Business Books for Women - Small Business Trends

Business Books for Women - Small Business Trends

Business Books for Women - Small Business Trends

Posted: 01 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide yet another informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career. Claire Shipman and Katty Kay combine research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition to explain why girls can rule the world—all they need is confidence. The duo offers an empowering, entertaining guide for girls to become bold, brave, and fearless.

The book is a product of interviews with visits to the world's leading psychologists who explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They also interviewed women leaders from the world of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. Ultimately establishing how a lack of confidence can impact leadership, success, and fulfillment. This book should be on your list of leadership books for women.

Why do women not negotiate as well as men? Why are (some) women not taken as seriously as men in the workplace? The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know explains the relationship between confidence, resilience, risk, and reward. After research that includes hundreds of interviews, the authors offer an insightful look at how internalizing cultural stereotypes can hold women back from competing. Female entrepreneurs will learn that it's not enough to know they are doing when it comes to performance situations.

Kevin O'Leary and Ureeka Launch Coaching Program for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs - Argus Press

Posted: 13 Oct 2020 07:01 AM PDT


Ureeka Inc, a community that connects Next Wave Entrepreneurs to the human, financial and technological capital they need to grow and scale their businesses, announced the launch of a new program with long-time Ureeka supporter and Shark Tank investor Kevin O'Leary.

Minority-owned small businesses are employing more than 8.7 million workers and generating more than $1 trillion in economic output annually. At the same time, data also shows these businesses have less access to capital and business and management skills important to running a company. The Kevin O'Leary Bootcamp provides underrepresented business owners access to the same exclusive knowledge and advice they would get if Kevin O'Leary invested directly in their business. Participating companies are paired with a Mr. Wonderful certified Coach along with three to five like-minded entrepreneurs, to work through their business challenges, build a network of advisors and accelerate revenue – the same way Kevin's Shark Tank portfolio companies do.

"Underrepresented entrepreneurs, women, people of color are time and time again barred from the type of access so many take for granted, whether it be financial, educational or otherwise," said Kevin O'Leary. "We have to do better. Ureeka is doing incredible work to make tools and connections that are usually reserved for the big fish, actually accessible and all in one place. I'm thrilled to be working with them and to be able to provide small businesses access to my all-star team and resources."

Sara Margulis, the founder of the honeymoon registry service Honeyfund, is a Kevin O'Leary portfolio entrepreneur and Ureeka community member who sees immense value in the partnership: "Kevin O'Leary and Ureeka have both been key to the growth and success of my company. I'm thrilled about this one-of-a-kind bootcamp that brings together the best advisors and resources in business. I've worked with Kevin and his network of advisors for more than five years and it's been a game changer. That, combined with the coaches, mentors and resources provided through Ureeka's community, has added millions of dollars to Honeyfund's business."

Ureeka's powerful community of coaches, peers and resources provide on demand support for members during the bootcamp and beyond. In August, Ureeka announced that 8,000 new underrepresented entrepreneurs had joined its platform during the COVID-19 pandemic alone, seeking help in business recovery.

"To have Kevin and his team so aligned with our mission and supporting the work we're doing is a huge step to break access barriers and bring what big businesses get every day to the small business community," said Dave Jakubowski, Co-founder of Ureeka. "The gaps are easy to see, getting access to the Kevin O'Leary Bootcamp is a huge step to bridging those gaps and having real impact. This partnership is an approachable step for most businesses; and a huge leap toward equity. Giving all businesses the same advantages that the privileged few have enjoyed for too long bridges an important access inequity to help those entrepreneurs with great ideas and great companies that have been historically left out."

The first bootcamp launches on November 2 nd with new sessions starting each month. For more information on Ureeka's Kevin O'Leary bootcamp and how to join visit

About Ureeka

Ureeka is a community and platform that connects female and minority small business owners – the Next Wave Entrepreneurs – to peers, mentors and coaches; trusted business and technology advice; vetted resources and capital that business owners need to grow and scale. Ureeka is a for-profit business, founded by a diverse team whose expertise ranges from technology and investing to the public sector. The company's mission centers on creating economic opportunity by igniting the potential of small businesses through a platform of resources and a community of peers and experts.

Learn more at Follow Ureeka on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Kevin O'Leary

Kevin O'Leary has proven business experience and greatly understands entrepreneurial strategy, marketing and finance having founded and sold companies of his own including The Learning Company which was acquired by The Mattel Toy Company for $4.2 billion. Today, O'Leary is the Chairman of O'Shares ETF Investments and Beanstox an automated internet-based investment advisory service. He is also an investor/host of ABC Television's four-time Emmy Award winning venture capital reality programs "Shark Tank", a contributor to CNBC, ABC News and Good Morning America, and author of three number #1 best selling books "Cold Hard Truth", "Men, Women and Money" and "Family Kids and Money".

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Justice, Salango spar in first and only debate in race for governor - WCHS-TV8

Posted: 13 Oct 2020 08:00 PM PDT

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In-paper debate: final round between Robertson, Clark | Courier-Herald - Enumclaw Courier-Herald

Posted: 14 Oct 2020 09:14 AM PDT

Editor's note: In this final round in the debate, Eric Robertson claims the Seattle Times printed a "retraction" concerning its editorial endorsing candidate Tom Clark. This is incorrect — the editorial has been revised with additional information concerning a 1995 incident where Robertson summoned state troopers when a Black man, testifying for legislators, "looked suspicious". The full editorial and its revision can be read here:

With the 2020 presidential election right around the corner, the Courier-Herald has invited the men and women running for the Legislative District No. 31 seats to participate in an in-paper debate.

This is the final round of the debate between Thomas Clark and Eric Robertson, both running for Position No. 2.

Keeping a balanced budget should always be on state legislator's minds. Where would you propose either cutting costs or finding additional tax revenue in order to keep the state's budget balanced?

Eric Robertson: Too many Washingtonians struggle with the challenges of high living costs – even before the COVID-19 crisis resulted in lost jobs and small business closures. Raising taxes, especially during an economic downturn, only makes the problem worse. Tax increases are the lazy way out of balancing the budget.

I believe that our state leaders must find smarter budget solutions. That means scrutinizing the budget to ensure the wise use of taxpayer dollars. The state government must deliver services effectively with the resources available. If programs do not produce results, they must be cut. That is basic government accountability to taxpayers.

I will look at every state government program and/or initiative enacted over the past few state budgets and evaluate them based on results. If the programs fail to deliver the intended outcomes, I will fight to eliminate them from the state's budget. Regular reassessments of programs created by past budgets are essential. Too often government programs overlap, produce too much red-tape, or simply fail to achieve their intended outcome. Allowing these programs to continue in favor of needlessly increasing taxes is a slap in the face to the hardworking people who pay taxes.

I will also fight to ensure that future programs or initiatives implemented in our state budget carry clear success metrics. Establishing key guidelines of success before implementation encourages greater government transparency and accountability. These smarter budget solutions encourage a balanced budget that respects the hard work taxpayers.

I have a proven track record of responsible, smart budgeting. As the 31st LD Representative in 1995, I went through the transportation budget line-by-line, section-by-section with my Republican colleagues. Our meticulous efforts allowed for cuts to ineffective programs that drained government resources. We saved taxpayer dollars from going to waste. The savings allowed us to reinvest in needed road projects without raising taxes, like the SR18 improvements we enjoy today, and a life-saving traffic signal installed in Buckley.

As your representative, I will fight for smart – and just plain responsible – budget solutions without raising taxes. This also includes saving money for a rainy-day fund. Today, too many Olympia politicians are unwisely pushing to empty our state's rainy-day fund and demanding even more taxes to fund their ever-growing government spending. These actions are not just unwise – they are highly unsustainable.

Let's be clear, tax collections are up by $20 billion since 2013. There is no excuse for irresponsible budgeting – especially with the quick depletion of our state's rainy-day funds. Poor budgeting – including higher taxes and raiding our reserves unnecessarily – only inflicts more pain on our hurting communities. As your representative, I will advocate for smart budgeting and greater accountability to you.

Tom Clark: Having had an opportunity to hear from our state legislators, in this case a member

of the minority party Republicans, the point was presented that the underlying revenue base for our state is actually quite healthy. Although I am not an expert on all the details and I maintain great respect for those serving in Olympia who have rolled up their sleeves and dug into the complexities of helping to shape our government, I believe our current crisis can be traced directly to a failure of leadership at the federal level. With no clear and consistent leadership or policies regarding how we all need to work together to minimize the dreadful impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our state's economy has been temporarily stifled. In the report I heard, it was pointed out that a few weeks ago the discrepancy between the expected revenue and the expenditure commitments was estimated to be "$9 billion" and the revised estimate (yesterday) was "$4.3 billion." No one should take that number lightly, but when everyday people hear numbers like that, it is hard to develop a context in comparison to our daily lives. It is important for people to understand there are roles government programs play in our lives that private industry will not take on, not because they are not vital, but because they are not profitable. If you consider the Washington state revenue sources, there is no state income tax, but when you consider the tremendous contribution our state makes to our country, then you realize the federal taxes we all pay, in the Blue States, contribute disproportionately more than those paid by the Red States. (I believe the federal government has a responsibility to help ALL states remain solvent and viable during this unprecedented time.) I believe withholding stimulus relief for purely partisan purposes, is immoral.

At our state level, I agree with the question's premise that "keeping a balanced budget should always be on state legislator's minds" and certainly there is great motivation to reevaluate all programs and spending initiatives to determine efficiencies and effectiveness. I also believe that "false austerity" cuts to vital services are both counterproductive and inhumane.

Assuming the minority party's own assessment of our state's revenue forecast is accurate, then I believe with reallocation of expenditures and support from our federal government we can weather this storm, but only by working together.

Local news sources were hurting long before COVID-19 hit. How would you, as a legislator, support local news sources if you are elected?

Clark: Local news plays a vital role in our community. Local news has many dimensions that should be appreciated. When we evaluate how we get our "news" we have watched a steady decline in diversity and honest presentation of the events we all share. As we watch local news sources get swallowed up by conglomerates and syndicates, we all are the worse for it.

Again, I will repeat that like many problems we face we need to evaluate the root causes. I believe the underlying economic inequality we see affects local news sources as much as many other aspects of our culture. Raising the Federal minimum wage to $15/hour would be a good start. Providing grants, scholarships or other economic incentivizes to encourage our institutions to support broader support for local news makes sense to me.

I think we are slowly discovering the importance of integrity in our news. It seems intuitive and obvious, but as we see, it is not universally accepted. Opinions are opinions. Facts are facts. We require objective and accurate presentation to help inform our decisions.

I will personally support local news by respecting their vital role and to be forthright and honest in my interactions.

Robertson: We need our local community newspapers to succeed. When I served in Olympia in the '90s, the press room was full of reporters from across the state to hold us accountable. Legislators and reporters worked together to create government transparency – something that has suffered through the last few years. Today, very few press outlets remain, and that is a big problem.

Without a strong press corps, the public doesn't know what their elected officials are doing —

and politicians must be held accountable.

I value the role of local newspapers in providing government transparency to the public. For 12 years while leading the Valley Regional Fire Authority, I had a weekly dialogue with the local newspaper the ensure the public and the paper's reader had access to information on the activities of their fire department. I understand the importance of local newspapers and will continue to strengthen their presence in our communities – and, by extension, strengthen transparency – by providing them much needed access to information.

As a legislator, I pledge to support local news outlets by making myself available to answer questions and creating a positive business environment by fighting to lower taxes. However, we must recognize the world changed very quickly. The rise of social media and smart phones changed the nature of news consumption faster than most news agencies could pivot. Even those that made sweeping changes to their business operations are still struggling to be profitable.

That's why I encourage those of you reading now to keep reading your local news and subscribe.

If you own a local business, consider buying an ad. Some of the biggest decisions that impact your life are made by the elected officials closest to you. Without our local newspapers, they will be making decisions that no one knows about.

I am open to ideas for solving this critical challenge. Please email me at if you have thoughts on what government can do to help.


Robertson: I have the experience needed to tackle the challenges we're facing and produce the results our communities need. While serving the 31st District from 1994-1998, I fought for government accountability, reform and lower taxes. I ensured our communities had the opportunities to thrive without the heavy burden of unsustainable taxes and damaging red tape. My hard work earned the recognition of my colleagues and, in 1996, I had the opportunity to serve as Majority Caucus Chairman.

I left the legislature to serve my community full time in the Washington State Patrol (WSP). I had the honor of serving as an investigator in Internal Affairs at the WSP and then as commander of the Office of Professional Standards at WSP. I know how to improve law enforcement accountability – I did it successfully as a leader at WSP. You can trust me to fight for the safety of every member of our communities, and against damaging and extreme "defund the police" measures.

Before I cast a vote or share information I find in a newspaper or on the internet, I will always do my research to ensure I'm making the right vote or sharing truthful information. Unfortunately, my opponent did not do that before sharing portions of a Seattle Times editorial, which falsely accuses me of being a racist. After I put the Seattle Times on notice, they took the unusual action of printing a retraction last Wednesday. We live in extremely polarizing times and it is critical that our elected officials lead by example, turn down the rhetoric, and do their jobs serving their constituents. As your Representative, I will fight for you, not divide you.

Clark: I appreciate the opportunity The Courier-Herald has given to the candidates and to the people of our district by publishing these in-paper debates. I hope to communicate a more optimistic view of our future, while acknowledging the mistakes and missteps we find ourselves struggling to recover from. I believe in the nobility and honor of public service, recognizing "the government" is actually us. It is the law enforcement officer, the school teacher, the doctor, the father, mother, brother, sister, friend and neighbor, the native born and the immigrant. It is the farmer, the banker, the computer programmer and the homeless family. I

t is the person we elect to serve us.

People generally fall into two groups. Those who understand and accept change is inevitable and look forward to creating a better future and those who look back longingly to "the way things used to be." I believe we all need to acknowledge that we are not going back, so who has the vision to help us move forward?

I hope to earn your vote and promise to live up to the oath I will swear to if elected.

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