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December 21, 2012News for women business owners

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  • Despite gains, business world's glass ceiling remains
    Some women have managed to reach the top of the business world, but most companies are still a long way from gender equality, writes Doug Guthrie, dean of the George Washington University School of Business. This disparity is unfortunate not just for women, but for the world. "Our society needs their talents and insights, and it makes absolutely no sense to block their way because they're women," he writes. Forbes (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Entrepreneur taps into customers' creative side with DIY hardware kits
    Limor Fried created MP3 players and other devices while studying for her master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She posted do-it-yourself instructions on the Internet, and the feedback she received eventually led her to start Adafruit Industries, which sells hardware kits that customers can assemble themselves. "I spend a lot of time thinking about how customers will interact with products so they won't break them," Fried said. "And when we sell something, we always give good documentation to get [them] going in a couple minutes." Entrepreneur magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Twitter gives users access to full archive of past tweets
    Twitter has added a tool to let users download all their past tweets. The service is live for some users, and will be rolled out universally in the months ahead, officials said. The tool could help Twitter compete with Facebook, which last year introduced its Timeline feature to display past posts and photos. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Google gives business owners guidelines on avoiding click fraud
    Companies can bring in some extra cash by displaying Google ads on their websites, but sometimes business owners discover their accounts have been banned for mysterious reasons. Google is working to reduce the confusion by supplying more information to publishers when improper activity is detected. Business owners can also turn to the AdSense Academy or a new series of videos to learn more. Small Business Trends (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What to do when your business strays off course
    It's important to stay positive when your business hits a rough spot; plenty of extremely successful people have experienced setbacks, writes Barbara Saunders. You should try to get a little perspective on the situation and consider whether a new strategy might be better for your business. "Don't sit and stew over the breakdown. Identify what went wrong, fix the problem and get right back out there," she advises. The Secrets of Success blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to lead like Santa
    There's a lot that business leaders can learn from the example set by Santa Claus, writes Lindsay Olson of Paradigm Staffing. You can take a page out of Santa's book by doing extensive planning, offering positive feedback to your employees and focusing on keeping your workers happy. "Slave driving never got long-term positive results, so consider how to make your work environment one that your staff wants to come to each day," she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The truth about small businesses and taxes
    In some ways, the U.S. tax system can be especially hard on business owners, writes Steve Parrish. One thing to keep in mind is that, because many small companies are structured as flow-through entities, business owners may seem a lot richer than they actually are. "An owner of a flow-through entity may show a high taxable income, but not have much actual cash to show for it in any one year," he writes. Forbes (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It's hard to say how many small firms would be affected by tax hikes
    President Barack Obama wants to allow tax rates to rise for people who earn more than $400,000 a year; Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, has suggested using $1 million as the threshold for tax hikes. The impact of either proposal is hard to judge, but some small businesses probably would be affected. Raising rates for those who make more than $500,000 could affect 750,000 small-business owners, according to research by the Treasury Department. The Wall Street Journal (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Easy ways to look stylish every day
    When putting together an outfit, it's a good idea to limit yourself to no more than three colors, writes Hannah Baker. It's also wise to invest in classic items such as leather jackets and timeless jewelry rather than attempting to chase the latest fashion trends. (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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