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21 Inspiring Quotes From Black Business Leaders

Jae Alan



There is a surge of African American culture in our media today. It can cause many in business (and politics) to think that the playing field is equal. But it doesn’t take much digging to see that the black leaders in business continue to battle great odds and obstacles to achieve success.

I choose to honor these pioneering captains of industry and revere the contributions they make to our lives. Below are 21 quotations from entrepreneurs and executives on how to find success in business and life.

1Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

2. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C.J. Walker

3. “Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that’s the foundation for everything great.” – Jay-Z

4. “Many people don’t focus enough on execution. If you make a commitment to get something done, you need to follow through on that commitment.” – Kenneth Chenault

5. “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” – Beyonce Knowles

6. “If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you’re going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money.” – Russell Simmons

7. “People from all walks of life and all over the world look at me and know my humble beginnings and know that everything I’ve done has been through hard work. People respect me as a marketer and brand builder.” – Sean Combs

8. “I want to stop transforming and just start being.” – Ursula Burns

9. “I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008 but it didn’t happen overnight. It took me 30 years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. It’s not going to work. To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme.” – Aliko Dangote

10. “History has always been a series of pendulum swings, but the individual doesn’t have to get caught in that.” – Robert L. Johnson

11. “One of the challenges associated with a company becoming large is that companies become hierarchical. They become bureaucratic. They become slow. They become risk averse.” – Kenneth C. Frazier

12. “You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.” – Rosalind Brewer

13. “Keep going. No matter what.” – Reginald Lewis

14. “Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it.” – Earl G. Graves, Sr.

15. “You are where you are today because you stand on somebody’s shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It’s the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.” – Vernon Jordan

16. “I have this ability to find this hidden talent in people that sometimes even they didn’t know they had.” – Berry Gordy

17. “The road back may not be as short as we wish,… But there are solid reasons to feel confident about the future.” – Richard Parsons

18. “My Vocation is my Vacation. I love what I do.” – Nick Cannon

19. “There is nothing a woman can’t do. Men might think they do things all by themselves but a woman is always there guiding them or helping them.” – Marjorie Joyner

20. “When I was younger there was something in me. I had passion. I may not have known what I was going to do with that passion, but there was something-and I still feel it. It’s this little engine that roars inside of me and I just want to keep going and going.” – Sheila Johnson

21. “Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.” – Tyra Banks


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Jae Alan



To commemorate Black History Month, Fastweb, a website directory for scholarship and financial aid information, is promoting its scholarships specifically for African American or minority students and urging black students to apply.

Unfortunately, student loan debt is a greater burden on black students than students of other races. Black students borrow more money and more often than students of other races, often beginning adult life with a difficult debt burden.

Although loans can be paid off (and here’s an inspiring story about one young couple that sacrificed to do just that), wouldn’t it be better to go to college using other people’s money?

Fastweb Is Free

Fastweb is a free resource that provides information on jobs and internships as well as scholarships. There is a specific portal for African American students here.

“Fastweb is committed to helping provide access to scholarships, specifically for African American students, to help them achieve their academic goals,” Mark Nelson, Fastweb’s vice president, operations, is quoted as saying in a statement.

“There are approximately 1,000 scholarship opportunities with a focus on African American students in our scholarship database, in areas such as engineering, public policy, business and financial services, legal studies, marketing fields and many other career disciplines.”

Students create an online profile and Fastweb matches them with appropriate scholarships. You can search for awards using a range of criteria: race, ethnicity, school year, and much more. In other words, don’t just limit yourself to searching by race.

The site is busy, however; there are tons of distracting ads, so train yourself to focus so you don’t get sidetracked.

Read more @ Black Enterprise

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How to grow your business online

Jae Alan



The web offers each of us a tremendous opportunity to get our names and brands out to audiences around the world, but this creates a problem: With anyone free to build their own site, the web is saturated with them, creating stiff competition for a spot on that first page of a Google search. That’s why taking the time to understand the essentials of digital marketing is a must for anyone looking to build a business online, and with the Complete Digital Marketing Course, you can do so for $9.

This massive course combines twelve courses to give you almost 20 hours of lectures, quizzes, and hands-on practice with the most important digital marketing tools available. From SEO to Google AdWords, you’ll get a complete education in building a robust, profitable campaign that will set either your business up for success.

You’ll create a WordPress website, and learn how to reel in email subscribers and produce copy that sells and increases search engine traffic. Plus, you’ll learn social media marketing techniques for YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter so that you can expand your reach even further.

The Complete Digital Marketing Course was on sale for $19, but it’s available at a new price drop today at $9.

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2018 College Access Tour – Registration Now Open!

Jae Alan



College Tour to UMES & Salisbury University

** Registration is now open for the

** 2018 College Access Tour!

Our Positioned for Greatness Youth Program (P4GYP) presents its first annual College Access Tour on Monday, April 2, 2018! We’re headed to UMES & Salisbury University.

Open to 8th-12th grade students.

Registration includes:
* Reserved seat on the tour bus
* Lunch
* CAT Workshop (March 27, 2018) where we will talk about how to make the most of the tour (what questions to ask, what to look out for), scholarships, financial aid, and how these colleges fit into your child’s career plan.

As a Wal-Mart Community Foundation grant recipient for this initiative, we are able to offer scholarships to students with a financial need.

Please register today and share this opportunity with others!

We’re also accepting new students into our Positioned for Greatness Youth Program. Visit to register.
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