This week in small business: Win-win with women!

Women in Business month is behind us now, but articles featuring successful women and their role in boosting our economy are still proving to be popular. We have three of them this week, along with other inspiration and practical advice for the entrepreneur and small business owner.

Leadership, management, and productivity

A. Scott Anderson, CEO and president of Zions Bank, says that empowering women employees is a win-win for businesses. That same basic idea from another perspective looks at women stepping forward in agriculture. And, here’s one more article highlighting women in business: The story of Carissa Clark, CEO of SheroBox.

Don’t become a cautionary tale yourself. Learn from others: 9 Ways Ecommerce Merchants Fail In The First Year.

One of the most important things you can do is equip your business with the right technology. This piece by Sarah Landrum will help you choose wisely.

Pat Flynn is an entrepreneur reportedly making $135,000 a month. In this article he shares two productivity hacks that help balance a side hustle with family life.

Marketing and sales

Is traditional marketing dead? This Forbes article full of Instagram success stories makes us think that could be the case.

In this article I wrote for AT&T, I give you three social media tips that will help keep your customers smiling.

Mapping your Excel spreadsheet transforms your location-based sales data into live, interactive maps that you can share with your team. Here’s how to do it.

Sameer Patel discusses the six things he’s learned about marketing automation during his first 60 days working at Kahuna.

Do they make a patch to cure you of the 10 old habits that ruin sales and customer service? In any case, reading this article is step number one.

Tips for coming up with social media content ideas is always appreciated. Here are eight to help you out.

Entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation

You can learn a lot from unusual sources, like this one-legged Mumbai entrepreneur. Take a moment and be inspired.

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Check yourself against these five key characteristics.

Let the 2017 articles begin! 5 Marketing Trends Startups Need To Be Ready For In 2017, by AJ Agrawal.

This is good news: Meggen Taylor believes that traveling more can help you hone the skills you need to be a successful entrepreneur. Start packing!

Politics, government, and the economy

Isobel Finkel makes the case that the economy is so normal that it’s abnormal! The hand-wringing narrative doesn’t match reality, Finkel says.