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January 2, 2013News for women business owners

  Top Story 
  • Why 2013 will be a tough year for business
    Entrepreneurs face another tough year in 2013 as slow economic growth and tax policy conspire to create a challenging business climate, Scott Shane writes. "Without the economy accelerating, or policymakers changing their mind about the need for stricter oversight of the banking industry, chances are high that small-business credit will remain well below where it was in 2007," he writes. Entrepreneur online (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Trends 
  • Restaurant industry is still a difficult place for women
    Women make up about one-third of culinary school students, but relatively few are in charge of restaurant kitchens and dining rooms, and many who do the job say they still struggle to be taken seriously. "It's better than it was, but we have a long way to go," said Passionfish co-owner Cindy Walter, a former military firefighter who tires of guests assuming she's the owner's wife. The Monterey County Herald (Calif.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small Business Spotlight 
  • Ala. entrepreneur is active in philanthropy
    Sieu Tang Wood has run several businesses and moved around the country since she arrived in the U.S. in the 1970s. Today, Wood runs Tang's Alterations in Montgomery, Ala., and contributes to a local Meals on Wheels program. "If you are successful, then you can live comfortably and your employees can live comfortably, and then you can help with the community," she said. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Social Media Buzz 
  • 5 ways to become a terrific tweeter
    To write better tweets, skip the wordy titles in favor of facts and steal from pop culture for instant recognition and resonance, Snapapp CEO Seth Lieberman writes. Find a good rhythm for sending timely tweets, bring in associates for a collaborative feel, and try to inspire interaction by running polls, sweepstakes and contests instead of making your tweets one-sided. BtoB Magazine (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Enter to win $10,000 for your business
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2013 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam's Club®, honoring standout small businesses and the people who run them. The winner, seven regional finalists and 75 Blue Ribbon winners will be recognized at America's Small Business Summit, April 29 to May 1 in Washington, D.C. Applications are due Monday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Weekly Poll 
  • What general category does your No. 1 New Year's resolution fit into?
    Improving my health.  31.25%
    Improving my business.  18.75%
    Other.  18.75%
    I'm not making any resolutions this year.  15.62%
    Improving my mind.  9.38%
    Improving my family life.  3.12%
    Improving my social life.  3.12%
  • 5 online programs and apps that have been improved
    Recent changes to Google's Gmail, Evernote 5 and Twitter's TweetDeck are more than cosmetic, combining face-lifts with new functionality, writes John Jantsch. Also, Foursquare's new business pages sport a better dashboard and allow marketers to craft messages for business customers in the area. Duct Tape Marketing (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is your landing page letting you down?
    Small businesses need to pay extra attention to their landing pages to ensure that site visits lead to conversions, Lisa Barone writes. That means having clear goals and clear calls to action, as well as leading users toward the desired action. "If your landing page doesn't drive users to take the action you've laid out for them, it failed," Barone warns. Small Business Trends (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • How to set your business up for a successful 2013
    As a small-business owner, it's a good idea to consider increasing the rates you charge, Justine Smith writes. "The ideal time to re-evaluate your current pricing and packages is the New Year," she writes. You should also organize your work space and identify goals for the next 12 months. Small Business Trends (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Employee-related legal issues employers must watch
    Your business could be headed for trouble if you fail to follow the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which lays out rules for overtime pay, Kayte VanScoy writes. "Most cases begin when 'non-exempt' (or hourly, part-time) employees are treated like 'exempt' (or salaried, full-time) employees," VanScoy writes. Allegations of discrimination can also cause problems for your company. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them."
--Rose Kennedy,
American philanthropist

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