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Am I Dreaming? More Government, Business Support for Small Businesses

How nice it is to see politicians focusing on plans to rev up small businesses and recognizing the importance of small businesses to the economy and to communities. While I can’t predict the outcome , I can certainly cheer the intent.

Good Partnerships Start with Good Questions

Collaboration is a wonderful thing. And so are supporters and friends. It’s great to have someone to buck you up when you’re down, someone to talk through your problems with, or to take care of the stuff you can’t do. And, there’s no denying it: Being an entrepreneur is a tough road that requires a lot of different skills.

7 Networking Tips for Women Owners

Want to grow your business? Do what men do. Have big networks filled with people who can connect you to money, markets and talent.

The Secrets of One Woman’s Rise from Destitution to Successful Business Owner

“I always thought men were smarter than me,” says Dareth Colburn, founder of USABride. Her online business — started 8 years ago in her apartment when she was a single mother, unemployed, and $30,000 in debt — is pushing the $3 million revenue mark after only eight years and now includes her own jewelry designs.

I think she was wrong about that “smarter” thing.

Read all of The Secrets of One Woman’s Rise from Destitution to Successful Business Owner on Forbes

It’s Not Too Late: Doing Good with Sex, Chocolate on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine's day (and for that matter every other day of the year), indulge yourself and your lover, the right way.

Sex, Lipstick, and Chocolate: Support Causes You Believe in This Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s day when you’re hinting about the present you want, why not support a women-owned business and social good by having sex, wearing lipstick, and eating chocolate.

Indulge yourself and your lover, the right way.

Read all of Sex, Lipstick, and Chocolate: Support Causes You Believe in This Valentine’s Day on Forbes.

Less Time, Better Results When You Listen to a Marketing Expert

Oh, the many hats that small business owners wear! One of the most important -- and often most ill-fitting -- is that of marketing manager. Marketing is critical to keeping your business alive but it often gets lost in the shuffle of all those daily tasks, like customer service, employee management, inventory control, bookkeeping, and delivering the product or service you sell.

Nice Girls Brag: Here’s How

Women are told that it’s not ladylike to brag. But done right, it can be one of the most effective ways to grow your business and your influence.

3 Ways Women Can Brag About Their Companies

Shout it from the rooftops! Tell the world your business is booming and you’re one helluva entrepreneur.

Oh, you can’t do that because it isn’t ladylike? Wrong answer.

Read all of 3 Ways Women Can Brag About Their Companies on Forbes.

Lessons Nonprofits, Business Can Learn from Komen Foundation

Whether you run a business or a nonprofit, last week’s PR disaster of Susan G. Komen for the Cure should be a wake-up call. This is the third time Komen veered off-mission in a very public way. This time, the nonprofit seems to have learned some lessons about damage control and social media. You’d better learn them, too.



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