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February 13, 2012News for women business owners

  Top Story 
  • Women's angel network prepares to make another investment
    Much attention has been given to the difficulties that women entrepreneurs have with securing funding, but there are some success stories, writes Rania Anderson. For example, a women's angel investor network called the Women's Capital Connection is about to close on another investment, writes Anderson, a co-founder of the network. The network, which was launched four years ago, has invested more than $1 million in companies led by women. Forbes (2/10) Email this Story
  Business Trends 
  • 3 truths about women entrepreneurs
    Successful businesswomen such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg tend to be target of questions about how they make time for family, but the truth is that work-life balance is an issue that affects both men and women, writes Margaret Heffernan. Women entrepreneurs often start their own businesses to attain flexibility that is not available at traditional jobs. "Parents don't mind working hard. They do mind working in rigid environments that won't accept that there is a life beyond the job," she writes. Inc.com/Serial CEO (2/10) Email this Story
  Small Business Spotlight 
  • Entrepreneur seeks sweet success in the chocolate business
    Ruthie Penn Carliner owned a GMC dealership before going to culinary school with the idea of becoming a dietician. That didn't pan out, but one class ignited her passion for chocolate, and she now owns The Velvet Chocolatier. One of Carliner's products caught the attention of Oprah, who listed it as one of her "favorite things of 2011." Entrepreneur.com (2/11) Email this Story
  Social Media Buzz 
  • Women business owners you need to follow on Twitter
    Social media can help you to connect with other women entrepreneurs to look for guidance and expertise. The key is to look for entrepreneurs who are close to your level of success but perhaps a little ahead of you, according to one business founder. Meghan Casserly lists 20 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter, including Cathy Edwards of Chomp and Alexa Andrzejewski of Foodspotting. Forbes (2/10) Email this Story
  • Use social media to find better employees
    Social media can help employers get a better idea of the personalities of job candidates, but research indicates that not all companies are using social sites for hiring, writes Curt Finch of Journyx. Still, job candidates are checking out the social profiles of companies before applying, he writes. "Much buzz has been made about businesses screening the social profiles of prospective employees, but it goes both ways," he writes. Mashable (2/11) Email this Story

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  Weekly Poll 
  • Do you use social media to recruit new employees?
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  Technology 
  • How to secure your data and stay productive on the road
    A number of tools can help you to be more productive and better protect your business data while traveling, writes Natalie Sisson. For example, the FindmyiPhone application can help you to locate your lost smartphone, and Gmail's offline feature can help you to manage your e-mail even when you aren't online. Forbes (2/10) Email this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Worry and 8 other self-destructive business behaviors to avoid
    One mistake that holds women back from achieving their full potential is the tendency to worry too much, according to Helene Lerner, author of "In Her Power: Reclaiming Your Authentic Self." It's important to focus your energy on preparation rather than worrying, she said. Other potential pitfalls include being dishonest and trying to go it alone. Forbes (2/8) Email this Story
  • Clocked in, but checked out: Dealing with disengaged workers
    More than 70% of workers describe themselves as "checked out" at work or openly hostile about the job, according to a Gallup poll of 3 million workers nationwide. To re-engage workers, small-business owners should find out what makes them tick and make themselves available to workers, experts say. Other tips: Set a strong example of energy and enthusiasm, terminate toxic workers, and promote those who deserve it. BPlans.com/Up and Running Blog (2/10) Email this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Don't forget your 1099 tax forms
    The IRS is reminding business owners they must file 1099 tax forms. These tax forms are used to report payments to people such as independent contractors, and the fine for not following the rules starts at $30 per form. The forms must be sent to the IRS by Feb. 28 if you are sending physical copies or by April 2 if you are sending electronic versions. Las Vegas Sun/The Associated Press (2/11) Email this Story
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  Lifestyle 
  • People tend to enjoy experiences more when they're ending
    Research indicates people tend to view experiences more favorably if they think they are coming to an end. Psychologists at the University of Michigan had volunteers rate five kinds of chocolates, and those who were warned that they weren't going to get any more generally considered their last pieces to be tastier. "You think 'I might as well reap the benefits of this experience even though it is going to end' or 'I want to get something good out of this while I still can,'" researcher Ed O'Brien said. The Telegraph (London) (2/10) Email this Story
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--Phyllis Bottome,
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