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January 23, 2013News for women business owners

  Top Story 
  • Flu outbreak reignites the debate over mandatory sick leave
    The tough flu season has brought attention to the debate over whether paid sick leave should be mandatory. The focus is on New York City, where a proposal is on the table that would require companies with at least five employees to provide sick leave. Meanwhile, you can handle the flu at your business by running an awareness campaign and using technology to allow employees to communicate with one another without having to actually be in the same room, according to Nim Traeger of Travelers Insurance. CBS MoneyWatch/The Associated Press (1/21), Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Trends 
  • Why aren't more women active investors?
    Certain obstacles prevent more women from becoming active in investing, writes Lee Anne Davies, president of agenomics.ca. Women sometimes neglect their personal goals as other issues crop up, and they may have a hard time fitting financial planning into their daily lives, she writes. While some studies have determined that women are more wary of risk than men are, the truth is that they are more sensitive to social cues, she writes. "Women are considering not only the outcomes from the investment but how others will respond to the outcomes." Financial Post (Canada) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small Business Spotlight 
  • Taking on the world's poverty problems
    Becky Straw lived out of a suitcase for 10 months while staying with friends as she worked to get the Adventure Project off the ground. The social startup is focused on creating opportunities in the developing world by working with organizations that are making a difference. "We consider ourselves VCs for nonprofits in the sense that we partner with nonprofits that we feel will create the highest social return for our dollar," Straw explained. Business Insider (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Social Media Buzz 
  • Don't waste time worrying about "fake" followers
    Tools that claim to calculate how many of a given Twitter account's followers are fake, or even how many were bought commercially, shouldn't be taken as gospel, writes Isra Garcia. The calculations are based on the activity of the accounts' followers, but that's a pretty unreliable measure. "Forget about scores, ranks, points, bonus points or any other classification method," Garcia writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  NAWBO (R) News 
  • Join us at America's Small Business Summit
    America's Small Business Summit 2013 is April 29 to May 1. Join small businesses and executives from NAWBO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who will come from across the country to network, learn from business experts and advocate for pro-business policies. NAWBO is co-sponsoring this event and will hold its annual Public Policy Day in conjunction with it. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Weekly Poll 
  • Do you think women who want to be entrepreneurs should wait to start a family?
    I think it's an individual decision.  71.43%
    No  19.05%
    Yes  9.52%
  Technology 
  • You don't have to sacrifice user experience for SEO
    It's critical to develop a website that fulfills your SEO goals while also offering a superior user experience, writes Patrick Himes. Among other elements, you should include a site map and a top bar for navigation. "People look for these intuitively, plus it's an opportunity to include a lot of SEO tags," he writes. B2C Marketing Insider (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Successful people look inward to overcome obstacles
    When faced with challenges, successful people often look inward to reassess their mission and strategy, note Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield, authors of "The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well." "[W]hat we learned from conversation with high achievers is that challenging our assumptions, objectives, at times even our goals, may sometimes push us further than we thought possible," they write. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advice for preparing your 2012 tax return
    As you prepare to file your taxes, you should store all of your important data so that you can handle an audit should you be subject to one, writes Bonnie Lee, owner of Taxpertise. You should also review your books to make sure everything is in order. "Reconcile all bank and credit card accounts and review the general ledger to ensure that each transaction has been posted to the proper category," she writes. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Labor board backs workers who talk shop on social media
    The National Labor Relations Board, in a series of rulings and public statements, has defended the right of employees to discuss work on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. The U.S. agency says employer policy restricting social media use is illegal if it bars workers from communicating with one another for the purpose of getting better wages, benefits or working conditions. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
If you are only a manager, your focus is too short sighted. ... If you are only a leader, your vision is too grand."
--Rhonda Abrams, writing at USA Today

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