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Dressed to impress

Dressed to impress

The look of a sharp-dressed gentleman means he is about business. Couple that polished appearance with knowledge, opportunity and execution and you have success.

Reginald French, Stephon Coleman and Thomas Nolan – local businessmen and fraternity brothers – consistently present that dressed-to-impress look.

French is a technology firm owner, recipient of the 2012 Kappa Man of the Year award, and a philanthropist who has worked diligently with Kappa Alpha Psi and St. Jude on Sunday of Hope. Coleman is an executive with FedEx. Nolan is an artist, firefighter, and most notably a culinary artist.

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Where the rich people live

Where the rich people live

Despite all the talk of urban revitalization, suburbs still have a denser concentration of rich people than cities.

In America's suburbs, just over 6 percent of the households have incomes that put them in the top sliver of American earners, according to a study released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. In city centers, less than 5 percent of households made the cut.

Not surprisingly, the study found that rich people tend to live near major population centers.

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  • Written by Steve Hargreaves/CNNMoney

Need for prom dress yields business solution

Need for prom dress yields business solution

The world of consignment has many faces and one of the newer ones is bringing something a little bit special to the table.

Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Consignment, LLC is an entry point into the Mid-South for beautiful and inexpensive prom dresses. I spoke with the owner, Rashida Patterson, to trace the idea of Prom Consignment to its roots.

Patterson took me back to 2010 and the search for a dress for her daughter's pageant. Mother and daughter kept running into problems. The main one was that they couldn't find "The Dress" that stayed within "The Price." Like most parents who pay for a daughter's dress, Patterson didn't want to spend an extreme amount of money on something that might only be worn once.

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Look of success? Swagger, polish in; matchy-matchy out

Look of success? Swagger, polish in; matchy-matchy out

Despite the success of moguls who have made casual dress cool and trendy, the first impression is still a lasting impression whether you are in corporate America or in business for yourself.

Russell Simmons, Master P, Richard Branson and Steve Jobs proved that a suit is not a requirement to earn serious wealth. While brilliance, genius and creativity are associated with each, they share another commonality – they dressed appropriately for the business models they created.

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Why 4G may lead to bigger smartphone bills

Why 4G may lead to bigger smartphone bills

NEW YORK – Thinking about upgrading to a 4G phone? Prepare to pay more. Before you know it, those 2-gigabyte data caps your carrier put in place just aren't going to cut it.

The average American will use 6.2 GB of data on their mobile devices each month in 2017, according to the latest annual Visual Networking Index released by Cisco. To put that into context, Americans used just 752 MB Americans on average last year.

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  • Written by David Goldman/CNNMoney

Add ‘RIP’ to your business strategy

Add ‘RIP’ to your business strategy

What many of the participants were looking for were the right ingredients to start their own business.

What they left with was a complete recipe to launch, sustain and capitalize a business, with a little advice from the featured speaker, Carolyn Hardy, president and CEO of Chism Hardy Enterprises, LLC.

The setting (Jan. 26) was the second of a three-part business symposium entitled "Controlling How The Cookie Crumbles: Educating and Empowering Entrepreneurs." Hardy, the keynote speaker, followed a panel of successful business owners and entrepreneurs who provided plenty of business tips, strategies and technical support to more than 70 aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

Miami Mike, the manager

Miami Mike, the manager

In the entertainment industry, the manager is primarily responsible for providing advice and guidance as to the career and development of an artist. It takes a person with the patience of a saint to deal with the creative brains of talent.

When it comes to creativity and accomplishment in the industry, few can argue that DeAndre Cortez Way, better known as Soulja Boy, doesn't fit in the category. But it takes a village to make sure that Soulja Boy – the rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur – remains relevant and on top. Part of that village is Michael J. Sykes, who is better known as Miami Mike, the manager of Soulja Boy.

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