Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Road to Christmas

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"At Christmas, all roads lead home."  -- Marjorie Holmes

Friday, December 09, 2016

Boots on the Ground Make Going Global Easier

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A lot of small businesses have the philosophy that driving international sales has a lot to do with getting closer to your customer.
But [the Australian Federal Government's Export Finances and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)] executive director Andrew Watson warns that getting the right corporate structure, business partner and making sure you’re meeting all the regulatory and compliance obligations of overseas markets is the key to success. “There’s a real need to make sure that you’re managing the risks that you’re taking by entering that new market,” he says.
Are you ready to take the risk and invest?  Read more here.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

America First for Global Small Business Fighters!

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President-elect Donald Trump has selected Linda McMahon, the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment, to head the Small Business Administration.

Trump says:
"She [Linda McMahon] helped grow WWE from a modest 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide. Linda is going to be a phenomenal leader and champion for small businesses and unleash America's entrepreneurial spirit all across the country."
Read more:  Trump Tags Former Wrestling Magnate To Head Small Business Administration

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Indian SMEs Are Taking Advantage of the Digital Boom

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Indian SMEs are figuring themselves in the bigger picture and taking full leverage of a digital boom in the industry.

Take a look at the top five initiatives by global giant brands that are helping promote Indian SMEs and catching up on technology here.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Why There's a Globalization Backlash

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • How to stay on track with the right marketing message.
  • What's in store globally in 2017; join me at a webinar I am giving 1/4 (n/c).
  • See how the Hilton Worldwide is going global, taking advantage of the booming lodging industry.
  • If small businesses are going global, why not drones too?
  • To meet continued e-commerce growth, DHL is rapidly investing in its U.S. operations in 2016-2017.
  • Why there's a globalization backlash.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Tree Ornaments From Macy's Chicago

"Christmas is a box of tree ornaments that have become part of the family." ~ Charles Schulz (1922-2000), American cartoonist 'Peanuts'

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

Friday, December 02, 2016

For the First Time, NetSuite Becomes Truly Global

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By itself, NetSuite, offering a range of productivity tools, including ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management), couldn’t tap into foreign markets the way a giant like Oracle can.

NetSuite has mostly limited itself to the English-speaking world (and Japan).  Now that Oracle has acquired NetSuite, it plans to localize its products for many more countries while expanding its data-center capacity, sales operations, partner channel and other assets to reach customers in those new areas.
“We were beginning to globalize, but we didn’t really have the resources or presence to be able to do so,” said Zach Nelson, former NetSuite CEO, who will run the new business unit.
Read more:  NetSuite's Going Global Under Oracle's Flag

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Biggest Barrier to Becoming Your Own Global Small Business Boss?

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The desire to be your own boss resonates with a lot of people, so much that many aspiring entrepreneurs are willing to take a pay cut, work longer hours, and even go without a holiday for a year.

According to research from PayPal Australia, almost 70 per cent of Australian budding entrepreneurs say getting the up-front financing is one of the biggest barriers to becoming your own boss. Yet almost two-thirds of Australians have visions of working for themselves, with the overwhelming majority (69 per cent) willing to take a pay cut to realize this dream.

Read more:  Australia's Entrepreneurs | Financial hurdle is toughest

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Exports Are Critical to Survival, Especially With Music

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According to a new report commissioned by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), Music in Motion: An Analysis of Exporting Canadian Independent Music, six out of 10 Canadian music companies feel that exports are critical to their survival and that small independent music businesses are more likely to spend 21 times more on export activities for breakthrough artists than they do for artists at other stages of their career.

"It reaffirms the fact that music has no borders now - it is a global market, period," says [CIMA President Stuart] Johnston. "So that strategy and that approach has to be taken into account by any artist and the companies that support them when they're commercializing their music."

The study finds that exports are a key part of a business plan for 87% of Canadian music companies.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Don't Overlook the Global Day of Giving

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