Archive for February, 2010
We’ve recently joined Twitter and YouTube and have been maintaining a Facebook page for a while now, even syncing our feeds with a new platform, TweetDeck. This is all in an effort to make ourselves more available to you.
But we’re interested to see how many of you are tapping into social media. If you are connected in this multitude of ways, what benefits are you seeing from it?
A recent survey of our clients cited that the biggest concern in 2010 was marketing their business. And we are a firm believer in this kind of media’s marketing potential. We’d like to investigate this further, so stayed tuned for more content about how you can use social media and information sharing to your advantage.
Tell us what you think… Leave a comment!
We came across an interesting article from the Boston Herald’s Women Business News section. It investigates the value of women helping women in business and in professional fields. The author Maria J. Krokidas maintains that, despite positive trends in the last few decades, women still face disadvantages in the workplace and women-owned businesses continue to be underrepresented in the marketplace.
She writes: “We too need to establish and promote networks and relationships that support women and women-owned ventures, and use our buying power to advance each other’s businesses.”
Find the full article here (http://bostonherald.com/business/womens/general/view.bg?articleid=1227079)
Hi! Happy February!
I just wanted to stop in and share with a piece of relevant advice we came across. It comes form Janet W. Christy, author of Capitalizing on Being Woman Owned: Expert Advice for Women Who Have or Are Starting Their Own Business.
In light of the status of the economy and small business in 2010, she advises:
“Watch government announcements closely. In 2009, two characteristics of the stimulus package (officially the American Recovery and Reinvestment ACT) became apparent. First, the money was going to come through the same channels it has always come – for example: road and bridge money would go to Departments of Transportation or cities or counties to award contracts. Second, most of the money was going to come very slowly. It is important to pledge to watch the government announcements about stimulus packages, incentives and other money related actions because those announcements will provide information about who will receive the money, how it can be used and may include clues about if and how Woman Owned Business can be involved.”
I’m sure many of you, like me, watched the State of the Union address last week. The focus, as predicted, was on the status of small business and jobs in our struggling economy.
President Obama offered these incentives:
“I’m proposing that we take $30-billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat. I am also proposing a new small business tax credit – one that will go to over one million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages. While we’re at it, let’s also eliminate all capital gains taxes on small business investment; and provide a tax incentive for all businesses, large and small, to invest in new plants and equipment.”
At this time, these are just executive proposals, so we remind you to watch the legislative process, see what is passed, and how it can ultimately benefit you.
What do you think about these proposals?
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