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How Black Women In Japan Are Making A Difference

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III Let’s face it – Black women have been overlooked for so long. Because we’re living in a Westernized world, their contributions are often sidetracked. Is it fair? Absolutely NOT. Here’s the question -will Black women eventually get the recognition in the business world that they so rightly deserve? Yes. […]

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The Big Money Behind Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Specials

By Ryan Velez Dave Chappelle’s first of three Netflix comedy specials came out on Netflix this week with a bit of a surprise, the second special. There is a marked difference between the two, with the original special, Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin, being a more formal production filmed a year ago at the […]

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Kendu Issacs’ Spousal Support Demands From Mary J. Blige

By Ryan Velez Following his estrangement from his superstar wife, Kendu Isaacs has demanded over $100,000 a month in spousal support from Mary J. Blige, according to a report from Bossip. Filed last week, the paperwork calling for this came from The Daily Mail, telling the Los Angeles courts that this is needed due to […]

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Rebuilding Your Confidence For Business And Beyond

By Ryan Velez Confidence is an interesting trait that may not seem directly connected to your business success, but will ultimately inform every decision you make. Many successful entrepreneurs make use of their confidence to push through doubt to find success where others may become entangled. A recent Black Enterprise article has put together some […]

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Here’s A Look At The Most Expensive Home In The U.S.

By Ryan Velez There are a lot of rich people living in the U.S., with plenty of expensive and elaborate homes, but you may find yourself wondering what exactly is the most expensive of them all. Wonder no more, as Celebrity Net Worth has found the most expensive home for sale: a $250 million Bel […]

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Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III – How Entrepreneurs Can Expand Their Business

Those who make the decision to go into business for themselves are truly courageous. It takes more than a great business plan to start a business. In addition to that, it takes more than having an attitude of ‘getting paid.’ One of the main ingredients for business success is to think outside of one’s immediate […]

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What You Need To Know About Property Taxes As A Homeowner

By Ryan Velez Being a homeowner is a path with many different pitfalls, financial or otherwise. One major mistake many newcomers make is that they feel that the mortgage is the end-all of their payments for their dream homes. However, property tax is important to understand, not just to pay it, but to understand its […]

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Seeking Perfection – Is It Good For Your Business?

By Ryan Velez MBA graduate, author, speaker, and educator C. Lynn Williams has long been an advocate for helping parents seek better relationships with each other, as well as their tweens, teens and adult children. To this end, she put together Finding Superwoman, an organization designed to help women struggling to find that work-life balance […]

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How The Richest Man In China Went From Poverty To Riches To Jail

By Ryan Velez A recent Celebrity Net Worth article tells the story of Huang Guangyu, the Chinese billionaire who was able to go from rags to riches in only two decades, at one point becoming the richest man in China. However, this story doesn’t have a happy ending, with a 14-year prison sentence for bribery, […]

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Meet The Amazon Security Guard Who Is Getting Amazon To Sell His BBQ Sauce

By Ryan Velez The symbiotic relationship between employer and employee is an obvious one. The employee gets paid for doing various services or functions for the employing business or individual. However, The Network Journal shares the story of a security guard who not only keeps an Amazon campus secure but is also using the platform […]

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Money Moves Every Woman Should Use

By Ryan Velez As part of the Women of Power Summit, a session called “CFO of You: Smart Money Moves Every Woman Needs to Master” was held. The aim of this session was to give women the knowledge, resources, and confidence they need in order to overcome their financial fears and make good financial decisions. […]

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Atlanta Falcons Player Seeks To Give Back In A Big Way

By Ryan Velez Even though the 2016-2017 NFL season didn’t have the perfect ending for the Atlanta Falcons, many on the team have reason to take pride in their accomplishments. One example is running back Devonta Freeman, who in his three seasons has become one of the best in the game in what he does, […]

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Creative Ways To Bring In Multiple Income Streams

By Ryan Velez Some people may be a bit skeptical about what multiple income streams can do for their finances. Is that extra couple hundred dollars a month really worth the extra work? A recent article from Black Enterprise points out that there is much more to getting multiple income streams than just taking a […]

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NCAA Tournament To Bring $10 Billion In Bets

By Ryan Velez The NCAA Tournament is big business, both for the schools and sponsors who are taking part in the fun. While people across America are wracking their brains to put together the perfect bracket that will win the whole tournament, Celebrity Net Worth points out that big money is changing hands outside of […]

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Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III – 4 Ways To Build A Successful Image

We’ve heard the saying ‘image is everything’ and that’s true in all aspects of life. From professional to personal, one’s image can advance them into so many opportunities or it can hinder them from being successful. Whenever people fail to understand how one’s image speaks volumes about their character, they will continue to live in […]

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How the child support hustle traps black men and ruins them financially

You are likely well aware of the single parent challenge in the African American community.  One thing that multiple children can bring into your life is a set of serious financial problems.   The single mother has the lowest net worth in America, and the single father gets absolutely hammered by the child support system. In […]

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Trump’s Crooked Budget Proposal Seeks To Harm Average Americans

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III The more President Donald Trump talks about ‘Make America Great Again’ someone has to raise the question – what do you mean? Do Trump and his administration want America to return to a period of segregation? With some of the Executive Orders that Trump has signed, there’s evidence that […]

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Dr Boyce Watkins: Here’s exactly why college athletes should be paid

In this video, Dr Boyce Watkins speaks about why college athletes should be paid. Dr Watkins, a professor of finance who has taught at several major universities, states that the NCAA’s system is not only economically exploitative, but is inherently harmful to the African American community. Watch the video below and tell us what you […]

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How A Business Project Is Helping People Build Apps Without Code

By Ryan Velez A recent Black Enterprise article shares the story of how one business managed to convert an area of weakness not only into strength but an entirely different business of its own that is performing well. Tara Reed seemed to be well on her way to a successful entrepreneurship when her project received […]

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The Danger Of Trying To Do It All

By Ryan Velez During the recent Women of Power Summit, Alisa Gumbs of Black Enterprise had the chance to have a meaningful one-on-one chat with Tiffany Dufu, chief leadership officer of Levo. In it, Dufu shared a message that is meaningful for just about any woman in business: don’t try to do it all. This […]

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Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Names A Black President For The First Time

By Ryan Velez Black Enterprise reports that a historical milestone has just been reached, as for the first time in its 103 years of operation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has named an African American as its president and CEO. On Monday, it was formally announced that Raphael Bostic, an openly gay Black professor […]

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Overcoming Workplace Stress

By Ryan Velez BOSS Group influencer Conchetta Jones has quite a busy lifestyle, having worked as an author, model, speaker, and Certified Overflow Coach. She also works to try and help others reach her levels of success as founder/owner of She’s All That! Woman, a personal development & lifestyle company. While a full plate like […]

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Dr Boyce Watkins: Here’s one secret of really successful people

by Dr Boyce Watkins Not long ago, someone asked me what I considered to be one of the keys to success.  I don’t really think of myself as a successful person, mainly because there is so much work left to do.  But at the same time, I’m a 45-year old professor who’s created some successful […]

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Questions For Entrepreneurs From Fellow Founders

By Ryan Velez One habit that many successful people in any walk of life have is having a network of peers at their disposal. Sometimes this is to have someone’s services or skills on hand if needed, but at other times, it’s as simple as having somebody to bounce an idea off of. Someone in […]

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Notorious B.I.G.’s Death Car Hits The Market

By Ryan Velez The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur had a legendary rap feud while they were both alive, but 20 years later after their deaths—only a few months apart—Celebrity Net Worth reports that there is a new sort of feud going on regarding the two, somewhat anyway. Only two weeks after the BMW Tupac […]

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When Saving In Your 401(k) Can Be Too Much Of A Good Thing

By Ryan Velez As a financial professional, Matt Hausman often gets questions and requests for information both in his personal and professional life. When he does feel like providing some help, he asks whether or not they have a diversified portfolio. “Usually the answer is yes; they’ll say they have stocks, bonds and mutual funds,” […]

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Need To Know Business Lessons From Oprah Winfrey

By Ryan Velez Perhaps the biggest question to wonder about Oprah Winfrey is what she can’t do, from her work as a talk show host, media owner, magazine runner, and actress,  just to name a few. When you realize that Oprah’s fortune and empire are very much self-made, it becomes even more inspiring. A recent […]

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Did You Know That Wealthy People Have A Fear Of Being Kidnapped?

By Ryan Velez Many people would fear that those with high levels of wealth, whether they inherited it or made it themselves, would largely concern themselves with maintaining their wealth or making sure they don’t lose it. While this is certainly the case, a recent article from Celebrity Net Worth shows that some of the […]

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Why Is France Becoming An Unpopular Place For Millionaires?

By Ryan Velez Despite its history as a center for culture, it appears that France is slowly becoming a rather unpopular country for the rich, according to data from research organization Research and Markets that has been reported on by Celebrity Net Worth. A recent report from Research and Markets says that 12,000 millionaires left […]

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How Black Enterprise Chooses Its Most Powerful Businesswomen

By Ryan Velez As one of the premier sources of information for African-Americans in the business community,  it stands to reason that many are waiting for Black Enterprise’s list of the most powerful women in business with bated breath. Part of the reason for this is the levels of drive and ambition that have been […]

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Why You Need To Know About Bitcoin

By Ryan Velez Even for those who don’t follow developments of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, what they likely do know is that it is volatile, which means those that choose to invest in it can be rejoicing or terrified at any given day. However, Celebrity Net Worth has recently shared a development that any Bitcoin follower […]

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Things to Ask Your Potential New Hire During An Interview

By Ryan Leslie As you start to succeed and grow in business, bringing on more help becomes inevitable. Perhaps it’s customers starting to complain about slow service as business interest grows. Maybe you’re finding that you’re extending yourself too far, to the point where quality is starting to dip. However, finding that great hire is […]

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Ask Dr Boyce: What’s the difference between a 401k and an IRA?

In The Black Stock Market Program, I have quite a few students who are passing up the opportunity to participate in their company’s 401k plans.  This is a huge mistake.  For those who work the 9-to-5, the 401k is your best opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of investing.  However, if a 401k plan […]

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Ways That You Can Still Lower Your 2016 Tax Bill

By Ryan Velez The tax filing deadline is nearly upon us, and depending on your finances, this may be a time of year. Seeing as 2016 was an election year, there weren’t a number of shifts to the tax code, and while this is likely to change this year, for this set of taxes, that […]

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How The ‘Trump Slump’ Is Hurting The Travel Industry

By Ryan Velez Hammering on issues with Donald Trump’s presidency, no matter what the angle you are looking at, is so frequent (yet deserved) that it has almost become blasé. One area of concern that many against Trump have leveled is how his views and politics have altered the perception of America in the eyes […]

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The Mortgage Forecast for 2017

By Ryan Velez Needless to say, the current state of your mortgage is going to be one of the major financial items on your mind should you have one. While it can be difficult to try and navigate the landscape, The Network Journal has put together an article profiling some mortgage trends for 2017 as […]

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The “Bootstraps” Myth Exposed

By Ryan Velez Many have fallen back on the tried-and-true excuse that those in lower class positions can improve their positions by working hard like those on top have, the old mantra of “pulling things up by one’s bootstraps.” As time goes on, this concept has taken a lot of flak, and a new study […]

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Rapper Lil Kim’s Foreclosure Saga Far From Over

By Ryan Velez Earlier this year, rapper Lil Kim seemed like she got the reprieve she was looking for to save her New Jersey mansion after a judge threw out the case for a lack of prosecution. However, according to a recent article from Bossip, she is far from out of the woods when it […]

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Tried And True Methods For Building Wealth

By Ryan Velez If you are a financial novice working hard to try and expand your wealth, it can sometimes seem like you’re in a tug of war when it comes to choosing how you go about this. Maybe the experts in your field are saying one thing, your personal financial professional is saying something […]

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How Did A California High School Make Millions Off The Snapchat IPO?

By Ryan Velez When any company goes through an IPO, it’s safe to say that someone is going to be very happy and very rich as a result. The latest financial development of the moment, the IPO of Snap, Inc., the company behind popular social media app Snapchat, is no different. Certainly, the founders, investors, […]

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Bad Money Habits To Avoid

By Ryan Velez From health to work to just about any facet of life, how you handle your finances is an area full of bad habits to be picked up. Oftentimes, they can sneak up on you without you even knowing that you are doing them, but like junk food or no sleep, their effects […]

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“Against All Odds”- A Close Look At The Black Middle Class

By Ryan Velez When she watched  journalist Bob Herbert’s documentary Against All Odds, Black Enterprise writer Robin White Goode found herself stunned by the film’s message, drawing a straight and deep connection between the persistent racial discrimination throughout history towards African-Americans and the low wealth of the Black community today. Many are already aware of […]

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When Diversification Can Go Too Far

By Ryan Velez Diversification is a virtue that has been preached by financial planners and experts for as long as their field has likely existed. While it may seem complex, it boils down to the classic adage of not putting one’s eggs in one basket. The idea behind this is to protect your financial holdings, […]

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Study Shows That Social Media Make Younger People Feel Lonely

By Ryan Velez Social media, in theory, should be a creation that allows us to reach out further to those near us and far away from us, with the ability to communicate and share in new and exciting ways. Yet, for all these innovations, social media may not lead to the feelings you expect, especially […]

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How Design-Oriented Mindset Works To Boost Your Business Performance

By Victor Ochieng When most people think about design, what first comes to mind is graphics and user interfaces. And this is where many entrepreneurs limit their design ideas, not bothering about other areas of design that can help them expand their clientele and enhance efficiency. What people should know is that the scope of […]

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National Fossil Fuel Advocacy Campaign Offering Tuition Scholarships For African American Students

By Victor Ochieng Fueling U.S. Forward, a nonprofit focused on educating the American populace on the value of fossil energy, has made its way to North Carolina’s rural African-American neighborhoods, where it’s offering tuition a scholarship program and connections to beneficiaries after graduation. The nonprofit receives its funding from Koch Industries, formerly Rock Island Oil & […]

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Apple Shareholders Say ‘NO’ To Diversity

By Victor Ochieng Tech giant Apple has been touting its commitment to promoting diversity in both its management and the general workforce. However, it’s now becoming clear that its shareholders aren’t keen on that, at least for now. On Tuesday of last week, the company’s investors overwhelmingly voted against a proposal that sought to accelerate […]

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Ice-Cube Supports Autism Speaks By Creating Exclusive T-Shirt

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III When people hear the word ‘autism’ they immediately begin to wonder about the life of an individual who suffers from it. Many celebrities have voiced their concerns about finding a cure. Anyone who has a family member with autism will understand that it’s not an easy job. According to […]

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Should You Start Buying Snap Stock?

By Ryan Velez Snap, the company that makes the popular social media app Snapchat, has now become a publically traded company on the stock market, and Black Enterprise reports that at the moment, it’s stock price is overperforming. The price opened at $24 a share, a number even higher than many analysts’ estimated, which ranged […]

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How To Keep Your Employees Happy

By Ryan Velez Employee Appreciation Day falls on the first Friday in March every year. Many businesses take this time to recognize achievements and contributions of employees. As an entrepreneur, you don’t want to fall into the trap of letting your employees feel that they are unappreciated or undervalued, as a recent Black Enterprise article […]

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Nike Says ‘Size Doesn’t Matter’ With Their New Campaign

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III Let’s face it – many people are self-conscious about their weight. Whether they see themselves as skinny or plus-size, the truth of the matter is that people (in general) are concerned about their weight, how they look, and how they feel. When an individual is uncomfortable with how they […]

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Are You Missing Out On Unclaimed Money?

By Ryan Velez It may be hard to believe, but according to figures from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA), a coalition of state unclaimed property programs, there is $41.7 billion in unclaimed cash and property simply sitting around waiting to be returned to its possible owner. Whether you’re in tough financial straits […]

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Rinkins Report: Nickel and Dime Your Way to Wealth with Compound Interest

A nickel here and a dime there can add up big over time. Just $20 a week can earn $5,980.77 in five years, assuming you earn 7-percent interest. After 30 years, you’d earn $98,239.22. How? With compound interest. Economists describe compound interest as interest earned on the starting amount plus the built-up interest, over a […]

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Using Video To Promote Your Brand

By Ryan Velez Part of having your business stand out from the pack is allowing for visuals that will attract customers and investors. One of the most popular methods going around now is using a video promo, and a recent article from The Network Journal shares some methods experts in the business field are using […]

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Most Watched Television Judge Stands To Make $200 Million Off Reruns

By Ryan Velez Judge Judith Sheindlin is already far from hurting for money, seeing as she is the highest-earning television star in the world. The star of Judge Judy is pulling in a salary of $47 million annually, but according to Celebrity Net Worth, a slight clause in her latest contract added in during negotiations […]

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This D.C. Program Is Teaching Black Boys To Start Businesses

By Ryan Velez In a time where white boys are three times more likely than Black boys to be reading at or above grade level in the fourth grade, one D.C. area program is trying to equip Black boys with the skills and mindset they need to succeed. The Boys Institute (TBI), housed at D.C. […]

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Good News – Google To Double Its Current Commitment To Racial Justice

By Ryan Velez An article from Black Enterprise says that Google.org, the charitable aspect of Google, has recently announced that it will invest $11.5 million in a new funding to 10 racial justice organizations. In a blog for the foundation, Justin Steele, principal of Google.org, explained the need for moves such as this with a personal […]

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Jay-Z Is Launching A Venture Capital Fund To Invest In Startups

By Ryan Velez A new report from Axios covered by Black Enterprise says that rapper-turned-mogul Jay-Z is launching a new venture capital fund. Born Shawn Carter, Jay-Z is reported to be partnering with venture capital firm Sherpa Capital, which has invested in companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Slack. He will also be partnering with longtime […]

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JPMorgan Chase To Put Over $1 Million Dollars Into Housing In Detroit

By Ryan Velez Detroit has a history of bad press as one of the U.S.’s most financially struggling major cities, but a $1.35 million renovation for Detroit housing will hopefully be the start of a new tide for the area. Black Enterprise reports that this is a combination of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Capital […]

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Don’t Lose Your Home To A Foreclosure Scam

By Ryan Velez The ramifications of a foreclosure scam can be financially crippling, literally robbing you of house and home, taking your credit and wreaking havoc on your savings. Making this crime worse is the fact that the people who are ripe for these scams are generally already under duress—people who are not able to […]

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Making Smart Uses Of Your Tax Refund This Year

By Ryan Velez A tax refund or other financial windfall makes for a great feeling when you get it, but sometimes, you may find yourself blindsided down the line by the fact that you have little to show for your good fortune. Financial mistakes are a fact of life, but what you should be doing […]

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How To Make Networking Work For You

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III Let’s be honest for a moment and say business networking can be intimidating to a whole lot of people. The mere fact of entering a room full of strangers can lead to anxiety, fear, confusion, and even doubt. Think about it for a moment. Meeting strangers and trying to […]

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Are Boards Moving Too Slow To Include Women And Minorities?

By Ryan Velez Several studies and suggestions have come up with the idea that diversity in business is not just a benefit for equality or PR, but for the bottom line as well, with different viewpoints enhancing the business’s chances for success. Things have changed from only a decade ago when the boards of many […]

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Using A Millionaire’s Tax Strategy To Save Money?

By Ryan Velez A common mindset among the wealthy is not to think about how much money they are making, but how much money they are keeping. After all, no one wants to see their income drained away via taxes. As a result, the wealthy employ talented accountants who use every trick in their arsenal […]

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Real Estate Moneymakers That Are Flying Under-The-Radar

By Ryan Velez Even financial novices have likely heard the concept that real estate is one of the most efficient ways to create wealth that is both lucrative and sustainable. However, if you ask for further details than that, answers can get murky. Part of this is due to a lack of knowledge on what […]

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The Lowest-Paying Majors Of 2016-2017

By Ryan Velez Incoming college freshmen make a lot of decisions as they start school, and one of the most important is their choice of major. College provides a chance to make life-long friendships and expand the mind, but a well-paying job post-graduation is never guaranteed. Reading the job market to see what majors are […]

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How To Grow Your Business And Yourself As An Entrepreneur

By Ryan Velez Entrepreneurship is considered one of the most rewarding careers one can have if it goes well, as not only do you have a certain degree of autonomy no other job provides, but you can focus on your business and designs and sectors that align with your own interests. However, this freedom means […]

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Ways To Grow Your Network This Year

By Ryan Velez If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times –  you need to network. You should network more. Networking is the key to business success. However, this doesn’t change the fact that you need to figure out how to actually go about expanding your network. This can be a subject […]

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