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New OPEN Report Shows Phenomenal Growth of Women-Owned BusinessesDid you know that there are over 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.8 million people?The growth in the number, revenues and employment of women-owned firms over the past 16 years exceeds the growth rates of all but the very largest, publicly traded corporations in the country. Read the full report from OPEN here.
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New OPEN Report Shows Phenomenal Growth of Women-Owned Businesses

Did you know that there are over 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.8 million people?

The growth in the number, revenues and employment of women-owned firms over the past 16 years exceeds the growth rates of all but the very largest, publicly traded corporations in the country.

Read the full report from OPEN here.

(via New OPEN Report Shows Phenomenal Growth of Women-Owned Businesses - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

Women in Business: How Far Have We Really Come Since “The Feminine Mystique”?  on OPEN Forum
As Friedan very presciently noted in The Feminine Mystique, “It is time to stop giving lip service to the idea that there are no battles left to be fought for women in America, that women’s rights have already been won.”
But there is hope that American women will never again suffer from “the problem that has no name.” As Friedan wrote in 1997, “It’s awesome to consider how women have changed the very possibilities of our lives and are changing the values of every part of our society since we broke through The Feminine Mystique only two generations ago.”How do you feel about the progress women have made?Read more here on OPEN Forum
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Women in Business: How Far Have We Really Come Since “The Feminine Mystique”?  on OPEN Forum

As Friedan very presciently noted in The Feminine Mystique, “It is time to stop giving lip service to the idea that there are no battles left to be fought for women in America, that women’s rights have already been won.”

But there is hope that American women will never again suffer from “the problem that has no name.” As Friedan wrote in 1997, “It’s awesome to consider how women have changed the very possibilities of our lives and are changing the values of every part of our society since we broke through The Feminine Mystique only two generations ago.”

How do you feel about the progress women have made?

Read more here on OPEN Forum

(via Women in Business: How Far Have We Really Come Since “The Feminine Mystique”? - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

5 Minutes of Internet Silence for Sandy Hook Victims
Every one of us has been touched by the horrific events one week ago today in Newtown, Connecticut.
To honor the memory of those lost, Mashable, along with thousands across the web, is joining the Web Goes Silent campaign and Causes.com in Five Minutes of Internet Silence. 

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5 Minutes of Internet Silence for Sandy Hook Victims

Every one of us has been touched by the horrific events one week ago today in Newtown, Connecticut.

To honor the memory of those lost, Mashable, along with thousands across the web, is joining the Web Goes Silent campaign and Causes.com in Five Minutes of Internet Silence.



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Who needs college? Young entrepreneur bets on bright idea for solar energy
Eighteen months ago Eden Full was finishing up her sophomore year at Princeton University. She was on the crew team as a coxswain. She had spent the previous summer in Kenya building an innovative, low-cost contraption to make solar panels more efficient. Full was glowingly successful — the kind of college student who ends up profiled in alumni magazines. But Full had decided to drop out. Read More
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Who needs college? Young entrepreneur bets on bright idea for solar energy

Eighteen months ago Eden Full was finishing up her sophomore year at Princeton University. She was on the crew team as a coxswain. She had spent the previous summer in Kenya building an innovative, low-cost contraption to make solar panels more efficient. Full was glowingly successful — the kind of college student who ends up profiled in alumni magazines. But Full had decided to drop out. Read More

(via Who needs college? Young entrepreneur bets on bright idea for solar energy | 89.3 KPCC)

Click to embiggen (and see full infographic).What Makes Workers Happy? Optimizing Your Office Space
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The Economy’s Improving? Tell Small BusinessOne survey following another shows that Americans feel better about the economy than they have since before the 2008 financial crisis. Plus the housing market appears to finally be recovering. All this should make small business owners who are coming off a rough couple of years feel pretty good, right?Not so, according to a Gallup poll out Friday from Wells Fargo (WFC), showing the biggest drop in small business owners’ confidence since the fall of 2008. The quarterly index, based on responses from 600 business owners, dropped 28 points as more businesses reported declining revenues, payrolls, and capital investment, both in the last 12 months and in their expectations for the year ahead. Read More
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The Economy’s Improving? Tell Small Business

One survey following another shows that Americans feel better about the economy than they have since before the 2008 financial crisis. Plus the housing market appears to finally be recovering. All this should make small business owners who are coming off a rough couple of years feel pretty good, right?

Not so, according to a Gallup poll out Friday from Wells Fargo (WFC), showing the biggest drop in small business owners’ confidence since the fall of 2008. The quarterly index, based on responses from 600 business owners, dropped 28 points as more businesses reported declining revenues, payrolls, and capital investment, both in the last 12 months and in their expectations for the year ahead. Read More

(via The Economy’s Improving? Tell Small Business - Businessweek)

Small Business Saturday by the NumbersThis year, about 500,000 small businesses around the country participated in the event, which attracted some 100 million consumers; the National Federation of Independent Businesses reported that 67 percent of consumers planned to shop small. And although American Express is notoriously tight-lipped about the incremental revenue generated by the promotion, anecdotally, at least, it seems business owners around the country are enjoying a modest windfall from the event. Read More
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Small Business Saturday by the Numbers

This year, about 500,000 small businesses around the country participated in the event, which attracted some 100 million consumers; the National Federation of Independent Businesses reported that 67 percent of consumers planned to shop small. And although American Express is notoriously tight-lipped about the incremental revenue generated by the promotion, anecdotally, at least, it seems business owners around the country are enjoying a modest windfall from the event. Read More

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What Do Small Businesses Mean to You?
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How To Prep Your Business For Small Business SaturdayWedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it would initially appear that November 24th’s Small Business Saturday only has a snowball’s chance of striking it big in sales. And while you might not find $180 40″ LCD TV’s that Best Buy is offering at the stroke of midnight on Black Friday at your local electronics store, shopping small is still shopping big. Backed by American Express, Small Business Saturday celebrates its third year since launching on November 27, 2010 in the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local storefronts and merchants across the United States. And since the third time’s the charm, this year over 200 organizations have joined American Express OPEN in declaring November 24th to be Small Business Saturday for their business, with over one hundred million people shopping and supporting the event in 2011.
With only 12 days to go until Small Business Saturday, and as a small business owner who will be participating in the event myself, here’s your shortlist on how to get your business ready for the big day! Read More
(via How To Prep Your Business For Small Business Saturday - Forbes)
How To Prep Your Business For Small Business Saturday

Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it would initially appear that November 24th’s Small Business Saturday only has a snowball’s chance of striking it big in sales. And while you might not find $180 40″ LCD TV’s that Best Buy is offering at the stroke of midnight on Black Friday at your local electronics store, shopping small is still shopping big. Backed by American Express, Small Business Saturday celebrates its third year since launching on November 27, 2010 in the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local storefronts and merchants across the United States. And since the third time’s the charm, this year over 200 organizations have joined American Express OPEN in declaring November 24th to be Small Business Saturday for their business, with over one hundred million people shopping and supporting the event in 2011.

With only 12 days to go until Small Business Saturday, and as a small business owner who will be participating in the event myself, here’s your shortlist on how to get your business ready for the big day! Read More

(via How To Prep Your Business For Small Business Saturday - Forbes)

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The Retirement Squeeze
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