Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative launches | Study: Startups founded by women often make more money | Research: Women founders face different questions from investors
October 18, 2017
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Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative launches
The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, a program championed by Ivanka Trump, launched last week and will put more than $1 billion to work financing small- and medium-size startups led by women in developing countries. Advocacy from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde helped get the international fund off the ground.
ABC News (10/14) 
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Business Trends
Study: Startups founded by women often make more money
Startups with women on their leadership teams are more likely to win prize money, an analysis of startup competitions at the University of Connecticut suggests. Likewise, data from venture capital firm First Round indicate that startups with women founders may deliver better financial results.
USA Today (10/11) 
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Research: Women founders face different questions from investors
Data from pitch competitions show that male founders are often asked questions about how their business will grow, whereas women founders are often asked "prevention-focused" questions about maintaining the status quo. This can have a significant impact, as companies that are asked prevention-focused questions tend to raise much less money.
Forbes (10/13) 
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Overcoming the challenges of single mom entrepreneurship
Emma Johnson, founder of the Wealthy Single Mommy community, has become a voice for single mothers who want to start businesses. "It's all about running your life like it is a business, and you have to take risks if you are going to grow," Johnson said.
Inc. online (10/17) 
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Small Business Spotlight
Entrepreneur's love of shopping inspires children's boutique
Heather Ness recently opened children's boutique Corduroy & Pixie Dust in downtown Dell Rapids, S.D. Building on her love of shopping, Ness sources inventory from the US and England and also offers her products online with free shipping.
Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Social Media Buzz
Tools to improve your Instagram stories
Several apps are available to add interest to Instagram stories, writes Tabitha Carro. She shares eight apps for creating text overlays, assembling photo collages and accomplishing other tasks.
Social Media Examiner (10/16) 
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NAWBO Fall Membership Drive is ON -- A National Association With a Chapter Experience!
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Technology
Consider these card readers for accepting payments
Consider these card readers for accepting payments
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As customers increasingly move away from cash payments, card readers are essential, writes Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead. She lists options available from Square, Freshbooks, PayPal and other companies.
Small Business Trends (10/18) 
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Best Practices
A cluttered desk can make it harder to focus
A cluttered desk can make it harder to focus
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If you have trouble focusing at work, a cluttered workspace may be part of the problem. Simplify your workspace and avoid the temptation to leave sticky notes and other visual cues around your desk where they can be a distraction, writes Robin Madell.
U.S. News & World Report (10/16) 
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Growth starts with leaders wanting it
"Invest, create, perform" are three dimensions that executives should focus on to increase company growth, according to Kabir Ahuja and Liz Hilton Segel of McKinsey. "What we found out was, first of all, one of the key markers of a successful growth agenda is having a senior leadership team that has the intent to grow," Ahuja said.
McKinsey (10/2017) 
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Policy Update
What Trump's executive order could mean for small businesses
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Thursday affecting the Affordable Care Act. Among other things, the order asks the Labor Department to study how to make it easier for small businesses to buy coverage collectively.
CNNMoney (10/13) 
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Lifestyle
Access to birth control is important, businesswomen say
More than half of women entrepreneurs surveyed by Small Business Majority said access to birth control and the ability to decide when or whether to start a family were important factors in their ability to launch businesses. Trump administration policies will impede access to birth control, some observers say.
Slate (10/17) 
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