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Rut Resolution: 8 Great Ways to Foil Small Business Stagnation to Accelerate Growth


A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealed nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first four years of their existence. While there are many proven causes, including owner incompetence, inexperience, fraud and neglect, one killer culprit often flies under the radar: stagnation. Indeed, losing momentum—with respect to revenues, market share and other mission critical indicators—is one sure fire sign that an entrepreneurial endeavor is in grave trouble. The good news is that a stagnated organization can take a number of proactive tactical measures—many fairly easily instituted—to turn the tide, spur change and, in doing so, kick the growth engine back into gear.

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Bee Generous this Holiday Season



While beekeeping is often thought of as a hobby in the United States, in many countries around the world, beekeeping is an important livelihood that can provide income to a family in need and place them on the path toward sustained economic success.

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Jazzercise, Inc. CEO and Founder Wins ‘Women Who Mean Business Award’ for Second Time


San Diego, CA – November, 23, 2016. The team at Jazzercise, Inc. is honored to announce that CEO and Founder, Judi Sheppard Missett has won the San Diego Business Journal’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ Award on November 9th, 2016. This will be Sheppard Missett’s second time winning the award.Per the San Diego Business Journal, “This is the city’s biggest and most anticipated reception and awards program of the year honoring the region’s most successful, dynamic women.” The SDBJ committee selected 220 finalists, and 20 were honored the award. Said Sheppard Missett, “I am always humbled by these things. It never happens alone and I am grateful to all at Jazzercise who do such a good job!”
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CloudNOW Survey: Half of Women Working in Tech Industry Say Upper Management Is a ‘Boys’ Club’


New survey data from CloudNOW reveals that women working in tech still face a significant amount of sexism in the workplace. CloudNOW, the executive consortium for the leading women in cloud and converging technologies, today released the results of its Women in Tech survey. The survey, conducted by global consultancy Kantar TNS, discovered that women in tech are generally satisfied with their careers but are subject to a significant amount of sexism and gender discrimination.

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Outlook of Women Small Business Owners American Express 2016 Holiday Growth Pulse


Women Business Owner Highlights. Noteworthy women business owner highlights are as follows:100% feel confident that they can access the funding they need to grow their business during the holidays87% feel this year’s holiday sales will be the same or stronger than last year (vs. 90% of men and 88% overall)Seventy-seven percent plan to grow their businesses (vs. 72% of men and 74% of businesses overall)The biggest challenge they face as they prepare for growth is acquiring new customers (22%)Over two-thirds (68%) will give a holiday party for staff (vs. 70% of men)They will spend an average of $2,160 on their holiday party vs. $3,650 spent by men48% feel they need to be more aggressive in sales and promotions to stand out in the holiday season (vs. 44% of men)47% expect their business to be making gains in the next quarter , 37% say maintaining the status quo and 9% say expanding in leaps and boundsThey plan to spend an average of $3,300 on gifts for clients and customers (vs. an average of $10,400 that men plan to spend)44% say employee productivity will be a greater concern at their company during the holidaysThey measure success for the holiday season by adding new customers and reaching a certain sales goal (each 45%); men measure success by adding new customers (46%)36% think their company’s potential for growth in 2017 is contingent on a successful 2016 holiday season14% plan to hire additional staff for the holiday season (vs. 18% of men)The holiday season is typically responsible for 21% of their company’s yearly sales (vs. 20% for men)

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Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.

The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

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