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Powerful Conversations: Interviewing - Part 1 of 3 Print E-mail
Black Business Advice
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Star candidates bring a spoon when others bring a shovel to the task of preparing for an interview. Kevin Hall, an Account Executive w/ Data Point Inc., will tell you this is why we win! Star candidates reach beyond reviewing the standard about, services, and press release pages. Their focus extends into areas often ignored as one prepares for their interview. Star candidates first focus on uncovering the organizational culture, areas of expansion, and key challenges facing their new employer or client. To know thy competition is to further strengthen the conversation.
Moving Past Black America's "Talented Tenth": Can The Black "Bourgeoisie" Do More? Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D.   
Sunday, 10 June 2007

Dr Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D.
This is the season for cotillions and now botillions, scholarships, luncheons and banquets, opportunities for those who have, and for those who work for companies who have, to send as many students to college as they can -- or so they say. Or do they send as many students to college as they can?

College has become more competitive as higher education has become a more prized commodity in the global workforce. Even the once "self-made" man and woman, whose entrepreneurial spirit once shunned education, had better have an MBA from some top tier "B-school" (business school), or have someone working for them who has one, in order to compete.

All Bets Are Off Print E-mail
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Written by Darryl James   
Saturday, 09 June 2007

Darryl James
When you gamble, at some point, all bets may come off the table, because for some, either there is nothing to lose, or there is nothing to gain.

As a people, Blacks may have come to the point where all bets are off.

We've reached a point where everyone knows that they don't really have to care about us. There is no incentive to do right by us on any level because we haven't done what we need to do to control our communications, our economy or anything that we actually could have controlled.

Powerful Conversations Print E-mail
Black Business Advice
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 05 June 2007
Powerful Conversations
Self development doesn't have to be a screaming match between you and, well, you.  In the marketplace of business thought, there are a number of concepts one can refer to when polling for winning strategies.  Some experts define you by animal characteristics or colors.  Others have suggested meditation or unlocking THE SECRET as the ultimate answer.  In my humble approach, I focus in an unbuttoned urban manner on leveraging digestible thought.
3 Keys to Marketing Your Business Print E-mail
Black Business Advice
Written by Keesha Mayes   
Sunday, 03 June 2007

Keesha Mayes
Keesha Mayes
'If you build it, they will come', is a false notion that is commonly held by new business owners. It takes considerably more thought and action to find customers, get them to buy what you are selling and keep them coming back for more.

Marketing is crucial to your business bottom line because it takes your services and products to the public. How else will the world know about your delicious muffins or fabulous jewelry line? So hunkering down and making a clear marketing plan is paramount to driving revenue to your business.
Black Baby Boomer Dreams (Show Me The Money!, Part II) Print E-mail
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Written by Beverly Mahone   
Monday, 28 May 2007

Beverly Mahone
Beverly Mahone
If there are more than nine million of us according to the 2004 US Census, why are there only a little more than two hundred thousand of us making $100,000 or more? Maybe it's because we were never meant to live the American Dream.

More than forty years after the end of the baby boom, black Americans born between 1946 and 1964 "are no better off relative to whites than their parents and grandparents" were in terms of income, according to a Duke University study. Black baby boomers have not closed the income gap, even though they have made strides says the researchers.

So what are the states where Black baby boomers are making at least $100,000?  Once again, the answers may surprise you.

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