More women will become business owners (WBOs) in 2013 than in past years according to a new survey of WBOs conducted by Web.com Group, Inc. and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). The national survey found a pervasive sense of economic optimism, with the surveyed WBOs also planning on investing more and hiring more this year than they did in 2012.
The State of Women-Owned Businesses survey also found that the large majority of WBOs were also optimistic about their business’ overall performance for the year ahead. Challenges for WBOs included the need to reach new customers, the state of the economy, health insurance cost and affordability, business tax issues and access to a quality workforce.
Check out the infographic from Web.com for more survey details.
Good news for women business owners looking to land contracts from the government. Last year, women-owned small businesses secured about $16.4 billion in federal contracts and due to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act the government now has authority to set aside even more contracts for women. The previous cap of $6.5 million for manufacturing contracts and $4 million for all other contracts has been rescinded. Find out more.
If you have yet to take your business to the cloud and you’re curious to why and how small businesses are using cloud storage, look at these top 5 cloud trends from SugarSync:
- Computing devices continue to proliferate with the average small business owner now actively using five devices.
- The cloud is now a critical small business tool—90 percent see file and folder sync and 85 percent view back up as “Very Important.”
- New work styles and mobility are driving cloud adoption—80 percent of the survey respondents have remote workers
- Anytime, anywhere collaboration is now the norm—90 percent think cloud-enabled collaboration is key
- Movement towards entire file/folder structure in the cloud—85 percent prefer having their entire file/folder automatically stored and synced in the cloud versus the “drag and drop” approach
If you want to learn the best ways you can help your business by employing cloud strategies, make an appointment with a SCORE mentor for free advice and help in planning your operations. Call today 714-550-7369 or schedule your own appointment here.