson Takes a Holistic Approach to Influence Consumer Behavior
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHILE MAD MEN MAY HAVE MADE EARLY 1960S FASHION IN VOGUE AGAIN, IT ALSO highlights the massive changes in the advertising industry. Back then, traditional advertising agencies dominated the landscape. But long gone are the...
Make a Financial Commitment to Yourself
Our mission at BLACK ENTERPRISE is Wealth for Life, providing our audience with the information and tools to maximize their finances from the beginning of their professional lives through their golden years. To me, one of the most distressing images...
One Step Back Two Steps Forward: After a Setback, BBRAXTON Exceptional Grooming Revamped and Reopened for Business
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BBRAXTON Exceptional Grooming For Exceptional Men Owner: Brenda Braxton Location: Harlem, NY Product: Tonsorial and Spa Services Launch: 2006 Closed: November 2009 Reopened: January 2011 2007 Revenues:...
Optimistic Outlook: Morningstar Equity Analyst Daniel Holland Sees Industrial Stocks as a Bargain for Long-Term Investors
AT FIRST GLIMPSE, IT'S HARD TO make up your mind about industrial stocks--companies involved in the manufacturing and services sectors. On one hand the headlines have fixated on the possibility of an economic slowdown and a double clip to the current...
Protect Your Credit: During the Holidays
THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE. BEFORE YOU WHIP OUT THAT EGGNOG AND gear up for a marathon shopping trip, pause and make sure you're not practicing behaviors that could jeopardize your credit. Getting caught up in holiday cheer and the charge frenzy is...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
THE SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB WITH WI-FI OR 4G LTE has the chops for enterprise whether the deployment is small or large. Its 10.1-inch screen and the Android 3.1 Honeycomb tabler operating system are impressive, and the Tab's TouchWiz interface enhances...
Sound Check: An Audio Engineer Mixes Recordings for Pop Music's Biggest Hit Makers
Name: Marcella Araica Age: 31 Job: Producer and Sound Engineer Education: Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts from Full Sail University Location: Los Angeles Credits: "Gimme More" by Britney Spears, "The Way I Are" by Timbaland. "Love...
System Upgrade: A Business-Minded CIO Urge a Broad Embrace of Technology
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN D. MICHAEL BENNETT STARTS TALKING ABOUT technology, expect to be both inspired and enlightened. He's excited not just about new and emerging tools and applications, but also about brainstorming new uses for existing technologies...
Taking Center Stage
In addition to being the new senior multimedia content producer and a longtime member of the BLACK ENTERPRISE family, I have co-written two plays in the past seven years that I self-produced off-off Broadway. Sa it stands to reason that I was thrilled...
The Business of Broadway: Backstage an Elite Group of African American Producers Are Paving the Way for Diverse Characters and Stories on the Main Stage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALICIA KEYS PRESENTS STICK FLY READS THE MARQUEE ON BROADWAY'S Cort Theater. The 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and the play, written by African American playwright Lydia R. Diamond about a well-to-do black...
The Miami Market: Business, Culture, and Bite-Sized Flavors Keep the City Sizzling
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH A RICHLY DIVERSE POPULATION OF MORE than 5 million, metropolitan Miami offers great cuisine and a variety of cultural activities, with Spanish...
The Team You Need for Your Year-End Financial Checkup: Here's How to Assemble a Group of Professionals to Give You Expert Advice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN JANUARY, YOU PROBABLY VOWED TO PUT your finances on the top of your get-it-together-now list. But somehow 2011 is nearly history and it's still on the list. You can still make good on that promise by doing a year-end review....
With Thoughts of You: Unique Gifts for the Season
Play Dates [8] The Fretlight Guitar (www.fretlight.com), which features a program that lights the position for fingers, makes independent learning a cool experience; $499 to $799. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For Paper Enthusiasts [2,3] Malcolm...
Work That Profile: Here's How to Really Connect and Get Noticed Online
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A RECENT RAGAN'S HR COMMUNICATION REPORT SAYS 91% OF RECRUITERS screen applicants using social media. Savvy job seekers can maximize social media to showcase their skills and experience, while also establishing themselves...
Year-End Tax Tips for the Self-Employed: Strategies for Adjusting Your Profit-And Your Tax Bill
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN BERNADETTE CLAY ESTABLISHED HER SOLE proprietorship in 2007. tax preparation took place between Jan. 1 and April 15 of 2008. She did hot have a problem organizing her records and getting her taxes done on rime, but Clay...