Friday, July 29, 2016

Let's Have Confidence In Our Future

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Many of us feel that world trade is tricky this year, especially for Canada’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) seeking to expand their markets.  Agree?

According to Bank of Canada Business Outlook Survey, the imperative for Canadian firms to go global has never been more important today.
“Confidence in the future is a primary factor influencing the decision to invest,” the BDC [Business Development Bank of Canada; the bank of entrepreneurs] says.
Read more:  Small businesses:  Be prepared for future trade deals

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hey Delaware Business Owners: Claim Your Money for Exports!

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Global Delaware – the Delaware Department of State’s international economic development office – is requesting applications from small- and mid-sized companies interested in using the funds before the September 30th deadline.

Money is specifically set aside to help local businesses increase their export sales.  Ever heard of the expression, "Use it or lose it?"  Well that is what is going to happen if Delaware business owners don't claim this money for export activity.
The funds are part of a $277,000 grant Global Delaware received last year through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program – the largest single award the state has ever received from the program.
A good portion is still left.  If you are located in Delaware and export, contact Global Delaware.

Read more:  Time running out on grants to help Delaware companies go global

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Set Your Sights on Global Market

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As a Melbourne, Australia mother, Julie Bray was juggling running a small business with being a school mom, and the request to "bring a plate" caught her out more than once.  Hence, it triggered her to start a business that sends out notifications through a smartphone app called Konnective.  What distinguishes Konnective from existing social media platforms?
Ms Bray answered that Konnective's annual subscription model for companies is cost effective compared with messaging via SMS, that it does not have limitations on group size, and it avoids the "noise" of social media networks or email lists where "everybody hits reply all."
She has set her sights on the global marketplace. Learn more:  Julie Bray is turning a parental fail into a global business with smartphone app

Monday, July 25, 2016

Today In Global Small Business: Any Small Business Can Be Global

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Pokémon Go Craze

When I go for quick walks in my neighborhood -- whether it's 6:30 a.m. in the morning or 7:30 p.m. -- (Rogers Park, Illinois), I typically see one or two guys hanging out.  Not after the Pokémon Go launch.  Guys are everywhere outside, as you can see.  For single women, this could be good?

Photos courtesy:  ©2016 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Politically, Is Anyone Against U.S. Small Businesses?

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As a small business owner, it's hard to figure out which candidate running for president of the United States would serve small business owners best.  I'm nonpartisan yet always look for a candidate who is pro-trade (tricky, very tricky).

But there are other issues to be worried about like taxes, health care and regulations.

David Primo, a professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester, says:
"No one's against small business."
Here's a look at what the candidates and some delegates are saying:  Expect focus on small business to grow in presidential race.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

What Does Brexit Mean for Small Businesses?

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What does Brexit mean for small businesses?  What's the impact of Brexit on GBP?  What happens to SME's appetite for credit during times of political and economic uncertainty?  What are the challenges and opportunities of Brexit?

Learn more:  Small businesses live with Brexit uncertainty

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Are Global Small Business Owners Exposed to Market Fluctuations?

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Global small business owners must deal with the threats that larger businesses face following Brexit — having to relocate employees or even entire headquarters, a more complex regulatory environment and FX volatility and exposure mitigation — but they are also tasked with handling these challenges with limited resources, all with the threat that banks may be forced to pull back small business financing.

That readers, is according to PYMNTS.com

Read more:  For SMEs, It's a Small World After All

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Works on CETA

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Here’s what you need to know to fully understand the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a EU-Canada treaty, and its benefits.

Read more:  The EU-Canada Trade Deal:  CETA

Monday, July 18, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Foreign Correspondents Explain the U.S. Election

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Edgewater Greek July Festival in Chicago


Good fun, great eats (the Greek honey puffs are amazing), and intriguing drinks (e.g., Fix equals the Greek word for beer) to say the least.  All in all, a delightful time at the Edgewater Greek July Fest, St. Andrew's 55th Annual Greek Festival (July 9-10, 2016).  Don't miss next year's!

Photos courtesy:  ©2016 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.