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January 25, 2013News for women business owners

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  • By serving in combat, more women will rise in business
    The end of the military's ban on women in combat will likely lead more women veterans to enter the world of entrepreneurship, writes Bill Murphy Jr. "Opening the combat arms to women likely means more women will wind up serving in the military as a whole, so expect to see more female veterans launching new businesses in the years ahead," he writes. In addition, allowing women in combat will pave the way for women to take more leadership roles in the military and in the defense industry, he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Women-owned small businesses see decline in government contracts
    The value of government contracts awarded to women-owned small businesses fell 5.5% in the fiscal year that ended in September. In comparison, awards to small businesses owned by men dropped just 4.1%. "Women-owned small businesses are at the very bottom of the food chain," said Jeanne Peck, who runs an information-technology company. "They often have to fight for the scraps of subcontracts." Bloomberg (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What the best women leaders have in common
    The best women leaders aren't just lucky; they're often confident, visionary individuals who are able to persevere when problems arise, experts say. "[I]f you are first in, last out, always hard-working and always pushing for more, your team will do the same and you will earn their respect as a leader," said Sabina Gault, founder of Konnect PR. The Huffington Post (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small Business Spotlight 
  • How one entrepreneur built her home care business
    Jocelyn Mayo started her Philadelphia-area business in 2004 to provide nonmedical assistance to individuals who are homebound. "I was a nurse and wanted to be home at the beginning of the day and the end," she said. Her company, Pampering Plus, has since expanded to more than 100 employees and has been certified by Medicare. The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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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  • Cheap and free solutions for file management
    Managing files on your computer can be tricky, but inaction can be costly as unused files clutter up your hard drive and potentially expose your personal information to data thieves, writes Erez Zukerman. However, tools such as DropIt, RoboBasket and SortMyBox can help you manage your files without spending a fortune, he writes. PCWorld (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why multitasking is a mistake
    You may think you're great at multitasking, but research indicates that this almost certainly is not the case, writes Kenneth Vogt. You should focus on doing one thing at a time, he adds. "Reward yourself for completion of tasks rather than counting how many plates you have spinning," Vogt writes. Small Business Trends (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You're missing out if your website lacks these elements
    If you want to generate more leads on your website, think about adding videos, customer testimonials and a comments section to your site, advises Chris Hamilton. Also, consider using Google Analytics to learn more about your Web traffic. "As they say in Marketing, you can't measure what you don't know," he writes. Small Business Trends (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gadgets make cellphones friendlier for purses, fingernails
    Several companies are designing tech gadgets for cellphones that make them easier for women to use, writes Cassie Slane. For example, there's the Trellie, which attaches to a handbag and lights up when a cellphone inside the bag is ringing. The device is meant to combat the sound-muffling effect a purse can have. The Everpurse is a purse that charges a cell phone, and a product called Nano Nails is designed to help women with long fingernails use touch-screen devices. The Huffington Post (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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