Black Enterprise Lessons from the Top: Success Strategies from America's Leading Black CEOs Kindle Edition

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During the past quarter century, Black Enterprise magazine has been authoritatively chronicling the prime movers and shakers among African American entrepreneurs while annually ranking their top companies in numerous categories. Now, in Black Enterprise Titans of the B.E. 100s, editor-at-large Derek T. Dingle looks more closely at the 11 individuals who operate America's very largest black-owned firms. Among them are the well-known, such as Jet and Ebony magazine founder John H. Johnson and Black Entertainment Television creator Robert L. Johnson, along with the not-so-well-known, such as auto dealer and former NFL star Mel Farr Sr. and "People's Banker" Emma C. Chappell. Touching upon an array of industries--ranging from media and music to food processing and construction--it presents these "passionate, proud and persevering" men (and one woman) in illuminating profiles that benefit from the magazine's long-range perspective. They show how both established and emerging leaders have used "imagination and drive" to battle "a lack of capital, diminished access, and outright racism" and still succeed on such a grand level. Additionally, they introduce these formidable corporate figures to a broader audience that in the future will also benefit from their experiences. --Howard Rothman

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Titans of the B.E. 100s Black CEOs Who Redefined and Conquered American Business "Money has no color. If you can build a better mousetrap, it won?t matter whether you?re black or white. People will buy it." —A. G. Gaston, Black Enterprise?s 1992 Entrepreneur of the Century

For more than 25 years, Black Enterprise, the premier African American business magazine, has ranked and chronicled the B.E. 100s?its exclusive listing of the nation?s top-grossing, black-owned businesses. Generating more than $14 billion in annual revenue and employing more than 55,000 people, these companies represent a vibrant and often overlooked segment of the American economy. Their CEOs, among the wealthiest and most powerful players in the black business community, have been the vanguard of an entrepreneurial revolution. They achieved greatness despite a lack of capital, diminished access, and even outright racism, using their imagination and drive to seize opportunities and break through barriers. First in the new Black Enterprise series, Titans of the B.E. 100s profiles eleven of these remarkable leaders of the largest black-owned businesses. Covering a broad cross-section of companies and industries, this compelling book features both today?s emerging entrepreneurs and the established CEOs, revealing the secrets of how they beat the odds and the hard truths about the myriad challenges they?ve faced. No other book brings together so many contemporary black business success stories. Through in-depth, first-person interviews, you?ll meet the titans who started their companies from the ground up and were relentless in doing so; who filled a void in the consumer market and, in turn, revolutionized whole industries; and who love the companies that they run and are energized by new ventures. Each chapter profiles a different business legend: From John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines; to Herman J. Russell, who used $125 to create the nation?s largest black-owned construction firm; to Emma C. Chappell, the People?s Banker, who launched the United Bank of Philadelphia; to Robert L. Johnson, who created Black Entertainment Television and then transformed BET Holdings, Inc. from a single cable network to an entertainment monolith that became the first black-owned business listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Inspiring and motivating, Titans of the B.E. 100s will introduce you to an incredible group of men and women who made a profound impact upon global business, symbolizing a spectacular realization of the American Dream.


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  • File Size: 2916 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 24, 2007)
  • Publication Date: August 24, 2007
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000S1L5MI
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This is a book of African American business success stories. Until now, the eleven self-made black business leaders featured-The Titans of the Black Enterprise 100s-were virtually unknown outside the United States, and even to American business students. Yet, they run America's largest black-owned companies and have been the vanguard of an entrepreneurial revolution. Achieving success despite lack of capital, diminished access, and outright racism, they used inspiration and drive to seize opportunities and break barriers. They are black America's wealthiest and most powerful players, providing employment, training, and advancement for large numbers of African Americans.
The eleven chapters of this book each tell the untold story of these titans and the contributions they and their companies have made to American industry and life.
Their stories and ideas will instruct, inspire, illuminate and motivate the reader to build on their success. This book is a source of inspiration and motivation to the next generation of captains of industry of all races and both genders the world over.
Derek T. Dingle is an editor-at-large for Black Enterprise magazine. For more than a decade, he has covered the B.E. 100s, which profile the 100 largest black-owned businesses, and he recently served as writer for B.E. 100s Exclusive, a newsletter for CEOs of these companies. In addition to his role as the managing editor of BE several years ago, he served as president and CEO of Milestone Media, Inc., which was America's largest black-owned comic book company.
Reviewed by Azlan Adnan. Formerly Business Development Manager with KPMG, Azlan is currently managing partner of Azlan & Koh Knowledge and Professional Management Group, an education and management consulting practice based in Kota Kinabalu. He holds a Master's degree in International Business and Management.
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This book is great for inspiration, and a motivation. I'm happy I ran across this book. It's interesting to know to background of some of the great black american c.e.o. . The book was shipped fast and packed well.
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I highly recommend this book for people who need motivation to start a business. It' gives you real stories of entrepreneurs who excelled because of there, ambition, drive & developing business contacts.
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An excellent rendition of some of the Black Titans.There are many more that could written about, especially during that era. The bankers, financiers and the trials and tribulations of getting banks and venture capital Boards of directors to believe in the entrepreneur and the project. The MESBIC industry and those Chief Operating Officers that were instrumental in selling the concepts to nonbelievers (Board Members) that would also provide leverage and loan guarantees. Remember, "Minority Enterprise" was a new concept to the nation and a historical benchmark was the day "Parks Sausage," Baltimore, MD became a listed company on the stock exchange.
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