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Cyber hacks against SMBs on the rise — What you can do
FOXBusiness
Cyber-attacks are on the rise, that's no surprise. Cyber-attacks directed at small businesses, however, are also increasing, according to new data. In fact, according to Symantec' 2014 Internet Security Threat Report, one in five small- to-medium-sized companies were the victims of cyber breaches in 2013. Plus, per a NetDiligence survey, the most common cause of a hack is due to a lost or stolen device, not an actual hacker.
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Rejected by the bank? You can still get a loan
Staples Business Hub
Getting denied for a loan by your own bank can feel like a slap in the face. No one likes loan rejection, especially from the very place that holds your money. But don't let the bank's rebuff send you into breakup mode. Finding a small business loan option is possible. You just have to know where to look and what questions to ask. Think of it as dating around.
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3 tips for launching a woman-owned business
Inc. via The Huffington Post
The estimated 9 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. generate over $1.4 trillion in revenues and they employ millions of American workers. According to a new report by American Express, an average of more than 1,200 new women-owned companies launched each day last year.
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Think of your talking logo as a verbal business card
Inc.
What is a talking logo? In its simplest form, the talking logo is just the answer to, "What do you do for a living?" But it is much more than that. Think of your talking logo as a verbal business card. If your business card has simply your name, title, and contact info, it is less likely to be kept, let alone remembered.
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The most obnoxious and overused startup jargon
Forbes
From Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley, mind-numbing startup jargon is stopping for no one. It winds up in TED Talks, pitch meetings and every tech journalist's inbox in between. At Forbes we're obsessed with all things entrepreneurial. So, for our third annual Jargon Madness — an NCAA tournament-style bracket — we found the 32 terms most abused by startup founders, developers, marketers and the VCs who fund it all.
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5 tips for staying ahead on social media
Inc.
Not everyone can successfully use social media for business. Here's how you can use it to stay ahead of the competition and grow your company.
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3 rules for doing a headstand in yoga that help in business
Entrepreneur
One day, my yoga teacher at the time, Sherman Morris, told me to move away from the wall and never use it again, says Deborah Mitchell, founder of Media Associates. He assured me that I would be fine. I was nervous and scared. Just like losing my 10-year-old network television producing job, I wouldn't have a safety net. But over time, he was right. The fear went away, and you know what? I was eventually able to stand on my head without using the wall for support.
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This serial entrepreneur keeps on innovating
Inc.
The United Nations delegation filed into Edo Segal's office, took their seats on the black leather couches, and got down to the business of the day: They needed something — anything — viral. Unicef's anniversary campaign was coming up. Yoko Ono had donated the rights to John Lennon's "Imagine." David Guetta, the French DJ and electro producer, was recording a cover along with Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman — basically any celebrity willing to sing in front of a white background. Did Segal have something to give it global traction?
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New New York City program aims to create 5,000 women entrepreneurs from low-income neighborhoods
Fast Company
"How do you take the recipe that your grandmother gave you in Ecuador that everybody in the neighborhood loves, and figure out how to sell that on Etsy?" asks Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. That critical path from idea to success is where New York City is hoping to take 5,000 women from underserved communities in the next three years.
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8 steps to launching a successful business in college
USA Today
Starting a business before you even graduate from college might seem like a risky move, but it's actually the best time to do it. "Starting while in college is a great time, because failing has few consequences. They generally don't have children, mortgages, or jobs to risk, so failing just makes them students," says Eden S. Blair, an associate professor of entrepreneurship at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
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