Women In Business

5 Lessons Small Business Owners Should Learn From the Pandemic

If you’re like me, you’re a bit stupefied at how the world has completely changed in a few short weeks. And you dread what it’s going to look like once the threat of coronavirus dies down. So many small businesses have been impacted, and the small business landscape is going to be forever changed. I’ve …

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Upcoming Certification Changes for Women-Owned Businesses

If you’re a woman small business owner who wants to do business with corporate or government clients, you know there’s a lot of competition. But you can get an edge by getting your company certified as a woman-owned business. Certification makes your business more visible to potential clients, increases your networking opportunities, and can expose …

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An Insider’s Guide to Grants and Fundraising: Interview With Entrepreneur Valerie Grant

By Felena Hanson Valerie Grant has worked with nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations to help obtain grant funding since 1998. Her company, Grant Consulting Services, assists organizations through project development, comprehensive funding searches, expert grant management, and professional grant proposal writing services. Valerie is also a published author and an accomplished freelance writer. Read on …

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The State of Minority-Owned Businesses: Women Entrepreneurs

How are women business owners faring these days? Better, even though the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2018-2019 Women’s Report, coauthored by researchers from Babson College and Smith College, says the number of startups by women worldwide still lags that of men. Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) represents the percentage of the adult working-age population, ages 18 …

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3 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Job to Launch a Tech Startup

By Charlene Brown There is mounting evidence that entrepreneurs over the age of 40 may be more successful at building high-growth businesses than their younger, more visible counterparts. According to the authors of the study Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship, “the average age of the people who founded the highest-growth startups is 45″ and “successful entrepreneurs …

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5 Reasons to Love Micropreneurs—The Best Traits the Smallest of Small Business Owners Share

Even though I’ve taken a full-time role writing content for a fintech company, I’m still running my content agency part-time. I will always be an entrepreneur at heart—nay, a micropreneur, which I’ve written about many times. A micropreneur (or microbusiness) is one that operates on a very small scale, with no more than five employees. …

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Start the Year Off Right: New Sales Ideas to Try This Quarter

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If you didn’t, why not consider a few new approaches in your selling instead of making resolutions? Here are a few sales ideas to consider so you can start the year off right. New sales idea #1: Take more credit for your work (especially if you’re …

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The Year Ahead for Small Business: Experts Weigh In on What Small Biz Owners Should Expect

What lies ahead for small business owners and entrepreneurs? Many people I’ve talked to feel like they are living in a Dickens novel. It’s the best of times: “The economy is going strong, driven by consumer spending,” says Sharon Miller, managing director, head of small business for Bank of America. She says according to bank …

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Transitioning From Entrepreneurship Back to Employment: Sometimes It’s the Best Thing for Your Business and Yourself

I have proudly been an entrepreneur for 13 years. Longer, if you count my short-lived gift basket business in college. I thought I’d always be one, and that I’d never take a JOB job. But that’s exactly what I’ve done. And I couldn’t be happier. Here’s why I traded being my own boss for a …

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Building Community Is the Key to Retail Success: Interview with Entrepreneur Nichole MacDonald

By Felena Hanson Launching a new direct-to-consumer handbag line is more than a long shot in an extremely crowded marketplace, never mind attempting to change how people shop online. But Nichole MacDonald, founder of The Sash Bag and online sales channel Lash.Live, has done both. Get inside the mind of this San Diego-based creative business genius …

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Work-Life Balance Is Nearly Impossible—Let’s Try to Achieve Work-Life ‘Harmony’ Instead

By Christal Bemont When I started managing my company’s fastest-growing business unit, I began spending more time working at the office or meeting prospects and customers. It was thrilling to be at the heart of such a dynamic time at my company, but it also meant I spent less time doing the things I love, …

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How to Get Federal Contracts: Tips for Women Business Owners

The federal government sets aside some of its federal contracts for women business owners. Is your business ready to compete for them? For six years in a row, the federal government has achieved a goal set way back in the 1990s of awarding a minimum of 25% of all federal contracts to small businesses. That’s …

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