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February 18, 2013News for women business owners

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  • Women-owned companies that are making a splash
    Ten women entrepreneurs participated in a pitch competition to attract attention from investors at a recent Women 2.0 conference. Angaza Design, a provider of solar energy to developing countries, took the top prize. Other entrants included Maker's Row, which helps designers and manufacturers connect, and Greengar Studios, which has developed a note-taking app. Inc. online (free registration) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to attract large corporate clients
    Research suggests that small businesses can benefit from selling to corporate clients, but making connections with large companies can be challenging, writes Angelique Rewers. Get started by developing a clear marketing plan, focusing on companies in your area and creating a strong personal brand, she writes. The Washington Post/On Small Business blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Snob Swap sees success with designer trades
    Snob Swap, the online designer consignment shop launched 10 months ago by sisters Elise Whang and Emily Dang, is seeing sales grow by about 50% per month as women look to freshen their closets with labels from somebody else's. The site is one of a growing number of similar startups including Tradesy, RodeoDriveResale and Karma Couture. The Washington Post (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Web.com and NAWBO release survey findings
    A national survey of women business owners conducted by Web.com and NAWBO finds a pervasive sense of economic optimism, including a prediction by most women business owners (85%) that more women will become entrepreneurs in 2013 than in past years. Read the press release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save the Date: Women's Business Conference 2013
    For this year's NAWBO Women's Business Conference, we are headed to the only major city in the U.S. founded by a woman; one of the most diverse cities, with 150 ethnicities who speak 60-plus languages; and home to the largest cruise ship port in the world. Save the date: Oct. 3 to 5 in Miami at the Intercontinental Hotel. Details to come. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology 
  • How to pick the right platform for your marketing videos
    You can set your company up for video marketing success by using a cloud-based platform that includes social-collaboration functionality, writes Jeff Fissel, KZO Innovations' vice president of solutions. He also recommends looking for a platform that is being updated and that will serve the needs of mobile users. MarketingProfs (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • 4 tips for women who want to reach the top
    If you want to rise to the highest levels of business leadership, start by making sure you have picked an industry that fits your lifestyle, writes Sonya Brown of Norwest Venture Partners. "[K]now what you are getting yourself into regarding the demands of time, energy and travel," she recommends. Make sure your family is supportive of your goals, and be willing to blend your personal and professional lives, she writes. VentureBeat (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to get ready for tax time
    In this article, experts provide financial advice on a number of small-business tax topics, including tax credits, the Affordable Care Act and employee classification. CPA Vincenzo Villamena recommends reassessing classifications on a regular basis. "This is something that the IRS takes seriously and can be caught if you end a business relationship with a contractor in a bad way," Villamena says. B2C Marketing Insider/NerdWallet.com (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Lifestyle 
  • 3 tips for a productivity-boosting diet
    It's important to make time to eat breakfast, which can help you to be more productive during the day, writes nutritionist Barbara Mendez. You should stay away from sugar and eat food before drinking coffee, she recommends. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach "will increase your stress as well as increase your sugar cravings, which, if indulged, will lead to more brain fog," she writes. Inc. online (free registration)/Health = Wealth blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
I believe relationships are the lifeblood of business success -- relationships with customers, partners, team members, family members and more."
--Sonya Brown, a general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, writing at VentureBeat

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