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December 19, 2012News for women business owners

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  • Business owners take a risky approach to retirement
    Many small-business owners are relying on their ability to sell their companies in order to get the money they need to retire, but this is a risky strategy. "There's a double-whammy if something happens to that company because you'll lose your income and your retirement assets," said Jules Lichtenstein, the author of a report on the issue for the Small Business Administration. Another recent study has also found business owners plan to retire at a later age than do employees. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How investments can change the world
    Perhaps because of societal views of femininity, some women feel uncomfortable acting as investors, writes Whitney Johnson, co-founder of Rose Park Advisors. Women who feel this way should remember that investing is one way to shape the world. "I dream of a world, for example, where there are more and better employment opportunities, people parent well, appreciate one another, and volunteerism abounds," Johnson writes. "There are companies I can invest in that will help all of this happen." Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Olive oil entrepreneur survived financial crisis, but problems remain
    Theo Stephan, who runs an upscale olive oil business known as Global Gardens, ran into a tough spot after the financial crisis of 2008. She was able to keep plugging along, thanks in part to a loan from Bill Palladini, who had years of experience as a business owner. A major retailer is now interested in Stephan's products, but for the moment, times are still hard. "It's come to a point where I am doing seven jobs daily, and I can't do any of them at 110% like I believe it should be done," she said. CNBC (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Save the date: America's Small Business Summit
    NAWBO is partnering again with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to host America's Small Business Summit April 29 to May 1. Mark your calendar now and plan to join hundreds of small businesses and chamber and association executives from across the country to network, learn from business experts and advocate for pro-business policies. In conjunction with this, NAWBO will also hold its 2013 Public Policy Day, where we extend invitations to key public policy decision-makers to meet with us. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Weekly Poll 
  • Do you serve on any corporate boards?
    No  71.88%
    Yes, for a private company  12.50%
    Yes, for multiple companies  9.38%
    Yes, for a public company  6.25%
  • Want a small tablet? Here's what you need to consider
    There are a number of options to choose from if you are interested in buying a 7-inch tablet, each with its own benefits and drawbacks, Tony Bradley writes. For example, the most common gripe about the Nook HD is that the touch screen isn't responsive enough, according to a website called FixYa. Meanwhile, some iPad Mini owners have complained about the device's limited storage capacity. PCWorld (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Don't let holiday stresses sour partnerships
    Decisions such as whether to give out bonuses can strain your relationship with your business partner during the holiday season, Amanda Neville writes. If you want to avoid a heated disagreement, you should assess your financial situation and strive to be as objective as possible during the decision-making process. "When you run into conflict, be extra sensitive to the stresses whirling around you," she advises. Forbes (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Recover from tough times with the power of positive thinking
    Stress and other negative emotions can make it hard to think clearly, but you may be able to counteract this effect through the power of positive thinking. "When people are able to self-generate a positive emotion or perspective, that enables them to bounce back," said Barbara Fredrickson, a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina. "It's not just that you bounce back and then you feel good -- feeling good drives the process." Entrepreneur magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • GOP women are key in debate over Violence Against Women Act
    Republican women in the House of Representatives are central figures in a debate over the Violence Against Women Act. The act had been reauthorized consistently over an 18-year period, but new protections added to the Senate version of the bill have become a point of contention. The Senate's version includes protections for Native Americans, undocumented immigrants and members of the LGBT community; the House passed its own version without such provisions. The Huffington Post (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Holiday drinks to quench your thirst for festivity
    Whipping up a batch of delicious holiday-themed drinks can help you get into the right mood this holiday season. Lana Winter-H├ębert shares a list of 10 such concoctions, which includes a candy cane martini, a cranberry mimosa and a pomegranate punch. (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • Best of 2012: 18 SmartBrief interviews with industry thought leaders
    SmartBrief's SmartBlogs network interviewed 18 industry thought leaders this month. Find out what these leaders are projecting for their industries in 2013, and see what other free SmartBrief newsletters you may be missing out on. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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