The 7th Annual Small Business Book Awards Feature What’s Worth Reading

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It’s time to nominate your picks for the Small Business Book Awards!

The event recognizes titles of interest to small business owners and entrepreneurs. But there are also books of interest to small business CEOs, managers and their staffs. The awards, now in their seventh year, also recognize resources for authors and the publishing industry as a whole.

The small business community plays a key role by nominating, showing their support for and voting on, their favorite titles and authors.

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Super Bowl Recap: Budweiser Scores Big on YouTube, Tom Brady Dominates Google Search

Google’s newest Super Bowl stats reveal that Budweiser is the winner on YouTube, and MVP Tom Brady is the most searched quarterback.

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Purchase by Commenting on Instagram with Spreesy


Lots of businesses use Instagram as part of their social media promotions. But now you can actually use Instagram as an e-commerce platform. Spreesy is a social commerce solution that allows people to buy and sell items directly on Instagram.

Co-founders Spencer Costanzo and Braydon Batungbacal developed the service while working on another project.

“After spending months developing a marketplace app, we were exhausted and looking for ways to quickly scale with no money,” Costanzo explained in an email interview with Small Business Trends.

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Reversing Female Circumcision: The Cut That Heals (Trailer)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a religious and cultural tradition that affects millions of women worldwide. Sometimes referred to as female circumcision or “cutting,” the practice varies in severity depending on where it is performed. The procedure can range from minor nicks to the clitoris to the total removal of the clitoris and labia. In its severest form, the two sides of the vulva are sewn together, leaving only a small hole for menstruation and urination. While the practice has been outlawed in many of the 29 African and Middle Eastern countries where FGM in concentrated, it persists in some rural areas as a centuries-old cultural tradition, where it is usually performed by women elders as a part of a coming-of-age ritual. The tradition is sometimes believed to “purify” a woman and is performed to preserve virginity before marriage. The World Health Organization estimates that some 6,000 girls undergo FGM around the world every day. The procedure is often performed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions on girls between he ages of four and 12. In many cases, anesthetic is not used. FGM can be fatal, and can lead to immediate complications such as infections and urine retention, as well as long-term complications such as severe pain and tearing during intercourse and major complications during childbirth. On the International Day for Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation this February 6, VICE News reports on a little-known surgery that restores sexual function to the clitoris in women who had their genitals mutilated as children. We meet and follow a 32-year-old prospective patient who was mutilated at the age of six in Somalia, and who now lives and works as a nurse in San Diego. VICE News saw the result of the severest form of FGM first-hand in Dr. Marci Bowers’ operating room in San Mateo, California, and watched as she performed a defibulation procedure — the re-opening of genitalia that had been sewn shut — and clitoroplasty, the reconstruction and restoration of sexual function to the clitoris. Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – Read “Thousands of FGM Cases Identified in UK Are Just the ‘Tip of the Iceberg'” – Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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How To Build An Effective Social Media Publishing Schedule

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If you want to get your social media streamlined this year, there are several areas that you can organize to make the process a whole less stressful. From creating a calendar to deciding on content types and publishing times, an effective social media schedule can be your best bet for publishing content that grows your audience and engagement metrics.

The following are the steps needed to make the social media editorial process as easy as possible.

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Ringly Raises $5.1 Million to Create More Gadget Jewelry

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With ideas like the Smarty Ring winning support in crowdfunding campaigns, the market for mart jewelry has already been established.

But a company called Ringly, also known for a ring that lights up to signal incoming notifications, plans to push that market to the next level.

Now, after a successful $5.1 million round of Series A funding, Ringly is ready to develop even more wearables beyond its current offerings.

The influx of investment at Ringly comes primarily from Andreessen Horowitz, according to the company.

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