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April 16, 2012News for women business owners

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  • For women, East trumps West as the coast to start up
    Women are ditching Silicon Valley to start businesses in New York City. According to Startup Genome, 20% of people who launched a startup in New York are women, compared with just 10% in Silicon Valley. The data could correlate to demographics, though, because New York City has a higher percentage of women than San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The Huffington Post (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mindsets, lack of education hold back women's entrepreneurship
    More women than men think there are no opportunities for entrepreneurship, don't believe in their capability to launch a startup or are fearful of doing so, says Donna Kelley, an associate professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College. While numbers are growing -- there are about 187 million women running their own ventures in 59 economies -- the attitudes tend to hold ladies back. CNN (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How an artist became an entrepreneur
    Joy Newton combined her love of art and the outdoors with her entrepreneurial spirit to develop a line of eco-friendly notecards, bags and home accessories that feature her nature-inspired prints. She offers some advice to women starting their own businesses: "Delegate. You can't do it all yourself. ... I used to think no one could do anything better, but that changed with age and maturity. I wish I had let go a little earlier." (4/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register early for WBC2012 and save
    Early-bird registration for this year's NAWBO Women's Business Conference runs March 1 through April 30. Save $25 off registration during Early Bird. Plus, NAWBO members enjoy an exclusive NAWBO member rate. Don't miss out. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to cut ties with your cloud provider
    Chances are you were so excited when you entered into a cloud contract that you didn't think about the exit strategy. Keep in mind you can add an addendum to a boilerplate contract or add an "opt-out" clause to a multiyear contract, Mary Shacklett writes. Typically, you can provide advance written notice to terminate a contract, which is usually required within 30 or 90 days. (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Become a hardcore negotiator
    If the thought of negotiating sends you into a panic, you're not alone. According to a LinkedIn survey, 39% of women are nervous about negotiating. To ace negotiating, add low- or no-cost incentives instead of lowering your rates, advises Jeff Haden. Also, maintain eye contact and come prepared with applicable numbers reflecting market trends. Inc. online/Owners' Manual (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snag an investor with the perfect pitch
    Businesses that are ready to pitch to investors have to be prepared to make a concise, informative presentation, writes David Albrecht, co-founder and technical lead at Wishery. Be armed with figures to incorporate into your request, and make it clear. Also, tap your personal network instead of investors you don't know, he advises. (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Important tax deductions that are often overlooked
    Still putting together your taxes? Make sure you take advantage of deductions for software, travel, personnel development, transportation and new office equipment, René Shimada Siegel writes. If your business experienced losses, you can use a net operating loss carryback to offset one year's losses against income from another year. Inc. online (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Disorganized? You can hire someone to help
    Clearing clutter is big business -- so big that the industry has doubled over the past decade -- and you can get help tailored to the particular organizational hurdle you need to overcome. Tom Nevermann, an interior organizer, runs The Moving Doctor, which specializes in helping clients, including celebrities, in Beverly Hills, Calif., organize their lives. Lauren Halagarda of North Carolina helps people get their digital lives in order. USA TODAY (4/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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