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February 4, 2013News for women business owners

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  • Where in the U.S. do women earn the most money?
    Washington, D.C., is the U.S. city with the highest salary for women, according to an analysis of census data. The median income for women working full time in D.C. is $57,128. Also among the 20 cities where women earn the most are Trenton, N.J., and Napa, Calif. In all but a handful of the cities that were analyzed, women make less money than men do. "This is astonishing because it's a like-for-like comparison, as the data only includes women and men who have worked full time, year-round in the past 12 months," said Stephanie Wei of NerdWallet. Forbes (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Assessing the status of small-business loans for Sandy victims
    The Small Business Administration has approved 809 loan applications from businesses seeking to recover from Hurricane Sandy's damage in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. The SBA's approval rate is significantly higher than it was for businesses seeking help after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Many businesses hit by Sandy are still seeking help from the SBA and other small-business lenders. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What do I need for my baby? Startup seeks to provide the answers
    New mom Allyson Downey wanted to know what kind of gear she actually needed for her first baby, but she grew weary of bothering her friends with questions. She knew there had to be an easier way for new and expecting parents to sort through all the new-baby products on the market. Downey's solution was to start weeSpring, a website that has collected thousands of product ratings on baby items. "At the end of the day, we want to be the destination for new and expecting parents," she writes. Women 2.0 blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Social Media Buzz 
  • Super Bowl blackout turns into viral gold for Oreo
    Oreo took advantage of the Super Bowl's third-quarter blackout, sharing an image on Twitter captioned with the words "You can still dunk in the dark" that was retweeted thousands of times. Marketing agency 360i attributed the spur-of-the-moment ad's success to a "mission control" it established with Oreo brand executives during the game that enabled the agency to seek lightning-fast approval. "When all of the stakeholders come together so quickly, you've got magic," said 360i President Sarah Hofstetter. BuzzFeed (2/3) 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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  • Apps that can help multitaskers stay focused
    Multitasking entrepreneurs can lose time as they switch from one task to another, writes Sandy Sidhu, founder of SidekickPM. Apps such as Self-Control and Anti-social can help eliminate the online distractions that prompt this task-switching by blocking websites or social media outlets that drain your time, she writes. (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to tap talents you didn't know your workers had
    Managers who spend time getting to know their workers, who are more open to the initiatives that their workers suggest and who push people to take more responsibility for their projects may find those workers have skills they never knew existed, Laura Vanderkam writes. CBS MoneyWatch (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stop petty problems from ensnaring your staff
    Watch out for disagreements among your employees that could grow into larger problems, writes Eric V. Holtzclaw, CEO of Laddering Works. Head off problems as they start to arise, he writes. "Offer to facilitate a conversation between the employees, but don't agree to become their arbitrator," he advises. "It's best when the employees at odds can come to agreement on their own and in private." Inc. online (free registration)/Lean Forward blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • How to have a life while running a business
    To keep your life in balance, take time to assess goals for your personal relationships just as you would for your career, writes Sally Broff. "How often have you seen friends? Are you as involved in your kids' lives as you had planned to be?" she suggests asking yourself quarterly. Set boundaries between work and home life, such as designating a spot in your home for working, and make yourself take up a hobby. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The big question is, what happens when everything changes, when you go off script?"
--Sarah Hofstetter, president of 360i, quoted at BuzzFeed

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