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  Maya Smart
Professional/Personal Overview
  I'm a Harvard- and Medill-trained journalist based in Richmond, Virginia, who writes about business, entrepreneurship and education for clients including CNNMoney.com, Black Enterprise, and several trade and custom publications. For recent assignments, I've chronicled the redesign of Wells Fargo's IRA web site, documented the latest in small business finance trends and profiled entrepreneurs who've redesigned their businesses to thrive in a tough economy. I have written hundreds of articles for newspapers, business publications and consumer magazines nationwide. My website is MayaSmart.com.
Work Info
Reporter 7 Years
Writer 7 Years
Education 4 Years
Entrepreneurship 7 Years
Business (general) 7 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
7 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Black MBA Magazine (11+), Imagination Publishing (11+), CNNMoney.com (6-10), Barnes & Noble (6-10), Black Enterprise (6-10)
Other Work History
Online Reporter, Crain's Cleveland Business
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, OS 10, Windows XP, HTML
Technical Skills
Photoshop, Quark, Final Cut Pro
Digital Camera (FujiFilm S5100)
Laptop (MacBook Pro)
Digital Voice Recorder (Olympus WS-500M)
Video Camera (Panasonic HVX200 HD)
Stacy Cowley, Small Business Editor, CNNMoney.com
Cyndee Miller, Senior Editor, PM Network
Elaine Richardson, Editor, Black MBA Magazine
Tennille Robinson, Small Business Editor, Black Enterprise
Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, Online General Reporting, Second Place (2007)
Society of American Business Editors and Writers
National Association of Black Journalists
Society of Professional Journalists
Harvard University, Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies, 2002
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Master's Degree in Editorial Journalism, 2005
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Richmond-Petersburg, VA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Soft Sell
(Edutopia, 4/1/2010)
Too often, teachers dig deep into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies and activities. But there's a better way: Ask for help from the people who care most about students - their moms and dads. Here's how,
A Selective Solution
(Black Enterprise, 3/1/2010)
Jane Carter has spent more than 20 years styling hair as a salon owner and instructor. But over the course of her tenure, the beauty industry veteran says she faced career uncertainty following a severe allergic reaction.
State of the Economy Report
(PM Network, 3/1/2010)
The signs of a recovery are there, but the pressure is still on project managers to deliver.
Near Escape
(Virginia Business, 3/1/2010)
Even though recession-weary executives may long for a lengthy, sun-kissed vacation in some tropical locale, the reality is that vacations aren't what they used to be. Corporate culture, business demands and new technologies have all conspired to make it hard to disconnect.
(Black Enterprise, 1/1/2010)
When corporate downsizing resulted in a job change from manufacturing supervisor to security guard, Mary Parker didn't complain. Instead, she remained upbeat, embraced the new challenge, and quickly earned the moniker Officer Friendly in the building where she worked.
(Black Enterprise, 12/1/2009)
"Cash is always king," says Robert L. Wallace. "If you have cash, it doesn't matter what is happening in the economy or in the industry, you'll still be able to weather the storm."
(Black Enterprise, 11/1/2009)
In 1969, as the first black woman to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Lillian Lambert thought she was destined for a brilliant career advocating for social justice. But after a couple of deadend jobs with federally funded programs, Lambert felt she'd make more headway as a businessperson
(Heart & Soul Magazine, 11/1/2009)
This year's job losses, housing crisis and credit crunch are wake-up calls for all of us to get our finances in order. Boost cash flow, pay off debt and shore up your retirement with these expert tips.
(CNNMoney.com, 10/8/2009)
Finding new clients requires new skills. Here's how to expand beyond your comfort zones.
(Black Enterprise, 10/1/2009)
Some say an entrepreneur zigs when others zag. This profile of a small business owner who bucked the mass production trend and catapulted her retail sales by selling custom handmade shoes is a good example.
(CNNMoney.com, 9/24/2009)
Bank vaults have been slammed shut this year to small businesses, but entrepreneurs are pulling cash from other places to get their ventures off the ground.
(CNNMoney.com, 9/2/2009)
To survive the recession, some business owners are turning to unusual partners: their competitors
(Essence Magazine, 8/1/2009)
Beat out hundreds of applicants with these four smart tune-ups
(BusinessJournalism.com, 7/13/2009)
In-depth reporting on minority business and finance can help expose marauding executives, deceptive marketing and lax regulation
(BusinessJournalism.org, 5/29/2009)
With major news organizations reporting on the "green" movement, business journalists must know how to cover the issues
(Black MBA Magazine, 5/1/2008)
Multi-unit franchising fuels black franchisee success
(Forward Magazine, 3/1/2008)
Cost-conscious metals companies are getting into the employee health business via an array of wellness programs. It's not clear, however, whether the cure is better than the illness.
Home & Garden  
(Greenville Design, 3/21/2007)
A couple selects handcrafted elegance and lavish accents for their grand finale
(Greenville Design, 9/23/2006)
French influences and Upstate styling merge to beautiful effect in The Cliffs at Mountain Park
(Black Enterprise, 4/1/2006)
There's more to being a smart consumer than simply slashing your budget
(Edutopia, 7/16/2008)
Middle school students follow a climber's journey up Mount Everest via satellite Internet while they engage in related activities in the classroom.
(Edutopia, 5/1/2008)
Discovery Education Science delivers
(G, The Magazine of Greenville, 7/1/2008)
Eleven-time Tour de France veteran George Hincapie prepares for the next stage of life
(G, The Magazine of Greenville, 5/1/2008)
A well-travelled blues musician reinvents himself as a front man and educator