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December 24, 2012News for women business owners

  Top Story 
  • How women can take sustainability mainstream
    Women entrepreneurs have a vital role in furthering the spread of sustainable and responsible business practices, writes architect Milena Cvijanovich. Many women have roles in traditional businesses, and many more are at the cutting edge of new technological or financial enterprises, she writes. "Together, as a force of women leaders and entrepreneurs, we can grow a field of flowers in a barren desert." Forbes (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Trends 
  • Mobile, social were top technologies for SMBs in 2012
    Small businesses' customers are embracing social media and mobile technologies -- and that's leaving SMBs with no choice but to follow suit, Rieva Lesonsky writes. Studies found that in 2012, many SMB owners actually wished they could spend less time using these technologies, Lesonsky notes. "But they can't, because that's where the customers are." ReadWrite (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small Business Spotlight 
  • Nasty Gal's Amoruso is an entrepreneurial "woman to watch"
    The 28-year-old founder and CEO of online clothing retailer Nasty Gal watched her business skyrocket as international sales quadrupled in 2012, making Sophia Amoruso one of Entrepreneur.com's 2013 Women to Watch. Her company received a $40 million round of venture funding and opened a 500,000-square-foot warehouse in Kentucky this year. "Part of the reason I got to where I am is I never set a goal or look at the top. I like figuring out how to do things myself," Amoruso said. Entrepreneur magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Social Media Buzz 
  • Brands should stop overlooking Foursquare
    Facebook and Twitter are the obvious places to start when planning a social media strategy -- but Foursquare is a close runner-up, Niall Harbison writes. Neither Twitter nor Facebook can compete with Foursquare's location-based services, and its loyal users are an attractive target for marketers. "With over 40 million venues and one million businesses to check-in to, there's a lot of potential to make Foursquare work for you," Harbison writes. TheNextWeb.com (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  NAWBO (R) News 
  • 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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  Technology 
  • How retailers can protect their customers' credit cards
    You can help prevent credit card fraud at your business by ensuring that your company is Payment Card Industry compliant, according to Sage Payment Solutions. It's also important to keep detailed credit card records and to have your employees check over payment-processing equipment to make sure it hasn't been tampered with. SmallBizTechnology.com (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • The best thing in Vegas is the customer service
    The Las Vegas customer service experience is set apart by the mentality that visitors are not just in town for one particular service, such as a hotel stay or a casino visit, but for a whole experience, writes human resources executive Brandy Lee. Businesses across the country can learn from Sin City's approach to serving its visitors, she writes. TheDailyMuse.com (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Innovative strategies for saving money in 2013
    Rebate programs, working from home and teaming up with other businesses can save small-business owners money in 2013, Gwen Moran writes. Participating in loyalty programs from Staples and Office Depot can save money on office supplies, letting employees work from home can save on office space, and partnering with other businesses when ordering things like business cards can save on shipping costs. Entrepreneur online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Lifestyle 
  • Whole Foods is the top retailer for safe cosmetics
    Whole Foods is the best place in America to buy eco-friendly and nontoxic cosmetic products, according to a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report. The grocery chain received a 9 out of 10 rating from the CSC, while no other major retailer scored better than a 5. Macy's was the worst-ranked company featured in the report, doing little to ensure customer safety beyond meeting its statutory obligations. SustainableBusiness.com (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
Differentiation will no longer lie in simply claiming CSR goals -- driving return is what will unveil tomorrow's true CSR leaders."
--Alison DaSilva, executive at Cone Communications, writing in PR Week

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