Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tree House's Black Cat Ball

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I'll be attending the Black Cat Ball, will you?  It is put on by Tree House and honors volunteers, supporters, staff and 45 years of companion animal rescue and adoptions, life-saving services and programs.

The event takes place today, October 22nd.  It's not too late to grab your ticket.  To learn more and to register, visit:  Black Cat Ball

Friday, October 21, 2016

There's a Lot More Opportunity Outside the United States

When the going got tough for PureFit, a three-employee, just under $10 million Irvine, California-based company that makes nutrition bars, they took their business outside the United States. Why not?  There's plenty of room for growth outside your own borders.
Today, PureFit exports to 20 countries from Switzerland to Singapore. Foreign sales rose 53 percent in two years, accounting for a quarter of revenue and making up for domestic losses.
Find out how international business saved PureFit.  See how it can save or grow your business too.

Read more:  How hard is exporting?  Here's how one small Irvine business went global

Alert:  Watch Twitter's Hashtag:  #MakeTheWorldYourBusiness to see what's up at the 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What's Driving Global Payment Ecosystem Innovation?

With the Internet opening up new buying and selling avenues, SMEs are now expanding their business outside their national boundaries.  So it only makes sense that SMEs will drive the payment revolution.  The biggest reason being that the new global SMEs are being run by tech-savvy young generation entrepreneurs and secondly that the business model allows for global scalability.

Read more:  Small and Medium Enterprises to Drive Global Payment Ecosystem

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Sense of True Accomplishment When You Open Your First Overseas Office

When do you know it's time to take the leap and open an overseas office?  It can be an exciting thought but also a challenge to implement.  So why do it?
Well, imagining the payoff is as simple as spinning a globe. "The siren song of being in another market that's twice the size of your current market can be really strong," says Greg Schott, CEO of MuleSoft, which provides application networks for enterprise companies. MuleSoft earned its "unicorn" $1.5 billion valuation in part by making the leap abroad early on: Today the 10-year-old company has eight international offices, stretching from Hong Kong to Amsterdam to Buenos Aires.
Oh, and that's not all.

Read more:  What to Do Before You Open That First Office Overseas

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Only 3 Days Left to Register for the 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum in Chicago

Discover how you can make the world your business at the 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum held in downtown Chicago on Friday, October 21st from 7:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. Central time. Here's what you will get out of the program:
  • Listen to more than a dozen experts and business owners talk about what they have done to expand their business internationally.
  • Network, learn and have fun with more than 75 entrepreneurs, small business owners and service providers on what strategies and methods you need to put into place to be successful in the global marketplace.
  • Receive a copy of the 2nd edition of my Exporting book endorsed by best-selling Good to Great author Jim Collins.
  • Enjoy a continental breakfast and box lunch.
  • Win an iPad Mini or a MIO Global health watch
Can't wait to see you there! 

To learn more and to register, visit:

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Jack Ma's Future of Commerce

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Second Spring

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." -- Albert Camus

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

Friday, October 14, 2016

Trade Is the Foundation of Peace

When John R. Kasich, governor of Ohio, talks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), he believes there is only one path to take in order to keep the United States a global leader:

"For me, the only common-sense direction is forward, because trade is the foundation of peace. Not only will the TPP promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, but also it will help maintain the United States’ essential strength in that hemisphere at a time of increased Chinese and Russian assertiveness."

Read more:  Refusing to ratify TPP risks America's role as the world leader

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Is World Trade Growth Slowing?

According to The Economist:
On September 27th the World Trade Organization slashed its forecast for growth in trade of goods from 2.8% in 2016 to just 1.7%, implicitly predicting that for the first time in 15 years, trade would grow more slowly than GDP. 
With anti-globalization sentiments heavy in the air, it's hard to see where this is headed.

Read more:  The Economist Explains:  Why is world trade growth slowing?

Related:  Economists worry that a new wave of protectionism in the digital age is hurting global growth

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Exporting Provides a Ticket to Growth for America's Small Businesses

As Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of SBA, says:
“Exporting provides tremendous opportunities for America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. Two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power can be found outside of the United States, but only about 1% of America’s 28 million small businesses are reaching customers beyond our borders. Exporting is an important growth opportunity for our small businesses that are ready to expand their reach into new and increasingly borderless global markets.”
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has provided US states with a total of US$18.85mn to support regional SME export growth.  The funding is part of SBA’s state trade expansion program (STEP), which was created to increase the number of small exporters in the country.

Exporting provides a ticket to growth for America's small businesses.

Read more:  US small businesses get trade boost

Note:  Only 9 days left to register for the 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum held in Chicago October 21st.  See you there!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: WTO Proposes Agreement to Support E-Commerce for SMEs

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