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December 7, 2012News for women business owners

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  • How to get more young women into entrepreneurship
    More women are getting involved in entrepreneurship, but there is still a gender gap, writes Candida Brush. It may be possible to encourage more women to start companies by helping them view entrepreneurship as a worthy pursuit, she notes. "Further, we need to disseminate the stories of women entrepreneurs, and provide more role models of women entrepreneurs of all kinds," she writes. Forbes (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 6 reasons women make great leaders
    Women should be confident in their ability to lead successfully, write Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson. Bosses who are women tend to have strong values, a multifaceted view of the world and an ability to create shared values and vision and to generate trust among employees. "The message to all women is 'Lead boldly. Lead like a woman!' " they write. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What Silicon Valley women can teach you about success
    Women are making their mark on Silicon Valley, and their approach to business can provide lessons for entrepreneurs everywhere. These women are proud of their successes, support one another and are focused on authenticity, according to "Secrets of Silicon Valley" author Deborah Perry Piscione. "Silicon Valley women are not concerned about likeability," she said. Forbes (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 5 tips for delivering superior customer service
    Many companies are providing poor customer service that might be hurting their growth prospects, Denise Gosnell writes. However, you can offer top-notch service by paying attention to what your customers tell you, keeping your clients in the loop and requesting feedback to improve your business. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Enter to win $10,000 for your business
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2013 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam's Club®, honoring standout small businesses and the people who run them. The winner, seven regional finalists and 75 Blue Ribbon winners will be recognized at America's Small Business Summit, April 29 to May 1 in Washington, D.C. Applications are due Jan. 7. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Protect your data before the next natural disaster strikes
    You can get ready for the next natural disaster by storing your business data on a separate hard drive from the one you use to boot up your computer, Dave Johnson writes. You should also have an off-site backup of your data and consider using cloud-based services, he recommends. CBS MoneyWatch (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How women entrepreneurs can master any industry
    It's important for women in the business world to be willing to work together to get ahead, writes digital strategy expert Nathalie Lussier. "If you're walking around with your elbows out, trying to keep yourself safe from others in your field, it's time to stop," she writes. Women should ask for help when they need it and use their capacity for empathy as a strength, she writes. Young Entrepreneur Council (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Year's resolutions to help you start 2013 with a bang
    If you're looking for ways to improve your company in 2013, you can start by resolving to develop a new skill, get to know your customers and join a business organization, Lyndell Fogarty writes in this blog post. Such organizations "are a great way to keep up with advances in your field, contribute to the growth of your industry, make contacts and generate referrals and learn from others' strengths and skills," Fogarty writes. Dynamic Business online (Australia)/blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Small-business owners express concerns over higher tax rates
    Some small-business owners are voicing their opposition to President Barack Obama's push to raise tax rates, arguing the move would hurt their companies. Kim Irwin said she hasn't hired a new employee for her company, Integrity Wire, due to uncertainty over tax policy. "I don't want to hire anyone I may have to lay off next year," she said. "I want them to feel secure to work here." The House Committee on Small Business has gotten about 300 comments on Obama's proposal -- many of them negative -- since Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., asked for small businesses' opinions. The Wall Street Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How all that coffee could help your health
    Research indicates there might be a host of health benefits associated with drinking coffee. Drinking coffee might help relieve pain, lower the chance of developing diabetes and decrease the incidence of depression, studies indicate. However, one study suggested a possible link between drinking a lot of coffee and developing glaucoma. The Atlantic online (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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