Magazine article Black Enterprise

Celebrating the Workers of the B.E. 100s

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Celebrating the Workers of the B.E. 100s

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For years this magazine has written about the CEOs of black-owned companies and senior-level executives or mainstream companies. But as everyone notes high-profile ventures in the boardroom, it seems less attention is paid to the workers who almost never set foot inside one. We're talking about administrative assistants and support staff in various departments from the mailroom on up.

In the nooks and crannies of workplaces in America, we find a plethora of dedicated workers--the real building blocks of many businesses in our annual lists of the largest black-owned companies. This month, our editorial mission is to report how companies featured in the BE 100s package are truly driving the nation's economy (see "Only the Strong Survive." this issue). In doing so, it only seems appropriate to celebrate those who contribute to the tremendous success of these companies. These people do their jobs well: They come to work on time, ready to do what they're trained to do. Just like the staff from BE photographed above, these workers represent the gears that keep the top guns shining and America's corporate machinery humming.

Two years ago in the June issue, we introduced a photo essay titled "Working for the BE 100s." It quickly turned into a favorite among our readers. Our editorial board suggested we revisit that feature. This time, in addition to recognizing eight different workers from seven diverse companies that made this year's BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE list, we also decided to take a look in the mirror. …

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