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For a number of years, I taught college courses on entrepreneurship and small business management to students who aspired to become successful business owners. I applauded my students for recognizing early on that successful businesses require more than a great idea. Even if you have the “next big thing,” it is imperative for you to…

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We’ve all heard the adage, “the more you give, the more you receive.” I believe that most people are willing to give, but uncertain about how to make the most meaningful contributions. It’s perfectly fine to give as opportunities arise. However, being proactive about charitable giving allows you to deliberate about how you “invest.” That’s…

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My first trip out of the U.S. spawned my passion for travel. At 17, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Finland as part of the Youth for Understanding program. While I’d traveled to Disney World and lots of other road trips growing up, my trip to Finland was not only my first time traveling abroad but also my very first time on an airplane. In Finland, I was initially out…

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On Saturday, July 21 at 9:00 a.m. EST (and 9:00 a.m. CST), One Solution (Radio One, TV One, Interactive One) will air a Wells Fargo sponsored hour-long roundtable discussion titled “Aspirations: Helping You Empower Your Financial Future”, featuring acclaimed financial experts Michelle Singletary (author, TV personality and Washington Post columnist), Gail Perry Mason (financial coach…

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Aspirations So you’re an entrepreneur… Research suggests that African Americans are more likely than the general population to have small business aspirations. But I’m sure this is no surprise to you. Many of us grew up with dreams of “being our own boss” and becoming the next neighborhood success story. Owning a successful business can…

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New Year resolutions can be difficult to make, and even harder to keep. This year, as I made resolutions around my health; spending time with family and friends; and spiritual growth, I also made a point to include financial related goals. For 2012, my family set two financial goals: to eliminate credit card debt and…

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By Michelle Thornhill In beauty salons and barbershops across the nation, at summer barbecues and holiday dinners, African Americans have a long tradition of indulging in rich conversation. So much so that we’ve created our very own cultural vernacular, or way of speaking. No matter the venue, when we come together we are ready to…

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