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Women-Owned Businesses getting less than 5% of Government Contracts

{{sigh}}

Today’s recommended reading is an article in Fast Company detailing a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

A new report from the Commerce Department finds that the SBA’s efforts to help women get just 5% of government contracts is falling short.

The closest we’ve come to the 5% goal was in 2014, when it reached 4.7% . That’s 4.7% of all government contracts. And that’s pathetic. Let’s fix it, soon.

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Source: Women-Owned Businesses Aren’t Getting Government Contracts

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These Are The Best Places In The U.S. For Women-Owned Businesses

Today’s recommended reading is from Fast Company: “These Are The Best Places In The U.S. For Women-Owned Businesses.”

According to the article, the top 10 metro areas for female entrepreneurship are:

  1. Boulder, Colorado
  2. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
  3. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado
  4. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
  5. Santa Rosa, California
  6. San Luis Obispo, California
  7. San Francisco-Oakland, California
  8. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  9. Portland, Maine
  10. Fort Collins, Colorado

I was sorry that there isn’t a single entry from Texas on the list. We need to do better.

Read more: These Are The Best Places In The U.S. For Women-Owned Businesses

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Serena Williams isn’t one of the top-paid athletes

Today’s suggested read takes a look at the reality of the “pay gap” between male and female athletes. Serena Williams is unarguably one of the most recognized athletes in the country, and absolutely one of the top performing. However, according to Forbes she is only the 47th highest-paid athlete in the world.

I got this via a Mashable article (linked below). An interesting topic that (as a non-athlete) I hadn’t thought about. It’s depressing to know that the gender pay gap influences every field out there.

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Don’t start your sentences with “I’m sorry …”

Please stop apologizing! I’ve done it myself, frequently. You interrupt a conversation by saying “I’m sorry, but …” We respond to queries about delays by saying “I’m sorry …”

Are you at fault? If not, don’t apologize. It’s one of the things women do, seemingly by instinct, that actually hurts us in the long-term.

So many women I know apologize for existing, for entering a room, for speaking. “I’m sorry, is this a good time?” The apology is extraneous. “Is this a good time?” is thoughtful and that is all you need to be. When joining a conversation women will often apologize instead of saying, “excuse me.” Excuse me is polite and that is all you need. Try keeping track of how much you apologize (you won’t be sorry you did). Unless you hurt someone – don’t apologize.

Keep track of how many times you say the word “sorry” in one day. It’s eye-opening.

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Source: 15 Things Women Don’t Need To Do Though They’re Expected To | Lifehack

Image source: bykst / Pixabay

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Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping

Most of us shop for groceries every week (or so) and are making these common mistakes every time:

Buying groceries is one of those universal chores most of us could probably do better at, whether it’s saving money on food or spending less time shopping. Here are ten common mistakes we tend to make at the grocery store—and how to avoid them.

The ones I make regularly include buying too much or too little food and not knowing the price of foods I regularly buy. What are yours?

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Source: Top 10 Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping (And How to Fix Them)

Image source: PublicDomainImages / Pixabay

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You don’t have to be an expert to take on a new role

One of the first things I learned when preparing for media interviews is that women generally nod when talking with others, as a form of encouragement. The problem is that this looks like agreement. It’s something we do without thinking about it, and it weakens us during negotiations.

Inc. Magazine pulled together a list of suggested changes women can make in their daily behavior to empower themselves. (The nodding wasn’t on the list.) The one change that resonated with me was: We wait until we’re experts before taking on a new role. I’m guilty of this. I know that I’ve missed out on opportunities because I’ve held myself back, saying “I’m not ready.”

I’m not ready. But I’m doing it anyway.

What self-defeating behaviors do you need to tackle?

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Source: 12 Ways You Might Be Making Gender Bias Worse | Inc.com

Image source: geralt / Pixabay