Entrepreneurial activity is surging among minority women, data show, although difficulty accessing capital is still a key hurdle. Only a small percentage of venture capital goes to minority women, but there has been an increase in women-focused funds in recent years.
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The Certificate in Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership is newly available through the University of Washington. The program aims to help women who make entrepreneurship their career choice, and it was started to remedy the lack of help available to women who sought to start businesses.
Some companies are creating policies that support leave for parents of newborns or young children, when the issue had been viewed as a personal one in the past. Women's decisions to leave the workforce to tend to children have prompted many companies to rethink policies and to craft ways to offer better work-life balance.
After recognizing that the corporate world was not for her, Nicole Lovald, along with her husband, purchased Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center. Reflecting on the transition, Lovald emphasizes the importance of trusting your instincts, getting support and celebrating accomplishments along the way.
Instagram can be an effective marketing channel, so Rhonda Abrams outlines several ways small-business owners can better use the social platform. Consider using Instagram Stories to share behind-the-scenes glimpses into your business and Instagram Live to engage in real-time chats with followers.
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Make sure your customer service department is ready for an influx of new customers as you prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, advises Simplr's Eng Tan. E-commerce companies in particular must also ensure their websites, online stores and cybersecurity systems are ready for the busy shopping season, according to Future Hosting's Vik Patel.
Bold ideas are often picked apart until there's nothing unique left, unless leaders adopt a curious mindset that gives every proposal a chance, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "Even if the idea doesn't come to fruition, your team will see that you support their innovations and are willing to give them the needed incubation time for an idea's promise to show itself," she writes.
Speakers build credibility right away if they dress appropriately depending on the audience and establish their expertise during the introduction by identifying their real-world experiences, writes Caitlin McGuire. It's also important to appear confident, but not conceited, she writes.
Some employees are refusing to disclose salaries to potential employers in an attempt to bridge the gender pay gap, according to Major Players' annual Salary Survey. The survey indicates there is a 23% pay gap between men and women across creative, design and tech industries, and that 70% of hiring managers agree that there is a difference in pay based on gender in the industry.
Mom guilt is a struggle for many women entrepreneurs who seek a work-life balance, Fattmerchant CEO Suneera Madhani writes. She offers tips on overcoming it, including the importance of scheduling your time, determining your priorities and not compromising time with your children.
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