[Podcast] ‘Invest in Main Street, Not Wall Street’ says Chonchol Gupta, CEO of Rebirth Financial

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Check out the interview with Chonchol Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer of Rebirth Financial, an online peer-to-business lending platform for small businesses. Listen to the podcast now! At the recent Kingonomics Conference in Washington, DC, I had the privilege of interviewing Chonchol Gupta at Rebirth Financial. During one of the panel sessions, Chonchol posed the question: "Why invest on Wall Street when you can invest in Main Street?" That resonated with me so I pulled him aside … [Read more...]

What I learned at the Kingonomics Conference


I spent the better part of my son's first birthday at the Kingonomics Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Investment & Crowdfunding Conference. Was it worth it? In a word, yes. Kingonomics was held this year on the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The two-day conference aims to bring together aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs, … [Read more...]

[Podcast] The Society for Professional Women of Color


Skip the synopsis below and click to listen right now! Career Pioneer Podcast | Society for Professional Women of Color Jocelyn Tejeda and Sherry Williams, the founders of The Society for Professional Women of Color, recently talked to The Career Pioneer about how they got their start, and what led the duo to launch a professional network for women of color in 2011. We ended up having a very robust and fun convo about what it takes to be an entrepreneur today and the work ethic involved. We … [Read more...]

Five Tips for First-Year Freelancers

Today's guest post comes from Mark James at Crunch Accounting, a UK based online accountancy firm. Thanks, Mark, for providing such sage advice for beginning freelancers and small business owners! If YOU have any advice, please share in the comments below. Enjoy Career Pioneers... Contrary to popular opinion – that we’re late risers, work little and work solely in our underwear – in reality a freelancer’s life can be pretty tough. Especially early on. Many lack clients, contacts and … [Read more...]

BlackEnterprise, Dell Launch Online Small Business ‘University’ (and it’s free!)

BLACK ENTERPRISE and Dell are launching the Black Enterprise Small Business University Powered by Dell, an eight-week, online video course offering expert advice to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow profitable small businesses. It's not too late to sign up! Small Business University registrants are eligible to win a grand prize package that includes $5,000 in cash, a $10,000 Dell Office Setup, a free one-on-one consultation with a small business development expert, a profile in … [Read more...]

Top 10 Do’s to Turning Your Passion Into a Dream Career

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Last year, I quit my full-time job to stay at home with my daughter, rather than put her in daycare. I knew, within the first couple of months, that I didn't want to just sit around watching soap operas and court shows while eating bon-bons as she took her naps. (In a previous post, I explained how my daughter spent the first couple of months of her life in the NICU. During that time, I was home without the baby and had lots of time to think when I wasn't sleeping or pumping.) I needed … [Read more...]

Loose Lips Sink Great Ideas: Flesh out your new venture before announcing it to the world

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One of my life-long goals is to write a book. There. I said it. I put it out into the world. There’s no turning back now. Have you done something similar to this lately (or ever)? Have you confided in someone (or several people), telling them of a future plan, project, or goal that you’ve wanted to accomplish, but have simply been too hesitant to jump into with full speed? Did you tell them irrationally, without any forethought or planning? Or did you take deliberate steps to announce your … [Read more...]