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December 31, 2012News for women business owners

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  • How to fail-proof your New Year's resolutions
    Sticking to New Year's resolutions is hard work, but you will have better chances of success if you follow some key advice, psychologist Jeremy Dean writes. Instead of trying to quit a bad habit, replace it with a new, healthier one, he recommends. Also, take on smaller goals. "The temptation is to bite off more than you can chew, but baby steps are likely to work better." The Wall Street Journal/Speakeasy blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The double standards for powerful women, men
    People tend to use different words when referring to powerful women and men, notes British media personality Clare Balding. Whereas men might be praised for their assertiveness, women may be characterized as being "bossy," she said. Likewise, ambition is sometimes considered a negative trait for women. "I think 'ambitious' is one of those adjectives used for women in a derogatory way -- and, yet, I think ambition is crucial in life -- you have to know what you might be capable of and push yourself slightly beyond it," she said. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Warren Buffett explains why women are key for economic growth
    The U.S. has made strides in gender equality, and that's good news for the economy, according to billionaire Warren Buffett. "Now that we're ... starting to use 100% of our talent, it makes me very optimistic," he said. There is still much to do be done, but the country has come a long way in his lifetime, Buffett noted. The Toronto Star (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Foursquare announces privacy changes
    Foursquare says it's updating its privacy policy to show users' full names publicly and to give businesses access to more data about customers' check-ins. Company officials said the changes will make Foursquare's privacy rules less confusing to consumers. "The Foursquare of today is so different than the first version that launched in 2009, and we appreciate that you let us continue to evolve and build our vision," the company said in a statement. The Verge (12/30), (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Save the date: America's Small Business Summit
    NAWBO is partnering again with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to host America's Small Business Summit April 29 to May 1. Mark your calendar now and plan to join hundreds of small businesses and chamber and association executives from across the country to network, learn from business experts and advocate for pro-business policies. In conjunction with this, NAWBO will also hold its 2013 Public Policy Day, where we extend invitations to key public policy decision-makers to meet with us. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What general category does your No. 1 New Year's resolution fit into?
Improving my business.
Improving my health.
Improving my social life.
Improving my family life.
Improving my mind.
I'm not making any resolutions this year.

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  • Key questions to ask before you ring in the new year
    Time is a limited resource, so it's important to make the most of it, Deborah Shane writes. "Discover and dive into where your true passions are and make that your sweet spot, where you live most of the time," she recommends. Also, make sure your relationships are healthy and based on trust, she writes. Small Business Trends (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wisdom for the new year from legendary Hollywood women
    If you need inspiration to achieve your goals in the new year, several women from Hollywood's past can provide motivation. This article includes words of wisdom from stars of yesteryear such as Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition," Monroe advised. Forbes (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty."
--John Selden,
English jurist and scholar

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