Magazine article Black Enterprise

We Have the Power to Serve You

Magazine article Black Enterprise

We Have the Power to Serve You

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Since our inception, BLACK ENTERPRISE has accessed some of the most powerful business and political leaders on the planet. Flip to the magazine's Power Player section, the headliner segments on Black Enterprise Business Report and Our World with Black Enterprise, or the Exclusive section of our website and you're likely to find Xerox CEO Ursula Bums discussing her latest acquisition; former Secretary of State Colin Powell divulging what it takes to succeed; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick sharing his policy objectives; serial entrepreneur Robert Johnson revealing the next addition to his business empire; or Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner disclosing measures to revive the economy. In fact, I had the privilege of conducting the very first print interview with President Barack Obama after his inauguration and also participated in a special invitation-only press briefing with him on Air Force One.

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I'm not sharing these first-class gets as a matter of bragging fights. There are two reasons why we consistently obtain such exclusive access. First, we have more than 40 years of journalistic excellence, a crackerjack content development and production team, and an unwavering mission of financially and economically empowering African Americans. The second reason is even more important: It's you--our audience of 6 million entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, and achievers. We want to expose you to the best and brightest minds. Conversely, those movers and shakers see BLACK ENTERPRISE as the definitive multiplatform vehicle through which they can share their ideas, triumphs, challenges, concepts, and stories.

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This issue is no different. Representatives for Microsoft Foundation co-founder and business icon Bill Gates requested that our Multimedia Editorial Director Alan Hughes interview the richest man in America. …

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